Annie + Chris had just about the perfect downtown Ottawa engagement session complete with scenic views of parliament, Chateau Laurier and the By-Ward Market. But really, no session downtown would be complete without a sweet ending, and for these two that meant hitting up one of the amazingly tasty gelato shops!
That gelato was definitely well earned and very much needed as it was so stinking hot during the entirety of this shoot. Seriously, I was dripping in sweat about two seconds after getting to Major Hill’s Park and by the time we were wrapping up, I don’t think I had a single square centimetre of dry clothing left, haha.
But thankfully it was oh so very worth it as not only was the lighting perfect all evening long, but Annie + Chris were dressed to the nines and looked absolutely, and effortlessly, stunning! I don’t think it’s an exaggeration at all to say that every bit of this session was gorgeous and magical! I mean, how many couples do you know that can both twirl on the patio of Chateau Laurier with the sun beaming behind them AND effortlessly walk down steps while not looking wear they are going (and Annie was in heels!). I mean, I definitely thought I was asking too much of them with the stairs request, but they not only did it, they freaking nailed it!.
And what’s even better than all of this is the fact that not even two weeks after their engagement session, I got to hang out with these two awesome people again as their family threw them a lovely engagement party. It was an intimate get-together to celebrate with members of Annie’s family. And since they are planning a small ceremony for their wedding day, this engagement party meant they got to be with even more people than the small group they were able to invite to their wedding day later this year.
And of course, no engagement is complete without a classic cake to cut and a champagne tower toast! Okay, maybe that last one isn’t as essential, but after seeing how much fun it was when Annie + Chris poured it out, I definitely think it should be included at every event!
So, I think it’s pretty obvious but I will say it anyway, I am so excited to meet up with Annie + Chris later this year to be able to capture their wedding day. I just know it is going to be just as gorgeous, love-filled, and all-around wonderful!