Alex and Will | A beautiful Calabogie Backyard wedding

Best Ottawa wedding photographer

Alex and Will are two of the most hilarious and kind human beings I know. I first met them for coffee downtown Ottawa. I knew right away they would be the best people to work with! They were organized, but relaxed. They had planned out the logistics, and still prioritized enjoying every moment of their day. It was the perfect balance. And I was so happy to get to know them!


Putting this blog post together makes me nostalgic. I so wish I could relive this day again and again.

Calabogie Backyard Wedding


Since they wanted to keep their wedding casual and simple, they didn’t want to spend money on a giant venue. Luckily, Will’s parents had a beautiful large cottage in the backcountry of Calabogie. Since the space was big enough to host a lot of people, they decided to have the wedding there. And it was amazing!


The wedding was located far from any cities, so it did require extra planning and coordinating. Finding a mobile catering company that fit the vibe of their wedding was important. They eventually settled on Meatings, a local mobile grill. They had a cocktail-style reception. This meant that their guests could eat whenever they wanted, and grab appetizers as they were freshly cooked. And it truly was perfect for their day.






The day started off super relaxed and peaceful. So peaceful! Will and his buddies spent the wedding morning “ottering” in the lake. (I later found out that “ottering” is the process of floating on your back in a life jacket, drinking beer!) Alex and her girls rented a cute little airbnb nearby. They spent the morning relaxing on the dock in the sunshine! So it was perfect.


Alex and Will opted for a private first look. They read their vows to one another in a secluded location. After taking some photos, we drove to the cottage for their intimate wedding ceremony.


The ceremony grounds were beautiful, and slightly challenging from a photography perspective. Since it was perched on a hill overlooking the lake, I was able to get really great angles of the ceremony. This did mean, however, that I sometimes needed to scale rocks to get the right shot. It was a really fun experience! I really do love ceremonies that are a little out-of-the-box!


Scroll down to see a review the couple left me. And scroll a little further to see the photos from their wedding day! If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your own wedding day, get in touch! I really LOVE the intimacy of backyard weddings. And I would love to photograph more!


And so if you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding in Calabogie, get in touch!

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  • Anna
    Posted at 20:14h, 29 January Reply

    Thus is so beautiful!! Backyard weddings are so sweet

  • Naomi Levit
    Posted at 21:10h, 29 January Reply

    This was such a sweet backyard wedding! Calabogie looks like a beautiful location for a wedding!

  • Kestrel Bailey
    Posted at 21:18h, 29 January Reply

    Backyard weddings truly are some of the best if someone’s going the larger wedding route. You did a beautiful job capturing the details, both large and small, and setting the scene. Love the moments between them as well!

  • Carolina Segre
    Posted at 00:25h, 30 January Reply

    Yes yes yes Lauren! These photos are so so beautiful! Alex & Will must be so happy with the photos, they are incredible. I feel like I know them just from looking at these photos. They feel so natural Really fantastic job Lauren <3 Talented woman <3 Hugs

  • Ali Horner
    Posted at 00:48h, 30 January Reply

    Your storytelling is really beautiful. They really lucked out finding such an amazing photographer for their backyard wedding

  • Julie Haider
    Posted at 05:34h, 30 January Reply

    I love backyard weddings, and this one is so great! Beautiful photos!

  • Anna Bowser Clark
    Posted at 20:36h, 30 January Reply

    This backyard wedding has such a cozy and comfortable vibe! It truly shows they value the connections with others as much as the connection they embody for each other.

  • Ashley Smith
    Posted at 20:45h, 30 January Reply

    Absolutely Gorgeous details!!!

  • Cassandra Oldenburg
    Posted at 21:50h, 30 January Reply

    This backyard wedding is stunning!!! You captured it perfectly!

  • Afton
    Posted at 03:21h, 31 January Reply

    These are so gorgeous! What a beautiful Calabogie wedding.

  • Justyna
    Posted at 17:13h, 31 January Reply

    Such a unique backyard wedding! Absolutely timeless and so beautiful!

  • Brittany Johnson
    Posted at 19:25h, 31 January Reply

    This are such lovely photos of a beautiful wedding in Ottawa! I love the intimate setting, and love the late night photos!

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