National Arts Centre Wedding
Prianka and Patrick | A tropical themed National Arts Centre Wedding
Prianka and Patrick’s wedding day will forever be remembered as one of the best the National Arts Centre has ever seen. Working with a dream team of vendors (including Michael Donovan from Wedecor and Jinbon Films – two of my favourite vendors in the city), it was such a treat to photograph and document.
And despite Pri and Pat needing to postpone their big day from 2020 to 2021 due to Covid restrictions, the result was absolutely, 100% worth the wait. It only made the arrival of their big day that much sweeter to be part of. With a ceremony at the beautifully lit St. Joseph’s Church, and wedding party portraits at the Chateau Laurier, it truly was a wedding like no other. One of my favourite elements ended up being the special touches to the stationary that Prianka added. The bride owns her very own stationary company called Paper by Pri, and incorporated it into her big day.
The vendors involved in the day
This wedding was an incredibly detailed and thoughtful one, with every small item intentionally thought out. A day like this would not be possible without the incredible vendor team behind it. With that said, a huge shoutout goes out to some of my favourites:
Photography: Lauren McCormick Photography
Wedding Planner: Michael Donovan from Wedecor
Videographer: Films by Jinbon
Limousine: Premier Limo
Florist + Decor: Wedecor
Hair Stylist: Lisa Naccarato from Mane Collective Ottawa
Makeup Artist: Taryn Miller
Dessert: Simply Biscotti
Stationary: Paper by Pri (the bride’s very own company!)
Groom’s Suit: Garrison Bespoke
Groom’s Custom Shoes: Peter Feeney
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN Weddings
Groomsmen Suits: Indochino
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue: National Arts Centre
The story of how Prianka and Patrick got engaged
I’m going to let the couple tell their story in their own words:
“Prianka had anticipated a low-key weekend of babysitting Pat’s nieces and hiking with the family in Waterloo. But as they made their way out of Toronto one Friday night, Prianka failed to notice that Pat chose an alternate route out of the city.
They had spent approximately an hour and a half driving, and it wasn’t until Prianka saw the signs for Barrie that she decided to look into the odd route choice. As Maps suggested that they do a literal U-turn on the highway, Pat kept missing the exits and insisted that he knew ‘another way to get there’.
Finally, an extremely nervous Pat and extremely frustrated Prianka arrived in Muskoka. And the next day, after a big breakfast, a morning of manicures and pampering, Pat proposed to Prianka on a beautiful snow-covered beach on Solitaire Lake Loop.“
The St. Joseph's Church Ceremony and Portraits
I think St. Joseph’s Church is my new favourite church to photograph a wedding ceremony in. It had -by far- the most incredible light I have ever witnessed! This was a spectacular space, and we were so fortunate to have incredible sunlight hitting the windows at just the right moments. I remember literally gasping out loud when I saw Pri walking down the aisle with her dad. The way the light hit her was just magical! After the ceremony, we went to Major’s Hill Park for wedding party portraits and couples portraits and lucked out with the lighting and weather there too!
Glass Wedding Venue Decor and Sunset Photos
The National Arts Centre is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular venues in Ottawa. It’s also one of the only glass wedding venues to be able to host indoor ceremonies and receptions. With massive floor-to-ceiling windows in the O’Born room overlooking Parliament and downtown, it’s a conveniently-located crowd pleaser. It was also a great fit for Prianka and Pat’s big day, as they had a tropical theme to their wedding, and the natural light only amplified the beauty of it all.
The other wonderful feature of the NAC is their outdoor rooftop terrace. It’s a spectacular space that truly elevates the client experience (and the resulting photographs)! I was able to sneak Pri and Pat away for sunset photos here, and I’m so so glad I did. Sunset photos never disappoint, even in overcast weather!