Max + Nicole

Destination Lakeside Wedding

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Michael and I flew up for Max and Nicole’s wedding and everything seemed just fine! It was beautiful! However, as soon as we got into our hotel room, we had a tornado warning pop up on our phones and on the TV! We had just experienced this in Virginia a few days prior and so it seemed like dejavu! The storm clouds rolled in, the wind picked up, the hotel power flickered off and then back on, and then the downpour of rain hit. After the storm had passed, we thought that the Tornados must have been a false alarm but we would come to find out that wasn’t the case at all! Not one but two tornados had touched down around the city of Ottawa and did an incredible amount of damage. Over 170,000 people were without power, including our bride and groom!

Nicole and I were texting during the crazy weather that was unfolding. Looking back, it amazes me how everything just fell into place. She was getting her nails done when the power went out but they somehow managed to finish them. The getting ready location and the reception venue didn’t have power, but they found generators! One of the tornados touched down just miles from the church but it wasn’t harmed. Despite the congestion from traffic lights being out, we were able to drive everywhere that we needed to go for portraits!! The sweet little man who drove us to the airport at 4am on Sunday morning told us that this was the worst catastrophe that Ottawa had seen since the ice storm of 1998!

Through all of this, Nicole and Max had the most amazing attitudes. Sure, these events were not what any of us wanted for their wedding weekend but we made it work! It was perfect!!! Their lakeside wedding was classic, simple, and elegant. Their portraits were a dream. The details were on point. Their families were so incredibly supportive. This wedding was proof that if you are well loved, you can make anything happen with your village surrounding you!

Nicole looked absolutely amazing! If you had told me years and years ago when she came to our workshop that we would be traveling to Canada to photograph her wedding just a few years later, I wouldn’t have believed you. She has followed our story and our business’s journey for years!! It’s an honor that even after all of this time we were still the ones that she wanted to be there to capture her day! We felt so incredibly loved from the moment we arrived until we said our goodbyes. We’re so thankful for families that make us feel like a part of their world and welcome us with open arms!

Enjoy my favorite images from their gorgeous day! Thank you to all who helped make Max and Nicole’s day a huge success!!


Dress Designer | Stella York

Dress Store | With Love Bridal Boutique

Veil | Jennifer Leigh Veil Design

Bridal Jewelry | Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewellery

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Florist | Capital Florist

Ceremony Location | St. Isidore Catholic Church

Reception Location | Lac Deschenes Sailing Club

Hair Stylist | Topknot Hairstyling

Makeup | Klava Z

DJ | Quality Entertainment

Videographer | Peaking Zebra Productions

Bridesmaid Dresses | Weddington Way

Groomsmen Attire | Morris Formal Wear

Invitations | Minted  & Wax Seals

Linens & Table | Mastermind Event Rentals

Tent | Rebel Tents

Rings | La Mode Fine Jewellers

Robes | Pomp and Valor

Hangers | Willow Grace Bridal

Envelope Calligraphy | Simply Steph Ko

Clutches | Angee W.

Greeting Cards | Sarah Burns Prints

Bridesmaid Necklaces | Poetry Designs Jewellery

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— Katelyn

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