The recently renovated Horticulture Building in downtown Ottawa ended up being the perfect venue for Anna and Brook’s classic wedding. The couple chose a fall color palette incorporating berry colors with soft peaches and blush tones, and their wedding planners transformed the historic building into three perfect rooms for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner and dancing afterward. Anna and Brook wanted their wedding day to be intimate and fun, and based on the pictures Joel & Justyna took throughout the day, we think they pulled that off flawlessly!
Anna and Brook
Horticulture Building, Ottawa, Canada
I wanted a look that was classic, minimalist and romantic. I wanted to make sure that in 20 years when I look back at my photos that my dress doesn’t look dated. I loved my Jennifer Behr gold comb, but most of all I loved my Valentino Rockstud shoes!
The ceremony was incredible, it was very intimate and personal. The officiant was a family friend who had personalized the ceremony. Brook’s close friends played the music. We had our family read poems, including one entitled “What I Learned About Love, I Learned From My Dog” in honour of our dog Maya, and to honour my Polish roots, my aunt read a poem about love in Polish. Brook and I also wrote our own vows.
The Horticulture Building is an old historical building that was recently updated. Brook and I loved the industrial feel of the venue with its big windows, concrete floors, and exposed brick. It was a huge empty space that we divided in three for the ceremony, the cocktail hour and dinner. It was absolutely perfect.
We weren’t fans of a long first dance so we decided to cut it short. So after a minute, the song transitioned to the Jay-Z version and we invited all of our guests to join in.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Joel & Justyna
Event Planning – Chic Wedding Planners
Venue – Horticulture Building
Floral Design – The Design Co.
Catering – Tulips and Maple Catering
Invitations – Ever After Press
Makeup Artist – Ottawa Makeup Artists
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Accessories – Jennifer Behr & Valentino
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN, Calvin Klein, Honey, Club Monaco, & ASOS
Groom’s Apparel – SurMesur
Groomsmen’s Apparel – SurMesur
Rentals – Party Time Rentals and Amy & Jen Decor
Thank you to photographer Joel & Justyna for sharing Anna and Brook’s classic wedding with us! Want to see more urban wedding inspiration? Check out this bohemian meets industrial NYC wedding at Greenpoint Loft.