Ottawa Wedding Photographer – Nicole & Dominique’s Wedding at St. Elias

September 11, 2012 | by Chantal Benoit Comments

September 1st, 2012 was a beautiful sunny day. Not too warm, just perfect for a wedding.

The day started at the Salem’s family home for the bride’s photos and of her bridal party. It is customary for Lebanese to welcome relatives to their home in order to have photos taken with the bride and them. Some of the relatives were present to greet the bride and enjoy a nice Lebanese lunch.

We then headed out to St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church on Ridgewood Avenue where the groom and his attendants were waiting to have their part of the photos done.

A traditional Lebanese ceremony was given for Nicole and Dominique where they exchanged their rings, kissed the bible, had a crown and cup exchange. The ceremony was pleasant to photograph with the natural lighting and architectural decor.

While the guests enjoyed the cocktails at the St. Elias Center, the family and wedding party gathered at Mooney’s Bay, for the group photos finishing with the photos of Nicole and Dominique.

Nicole is one bride I could have photographed all day. She looked amazing in every single photo I took.  Never complained about being tired, the weather or her feet hurting. Dominique was a quiet, reserved handsome groom and did not hear a peep from him either. Their collection of photos is stunning.

The day ended at the hall with a photo of the cake but before leaving I asked the bride and groom to be patient so I could take advantage of the different lighting in the hall to give them some WOW shots.

Before I end this post, I would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Salem for their generosity and for making us feel, as if my husband and I were part of their family and also for the nice Lebanese lunch they provided us.

I hope you enjoy this slideshow as much as I enjoyed capturing Nicole and Dominique’s day.

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