Well folks, this next one is close to my heart. My big sister and I have known each other since I was born, literally! *And there goes the dad joke, ah-thank-you* And so photographing and sharing this wedding with y'all tonight is getting me in ALL of the feels. Like, every last one of them.

Steph and Lucas met like a lot of my couples do nowadays, they met online! They first met up in person at the Lieutenant's Pump on Elgin St for their first date. They later shared their first kiss just a few steps away, at the Jack Purcell Park.

Then years later, this park would be where Lucas proposed.

Fast forward a couple of years, it only made sense that their legal ceremony would also happen in that same park. Oh by the way, in case you couldn't tell just yet, Steph and Lucas are some of the most ROMANTIC and mushy gushy nerdy adorable people you will ever meet! They are both very sentimental and adorable people.

When Steph and Lucas found out just days before their planned ceremony that the park would be under COMPLETE construction with fences and signs everywhere, this didn't matter to them and they chose to embrace it! While some couples would come up with a plan B, Steph and Lucas just went with it. I did my best to capture them without the construction mess, but I did of course sneak in a couple just to help tell the story! ;)

The two chose to officially get married surrounded only by closest family and friends on a Wednesday evening, and then the following Saturday we partied it up with close to 200 people. We really got to enjoy the best of both worlds: a small intimate ceremony, and then a big lively party! Anyway, enough with the blabbing and onto the photos!

Steph and the dress that she HAND-MADE and designed herself, with lots of help from our mom of course!

Can we just pause for a second here and look at the way Lucas is looking at Steph?!! I often catch this look from at least one of them!

And of course, for those that know Lucas, they know that there's hardly a day that goes by where he doesn't whip out the Dyson. Even on his wedding day. :P

And for those that know Steph and Lucas, they know that the two very much enjoy board and card games, so a quick round of Magic before heading out to get married had to happen!

Ottawa: the city of never-ending construction! Elgin St diner has a special place in Steph and Lucas' hearts. It's right around the corner from their apartment, and they dine there often together for date nights and hangover breakfasts! So splitting a milkshake and snapping a few photos, of course, had to happen.

After filling their bellies with strawberry goodness, we stopped for a quick visit at Lieutenant's Pump where the two had their first date.

And now we're just gonna jump right in on that First Look with our dad. *Cue the tears*

Time to get married!!!

Once things were official on paper, we all went out to dinner as a family at Steph and Lucas' favourite pizza restaurant, the one and only Johnny Farina on Elgin St.

Wedding Day Dream Team:

Lead Photographer: Valerie Miles Photography

Florals: Trillium Floral

Steph's dress: DIY

Steph's shoes: Aldo

Lucas' socks: EB Games

Steph's hair & makeup: DIY

Steph's reception dress: BCBG from Value Village (I know right?!)

Lucas' suit: Stars Men's Shops

Ceremony venue: Jack Purcell Park (There's a funny story behind the art installation at this park, click HERE)

Justice of the Peace: Paul (Family friend)

Reception Dinner venue: Johnny Farina


Thank you to Elgin St Diner and The Lieutenant's Pump for allowing us to take a few photos! :)