Ottawa Wedding Journal

News and Views on wedding life, and love stories

Sarah & Jamie Spread the Love

Sarah and Jamie were married at the Courtyard Restaurant in the Byward Market. They were there with their cute son, Hugo, and all their favorite friends and family.

When I met Sarah and Jamie for their pre-wedding meeting, I was immediately taken by their little son, Hugo. He is a good natured boy who likes everyone – a reflection of his parents.

Spread the Love

Spread the Love Strawberry Jam. Photo by Alan Viau

At the Courtyard Restaurant, I noticed that all the decor was very naturalist in theme. There was lots of wood, flowers and Mason jars.  I should not have been surprised since Jamie works as an arborist and has access to trees. They even made jam as a gift for the guests. It was labeled “Spread the Love”.

Ladder Decor

Naturalist decor. Photo by Alan Viau

Before the ceremony, Sarah’s father takes me aside for a chat. He is wanting to say a few words after I ask who presents the bride today. I let him know that it is not a problem and inform Sarah of his intentions. I like having a well planned wedding where there are few surprises. When he did present her, he told Sarah how much he loved her, his new son-in-law and his wonderful grandson. A beautiful start to the wedding.


Sarah’s Dad giving them best wishes. Photo by Alan Viau

To add some humor in the ceremony, Sarah promised to put up with Jamie’s wood chips that he brings home and Jamie would collect her bobby pins in the apartment. It all added up to a relaxed wedding that ended with a fabulous kiss to start the cocktail reception.

The Kiss. Photo by Alan Viau

The Kiss. Photo by Alan Viau


Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

Photo by Alan Viau

April 17, 2013 - Posted by | WeddingChaplain's Real Weddings | , , , , , , ,


  1. LOVE IT!

    Comment by Rick | May 10, 2013

  2. How beautiful ! Thank you for writing such a charming account of Sarah and Jamie’s matrimonial celebration….I wish I’d ben there to share it with them and their friends. Sheri

    Comment by sheridan fleming | May 13, 2013

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