Cheri and Neil’s Wedding at Billings Estate

Cheri and Neil had a beautiful Billings Estate Wedding! But first a little back ground because this is cool…


I only had the opportunity to meet these guys face to face a few days before the wedding since before that, all we did was communicate through email and Skype. I’m pretty sure that about half of that communication was only so that Cheri could remind me that it was 30C there at home in Singapore while we were still struggling through winter. Yes she was mean to me… Cheri & Neil initially met in Japan while teaching English. Neil was from Northern England and Cheri from Port Hope and apparently, they liked each other and Asia. I honestly appreciate making everyone fly between 20 and 9 hours to have me shoot it. I was flattered of course!




The big day started at the Lord Elgin hotel with me bouncing back and forth between Cheri’s room of unbridled cuteness, Neil’s room of pre-wedding speech stress, and Neil’s parents room of celebratory alcohol. If I had even the slightest weakness for alcohol, that would have been the end of me right there. From there we headed to Billings Estate for a perfect, sunny September day. We were greeted by an equally sunny Alan Viau who delivered his signature fun/light-hearted ceremony. The remainder of our time together was spent taking family and couple photos in the ByWard Market with a brief stop at the Courtyard Restaurant.









It was a real pleasure to photograph this gang and I wish you all the best in your various corners of the world!

Andrew Van Beek is an Ottawa based wedding and portrait photographer who shoots a mix of contemporary photo-journalistic + life-style + studio + fashion and anything that suits the moment. 

Alan’s Note: Thank you Andrew for wonderful pictures. I agree with you that they are an awesome couple. I really loved this picture you captured when Cheri, in her high heels, says to me, “I’m sinking!”.  Moments to treasure.

I'm Sinking!
I’m Sinking!