Relaxed Outdoor Wedding at Camp Fortune

I met Valerie & Stéphane at the Experimental Farm Greenhouse in Ottawa for their engagement session. and right away I knew we were going to get along just fine. Valerie was wearing a shear pink skirt with embroidered flowers all over it and a brown leather jacket with these tiny black slip on shoes. Awesome style! When I suggested we hop over to where the grass was showing (it was early spring) she jumped right over the snowbank! We had so much fun and I was super pumped to document their wedding day.

A pink chiffon skirt and white lace top hung and ready for the bride to wear.
A smiling bride buckling up her blue sandals before her wedding.

We wanted cheerful, colourful décor so we chose a “sunset” palette. Navy, pink, orange and yellow for some nice pop in what is already a naturally, beautiful wooden ski cabin.

A pair of fancy blue sandals and colourful earrings and an engagement ring.
Mother of the bride attaching the bride's bracelet from her grandmother just before her wedding ceremony.
A bride's blue engagement ring sitting on a pair of colourful earrings from Lost Thread Weaving.

Valerie knows fashion and I wasn’t surprised to see her sporting an awesome pink chiffon skirt with a white, long-sleeved lace top on her wedding day. Her earrings from Lost Thread Weaving totally perfected her boho bride look.

A rad bride wearing a pink chiffon skirt sits on an orange couch for a wedding portrait.

Valerie & her girls made this awesome backdrop of brightly coloured origami swans for their photobooth.

A groom and his groomsmen pose for portraits at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

We hung out at the Museum of Nature with Stéphane and the guys and yeah it was crazy and fun. Shot a few portraits ran around a park in Ottawa, got approached by some strangers who wanted them to pose with a Barbie doll…typical groom shots 😉

A groomsman pretends to be a secret agent while the rest of the guy tackle the groom in this fun portrait before his wedding ceremony.
A passerby takes  a photo of the groom and the groomsmen on the streets of Ottawa.
Guests arrive to the relaxed outdoor wedding ceremony at Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Chelsea, Quebec.

Next we headed to Camp Fortune for their relaxed outdoor wedding ceremony on the large deck beside the ski lodge and it was absolutely perfect with laughs and tears in all the right places.

The groom and his best man smile when they see the bride walking down the aisle.
The bride smiles as her father walks her down the aisle at Camp Fortune Ski Resort.
The bride reads her vows to the groom in front of the Gatineau Hills in a beautiful relaxed outdoor wedding ceremony.
A guest wipes away a tear during the wedding ceremony.
An outdoor spring wedding ceremony at Camp Fortune.

The proposal: We had talked about it awhile before but then we planned a little getaway trip to Montreal close to our 1 year anniversary. I wouldn’t have expected anything BUT then when he was showing me something on his phone all the other screens he had open popped up…including a picture of a ring that he sent his mom! He didn’t play it cool. He freaked out, got really embarrassed and then I knew it was coming…

A relaxed outdoor spring wedding at Camp Fortune Ski resort.

We were in Montreal two full days just exploring, eating good food when at night, at the Airbnb as I was gazing into his eyes he exclaimed “I feel like you’re impatiently waiting for me to pop the question!” . I told him I was really just enjoying the moment and I really was. He said it was probably just him getting nervous. Then he said “good, cause I have an idea for tomorrow night”… 30 seconds pass . Val: “tomorrow night?!” Steph: “Or we can go for a walk now…” It’s like 11pm at this point, we’ve walked all day so I said I’ll wait until tomorrow. Another 30 seconds later… Val: “well now I’m patiently waiting! Can you just put me out of my misery!?” Steph: “Really? Okaaayy. Close your eyes. ” And he took me in front of the Airbnb fireplace, gave a really nice speech, got down on one knee and offered me my beautiful green sapphire ring. So ya, just like a fairy tale 😉

Guests blow bubbles for an epic wedding ceremony exit down the aisle.

Yes to bubbles for an epic ceremony exit!

A Relaxed Spring Wedding at Camp Fortune Ski Resort
The bride looks back at her groom with a big smile as they walk hand in hand in front of the chair lift at Camp Fortune.
The bride and groom pose hand in hand in front of a big blue building for their wedding portraits.
A tall bride and short groom kiss under a sign that says Pee Wee near the chair lift at Camp Fortune.
The bride and groom snuggle up while sitting on the ski chair lift at Camp Fortune.
The bride and her bridesmaids go in for a group hug with huge smiles and brightly coloured bridesmaid dresses from Flock Boutique in Ottawa.
A wedding party stands side by side, laughing at each other in front of a big blue building.
The bride and groom gaze into each others eyes as they embrace before a kiss. The bride has a leaf hair clasp and a colourful bouquet with sea holly flowers and pink peonies.

Shout out to Flower to the People for creating this stunning bouquet. I love the blue Sea Holly’s mixed with the pink peonies!

A colourful wedding day bouquet with pink peonies, blue sea holly's, and flowing greenery.
The head table inside the lodge at Camp Fortune, decorated with white linens, blue napkins and colourful fresh flowers.
A simple one tier white wedding cake made by The Cake Shop decorated with painted pastel accents for a relaxed small wedding.

The desserts were so delicious and this super cute one tier wedding cake by The Cake Shop matched the relaxed wedding vibes perfectly.

The bride leans on the groom while laughing at one of her guests speeches during the reception at Camp Fortune.
A fun wedding reception at Camp Fortune showing kids hula-hooping on the dance floor.
The bride and her bridesmaids pose for a polaroid picture in front of a wall of colourful origami swans.
The bride and groom feed each other pieces of cake after the cake cutting.
The bride smiles at her groom during the first dance under string lights inside the lodge at Camp Fortune Ski Hill.

We really wanted the day to be a reflection of us so we made many of the decorations ourselves and chose a more casual venue (the bonfire was a real selling feature!) where there was room to relax, chat and dance the night away.

The bride and groom clink beer glasses while sitting outside at a camp fire on their wedding night.

High fives to the crew! Venue Camp Fortune, Hair & MUA The Capelli Club, Chiffon skirt Hidden Room, Tops and evening skirt Copious Fashions, Earrings by Lost Thread Weaving, Engagement Ring Anouk Jewelry, Florist Flower to the People, The Cake Shop, DJ Quality Entertainment, bridesmaid dresses Flock Boutique, Second Photographer Casey Snyder Design