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Ottawa River Elopement Wedding Inspiration

07/19/2019

Ottawa is a beautifully green city, with so many amazing hikes, trails, outdoor spots, and hidden gems along the water. It’s easy to overlook amazing outdoor spaces right in your city. This Ottawa River elopement shows that you can find an outdoor location for photos – right in your backyard.

You don’t always have to travel far to find an epic location for your wedding photos.

These two have been together for years and got married in a simple, small ceremony. They had never had professional wedding photos taken, so Steph was excited to finally have some portraits!

We met at a quiet spot along the Ottawa river and hiked in for their elopement photos. It was a gorgeous day but crazy hot, so when we finally broke out of the trees and onto the water the cool breeze was very welcome. 😉

After a brief vow exchange, they enjoyed their quiet dinner by candlelight, and then we took photos until sunset.

An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, complete with flowers, candles, wine, fruit, cheese, and bread.
An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, complete with flowers, candles, wine, fruit, cheese, and bread.
An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, complete with flowers, candles, wine, fruit, cheese, and bread.

This section of the Ottawa River is very rocky, which makes it a tad tricky to walk on barefoot. It creates an absolutely beautiful setting, though, so is totally worth it. Makin’ It Lovely put together a boho, Moroccan-cum-French-inspired tablescape for the elopement dinner. It was simple, complete with wine, fresh bread, cheese, and fruit.

An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, showcasing a beautiful boho floral invitation with burnt orange tassel by La Fabere, and a blue and orange boho boutonniere by Trillium Floral.
An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, showcasing a beautiful boho floral invitation with burnt orange tassel by La Fabere, and a blue and orange boho boutonniere by Trillium Floral.

This boho, floral and handwritten script invitation was designed and created by La Fabere. The burnt orange tassel contrasted with the deep greens.

An intimate table setting for two at this romantic riverside elopement, complete with flowers, candles, wine, fruit, cheese, and bread. Fairy lights are entwined on the tree branches behind the table.
Bride and groom standing near the river's edge, smiling while she fastens a boutonniere to his suit vest.
Bride and groom standing close together by the water's edge, eyes closed as he gently kisses her forehead.
A beautiful boho boutonniere created by Trillium Floral, with deep blues, burnt orange, and lots of greens.
Bride and groom smiling and laughing as they snuggle together on the rocky beach by the water's edge.
Bride and groom smiling and laughing as they snuggle together on the rocky beach by the water's edge on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom kissing and snuggling together on the rocky beach by the water's edge on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom snuggling together by the water's edge on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom snuggling together by the water's edge on the Ottawa River.
An elopement for two - a beautiful table set by Makin' It Lovely, with a boho bouquet by Trillium Floral.
An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.

A simple picnic-style elopement dinner is possible almost everywhere and gives you a chance to enjoy the surrounding scenery.

An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.
An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.
An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.
An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.
An intimate elopement for two -the bride and groom sit on poufs and pillows to enjoy their candlelit, French -inspired dinner by the water.
Bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River - her strapless, boho dress blowing in the breeze as they make their way into the shallow water.
Bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River - her strapless, boho dress blowing in the breeze as they make their way into the shallow water.
Bride and groom kissing passionately in the Ottawa River, nothing but water and the Quebec treeline behind them in the distance.
Bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River
Moody and romantic bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River

A large wedding with a long guest list doesn’t mean you can’t get epic portraits. A day-after adventure session allows you to travel somewhere more intimate for photos.

Moody but fun bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River
Moody and romantic bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River, taken as they hold hands and walk back into shore.

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Moody and romantic bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River.
Moody and romantic bride and groom portraits on the Ottawa River.
The groom stokes a brightly burning campfire set up on the rocky bank of the Ottawa river as the sun starts to go down after their elopement.
The groom stokes a brightly burning campfire set up on the rocky bank of the Ottawa river as the sun starts to go down after their elopement.
Bride and groom kissing in front of the campfire on the rocky riverbank of the Ottawa River following their elopement.
Bride and groom snuggling together against a tree after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom snuggling together against a tree after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Blonde bride holding her bright, oversized bouquet created by Trillium Floral.
Beautiful bride enjoying her new hubby after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Beautiful bride enjoying her new hubby as the sun begins to set and turn the sky pink, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom standing together on the river's edge as the sun begins to set and turn the sky pink, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom standing together on the river's edge as the sun begins to set and turn the sky pink, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom standing together on the river's edge as the sun begins to set and turn the sky pink, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom standing together on the river's edge as the sun begins to set and turn the sky pink, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom holding each other and laughing as the sun begins to dip below the trees and create a vibrant sunset, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom holding each other and laughing as the sun begins to dip below the trees and create a vibrant sunset, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom holding each other and laughing as the sun begins to dip below the trees and create a vibrant sunset, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom holding each other and laughing as the sun begins to dip below the trees and create a vibrant sunset, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom holding each other, laughing and kissing as the sun begins to dip below the trees and create a vibrant sunset, after their elopement on the Ottawa River.
Bride and groom sitting at their intimate elopement table on the beach, dusk setting in over the river and fairy lights on the tree behind them illuminating the table.
The rustic, French-inspired tablescape lit up by candlelight, shows a boho, burnt orange invitation by La Fabere resting on a tin dinner plate.
Bride and groom sitting at their intimate elopement table on the beach, dusk setting in over the river and fairy lights on the tree behind them illuminating the table.
Bride and groom sitting at their intimate elopement table on the rocky beach of the Ottawa River, dusk setting in over the river and fairy lights on the tree behind them illuminating the table.
Bride and groom sitting at their intimate elopement table on the rocky beach of the Ottawa River, dusk setting in over the river and fairy lights on the tree behind them illuminating the table.
Bride and groom sitting at their intimate elopement table on the rocky beach of the Ottawa River, the sun completely gone and their table lit only by candles.

If you love the vibe of this elopement, you might also like:

this woodsy winter elopement in Quebec;

or this rainy cliffside elopement in Hawaii.

Vendors:

Decor + Rentals: Makin’ It Lovely //

Florals: Trillium Floral //

Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Chris //

Models: Steph + Josh //

Stationary: La Fabere

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