Wearing a custom suit and champagne glitter dress, Caitlin & Karianne had a short and meaningful ceremony, leaving plenty of time for the two to dance up a storm with their loved ones.
How did the love blossom?
We met in the most millennial way – on Tinder! We’ve been together for four years and married for one. We technically had two first dates: the first time we ever met was on the coldest day in February. We grabbed a drink at a bar, and that was the first time Caitlin ever let a beer turn warm because she was so captivated by Kari she forgot to drink her beer. After that date, and Caitlin having to chug a room-temperature beer, they made plans for a second date the following week. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and they couldn’t connect until six whole months later! They dubbed that date the real first date because they both knew they wouldn’t let any more time pass by without them being with each other.
Any stories from the lead up to the wedding stressful or funny?
So many stories, a few stressful and lots of funny ones. The most memorable one is how Karianne lost the wedding rings ten minutes before the ceremony. We had just finished our first look, surrounded by our family and bridal party in the suite Kari was staying in at the hotel. We then took some photos and separated again before heading downstairs to our ceremony.
While grabbing her vows, she went to get the rings on her nightstand and realized the pouch that held the rings was gone! Panic ensued. All of her family and the bridal party went into search and rescue mode for what seemed like forever until finally, about two minutes before she had to get downstairs to walk down the aisle, her dad found them after flipping the suite upside down. It turns out, one of her bridesmaids had the exact same pouch to hold her watch in and thought it was hers, so she threw it in her own bag. Ah! All’s well that ends well!
What lead you to Montreal?
Caitlin was born and raised in Montreal before she moved to Ottawa. Montreal’s old port is so beautiful, and it was a perfect way to merge Caitlin’s past with our future in Ottawa. The Nelligan had such a romantic and beautiful ambiance with exposed brick and rich mahogany trims and features. It fit our vibe perfectly.
Our theme was moody and romantic. So we chose to go with gold, maroon, and navy. We chose them as we are drawn to dark autumn colors and wanted a cozy atmosphere.
Talk to us about finding your wedding day outfits.
Caitlin loves bespoke suits and tuxedos. It was always her dream to wear a dapper tux on her wedding day with a beautifully handsome bowtie. She was always intimidated about going into a traditional tailor’s shop because all she saw was men wearing suits in all the photos. Unfortunately, she felt like she would not belong and that her body was too curvy for any men’s tailor to accommodate. She came across an HBO documentary called ‘Suited’ that showcased Bindle & Keep in New York. They specialize in making bespoke suits and tuxedos for all people and body types and are an LGBTQ+ inclusive space. Caitlin and Kari, along with Caitlin’s supportive parents, road tripped one weekend to NYC and had the most fantastic experience customizing her ideal wedding outfit.
Karianne found her wedding dress in a small shop just outside of Ottawa. She went shopping with her mom and found “the” dress on the 4th try! Kari tried on a few more dresses, but as soon as she saw the champagne/rose gold sparkly dress, she knew it was the one. Kari had always envisioned sharing the experience with just her mom, and she was happy that she found the dress of her dreams during the first appointment.
Walk us through the wedding day.
It was an overcast end of September day with on-and-off drizzles. Karianne started her day early by waking up at 4:30 (out of excitement!) at the Hotel Nelligan to have a coffee with her mom while waiting for the rest of the bridal party to wake up and for hair and makeup to arrive. Caitlin got ready with her bridal party at her childhood home.
After getting ready, Karianne and Caitlin had their first look at the Hotel Nelligan before the ceremony. Both families and bridal parties gathered in the room with Karianne and waited for Caitlin’s arrival. This was only the beginning of the happy tears during the day! We took photos with our bridal parties and families before the ceremony started.
We stayed indoors since it was a particularly rainy moment, and we didn’t want to get spotted by our guests. Our ceremony was short and intimate and officiated by our dear friend Taylor. Both having written our vows and we loved the connection throughout the ceremony.
We took some quick photos outside during the cocktail hour but quickly rejoined our guests to say hello. We had a lovely moment alone before the reception, where we were brought up to our suite and had our signature cocktails waiting and appetizers. This was a great moment alone where we could really soak in the day.
Our reception was lovely, and MC’d by Karianne’s godfather, Paul. We had heartfelt speeches from both maids of honor and our parents. Once dinner ended, we tore up the dancefloor through the night and had a blast dancing and singing along to our favorite songs.
Photography by Brent Calis Photography
Accessories Bindle & Keep, Davie and Chiyo, Bijouterie XO
Catering & Venue Hotel Nelligan
Engagement Rings People’s Jewellers
Entertainment DJ Universal
Florist Flore L’Atelier
Gown Boutiques Alliance Bridal, Morilee by Madeline Gardner
H&MU Atelier Eva Blanca, Vanessa Boily, Katie Sollazzo
Planner & Stylist Bustled Weddings
Prop & Furniture Hire Joe’s Prophouse, Casa d’Eramo
Shoes Nina Kiyrah
Suit Designer Bindle & Keep
Wedding Party Outfits With Love Bridal, Giroux Men’s Wear
Wedding Rings Magpie Jewellery, Bijouterie XO