An Intimate Backyard Wedding in Ottawa, Ontario

One night while Savannah was waiting for a taxi in front of The Standard in Ottawa, Blake approached her out of the blue and sparked up a conversation. He asked if they could grab a drink some time and without hesitation, she called him the next day. Two years later, the couple tied the knot at an intimate fall-themed wedding. The ceremony took place in Blake’s parents’ backyard amidst the fallen autumn leaves.

“Every time we could catch our breath to soak it all in, we realized we threw a wedding we would have loved to attend,” Savannah says. “All of the details, from the location and decor to the food and music were intimately chosen to reflect our tastes and our personalities, so watching our guests enjoy the atmosphere and each other was a very gratifying feeling.”

The couple says their favourite wedding detail was the raw oyster bar at their reception. They also treated their guests to a custom playlist of their favourite tunes. “The entire reception playlist we created was a labour of love and we still play it at home just hanging out,” says Savannah.

Savannah Hart Kirch and Blake William Duncan Foster, October 20, 2012. Ottawa, Ontario. 

Ceremony and reception location:
Blake’s parents’ backyard
Post-reception dinner: The Shore Club
Bridal gown: Mikaella Bridal from Baroness Bridal. The shrug was custom-made using extra material from the train by Vivian at Dow’s Lake Tailoring (613-569-7090)
Groom’s suit: Canali from Morgante Menswear
Maid of Honour: Diane Von Furstenberg from Holt Renfrew
Cake: Homemade squares baked by Blake’s grandma
Caterer: The Whalesbone Oyster House
Favours: Homemade red pepper jelly
Wedding planners: Weddings Unveiled
Photographic/wedding stylist: Catalina Bloch (
Hair: Fernando Cellini
Make-Up: Amber Sheikh
Flowers: Michelle VandenBosch
Stationery: Electronic wedding invitations from Glosite and wedding itinerary from Canvas Pop

View all the photos at this intimate backyard wedding in Ottawa.


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