Ottawa Wedding Photography by Christopher Steven B. | DIY Wedding at Billings Estate

DIY Wedding at Billings Estate

October 28, 2014

Billings estate is another example of an Ottawa landmark that I'd be totally oblivious to if it weren't for my work. Located in Alta Vista, it features Ottawa's oldest wood-framed house--built in the 1820's. Having been sold by the Billings family the estate now serves as a museum, and apparently also as a venue for weddings.

When I arrived at Billings Estate on the morning of the wedding I didn't find the bride getting herself ready for the day to come. Instead I found this diagram (see below) plunked down on one of the tables, and her, the groom, family and friends, buzzing about each with a job to do. Some were hanging decor, others dressing up the tables; the bride was assembling the seating chart. When this wedding couple says DIY, they totally mean it.

 

DIY planning seating chart diagram

 

Eventually, though, the bride segued from being wedding decorator and retreated to one of the side-rooms off of the manor to get herself ready for the day.

 

bride doing up her hair before wedding ceremony

 

mother of bride pinning veil on bride

 

bride getting ready at Billings Estate

 

Inside Billings Estate looking at ceremony through window

 

Groom waiting for bride to arrive in garden of Billings Estate

 

wedding processional with garden and estate

 

emotional photo of bride's mother hugging bride

 

family joining hands during wedding ceremony

 

first kiss at Billings Estate wedding

 

bride and groom post ceremony with backs turned proceeding to house

 

bride teasing groom

 

groom's hand on back showing bride's dress

 

wedding couple holding hands with forest trees in background

 

family group photo under tree next to Billings Estate house

 

food preparation at wedding - knife cutting vegetables

 

cocktail food at wedding

 

Flatbread Pizza Company oven with pizza cooking

 

The swirl of fire and wafts of smoke portending some genuinely kick-ass pizza. I love when a wedding couple knows what they want and then actually makes it happen, quirky or not. They met this pizza outfit at the Farmer's Market and knew they found their caterer.

 

flames in stone oven where pizza is cooking

 

Pizza at Ottawa wedding

 

guests at buffet table at Ottawa wedding

 

bride smiling during speeches at Billings Estate wedding

 

wedding guests chatting with the bride

 

The display of multi-generational wedding photos is a decorative touch I've definitely seen more of in the last couple of years. I always stop to have a look not only because I'm curious about the purely photographic aspect, but also because it reminds me about the significance of the day I am a part of. It's a mesmerizing, almost mystical experience seeing these old photos.

 

Old wedding photos in frames

 

crazy dancing at wedding

 

You might think that a Billings Estate wedding--a wedding on the grounds of a dignified historic house--is necessarily tame. But at some point in the evening Eine Kleine Nachtmusik quickly shifted to pulsing electronic beats; and most everyone but for the babies were dancing.

Those concerned with the fate of the gal below should know that she's resilient and was up and dancing again in no time !
 

funny wedding photo of guest falling while dancing

 

wedding couple dancing

 

Billings Estate wedding with wedding reception under tent, leaves in foreground and blue night sky