They say that when it rains on your wedding day, it’s good luck. Well, what does it mean if you were already married? Double good luck?! I think so! The wedding between Paula and Johnny has a very special story. They were technically already married, having had a very small civil ceremony at their home a few months earlier. Paula’s Mom was very ill and was battling cancer when Paula + Johnny decided to have a small ceremony at their home in Ottawa so that her mom could be a part of it. A few months later, after her mom had passed away, they had a beautiful wedding surrounded by their friends and family at the Strathmere Lodge.
It poured rain all weekend but it didn’t phase them one bit. The night before the wedding, Paula went to the store to buy umbrellas and rubber boots for the bridesmaids because she was determined to have their wedding pictures outside. They braved the rain all day and when Laura Barclay, their wedding photographer, suggested walking across a very saturated field to get to a nice area for photos, Paula gave Johnny a piggyback across the mud. What a phenomenal couple! Paula had also incorporated touches of star wars to the day for Johnny – he’s obsessed!
The day ended with a beautiful reception out of the rain at the stunning Strathmere Lodge. Paula’s Dad showed such strength when he gave the most heartfelt speech to the newlyweds. He talked about how the whole family learned what love is from their Mom, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the lodge.
It was a beautiful day, full of love, and showcased what a strong bond Johnny + Paula have together. Congratulations to the lovely couple, and we know her mom was celebrating with her! Enjoy the pictures!!!
Wedding Venue: The Lodge at Strathmere