Winter Mill Street Brewery Wedding

Winter Mill Street Brewery Wedding

One month ago I photographed Julie and Conrad’s winter Mill Street Brewery wedding in Ottawa, Ontario.  I was excited when I heard that they were having a winter wedding.  I was also happy to find out that they were having their wedding at Mill Street Brewery Pub in Ottawa.  It’s located in a heritage building just along the Ottawa river.  So pretty!

It was a sunny day, but a little cool at -13C.  Despite it being chillier than we were hoping, the family and wedding party braved the cold in order to get pretty outdoor winter wedding photos.  And the wedding party were total troopers.  My goodness, the girls had bare legs and short dresses.  My second shooter, Michelle, and I wore snow pants, toques, and warm winter boots.  I felt pretty warm, until near the end when my bare hands started to hurt from the cold.  I’m just glad that we didn’t get the really strong gusts of wind, which happened the day before and the day after their wedding day.

So, the entire day went smoothly and there was plenty of fun and laughter to be had by all.  One of the things I really liked about their wedding was that Conrad’s parents incorporated a traditional Polish wedding custom for the bride and groom.  Although Conrad’s mom briefly explained to me the significance of the ceremony, I had to google it in order to get the info for this blog post.

Bread, Salt and Vodka Ceremony

According to Polish tradition, the parents of the bride and groom greet the newly married couple with bread, salt and vodka at the front of the wedding table, so that their home might always enjoy abundance. The bride and groom each taste a piece of bread to signify: “May you never go hungry.” They each place a spec of salt on their tongue to signify, “May you overcome the bitterness in life.”

Next, they each choose one shot glass to drink out of.  One glass is filled with vodka and the other with water. So, the bride and groom have to choose which glass they will drink out of.  As a result, the person who picks up the vodka-filled glass will be the strong one in the marriage. Following this ritual, the bride and groom break the glass for good luck.  Personally, I liked that Julie ended up with the vodka, so she’s in charge. Yay to girl power!

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy viewing Conrad and Julie’s wedding photos. 🙂

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Their wedding day was made possible by the following Ottawa wedding vendors:

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