Rainy Engagement Session Downtown – Photo Locations

Rainy engagement sessions are most definitely not common, especially since we like to schedule two dates in case of rain, especially in the fall. But with it being a busy season for Kaitlin & Ethan and for our studio (plus it was sunny when she went to get her makeup done) they decided to go ahead with the session anyways. We spent most of the time hanging around the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, incase you also get stuck in the rain like this on your wedding day!

Our original plan was to go to the Arboretum, because it’s so beautiful this time of year, but when Kaitlin reached out about other options we had to think a little outside the box. The first spot I thought of that would be ideal and free is inside the NAC (please confirm with staff before making any plans). The only issue was when I arrived and met Kaitlin and Ethan, they felt a bit overwhelmed with how public it was, as the place was really busy with the rain.

Couple posed with umbrella on stairs
couple standing in the rain under umbrella
So we opted for a cute umbrella and a more private covered spots over crowded indoor options.
couple kissing holding a leaf with wedding date under uumbrella
couple laughing and smiling holding a leaf in the rain
couple kissing in a fall engagement session with wedding date on leaf
couple walking together in the rain during the fall

Here are a few other great options as well:

  1. One of the first places we thought of was the Museum of Nature, they charge $100 during museum hours only. It has so many breathtaking architectural spots with a lot of natural light, but for an engagement session, $100 was a little steep for 2 people for 45 mins. However, if you were getting married and needed a great spot for photos, this would be one we would highly recommend.
  2. Canadian War Museum – $50 for use of the lobby for photos with stunning architecture you may also want to grab your umbrella and brave the rain for this one too!
  3. National Art Gallery – $350 for use for couples on their wedding day, which if you think about it isn’t such a bad idea, especially if rain is scheduled to happen all day and you really want nice photos with family, bridal party, and couples portraits! It’s so close to so many beautiful outdoor locations such as Major’s Hill Park, The Locks, outside Fairmont Chateau LaurierParliament Hill, & Confederation Tunnel
  4. Last but not least, Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries – it is a first come first serve option, but you won’t find this type of covered outdoor feel anywhere else. You can rent it for $400, or risk that people may be in your shots as well.

Although this information may be correct now, things may change, so always make sure that you check with all the facilities before making any sudden appearances.

Couple standing in the rain during engagement session with the Locks and Chateau Laurier in the background
The Locks outside Chateau Laurier
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session Chateau Laurier in the background
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session with the Locks and Chateau Laurier in the background laughing
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session with the Locks and Chateau Laurier in the background having fun with each other
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session with the Chateau Laurier in the background popping bottle of champagne
Couple standing in the rain during engagement session with the Chateau Laurier in the background popping bottle of champagne
Best reaction ever!!
Ethan made sure to check that I got all the foam… don’t worry I got you!
They broke a glass… so Ethan drank out of the bottle and Kaitlin shared with me to help calm my nerves to walk back over the Locks again. (I don’t like heights)
Once they warmed up to having photos done, they were pulling out all the stops.. this was all them!
Love how much fun they had!
Butt grabbing for the win… again not my instructions here, but I love it.
Always ask couples to just go for it… it can take a few mins, or a few glasses of champagne, but we got there!
Eventually, I just asked Kaitlin if we could ditch the umbrella… and she did!
This angle in front of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is the best.
A quick ring shot.. don’t worry this beauty will be front and centre for the wedding!

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We are a husband & wife team who specialize in wedding photography & videography services, based in Ottawa, ON, but we travel as often as our children allow us to! 

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