Edith and Kamara's relationship was like the blossoming of a gorgeous flower. First came the planting of the seed; then, it was time for steady and continuous growth. Eventually, the flower blossomed till it became a masterpiece to behold. :) This breathtaking Canadian wedding was photographed by Julien Hautcoeur. You'll be inspired and amazed at the beauty of the location, the perfection that is the bride's wedding dress, and most importantly, the love this beautiful couple obviously shares.
Bride: Edith Brumant
Groom: Kamara Benjamin
Wedding Date: 07.05.2012
Location: Ceremony - Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica; Reception - National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
How They Met ..... "Edith and Kamara met through Edith's cousin Osmel, who also happens to be one of Kamara's best friends. Osmel left his home on the Caribbean island of Antigua, where he met Kamara, to live with Edith's family in Ottawa, ON, Canada to pursue an undergraduate degree. At the time, Edith was just finishing high school, and Kamara was at the University of Florida. Soon, an online friendship developed between Kamara and Edith. Next, it was texting and occasional phone calls. This long distance friendship that was mostly internet-based finally brought an opportunity to meet face-to-face. The two met at last on a vacation back to Antigua for Carnival in July 2004 and had some great times. At that point, they both knew that, somehow, they had to be part of each other's lives."
The Proposal ..... "They decided to officially enter a relationship in December 2007, while on a trip to New York City. The pair worked hard to maintain a long-distance relationship, while Kamara was working in Trinidad and Boston. Even after Kamara completed his master's degree at the University of Ottawa, Edith's alma mater, the long-distance resumed as he moved to Seattle to work at Microsoft. A short trip to New Orleans and Texas in summer 2011 quickly put life into perspective for them and they decided that their love knows no bounds, and that neither time nor space could keep them apart. They had been at each other's side through the bad times (such as the loss of Edith's father due to cancer), and the distance that kept the pair apart, as well as the good times that were had in travels and good news like job offers and acceptance into university. This couple had been through it all and realized they were committed to each other more than ever before. Kamara surprised Edith with a quick getaway that October in Orlando, where he proposed on bended knee."
WEDDING DETAILS .....
"The wedding was a Thursday, a fairly unique day for a wedding. The couple was on the same page when it came to planning and no decision was made without the other. Early on, the colors were decided: yellow and blue. There was no turning back on those colors after Kamara had already arranged for one yellow and one blue sapphire to be placed inside of Edith's platinum engagement ring. They also knew what they wanted the feel of their special day to be: modern yet classic, bright, stylish, and well-executed. It was a gorgeous afternoon when their vision began to unfold. The Silver Cloud Rolls Royce pulled up to the entrance of the Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral, an architectual masterpiece located in Ottawa's downtown. As her mother walked her down the aisle, Edith's dress seemed to float across the floor. Edith designed the florals including her own bouquet which comprised of daisies, gerber daisies, craspedia and ranunculus with a single sunflower as a tribute to her father. While all eyes were on her, she only had eyes for her soon-to-be husband clad in a debonnaire grey suit with a slim black tie who had turned as he felt her presence near, embraced Mrs. Brumant, then delicately kissed Edith's hand, guiding her up to the altar. Returning to their respective seats were the bridesmaids wearing knee-length duchess satin sapphire dresses, each holding a single long stem sunflower, while the groomsmen wore sophisticated black suits, a tie to match the ladies' dresses and boutonnieres consisting of craspedia and berzelia.
The wedding party took photos in the picturesque Major's Hill Park, overlooking the Parliament buildings. After that, the newlyweds took a few more photos at the University of Ottawa; then, inside the National Art Gallery of Canada, the reception site. When it came to getting the best prices and keeping expenses within budget, this couple had it in the bag. They made a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of wedding favors, and got great deals with catering, venues, transportation , flowers, etc. Their guests also had free access to view the permanent exhibits in the gallery.
Having their reception in the gallery provided the exact ambience that the couple desired. Their guests were able to view the beautiful scenery as the sun set for the evening through the sky-high glass rotunda where they also danced the night away. There were heartwarming speeches and stories, and great times were had by all as the night rolled on. After such a delectable three course meal, decadent cupcakes, late night savoury treats, and host bar to boot, one would have to agree that this joyous occasion was indeed memorable from beginning to end...
Of course, that's not the end for this fun-loving couple it's just the beginning of a lifelong journey side by side at last."