Destination Wedding at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada

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Mike and Vikkie opted for a mountain destination wedding overlooking the spectacular Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. There had been a blizzard a few days before, making the rolling hills even more amazing of a setting for their big day.

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The group began the festivities during a welcome party at Banff Avenue Brew Company, before heading to the lake with welcome goodies in hand (including local treats and Vietnamese favors).

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Then the couple opted for a tea ceremony set in a sunflower-clad ceremony overlooking Lake Louise. The décor for the day was inspired by the bride’s love of her favorite Van Gogh painting!

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When it came time to celebrate at the reception, Mike and Vikkie went with a more modern vibe, partially to reflect the western-style ceremony they had transitioned to.

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The color purple was bountiful in the reception, including even in the candy bar!

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Come the end of the evening, the bride transitioned into her third dress of the day! Just in time for her to hit the dance floor with the groom for a choreographed dance!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Orange Girl Photographs

Wedding Vendors: Planning & Design: Postcard Weddings & Events, Hair: Hedkandi Salon, Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry, Bridal Makeup: Danielle Vincent, Kimiko Beauty, Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Photo Session Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Transportation: MC Limo Transportation, Ceremony Music: Ensemble Cascade, Florist: Flower Artistry, Candy Bar: Whippt, Band: Wildcard – PM Gigs, DJ: Stardust – PM Gigs

 

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Snowy Wedding in the Canadian Rockies

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Elaine and Christie said I do during a snowy day in Banff, Canada where an intimate group of friends and family gathered to celebrate their union. Getting married in the Canadian Rockies was just what this couple dreamed of, a pair who shares a love of the outdoors. But what a treat when they discovered snow on their wedding day in September!

We asked the newlyweds to share with us the story of their big day and how it came to be. “We were inspired by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. We were inspired by the beauty and simplicity of nature itself. We love hiking and boating, just being in nature makes us happy and that’s why we decided to go with a nature theme and with nature colors.”

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“The first time we saw each other in our dresses standing out among the beautiful trees all of our worries about weather or anything else just melted away. Everything you envision how the first look would be can’t compare to the emotions you feel the first time you see the love of your life standing in front of you. It is a rush, an energy, breath taking moment, sensory overload and overwhelming love! In that split second it reaffirms that feeling you have in your soul that this is the person I want to spend my days with. My soul mate!”

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“Our absolute favorite wedding day detail was the surprise snow! We were expecting rain and it turned into something very magical.”

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“Being surrounded by close family and friends in such an intimate gathering could not have been more perfect,” shared Christie. “It was an overwhelming feeling of emotions!”

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“The reception decorations were stunning and really fit our outdoorsy style.”

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 We often ask couples if they experienced any challenges planning a wedding away and of course, the weather was part of this story! On the day of the wedding, Elaina got up and headed back to the Banff house and I waited for my parents to arrive. We woke up to a very cold and rainy morning. It actually wasn’t the rain that worried us the most though; it was the fact that it was so foggy you couldn’t see anything! This meant no beautiful mountain/lake backdrop. I’m getting calls from Elaina who’s been in touch with Postcard Weddings on other contingency plans because it started to sleet! The makeup artist and stylist did their magic on us and we felt beautiful and ready to meet our soon to be wife. The weather started to change and the forecast for the day was looking like several inches of snow! Our planners again went into action mode and reorganized all the wedding teams to have the wedding at the Rimrock Hotel. There is no way all the pieces would have fit together as perfectly as they did if we didn’t have them working their magic in the background. Elaina and I were able to enjoy each moment and it totally took all the pressure of the re-arrangements off our shoulders. We got in our cars and headed to the first photo shoot.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julie Williams Photography

Wedding Vendors: Intimate Wedding Management: Postcard Weddings, Celebrant: Threshold Ceremonies, Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs, Ceremony Location + Accommodations: The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Reception location: Sage Bistro & Wine Lounge, Accommodations: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Videographer: Mountain Wedding Videos, Ceremony guitarist: Andrew Ibanez, Hair: JK Hair Designs, Makeup: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry, Florals: Willow Flower Co., Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Destination Wedding at Summerhill Pyramid Winery – BC, Canada

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Jason and Goldie wed in an intimate destination wedding at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna BC, Canada. The location was certainly a spectacular backdrop for this sweet couple to share their special day with loved ones. We picked Kelowna as a destination because it’s close enough to home that our close family and friends would be able to attend.  Summerhill Pyramid Winery was our first choice of venue, so we definitely lucked out when it was available.  The winery has a rustic feel which tied nicely into our wedding theme.”  

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“Its so hard to pick one favourite moment, because the whole day was so amazing, but if we had to choose, it would probably be the first look and where it was.  The view was breathtaking.  Great find Mathias :)”   

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Clearly this big day was a whole family affair!  Including the four-legged family member…

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“We wanted to keep decor simple, playful and reflection of our personalities, so we incorporated objects that represented us on our centerpieces.”  

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“The New Years theme (which was when we first met), with the hats and noise makers, surprisingly, worked out awesome!    Definitely one of the favourite parts of the wedding.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Mathias Fast Photography

 Wedding Vendors: Venue: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Florist: Mission Park Flowers, Hair/Makeup: Beyond Wrapture Day Spa

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A Day After Destination Photo Shoot on Emerald Lake in British Columbia

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Yesterday we shared with you Jesse and Kelly’s beautiful rustic mountain destination wedding and today we’ve got their stunning day-after shoot to share with you!  The newlyweds, with wedding photographer Leslie Spurlock headed out to gorgeous Emerald Lake for a few fun photos on the water.  Love this idea!

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Jesse and Kelly took this shoot by storm – both land and sea (with the help of a canoe)!

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The colors, oh the colors!  Such a special shoot (and memory for the couple the day after the big I do)!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Leslie Spurlock Photography

Location: Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

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A Rustic Destination Wedding in British Columbia, Canada

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Jesse and Kelly knew they wanted a rustic mountain wedding when they set out to find their dream destination wedding location.  But it wasn’t until they hit a few roadblocks before they found “the one” in Golden, British Columbia.  Kelly shared with us their story.  “Jesse and I had always wanted to get married in the rocky mountains. We spent a fair bit of time together travelling, camping and playing (snowboarding, biking, hiking) in the Rockies and we absolutely loved it there so it was always a dream of ours. As we started looking for locations and venues we started to get a bit discouraged as most of the places were WAY out of budget. The hotels and resorts had very expensive rental rates, expensive menus and lists of rules that were so long we couldn’t bother to read through all of them. So, we decided to take a week off of work in the summer, take a road trip and see what we could find. When we found the ECO Adventure Ranch in Golden B.C. we knew it was the right location for us immediately. There was a variety of accommodations for our guests nearby all varying in price, location and type. If they wanted to camp, there was camping right at the ECO adventure ranch. There was a plethora of hotels, motels, cabins, resorts and bed and breakfasts to choose from. The events pavilion at the ranch was big enough for the size of wedding that we wanted to have and it had a fully equipped kitchen, two floors (one for the dinner and one for the dance or the ceremony if we happened to get rained out). They allowed us to rent the pavilion for 48 hours which gave us lots of time to set up the day before and clean up the day after (we even had a brunch and gift opening there the next morning).”

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“We had the ceremony in front of the old barn. It was a beautiful, natural setting with the mountains in the background. Then we went for pictures around the ECO ranch with the wedding party and took off with our photographers to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for some more pictures of just Jesse and I. We took the gondola right up to the top of the mountain to get some great shots. It was snowing up there and quite cold so we only stayed up there for a little while.” 

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“Neither of my grandma’s were in good enough health to make it to the destination wedding and although Jesse’s grandma had planned on coming, she ended up with the shingles a few days before the wedding and was not able to come. One of my grandma’s had given me a broach that was very special to her so I attached it to my bouquet in her honor. Our other grandma’s just had us promise to bring back lots of pictures to share with them when we got back.”

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“The centerpieces, seating charts, chalk board, menu cards and table numbers were all homemade. We purchased some supplies before heading to Golden and collected the rest when we were there. All of the decorations were inspired by the beautiful setting of the wedding in the mountains and a lot of the decorations were made with natural materials. We used tree stumps to line the aisle, pinecones to hold our table numbers and branches from willow bushes by the creek to make the arch of the barn for the ceremony.  Our centerpieces and wedding cake were placed on stained wooden slabs.”

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The gorgeous wedding cake was even made by a close friend of the couple!

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Leslie and Todd did an excellent job of capturing the day. From getting ready for the big day to the dance they were there for every moment. Some of my favorite pictures are of our guests playing our version of  “minute to win it” to determine who got to eat first. The whole day was absolutely wonderful and we could not have asked for anything more. We had great weather, it rained a little just before the ceremony but it cleared up just in time to walk down the aisle. Jesse and I stayed the whole night, dancing until the early hours of the morning and then went to the room that we rented at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for our first night as a happily married couple.”

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when we share with you this darling couple’s day after wedding shoot on Emerald Lake!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Leslie Spurlock Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: The Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Wedding Dress: Stella York, Tuxedos: Black and Lee, Flowers: Flowers From Home, Catering: Whitetooth Mountain Bistro, Chair Covers: Kicking Horse Party Rentals, Table Runners: Table Cloths Factory, Wedding Cake: Close Friend Rosie Voon, Centerpieces, Seating Charts, Menu Cards, Chalkboards + Table Numbers: DIY, DJ: Tracy Mihajic, Hair: Vivid Hair Salon

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