Snowy Wedding in the Canadian Rockies


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.”


“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.”


“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!”


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


 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.”


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


A Winter Wonderland Wedding in Park City, Utah

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Chelsey and David had a wonderful winter wonderland wedding at the swanky St. Regis Deer Valley (we’ve been – it’s fantastic!).  The bride shared with us how they selected this special location to celebrate with close friends and family.  “It is close to my family’s winter home. It also has breathtaking views from where we said our vows.  I love the winter season and my favorite childhood memories are in deer valley with my family. Plus the pictures were breathtaking with the snow.”

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 Like many couples these days, these two lovebirds opted for a first look with wedding photographer, Pepper Nix“We thought that it would ease the nerves a bit to see each other before the wedding. It also gave us time together without anyone else. The pictures of this moment are amazing. They tell a story and I look at them constantly — reliving the moment by looking at the pictures makes me smile every time.”

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Even in the snow, they held their ceremony outside by the fire (which made for some amazing photos)!

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The bride’s father had passed so she asked her nearest and dearest to walk her down the aisle. “My uncle Jeff escorted me to the beginning of the aisle where my mom and brother took over to take me down the rest of the way towards my groom.  My dad passed away a couple years before my wedding and my uncle seemed to be the next best thing to my dad because they were so close. I also wanted to have my brother and my mom be a part of giving me away so I had all three escort me down the aisle.”

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.  For this bride during the ceremony?  “I would have to say that my favorite memory of the ceremony was when we told each other our vows. It was the first time where my groom actually had to write down his feelings and I loved every word of his vows to me.  I loved every moment of the wedding but one thing that made me laugh was the hard time we had lighting the unity candle due to the light wind. We took forever while everyone was freezing out in the cold and had to have our officiant help block the wind with his folder.”

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For the design of the day and flowers, they opted for product that reflected the snowy winter season.  “When I first thought of my dream wedding I thought of my favorite season which is winter and so I decided to have a winter wedding. When thinking of colors I was inspired by the colors of the peacock feather. I thought that navy blue, deep purple, and teal would be a perfect color combination. I also wanted to have crystals incorporated because fancy anything that sparkles.”  And the flowers?  “They were beautiful. White dahlias and roses for me and my girls had purple/red dahlias and other flowers to accompany them.”

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Chelsey’s favorite moment from the reception?  “Our first dance. We hadn’t been able to practice and we were a bit nervous but we did it and it was to our song God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.”

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What’s a winter wedding without an amazing white wedding cake?! “It was everything that I wanted and more. It was beautiful! It was white with bling — I had brought Carrie a picture of a cake that I saw in a magazine and she made it even better — the flavors were champagne and red velvet.”

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They even selected a favor fitting of what matters most to them – “a tin of homemade cookies from opportunity village — a local charity that we are passionate about.”

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We often ask couples for advice for you and here’s what Chelsey had to say.  “Don’t sweat the small stuff and take in every moment because it will be over in a heartbeat.  Take in the moment and let yourself go.”  If she could change anything?  “I would have worn my dress the entire time. I did a wardrobe change into a shorter dress for the reception and I wish I would’ve worn my wedding dress the entire time.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location + Catering: St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, Event Planner: Soiree Productions LLC, Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai, Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld, Floral Designer: Sean Oviatt Designs, Invitations: Shop Annabelle’s, Cake: Carrie’s Cakes, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Makeup: Paula Dahlberg, Her Rings: A. Jaffe, Jewelry: Borrowed from mom, Bridesmaids: Nordstrom, His Ring: Carlex, Favors + Gifts: Opportunity Village, Officiant: Kamrin Carver, DJ: Craig Chambers, Linens: Wildflower Linen 


Red Winter Weddings

After the red wedding in Italy we shared yesterday, we had to show you a bit more of the winter color inspiration we just love.  An electric red accent makes for a fun-tastic color in the snow, the city, or in a far off European country like Spain or Italy.  Today’s bright red wedding inspiration hopefully gets you in the holiday spirit and gives you a few great ideas for your winter destination wedding.

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{Photos: Bride + Ceremony: Lane Dittoe via Wedding Chicks, Invitation: PS Paper via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Hot Chocolate: Emily Steffen via The Sweetest Occasion, Cake: Design Sponge, Table: Better Homes & Gardens}


Winter Wedding in Oregon

wedding in sisters, oregonBryce and Elece wed in late January of this year in the snowy and sleepy town of Sisters, Oregon.  Five Pine Lodge was home to their big day, an event almost fourteen years in anticipation.  The couple met at summer camp as kids and that’s where this fairy tale began.

When it came time to plan the wedding and set a location, the bride and groom kept their love of snow and family at the top of their list.  Elece told us, “Although my family is spread out across the United States, Bryce is lucky enough to have most of his family living in either Washington or Oregon, which is one of the reasons we chose our venue. We both love to spend time outdoors and always knew we wanted to have a winter wedding. One of the reasons we chose the small town of Sisters, Oregon is because of its proximity to the Cascade Mountains, virtually guaranteeing snow in January. One of Bryce’s Uncles has a home just outside of Sisters that has served as a wonderful family gathering spot over the years and helped provide additional incentive to get married nearby. This local connection to the area made wedding planning easier and even provided the means to hold our rehearsal dinner at an adorable community hall in town.”

For the design of the day, the couple chose to translate the winter weather into the decor.  “I knew that I wanted to have a baby’s breath bouquet to mimic the lightness of snow and loved working with Sara of Blue Daffodil to come up with other ways to incorporate the flowers into the décor.  I was thrilled to see how beautifully everything came together, like the pine cone pomanders and garland.”  babys breath weddingsI absolutely love these first look photos in the woods under the cover of snow, captured by photographer Kimberly Kay.  But the bride shared with us that this moment almost didn’t happen as planned.  “We knew that planning a winter wedding would pose any number of weather-related challenges, but we did not expect one of them to be a dramatic lack of snow in the Cascades. Amidst unseasonably warm temperatures, a major winter storm was scheduled to hit the entire Pacific Northwest less than a week before our wedding. The problem was that the snow was scheduled to fall right when our bridal party was heading out of town, then turn to rain as soon as the actual wedding day came around. In the end nearly all of our guests were able to make the drive or flight to Sisters despite the severe weather, but the ground was still bare the morning of the wedding.  As Bryce and I saw each other for the first time before the ceremony, the most magical thing happened; it started to snow! Not just any snow either, we’re talking big, fat snowflakes that Kimberly and Chris captured perfectly in their photos. I’ll never forget that moment and am eternally grateful for all the answered weather prayers! “winter weddingsThen it was off to the lodge for a fireside ceremony and wintery warm reception.  “We wanted to keep the theme and décor of the wedding natural by decorating with things you could find in the area, such as pine cones and wood rounds, with twine and burlap accents.”five pine lodge oregonWith the bridal party bundled up for the chilly outdoors, the happy couple and friends braved the weather for for more snowy moments of magic.winter bridesmaid dressesThe reception was home to more baby’s breath and even a few DIY details.  “It was important to have at least a couple DIY elements, so I made the programs and menu cards, the chalkboard seating chart and place cards, and the bags of roasted pecans for the wedding favors. In a nod to our long relationship history, I also displayed some old high school dance photos of us that I hope made people laugh.”  And while there were some DIY elements, there were also a few technological advancements too.  Elece shared with us their use of Skype and a tablet during the ceremony.  “I’m one of three girls and am really close to all of my sisters, so it was a bittersweet moment when my sister Erin told me she was pregnant and due only 4 weeks after my wedding date. Although she was unable to fly to Oregon for the wedding, we Skyped with each other while I was getting ready that morning and then made sure she was able to take part in the ceremony.”  Such a great idea!

Then those in attendance danced the night away and filled up of pies before helping usher Bryce and Elece say good night amidst a sea of sparklers.pie bar at wedding

Congratulations newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Kimberly K Photo

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Five Pine Lodge, Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal, Officiant: Rev. Mary Ellen Decklemann, Floral Design: Blue Daffodil Flowers, Pies: Sisters Bakery, DJ: Star Productions, Faux Fur Coat: Fossil, Guest Book: Bleu De Toi


Winter Weddings

When we think of destination weddings, so often our minds wander to white sands and clear blue waters.  But the unsung hero of the destination wedding, in my book is the winter and snowy wedding!  I love the luxe look of lush fabrics, fancy (faux) furs, snow falling and a bride and groom strolling through the streets as if they are the only two people on earth.  Winter weddings can take on several design variations – from Christmas red to silver bling, white hot, or one of my personal faves, this almost grayish tone of pale blue that we find in floral and winter decor.  So grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up with today’s destination winter wonderland.

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Beyond that almost steel gray blue color that is so piercingly pretty and icy (in a good way), stark whites and a little crystal goes a long way.  There’s something about such a simple palette when paired with the depth photos capture in the snow that just makes me stop and stare.  Whether in a city or out in the countryside, a snowy destination “I do” is truly divine.  And bonus – skiing activities galore for you and your guests after the big day is done (I might suggest holding off on the slopes until after the ceremony, just to avoid any potential mishaps on the way down).  Now only if it snowed here on the coast of sunny Southern California!

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