ean and Alberto held a stylish and romantic destination mountain wedding that started off by inviting their guests to go dog sledding with them as the perfect introduction to their Canadian winter wedding. They created a cozy candlelit feeling for their wedding ceremony and reception held at The Banff Springs known as the Castle in the Rockies. They timed it so that guests could enjoy that beautiful blue glow of a mountain dusk in winter through the stained glass windows with the amber glow of twinkly lights and candles keeping everyone cozy inside. Their long table reception was breathtaking and created an intimate vibrant dinner party with a lively dance party taking place under the 30 foot Christmas tree following dessert.
Every guest was given a pair of Canada mittens on their arrival and a selection of Jean's famous Seattle Chocolates
to welcome them. Their clever favour boxes included their family names that would now bring families together and their wedding date tied up beautifully with a big red bow. An overpouring candy bar featuring some of Jean's candies was open to their guests to enjoy alongside a piece of wedding cake. Jean and Alberto really understood how to create an ambiance of romance and style. The team from LFW Weddings
brought Jean and Alberto's vision to life. I was thankful to Lynn of LFW Weddings
who at the last possible moment brought in 6 amber lights to shine down on the long table that made it all glow! It was absolutely gorgeous.
Jean looked radiant in her red gown and her daughter was with her in the morning to do Jean's make-up and help her get ready before we headed outside for photographs to take advantage of the natural light before their evening ceremony.
Jaime from Fleurish Flower Shop
created a vibrant bouquet for Jean. I loved her short red nails!
Jean and Alberto met each other at the fireplace in Rundle lounge before braving the cold for photographs with the mountains. I loved that Alberto wore a touch of red with his socks and bow tie. Such a stylish couple!
Jean was absolutely gorgeous in that stunning red gown.
I loved the abundant holiday greenery used throughout the ceremony in the Ivor Petrak room with twinkly lights to compliment the grand chandelier.
Jean's son walked her down the aisle and later spoke of the joy he felt in that moment during a touching and hilarious speech at dinner.
Jean had her daughter and niece stand up with her.
Jean and Alberto read a poem to each other as part of their wedding ceremony and left everyone in the room in tears. It was romantic and intimate and cozy.
After the ceremony guests were invited down to Mount Stephen Hall where they were greeted with glasses of champagne.
Jean and Alberto very cleverly chose decor that worked with the Banff Spring's existing holiday decorations which made it feel really cohesive and stunning.
It was the first time that I witnessed a long table reception hosted in Mount Stephen Hall and it was absolutely stunning!! Tall centrepieces, abundant candles and sparkly linens to catch some of the evening glow made for a romantic and intimate setting with lively conversation and toasts full of love.
You can see in this photo how seamlessly Jean and Alberto's decor worked with the existing holiday decorations making it feel full of glowing light and red pops of colour.
I loved the way the blue winter dusk of the mountains contrasted with the warm glow of Mount Stephen Hall for the reception. It was a magical room to get to experience.
Alison from Whippt
created a beautiful candy bar next to the giant Christmas tree that guests could enjoy in between breaks on the dance floor.
Jean brought along her famous Seattle Chocolates
to personalize their candy bar.
Jean and Alberto gave guests a welcome toast from the romantic balcony above Mount Stephen Hall when everyone was first invited to be seated for dinner.
I loved this elegant favour box that was filled with Jean's Seattle Chocolates
and featured their wedding date and their family names that would now become a new family all tied up with a big red bow. It was an elegant addition to their dinner table setting.
Jean and Alberto are known to spontaneously start dancing with each other so it was perfectly fitting and so romantic to see them do so after they cut their wedding cake together.
Everyone was on the dancefloor the moment dinner was over.