March 10, 2015 · Weddings

♥ Mount Norquay Winter Wedding - Suzie + Cam ♥
uzie and Cam's wedding day was full of laughter! It was important to them that everyone have a good time as they had friends travel from all over the world to celebrate with them. It was the first wedding that I've photographed at Mount Norquay and I was thrilled that Suzie and Cam were up for riding up the North American chair for photographs to take advantage of the stunning view.
Suzie asked Forget-Me-Not Flowers to create a bouquet without any flowers. I love the use of succulents and pinecones with thistle.
The back of Suzie's dress was stunning!
Suzie braved the cold for photographs on the top of the mountain.
Julie from Rocky Mountain Weddings made sure everything ran on time and set up the decor so that Suzie and Cam and their families could just enjoy their wedding day.
Suzie's dear friend was asked to be her bridesmaid but her baby ended up being due the week of the wedding. Suzie and Cam ordered a lifesize cardboard cut out of her so she could be present and Suzie's brother attached it to a remote control platform so she actually walked down the aisle. It was hilarious and so sweet.
Their Star Wars cake topper was a huge hit.
If guests wanted Suzie and Cam to kiss they had to roll the dice. If they won Suzie and Cam would kiss but if they didn't then whoever rolled the dice had to kiss a groomsman.
Cardboard cut out bridesmaid was a hit on the dancefloor.
Mount Norquay did a fantastic job with the reception.
Ceremony and reception held at Mount Norquay
Wedding planning and Decor by Julie at Rocky Mountain Weddings
Hair and Make-up by Botega Hair
Flowers by Forget-Me-Not Flowers

March 1, 2015 · Tips for brides

♥ Facebook ♥
had a few people ask me about finding me on Facebook. I just signed up today so I can keep people up to date on blog posts and tips about making the most of your time in the mountains. You can search for Canoe Wedding to find my Facebook page or simply click here.

February 22, 2015 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Winter Wedding - Emily + David ♥
mily and David had a stunning blue sky winter day for their mountain wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge. They have friends from all over the world so they decided to create a wedding week-end so they could really spend time with everyone. They chose the "rent your own island" option at Emerald Lake Lodge which meant they had the lodge to themselves and their guests which created an intimate atmosphere with lots of opportunity to visit with everyone over s'mores, card games and drinks by the fire.
Emily's uncle made this directional sign that marked the distances that everyone had travelled to celebrate with Emily and David.
I was in love with the romantic flowers that Sarah Mayerson created for Emily.
Emily had each of her bridesmaids choose their own black gown to wear and then she gifted them each a unique pair of emerald coloured earrings to wear on the wedding day.
Their ceremony was made more personal by having a friend play music for them.
Emily walked down the staircase of the main lodge of Emerald Lake while her father waited for her at the bottom of the steps to walk with her down the aisle. It was a great entrance.
I love that Emily and David came prepared with matching his & hers Sorel winter boots so we could walk out on the frozen lake for photos.
Emily's Dad with his 3 daughters.
It was an unbelievable clear blue sky day for Emily and David. Just gorgeous!
A huge thank you to Emily and David's wedding party who were super fun and up for anything. The bridemaid on the right wore 3 inch heels and walked on the snowy lake without any complaints. I was amazed at her heel skills.
I loved the hand knit scarves the bridesmaids wore.
I have been lucky to photograph some really stylish grooms this year. I loved David's suit which featured a emerald green liner with a playful dog print. Emily brought some delicate beautiful cream coloured mittens that went beautifully with her romantic lace gown.
Mount Burgess was caked in snow and looked stunning.
One of the things that stood out to me at Emily and David's wedding was how many details were lovingly made and assembled by friends and family. Emily's sister made each of their table "numbers" each table depicted a different mountain peak burned into the wood with it's name hand stamped below, a friend played guitar during their ceremony, family assembled to decorate the table and the lodge, the bridemaids wore hand knit scarves. There were so many ways that people came together to express their love for Emily and David.
I loved their favours that were carefully wrapped with twine and custom tags. A teeny tiny glass vial filled with red topped matches and a fir scented candle. Such a cozy romantic idea for guests to enjoy in their cabins.
While we were out taking photos guests were invited to hang out at the lodge to enjoy hot chocolate, beers and cards. There were cozy lounge areas set up throughout the lodge that encouraged guests to visit. It would of been an amazing wedding to be a guest at.
I absolutely wanted to take this bear couple home with me with their handmade outfits.
On our way home we were really excited to see a big herd of elk standing in the creek by Field.
Hair & Make-up by Stephanie Roy
Bouquet and hair flowers by Sarah Mayerson

February 18, 2015 · Weddings

♥ Ivor Petrak winter wedding - Lauren + Erik ♥
he most memorable weddings are always the weddings where the couple finds ways to incorporate their personal love story into their day. Lauren and Erik created a beautiful personal wedding day that was so joyful and emotional. They crafted a moving ceremony with personal vows that told their story of surviving a long distance relationship which even included a counting of the miles traveled to spend time together. They incorporated readings I had not heard before. My favourite was Love Monkey. Erik's brother did a beautiful job of reading it and everyone was in tears.

I was in love with Lauren and Erik's style that included a Narwhal tie for Erik and stunning vintage bridal style for Lauren.
Lauren looked gorgeous!
Hair: Botega
Make-up: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry
Lauren and Erik opted to do a bride reveal before their ceremony. There were so many favourites from that part of their day that I created an entire blog post on their bride reveal alone. Click here to see their first look.
Erik's brother and his fiance as they waited for the ceremony to begin.
One of the moments that I loved is that after Lauren and Erik walked down the aisle as husband and wife they stopped briefly at the end of the aisle to take it all in and really see everyone who had come to celebrate with them.
Dear Brides - It is definitely worth mentioning Lauren's tights. They make your legs look fantastic! They are the Wolford Neon 40. Lauren thought it was funny that the salesperson was very giddy to mention that they are the same tights that Beyonce wore in her Single Ladies video.
Lauren and her Dad during family formals.
Lauren and Erik bought each other boots for Christmas that they wore for their wedding photo session in the mountains.
Short wedding dresses are absolutely brilliant for mountain weddings! We could walk around on rocks and not gather a bunch of pine needles and dirt in the hem of her dress.
Erik wore a sweater that his grandma made for him.
On our way back to The Banff Springs for their wedding reception we were briefly stopped by a herd of elk crossing the road. It was a fantastic wedding day sighting!
The team that helped bring Lauren & Erik's vision to life:
Venue Fairmont Banff Springs Ivor Petrak room for both the ceremony and reception
Marriage Commissioner: Robin White
Florist: Philip Chong Flower Bar
Hair: Botega
Make-up: Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry

February 16, 2015 · Weddings

♥ Bride Reveal - Lauren + Erik ♥
ne of my favourite moments of a wedding day is often the bride reveal. The moments of anticipation as the bride and groom wait patiently to see each other for the first time on their wedding day dressed up and ready to say I do in front of the people they love.

Lauren and Erik's was a beautiful bride reveal. Lauren brought along a handmade cookie she had to give Erik which I thought was very sweet. It was a wonderful way to start their day to be able to walk into their ceremony having had a moment with each other. You'll see when I share more from their day that seeing each other beforehand took no emotion away from their ceremony. A ceremony in which no one who witnessed their vows managed to remain tear free.

Lauren and Erik spent a year and a half at the very beginning of their relationship living in different countries. And while I can imagine it would be hard to do so after having established your relationship I imagine it would be near impossible just at the beginning of your relationship. They joked that their first date required having passports and a lot of people doubted their relationship would be able to survive the distance.
For me their bride reveal spoke volumes. They had survived the distance and were just about to make the commitment they have shared for years official.

They get to live in the same city as husband and wife. A true happy ending and the beginning of something bigger.
Thank you Lauren and Erik for a glimpse into your love story. I feel so lucky to have witnessed it.

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