ayley & Riley handcrafted a wedding that was totally unique to them and unlike any wedding I have photographed yet. I loved how they gave their guests who had travelled from Belgium, Saskatchewan and Ontario a great experience of the mountains. Hayley & Riley's wedding was centered around wanting their loved ones to feel appreciated for travelling to celebrate with them. Everything from the ceremony, to the locations, the wedding favours and the party were all focussed on showing their loved ones how much they meant to them and sharing their love of the mountains with every hand picked and handcrafted detail.
Hayley got ready with her girls at the Banff Springs. We started their day off with a private first look and gift exchange before heading out to the mountains for photos. Their ceremony took place at the gazebo in Central Park and they were lucky to have the rain make a brief appearance just before their ceremony started.
I finally got to witness a ceremony by Barbara of Threshold Ceremonies and I loved how she wrote a personalized wedding ceremony that was filled with love stories from Hayley & Riley's life together. They included a hand fasting ceremony with a cloth made from fabrics dear to them and the words of their song sewn into the fabric. It was truly moving to witness.
After their ceremony we all walked down Banff Avenue to their reception at Park Distillery where they were greeted with steins of beer and trays of hot food. I've eaten at Park a bunch of times but this was the first wedding that I've photographed at Park and I absolutely LOVED it! It's such a great venue for a wedding.
A brief rain made an appearance just before the ceremony but cleared before everyone walked down the aisle.
The boys carried down the sash that would be used for the handfasting ceremony.
The sash that was used in their handfasting ceremony was passed around to each guest.
Fabric that was dear to them was used to make the sash for their handfasting ceremony and the words to their song was hand sewn across the sash.
After the ceremony we walked down Banff Avenue to Park Distillery for their reception.
Guests were welcomed to the reception with glasses of wine.
While the wedding party waited for their grand entrance they were served steins of beer and hot appetizers out on the patio.
Guests found their table numbers attached to seed packets to take home. Hayley had custom soaps made by O' Canada Soap Co. for guests to take home. There was a collection of mountain postcards for guests to be able to take home as well.
Every table had a vintage bottle indicating the table number and every centrepiece was different with custom terrariums and vintage Canadiana books.
I love that Park had a live feed of the speeches on several screens so that all of the guests could see and hear the speeches throughout the restaurant.
Easily the best food I've eaten at a wedding. I started with the corn chowder and chose the roast chicken with stuffed potato for my main course.
After dinner a HUGE pie table was set out for guests to help themselves.
Photography by Orange Girl
Getting Ready Venue | Fairmont Banff Springs
Ceremony Venue | Banff Central Park Gazebo
Reception Venue | Park Distillery
Ceremony by Barbara Parker of Threshold Ceremonies
Hair & Make-up by Simply Me
Flowers by Forget-Me-Not Flowers