September 15, 2014 · Weddings

♥ Vietnamese tea ceremony - Mike + Vik ♥
he week of Mike & Vikkie's wedding was affectionately termed Snowtember because we had 2 blizzards come through town which left knee deep snow. The temperatures started to rise and the snow started disappearing. The morning of their wedding it was dark and foggy outside. I decided to look at the Banff gondola webcam and was thrilled to see the mountain tops peeking through the fog with morning sun showing what was sure to be a clear beautiful day. Kevin and I raced up the gondola to capture a photo of Cascade mountain peeking through the fog so that Mike & Vikkie will have a photo of their wedding day sunrise. The fog did indeed rise and revealed snow capped mountains and blue skies making it one of the most beautiful days we've witnessed in the mountains.

Mike & Vikkie held a modern Vietnamese ceremony at The Chateau Lake Louise which was full of colour and beautiful traditions honouring their families. I've always said that the best weddings are the ones where the couple enjoys their day and that was very much the case for Mike & Vikkie who invited friends from all over the world to spend the week-end with them.
We had beautifully freshly snow capped mountains and stunning fall light.
Vikkie with her lovely group of girls in front of The Banff Springs where everyone got ready. Bouquets by Flower Artistry
I loved Vikkie's sunflower bouquet by Flower Artistry. The yellow contrasted perfectly with the colour of the lake.
Best photo bomb I've ever seen below.
After the ceremony we walked down to the lake for a few sunset portraits just as the sun was dipping behind the mountains.
Mike proudly showing off his Canadian pride with his Hudson Bay striped socks.
Beautiful centrepiece by the sweet and talented Lyn of Flower Artistry.
The Victoria ballroom was glowing with candlelight and I loved the long table with beautifully tied sashes by Callandra and her team from Postcard Weddings & Events
Mike & Vik's first dance was incredible and everyone in the room cheered and clapped when they finished.
The beautiful Candy bar by Whippt
Mike has sweet dance moves and when the DJ told Mike he had to dance his way to his wife for the garter toss he was more than up to the task.
Mike & Vik were beaming all day. It is a day I will always remember for it's energy and the kindness of two people deeply in love.
We were honoured to be amongst such a great team of vendors who helped make Mike & Vik's mountain wedding come together:

Planning, Coordination & Design: Postcard Weddings & Events
Photographer: Orange Girl
Florist: Flower Artistry
Bride’s Make-up: Danielle Vincent Kimiko Beauty
Makeup Artist for 7 bridesmaids: Mountain Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist: Hedkandi Salon
Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs
Wedding Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Rentals provided by Special Event Rentals, Great Events Rentals & Celebration Creation
Transportation for Sunday brunch: Highland Executive Chauffeur
Transportation on the wedding day:MC Limo
Ceremony Musician: Ensemble Cascade
Band: Wildcard provided by PM Gigs
DJ: Stardust provided by PM Gigs
Candy Bar: Whippt
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Balkan
Brunch Venue: Lake Louise Train Station

September 11, 2014 · Personal

♥ Lake O'Hara ♥
evin and I try to book a hike up at Lake O'Hara every fall whenever possible. This year was particularly magical because the day we arrived there had been a fresh dusting of snow the night before. We were greeted by fresh snow, gem coloured water and perfect hiking trail conditions. As we ended our hike the morning sun had all but melted the snow meaning we got to witness a brief moment in time that we were so grateful to see. I finally got a piece of their famous carrot cake to eat on the bus ride home and it was easily the best carrot cake I've ever eaten.

To see more photos from our hike to Lake O'Hara this week head on over to Canoe Wedding.

September 10, 2014 · Personal

♥ Snow Day in September ♥
typically come to expect our first snowfall around Halloween. And while little skiffs of snow often show up for a day here and there I have never experienced the amount of snow we have received this September. We often don't get this big a dump of snow in what would be considered proper winter so it has been quite a novelty to see trees whose leaves were just starting to show the first signs of turning yellow suddenly be flocked in snow.

Thankfully our Mississippi born dogs absolutely LOVE snow. We headed out this morning to the dog park to play in the snow. Leroy and Mabel were thrilled to search for mice in the snow covered tall grasses (thankfully the mice outran them).
Mabel didn't want to leave so Kevin had to extract her from her snowy playground.

September 6, 2014 · Weddings

♥ Banff mountain wedding - Sarah + Aldrick ♥
arah & Aldrick had planned to have their wedding in Sarah's home province but when their venue fell through at the last minute they planned a beautiful intimate wedding in Banff at the Rimrock Hotel in a matter of weeks and were given a gorgeous day in the mountains. I loved that their dog Rocky was a big part of their wedding.

Sarah & Aldrick were able to have their wedding ceremony outside with stunning views of the mountains. After they stepped inside to join their friends and family for drinks it started to rain which quickly stopped creating an amazing vibrant rainbow just outside their reception room. A truly stunning wedding for a sweet and kind couple.

August 31, 2014 · Weddings

♥ Sarah & her Dad walking down the aisle ♥

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