ometimes the things that are most unexpected are the things that make a wedding the most magical. Diana and Darren's intimate mountain wedding at The Juniper in Banff is one I will always remember. Diana and Darren had prepared for a winter wedding. Their wedding day had the heaviest rainfall I have witnessed. Diana and Darren's excitement to be getting married wasn't dampened by the rain and they embraced it fully even deciding to still hold their wedding ceremony outside under the dramatic mountain skies. Diana and Darren must of thought I was crazy for being so excited about the rain but I was giddy to get to make unique photographs that I haven't made before. They are some of my favourite photographs because of the rain. The big beautiful rain drops made for dramatic backdrops that I found inspiring and Diana and Darren stood in the rain keeping each other warm fully present with each other as if it was not raining at all. It was so heartwarming to witness. I feel incredibly grateful for witnessing such a beautiful day.
This deer must of been the official greeter for Diana and Darren's wedding as he was waiting in the parking lot when we arrived.
created absolutely stunning make-up and hair for Diana. There are not many make-up artists who can create a dramatic look while remaining natural and not too caked on. I've seen make-up applied so thickly that when the bride cried you could see the streak where her tear ran down her face. Diana's make-up looked stunning throughout the day and into the night.
Because we wanted to take advantage of the natural light and not have it be dark for photographs we set up a bride reveal before setting out for photographs. I knew that Diana and Darren had special presents for each other so I suggested that they give them to each other in person after their bride reveal.
Darren gifted Diana a heart locket with photos of each of them as babies side by side. It was such a sweet gift and Diana wore the locket on their wedding day. Diana gifted Darren a beautiful pocket watch with personalized engraving.
What struck me most was how Diana and Darren were so present with each other the entire day as if nothing else was going on around them.
Darren and his Mum just before the ceremony.
Darren and Diana's Mums were so very excited.
The ceremony got emotional and I loved that Darren and Diana were perfectly in sync and wiped their tears at the same time.
Shortly after becoming Mr & Mrs the newlyweds broke out in an epic battle. That's right Diana and Darren brought fully functioning light sabers that made amazing sounds and lit up when they made contact. Best $6.99 investment ever.
Diana and Diana created hot chocolate favours for each guest with a cozy maple leaf mug to enjoy it and then set up a hot chocolate bar with baileys, marshmallows and whip cream that everyone got to enjoy during cocktail hour after being in the chilly cold for the outdoor ceremony. It was perfect.
I adored their custom cake topper.
Diana and her Dad had a pretty rocking father/daughter dance. I commented on his dance moves and Diana's Dad told me "The mind is writing cheques that the body can't cash".
As we were leaving for the evening Diana and Darren suggested heading out on the patio in the rain for a few photos of the two of them. They ended up being my favourite photographs from the day. It is a moment I'll never forget.