January 12, 2017 · Weddings

♥ 25% off Feb|March|April 2017 wedding photos ♥
For the first year ever I am offering 25% off my wedding photography for all weddings taking place in February, March & April of 2017 only.

January 16, 2017 · Engagements

♥ Lake Louise Engagement Skating photos ♥
manda & Jeffrey met while working in NYC together. Over one Christmas break they decided to leave the city to go skiing and found themselves exploring Lake Louise, Canada in Banff National Park for the first time. That trip began a new tradition for the couple and they have since returned for the last 4 years to go ice skating on a frozen Lake Louise and skiing together. This Memorial Day Jeffrey proposed in NYC and they have decided on hosting a mountain wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs known as the Castle in the Rockies in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This recent holiday trip included wedding planning but they carved out a morning on New Years Day to meet me to photograph them doing one of their favourite activities together skating by the ice castle on Lake Louise. Having only just met them in the lobby moments before Amanda & Jeffrey needed no direction to express their playful, romantic and loving relationship in a place that they love.

I often tell couples to include a pop of colour for winter photos so I was beyond thrilled when Amanda wore a red tutu. It was such a joy to photograph!

January 15, 2017 · Elopements

♥ Emerald Lake Winter Elopement ♥
anice & Kevin eloped at Emerald Lake Lodge in a perfect winter wonderland. It was absolutely magical! There was a softly falling snow and the trees were abundant in snow. Their ceremony was incredibly moving. I was honoured to sign as one of their witnesses before setting out to take photos around the lake. It was a quiet day and it we had the place to ourselves to wander on the frozen lake. Janice and Kevin kept us on our toes laughing and we left feeling absolutely giddy.
Emerald Lake Lodge has one of the best elopement packages I've heard of that includes a cozy cabin with a fireplace in your room, your flowers, dinner and sparkling wine in the main lodge and a cake for two to celebrate. They make it easy by taking care of it all so you can focus on becoming Mr & Mrs.
Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge
Officiant | Kim Chapman
Hair & Make-up | Mountain Beauties

January 14, 2017 · Tips for brides

♥ Mountain Wedding welcome bags ♥
ith a destination mountain wedding one of the unique ways that you can thank your guests for travelling to celebrate with you is to have welcome bags filled with local goodies delivered to their rooms. It's a great way to introduce your guests to your destination and let them know that you appreciate their efforts to be with you on your wedding day. I love the idea of including made in the mountains treats for a wedding in the Canadian Rockies. I like including a postcard for guests to send home. You can also include a note card with a note of thanks and a schedule for the wedding week-end activities. We have a lot of great options for locally made treats made right here in the mountains that guests can enjoy in their hotel room and then use the bag to bring home souvenirs from their trip.

I thought I'd share my favourite local Canadian Rockies goodies to include in your welcome bags:

  • My favourite custom welcome tote bags can be ordered from Wedding Chicks.
  • Protect guests from our dry Alberta climate with made in Canmore Rocky Mountain Soap Co. chapstick and travel sized soaps
  • Made in Canmore Le Chocolatier has lots of delicious and beautiful chocolate bars and you can have custom bars made
  • Made in Banff mini bottles of Vodka, Rye or Gin can be found at Park Distillery just be sure to check with your hotel about bringing in outside liquer guests may not be allowed to open them on the premises.
  • Exclusive tea blends from Banff Tea Co. include "Sweet Dreams of Banff" "Hair of the Dog" & Travellers tea perfect for welcoming guests to their destination.
  • Known for their beer Grizzly Paw also offers made in Canmore sodas and custom bottle options as well.
Banff Tea Co. has some amazing exclusive tea blends made in house that are sure to make your guests feel cozy.They have great options for packaging small amounts of tea perfect for a welcome bag. With teas like "Sweet Dreams of Banff" "Traveler's Tea" "Hair of the dog" "Cascade Shooting Star" you're sure to find something that will welcome your guests to the mountains.
Le Chocolatier makes Belgian chocolate in Canmore that tastes incredible. A perfect treat for your welcome wedding bags are the chocolate moose lollipops or custom label chocolate bars. I love their chocolate bars with mountain themed packaging and ingredients.
This moose tote bag comes in sets of 20 for $125. The tote bags are made in California and ship quickly BUT they ship USPS which can take 3-4 weeks to reach Canada so plan accordingly and order well in advance of when you need them or ask to pay for expedited shipping to ensure you'll have them for the week of your wedding.

January 14, 2017 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Lodge Winter Wedding ♥
ackie & Jim held an intimate and heartfelt winter wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake was stunning in it's winter beauty and they were given a beautiful day. I was thrilled that they chose to have an outdoor winter ceremony on the patio at Cilantro which was freshly shovelled creating perfect snowbanks that surrounded the ceremony. Their vows to each other were tender and humourous and so perfectly personal that had everyone going from crying to laughing in a matter of minutes.
Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge
Officiant | Kim Chapman
Hair & Make-up | Styling Steph

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