find winter weddings in the mountains magical! Storm Mountain Lodge
is one of my favourite places for it's cozy cabins, the ability to snowshoe from your front porch and yummy food in the historic lodge. I've long been dreaming up an inspiration shoot and I knew I wanted to imagine an elopement at Storm Mountain Lodge
One of things that I wanted to express is that the use of colour for winter weddings really creates vibrant photos. White on white on white works beautifully when your backdrop is an emerald coloured lake to offer a crisp contrast but in winter when you are lucky to have a white winter wonderland then pops of colour really help to have you stand out from the snow. I love the idea of embracing the winter season and finding stylish and warm accessories for an outdoor winter ceremony so my first commission was to ask Yokoo
to create one of her cozy sculptural cowls in my favourite colour orange.
For me one of the ideas that I love about eloping in the mountains is that you can splurge on having your dream bouquet or getting a whimsical cake that represents your day because you only need one bouquet and a small cake for two.
I absolutely LOVE Kake
's skilled and whimsical approach to cakes which taste as incredible as they look. I love her birch bark cakes so I asked her to create a two tier birch cake and then sent her photos of the cabins at Storm Mountain Lodge and asked her to create a mini cabin to sit up top for a playful take on a snowglobe. Darci had the glass and created a snowglobe scene to perfectly fit on top of the cake. The base layer of the cake was 7" wide and the top layer was 5" but for a small cake it had a big impact.
I wanted the couple's dog Scout to be a part of the day so I asked Willow Flower Co.
to create a floral dog collar that tied in with the bride's bouquet made of cedar, dried orange slices, fresh orange flowers from Holland and ribbon tails that matched the bouquet.
I asked Willow Flower Co.
to create this lush wildchild bouquet using fresh orange flowers and dried oranges and orange slices with lots of cedar and long ribbon tails which smelled incredible and did well in the cold temperatures.
The talented husband and wife team behind Forage Haberdashery
created this handsome orange flannel bow tie for us.
I found the vintage ski pin many years ago and have always wanted to include it as part of a boutonniere. Cedar and a dried orange slice tied the boutonniere into the bride's bouquet. A friend gifted me orange twine that I asked to have wrapped around the stems of the boutonniere.
The groom had this suit jacket from Brook's brothers and I found pants that worked well with it at Gap.
I've always believed in finding real couples to use as my models for inspiration shoots. Alanna & Ian were the perfect inspiring muses that laugh easily together and were a joy to photograph.
in Calgary carries a beautiful collection of tulle skirts in various colours and lengths. I love the soft blue tulle that contrasted the orange and stood out from the snow.
Hand knit mittens filled with hand warmers are a must on winter wedding days to keep your hands warm.
I love the idea of having layers to play with on a winter wedding day and to keep you warm. This vintage 1940's hand sewn wool cape from Big Yellow Taxi Vintage
was a favourite find for me.
The warm cozy cowl from Yokoo
comes in lots of colours and was big enough to fit over Alanna's updo without messing up her hair. It is so soft and cozy perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony and keeping you warm and stylish during photos outside.
I asked Mountain Beauties
to create a braided up to and fresh face make-up with a bold orange matte lip. I loved what she created.
If you're looking for a cozy romantic place to elope I adore Storm Mountain Lodge with it's fireplaces and clawfoot tubs. You can have food brought to your cabin or eat in the main lodge steps away. It's also a favourite honeymoon spot. A perfect retreat to soak in being married.
The blue tulle skirt was long enough to twirl in and conceal thermal long johns and winter boots to keep a winter bride comfortable while out for photos or standing for an outdoor winter ceremony.
I am incredibly grateful to the creative and generous wedding team who brought my vision to life with their talents. Immense gratitude goes to Alanna & Ian for being so inspiring and fun to photograph. We fell in love with your sweet well mannered and handsome boy Scout.
Wedding Venue | Storm Mountain Lodge
Flowers | Willow Flower Co.
Cake | Kake
Hair & Make-up | Mountain Beauties
Blue Tulle Skirt | Adorn Boutique
Orange Cowl | Yokoo
Bow Tie | Forage Haberdashery
Vintage hand-sewn Cape | Big Yellow Taxi Vintage
Mittens | Textile EMS