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January 31, 2014 · Elopements

♥ Storm Mountain Lodge Elopement - Tara + Mark ♥



T
ara & Mark decided to elope in the mountains and chose Storm Mountain Lodge for their wedding location. A week before their wedding was set to take place the Alberta floods happened and their home was badly flooded forcing them to postpone their wedding plans and work on ripping out their flooded basement.

What moved me was that Tara and Mark kept a really positive attitude throughout it all and we reset a date for September. September is one of my most favourite months in the mountains and I was thrilled that Tara & Mark were given an absolutely stunning wedding day.

You can watch a video of Tara & Mark taken the week their home was flooded by clicking here







Tara and Mark love to mountain bike together and do most of their grocery shopping by bike in the city so it was appropriate that Tara gifted Mark this awesome set of cufflinks that she found on Etsy of bike chain links.


We started their day off with a little bike ride of course. I was impressed that Tara could ride in her wedding dress and heels.







Colourful flowers by Willow Flower Company.






Rings made by Canmore jeweler Susan Kun.


Walking down the forest path to their ceremony together.


Tara and Mark wrote personal vows to each other and they were so moving. I was in tears and then laughed out loud. A truly memorable ceremony because it was so personal.








Avenue Magazine shared their wedding story. You can read the article by clicking here











September 15, 2013 · Elopements

♥ T + M ♥













June 28, 2013 · Elopements

♥ Emerald Lake Elopement - Cassie + Josh ♥



C
assie and Josh came up from Texas to Canada for the first time to elope in the mountains. They had only seen photographs of Emerald Lake but knew it would be perfect for their mountain elopement. Emerald Lake Lodge is an expert on mountain elopements and was the perfect choice for Cassie and Josh to officially become Mr & Mrs. Cassie and Josh were high school sweethearts and have grown up together supporting each others dreams and passions. They will be moving overseas for their next adventure and decided now was the perfect time to make the commitment that they have shared for over 14 years official and elope.



Cassie and Josh had a lot of really personal thoughtful details including the fact that Cassie's dress was made by a friend.












Josh and Cassie's families knew they were eloping and each gave them their wedding rings to have as their something borrowed. They tied the rings, tie clip and cufflink to the stem of Cassie's bouquet so they would have them with them for the ceremony.




Cassie showed her Texas pride by wearing cowboy boots. They were the perfect choice with a little something blue included.




Cassie and Josh tied out canoeing for the first time. They compete in Tough Mudder competitions together so they were not deterred by the rain.




Cassie and Josh love to visit breweries and wineries on their time off to try out different beers and wines so it was fitting that while it rained they head inside the lodge to sample a couple of Canadian beers and toast their newlywed status.






Cassie and Josh thank you for your kindness and allowing us to be a small part of your big day. We fell in love with Cassie's laugh and the way Josh is such a gentleman with everyone. We wish you all the best in your next big adventure.










June 26, 2013 · Elopements

♥ Banff Elopement Photographer - Cristina + Anthony ♥



C
ristina and Anthony came all the way from Florida having never been to Canada before to elope in the mountains. I am honoured that they chose me to take photographs of their elopement so that they could share their day with friends and family back home when they made their announcement. They took a train through the mountains and arrived in Banff where we met for the first time. I took them to a few of my favourite wedding locations in Banff and they chose Two Jack Lake for their ceremony.

It rained on their wedding day but Cristina and Anthony were in love with the romance of it and were so excited to be getting married. Cristina celebrated her birthday in Banff and Anthony had chosen the perfect birthday gift a pair of Hunter boots which came in handy on their wedding day.


I am in love with peonies which are only in bloom for a short period of time so I'm excited every time I see them.


The colour of the lake was more vivid than I have ever seen it. A ground squirrel greeted us as we arrived for their ceremony and was the only witness that morning to their intimate vows.





Cristina and Anthony share a beautiful connection that is wonderful to get to be around. They are both so supportive of each other's passions.





Their personal vows to each other were so moving. Spoken on the shore of the lake with the sound of the rain falling and fish jumping.







Anthony's birthday gift to Cristina of Hunter boots came in handy for walking around the mountains for photos.


The fog felt so romantic that day. It was unlike any wedding day I have photographed and I loved it.



I had told Cristina and Anthony that my favourite place was Emerald Lake and if they felt like a drive they should head out to there to try canoeing for the first time. Kevin and I love to spend our free time there so we were walking our dogs around the lake and had just come to the parking lot when we were surprised to run into Cristina and Anthony just arriving at the lake. Our timing was perfect. As Cristina and Anthony got into a canoe together for the first time we ran back to our car to get our camera and take a few shots. It was a beautiful day! Cristina and Anthony insisted that we join them for lunch at our favourite restaurant in Field and we were so happy to talk about their wedding week with them.












June 14, 2013 · Elopements

♥ Emerald Lake Elopement - Norma + Scott ♥



E
merald Lake is my favourite place to be and to photograph weddings. There is something magical about it and even though I have been there often there is always something new to discover. This time we got to witness glacier lillies in bloom. I haven't seen glacier lillies before so I was very excited as they are typically high up pushing up through the snow. I was so fascinated by the lillies that as I got down low to photograph them, Norma and Scott saw me from across the lake and wondered what the heck that person was doing taking a nap up on the avalanche path. We had a laugh about that when they discovered it was me and no I wasn't taking a nap I was photographing lillies.

Norma and Scott came to Emerald Lake for the first time to elope. Norma and Scott had been together for 10 years and decided to celebrate by making their commitment official and become Mr & Mrs in the mountains. We were honoured to have been chosen to document that moment so that they would have photographs to share with friends and family at home.




I took away a lot from this sweet intimate wedding filled with the very best kind of giggles. Here are just a few of the things I loved most;
- I LOVE that Norma and Scott got ready together! I would love to see more couples do this. It was such a sweet morning. Instead of the chaos of a room full of people it was just Norma and Scott helping each other getting dressed.
- All dresses should have pockets! Seriously that was so great about Norma's dress
- Chocolate souffle sent to your room to be enjoyed by the wood fire definitely tastes better. Kevin and I stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge the night of Norma and Scott's wedding. Kevin had just started a cozy fire in our room fireplace when I had a craving for souffle. We debated going up to the lodge when suddenly our room phone rang letting us know that the newlyweds were having dessert sent to our room! How special is that?! Thank you Norma and Scott for your thoughtfulness.





The beautiful Pointe Cabin at Emerald Lake Lodge. If you think eloping to the mountains is just right for you definitely check out Emerald Lake Lodge they are experts at mountain elopements.


































Kevin and I enjoyed working along another husband and wife team to capture Norma and Scott's elopement. Tim and Melanie Feeny from Limelight Studios happily traveled from Kelowna to film Norma and Scott's elopement so they could share the film with their friends and family. Tim sent me this teaser below and promises that there is a lot more to come.


Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge
Officiant: Robin White from Banff Lake Louise Weddings
Video: Limelight Studios
Makeup + Hair : Melanie Feeny










 
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