Rachel & Sam planned a destination winter wedding at The Banff Springs with the help of Evelyn Clark. They created a romantic candlelit wedding that was filled with lush flowers that featured an archway that was featured in their ceremony and then repurposed for their head table by Flower Artistry. I loved the ways in which Rachel & Sam incorporated their love of family into their day. Sam wore his Grandfather's suit that was tailored to fit for their wedding day accompanied by personalized cufflinks that were a gift from Rachel to Sam. Rachel wore a brooch that was the first piece of jewelry her Grandfather had given to her Grandmother on her dress to celebrate their decades long marriage. The pastor that watched Rachel grow up performed their wedding ceremony and grew emotional when he spoke of his own 47 year old marriage with his wife sitting amongst all of the guests. It was a moving day.

I'm totally in love with these sparkly Kate Spade Keds perfect for brides to transition into for dancing.

Rachel had a vintage family fur coat remade into a shawl for her wedding day that featured the names of the women who wore it in the family previously embrodiered in blue thread on the inside of the shawl so that future women in the family can add their names.

Rachel & Sam chose to exchange their gifts to each other in person at their first look. Rachel had collected every text, email and photo from their 9 year long distance relationship and compiled it all in a beautiful book titled "The Story of Us". A book that will be a gift to their future children to be able to read about their love story. Sam wrote a letter to Rachel that moved her to tears and surprised her with a personal engraving on her wedding band.

I was in love with the way they designed the layout for their reception in Mount Stephen Hall with tables surrounding the center dancefloor. It felt intimate and romantic.

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Hello my name is Kirstie and I am a wedding photographer who specializes in photographing weddings & elopements in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise & Emerald Lake. I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since 2004 and feel very lucky to call this place home. I live in Canmore with my husband Kevin and our 2 rescue dogs Leroy & Mabel.

Kirstie