After 14 years of love these two kind, genuine and funny people decided to make their love official by becoming Mr & Mr in the mountains. In celebration the mountains created a beyond beautiful day. Mike & Rod planned an epic Canadian roadtrip and were gifted some incredible experiences and sights along their journey. We met them halfway through their roadtrip at our favourite place Emerald Lake. Snowtober had made a special appearance and dressed up the mountains in stunning snow, fall colour was glowing with the autumn light and fog rose from the lake making the whole scene feel magical. The baby loon stopped by their honeymoon cabin as they got ready and kept close by to us throughout the day. When we ventured out on Emerald Lake in canoes we were the only ones out there except for a rowdy family of ducks and our handsome loon. MIke and Rod are the kind of people who make you feel at home immediately with their real hugs and humour. We were honoured to get to witness them become husbands in such a stunning setting on a crisp fall day. I would of liked to have spent the entire day with the newlyweds but I knew they had an inviting fire and a wedding cake to enjoy in their honeymoon cabin so I resisted the urge to ask them to join us for the rest of the day. What a gift to get to witness such a beautiful day for such a wonderful couple. I am the luckiest!

The handsome baby loon posing for photos in amongst the fog.

We paddled by their honeymoon cabin. Such a dreamy cabin!

This is the last week-end the canoes are out on Emerald Lake before they are put away for their winter hibernation. As you can see it was a chilly canoe ride but well worth the chattering teeth in order to have the lake to ourselves for a time.

Kevin and I left Mike & Rod's wedding feeling absolutely giddy. We wanted to revel in the joy we felt so we decided to try to stop in at Moraine Lake and much to our surprise the road was open. It has long been on our wishlist to see Moraine Lake with snow and because of Mike and Rod's magical Snowtober day we got to experience Moraine Lake with snow for the first time.

As we drove home Castle Mountain was giving us quite a show from the road. We HAD to pull over to take a few photos. We weren't the only ones in awe of the show Castle was putting on. We had to laugh when we walked down to the river and stumbled upon 47 photographers all in panic mode desparately scrambling to the capture the show. Ha ha! I wanted to take photos so Mike and Rod could share with their loved ones just how special their wedding day in the mountains was. 


Hello my name is Kirstie and I am a wedding photographer who specializes in photographing intimate weddings & elopements in Calgary, Banff, Canmore & Emerald Lake. I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since we moved to Banff in 2004. I lived in the mountains for 17 years before moving to Calgary in 2021. On days off you'll find me spending time with my husband Kevin and our 3 rescue dogs Mabel, Olive & Bandit.