I am in love with photographing winter weddings in the mountains! I find winter weddings lend themselves to romance with the magic of a fresh snowfall, candlelight and a cozy fireplace to cuddle up by. The way snow transforms the landscape is just stunning. I adore couples who brave an outdoor ceremony and create a memorable and unique experience. Winter weddings in the Canadian Rockies are meant to be totally personalized from elopements with just the couple, intimate wedding week-ends with loved ones to grand ballrooms filled with candles. You can truly make a winter wedding in the mountains your own. Since so many of my couples plan a winter destination wedding they are welcoming guests to the mountains with horse drawn sleigh rides, adventurous dog sled tours, a night out learning how to curl and ice skating on a frozen lake. I'm sharing some truly memorable winter elopements and weddings for you here for some inspiration. I've also compiled a list of Winter Wedding Tips for you to help you make the most of your day.

Storm Mountain Lodge located in between Banff and Lake Louise is the perfect place to elope or host an intimate wedding with their historic rustic cabins and fireplaces in every cabin. You'll find exceptional food and a cozy lodge equipped with snowshoes for exploring the surrounding woods.

If you are having an outdoor ceremony cozy blankets are a thoughtful gift for guests.

The perfect Kake by Darci for a small wedding.

I think colour looks best for photos in the winter so you pop out against the snow.

Lake Louise in winter is magical with horse drawn sleigh rides and a skating rink on the frozen lake. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is just steps away from the Lake Louise shoreline.

Emerald Lake Lodge offers an all inclusive elopement package so you don't have worry about the details and get to enjoy a cozy cabin with a woodburning fireplace together.

Cilantro's outdoor patio is a winter wonderland setting at Emerald Lake Lodge.

I love that Emerald Lake Lodge is Pet-Friendly!

Winter Weddings are the perfect excuse to set up a s'mores bar for everyone to enjoy.

This is the President's room at Emerald Lake Lodge which is ideal for an intimate wedding as it seats up to 22 people for a private dinner.

These two Australians stayed at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and braved an outdoor ceremony. It felt like we were in a living snowglobe! It was absolutely magical.

Evelyn Clark worked with this couple to transform Mount Stephen Hall in the Banff Springs into a glowing romantic candlelit space. A perfect fit for a winter wedding.

I absolutely love Silvertip Resort in winter. It's gorgeous and so quiet. Their outdoor patio is a beautiful ceremony spot.

For those who value good food & drinks for their wedding reception I love Park Distillery in Banff.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer to photograph your winter wedding or mountain elopement please get in touch with me at hello@orangegirl.com


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.