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Beautiful Bouquets + Majestic Mountains Make This Elopement Pretty Perfect

There needs to be a national campaign all about the beauty of Alberta – and I nominate these pics by Emily Katharine to be the leading images. With a scene set by JoyFoley Weddings and florals from Fleurish Flower Shop, it’s a pure romantic escape. The Pretty Haus made sure our Bride was beaming and you can see every beautiful bit in our Vault right here!

From Stacey of JoyFoley WeddingsRomance, beauty, passion. A mountain elopement so full of emotion, love and sweetness. When I was first contacted by Emily and Thomas, of Emily Katharine Photography, to create an editorial for them during their visit to Canada, I knew that it needed to include the beautiful rocky mountains, a wonderful couple in love and some of Calgary’s finest wedding vendors. When I envision the perfect mountain elopement I envision Rob and Sarah. The sweetest couple, so content in their love, so passionate for each other, and so wonderful to be in the presence of.

Sarah was dressed in the beautiful Zephyr gown by Elizabeth Dye from The Bridal Boutique in Calgary and Rob was suited up by the gentlemen at Ed Williams Menswear. I went for a classic, romantic feel that would allow the beautiful backdrop to add the simple drama that we wanted. Jaime Gage from Fleurish Flower Shop helped to bring my floral visions to life with a soft, elegant and romantic floral scheme. The bouquet, accented with beautiful ribbons from Frou Frou Chic, was the perfect combination of simple and dramatic. The floral boat garland, floral crown and cake flowers were the epitome of accent piece perfection. Jill Mayer of Art & Alexander brought her a-game to our custom calligraphy vows. Written in a soft grey ink, to perfectly pair with our The Mrs. Box ring box, Jill created vows that would make even the biggest romantic melt. The beauty team was created with two of Canmore’s greatest talents. The Pretty Haus and Lilies and Lace Beauty Co. Worked together to create Sarah’s soft and romantic look. A neutral color scheme allowed us to accent Sarah’s gorgeous eyes and her perfect pout. Sarah’s hair was upswept and created the perfect amount of drama around her face.

Our editorial took place around the gorgeous Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Alberta. One of my favourite locations for many years, the lake provided the perfect background for two gorgeous people in love!

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Photography: Emily Katharine Photography | Event Planning + Design: JoyFoley Weddings | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Cake: JoyFoley Weddings | Ring: Vintage | Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Hair: Lilies & Lace Beauty Co. | Calligraphy: Art + Alexander | Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Menswear: Ed Williams Menswear | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Ring box: The Mrs Box | Vintage Table: Orange Trunk

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Cozy Winter Wedding at Lake Louise

I’m not going to lie, after shivering my way through college just north of Chicago, the only way I like snow is when I can drive to it—and then away from it. But, I’ll admit that snow makes for stunning wedding photos, especially when they’re taken by Matt + Lena Photography. And with a rustic setting and seasonal florals, this wedding is the definition of a winter wonderland! See it all in THE VAULT!


From Matt + Lena PhotographyLes and Mel met while working at sea, on a cruise ship about 6 years ago. They were both dancers at the time, traveling the world and enjoying the adventure! They have since moved to Edmonton Canada to start their life together and a wedding was one of the top things on their list!

When these two asked us to photograph their wedding we were super excited! They are awesome people with amazing travel stories and a shared wanderlust to explore the world. Their wedding sounded amazing filled with loads of DIY projects, and their venue was a cozy lodge nestled in the Rocky Mountains at Lake Louise. They tied the knot on January 31st 2015.

The day was amazing, just the right combination of sunshine peaking though and a soft falling of snow. The backdrop was the vast snowy mountains and evergreen trees. For the portraits we took a short ride to a lookout point to capture all the magical scenery :)

From The Groom… Mel, having 3 brother, talked them into being her Brides Men. Her Man of Honour was her best friend Jeff, who did an amazing job making sure the day went smoothly. We knew we wanted to put a lot of ourselves into the wedding and decided to pour lots of effort and time into our ideas.

Luckily I’m pretty good at photoshop so all of our invitations and seating placements were home-made. The only real trick was having to make the envelopes too (but after making a life sized Delorean out of cardboard and tin foil for a cruise ship “Back to the future” themed party, it was an easy task :) )

Our venue was pretty incredible so we only had to accent it. We just chopped down and cut some birch trees into manageable sizes and then collected mason jars, candles and evergreen branches to assemble our table centerpieces.

The cake. At one time I was a chef, when Mel and I lived in Italy and played house for a year. And so I had a pretty good understanding of what it takes to make a cake. I made our cake as well as the topper.

I bought Mel’s rings at people’s jewelers. My ring was made from an early 1900’s penny. We had it nickel plated and it’s perfect.

The guestbook was pretty awesome, a handmade quilt with leaf shaped pieces of fabric to be signed and later stitched into the quilt.

Our DJ and friend, Lucky, kicked the celebrations off! Everyone had an amazing time and I owe him big!

The party carried on well in to the night and eventually spilled outside. The sky was packed with stars above the lake, it was the perfect end to the night.

Photography: Matt + Lena Photography | Event Planning: Emily Halfyard Of Final Touches Events | Floral Design: Forget Me Not Flowers | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Hair: JK Hair Designs | DJ: DJ Lucky From Divinity Productions | Groom's Attire: Derks | Venue: Deer Lodge Lake Louise

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6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions

From magnificent vistas of the Canadian Rockies to fresh snow fall on a winter day, Canada’s natural beauty provides the stunning backdrop for these six adorable couples as they celebrate their engagements. Get ready for seriously swoon-worthy engagement sessions in the slideshow below!

6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions
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6 Most Romantic Canada Engagement Sessions
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