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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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Banff Engagement Session

A stunning couple, a gorgeous backdrop and Terry Photo Co. behind the lens? That’s a recipe for engagement perfection. These images are so breathtaking you almost won’t believe they are real, but trust me folks, it’s this couples’ gorgeous reality. See them all here.

From Terry Photo CoWhat happens when snow and sunshine collide? Photo awesomeness … at least we like to think so. Here are some shots from an engagement session that we did recently with an adorable couple, Kyle & Pegah. We are submitting this session as we think not only are this couple beautifully gushing with love but the scenery, wildlife that tried to steal the lime light and the weather conditions made for an amazingly different engagement session.

On June 26th, 2014 Pegah and Kyle were enjoying after work drinks with their co-workers and friends at The Corner Place in Toronto. Pegah’s manager and Kyle’s friend were classmates from university creating a welcoming atmosphere for the two to talk. Pegah immediately began to tease Kyle as he was still proudly sporting the US National Football Team’s jersey that was defeated earlier that day by her favourite, the German National Football Team. The heated debate over the game brought out the competitive nature in them both and the next thing you know, they were planning their first date for the coming Saturday.

Their first date lasted 6 hours and began with Kyle spilling coffee on his white polo shirt. They enjoyed a not so quiet lunch with a boisterous group of Chilean soccer fans sitting next to them but got a good laugh when one of them, on his way out, pointed to the couple and yelled, “I like what’s going between you two” not knowing it was their first date. The date then moved outside to the Harbourfront where the two talked for hours under the warm Toronto sun and made plans for their second date before parting ways.

Kyle and Pegah were inseparable from that point on; going on a bike tour in the Niagara wine country, bungee jumping with friends in Quebec, enjoying their first Michigan game at “The Big House” and every other special moment along the way. They made the big move to Calgary to start their lives together and are looking forward to the unknowns that they have yet to experience and the many memories to come.

Just after moving to Calgary, Pegah approached us for a Banff engagement session in April which can be risky as the weather conditions are very fickle in the mountains that time of year. We decided to do the shoot not knowing if it would rain, snow or be beautiful and sunny but Kyle and Pegahs’ “up for anything attitude” proved to be so rewarding as the weather was all of the above and the pictures we got were standout (not only because of the weather but mainly because of the adorableness of these two!!).

We (Joe & Tara Terry of Terry Photo Co.) hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoying spending time with these two and capturing a little glimpse of their love story.

Photography: Terry Photo Co. | Field / Park: Tunnel Mountain Meadow | Lake: Tunnel Mountain Meadow

Abby Capalbo

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