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Bohemian Alberta Wedding from JAG Photography

The absolute, hands down, most important job a wedding photographer has is capturing the emotions of your big day. It’s no easy feat, to take pictures in a way that brings you back to that specific moment in time, but JAG Photography makes it look easy. So easy, in fact, that I feel like I was taken back to these specific, gorgeous moments in time… even if I wasn’t there. We’ve filled the gallery with images so heartwarming & special, you’ll never want to leave, so click here for that!

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Sean and I first met at a Matthew Good Concert that one of my concert venues was hosting. We didn’t get much time together as soon after it was time for the annual Calgary Stampede. The city of Calgary is turned upside down and it become my busiest work month of the entire year. With Sean being a Fire Fighter, our schedules were often very busy and conflicting.

This about sums up our lives…. Extremely busy, which is why we chose to have out wedding in one of the most relaxing, most breath taking places in Canada. Banff, Alberta in the Rocky Mountains.

We chose to have our wedding in Banff because Banff is almost like a destination wedding, but yet right outside of the city, considered Calgary’s backyard if you wish. The Rimrock is one of our most favourite Hotels in all of Banff, and with the breath taking views of mountains surrounding it, we were sold on it as our venue.

The inspiration for our wedding was due in part to my personal style, which has a slight bohemian flare, as well as our relaxed outlook on life. The theme to our wedding was Romantic Bohemian, which I truly believe screams Banff. The romantic theme of the wedding made picking our colours very simple. We did natural shades (creams, whites, light pinks) for all the florals and bridesmaids dresses. And the rustic highlights were scene through out with the seating chart chalk board, woodstump cake stand, mason jars, and moss table numbers. Our wedding had a very natural and earthy feel to it.

Our wedding day was just filled with family, love, and loads of laughter. Both Sean and I hold our family and friends so close to us. Even though we had 270 guests at the reception, it truly did feel like a very intimate day with our closest. The speeches at the reception were truly remarkable and had everyone in stitches laughing, to tears in more tender moments. And the night wrapped up with an unbelievably active dance floor.

My favourite moment of the entire day was turning the corner to walk down the aisle. Seeing Sean standing at the end, looking so handsome, truly took my breath away.

We loved every single moment of the day, from beginning to very end.

Photography: JAG Photography / Flowers: Carisa Parker / Event Design: Layne & Lou Events, Layneandlou@mail.com / Event Planning: Layne & lou Events, Layneandlou@mail.com / Venue: Rimrock Resort / Wedding Cake: Rachel Bergen Cakes, Bergen.rachel@gmail.com / Invitations: Layne & lou Designs, Layneandlou@mail.com / Shoes: Zara / Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and Rachel Pally / Men’s Fashion: Harry Rosen Calgary (stylist Credits: Elbert Lee)

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Wedding from Orange Girl Photographs

When it comes to breathtaking venues that are sure to make your heart swoon, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise takes the cake! Feast your eyes on this picturesque wedding by Orange Girl Photographs that looks so beautiful it’s fake . . . oh, but it’s not! The Flower Artistry arrangements and Cake Creations sweets {and more} only add to the already gorgeous surroundings.  For more crystal clear gorgeousness, head to the full gallery here.

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From Orange Girl PhotographsPamela was the perfect depiction of elegance and grace on her wedding day. Her style was modern and classic. The saying “Wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you” came to mind as I watched Pamela move gracefully throughout her wedding day. Her Vera Wang gown fit and suited her so beautifully I thought it had been made just for her. The dress was found in New York, and I loved that it became an opportunity for her family to meet up and visit throughout their year of planning. The dress fittings became the perfect chance to meet up with dear friends and celebrate their engagement over delicious meals out in the city.

Pamela and Patrick grew up in Canada and are very close to their families. Wanting to pursue their higher education, Pamela and Patrick moved to England and have created a lot of lasting friendships all over the world. When it came time to narrowing down a location for their wedding, it was a challenge the people they love are great distances apart. They have spent many family trips together at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, so it is a location that is very dear to them as a couple and to their families, which is why they chose to invite their loved ones to celebrate their wedding day with them there.

They were married on a terrace overlooking the glacier-fed, emerald-colored Lake Louise. A golden harp played alongside a friend’s flute as Pamela and her dad walked down the aisle. After they became husband and wife, guests were treated to a champagne toast with flowers blooming in their flutes. What stood out to me throughout the day was just how close Pamela and Patrick are to their families and friends. They truly enjoyed being with everyone dear to them in a place that means something to them.

Wedding Photography: Orange Girl Photographs / Wedding Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, Alberta / Wedding Planning: DIY by the Bride + Her Mother / Wedding Coordination + Set-Up: Lynn Fletcher Weddings / Floral Design: Edralyn of Flower Artistry / Officiant: Robin White of Banff Lake Louise Weddings / Wedding Cinematography: Lucid Weddings / Wedding Cake: Cake Creations / Wedding + Stationery Design: Michele Sundquist (Michele.Sundquist@shaw.ca) / Lighting: Stardust Event Group / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Gwendolyn” / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Cuff: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Custom by Tom Ford / Hair: Lindsay Larsen of Hedkandi Salon (Hotel Arts) / Makeup: Rachel Andrews (makeupbyrachelandrews@gmail.com)

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Banff Wedding at Buffalo Mountain Lodge from Eric Daigle Photography

Whenever we see the name Eric Daigle Photography in our inboxes, we know we’re in for a beyond beautiful treat in the form of wedding perfection. There’s just something so romantic and oh-so-special about the way he captures the details. And lucky for him this adventurous couple headed for the hills for their big day and found gorgeous vistas and a super serene feel in what can only be described as the most beautiful mountain chic DIY inspired wedding we ever did see. And you can see even more right here.

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From the Bride… We knew we wanted our wedding to be in the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. The Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Alberta Canada, was perfect — nestled in the evergreen trees, daily sightings of deer and other wild animals, not to mention world-class cuisine. Almost all of our guests stayed on-site at the lodge, so the wedding weekend had somewhat of a retreat feel. We started off the festivities with a group hike up Tunnel Mountain on Saturday morning and ended the weekend with a relaxed farewell brunch. Our wedding day was on a Sunday, and we were able to hold the ceremony outdoors in “nature’s most beautiful church” — Tunnel Mountain reservoir. We held cocktails and the dinner reception in the Wapiti Longroom at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, a two-story log cabin complete with a wine cellar and large, open-air verandahs, surrounded by trees and flowers.

At home in Nevada, we are lucky to live next door to a highly-skilled carpenter who could not make it to the wedding but supported us instead by building and creating some of our most memorable details. He built us a large wooden chest to collect our cards, which we also used to hold our programs during the ceremony, and also cut the wooden hearts which we tied around jars filled with our favorite Canadian gummy candies. I bought a wood burner off eBay for $8 and burned all our guests’ names onto the hearts.

It was important to us that everyone would feel special and connected at the wedding. At the ceremony site, guests were greeted with a hand-painted sign, made by my older brother and his girlfriend, and led down a worn path through the trees. We had bocce ball set up, as well as a pail of kites and bubbles for the younger (and young-at-heart) guests to play with. We also had a boutonniere station set up with pink flowers, baker’s twine, raffia, and pins, so that guests could adorn themselves. At the reception, we had a kids’ area filled with craft projects, and our music play list started in the 1940s and moved through the decades. We kept the decor fairly simple since the lodge and mountains are already so captivating. Using clothespins and twine, we hung pictures from childhood, our childhood homes, and our ancestors’ weddings. Using a Polaroid 300, some tissues paper flowers as a backdrop, and some hand-made paper props, a photo booth was created, and guests were invited to take silly pictures of themselves to both paste into our guestbook and keep for themselves. 

We chose our vendors very carefully — which is hard when planning a wedding from a different country — but we were beyond thrilled with the team we chose. Eric Daigle and his assistant rushed around all day to capture all the details, and even whisked us away between the ceremony and reception to an old train station and a private dock to capture more moments. We were so tired, but it was worth it. One of my favorite moments of the day was riding the tandem bicycle in my wedding dress with Alex. I was originally in the back, but after some cat-calling and heckling, I jumped into the driver’s seat and we pedaled away into the evening … even though I could barely reach the pedals. Bicycles are a big part of our lives as we bike in almost every city we visit. It was the most memorable day we could have imagined, and all the planning was well worth it.

Wedding Photography: Eric Daigle Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Alberta / Floral Design: Forget Me Not Flowers / Wedding Day Coordination: Sonia of Enriched Events / Officiant: Klaus Ohloff / Wedding Cinematography: Michael Klekamp of Mountain Wedding Videos / Wedding Cake: Panino Bakery / Guitar: Andrew Ibanez / DJ: Ryan of NRG Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone “Queen Anne’s Lace” / Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Roy

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Alberta Wedding by Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique

Set against a breathtaking Banff backdrop and boasting a charming enchanted forest theme, this captivating winter soiree is all about the sweet, sweet romance… and, oh, what a way to kick off the week.  From the uber-gorgeous gown to the lovely blooms by Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique to the DIY details so lovingly crafted by the stunning bride and groom, I’ve fallen HEAD OVER HEELS for every last dream-worthy moment.  And, trust me, with a gallery literally overflowing with purple and gray lovely… you.will.too.  Join me there for more.

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Bethany and David met as kids and reconnected a few years later in their teens. David was friends with Bethany’s brothers, and his new maturity caught her eye immediately. They became close friends, and David, as the perfect gentlemen, eventually asked Bethany’s father if they could date. Six long years later, the two were both ready for the next step in their relationship. Early one morning, David crawled into Bethany’s bed and woke her up. Confused at why his heart was beating so quickly, she opened her eyes and noticed he was smiling down on her. He spoke beautiful, romantic words to her, ending with a marriage proposal. They spent the day together, eating beside the ocean and enjoying each other’s company.

Bethany got crafty for her big day, creating virtually every element of the wedding herself. Inspired by the natural beauty of Rivendell from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, they created an enchanted forest theme. Working with a natural palette, the bride used pinecones, birds, acorns, branches and stumps in her decorating. The head table was accented with moss and rustic-looking bird cages. Their cake, vanilla pound cake with white chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries, was created by the pastry chef at Sirocco Golf Course. It was covered with buttercream made to look like tree bark, and fitting with her whimsical forest inspiration, the bride placed birds and branches on each layer. Bethany had a hard time finding her perfect dress, but on a family trip to California, she stumbled across a small bridal boutique. She had her mom and sisters in the store with her, and when she turned the corner in a Maggie Sottero gown featuring one strap embellished with handmade flowers, everyone started to tear. The creative bride accessorized her gown with a headpiece she made out of vintage-looking leaves from a craft store and simply attached to hair pins. Deciding against tuxedos, the groom wore a dark gray suit from Zara, and the groomsmen found fitted light gray suits on a Boxing Day sale. For her bridesmaids, Bethany wanted a high fashion look but didn’t want to pay for it. They ordered dresses online from a department store, choosing a dark gray cocktail dress. The girls carried bouquets of purple hydrangea, coordinating with the men’s boutonnieres made from calla lilies in an eggplant shade. Bethany carried a vintage-looking clutch of ivory wild roses and ranunculus.

Bethany and David committed their lives to each other in a small and personal traditional Anglican ceremony, which took place in the oldest church in Banff. They wanted music to have a large role in the wedding, and chose songs by Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, and from the Chronicles of Narnia movie soundtrack. The reception was held at Sirocco Golf Course. Guests chose their menu, and the newlyweds’ parents brought in special wine selections. They created a fun wedding game where they asked the bridal party which of the happy couple they thought would suit a question best. Bethany cut out life-size pictures of her and David’s faces, glued them on popsicle sticks, and had the bridal party answer with the faces. To finish off a perfect night, Bethany and David danced all evening with their friends.

Wedding Ceremony: St. George’s-in-the-Pines Anglican Church in Banff, Alberta / Wedding Reception + Wedding Cake: Sirocco Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta / Wedding Flowers: Blue Hydrangea Floral Boutique / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Leaf Headpiece: DIY / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom / Formal Wear: Zara + Mexx / Shoes: Nordstrom / Jewellery: Charlotte Rose Designs / Makeup: Olga Onulov (olgaonulov@hotmail.com) / Hair: Brittany Burrows of Oasis Hair (403-270-8884) / Honeymoon Destination: Cuba

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Lake Louise Winter Wedding from Orange Girl Photographs + Lynn Fletcher Weddings

Those emerald green Fendi shoes. The shoes that were longed for by the bride (and, honestly, me), bought by the groom, and that inspired the ambiance of this gorgeous Canadian winter wedding. We felt it was the perfect soiree to share on this special holiday. The fantastic green, inspired by The Shoes, the romantic mountain setting, covered in fresh snow, and the love and joy radiating from the lovely images from Orange Girl Photographs leave us just the perfect amount of jolly this morning. Planned and designed by Lynn Fletcher Weddings, this wedding is perfect. Grab your candy canes, and click here to peruse the gallery!

From Orange Girl Photographs … Mike loves to ski and Leah loves to tag along so choosing Lake Louise for their romantic wintery winter was the perfect choice for Leah and Mike. Leah and Mike love to travel and on a recent trip to Las Vegas Leah found a pair of emerald green shoes that she loved. She tried them on and then put them back deciding they were too expensive. Mike returned later in the day to buy the shoes for Leah because he could tell how much she loved them. The shoes were part of the inspiration for their wedding colours. Lake Louise is also known for it’s beautiful green colour which could be seen peeking out from below the ice.

Leah and Mike were given a particularly beautiful snowy winter day that made the perfect backdrop for photographs. Inside Chateau Lake Louise lots and lots of candles and warm amber lighting helped created a cozy feeling inside for their ceremony and reception.

In the couple’s speech they spoke about the fact that they had been together for six years before getting married and that made their wedding special to them because everyone in the room had known them as a couple for years. One of the things that they love to do with their close friends is attend music festivals every year together so it was fitting that the band was friends with the couple and was a highlight of their evening.

Photography: Orange Girl Photographs / Flowers: The Nosegay / Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Roy / Wedding Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff / Event Planning & Design: Lynn Fletcher Weddings / Ceremony Location: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise / Reception Location: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise / Band: JK & the Static / Invitations: The Social Page / Shoes: Fendi

Banff Engagement Session by Orange Girl Photographs

I just fell in love with yesterday’s wedding by Orange Girl Photographs – so I just HAD to show you the adorable couple’s breathtaking photo shoot. It wouldn’t be fair to keep it to myself. After swooning over these two cuties and the stunning Banff backdrop for two days now – I think it’s safe to say I have a bit of a crush. Can you blame me?  You can see all the crush-worthy engagement photos in the full gallery!

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From Orange Girl PhotographsJeff proposed to Allie in Banff so it became a very special place for them. Vermillion Lakes became a particularly memorable spot for Allie and Jeff because on a very cold day one week-end they had decided to take some photographs at Vermillion Lakes only to return to their car to realize they had locked their keys, cell phones and wallets in the car. Months later Jeff proposed at that very same spot. We returned to that dock at Vermillion Lake for their engagement shoot and also for their wedding photographs.

Allie and Jeff shared with me that one of the things they love to do together is play scrabble and they intended to incorporate that into their wedding design. Knowing that I commissioned Etsy seller Craig Wood Works to make giant scrabble tiles for their engagement photographs that featured their initials. The scrabble theme was continued on their wedding day with custom cufflinks for the groomsmen with scrabble tiles bearing their initials.

Love Banner: Funkyshique / Giant Scrabble Tiles: Craig Wood Works / Wedding Invitations: Marshmellow Fluff / Photography: Orange Girl Photographs