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Chateau Lake Louise Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are some of the most magical, and this one captured beautifully by Orange Girl Photographs is the loveliest example. It’s a wedding where it seems as though the snow fell on cue as if it was just another fabulous detail planned by this stylish pink-Vera Wang-gown-wearing Bride. But the pretty doesn’t stop there, there is even more waiting for you right here.


From the Bride…Chris and I got engaged during a trip to Maui in November of 2011 after two and a half years of dating. It didn’t take us long to envision our dream wedding; we had many ideas by the time we got home from Hawaii. Chris and I wanted our wedding to be intimate, involving only our very closest family and friends, we wanted to impress our guests, and we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple.

Chris and I agreed that there was no more desirable place for us to get married than Lake Louise. The first day Chris and I spent together we went snowboarding. We both started snowboarding the year we met and spent lots of time learning together on the local hill. Near the end of the season Chris planned a romantic snowboarding getaway to Lake Louise. We both had an incredible time. It was the first trip we ever took together and since then we have returned to Lake Louise every year in March for a romantic getaway. Chris and I adore the majesty of the mountains. Alberta is a beautiful province and we wanted to get married close to home. We chose the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as our venue for it’s proximity to the lake and its opulent yet unpretentious atmosphere.

I am very creative by nature and I did the majority of the wedding planning with help from Chris and our parents. We were incredibly fortunate that Chris’ parents had offered to pay for the entire day and truly no expense was spared. We embraced the winter theme and incorporated ice and snowflakes in the decor. My three sisters, who I had chosen to be my bridesmaids, and I spent hours crafting personalized luminaries for each guest, a detailed seating chart, a timeline of our relationship, and even coloring sheets for the children.

Our day was a true gift. One of the things I was most nervous about was the weather. I get cold very easily and even though our wedding ceremony was held indoors I was apprehensive about going outside for photos. We woke up to a beautiful blue sky that morning and temperatures just below freezing. The day was warm and the sky was clear until late in the afternoon when heavy snow began to fall allowing us to get some incredible photos.

My sisters and I got ready at the hotel in our Belvedere Suite. A hairstylist from Bottega Salon in Banff came to the hotel to style our hair while we enjoyed a room service breakfast making it a relaxing morning. The bridesmaid dresses were Jim Helm with Midori satin sashes. My dress was a blush colored Vera Wang which I chose because I thought it would standout against the snow in photos. Chris rented Vera Wang tuxedos for the groomsmen from Moores.

Our wedding ceremony was held in the Victoria Ballroom which is the oldest part of the Chateau Lake Louise turning 100 years old this year. The back of the room was draped in white fabric that was illuminated with soft pink lights which created a cozy atmosphere. The aisle was lined with floating candles in oversized vases. We were situated in front of a large picture window with a view of the lake and mountains, and as we said our vows, tiny snowflakes began to fall. Our chaplain Klaus Ohlhoff did an exceptional job. Because neither of us follow organized religion we struggled with planning a spiritual wedding ceremony that was personal and heartfelt. Klaus helped me create a ceremony that was truly reflective of Chris and I, and our intentions for our marriage. To further augment the ceremony we hired a harpist and we had Chris’ talented cousin and my sister sing three songs we had chosen. We also lit unity candles and passed the flame among our guests asking that when they blew out the flame they thought of a wish for our marriage. After the ceremony Chris and I received our guests in the Sun Room where were were served champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

After the ceremony, we headed outdoors for some beautiful photos on the lake with our bridal party. Late in the afternoon there was even an opportunity to relax in our suite and enjoy even more chocolate strawberries and champagne served by the hotel staff. During that time a blizzard rolled in over the mountains. Big fluffy snowflakes began to fall. Our photographer Kirstie Tweed of Orange Girl Photographs knocked on our door asking that we extend the outdoor photo session further. She was very excited to be shooting in a real life snow globe. It truly was a winter wonderland!

The cocktail reception was held in the Red Room just outside the Victoria Ballroom. The heavy snow, which was visible through large picture windows, and dim lighting created a cozy atmosphere and our guests enjoyed appetizers and signature drinks, “the Chris” and “the Cass” which was poured through an ice luge.

Our reception was also held in the Victoria Ballroom. The room was stunning and all of our vendors did an incredible job setting up. We had “quartz” style ice sculptures surrounded by lush floral wreaths and even a large ice bar. I crafted personalized luminaries for each guest which were used instead of place settings. The professional draping and lighting completely enhanced with room. The lights were soft golden pink during dinner, and during the speeches and dance, transformed to vivid jewel tones. It was truly breathtaking.

The meal and service the the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise put on was incredible! We chose a plated three course meal with Toblerone chocolate fondue in addition to wedding cake for dessert. After a spectacular meal we enjoyed heartfelt speeches from our friends and family. One incredible surprise that Chris had for me was that he had secretly videotaped his proposal and kept it hidden from me the entire fifteen months we were engaged. At the end of our slideshow he added the video from the proposal. It was incredibly touching and had many of our guests in tears.

We hired the RaNSom band to play at our dance. The band did an incredible job and our guests enjoyed dancing the night away. The party went so late that we had to move everyone including the band downstairs into the hotel saloon once our venue closed! Chris and I both agree that our wedding day was the undisputed best day of our lives and everything we had dreamed of. Our wedding was truly personal, heartfelt, fun, and most importantly, a celebration of our lifelong commitment to each other surrounded by loved ones.

Photography: Orange Girl Photographs | Floral Design: Willow Haven | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cake Creations | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Lighting: Stardust Event Group | Band: RaNSom | Grooms Attire: Moores | Harpist: Deborah Nyack | Bride's Makeup: Bobbi Brown | Groomsmen Attire: Moores | Hair Styling: Bottega Salon | Ice Sculptures: Frozen Memories | Linens And Chaircovers: CDM Group | Officiant : Klaus Ohlhoff | Ribbon: Midori | Ski Resort: Lake Louise Ski Resort | Stationary Supplies: Notables

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Banff National Park Mountain Wedding

If I could plan the ultimate rustic wedding, this is where I’d start. Intimate, cozy and set among the mountains with scenery so pretty, it almost doesn’t seem real. Of course I’d have Orange Girl there to capture every second, and with any luck my day would turn out exactly like this.


From the Bride… Doug and I met seven years ago at Murdoch University, in the most isolated city on earth: Perth, Australia. He was an exchange student while I was down there for my full education—we were flatmates for a semester and the rest is history!

Doug is American while I am Canadian and with immigration policies keeping us apart for any significant amount of time, we wanted to tie the knot sooner rather than later. We were engaged in March, 2013 and quickly booked our wedding in October, 2013—on the same day as my parent’s wedding anniversary!

We had a few very important considerations when planning our wedding: we wanted a small, intimate event, we wanted to get married in the Rocky Mountains where I’m from and we wanted to be relaxed and have fun. Most of our guests had to travel to be with us and many of them made a weekend of it. The venue that we chose, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, is a small, rustic resort, slightly removed from the Town of Banff. Each hotel room had its own wood burning fireplace and incredible views of the Rockies. With most of our guests staying at the resort, we couldn’t take five steps without running into someone that we loved. It was perfect!

With only seven months to plan, and recognizing how important it was to us that we be relaxed and able to enjoy our big day, we delegated some tasks to our family members. They were eager to be involved and so we leaned on their individual areas of expertise. Both Doug’s and my parents were invaluable in the planning process. For example, I explained my vision to my mother and let her run with the décor and Doug’s father is a wine enthusiast and he worked with the resort’s sommelier to choose the wine. This allowed Doug and I focus on other larger details, like the flow of the weekend and smaller touches that we felt were important.

Advice to future Brides: 1. Find a dress that is beautiful, represents you and is comfortable. I danced the night away in mine! 2. Delegate, if you can. It avoids stress and confusion on the day of the wedding. 3. Don’t forget to brief your wedding party on all the minute details (give them a guidebook with vendor details and contact information if you can) so that they know the plan and if there is any confusion, they can jump in and help. 4. Only focus on the small details that matter to you. We hand-made some small items to add a personal touch to the décor, but recognized that it was a slippery slope and were better off keeping things simple. We ditched some traditions like cutting the cake. 5. It’s not for everyone, but we loved having a small wedding. Sure, the guest list was challenging, but in the end we were so surrounded by love that nothing else mattered.

Photography: Orange Girl | Floral Design: Kelly's Mother + Doug's Cousin | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Sunterra Market | Invitations: Handwritten On Sugar Paper For Goop | Bride's Shoes: Pour La Victoire | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Sylvia At Jerome Salon | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Groom's Suit: John Varvatos | Cocktail Reception Music: Werner Frey | Makeup: DIY | Music: Kelly's Brother | Tie: The Tie Bar | Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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Grande Rockie Resort Fall Wedding

The Rocky Mountains have a special way of luring me in, and combine them with the prettiest wedding Canada has ever seen and consider me done. Kim Payant Photography photography the duo that has stolen my heart and it’s all sitting pretty right here!


From the photographer… I just loved everything about this Fall wedding! First of all Chantell and Tyrel took a risk by having an outdoor ceremony in October in the Rockies but they got really lucky and had a gorgeous day to say their “I do’s”. From the beginning until the end, everything was perfect! I loved their wedding color choices, a mix of burnt orange and eggplant purple, I thought it was perfect to go with the lovely fall colors! Their decorations for the ceremony and reception looked great and I love that they incorporated little pumpkins for the place cards.

The couple and I had a great time during their photo session, we were able to drive around Canmore to different locations to get awesome photos with great scenery! Chantell had a wedding cape in case it would of been colder but we decided to use it for some photos and it look amazing!


Photography: Kim Payant Photography | Floral Design: Elements Floral | Cake: Cake Creations | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Grande Rockie Resort | Reception Venue: Grande Rockie Resort | Bridesmaids Dresses: Cameo And Cufflinks | DJ: Livin' & Dancin' DJ Services | Grooms Attire: Black And Lee | Bridal Gown: Jessica Belle Rykiss Bridal | Favours: Weddingstar/Costco | Hair And Make-Up: Mountain Beauties

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