Cara and Keith’s wedding at the Chateau Lake Louise was a chance to celebrate their New York City love story with the bride’s massive Albertan family and introduce the beautiful Rockies to the couple’s urban guests that had flown in mostly from NY, SF, London, and Hong Kong for the occasion. The couple wanted to create a warm and celebratory atmosphere that would both complement the beautifully lush mountain setting and reflect the understated modern elegance of the newly updated Victoria Ballroom where the reception was held. For the waterfront ceremony on Victoria Terrace, they let nature take center stage, enhancing the blue of the lake and skies with pops of blue in the fuschia, pink and peach bouquets.

 

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For the reception, they were determined to have long feasting tables –the longer the better, to create a sense of togetherness and facilitate conversation amongst old friends and new. Lush grey-green garlands of Eucalyptus ran down the center of the tables, bringing the natural theme indoors and providing a muted backdrop to the roses that seemed to bloom from the garlands. The low florals ensured that revelers could see and hear each other clearly, and the ivory pillar candles dotting the length of the tables ensured everybody was cast in a romantic, flattering glow. The silvery napkins provided a modern contrast to the light gold linens. Rose gold sequined linens added a touch of glamour to the head table. The couple infused personal touches throughout, from handmade magnetic gold animal place-card holders to reflect their joint love of wildlife, to tables named after the 9 separate cities that they lived in until they met, to a dessert table laden with the couple’s favourite treats –mini cupcakes in creative flavor combinations, a towering croquembouche dusted in icing sugar like snow on a mountain top, macarons in rose, mango, and green tea, lemon meringue tartlets, and mini smore cookie sandwiches to tie back to the welcome bonfire-and-smore reception held the night before on the shores of the lake.

 


THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Infused Studios  //  Event Planner: Evelyn Clark Weddings  //  Flowers: Flower Artistry  //  Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise  //  Rentals: Special Event Rentals  //  Desserts (except croquembouche): Kake by Darci //  DJ: Pez Productions //  Hair: Hammerheadz Salon

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From the bride, Mandy: The best part of the day was exactly what it should have been: the time my husband and I spent together holding hands during the ceremony, and speaking from our hearts. The moments that followed with our photographer, ENV Photography were unexpectedly special– we spent our first few hours as a married couple just one on one, being close, enjoying that giddy energy, helping each other balance over the bluffs, and it was wonderful. I would not change a thing about my wedding day. It was the best!

For our hand-binding ceremony, we used the same cloth used by my in-laws.

ADVICE

Do not cater to others. Your wedding is about you and your partner– that’s all you need, and all that matters is that you can look back and say that it was exactly as you wanted it to be.

 

Our photographer was impeccable. I recommend  ENV Photography without hesitation.

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From the bride, Ivanna: I am from Ukraine, my husband is from Bulgaria, and we both moved to Canada after a long, long-distance relationship. We did not want to have a big wedding, but rather an intimate celebration with our closest friends. We definitely wanted a fairytale location with a breathtaking view, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was the perfect fit for us.

 

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We brought my baby with us, a Scottish Fold cat named Gregory House.

 

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It is kind of embarrassing, but I could not repeat my vows after the commissioner. I was so stressed and laughing as all this English seemed to me like a language I do not speak. Fortunately, everyone was laughing with me.

 

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We Skyped the entire ceremony with our family so they could be part of the ceremony.

 

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Since Anton & I met in Cyprus, everything Greek is special to us.  So, after the ceremony, we went to dinner at a Greek restaurant. It was fun to reminisce about how we met and how we spent our first year together.

 

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My advice: Splurge on your special day!  You can always earn more money, but you can’t turn time back and order better flowers or pick a nicer venue!

 

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THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Kim Payant Photography // Ceremony Location & Lodging: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise // Reception: Balkan Greek Restaurant // Flowers: Forget-Me-Not Flowers  //  Dress Designer: White by Vera Wang  // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG // Men’s Wear: White by Vera Wang

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Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains in Kananaskis Country, this Calgary firefighter and nurse spent the afternoon along the river as their photographer Loree Photography captured magic. We can’t wait to see their winter breakfast wedding in beautiful Canmore, Alberta next year.

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From the bride, Leonie: We wanted a fun and intimate wedding in a majestic setting.  We did a lot of the details ourselves as we wanted it to be a true reflection of us.  We wanted to share a less traditional, and relaxed day with our friends and families.

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We had fun with the colour by ordering orange socks, suspenders and a stripy tie. The orange also complemented the setting of the lake.

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Leonie’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Photographer: Kim Payant Photography  //  Photographer’s assistant: Elisabeth Levesque-Mumford  //  Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge   // Bride’s Gown:  Ritva Westenius  //  Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang  //  Hair and Makeup: Complexions Artistry  //  Flowers: Alpine Flowers

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