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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The incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountain range was the inspiration behind this off the beaten path styled shoot.  The invitation suite was printed on handmade paper featuring watercolors that highlight the Blue Ridge Mountains. The table setting and decor combine the look of the natural surroundings with subtle modern gold touches in the candlesticks and with the slight shimmer of the table linen. These accents continue on through the cake table using natural greenery to highlight the gorgeous blush three tiered cake. Any couple searching for a way to combine the outdoors with a formal and classic wedding vision will certainly connect with the look of this wedding.

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THE STYLE TEAM
Photographer:  MILK + HONEY photography co.  //  Event Planner: Details Wedding Planning  //  Floral Designer: Willow Floral Boutique  //  Invitation Designer: Champagne Maker  //   Calligrapher: Kristen Henderson Calligraphy  //  Cake Designer: The Wow Factor Cakes  //  Location: Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway  //  Dress Store: Dar-Lynn’s Bridal and Formal Wear  // Apparel: Charlotte Shop Girl  //  Hair Stylist: Salon de Coiffure  //  Makeup Artist: Anne Marie Mitchell  //  Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux  // Consultant: Therese Brooks

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From the photographer, Katie Corinne Photography: What a beautiful day! Warm, 70 degrees, the sun shining. Laura was filled with excitement while she and her girls got ready for the big day. Joe was cool and calm as he laced up his shoes thinking of the wonderful women he was about to marry. Yes, this was a beautiful day. A day that had been coming since their chance meeting on St Patrick’s day in 2009. Friends and Family gathered at the Timber Ridge at Keystone Resort. A place they described as very “Joe & Laura”. The ceremony site has a perfect mountain backdrop and the reception hall is a perfect mix of Colorado rustic and timeless charm.

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A globe served as their guest book, something that fit their travel theme to a T and will be a wonderful keepsake in their home.

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On the top tier of their magnificent mountain of a wedding cake sat Laura & Joe with their plane to take them on life’s adventures.

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 Rustic wood tables were covered with white crystal china and simple white & purple bouquets.

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THE VENDOR TEAM
Photographer:  Katie Corinne Photography  //  Floral Designer: Fleur de Liz   //  Venue, Caterer & Cake: Timber Ridge Lodge Keystone

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Anne’s love of travel coupled beautifully with Pete’s adventurous spirit and their nautical themed wedding was a weather infused mountain soiree! The pouring rain was a happy welcome after Lake Tahoe had been engulfed in smoke from area fires burning all week. Many day-before and last-minute decisions were made. The entire ceremony and reception was rearranged and moved the night before! The couple was so happy to have an outdoor ceremony, and nobody would’ve guessed anything had been changed. The day was pulled off splendidly with a seamlessly amazing design team.

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THE VENDOR TEAM: Photographer:  Melina Wallisch Photography  //  Event Planner: Summit Soiree  //  Floral Designer: R. Jack Balthazar  //  Musicians: Brian Hess Music   // Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  //  Caterer: D’Lish Catering  //  Venue: Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site

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From the bride, Michelle: Matt and I have always enjoyed “mountain” activities: ski trips are our guaranteed yearly vacation and Matt even proposed on a hike in Banff National Park. Since most of our friends and family would have to travel for the wedding regardless of where we held it, we decided that we wanted to have it in a location that our guests would be able to help us celebrate our marriage as well as enjoy the beautiful location and recreational activities that it provides.

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Instead of a traditional “Rehearsal Dinner” we had a “Welcome Dinner”, which was extremely important to us since we were doing a destination wedding. We really wanted to “set the tone” of a weekend filled with events for family and friends to get to congregate together as well as enjoy their own vacations.

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Having our private reveal and mountain photo session was really special–between riding up and down on the ski lift (SO much cooler in a wedding dress vs skis) and getting extra (almost) alone time with your soon to be husband was amazing.

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My family is Jewish and Matt’s family is Catholic. We had a relatively non-denominational ceremony with Jewish traditions added in (which was very important to me): a chuppah and breaking of the glass.

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I loved all of the DANCING! Being lifted in the chairs for Hava Nagelah–it was the longest rendition of the song that I’ve ever heard and Matt kept looking back to the band making “cut it off” motions as he was sure his buddies were going to drop him. I could not stop laughing and smiling throughout the whole thing.

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Looking back, the day went by so fast, it was truly the “best day ever” and I wanted it to keep going. I was specifically surprised about the sense of remorse after all of the planning when it is over. 

My advice: Hire a wedding planner with a great reputation and ENJOY their experience and expertise.

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Michelle’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue & Caterer: Deer Valley Resort // Photographer: Logan Walker Photography  //  Event Planner: MelissaFancy  //  Floral Designer: artisan bloom   //  Cake Designer: Snow Park Bakery   //  Band: Green Light Booking

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