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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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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