Posts Tagged ‘mountain wedding’

Window Mountain Lake Adventure Elopement [Lexi & Aaron]

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Lexi & Aaron, Window Mountain Lake adventure elopement

When Lexi and Aaron asked me to join them on their Window Mountain Lake adventure elopement, I jumped at the chance! They knew the Crowsnest Pass lake was where they needed to get married from the very first time they hiked to it.

They made use of the new temporary marriage commissioner license we have in the province for Lexi’s sister to perform the wedding, while Aaron’s sister and myself were their witnesses.

In the morning, we met up to begin the very bumpy ride up to the lake to save on hiking the extra distance.

Lexi & Aaron, Window Mountain Lake adventure elopement

After a beautiful hike to the lake, everyone (except for me) changed into their wedding clothes to have the ceremony in a special spot the couple had chosen on the lake. Everyone cried at least once during the ceremony. It was short but very emotional! As Lexi and Aaron shared their first kiss, we heard cheering and applause from across the lake. I guess their wedding wasn’t as private as we thought!

Lexi and Aaron did an incredible job somehow hiking back to the truck in their formal wear as we stopped for photos along the way. However, wearing hiking boots the whole day definitely helped with that!

Congratulations, Lexi and Aaron! And thank you for taking me on such a fun adventure :)

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Alberta Foothills Ranch Wedding Photos [Julie & Nathan]

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Julie & Nathan, Alberta foothills ranch wedding

When distancing rules made it so that they couldn’t have the large traditional wedding they had originally planned in Lethbridge, Julie and Nathan turned their event into an intimate Alberta foothills ranch wedding.

After their church ceremony at home, the couple and their immediate families travelled out to a family ranch past Claresholm. The property overlooked a stunning view of the valley in multiple directions and had gorgeous forests and vistas we could easily hike to for photos.

Julie has been in a few of the wedding parties we have photographed so it was a blast to do her wedding this year! Her and Nathan were always excited to have their photos taken and their own wedding was no exception. Although their plans of having a 10 member wedding party fell through, most of their original party was still able to attend as guests and take part in a few photos.

Congratulations, Julie & Nathan!

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Best Wedding Photos of 2019 – From Photography by Tanya Plonka

Monday, December 30th, 2019

best Lethbridge wedding photography 2019

2019 was a busy one for us with Cam and I travelling all over the province! We got to take photos in some fun new places this year, including Heritage Acres and Boulder Run in Pincher Creek, the town of De Winton, and the rooftop patio of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Waterton was a very popular destination this year and we spent so much time there, I considered setting up a tent!

The winter weddings started in September with our first huge snowfall of the season, giving their Brazilian guests a real taste of Canada.

Animals stole the show many times this year. One couple was stalked by a cat, another bride included her pet cow in photos, and so many dogs got to witness their people get married.

From a red wedding dress to Harry Potter magic to alleyway beer shotgunning, 2019 was an unforgettable year.

I hope you enjoy looking through our best wedding photos of 2019 as much as I liked choosing them!

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Twin Butte Wedding Elopement [Mackenzie & Scot]

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Mackenzie and Scot, Twin Butte wedding elopement

Mackenzie and Scot knew they wanted their wedding to take place somewhere with a view of beautiful mountains. After hunting through the cutest places on Air BnB, they decided on a Twin Butte wedding elopement! They found an adorable cabin at the Drywood Creek Hide-A-Way, located in the foothills just outside of Pincher Creek.

Scot had been kicked out of the cabin just before I arrived so Mackenzie could get ready without spoiling her finished look. When she emerged and Scot saw her for the first time, a huge grin washed over his face! They had their private ceremony in front of the wood cabin, then we went right into photos.

The cabins are located down by the winding creek, and the nearby highway was just out of view. We found some beautiful pops of autumn colour that the snow hadn’t stolen, and Mackenzie and Scot kept each other warm with lots of snuggles and a blanket on hand nearby.

If you know that area, you know it’s windy, and that day was no exception! Mackenzie wore a cathedral length veil that was so perfectly dramatic in the wind. We were also on high alert and had to chase it several times when the wind tore it out of her hair! We saved the windiest spot, the mountain view, for last and it was worth every gust we had to endure.

Congratulations, Mackenzie & Scot!

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Gladstone Mountain Ranch Summer Wedding [Michelle & Pieter]

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Michelle and Pieter, Gladstone Mountain Ranch Summer Wedding

When I found out where Michelle and Pieter were getting married, I was so excited to return to one of my favorite venues! They planned a Gladstone Mountain Ranch summer wedding as a bit of a destination wedding while still staying in the province. The ranch, tucked between Pincher Creek and Castle Mountain Resort, is such a hidden gem in Southern Alberta!

Michelle and Pieter combined classy with low key, mixing elegant gowns and sweeping ceremony vistas with accents of wild flowers, a BBQ dinner, and a s’mores roast at the end of the evening. Their ceremony was followed by a cookie bar and lawn games to keep their guests busy while they explored the ranch with me for photos.

The couple are such naturals in front of the camera, despite telling me otherwise. I had forgotten they warned me they aren’t used to having their photo taken until, at the end of portraits, they brought up how comfortable they ended up feeling! (Hopefully this experience will convince them photos can be fun, haha.) Their wedding party and family definitely added to the fun too. When the groomsmen weren’t lifting Pieter in the air, the girls could usually be found striking poses for each other.

We had an amazing time with them, and it’s not often we can say the bride was hunted by a house cat! (You’ll have to check out the photos below!)

Congratulations, Michelle and Pieter!

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Mount Norquay Banff Wedding Photos [Alena & Erik]

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Erik and Alena, Mount Norquay Banff Wedding

Erik and Alena began planning their Mount Norquay Banff wedding well in advance. It was so exciting when the date finally arrived as this was our first time photographing a wedding in Banff!

The couple got ready in adjacent rooms at the Hidden Ridge Resort so we were able to easily bounce back and forth between them. While we were there they opened heart felt gifts from each other. They hadn’t even seen each other yet and the tears were starting!

Their ceremony took place outdoors at Norquay under the gorgeous mountain vistas. Everything was so beautiful there that we didn’t need to travel very far for their portraits! Wind blew smoke from the forest fires to line the mountain tops, but enough of the amazing view still peeked through the haze. The best spot to make use of this was when we rode the chairlift up to the Cliffhouse Bistro. Even with the smoke hugging the mountains, it was so scenic. While up there, Alena and Erik were serenaded by some tourists who gave their well wishes. :)

Alena and Erik are so perfect together. I loved watching the kind way they interact and the twinkling in their eyes when they look at each other. It was amazing for them to be surrounded by their dearest friends, especially since it’s all thanks to these friends that the two of them met in the first place!

Congratulations, Erik and Alena!

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