Waterton Wedding Photography
Planning Your Waterton Wedding Photography
Waterton is one of my absolute favorite places to do wedding photos. The national park gives couples an opportunity to have a destination wedding without traveling very far from home. With so many great locations available in the park, it can be hard to decide where you should have your ceremony, reception, and especially where to go for your Waterton wedding photography. My hope with this page is to make the process a little easier by featuring some of my favorite weddings from Waterton. Every couple was so unique in their choices and I loved working with them to find the best locations possible to capture the feel of their weddings.
Classic Waterton Weddings
With gorgeous old churches and sprawling hotel properties, Waterton is a great place to plan for a large, classic wedding with your whole family.
Erin & Renzo planned their destination Waterton wedding all the way from California to offer their friends and family a chance to take an amazing vacation! Guests traveled from as far away as South America to attend, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and the Bayshore Inn were able to accommodate the guests at this beautiful, classic wedding.
Adrienne and Shawn centered their Bayshore Inn wedding around their family, having their children as their wedding party. They spent the day cruising around in Adrienne's father's vintage car and we worked their portraits around the random rainstorms (a Waterton staple).
Garrett and Heather made use of the mountain vistas within the Waterton town site by having their outdoor ceremony in the Waterton Community Center yard and reception to follow in the building's beautifully renovated gymnasium. Their small wedding party made it easy to navigate the park on this crowded summer day.
Michael & Ashley wanted to escape to the mountains and chose Waterton's Bayshore Inn as both their ceremony and reception site. The yard behind the hotel has a beautiful view of the lake and everything was within a short driving distance for all of our photos. Luckily it didn't rain until just after their outdoor ceremony!
Shreyo and Lorianne celebrated the joining of their families by having both a traditional Indian ceremony in the Bayshore Inn yard followed by a Western ceremony, which, due to rain, ended up taking place in the saloon! They did a beautiful job combining the cultural elements with their geeky passions.
Intimate and Casual Waterton Weddings
Waterton has great little nooks in the trees, quiet beaches that look onto the mountains, and cliffs with sprawling views, perfect for bringing along the most important people in your life (or just eloping!).
By having a small ceremony next to Linnett Lake, Michael and Chantelle were able to include their dog in their wedding day. They are both the outdoors-type so we kept a casual, hiking feel to their photos and had lots of time to explore the park.
Becky and Ryan travelled to Waterton from the United States for their very intimate wedding ceremony overlooking the lakes from the Prince of Wales Hotel. With their wedding taking place early in the day, it was so quiet and peaceful in the park that it almost felt like off-season!
Sean and Alison still wanted a religious ceremony, but chose to have it outside behind the Prince of Wales Hotel with only their immediate family present. Waterton is close enough to Lethbridge that we were able to zip around the town site for photos and get them back in time for their full reception for the rest of their family and friends back in the city.
This wedding was the ultimate in intimacy - the ceremony was held in a remote field that required some hiking, and only parents, grandparents, and their dog came along! Amy and Andrew were all about keeping things fun and casual and incorporating their favorite hobbies, including canoeing with their dog.
Seasonal Waterton Weddings
The off-season in Waterton is a great time to hold your wedding. While most of the town closes for the winter, a few hotels and businesses and stay open. This is a huge advantage when you're planning your Waterton wedding photography because you don't have to account for many tourists getting in the way of your photos!
Waterton Autumn Weddings
Autumn in Waterton gives you the best of both the tourist season and the off-season. Many of the local ammenities and sights remain open into the fall, still allowing for venue and photo location variety. The national park turns a gorgeous golden colour while the mountain peaks become capped with snow. Most of the tourists are gone by autumn so you'll have nearly free run of the town for your photos!
Autumn in Waterton has amazing views of the golden colors against the snowy mountains. Reid and Lauren held their intimate wedding just after the park closed, making it all that much more intimate! They were still able to keep their guests warm by having their ceremony at the Waterton United Church.
Kevin and Ashley got married at the Waterton Lakes Lodge in the early autumn while portions of the park were still open for the season, getting the best of both worlds! We had access to the gorgeous autumn colors and glimpses of snowy peaks at Cameron Lake, without any of the crowds.
Waterton has such a long autumn season that Robert and Carla were able to get the beautiful fall colours without having to endure any of the encroaching winter temperatures. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Bayshore Inn with lots of time in between to make the trek to Red Rock Canyon, which was delightfully free of tourists.
Waterton Winter Weddings
Holding your wedding in the winter in Waterton feels like you have all of Waterton reserved just for your wedding! While many of the sights that are a short drive away are closed for the season, the town itself has no shortage of beautiful locations to use for your photos. My personal favorite is the frozen waterfall at Cameron Falls.
Jeremiah and Hannah had a full winter wonderland for their wedding just before the seasons changed back to spring. With few other people in the park, they had full access to all of the dreamy, snowy landscape within the town. They had their religious ceremony and reception dinner at the Waterton Lakes Lodge.
A little wind doesn't get in the way of beautiful photos! Terri and Craig chose to elope in Waterton during the winter. Without any guests and the park being nearly empty, they had a truly private and intimate wedding! They took a few moments to warm up by having their ceremony in the conference room at the Waterton Lakes Lodge in front of the scenic windows.
You need to be a little more daring to have your wedding in the winter! Chance and Tawnia had their ceremony indoors at the Waterton Lakes Resort, which stays open throughout the winter, and even had a backup plan to hold it outside on the stairway if the weather had cleared up. It was pretty cold for their photos as a blizzard hit the town, but it was so worth it for the dreamy snow swept backgrounds.