Beth & Chris
Banff Mountain Winter Wedding
If there are two people that know how to throw a party it is Beth and Chris. They are so good at it they made a career of it. Together they managed to transform a neutral conference space into a venue that left their guests lost for words when the reception doors opened. A whisky room, rows of family style tables, unique colourful centrepieces, couches for lounging, festoon lights draping the ceiling. A refined elegance. A theme that carried throughout the day.
The evening before guests were invited for skating on the outdoor lawn accompanied with hot chocolate and fire pits. They then moved into the Waldhaus Pub for drinks, appetizers, conversations and a welcoming. It was a weekend that was made entirely memorable.
February started with a cold front. The morning air was crisp. The type of day where you walk outside, take a deep breath and feel it all the way to your lungs. But with the low temperatures brought crystal clear views. The mountains coated in fresh snow in all of their glory. Despite reaching down to -30C/-22F with the wind Beth and Chris were determined to fully embrace the mountain backdrop. After getting ready separately and sending their (much beloved) dog Zeus to deliver gifts, many nearly avoided tears of happiness, reenactments of the necklace scene in Pretty Woman, they first saw each other in the forest. There is something about a frigid day that brings out the character of the woods. The slightest wind leaves them swaying with harmonious creaks. The loose snow falling in the low winter light. To witness the absolute joy with that all around was simply amazing. Zeus was pretty darn excited to see everyone as well.
After photos taken on the frozen Vermilion Lakes, the ceremony took place in Mount Stephen Hall. When Beth and Chris first told me about their ceremony the words ‘storm down the aisle’ and ‘Zeus’ somehow made it into the same sentence. They delivered. He gallantly sprinted down the aisle at the correct moment to deliver their rings leaving their guests in a fit of laughter. Perhaps the most humorous part to me, however, was how Zeus so proudly sat beside them afterwards before slumping into a light nap before the ceremony was complete.
Then onto the grand event. Cocktails and photobooths preceded the reception room being revealed. The evening was led by Chris’ father as Master of Ceremonies. A humorous, honest portrayal of a childhood. An evening of stories, highlights, friendships, and mostly a connection between two people adored by everyone in the room. Their first dance was absolutely breathtaking as a mirror ball created a seamless pattern of dotted light throughout the room. Immediately after their dances with the parents the dancefloor was filled. The energy increased, a traditional family dance, a pause. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, a friend of Chris’, took the stage. The evening was carried away with amazing music and dancing.
Congratulations Beth and Chris!
Venue and Catering | Fairmont Banff Springs . Dress | Vera Wang . Videogragraphy | Imagique Weddings . Event Setup | Backstage Support Services . Music | Michael Bernard Fitzgerald . DJ | Damian Siriani . Second Shooter | Sam . Hair Stylist | Botega Hair Salon . Makeup | Teslin Ward . Planning | One West Events