Christine & Philip
Mountain New Year's Eve Wedding

Here we are quickly approaching March and I am posting a New Year’s Eve wedding. It’s probably quite fitting as it is the time of the year where I exceed correctly writing the year as the current rather than the previous at least half of the time. I could not have joined a more lovely group of people who were celebrating the most joyous event of two kind people to bring in 2014.

The last day of 2013 was blustery and chilly. The mountains, although visible, were shrouded in a thick layer of cloud. The wind picked up and died down with no real whim or reason causing the temperature to fluctuate by at least ten degrees depending on where you were standing. But still at the busy Lake Louise Ski Hill you would see little signs of the wedding preparations as friends and family set up the ceremony area and prepared the reception room.  Both Christine and Philip so nonchalantly prepared for their wedding day – entirely looking forward to the day they had planned without any sense of concern or worry. Two people after my own heart I tell you.

As we all arrived at the first look location a dog sled team had just arrived at the parking area. What could possibly be a better backdrop for a winter mountain wedding than the excited sound of dogs in from a run? Surrounded by beautiful scenery of fresh snowfall and the crisp conditions of frigid conditions they first saw each other – so much joy it makes me just smile thinking about it. I so adored Christine’s knitted sweater she donned for a portion of the session, a perfect edition for a winter wedding.

After some quick portraits we headed back to the Ski Hill. The ceremony was held on the balcony as the wind gave up relentlessly. Their guests had bundled up and were clutching their hot drinks as the two exchanged vows and attempted to keep Christine’s veil from escaping.  The backdrop was a subtle movement of mildly coordinated lights as the ski hill was groomed for the next day – probably the closest thing we have to fireflies up here at this time of the year. A hasty conclusion and a mass move indoors revealed after the officiant had left that the ring exchange had been forgotten – thankfully Philip’s brother remembered his own ring exchange quite well and made up for it later in the reception.

And what a reception it was. Amazing stories, moments, s’mores bar (direct line to my heart right there), drinking games, a spontaneous show of flares coming down the ski hill, a sparkler lit first dance followed by a surprise piñata smash at the stroke of midnight! 2014!

Christine and Philip thank you so much for having me along on your wedding day.

Venue and Catering | Lake Louise Ski Resort.  Dress | Watters Wtoo . Flowers | Christine’s mother Barb, Aunt Bev and friend Lorie . Cake | Philip’s mother made the delicious carrot cake and Christine’s mother made the s’mores . Make-up | Christine . Hairstylist | B-Towne Salon in Banff

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