Wednesday, August 8, 2018

An April Wedding in the Rocky Mountains


I'm quite late getting this post together but I really wanted to document this memorable occasion and share some details from my daughter and new son-in-law's wedding back in April.  They chose to get married in Canmore, Alberta with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the backdrop.   





I'd say it was a wise choice!

You'll remember last summer, we hosted an A&W themed engagement party for Ashley & Wayne in our backyard.
See here for details of that celebration.

Fast forward to April 21, 2018, their wedding day. It was a magical day captured beautifully by their photographer, Chantal of Paisley Photography (Calgary, AB) who is responsible for all of these fantastic pictures.

In fact, I want to mention ALL of the terrific vendors that their fabulous wedding planner, Lesley of LP Events helped them choose. They all did an excellent job in making Ashley & Wayne's wedding dreams come true!

Wedding Planning by LP Events
Wedding Photography by Paisley Photography
Hotel Accommodations by Copperstone Resort
Wedding Venue by Silvertip Resort
DJ & Photo Booth by Fun Factory DJ Services
Flowers & Centerpieces by Occasional Bloom
Table Linens & Chairs by Chair Flair
Hair & Make-up by Glamaway Beauty
Wedding Dress from The Bridal Experience
Limo/Transportation Service by Highland VIP Group
Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff

If you are getting married in the Calgary, Banff/Canmore area, I would highly recommend any of these services.





Here's how their special day played out. 
*Warning: photo intensive :)

Of course, the morning was spent getting ready.

The fun gals from Glamaway Beauty came to the hotel and were very accommodating in making our vision for hair and make-up happen. They made us all look and feel our best.

The hotel suites at Copperstone Resort near Canmore, AB provided a beautiful backdrop for all the getting ready photos and the hotel staff were very welcoming and helpful. 

Ashley had purchased robes for all of us to wear which helped us all look coordinated for the pics.

My mom, Ashley and I share a close bond and celebrated with a mimosa "cheers" to the occasion.

A special moment helping my daughter with her wedding dress.

The beautiful bride and her lovely BFF's.

My mom and one of the best pups, Ashley's dog, Lilly.

Bouquets and floral arrangements were provided by Occasional Bloom and were all so lovely.

Ashley's gorgeous dress and veil were purchased at The Bridal Experience in Cochrane, AB which sadly, has recently closed its doors.

Of course, the groom and his best buds got spiffed up too!

The groom looked dashing in a gray suit with navy tie.

A special mother and son moment.

The wedding ceremony took place at Silvertip Resort. The weather was definitely an issue as guests were arriving - there was everything from strong winds to snow showers.

Ashley & Wayne made many various wooden signs for their ceremony and reception.

This one turned out to highlight some much needed items - blankets! Right up until the ceremony, it was very cold, rainy and windy. A record snowfall winter and late spring meant there was lots of snow still lying around.

In answer to our prayers, minutes before the ceremony, the sun broke through and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
My son escorted this very happy mom to my seat.

A proud father walks his daughter down the aisle. I cried tears of joy the whole time.

Only moments before, when the guests were arriving, you couldn't see the mountains for the clouds! See the difference in the next pic....

 We were so thankful the majestic mountains made their grand entrance just in time - like the guests of honour they were!

The vows...

The kiss!

The delighted guests...

...cheers to the newlyweds!


 The wedding party looking sharp!


Ashley & Wayne's dogs were part of the ceremony and looked great in their wedding attire too.

Two families become one.

After the ceremony, the happy couple went off for their photo session.


So many breathtaking spots around Canmore for pictures! Transportation provided by Highland VIP Group.

Love the colours of the scenery - the snow actually made it even better!



The reception was also held at Silvertip Resort and the indoor venue was gorgeous.

Rustic beams and a stone fireplace were complemented by a champagne and sage-green colour scheme for the table linens which were provided by Chair Flair.

Lesley at LP Events coordinated all the fabulous table decor and it was breathtaking. I was SO thankful that Ashley & Wayne gave me the night off from tablescaping and I could just enjoy the events of the day without worrying about decorating.

Love the gold rimmed glass charger plates and fabulous tablecloth!

The candlelight was so pretty especially as the lights were dimmed.


The pretty floral centerpieces were provided by Occasional Bloom.

The rustic-look chairs were provided by Chair Flair and went perfectly with the venue's lodge look.

Another sign made by Ashley & Wayne for their candy bar.

Glass vases for all the treats were provided by yours truly :)

In keeping with the groom's Norwegian heritage, a traditional Norwegian wedding cake was provided by his aunt.

They also had delicious mini-cupcakes by Crave Cupcakes.

They were set atop wooden crates which coordinated with the rustic vibe.

More handiwork by the bride & groom was on display as you entered the reception area.

The Find Your Seat display and Guestbook sign were additional pieces created by the newlyweds.

The photo-booth provided by Fun Factory DJ Services was a big hit with the guests.

The newlyweds arrived back at the reception ready to party!

Speeches and toasts to the happy couple came next with a delicious dinner to follow.

MC Services were provided by the bride's brother who did an excellent job!

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances followed.

The cutting of the Norwegian wedding cake.

The couple opted to have their romantic first dance out on the patio area - sparklers being lit in the background provided a lovely glow.

After that, the partying was in full force with lots of dancing to the terrific tunes provided by Fun Factory DJ Services.

Words cannot describe what an absolutely perfect day it was and especially for this mother of the bride who shared it with her husband of 35 years.  We even got to dance to our wedding song at the happy occasion. Celebrating our daughter's wedding day was such a special time for us.

We wish Ashley & Wayne all the best as they begin this next chapter in their lives...

...heading off into their happily ever after!

Again, special thanks to Paisley Photography for capturing all the magical moments of the amazing day!

For those of you who followed this to the end - I thank you!
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15 comments:

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Beautiful bride, mother and wedding Congratulations!!!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Truly a thrilling and beautiful wedding! Thank you for letting us share the moments with you.

deb said...

Beautiful!

Creations By Cindy said...

Stunning! Love it all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Water Vac said...

What a gorgeous back drop for a wedding. The beginning scenario brought me back to the day I had gotten married 30 years ago. I had a garden wedding in June. I woke up to cloudy and rain, but the sun prevailed an hour before to stay. And, yes, I thanked the Lord. ;) Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. Cindy

Gilda Crolla said...

Congratulations!!

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Darlene Gardner said...

Gorgeous wedding and beautiful setting. So glad the weather cooperated, but I am sure it would have been just as lovely with the snow. Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law.

Jann Olson said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place to get married! The photos are stunning!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

passion fruit, paws and peonies said...

What a stunning post. I so enjoyed this this morning. My daughter got married in Spring and I can relate to all the emotions and pride you feel. Congratulations, you must be so happy with how it all went xx

the cape on the corner said...

wow, what an amazing day! gorgeous photos, gorgeous backdrop! banff/canmore is on my list to visit one day, too.
b

Mother of 3 said...

Wow! What a phenomenal wedding! I love so much about this post; the colors, the blankets, the backdrop, all those little amazing touches.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Gorgeous wedding...CONGRATULATIONS to you all!
Blessings,
Cindy
Thanks for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Kippi O'Hern said...

This photos are amazing. Beautiful setting! Every detail adds to the overall feel and look of the event. Congratulations!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

So enjoyed seeing all your lovely wedding photos. What majestic scenery...
I definitely think they made the right choice as you said.
So neat how the Lord cleared the sky so you could see those wonderful
mountains. Loved the sign with the blankets.....and what a thoughtful thing
to do too.
Lovely thru and thru.....
Congratulations to your daughter and her hubby and to you and your family
on your new son.
Blessings, Nellie
and thanks for sharing this sweet and precious time with us.