Kelly and Darren invited their friends and family to join them for a beautiful destination winter wedding at the Banff Springs Hotel this December!
Winter weddings make my heart go pitter-patter already, and being able to return to the gorgeous region of Banff National Park was the icing on the [very cold] cake! And these two are made of the warmest love ever – thank you, Kelly and Darren, for inviting me in to share this celebration with you!
Those following along on Instagram will have learned I have some close ties to Banff – namely in the neighboring town of Canmore. I lived there in the Rockies in the summer of 2011, found amazing friendships in Julie and Adam, and later spent a month in Italy with Julie last spring. She and I are both photographers, and I was lucky to have her alongside for this beautiful Banff wedding! In turn, I went back to Banff again this March to help her with two weddings! Yep – getting my excellent fill of winter weddings in the mountains – perfect!! Maybe we’ll have Julie out this way for some New England weddings soon! (credit to Julie for the above right image! I love knowing she’s capturing creative mountain angles!)
Kelly and Darren got ready with friends at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. It was a festive morning filled with laughter!
The wedding ceremony took place in the stunning Cascade Ballroom of the Hotel. And my absolute fav was them turning to call their dog, Charlie, up to the top of the aisle to walk out with them!
We drove out to the nearby Vermillion Lakes for a stunning photo backdrop… and then to the cozy woods of Echo Creek.
Below is the view from the ballroom as we moved back indoors for an evening of toasts, stories, dancing, and a photo booth! So much of this gorgeous setting, and the smooth planning of the day is attributed to Callandra of Cherry Tree Occasions! Always such a pleasure working with her and her team!
I didn’t want to sign off on this post without sharing a few peeks from Kelly and Darren’s rehearsal dinner at Rocky Mountain Flatbread in Canmore! An ugly-sweater party, just days before Christmas! BEST. EVER.
A heartfelt congratulations to you both, Kelly and Darren! You share a beautiful love and a beautiful community of family and friends! It was an absolute pleasure to share this day with you!
Also a HUGE thank you to this incredible team!
Assisting Photographer: Julie Williams Photography | Planning & Design: Cherry Tree Occasions | Florals: Flower Artistry | Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Music: Ben Miles | Hair: Botega | Officiant: Family Friend | Dressmaker: Vera Wang | Shoes: Kate Spade | Suit: Tiger of Sweden