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From the photographer, Kirstie of Orange Girl Photography: Lake Louise is famous worldwide for it’s emerald green waters and the stunning Victoria glacier that is perfectly framed by the lake but to me winter is when Lake Louise is most magical. I find it inspiring with it’s frozen lake, snow laden trees and the calm and quiet of it all. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is literally steps away from the shores of Lake Louise making it the perfect venue for a winter wedding where you can step outside for photos and then stay cozy inside and take in the views through their huge windows that frame the glacier.

I love a destination mountain weddings where guests are treated to activities with the bride and groom over the wedding week-end so everyone can spend more time together. A winter wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise means you can ice skate on what has been named one of the most beautiful places to skate in the world, take a horse drawn sleigh ride around the lake that stops at a blue frozen waterfall, snowshoe across the lake, downhill ski at Lake Louise Ski Resort, cross country ski across Lake Louise, make s’mores over a fire, enjoy a drink at the outdoor ice bar and then meet up inside for fondue or drinks with a view of the lake.
The romance of Lake Louise in the winter was the inspiration behind our shoot.
I photographed Heather and Graham’s real life winter wedding, and I asked them if they would model for me for this shoot. They didn’t hesitate. I was so thrilled to have them be a part of the day and for me to get an update in person was so rewarding to see them so happily married.
I am grateful to an amazing team who pulled together the look of what we wanted to achieve with a lot of love and laughter. Styling Steph created a classic make up look for Heather with a beautiful red matte lip for a pop of color against the snow. Mountain Beauties created an elegant chignon for Heather and styled Graham’s hair. It is hard to believe that they were able to create a faux chignon using extensions added to Heather’s short bob hair for an elegant undo. Thank you to Sarah Mayerson Design for the bouquet and to James Fraser from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise who brought in his own personal collection of sweaters and ties for Graham to wear to fit the vision we had in mind.
We started our day off by stepping out of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and having Sarah from Brewster Adventures pick us up in a horse drawn private cutter for two for a tour around the lake. The sleigh ride took us around the lake on a tree lined path that ended at a frozen waterfall at the end of the lake. It was stunning!!! They also have big sleighs so you can treat your guests to a sleigh ride.
Frozen Memories sculpted this amazing ice throne for us which I loved for photographs. You can also order custom ice thrones, sleighs, martini luges and ice bars from them for your wedding. If you are working with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise they will take care of arranging everything for you.
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Orange Girl | VENUE: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | STYLIST: Orange Girl | HAIR STYLIST: Mountain Beauties | MAKEUP ARTIST: Styling Steph | DRESS DESIGNER: Jenny Packham | DRESS SHOP: Ette’ | FLORAL: Sarah Mayerson Design | DRESS + JEWELRY: Cameo & Cufflinks | ICE SCULPTURE: Frozen Memories | HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE: Brewster Adventures | DECOR DESIGN AND SETUP: Mountainscape Productions & Events | RENTALS: Special Event Rentals | MODELS: Real life husband and wife Heather & Graham
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The couples story from the bride, Katie: Chris and I were looking for a fun, relaxing, and unique outdoor wedding venue. Throughout our childhood, we were involved with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and still love being outdoors, so we couldn’t imagine our wedding without an outdoor element. We explored a ton of options from all around the country until we found Crested Butte, which clicked with us right away. After a quick visit, we immediately fell in love with the town and the location and knew Uley’s Cabin was the perfect setting for our wedding.
We live in Minneapolis, so we quickly realized that planning a destination wedding was going to be difficult. Reallocating a portion of our budget to enlist the help of a wedding planner was probably the best decision we could have made. Not only did it greatly reduce the stress of planning a wedding, but their experience was invaluable in coordinating all of the smaller details that can be easily overlooked during the very busy months leading up to the wedding. We prioritized what was important to us; photography, flowers, food, and beverages, then we loosened the reins on the rest. Fortunately, there is a surprising amount of talent in Crested Butte and all of our vendors nailed it; our flowers were more lush than expected, our DJ read the crowd perfectly, and we received countless compliments on our officiant.
During the wedding weekend it was important to us to spend as much time as possible with our wedding guests that made the journey to Crested Butte. We planned a hike to Judd Falls the day before the wedding so that our guests could explore the town and surrounding areas and see why we fell in love with this remote town. The hike was a lot of fun and we felt so fortunate to have a little extra time to hang out with our guests before the main event.
The day of the wedding was pretty magical. The weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Chris and I shared a fun and intimate first look and then met our small wedding party in town before heading up the mountain to a few stunning locations to take more beautiful pictures. The ceremony was one of my favorite moments of the day. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world as I looked at my soon to be husband and our closest friends and family all together in the most beautiful setting I could imagine. Although our one remaining grandparent was unable to make the trip, the presence of our grandparents was strongly felt during the ceremony. My engagement and wedding rings belonged to my paternal and maternal grandmothers and it is so special to have them with me every day.
The reception was everything we had hoped for and more. The menu included some interesting local items; in particular our guests really seemed to enjoy the elk sausage and filet entree which we selected as a fun nod to the Colorado mountain surroundings. The centerpieces varied by table, including lush purple flowers and greenery, antique books, as well as mercury glass and silver candlesticks that my mom and I collected over the year leading up to the wedding. Each place setting had a fern leaf tucked into the napkin as subtle reference to the Fern Room of the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, where we got engaged. Neither Chris nor I are big on cake so we opted for cheesecake for the guests and a monogrammed pie for us to cut. After the pie cutting, we continued one of the bride’s family traditions and drank from a traditional German wedding cup, which is supposed to bring us love, faithfulness, and good luck. We even had a friendly fox wander down the mountain and crash our wedding.
Chris and I were so thrilled that our friends and family were willing to make the trip to support us, especially to a remote town most of them had never heard of. Thanks to our wedding planner and vendors, we had the luxury of being able to relax, enjoy the day, and just be in the moment, all of which was very important to us.
I received an abundance of advice before the wedding and two recommendations were particularly helpful. First, on the wedding day, smile and let things go. No one will remember, or even know, that your speeches ran long or that you forgot your mother’s cake knife, but they will remember if the bride or groom looked stressed out. Second, the party will naturally follow the bride, so if you want that dance floor hopping, get out there–trust me, it totally works!
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Amanda Kopp Images | TRANSPORTATION: Alpine Express Shuttle & CB Limo | DRESS DESIGNER: Cosmobella | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Jenny Yoo | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESS SHOP: Nordstrom Wedding Suite | HAIR STYLIST: Metamorphosis Salon and Spa | MENSWEAR: Bar III | WEDDING PLANNER: Crested Butte Events, Heather Sengelmann | SWEETS: Mountain Oven Organic Bakery | VENUE: Uley’s Cabin, Crested Butte Mountain Resort | RENTALS: Crested Butte Events | FLORAL: Misty Mountain Floral | MUSIC: Howard Productions
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From the photographer, Jenny Losee: I love this wedding!! This day was so fun for all of the wedding guests all day long. First, Cassie and Cale wanted a low key ceremony- no fuss just to exchange some tear jerking vows and they did so right by the lake. Everyone wore their beach attire and jumped in the lake together immediately after!
Everyone attending the wedding played on boats, kayaks, paddle boards and laid on the beach all afternoon and later in the evening got dressed up for a classy laid back backyard cabin reception with fun yard games, a delicious buffet and gorgeous scenery.

 

From the bride, Cassie:  I didn’t want to spend the whole day getting ready and feeling nervous about our “i do’s” so that is why we did a morning ceremony and then had play time on the beach. I could spend the day with every one of the people who came to be at the wedding with us.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Jenny Losee Photography | CATERER: Open Table Catering Boise | DRESS: BCBG Maxazria | FLORAL: DIY | CEREMONY LOCATION: Ponderosa State Park | RECEPTION VENUE: Family Residence | FILM SCANS: The Find Lab

 

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The couples story from the photographer Michelle of Michelle Renae Photography: Delaney Allison + Scottie MacRitchie Scottie met Delaney two weeks after moving to Colorado in the Summer of 2014. He had accepted a job that took him cross-country from New York to his new home in Denver. It all started when Scottie swiped right on the Native Coloradan’s Tinder profile and the conversation immediately dove into common interests such as their love for music, food, and the outdoors. After a few weeks of dinner dates and social gatherings, the new couple started to realize how perfect they were for each other. At that point, Scottie planned their first romantic getaway which involved a rustic camping trip near Lake Dillon followed by an upscale experience in the beautiful town of Vail. The last night of the stay, Scottie officially asked Delaney to be his girlfriend. Exactly two years later, Scottie and Delaney are engaged and find themselves being photographed in the very place that their relationship started. My husband Logan and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend reminiscing with them on a road trip engagement shoot that included a romantic Lake Dillon sunset and sunrise shoot and a more casual Vail Mountain shoot the following day.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Michelle Renae | DRESS: Lulus | MENSWEAR: Men’s Warehouse | LOCATIONS: Lake Dillon, Vail Mountain & Vail Brewing Co.

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A little Q&A with the bride and groom:

How did your love story start? In December 2007,  we met when we were both 12 years old and in the seventh grade. Logan’s Dad’s house was and still is directly across the street from Megan’s elementary school! We “dated” on and off from May 2008 to December 2009 when they made it official, and have been together ever since and every year on December 12th, we celebrate our anniversary.

How did he propose? In March 2016, we planned a hiking trip with friends to Banff, Alberta. The six of us stayed in a beautiful condo in Canmore, Alberta, which is just 10 minutes away from the town of Banff. As a group we did several snowshoe treks in their few short days in the Rockies, one of them being to the Bow Summit overlooking Peyto Lake off the Icefields Parkway. We struggled to get to the summit as there was most likely more than 10 feet of snow on a heavy incline. Once we got to the top, while I was taking pictures of the surrounding mountains, Logan snuck over to his pack and came up behind me and asked me to marry him!

What location did you choose for your engagements & why? For our engagement shoot we knew we wanted something with evergreens and mountains. Our talented photographer, Haley Nord, did some searching for spots and thought it we be awesome to head into Whistler, B.C. She found Cheakamus trail, which is in Garibaldi National Park. The incredibly gorgeous turquoise lake was a huge bonus! It couldn’t have been more perfect!

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Haley Nord Photography | LOCATION: Garibaldi National Park

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