Banff Styled Shoot
It's a bit funny how we all have a connection to that little bit of nature that feels like home. For some, it's the ocean, for others it may be the forest but for many that feeling of home lies in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. I've always been drawn to the snow-capped giants that lie just a short 45-minute drive from the city. I make any excuse to take a trip heading west, even just driving into the mountains and I feel an overwhelming sense of peace rush over me. So when Lindsay from Twenty Twenty Photography and I met in October at a wedding industry event we clicked instantly. Within minutes of meeting, we naturally began to dream of magical places in the mountains to shoot together and what visions we could make come to life. By the end of the evening, we had our hearts set on a venue 7,510 ft above sea level named Sky Bistro at the top of Sulphur Mountain. I absolutely could not wait. Sky Bistro is the perfect blend of romance & luxury and is just oh so Canadian. Plus, doing a wedding inspiration shoot on the top of a mountain is pretty crazy! I opted to go for a moody colour palette of blush, vintage lavender, plum, champagne and ivory to contrast against the blue skies and epic views of the snow-covered mountain range that Sky Bistro overlooks. The rooftop terrace of the Banff Gondola is the perfect location for a ceremony and can seat up to sixty guests. We wanted to showcase beautiful florals by Flowers By Janie without distracting from the amazing 360-degree views so rather than an arch we complimented the glass balcony that surrounds all of the Banff Gondola summits with clear pillars and stunning ceremony arrangements filled with roses, lisianthus, scabiosa, ranunculus, and greenery. The wind was perfect and blew the Daphne Newman veil and Jenny You bridal gown so beautifully for some amazing film and still shots. We moved into Sky Bistro, the restaurant on the third floor of the summit, that had expansive views of the Rockies, with a lot less windchill! (Remind me why I picked middle of February for a mountain top inspiration shoot, it was at least -25 at the top!) The tablescape had pops of gold with a stunning raw silk runner down the middle of the dark wood. It was elegant but fit so perfectly into the luxury ski chalet vibes Sky Bistro's decor has. We ended the day with a sunset shoot at Vermillion Lakes with views of blush pink clouds covering Rundle Mountain in the background.
- Alberta Wedding Planner, Moments By Madeleine