Sami and Ian are from Drayton Valley, Alberta. However, they love the mountains and wanted to bring their friends and family together to celebrate their wedding in a space that everyone could enjoy. Planning a wedding from long distance can always be a bit of a challenge, but that is part of the reason they contacted us here at Creative Weddings Planning & Design. We were able to connect them with fantastic vendors in the area who could help bring their ideas and vision to life. More importantly, we were able to take all of the ideas that our bride had for her big day and help her organize her thoughts and plans into something that would flow smoothly, keep them from being too rushed, and design a day-long celebration that both our bride and groom and all of their guests could enjoy.
From The Bride: My mom passed when I was a teenager and my father passed shortly before our engagement, so including their memory throughout the day was important to me. I loved how there were little pieces of them at each moment throughout our wedding. While we were getting ready my fiancé surprised me with a beautiful ring that had my father’s ashes in it, so my father could be there while I walked down the aisle, and I handed down my father’s pocket watch to him for a gift. I had roses in my jewelry and bouquet to represent my mom (they were her favorite), we had their wedding picture seated with more roses front row for the ceremony and then at the guest book table, and the song I danced to with my father in-law was a song my father used to sing to me when I was little. I was surrounded by love and their memory which was one of my favorite parts of our wedding. I know they would have been so happy for us.
Lake Louise is known for its spectacular views! It’s why so many couples come from all over the globe to have their wedding there. Forest fires from British Columbia had created a smoky haze, but this didn’t deter our couple. They were determined to have their wedding outside, and Mother Nature cooperated!
The flowers she chose were roses in various shades of cream and pinks. Vendela roses were mixed with Amnesia and Quicksand roses for more of a vintage feel. She preferred the look of a full, round bouquet with just a bit of greenery in the form of dusty miller scattered throughout and white astilbe. Luxurious O’hara garden roses were also added to bring out the richness and fullness of the bouquet. The bridesmaids bouquets were kept to more of a cream base to contrast nicely against their antique rose bridesmaids gowns.
To take advantage of the incredible views, the ceremony seating was spread out more horizontally than the more traditional vertical seating along the Victoria Terrace. This ensured that each guest had a wonderful view of the couple with the lake in the background. The bride’s nephew was proud to escort his aunt down the aisle to meet her groom.
Our bride, Sami, had a very clear idea of what she wanted decor-wise right from the beginning. She loved the color pink and she adored sparkle! She knew right from the beginning that she wanted a wedding color palette of blush pink and navy blue with accents of rose gold. Her bridesmaids wore more of a antique rose shade of pink for a bit of contrast. A welcome sign with flowers around the frame greeted guests upon their arrival to Cockail Hour. The reception table were adorned in rosegold pink glitz linens or table runners with a blush pink linen underneath. Floral centerpieces using crystal candelabras for height were mixed with lower arrangements in pedestal bowls to create different levels of interest for wedding guests, along with candles votives in mercury glass to add warmth to the room. Glass charger plates with gold rims were wrapped with a navy blue lamour satin napkin to finish and complete the look.
Special thanks to all of the wonderful vendors who helped make Sami and Ian’s wedding day so magical!
Planning & Design: Cathy MacRae, Creative Weddings Planning & Design
Photography: BRZ Photography
Cinematograpy: O’Brien Originals
Venue: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Victoria Terrace & Victoria Ballroom)
Flowers: Creative Weddings Floral Designs
Officiant: Patrick Smiley
Catering: Culinary Team from Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Cake: Kake by Darci
Hair: Wildrose Creations
Make-Up: Face-It Make-Up By Ashley
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal (Edmonton)
Stationery: Creative Weddings Planning & Design