Stella and Jackson had their wedding at the beautiful and elegant, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in September. I always love driving out west from Calgary. The drive to Banff offers some of the most stunning views in Alberta. I arrived in the morning to meet with Jackson and his groomsmen to photograph them first. Photographing the boys is always quick and painless and soon, Ryan and I were headed to Stella’s room. When we got to the suite, which was located in what seemed to be in one of the steeples of the hotel, we were greeted with a room full of buzz and energy. We quickly photographed Stella’s beautiful jewellery, her wicked red Christian Dior shoes and her absolutely stunning Matthew Christopher bridal dress. In a room that was full of people and kind of tight, so we opted to photograph Stella’s portraits in the bathroom, where we had nice light and interesting lines.
The wedding ceremony and reception was held in Mount Stephen Hall at the Banff Springs Hotel. It was fabulously decorated by Angie Spencer and her crew at Get Married in Banff, who also did all the planning for Stella and Jackson. They did an amazing job and we would never hesitate to recommend Angie and her crew. The ceremony was really good and emotional for the both of them. Jackson even wrote his vows in the sports section of a newspaper which drew laughs from many in the room, but tears from Stella. The good tears. After the quick ceremony, we were off to shoot the fun stuff.
Our first stop was Lake Minnewanka, which offered stunning vistas. We worked that area as much as we could then we went for a drive down the road to find more secluded places in the woods to shoot. Once we did as much as we could outside, I wanted to head back to the Banff Springs and take advantage of the beauty the hotel had to offer.
When we got back to the hotel, we entered Mount Stephen Hall again to find it transformed into a reception hall that Angie Spencer and her crew worked tirelessly on. The grandness of it was just a magnificent treat to the eyes. As the night went on, the Stella and Jackson and their guests partied like it was 1999.
Calgary’s newest digital photo booth the Hoot Booth made another appearance on this night. Many of the guests, including the bride and groom, said that the Hoot Booth was the best part of the night for them. S&J were so thrilled to have so many fun photos of their friends that they even said the next time they have a house party, they want the Hoot Booth there! Looking at the photos, you can see why!
Congratulations Stella & Jackson. Ryan and I are very honored to have been your Banff wedding photographers and be a big part of your wedding day. Your love for each other is inspiring and you guys look so good with each other. I am thrilled you love your photos as much as I do and I look forward to coming over to help you put on art pieces of you guys on your wall. Thank you for being a part of our lives with your kindness, sincerity and enthusiasm.