Three years ago Adam & I got married. It had been a beautiful summer, especially the week leading up to our big day; 25-30C and lots of blue skies! The 7 day forecast showed that it would drop over 20 degrees between midnight and 8am and there was roughly a 90% chance of thundershowers for our day. We didn’t have a backup plan for our outdoor wedding; I couldn’t believe it. The weather out here is often pretty unpredictable so I continued to not believe it. Sure enough, this time around the weatherman was indeed correct. We even got a few snowflakes. All that said, it was the best day ever…and I figured we had a pretty good story to tell about our August 30th wedding. I’ve never seen a weather pattern quite like that since.
When Elaina and Christie started working with Postcard Weddings to plan a trip to Banff in September for their wedding, I know for a fact none of them were expecting a foot of snow to fall on their day! These two lovely ladies were so relaxed and had the very best go-with-the-flow state of mind, through one of the most nutso blizzards I have ever experienced, mind you! They were just SO excited to be together celebrating their marriage…and they’ve got an even better crazy-mountain-weather story to tell than us!
The first look down by the Bow River started with some slightly chilly temperatures and just a very low-key drizzle.
Michael getting the girls’ reaction to the unexpected weather.
There was snow in the forecast, which to be honest, is somewhat normal at some point throughout September in the Rockies. Typically, though, it melts as soon as it hits the ground…much like it was still doing at this point.
The dads were very helpful umbrella holders as the weather picked up.
The girls had hoped to get married on the shores of Lake Minnewanka…by this point the weatherman had upgraded the forecast to a full on snowfall warning. Everyone decided it’d be best to relocate the ceremony to their hotel. We still decided to head out to the lake for a photo shoot. Things had really escalated by this point. Unfortunately there wasn’t much for big mountain views, but the gals were still keen to keep shooting!
On our way back into town we got held up on the Minnewanka Loop due to a collision…so…we did some portraits on the side of the road. Not often does the ditch look quite this picturesque. While on the topic of the road conditions, this winter-loving Rocky Mountain girl has to give a pretty huge pat on the back to the fathers [who hail from the South] for chauffeuring the brides around through this crazy snowstorm…in rental cars!
Back at the Rimrock, luckily the wonderful Callandra was able to secure a room in the hotel for the ceremony. Everyone took a few moments to dry off and defrost frozen fingers and toes before the ceremony. High five to Elaina and Christie’s hair and makeup team! These girls did NOT look as though they’d been out in a mushy, soggy blizzard for an hour!
Barbara’s wedding ceremonies are so lovely and personalized.
The girls hosted a cozy dinner party at Sage Bistro in Canmore.
Elaina and Christie – THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU for being so relaxed and optimistic about what Mother Nature offered for your wedding day…a duo with such a great outlook is undoubtedly set up for a beautiful marriage.