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Sam & Alex
Intimate Wedding at Mount Engadine Lodge
This intimate wedding at Mount Engadine Lodge was such an incredible day in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Sam and Alex are from Kelowna, BC, but grew up in Calgary and Invermere. They made the beautiful choice to get married in Kananaskis Country, right in between their two birthplaces. Everything about this day was carefully considered and planned with intention. Sam and Alex are true soul mates and this was highlighted throughout their wedding day. Everything seemed to flow like magic on this perfect day surrounds by family and friends.
Planning your Wedding Day in Spray Lakes and Kananaskis Country
When people think of the Canadian Rocky Mountains they think of Banff, Jasper and the bigger hot spots. If you are planning an intimate wedding you want it to feel quiet and secluded. Finding a spot off the main tourist trail is always on the top of our mind when helping our couples find their perfect place to get married.
Sam and Alex knew they wanted to get married in Kananaskis Country but they wanted to find a place that would be secluded for their ceremony. It also had to be accessible for their grandparents. They spent time together scouting out the area and visiting all of the different day-use areas. We love when couples hunt for their own special spot as its such a fun activity to do together and it insures the place feels right. Take a road trip and explore! You will both know when you find the right place. I’m sure you can see from the photos below that Sam and Alex found a gem! Tucked in the forest with not another soul around, it was perfect!
The main advantage of planning an intimate wedding in the mountains is that you can apply to have your ceremony pretty much anywhere with a small number of guests. With larger numbers, you have to book out a venue space or Parks site which can be limited in the summer months.
Find out more on our blog: How to find the perfect place to get married in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
A Hidden Ceremony in the Forest and an Outdoor Balcony Reception Overlooking the Mountains
Sam and Alex’s ceremony was one of the most unique and special we have ever had the chance to document. Barbara from Threshold Ceremonies specialises in personalising each ceremony to tell the story of the couple. Their guests become not only spectators but participants and the energy that results is nothing short of breathtaking.
Sam and Alex included a few unique rituals into their ceremony which symbolised their relationship. One being a planting ceremony where they both added soil and water to a young tree. Something special to Sam and her love of gardening. After, they recited their vows to one another underneath an arbour that they made together. Repurposed from an art installation that they travelled with to festivals across the continent.
Afterwards, they drove off down the dusty mountain roads in Sam’s fathers classic Mustang. Sam had fond memories of helping her dad restore this car when she was younger, which made it extra special to have it be a part of their day. Back at Mount Engadine Lodge, they were welcomed by all of their friends and family in a tunnel of bubbles!
An evening at Mount Engadine Lodge
Mount Engadine Lodge is one of the most incredible places to stay in the mountains. Not only are the views amazing, but the food is out of this world. They were so lucky to have a beautiful evening and everyone ate outside on the balcony overlooking the stunning scenery. At dusk, we snuck out for a few portraits of these two kicking up the dust and soaking up last new minutes of the late summer sun.
We had so much fun getting to know this creative, fun and free-spirited couple and we hope you enjoy looking through what an incredible day they celebrated.