Ashley + Mark – Married!

September 20, 2011

I cant believe I am finally blogging Ashley & Marks wedding. Its a little sad for me because I wont have an excuse to keep looking at their images anymore :P Who am I kidding im going to anyways!

The morning of Ashley & Mark’s wedding I woke up beside my best friend and the love of my life with the excitement of what the day was about to unfold. After I got ready I hopped into the car and drove 3 minutes down the road to the Banff springs hotel where Ashley and her family (girls only) were getting ready.

As the girls sipped their coffees and Ashleys hair was put into rollers Melissa and Charlotte provided a lot of giggles and full on hysterical laughter.  Not to mention I almost peed myself laughing as Ashley told me about her family ritual to prevent it from raining on her wedding day (lets just say I will never look at sandwich meat the same way ever again!).

After the girls at the Spa finished beautifying Ashley, Charlotte and Melissa we headed back to the hotel room so Ashley could do her make up. Her Dad and Grandma were waiting patiently as the preparations started I thought I might steal Ashleys mom (she gave me coffee – best way to make my heart melt).

Side note* Ashley and Mark have amazing families

Ok, back at it ;)

Luckily Mark was getting ready just a few doors down so I was able to run over to his room to get some stellar shots of him GQ’ing himself – normally I don’t get the opportunity to shoot the Groom getting ready as well lets face it Brides and Grooms normally get ready in completely different spots :P So clearly I was more than excited to be able to make my shots 100% cohesive to the trueness of the day.

Mark being a man was done getting ready after only 20 or so minutes, as he headed off to Cascade Garden I scurried back to Ashleys room to get some more shots of her and her family before I knew it it was time to head to the Gardens so I quickly captured a few shots of Ashley walking down the stairs and getting into her wicked ride.

Soon the day was a whirlwind of emotions, excitement, romance and fun. After their beautiful ceremony we headed off for some formals – and man looking at the finished product makes me tear up.

This wedding is a really special wedding for me because I feel a very close connection with Ashley and looking at her face as her dad gives his daughter away to Mark it makes me want to run up to her and give her the biggest hug.

I can never thank you both and your families enough for allowing me to photograph your history and for making my time with you all so special. I could never have asked for better clients and I am so pleased to be able to call you friends now. Simply amazing.

Wedding planner: Mark and Ashley planned their entire wedding day, with a little collaboration with Kathy Robineau – the Special Events Manager of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Invitations: Notables

Videographer: Mountain Wedding Videos

Cake: made with love by Grandma

Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Flowers: Willow Haven

Officiant: Rick Kunelius

Ceremony Venue: Cascade Gardens – Banff, Alberta

Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Bridal Hair: Willow Stream Spa at the Banff Springs Hotel

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bride’s Jewelry: Joanna Bisley

MOH/ Best Woman’s Jewelry: Swarovski

MOH/ Best Woman’s Dresses: Sposabella

MOB/MOG Dresses: C’est Cera (in Edmonton)

Ring Bling: (his) Triton

(hers) Ben Moss

Bride’s Shoes: Spring

Groom’s Shoes: Bostonian

Groom’s Suite: Moore’s

Groom’s accessories: Fossil

Stellar Mustache flask:  Urban Outfitters

“the” Mustaches: Majesty Inc.

Describe what your day was like: I remember being woken up by my sister (we had spent the night before our wedding together – just the two of us) and the first thing she said to me was “it’s your wedding day sister…and it is absolutely beautiful outside!” I knew right then, that it was going to be an epic day! The morning flew by – while the men were golfing, we were at the spa having our hair done. After picking up our bouquets and Mark’s boutonniere – we then went back to our parent’s condos where Mark got ready with his family, and I with mine. These were probably the most hectic hours of the day, but definitely were some of the most memorable! The wedding ceremony itself was everything we wanted and more – there was laughter (much laughter), there were tears, but most importantly – Mark and I were together, in one of our favorite places – surrounded by our amazing family and finally becoming husband and wife Mark, Melissa, Charlotte, Sarah and I had an insanely good time after the ceremony while taking our formal pictures – and before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel for our reception dinner. After a year and a half of planning this very night – it was beyond surreal to walk into our room and see that everything had come together seamlessly. The room was absolutely stunning – no detail had been overlooked! From the annoyingly perfect table settings to the romantic candles burning around the room. Our dinner was impeccable and indulgent – with courses that never seemed to end! With the wine flowing and great conversation – it was like we were having one of our regular Sunday night dinners with the family  This night quickly drew to an end – but not without our first dance as husband and wife – and a very important (and emotional) dance with my father. My sister literally had to make me leave the room at the end of the night – I didn’t want the day to end!! What was the best thing about your day? Marrying my best friend, intimately surrounded by our parents, sisters and my grandma – in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It was honestly our perfect day! What surprised you the most? Just how AMAZING the weather was that day!! We were so blessed! What will you remember the most from your wedding? My father walking me down the aisle and giving me away. I never had “planned” my wedding growing up, but the one thing I always knew I wanted – more than anything – was to have my dad walk me down the aisle. I’m getting teary just thinking about it! If you could give one tip to someone getting married what would it be? Elope. (haha, just kidding). Make sure you don’t lose sight on what you and your fiancé really want for your special day, and with whom you want to share your day with. It’s all about the two of you! What was the theme for your wedding? Intimate, casual, rustic but refined, elegant.




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