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Fairmont Banff Springs First Peak and Banff Wedding

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 Fairmont Banff Springs First Peak and wedding at the Bison Restaurant, Banff

The adage claims that rain on your wedding day signifies good luck.  After spending the day with Amy, Scott, their family and friends, I don’t think this newly wed couple will need to rely too much on luck, their happiness and the support of their loved ones will see them through both the storms and sunshine for many years to come.

They were a pleasure to work with, smiling and easy going despite all that the weather threw at us–freezing fog, sleet, rain and snow…ahhh,  spring time in the mountains!

We had planned a dramatic “unveiling of the bride” –the groom’s first glimpse of his wife-to-be before the ceremony at Mt. Norquay in Banff.    I love photographing couples at Mt. Norquay as it offers some of the most stunning and easily accessed vistas of Banff and the surrounding mountains. (More on Mt. Norquay in this blog)  However, when I picked up Amy to whisk her away, the rain was coming down hard and fog surrounded the summits.  We decided to seek shelter at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a magnificent castle that is arguably as beautiful as any mountain.  The staircase in the Rundle Room Lounge served as our stage for Amy and Scott’s anticipated rendezvous.   While Amy waited on the Rundle balcony,  my partner Troy escorted Scott to the base of the stairs.  He had strict orders not to turn around until Amy was beside him. Like a queen in her audience chamber she gracefully descended those grand stairs and came up behind him.  I could see them both, and it was hard to say whose smile was bigger.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place on the second floor of the Bison Restaurant in Banff.  It was my first time shooting a wedding there and I was duly impressed.  The staff was wonderful and they have my thanks for being so accommodating to Troy and myself.  (At one point I was precariously balanced on a ladder in the tight space behind the bar trying to capture a shot.  Not an easy thing to mix drinks with a photographer in tow.)  The food was extrordinary– I would tell you about it but you are bound to get jealous!  Lets just say that Amy and Scott have exquisite epicurean taste!

The ceremony was presided by wedding commissioner, Aydin Odyakmaz, a jovial soul who is quick to smile and wears a hat of many talents in the wedding industry.  Along with being a wedding commissioner, Aydin is an accomplished videographer, photographer and also runs a d.j. service.   Aydin was my videographer when Troy and I got married back in 2005 so it is always a pleasure to see and work with him.

It was altogether a wonderful evening and I want to thank Amy and Scott again for the privilege of being part of their beautiful wedding day.   I hope you enjoy the images.

Not everyone was able to stay awake til the reception was over…I found this resourceful flower girl curled up in a bed made of guest’s coats!

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