They both had dreams of getting married in the mountains where they spend most of their free time, however, Paula’s mom was very ill and so they opted to get married where she lived in Ottawa. Unfortunately, Paula’s mom ended up passing before their wedding, but it was a beautiful day, full of love, and showcased what a strong bond Johnny + Paula have together.
We decided instead to do an adventure session in the mountains once they got back to Calgary. Both Paula and Johnny are very active and love the outdoors (they even did a hiking engagement shoot), so when I suggested that we hike up a mountain with all their wedding gear, they didn’t hesitate to say yes! We hiked up the East end of Rundle Mountain in Banff, without knowing what kind of views it would provide. It was a hike none of us had done, so figured it would be a good one to try out. Oh man, it did not disappoint! Johnny somehow managed to put Paula’s wedding dress and all his suit items into a giant backpacking backpack and hauled it 5km up the mountain. Paula brought a backpack full of lunch and water for them both. Not only did they kick my butt up the mountain, but they also had no qualms about getting dressed at the top in -20 degree (celsius) weather! I loved that Paula had a beautiful wedding dress and thermal underwear and hiking boots underneath. Needless to say, we kept the session fairly short before Paula lost feeling in her arms, but it was incredible scenery that didn’t need long to capture.
– Banff Wedding Photographer, Laura Barclay Photography