Black & Gold Banff Wedding Elopement

January 10, 2018
Black & Gold Banff Wedding Elopement

Wedding Day

The colors were gold and black because they were the colors Nick and I wore. Nick designed the engagement ring completely on his own and had it made in a gold setting. I selected my dress because it complimented the antique style and uniqueness of the ring so well. Because it isn’t a typical white wedding dress and it makes such a statement, it set the wedding color. Actually, because it was an elopement- style wedding with no bridal party and was held outdoors, we wanted everything we selected to complement the gorgeous natural setting. I think it worked because the first statement everyone seems to make when they see our wedding photos is “Wow, what a gorgeous setting!” followed by a comment about how pretty and unusual my dress is.

Favorite Moment

The first look. I could hear him talking and laughing with Doug, Kris and Kim (videographers and photographer) as I approached him. I didn’t know how he would react when he saw me. He had never seen me in that dress before. The look on his face when he turned around and saw me was an expression I’ve never seen him make before. I instantly felt calm. I was in his arms again and I would be from that point forward. None of the things I worried about leading up to that point mattered anymore. There was so much joy in that moment and you can see that in the photos. It was so romantic, but also a lot of fun. That’s what I love about us. We have so much fun together and never take ourselves too seriously.

Favorite Details

1) The dress. I loved it. It was so unique and I felt great in it. Every other wedding dress I tried on made me feel like a little girl. I’m petite (5’2), so wedding dresses seem to swallow me up making me look too young. This one felt very mature and classic, and it enhanced my pale skin instead of making me feel like I had to have a golden tan to look good in it. I had planned to go with something very simple, but I ended up with a show stopper instead, and I wouldn’t have done it any differently. It was tight and it wasn’t ideal for navigating the rocky terrain, but I did it in heels and didn’t fall!

2) The bagpiper. It added so much to the ceremony. The sound filled the air with a majesty that matched the incredible landscape. It reminded me of our time together in Scotland which was a very special trip for us.

3) The calla lilies we placed on an empty chair for my mom who passed away when I was a teenager. My dad carried them down the aisle. It resulted in a very powerful photo that I will always cherish. We all felt her presence that day.

– Victoria + Nick

Photographer: Kim Payant Photography Dress Designer: Kelly Faetanini Bridal Boutique: Stardust Celebrations Groom's Tux: Gariani Menswear Wedding Planner: Something New Weddings Bagpipes: Derek Docherty Hair + Makeup Artist: Mountain Beauties Florist: Banff Flowers Videographer: Continuity Image + Motion Accommodations + First Look Location: Beaujolais Boutique B&B
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