British Columbia Real Wedding
Michelle + Oliver
Michelle and Oliver had their wedding on September 19, 2019 at Emerald Lake Lodge, in Field, British Columbia. Having been together for over 11 years, and engaged for three, it was finally the right time in their lives for them to tie the knot. Michelle and Oliver met on August 1, 2008 when Oliver, a Canadian was living in Montreal, and Michelle, an American in upstate New York. After dating for 3 years, they moved to the other side of the continent and eventually ended up in Canmore, Alberta.
When planning their wedding they knew that the location not only needed to be special to them, but it also had to showcase the beauty that was available in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, as many people would be flying from all over the world to be there. They knew Emerald Lake Lodge would not disappoint, and would end up being a bucket list location for people that they never knew existed. The wedding day at Emerald Lake Lodge could not have been any more perfect.
The bridal party was awake and starting hair & make-up by 6:30am in the Point Cabin. The lake was covered in an early morning fog and we were not sure of the weather that the day would provide. Grapefruit mimosas were served to the girls. The bridal party consisted of friends from all over (Los Angeles, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey). As hair and make-up progressed, the fog lifted, the weather warmed to about 18C, and the beautiful waters of Emerald Lake were displayed in all of its teal glory. The groom and groomsmen on the other hand took their time getting ready – but they were ready when it counted.
A first look was done with the father of the bride on the balcony of the point cabin. It was tears all around. The bride chose this option as her father is typically not an emotional man and she felt he would appreciate the privacy of the first look. Next it was off to do the first look between the bride and groom. The first look was done in a wildflower field just past the lookout where the ceremony would occur a few hours later. All photos were then taken after the first look so that the the bride and groom could enjoy spending time mingling and celebrating with their guests after the ceremony.
Cocktail hour was held in the Yoho lounge, on the second floor of the main lodge, and champagne service was provided upon guest arrival. The signature cocktails were a Paloma and a blackberry thyme cocktail. After cocktail hour, everyone strolled down to Cilantro on the Lake where the reception was held. Buffet service and open bar was provided. A fire was lit on the patio outside with lawn games like giant Jenga and corn hole available to entertain. Late night food service included mac & cheese and truffle parmesan popcorn. The day went off without a hitch. The only problem present was that it passed in the blink of an eye.