Banff wedding at Tunnel Mountain

Intimate Banff Wedding at Tunnel Mountain

The first thing you’ll notice watching Elicia and Morgan’s Banff wedding at Tunnel Mountain are the emotions. Elicia planned a first look with her father, and predicted waterworks. We love a great groom reaction to seeing his bride for the first time too, and Morgan didn’t disappoint.

The Team:

Cinematography | Dream Day Films
Photography | BDFK Photography
Planner | Something New Weddings Banff
Makeup Artist & Salon | Mountain Beauties
Florist | Willow Flower Company

Getting Ready at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff

Elicia and Morgan came up from the U.S, to take advantage of Banff’s incredible scenery and provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of their guests. They wanted everything on their wedding day to be as convenient as possible, so arranged accommodations for themselves and their guests at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff. It would also be their reception venue. They also knew there were many people who wouldn’t be able to make it, so reserved us to film their Banff wedding at Tunnel Mountain.

We began the day filming Elicia and Morgan getting ready in their respective lodges. A big moment for Elicia was going to be a First Look with her father. They are very close, and it was going to be one of the most important highlights of her wedding day. Morgan would have to wait for Elicia’s processional during the ceremony to see his new bride. The Father/Daughter First Look certainly didn’t disappoint. He was dabbing his eyes before she’d even come down from her room.

Banff Wedding at Tunnel Mountain

The ceremony took place outdoors, at the Tunnel Mountain, just across the road from Buffalo Mountain Lodge. It’s a beautiful open field, with stunning views of both Mount Rundle and Bow Valley. The day was a little hazy thanks to distant fires in British Columbia, but no so much as to obscure the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains. As with Elicia’s father, Morgan is quite emotional and she’d also predicted waterworks from him.

Once the ceremony ended, family photos began. This is the photographer’s show so we don’t interfere. Instead, we like to get some behind-the-scenes footage of guests, family, and add a different perspective, motion, and sound to the group shots. We ended our time in the field capturing video of the happy couple before heading off to Lake Minnewanka. It’s not only a favourite spot for elopements and intimate weddings, but for capturing some of Banff’s unique mountain scenery.

Creative Video Session at Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka is about a 20-minute drive from Tunnel Mountain, across the Trans-Canada highway on the other side of the Bow Valley. We headed there with Elicia and Morgan’s photographers, planning to capture some gorgeous footage along the shores of the lake.

Having that combination of blue alpine water and rugged mountains is always incredible. Not only in person, but as it will appear in the final wedding video. It’s really the reason so many people come to Banff to visit and for others as a destination wedding location. Thankfully, despite being the height of summer, crowds were minimal and we easily found a few secluded locations that were only a short walk from the parking lot.

First Dance at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

The last big moment planned for Elicia and Morgan’s Banff wedding at Tunnel Mountain was their First Moment. They planned to surprise their guests with a choreographed dance that even included a few difficult lifts and spins. They’d practiced for hours. Elicia even sent us a video of one of their practices so we’d know what to expect. We filmed a little of the cocktail hour and reception room, then quickly set up for their grand entrance. After they came in, Elicia and Morgan went straight into it and wowed the crowd. A great way to start the night!

Lake Minnewanka

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