David and Michelle wanted to pull a huge surprise and then watch everyone’s response again later in their Canmore wedding video. But keeping a big, big secret from close family and friends is never easy.
Canmore Wedding Video
David and Michelle were back and forth for quite a while on whether or not they needed a videographer for their Canmore wedding. They’d engaged the talented Film & Forest team for photography, and video would entail an additional expense. But in the end they opted to proceed, knowing video was the only way to capture the words from their officiant Patrick Smiley, their vows, and speeches from the reception. Plus they really wanted to watch the live reaction to their big surprise.
Originally from Germany, many of Michelle’s family and friends travelled from overseas to attend their mountain wedding. Those who couldn’t make it would still be able to watch the Canmore wedding video, another good reason that had helped with the final decision to proceed with videography. With her excellent English, she was able to handle any necessary translation duties. David comes from a Polish-Canadian family that is proud of their traditions, and he made sure to include of the more important ones during the day.
Choosing the Wedding Venue in Canmore
The choice of wedding venue was easy. David and Michelle share a love of the mountains and the outdoors, so it’s not hard to see why they chose Canmore. It’s a pretty mountain town surrounded by towering peaks and some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Canadian Rockies. The one potential drawback? Mountain weddings can be fickle, as far as weather goes.
As the locals say, if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes. David and Michelle’s wedding day dawned with a promising glimpse of blue skies and sun, but that soon turned into grey clouds and torrential downpours. The plan had been for an outdoor wedding at the Canmore Golf & Curling club. A beautiful spot next to a large pond with a line of snow-capped mountains in the background. Now plans had to change, and quickly.
A Last Minute Change
David and Michelle both got ready with their respective families at different hotels in Canmore. They followed the old tradition of not seeing each other on their wedding day before the ceremony. Then word came about the unwelcome change in weather. Without much time to spare, they had to make a decision quickly. With the rain continuing and no end in sight David and Michelle made the call: move indoors.
With guests arriving under umbrellas, staff joined the wedding party in quickly shifting and moving all of the flowers and decor from the outdoor seating area inside to the golf club’s rustic mountain dining room. Now everyone could stay warm and dry, and the ceremony want ahead. Patrick Smiley opened with one of his trademark stories that personalizes all of the weddings he officiates. Naturally we later used it in David and Michelle’s Canmore wedding video.
Springing the Surprise
And then, during the ceremony, Patrick hit everybody with David and Michelle’s big surprise, leaving family and friends open-mouthed with astonishment. Most had no idea! You’ll have to watch their Canmore wedding video above to see it.
Ceremony complete and the deed done, David and Michelle had their guests gather around for a champagne toast from the Maid of Honour, followed by cake cutting (a BIG thing in German wedding tradition.)
Canmore Golf & Curling Club Reception
The rain had eased a little by then, and we were able to join the couple outdoors for family and wedding party photos, and then for a creative photo and video session. The rain had made everything fresh and clear, so the evergreen mountain scenery looked amazing. Most guests remained in the clubhouse, enjoying cocktails and refreshments.
Dinner and speeches followed, then David and Michelle’s first dance, beautifully lit by a string of lights outdoors on the Canmore Golf & Curling club patio. The emotional couple looked amazing dancing under fading light, the mountains that surround Canmore still dimly visible in the distance.
Canmore Videography | Dream Day Films
Photography | Film & Forest
Wedding Venue | Canmore Golf & Curling Club
Marriage Commissioner | Patrick Smiley
Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist | The Pretty Haus Calgary
Florist | Willow Flower Co.
Bakery | Kake by Darci
DJ | Rob from Class Act DJ
Accommodations | Blackstone Mountain Lodge and Silver Creek Lodge
MUSIC: “First” by Roary and “Known” by The Dramatics, licensed through MusicBed