A Crowsnest Pass wedding wasn’t exactly what Madilynn and Marc had in mind when he first proposed to her back in 2019. Although they both grew up there, they now lived in Calgary and wanted to have a big wedding in the city where they could invite all of their family and friends. Unfortunately, the arrival of the pandemic put the kibosh on those 2020 plans.
From the Big City to a Small Mountain Town
Fortunately, growing up amidst the splendour of the Canadian Rockies meant Madi and Marc still had a great fallback option. And for 2021, that’s what they decided to do. Since they’d known each other since they were quite young and first started dating there, it made a lot of sense. Holy Trinity Catholic Church would be the ceremony venue and tents in the backyard of Marc’s parents home would serve for an outdoor reception.
2021 turned out to be quite a year for smoke and wildfires. Fortunately, that all lay in the future! The wedding day dawned with clear blue skies and warm temperatures. Perfect for an early summer day. We headed out from Calgary early in the morning for the drive to Crowsnest. Both Madi and Marc were getting ready in the same home, with the girls on the upper level and the guys below.
Father’s First Look and Ceremony
Madi is very close to her father, and his reaction when he saw her in her wedding dress for the first time was priceless. One of the most emotional moments we’ve ever seen between father and daughter. Madi was also very close to her grandmother, who sadly had passed away a few years prior to the wedding. Her influence on Madi and her absence were both keenly felt.
The Ceremony took place at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Crowsnest, just a short way from the house.
Crowsnest Pass Creative Session
Family photos followed immediately after the ceremony. These were done in the shade on the front steps of the church. Then it was off to a few locations deeper in the mountains for a creative photo/video session with the couple and their wedding party. Kylee of Katalily photography is from the local area and had picked out a couple of amazing spots. One required a 4×4 to climb to, and her husband Adam was kind enough to give us a ride!
The Frank Slide is something the area is well known for, with enormous limestone blocks from Turtle Mountain filling most of the valley. We spent some time with Madi and Marc at a scenic lookout above with amazing views of the front range of the Rocky Mountains and the valley below. From there, it was back to Marc’s parents’ home for the backyard reception.
A Backyard Wedding Reception
With an open-sided tent, lush green grass, beautifully decorated table, and temporary dance floor, the backyard reception venue looked amazing. The couple was announced by Marc’s brother/MC, came down the steps from the house hand in hand, and immediately held their first dance, setting the mood for the rest of the evening. Since both Madi and Marc come from families of Italian heritage, the first dance included the tradition of wrapping them in ribbon. Dinner, some emotional speeches, parent dances and cake cutting soon followed.
Kylee had picked out a spot for sunset photos near the local ski hill. An amazing little-known spot with a clear view up the valley past Crowsnest Mountain to the west. It was one of those absolutely perfect evenings with clear blue skies and the perfect angel to the setting sun that only happens once in a while. Some more photo and video with the happy couple, then it was back to town and the party. Congratulations to Madi and Marc!
Cinematography | https://dreamdayfilms.com
Ceremony Venue | http://www.holytrinityhall.ca
Photography | https://www.katalilyphotography.ca
Makeup Artist | https://www.glamandbeyond.ca
Hair Stylist | https://www.instagram.com/jamie_yyc/
Florist | Vanessa Ianni-Lucio
Catering | http://www.countryencounters.com
Bakery | https://www.facebook.com/The-Cherry-O…
Music: “Photograph – Instrumental” by Cody Fry, “Carry You With Me – Instrumental” by Voyageur, “Forever After” by Tim Halperin, all licensed through MusicBed