Intimate Banff wedding

A chance meeting on a train leads to an intimate Banff Wedding

Aries and Michael both work in the railroad industry, and it was a chance meeting on the train that brought them together. Of course, neither had the faintest idea that hitting it off on the job would ultimately lead to an intimate Banff wedding. They decided to include wedding videography since they planned to have a reception back home in Ontario.

The Team:

Cinematography | Dream Day Films
Photography | Magnifik Photography
Planner | Something New Weddings Banff
Officiant | Patrick Smiley
Makeup Artist & Salon | Mountain Beauties
Transportation | Patagonia Chauffeur Services
Accommodations | Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Getting Ready at Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Aries and Michael both love the Canadian Rocky Mountains. When they decided to get hitched it seemed natural to plan an intimate Banff wedding with their closest friends. There’s a bit of an industry connection too. Banff National Park was created not long after the CPR built the country’s first trans-continental railroad. Trains brought plenty of awestruck tourists to see the new Park’s iconic scenery.

We were a little concerned about weather in the morning. They day began with grey skies and rain. But there was room for optimism. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Video coverage began with Aries and Michael getting ready in separate lodges at Banff Rocky Mountain Resort. It was raining steadily, but as the morning progressed the rain began to taper slightly.

Two Jack Lake First Look

First Look and Intimate Banff Wedding at Two Jack Lake

Once Aries and Michael were ready to roll, we all headed across the valley for Two Jack Lake. Close to Lake Minnewanka, it has a few lakeside spots that are perfect for an intimate Banff wedding ceremony. We arrived at the lake and met up with wedding planner Danielle of Something New Banff and photographer Emilia from Magnifik. Both are great to work with.

We started with a First Look for Aries and Michael in the forest just up the hill from the lake. We always try to film first looks with three video cameras. The goal is to let it unfold naturally, with authentic emotions. First we set up a wide shot from the side to capture the overall setting. Next, we positioned two videographers at cross angles to catch reactions. Using zoom lenses allows us to stay further back, giving a more intimate feel to the First Look.

Once we’ve finished filming the First Look, we pick up our tripods and cameras and headed down to the lake. Danielle already had the rest of the wedding part in position, waiting with officiant Patrick Smiley. We quickly set up our video cameras and filmed the processional as the ceremony got under way. By then, the rain had ended, replaced by glorious sunshine.

Two Jack Lake wedding ceremony

Photo/Video Creative Session at Moraine Lake

At the conclusion of their ceremony, Aries and Michael performed their First Dance on the shores of Two Jack Lake. It was something they’d practice, and looked forward to showing their wedding party. The plan then was to head for Moraine Lake for a creative photo and video session. We filmed a little bit in a meadow close to Two Jack Lake. By then the rain had returned and umbrellas came out for a while.

It took about an hour to drive to Moraine Lake. It’s close to Lake Louise, at the top of a winding road. Due to its increased popularity, Parks Canada has closed the road up to private vehicles. We left our vehicle in Lake Louise village and hopped into the Patagonia bus and rode with the wedding party up to Moraine Lake. The plan was to spend about an hour capturing video and photos beside the lake and on top of the iconic “rock pile.” If you’ve seen photos of Moraine Lake, most are taken from it.

By the time we arrive then rain had stopped and clouds had begun to part, revealing Moraine Lake’s stunning vistas. Emilia took group photos on the lakeshore close to the lodge. We filmed some behind-the-scenes footage. Once that was complete, we began to capture some intimate, romantic video footage of the newly married couple relaxing and enjoying the scenery. We’ve worked with Emilia a number of times before and as always with her, it was fun and effortless. A team doing our best for Aries and Michael.

Wedding Film Shown at a Reception

We got to work editing Aries and Michael’s wedding video not long after their wedding day. They planned to show their film at a reception back home and asked for a slightly faster turnaround time. We were happy to oblige. Congratulations to Aries and Michael!

Intimate Banff Wedding in September

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