Colin and Kristina’s Moraine Lake destination wedding. They were each other’s first love while still in grade 6, but when they tried kissing for the first time… disaster! Kristina hopped on her bike and rode home as fast as she could, face red with embarrassment. 15 years later they met again, and this time things worked out much better. That childhood episode became the source for the best pickup line Colin had ever used.
A Moraine Lake Destination Wedding
Colin and Kristina are a couple from Windsor, Ontario who enjoy travel and new experiences. Colin is the first to admit that his newfound sense of adventure comes from Kristina. She’s brought him out of his shell. If it wasn’t for her, he’d probably have stayed local and rarely ventured far from home. Instead, the two of them have seen the world together. So naturally when they decided to get married, only a destination wedding would do. But where?
When it comes to destination weddings, a lot of people think beach. Maybe Mexico, or an exotic locale somewhere in Asia. But Canada has one of the most beautiful spots on earth, as more and more people have discovered. Moraine Lake. A stunning location high in the Canadian Rockies but still easily accessible by road. Colin and Kristina are patriotic Canadians, and they decided that was the place for their wedding. So they gathered together the same close friends they’d shared for more than 20 years and headed west.
Getting Ready at Lake Louise
The day began at the Paradise Lodge and Bungalows in Lake Louise. Wedding coordination for the day was handled by Elope in Banff, and they recommended this as a great location to get ready. They’re a set of rustic wood cabins at the edge of a forest. Smoke from distant forest in BC gave cast a light haze over the landscape.
Colin and Kristina didn’t want to see other dressed until their first look, which called for a little juggling of locations between cabin and the deck outside until they were ready. Chris from Elope in Banff did a fantastic job coordinating everything and helping both Kristina and Colin get ready for their big day. We filmed short interviews with the couple separately to help personalize their wedding video and provide the foundation for a wedding story that will stand the test of time.
Climbing the Moraine Lake rock pile
Chances are you’ve seen more than a few beautiful photos of Moraine Lake, and most of them are taken from the rock pile that overlooks it. There is a well-laid path with steps that leads to the top, and it’s a fairly easy climb. Chris handled crowd control at the chosen ceremony location while the Dream Day team and Roger of Alpine Peak Photography got set up.
We like a standard 3-camera setup whenever possible when filming wedding ceremonies, and make use of some excellent Manfrotto fluid head travel video tripods. Their light weight and compact folded size allows us to still have a professional video setup without needing to lug a ton of heavy gear up mountains. Telephoto lenses allow us to operate cameras at a distance and remain unobtrusive.
Filming the Creative Session at Moraine Lake
With the ceremony complete, it was time for the creative session. We always try to coordinate this with the photographer in advance to make the most efficient use of time and get the best possible results for our couples. That’s who this is really all about. Roger took the lead with group photos, then together we set up some creative shots overlooking the lake. Kristina and Colin had rented a canoe, so we descended to the lake shore. In a nice touch, they’d made a very nice “just married” sign and hung it from the side of their canoe.
We still had a little time after Roger left, and used it to get some more video footage of the couple in the forest that surrounds the lake, and some more on the rock pile. Rain was threatening, but thankfully held off. Then, disaster struck. Colin realized he’d left his car keys in Chris’s SUV when they’d driven up to Moraine Lake! They had no way of getting into their car back at Paradise Lodge and Chris had the keys with her all the way back in Banff.
Thankfully, we were heading back to Calgary and were able to give them a lift. Colin and Kristina had planned to change before a celebratory dinner at the top of the Banff Gondola. They made plans to meet with their friends once we arrived to get the keys from Chris, sort out clothing, and organize a return trip to Lake Louise the next day. We heard later from Colin that their dinner was fantastic, so everything worked out in the end. Despite the last-minute hiccup, it was a terrific day. One we very much enjoyed helping out with!
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