A white dress and the red serge of an RCMP wedding always make for a stunning colour combination. Add mountain scenery and it’s about as good as it gets. Carson is a Mountie and and Cassidy is a nurse. A cliché? Maybe. But of course it wasn’t always that way. These two have been a couple since sneaking out to spend time with each other in high school. Originally, they’d planned a larger wedding in Canmore, but as with so many other weddings in the past few years, they had to put their plans on hold.
Plans for a mountain wedding
Cassidy and Carson both grew up in Cochrane, a stone’s throw west of Calgary and virtually in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. The mountains play a big part in the lives of anyone who lives there. They see the line of snow-capped, jagged peaks every day, and almost everyone enjoys taking advantage of the amazing scenery and recreation in Kananaskis and Banff.
Carson and Cassidy LOVE the mountains. And even though they now live far away, it made perfect sense for Cassidy to plan her dream wedding with a few hundred guests for Canmore. And then the pandemic arrived, and everything changed. They ended up having to put their wedding plans on hold. For a year, as it turned out.
Getting Ready and First Look at Bearspaw
With the ongoing certainty as to whether or not they could actually hold a bigger event, Cassidy and Carson eventually decided to proceed with a micro wedding. Only immediate family would attend. Not at all what they’d originally wanted, but they were both anxious to seal the deal and get on with living their lives. We’d been involved from the start, and knew that video would offer a way they could still share their special day with everyone they couldn’t invite.
We started the day filming the couple getting ready at Carson’s parents’ beautiful home in Bearspaw. It’s always great when bride and groom get ready close to each other, and in this case at the same location. The house was plenty big enough for them to get ready comfortably on different levels, without the risk of seeing each other before the first look.
RCMP Wedding Ceremony at Canmore Ranch
As both of them predicted, their first look was a very emotional moment. After taking some photos with Grandparents, it was off to the mountains and an outdoor ceremony at Cochrane Ranch. Rain threatened, but thankfully held off until much later in the day. Beautiful soft light and the last remnants of winter snow on surrounding slopes made for a breathtaking backdrop.
Following the ceremony, Carson and Cassidy shared a light meal and some snacks they’d thoughtfully provided. They still wanted to follow wedding traditions as much as possible, and so they held their First Dance and parent dances on the same field on which they’d just been married. The plan had originally included a helicopter flight for photos and video, but unfortunately poor weather at higher elevations meant it had to be cancelled.
Canmore Rail Bridge & Lake Minnewanka
Fortunately, although they wouldn’t get a helicopter flight, there are beautiful scenic locations around every corner. First up was Canmore’s iconic rail bridge on the Bow River. On warm summer days it can get very crowded as it sits at the intersection of two cycling/walking pathways. Traffic was sparse, and together with Emilia of Magnifik Photography we captured some great moments with Cassidy and Carson.
From there it was into Banff National Park and Lake Minnewanka. Emilia had picked out a beautiful lakeside spot that we reached after a short hike. We finished out the day there, and right on cue the skies opened and the deluge began just as we prepared to depart. Congratulations to Cassidy and Carson. After a year of delays and false starts, you got it done!
Music | “I Do” by Tyler Brown Williams and “When You’re In Love” by Clay Finnesand, licensed through MusicBed