Elisabeth and Randy celebrated their wedding in Banff at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and I have to say “did they ever”.  WOW, what a truly magical wedding. So much fun, laugher, love and many hugs despite the blustery winter weather.

The Canadian Rockies Winter Wonderland

Full stop, winter weddings are fabulous. Banff, Alberta is in the heart of The Rockies and is absolutely amazing but you have to know ahead of time The Canadian Rockies can be cold. This did not stop Elisabeth & Randy or their family and friends,  at all. They were total rock stars and went full out all day and fully embraced The Canadian Rockies Winter Wonderland.

A gorgeous couple, a spectacular venue and lots of love is all that is needed to create the best of wedding days.  As with every bride and groom on their wedding day, the excitement a wedding day brings, starts the moment I wake up.  I take great pride in getting to know my clients ahead of time so I feel like I am shooting my friends wedding day.  And these friends were ready to let me go wild with my art. I’m not your standard photographer and I’m not worried ever about the weather nor time of day it is. If it’s dark or the venue has no light or even if the sun goes down early, it doesn’t bother me. I’m good to go 24/7. Bring on the harsh conditions as I find things can often step up a few gears when things are different.

I wish not ruin the stunning ambiance

When the sun goes down at 4:30pm I bring on board a different flare of evening lighting. I fully embrace the low lighting at receptions as I wish not ruin the stunning ambiance or atmosphere that wedding planners or clients have worked so hard in creating for such a special day. I aim to compliment Julianne Young Weddings hard work (shown below) at this Banff Springs Wedding and the lead up to this wedding day. As always, Julianne Young Weddings team were incredible; the day flowed flawlessly and her team was on top form.  Thank you Julianne, Aimsley and Teal for a great day.

Elisabeth and Randy were hugaholics

With low cloud, high winds, blowing snow, sub temperatures I knew safety was of top priority when we ventured outside. I was very excited with these hurdles as it challenges me to push the boundaries with my photography.  I constantly provide pointers, guidance and direction to my clients allowing me to achieve great shots quickly. When the weather is harsh with horizontal snow natural love hugs were in constant supply. Quite often I have to help with hugs but not today, Elisabeth and Randy were hugaholics which was AWESOME.

Over the years my clients have varied from super quiet to incredibly outgoing, or even deaf or blind. My approach is always the same.  I sincerely care about all clients and my first and only aim is to create beautiful photographs that you will always treasure.

Geoff

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A warm winter hug and cold winter day in Banff National Park.

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A gorgeous moment at the Banff Springs Hotel.
I rarely post a photo of this hallway by itself but the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel decorated it incredibly well with Christmas festivities.
The light in this hallway is dim but with the magic of Christmas and MagMod light shaping tools, this photograph came to life.

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Soft photograph of Elisabeth getting ready at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Details in Elisabeth’s hair as she prepares for her dream day.

An exciting passage that has taken shape over the past few years is a mini wedding boudoir session.

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Gazing out her window at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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A quiet moment with Elisabeth holding her dress in Banff at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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White and Black wedding dress. The concept was to compliment the snow. Having a pure white dress in the winter months can often lead to lack of contrast. Not today!

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Wedding details.
Her veil, shoes, garter, wedding rings and engagement ring; something old, blue and borrowed.

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Gorgeous flowers by Amborella Floral Studio

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Dawning of the dress at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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I believe in detail and go out of my way when photographing the bride and groom getting ready.
Such moments are timeless and will last generations.

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Elisabeth putting on her earrings at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Elisabeth’s mom helping her daughter put on her necklace.

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Gorgeous natural light shining through the window allows for a stunning moment.

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Details of Randy’s ensemble in his room at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Look carefully at Randy’s cufflinks.  Very Unique!

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Randy getting ready for his Wedding Day at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Randy and his brother embracing the moment.

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Randy in The Fairmont Banff Springs hallway as he leaves his room for his ceremony

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Flower girls walking down the aisle lightly tossing flowers for the bride and her father.
I love this photograph.

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Elisabeth, you look stunning!
A proud dad walking his daughter down the aisle in The Ivor Petrak Room

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Bride & Groom hand in hand located in The Ivor Petrak Room

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So much laughter was had on this wedding day, The Ivor Petrak Room

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Ring time!

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Embracing the winter wonderland in The Canadian Rockies

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Randy warming up his wife outside The Banff Springs Hotel

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A stunning bride

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Oh my word, these guys and girls were hilarious to be around.  So much fun!

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Gorgeous colour, and a fabulous group of ladies.

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Randy and Elisabeth in no rush to head back inside!… lol.

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Flowers by: Amborella Floral Studio

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Randy warming up his wife inside The Banff Springs Hotel

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Husband and wife

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I have no idea why they were laughing but the laughed a lot which was totally amazing

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Randy helping Elisabeth as we ventured up the hill.
Banff National Park – The Canadian Rockies

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Elisabeth gazing out at the fabulous Rockies

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The wind was so high here. Horizontal snow, you name it we had it but
Elisabeth was still full of love and happiness.
Amborella Floral Studio

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The Banff Springs Hotel. Need I say more?

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Randy holding Elisabeth and shading her from the elements

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Lets go warm up Elisabeth. We’re off to The Banff Springs to Party!

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Room with a view.
The Fairmont Mount Stephen Hall The Banff Springs Hotel

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Elisabeth and Randy looking down at all the creativity of their reception
room designed by Julianne Young Weddings

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A hallway with reflections

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I love you so much.
Can you feel the love of these two?

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Let go celebrate!
Bride and Groom walking down the spiral stairs at the Banff Springs Hotel

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But first, lets hug.

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Beautiful

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I have photographed in this area a ton but I’m always seeking  different angles.  Exploring the mind and creativity within can often take you different places.

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Mount Stephen Hall located at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
designed by the fabulous team at
Julianne Young Weddings

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Wedding cake located in The Mount Stephen Hall

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I loved the giggles and laughter of Elisabeth and Randy’s guest and family members

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Nothing better than a mom’s reaction to hearing things said about her wonderful family

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Mount Stephen Hall kissing games

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Game time, Elisabeth was thinking hard about her answer!

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I love this photo of Randy at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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I believe Elisabeth won the game

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Gorgeous moment between mom and daughter

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…and this came out of no where!  Incredible dance moves by Elisabeth & Randy.  First Dance
bringing the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Mount Stephen Hall to life.
This first dance that I won’t forget for a while.

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Applause… well deserved.

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Party time at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Randy and Elisabeth really got the party started and it ignited a passion for dance by all.

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Bouquet & Garter Toss
Lots of gorgeous colours and giggles were had here!

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A fabulous way to end the perfect day.
Honestly, there was much LOVE today. Congratulation Elisabeth and Randy.  You are amazing.

Vendors on this fabulous day were:

Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs
Officiant: Klaus Ohlhof
Hair: Aliscia from Hair co. & Shirley Schultz (friend of the bride)
Make Up: Hayley Parker (Sister of the bride)
Musicians: Two Bit Bandits

CALGARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS – BANFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
GEOFF WILKINGS PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN AWARD WINNING WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

4 comments.
Sean LeBlanc -
Beautiful work Geoff!
December 19, 2016
    Geoff Wilkings Photography -
    Thanks Sean :) So appreciate the love.
    December 19, 2016
Michelle -
OMG these photos are stunning as was the bride and groom and their wedding party! Was so happy I was there to share that special day with my best friend and her silly loving family.
December 19, 2016
    Geoff Wilkings Photography -
    Thanks Michelle. It was an amazing day through and through :)
    December 19, 2016