Four Hidden Jems of the Rockies with pictures
Hidden Jems of the Rockies
Bridal Fantasy Magazine
Released January 2009
You’ve found the perfect guy – you know that. Now the challenge is finding the perfect place to say “I do.” Welcome to the Canadian Rockies.
Canada’s most spectacular mountain range offers awe-inspiring landscapes that will enhance the romance of your big day and wow your guests so that everyone has a truly unique experience to remember.
Best of all, the beauty of the Rockies will add to the intimacy as you and your groom formally confirm your love. And what better place to say “I do” than on or beside the pristine surface of a glittering mountain lake, or thousands of feet above the spectacular mountain valleys of Banff National Park.
The Rockies have it all when it comes to romance, and with the help of an expert wedding planner, so can you. Here are some of the best picks of Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting if you’re tying the knot in a mountain paradise.
If you’re looking for adventure and intimacy, a heli wedding is a great option. From its base at Saskatchewan River Crossing north of Lake Louise, Icefield Heli Tours can whisk you and your loved ones to spectacular settings such as the Lake of the Falls, the Wedding Knolls and Twin Falls. Lake of the Falls, a turquoise-coloured lake that will take your breath away, delivers a supernatural setting surrounded by hundreds of glittering waterfalls. A mountain wedding ceremony doesn’t mean you’ll have to rough it however, as catering for up to 140 people can be provided on site. The Wedding Knolls, high up on a mountain top, offer endless vistas and the highest wedding site imaginable. Twin Falls and its famous Wedding Rock are a first-class ticket to intimacy for those willing to take a 10-minute hike from the helicopter landing site. A key for heli weddings is being prepared for what Mother Nature might serve you on your day and that means an experienced wedding planner is a must.
Emerald Lake Lodge
Brides wanting spectacular scenery, privacy and world-class amenities for their guests will be thrilled with this picturesque venue just inside the B.C. border in Yoho National Park. Situated on a peninsula overlooking gorgeous Emerald Lake, the lodge offers an intimate wedding paradise able to accommodate large groups. You can book the entire lodge for your guests, adding to the privacy of your big day on the shoreline of one of Canada’s true jewel lakes. Fine wine and outstanding food and service are hallmarks of this full-service mountain retreat.
If you’d rather say “I do” on the water than beside it, then Sweet Occasions can book you on an exclusive Minnewanka Boat Tours wedding cruise. A wedding for up to 30 guests on this gorgeous lake 10 minutes from the Banff townsite comes complete with options such as wine and cheese or hors-d’oeuvres and champagne. Unlike higher mountain venues, Lake Minnewanka can offer warmth and beauty even on an early fall day.
This spectacular mountain lake 15 kilometres uphill from Lake Louise Village offers unbeatable scenery in an accessible venue. It will complement your personal glow on your big day and wow guests from near and far. Only the bride will be more beautiful than the setting – a crystal clear turquoise lake, a valley hemmed in by 10 lofty mountain peaks, and a hanging valley of larches beneath the third highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Temple.
A romantic wedding in the Rockies is within your reach, but looking after the details – everything from helicopter logistics to special permits from Parks Canada can be a challenge. That’s why having an experienced expert on your side is important.
Angela Schrempf of Sweet Occasions Bridal Consulting can be reached in the Rockies at 403-678-6366 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Photos Provided by Bonner Photography
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