Morgan and Justin’s beautiful day took place on a sunny August day in Banff, Alberta. They chose elegant tones of plum, ivory, cream, and bits of green that melded with the breathtaking landscape surrounding them. I love the little details of wild berries in Morgan’s bouquet! These two have known each other since they were kids and one night, after sharing a dance with her childhood neighbor, Morgan told Justin: “I’m going to marry you one day!” When Justin, a true romantic, proposed to her, he set up an elaborate scavenger hunt, leaving little clues for her to find. The last clue led her to the park outside of their home, and when she took off her blindfold he was waiting for her on one knee. Melanie Bennett Photography is behind the lens.
From the Photographer:
Morgan and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done by the talented staff at Botega Salon and Gallery. I loved the cozy atmosphere and amazing artwork displayed on the walls! Morgan wore an absolutely stunning backless lace Alvina Valenta gown that her dad had picked out when they were dress shopping. The surprise was that Morgan’s dad didn’t know she had ended up picking the dress he chose for her so it was very special to see his reaction when he first saw her in it that morning before the ceremony.
When we arrived at The Meadow, the view stole my breath away! Could there possibly be a more beautiful place to marry the love of your life? The bride walked down the aisle with her dad to the sweet sound of the violinist playing, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is listening to the couple exchange their vows to each other. It was so touching to watch Morgan tear up during their vows and to hear Justin tell her that since he first met her when they were 12 years old, she has been the girl of his dreams. After a fun afternoon of taking photos we headed to the Norquay Ski Lodge for their reception. It was decorated perfectly with beautiful, rustic floral centerpieces (skillfully created by Willow Haven), and the atmosphere was cozy and warm. After a delicious dinner and sneaking away for a few more photos, the speeches and dances began. The love that Justin and Morgan share could have lit up the room during their first dance, it was so beautiful.
Photographer: Melanie Bennett Photography / Hair Stylist: Botega salon gallery / Cake Designer: Cake Creations inc / Dress Store: Delica Bridal House / Pre Ceremony Location: Hidden Ridge Resort / Other Location: The Nordic Center / Floral Designer: Willow Haven Flower Shop / Submitted via Two Bright Lights