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Banff Mountain Film Festival

I get to be a judge for the prestine Banff Mounatin Film Festival Photo Essay Contest this year along with two incredable photo journalist! I am so very honoured!!!  

MacLeans Magazine as one of the most important photos in Canadian History

Wedding photo by Crista Lee Photography "photo of the newlyweds kissing in the back of a white pickup truck serving as an unwitting symbol of the resilience, love and hope Albertans have displayed during the floods.".  National Post

Canmore floods don't stop wedding of Calgary couple

As flood waters rose in the streets of Canmore last week, Christine Bierman and her fiancé Mickey Cimolai feared their wedding would be a total bust.

Courtesy of Crista Lee Mitchell

Courtesy of Crista Lee Mitchell

With a little creative thinking and the help of a community facing the worst flood in recent history, a Canmore couple managed to say 'I do' on Saturday — the photo of the newlyweds kissing in the back of a white pickup truck serving as an unwitting symbol of the resilience, love and hope Albertans have displayed during the floods.

By Thursday, the southern Alberta mountain town was in a state of emergency. Evacuation orders were issued. Forecasts warned one hundred millimetres of rain would fall.

“Friday she called me and said ‘I’m going to have to call it off,'” said Crista Lee Mitchell, a local photographer who had been working with the Calgary couple for almost a year planning the big day.

But with a little creative thinking and the help of a community facing the worst flood in recent history, they managed to say ‘I do’ on Saturday — the photo of the newlyweds kissing in the back of a white pickup truck serving as an unwitting symbol of the resilience, love and hope Albertans have displayed during the floods.

Ms. Mitchell, who used to work as a photojournalist, arranged for the marriage commissioner, who was stuck in Banff, to hand the couple’s marriage license to a truck driver who was shuttling people through the single lane open on a washed-out highway.

 

Then, she managed to find another marriage commissioner locally. Patricia Compton, whose own basement was flooded, was up for it, saying she needed something to “make her feel good.”

With only four out of the 175 or so invited guests present, the couple married on a rainy Saturday, with the full support of a community elated to see love shine through a struggle.

“We were so worried that we would be doing something disrespectful,” Ms. Bierman told the Huffington Post.

“But when the locals themselves started to encourage us, that’s when we knew it was going to be OK.”

Wedding Bells Magazine

Add a twist of adventure to your Mountain wedding by sharing your vows on a summit top!

 

 

 

 

 

Bride and Groom

 

Whimsical

After meeting in Las Vegas, traveling together to California, and falling for each other in China, thrill-seekers Kelsey and Lyndon knew that travel and adventure would need to play a part in their big day.

“We decided to choose a wedding location that would be fun and exciting for all of our guests,” shares Kelsey. The couple settled on Emerald Lake Lodge, a jaw-dropping property in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival friends and family were treated to a tour of nearby Banff Natonal Park, giving them a chance to get to know one another.

The adventure continued on Kelsey and Lyndon’s wedding day as the couple took to the skies in Alpine Helicopters with their parents, brothers, and one friend each, before saying their “I dos” with the jade green waters of Emerald Lake and the towering Rocky Mountains as their backdrop.

 

August 11, 2013, Field, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Crista Lee Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: Emerald Lake Lodge
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero
Bridal bouquet: Black Earth Floral Gallery
Gondola ride: Banff Gondola
Helicopter ride: Alpine Helicopters

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