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Laurel + Jorg’s German style wedding in Banff.

Venue: The Rimrock Hotel | Photographer: Crista Lee Photography | Second shooter: Tessa Perkins Photography | Wedding Decor: Grimes Designs


Laurel, from Pincher Creek and Jorg from Germany, their love story began when they met while scuba diving in the exotic waters of Latin America.  Both with professional careers and living on different continents they couldn’t just couldn’t shake their affection for one another when they returned home.  So Laurel very courageously  moved to Germany, enrolled in an intensive German Language school and they decided to marry!

Laurel found my website from Germany on a Google search and enthusiastically called telling me she loved my more natural human interaction style… I was honored!



I must admit my eyes filled with tears when I first stepped out upon the Suite 9oo balcony and saw the chairs covered in white linen with beautiful turquoise sash, the harpsichordist and the view of the mountains .  It looked like a fairy tail to me.

Photo of Jorg above by Tessa Perkins


After the ceremony was complete Laural and Jorg preformed a wedding tradition from Jorg’s region in Germany called the ‘Cutting of the Log”.  Together they saw away… symbolizing union and working as a team.  I love these cultural delights at weddings,  I thought it was such a beautiful touch!  Their entire crowd of guest laughed and cheered them on!

These glasses were hand painted by Laurels good friend!  What a special gift… some people are so crafty!

photo above by Tessa Perkin’s

Laurel was hoping so much to see any wildlife during her wedding portrait session… not only did her wish come true but she had a full on audience of Big Horn Sheep!  AMAZING!

I loved Laurel and Jorg’s custom built wedding rings, inside they had engraved a hammer head shark!  You can see it at the top of the blog post!

Laurel has a very wonder Aunt Moria, who herself immigrated from Australia to marry a Canadian many  years ago.  So her Aunt presented Laurel and Jorg with two fun and sentimental gifts.   To  Laurel she gave her Grandfather’s John Deer farming jacket (very Canadian).  She then Gave Jorg two words of advise any foreigner in Canada  must learn– 1. To wear a ‘toque’.  2.  Know how to pronounce “Hockey”.  Check out below the coolest hat of the year!


Laurel’s other Aunt Lorraine Robbins,  made this incredible cake themed of the ocean where the bride and groom met!  Imagine each one of these shells were made with chocolate!  The Round cake was gluten free to boot!  Look out up-coming brides for more of Shelly’s cake, hopefully for next summer’s wedding!

Their first dance was the Vietnamese Waltz, adorable!

September 8, 2011 - 8:43 am

Laurel - I teared up looking at these photos, they turned out amazingly well. Thank you so much Crista-Lee!

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