It’s such a beautiful wedding that we thought we would share it in two parts (so be sure to check back on Monday)! Melissa and Nate’s wedding is classic elegance at it’s best! The photography is simply stunning and the entire wedding is designed and styled to perfection!
What I really love is about this wedding is how the couple has woven in their love for not only their family and friends but also their shared interests. This wedding is so beautiful, but what really makes it special is that the couple has personalized it with meaningful details. It’s everything a wedding should be! The couple is surrounded by dear friends and supportive family members who traveled from all over North America to share in their special day.
The Fairmont Banff Springs, or the “Castle in the Rockies” as it is sometimes called, along with the Canadian rocky mountains, was the backdrop to this heartfelt affair. The couple embraced the “Castle” theme and played up it’s best features in grand fashion! The venue’s Mount Stephan Hall was transformed with flowers from Flower Artistry.
The bride was stunning in her Novia Mia gown as she cascaded down the aisle.
Sneak Peek – Elegant Fairmont Banff Springs Wedding Part 2
Melissa and Nate’s Wedding Story
In the Spring of 2010, Melissa graduated from university and decided to continue her basketball career in Langen, Germany, a town of about 35,000. At that same time, Nathan was finishing up his 3rd season of professional basketball overseas, and he too found himself signing a contract with the men’s team in Langen for the upcoming season. After meeting in the gym, the two quickly became inseparable and spent two years together playing basketball and traveling through Europe before moving back to North America.
Melissa’s parents have a cabin on Lake Kalamalka in British Columbia and Nate gathered both sets of parents (and the siblings who could make it) for a weekend at the lake to pop the question. Thinking they were all there to show Nate’s American parents around, Mel couldn’t figure out why Nate wanted to go out to the dock alone but allowed herself to be dragged out there with a bottle of wine. Nate got down on one knee and proposed, an image captured on camera by all the family looking on from afar.
From the Bride and Groom / Favorite Wedding Moments:
1. The entrance and introduction of the wedding party. We met playing basketball, and both have past teammates in our wedding party, so we thought it would be fun to announce the wedding party like a basketball team to the Chicago Bulls theme song. Our emcees did amazing “scouting report” descriptions of the bridal party.
2. The morning of the big day. Our bridal party and parents came from all over North America to be part of our big day. Given that we only see some of these people a few times a year (if we’re lucky!), we both really enjoyed having some time to catch up, relax, and celebrate before all the madness.
3. The champagne toast. We were a bit worried about having the ceremony outside (rightfully so, seeing as it snowed the night before!) but we also wanted to include some of the beautiful scenery in our wedding celebration. After the ceremony, we went out onto the terrace overlooking the mountains and did a champagne toast while mingling with the guests and taking some pictures.
Banff Wedding Creative Team:
Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs; Photography: Alan Maudie Photography; Planning / Design: Shannon Valente Weddings; Flowers: Flower Artistry ; Rentals: Special Event Rentals and CDM Consulting Group; Cake/Sweets: Whippt Desserts; Stationery: Blank Page Designs; Hair and Makeup: Mountain Beauties; Reception music and lighting: Pez Productions; Ceremony music: Allegra String Quartet; Limo: California Dream Limos; Bridal Gown: Novia Mia ; Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo, Aidan gown; Groom/Groomsmen: Forman’s Fashion Group.