- Wedding: Chateau Lake Louise
I am happy to say we are also having our wedding in my dream destination, though were budget no object, a great many of the details would change.
When I was a little girl, I saw a special on PBS about the Canadian Rockies. They showed an aerial view of the Banff Springs hotel, which is called one of Canada’s Castles. It was the most beautiful building I had ever seen, nestled amongst a seemingly endless forest and peaks as far as the eye could see. When Lake Louise came into view, I could not believe water that color could exist, and knew I had to see it for myself one day.
Many years later I was able to make that dream come true, and spent a week exploring Banff, Jasper, and its many wonders. In the middle of winter, the sun still shone on sparkling snow and glaciers the same color as a tropical sea. I had never been anywhere as beautiful and could not wait to go back.
My fiancé and I had always known we wanted a destination wedding. First we considered something just a few hour’s drive from home but realized we wanted a more intimate group and loved the idea of a vacation with all of our favorite people. I began planning a resort wedding in Mexico, but had second thoughts after miscommunications about logistics ballooned the projected cost in a way I wasn’t pleased with.
Then, one day, while reading the boards on WeddingBee, I saw a post about an elopement to Banff at Lake Moraine and it struck like lightning; that was where I wanted to get married. More than any other plan that had crossed our minds, this one felt the most like us; the most right.
I have booked the Belvedere Suite at the Chateau Lake Louise, and plan to have a ceremony on the private balcony overlooking the Victoria glacier. Our reception after will be an informal brunch in the hotel. We’re inviting a small group of our closest friends, and I could not be more excited.
If budget were no object, I would still be married at the Chateau, but down on the Lakeview Terrace instead.
Our guest list would include all of our friends and family, lodged at the hotel at our expense. My one person wedding party would expand to include several more of my closest friends. The photographer we’ve chosen, I’d keep because his work is just breathtaking.
The reception would take place in the Victoria Ballroom, our signature cocktail a Blueberry Bellini; our theme being Bellini and Blue as a nod to our colors Peach, Navy, and Champagne. Favors would be calfskin luggage tags embossed with each guest’s initials.
During cocktail hour the set up would be available for a Karaoke Interlude. A formal seated meal with a variety of locally sourced delicacies; a seafood, vegetarian, and pork option as each guest prefers. Not fans of wedding cake, we would instead have a macaron tower and cheesecake stations.
Though it isn’t the in cards to have all of these things on a grand scale, many of the elements of this dream wedding are included in our actual plans. I feel very blessed to know my dream wedding isn’t too far afield from the one I actually get to have.