Marcia and Chris were married in a beautiful winter wedding on December 21st, with a ceremony at Bear Lodge at Island Lake Lodge.

The two of them opted for a quiet elopement with only two guests, but that classic winter simplicity perfectly fit their personalities. These are two of the kindest, most romantic and thoughtful people you will ever meet, and it showed in every moment of the day.

I started out the day with a cat ride up to the lodge before the small ceremony, where I got to watch Chris light up when Marcia entered the room. They didn’t need any pomp and circumstance; the two of them alone were enough to make the whole place shine. It’s moments like that which make being a photographer worth it—the quiet, intimate memories that I get to capture forever.

After the short ceremony, both Marcia and Chris were totally game to go trudging through the deep snow in their snowshoes so we could get some amazing photographs. With all the white snow and the Rocky Mountain backdrop, we really did have the best possible winter wonderland to play in for their portraits. The old forest growth and deep snow was magnificent, and Marcia was brave enough to go out there in the December mountain weather in a nearly sleeveless and backless dress. She looked amazing, too!

After all that time out in the cold, we finally ended the day by the fireplace with some champagne before dinner—and the chance to warm up after all those pictures.

Marcia & Chris, thank you for being willing to strap on your snowshoes for a romantic adventure in the Fernie winter. Leah and I both enjoyed getting to know you, and we’d love to meet up with you if you ever come back for a weekend getaway!

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