Danika and Victor’s Fairmont Banff Springs wedding was held on a beautiful, chilly November day, joining two families from across the US and Canada. Here’s their sweet story from Danika and Victor’s perspective, along with some great advice for couples about to get married.
Thoughts leading up to the wedding:
I thought about my wedding growing up more than Victor, at least when it came to little details. I pictured what the flowers might look like, or the music that would be played, but I didn’t have a set list of things that “had” to happen. I was open to the wedding being in a lot of meaningful places and it was only when Victor and I were engaged that Banff seemed like the perfect spot for many reasons. Victor definitely helped with the planning, especially those big-picture moments. Choosing vendors was a joint decision and we both felt really strongly about the people we asked to make our wedding day come to life.
The venue and location:
It was a pretty easy choice for us as far as having the wedding in Banff. The first time Victor came to Canada was the summer of the historic flood. We ended up getting stuck in Invermere at my cabin and turned a 3-hour car ride back to Calgary into a 19-hour drive across western Canada. It was during that car ride when I realized I could love this man forever, especially after 19 hours of an unintended road trip together. Now every time we are in the Rockies I think of that car ride and that first feeling of true, spend-the-rest-of-your-life-
Victors family had never visited my side of Canada before, so it felt like a perfect time to bring everyone together. It truly is a beautiful corner of the world and we wanted to share that with everyone. As for the venue, the Banff Springs is a world class hotel and we knew it would meet and exceed all of our needs and the needs of our guests.
Favourite part of the day:
For me, my favorite part of the day was the time we were taking photos at Lake Minnewanka. It was really the first time that entire day when it felt like just the two of us in each other’s arms, surrounded by nothing but those mountains. Even though we had you both there, it felt like it was just the two of us- talking and laughing and catching up on the last 12 hours we had spent apart. Victors favorite part was dinner, not just for the food, which was spectacular, but to soak in the love from all our family and friends.
My favorite detail of the wedding was the flowers. I’m a sucker for them. Victor brings me a bouquet of flowers every Monday so they were a pretty important detail of the wedding. We gave Jamie from Fleurish flower shop free rein to make something magic and she knocked it out of the park. Victors favorite detail of the wedding was the venue. The architectural details of Mount Stephen Hall provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding. The food was also very important to him and the Springs went above and beyond to provide our guests with wonderful selections from across Canada. Our family still talks about the poutine bar!
Reason for choosing us:
Looking through your website, it was clear that you capture the big moments beautifully, but you somehow also capture the magic of those smaller, intimate moments you share with loved ones. In 50 years when we look back at our wedding photos, it will be easy to remember exactly how we felt because you captured every single little detail- the excitement, anticipation, love, seriousness and goofiness of the moments we shared.
Advice for couples planning to get married:
When you’re getting married, just enjoy it! Don’t let the little details get in the way of what truly matters. It can be pretty overwhelming trying to plan a wedding, so if you can, try to find people who can help lift the burden. We hired a wedding coordinator, Amy Nelson of Lynn Fletcher Weddings and she was truly wonderful. She handled all the details so we didn’t have to. I got to plan the wedding of my dreams and Amy made sure that it all went off without a hitch. Also, take the time to really talk to your partner about what matters most to you regarding the wedding. If flowers aren’t your thing, you don’t need to have them there. If photos are important, hire the best. And by that we mean hire Abby plus Dave.
Wedding Coordinator: Amy Nelson of Lynn Fletcher Weddings
Officiant: Robin White of Marriage Commissioners: Banff Lake Louise Weddings
Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs
Flowers: Fleurish Flower Shop
DJ: Pez Productions
Cake: Crave Cupcakes
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Adrianna Pappell
Tuxes: BLACK by Vera Wang