Real Love. Winter. The Rockies. The inspiration behind our “S’more Love”, stylized winter engagement session featuring a Real Engaged Couple, designed by us at One Edition Photography, our friends Lisa at WE CONNECT weddings + events, and Janie of Flowers by Janie, along with support of a group of wedding professionals from the Calgary and Canmore area (see full list below).
Typically, with a stylized session, you get together a bunch of fab wedding professionals and a couple of models and “stage” the entire session to showcase talents, a special idea, or particular inspiration. We wanted to do something a little different and be able to provide a REAL COUPLE with the opportunity for a full-service engagement session and so created the “S’more Love” Winter getaway in the Rockies package for one lucky couple to win.
We were thrilled to receive so many awesome entries and it was really hard to decide the winning couple. In the end, Shyla & Serge won our two-day romantic getaway to Canmore, AB and not only were they celebrating being engaged, but the session fell on the one year anniversary of their engagement. Fun!
We were also super excited to be able to welcome their two fur-kids for the session too: sweet curious Tatum, a shepherd mix, and Saunders, an Alaskan Malamute who loves giving big, big hugs (and trying to run away hehe).
For Shyla & Serge, it was really important that their engagement photos reflect their family, and as you all know, Raf and I LOVE puppers and couldn’t believe the similiarities between Saunders & Tatum and our own Kaia-roo and Mara-bear – insta-connection!
The day started with a fun getting ready session in their suite at Silver Creek Lodge in Canmore, with hair by Cassidy Andrew. make-up by Caro Makeup Artistry, and jewelry provided by Jackie Bouchard with Stella & Dot
We then headed out the base of Grotto Mountain for an outdoor Rockies winter picnic (complete with treats for Tatum & Saunders from the Mutt Hut, a Canmore specialty dog bakery). The colours and design of the picnic were inspired by the local surroundings, bluebird Winter skies, warmth of cozy fires, and Natural forest hues that are so representative of Winter in the Rockies.
After lunch, Shyla and Serge, along with their puppers, had a chance to explore, play, and snuggle in for a cozy (albeit windy!) for their formal engagement session photos. These two are so sweetly in love, be it in their looks, a loving caress, or fleeting moment of entwined fingers. How inspiring and made oh-so-romantic when set against three different backdrops of snow-covered meadows, frozen riverbeds, and of course, iconic Rocky mountain views.
It was then back to the hotel for a warm-up with DIY-candlelit Smores (amazing!) before Shyla & Serge traded their long johns & outdoor gear for a dressy evening look.
We planned for them a romantic, candlelit dinner just for two at Wild Orchid Bistro, and they were greeted by a gorgeous stylized tablescape. Complimenting the design of the outdoor picnic and drawing inspiration to bring the beauty of Winter in the Rockies indoors, the stylized table featured such romantic Wintery elements as artichoke name cards, heartfelt messages, and cascading florals of greens, reds, and purples.
In honour of their full day of activities, we bid adieu just as they were to sit down to dinner so they could celebrate, savour, and delight in a cozy romantic evening together. What an honour to celebrate this beautiful couple on their first anniversary of their engagement, and we all wish Shyla and Serge (& Tatum & Saunders) even S’more Love for all their years together!
Design: WE CONNECT Weddings + Events
Flowers: Flowers by Janie
Photography: One Edition Photography
Stationary: Creative Finch by Ali Finch
Hair: Cassidy Andrew at Ca Va Bien Hair Studio
Make-up: Caro Makeup Artistry
Jewelry: Jackie Bouchard, Stella & Dot Independent Stylist
Sweet Treats: Cakes with Attitude
Accommodations: Silver Creek Lodge
Food: Wild Orchid Bistro
Linens: Great Event Rentals