Banff Lake Louise Tourism - Weddings

Down home country: ben & celia

Ben asked me to come outside and look at a deer that was in the forest across from our house. He had binoculars and he described what tree the deer was beside. When I looked through the binoculars I couldn't see the deer until I saw that there was a small cardboard sign nailed to a tree that said "marry me".

Our wedding was pretty 'country' and the guys all wore a three-button Ralph Lauren western tux while us girls had our pretty dresses and boots. There were hand-painted signs all over, directing our guests to the different areas of the wedding like the ceremony, reception, campin', survivors breakfast and more. Hay bales covered in fabric provided seating for our ceremony and we used burlap on our tables and in other areas to create a great contrast. The centerpieces were both simple and cute with candles inside handled Mason jars and we used the pear favours to dress it up a little.

We (and by "we" I include our family and friends!) did a lot of the work for our wedding day ourselves. We had a pig roast that my uncle started early that morning. Our family and friends helped us with so much, including the food and the décor, not to mention picking flowers for the girls! I did my own make-up, as did my girls. My sister and brother-in-law helped us with all of our stationary which turned out great! It added some great personal touches to our day, knowing that the people we loved were really involved in bringing it all together.

Almost all of our friends and family said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to. We had over 300 people and it was one of the best days of our lives. We had so much fun and are glad everyone else did too. We tried to keep it as casual as possible and everyone said that's what they liked the most about it. We had an open bar so we had 4 kegs from the Cannery in Penticton B.C., we bottled over 150 bottles of wine ourselves, and we bought over $3000 in hard alcohol. Now that's a party!


Wedding Date
August 11, 2012

Length Of Engagement
1 ½ years

Ceremony Venue
Bride's mom's property

Reception Venue
Hay shed at bride's father's property

Wedding Officiant
Pastor Don Bodden

Delene Haro, Keremeos B.C.

Bridal Gown
Maggie Sottero - Karena Royale

Bridesmaid Dresses
Kessa and Katja Designs

Derks Formals and Menswear

Nichole Armstrong, Penticton B.C.

Live band prior to dinner
Dakota Dierdorf D.J. from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Wedding Songs
Aisle walk - "It Must Be Love" - Alan Jackson & "Who I Am" - Wade Bowen
First Dance - "Makin Plans" - Miranda Lambert

Hand-picked; put together by the groom's grandma

Peoples Jewelers

Cherries, pears, and OPEN BAR!

LCS Designs

Tanis Hallett, Oliver B.C.

Photography Location
Trotter Ranch, Cawston B.C.