If your wedding was scheduled somewhere within the next eight weeks or beyond, you might be panicking about what to do given the evolving situation with COVID-19. The coronavirus outbreak has thrown the wedding industry into chaos, but we’re here to provide you with support. Let’s start by addressing the most pressing and stressful concerns if you have to take quick and decisive action in postponing your wedding.
Cancel Or Postpone?
At this stage, it’s highly recommended to postpone rather than cancel. You’ll have a far higher chance of retaining your deposits with vendors and will lose a lot less money than a straight-up cancellation where all deposits might be lost.
If you are going to postpone, do it quickly! There will be tons of couples who have to re-book, and dates later in the year will already be filled, so you need to get ahead of the crowd.
Some couples have settled on holding a back-up postponement date with their venue. If you do this, you’ll need to settle on a cut-off date to decide to either stick with your original date or officially start the postponement process.
MY WEDDING IS IN JUNE – SHOULD I POSTPONE?
If your wedding is local, industry experts are advising to take a “wait and see” approach for now. The problem is that the coronavirus situation is so fluid right now that it’s difficult to say for certain when things will get back to normal.
If you have a destination wedding planned for June, it’s probably a good idea to start looking into postponement at this point.
CO-ORDINATING A NEW DATE WITH YOUR VENDORS
If you don’t have a wedding planner, this might be a good time to hire one. Even if it’s just to sort out the re-booking process and to co-ordinate on a date that will work.
Some of your vendors might not be available for your new wedding date. In that instance, a wedding planner can help figure out which date will work for the most vendors. They’re also highly experienced and will help you navigate any concerns about deposits and contracts with vendors.
Engagement sessions, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes and each couple have their own unique idea for what they should entail. For some people, a single photo of the proposal is all they dream of. While others like to take advantage of this exciting time and plan something a little more adventurous. If you and your partner love nothing more than the great outdoors, a spectacular view, and spending the day discovering a new experience together, you should definitely consider an adventure engagement session.
What is an adventure engagement?
An adventure engagement usually involves getting to a remote spot to find a perfect and unique place to document your unique love story. Whether that’s by hiking or by helicopter, you’ll have an entire day together and beautiful images to remember this important milestone.
Adventure engagement sessions are popular because:
Lots of couples who are super active feel its a great reflection of them as a couple
You’ll find some of the most beautiful, secret spots with stunning backdrops to frame this special moment
Rocky Mountain Lakes are known all over the world for their beauty. Incredible blue and green water stretches out between frosty mountain peaks, drawing visitors to their shores in huge numbers year on year. Unfortunately, if you don’t do your research, you could end up arriving at the lakeshore to a big blanket of plain white snow. And while that’s a fantastic sight to see as well, the iconic view of blue water is not to be missed.
When do the Rocky Mountain lakes thaw?
Winters can be harsh in Canada, especially at high altitudes in the Rockies. And while it may vary slightly depending on the weather, the altitude of the lake, or it’s surrounding landscape, the best time to visit the lakes is mid-summer.
If you visit in July or August you’ll have the best chance of seeing the lakes at their deepest and most mesmerizing shades of blue and green. They do start to thaw earlier than that, but it can take a couple more months to witness the startling colours.
Why are the Rocky Mountain lakes so blue?
The lakes that achieve those amazing colours are glacially fed, which is how they get that distinctive azure shade of blue. When the glaciers around the lake melt, they deposit rock flour into the lake, too. The light refracts off the rock flour and generates the lakes’ famous aquamarine colour. As the glaciers melt in the heat, the lakes are fullest around June-August and the summer sun sparkles beautifully off the surface.
Which Rocky Mountain lakes should you visit?
If you have the time to visit them all, we’d highly recommend it! But if you have to pick just one or two, start by checking out some of our very favourite Rocky Mountain lakes:
Area: 50 hectares (124 acres)
Elevation: 5,740 feet (1,600 metres)
Max. Depth: 230 feet (70 metres)
Location: 3 miles (5km) west of Lake Louise hamlet
Photo: Darren Roberts Photography
Lake Louise sits within the most spectacular sections of North America’s Rocky Mountains.
Blessed with some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth, the snow-capped peaks coupled with crystal clear de-glaciated lakes paints an artists vista regardless of the time of year.
Don’t forget to pack your hiking kit! Lake Louise sits at the start of many popular trails such as Plain of Six Glaciers. with the lake’s turquoise waters in front of you and Victoria Glacier as your backdrop, we can’t imagine a better way to spend the day.
Area: 50 hectares (120 acres)
Elevation: 6,181 feet (1,884 metres)
Max. Depth: 45.9 feet (14 metres)
Location: 8.7 miles (14km from Lake Louise village)
Photo: Twenty Twenty Photography
Moraine Lake is only half the size of its neighbour just a 15-minute drive away, Lake Louise. But it’s still a hugely popular destination for hikers, families, kayakers, photographers and most importantly, wedding photos!
The lake has become a world-renowned beauty spot thanks to the soaring mountains and spectacular aquamarine water. So if you’re thinking about Moraine Lake wedding photos, we couldn’t recommend a prettier spot.
Area: 91 hectares (225 acres)
Elevation: 4,268 feet (1,301 metres)
Max. Depth: 40 feet (12 metres)
Location: 20 minutes west of Lake Louise
Photo: Willow & Wolf
Located in Yoho National park, Emerald Lake is surrounded by a flat 3.2 miles trail so you can stroll around the lakeshore and admire it from every angle.
The hue of Emerald Lake is in the name – it’s known for having a gorgeous green hue. The green tinge is most visible in early summer. Keep in mind that the lake tends to stay frozen from November to early June.
The lake was named for its beautiful colour when a guide called Tome Wilson discovered it in 1882. With Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain towering over its shimmering waters, it’s not one you’ll want to miss.
Area: 2,200 hectares (5,436 acres)
Elevation: 4,921 feet (1,500 metres)
Max. Depth: 466 feet (142 metres)
Location: About 5km northeast of Banff town
Photo: Twenty Twenty Photography
An interesting fact about this popular lake is that it is half man-made. And it’s the biggest lake in Banff National Park! Plus, with a name meaning “Lake of the Spirits”, you know this one is worth a visit.
In 1941, a dam raised the level of the lake by over 30 metres and submerged a summer village. Scuba divers still go under to explore the underwater ghost town today.
Area: 140 hectares (346 acres)
Elevation: 6,102 feet (1,860 metres)
Max. Depth: 144 feet (44 metres)
Location: Banff National Park, about 40km north of Lake Louise hamlet
Photo: Twenty Twenty Photography
You’ll find Peyto Lake on the famous Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. A lovely stroll along the boardwalk will take you to the viewing platform. It’s a fantastic spot to stand and take a few minutes to check out the emerald sheen on the water.
(In 2019, Parks Canada began performing construction work on the lake viewpoint, necessitating the boardwalk’s closure; the work is scheduled to be completed by 2021.)
It was named after an early warden of Banff National Park, Bill Peyto, and is fed by the Wapta Glacier.
It’s also super accessible, and visitors can get snap some gorgeous photographs just a short stroll off the main road. But if you’re into exploring, a paved hike up the Bow Summit will give you a less crowded observation point.
Area: 52 hectares (128 acres)
Elevation: 7,005 feet (2,135 metres)
Average Depth: 9 feet (2.7 metres)
Location: Banff National Park, 3.5km hike from Lake Louise
This small mountain lake can be accessed through a 3.4km round-trip trail from Lake Louise.
Once you reach Lake Agnes, stop in for a refreshment at the famous European-style tea house. This tea house takes its name from Lady Agnes MacDonald, wife of Canada’s first prime minister. It has served hikers from all over the world with tea and freshly baked goods since 1905!
Make your way up this forest trail and see the beautiful sights of Mirror Lake and a waterfall before emerging onto the gorgeous Lake Agnes! If your adventurous spirit still isn’t satisfied, you can hike from the teahouse to Little Beehive and Big Beehive from there.
Two Jack Lake
Banff Engagement Photographer
Photo: Willow & Wolf Photography
Area: 21 hectares (52 acres)
Elevation: 4,839 feet (1,475 metres)
Location: Close to Lake Minnewanka, 15 minutes from Banff town
Two Jack Lake is one of our favourite spots. Not only does the water sparkle with blue and green hues, but the grassy shoreline makes it a perfect spot for a picnic so you can sit and enjoy the view.
With Cascade Mountain to the east, and other famous peaks surrounding the lake, you’ll love soaking in this incredible backdrop. While you’re there, hire a kayak and explore the lake! Sometimes the water is so clear you can see right to the bottom of it’s deepest sections.
Thinking of getting engaged or married at a Rocky Mountain lake? Check out our list of top vendors in the area for some inspiration
Banff National Park is the ideal spot for more than just your wedding celebration. Many couples choose to return to this spot to say their “I dos” because they first experience a magical mountaintop Banff proposal! With the serene, peaceful landscape and the atmosphere of adventure, Banff proposals are the perfect way to begin your very own adventure together. Lots of couples wander along picturesque lakeshores or hike through peaceful forests before finding the ideal spot to get down on one knee.
But why not go one step further, take a leaf out of Jordan’s book, and take to the skies?
Sweep your love off their feet with a Banff heli proposal
You’ve got the ring, and you know exactly what to say, but there are lots of other things you can do to make the moment special!
Heli adventures in the Banff area one of the most memorable ways to start the greatest journey of your lives together.
Jordan booked a helicopter tour of the serene Canadian Rocky Mountains with Rockies Heli Canada and set about planning the perfect proposal.
Once Jordan and Jill boarded the heli, they were treated to aerial views of Banff National Park, soaring over the beautiful snowcapped mountains. Along for the ride was Banff photographer Lindsay Copeland of Twenty Twenty Photography, ready to capture it all!
The exhilaration only continued once the helicopter landed on clean white powder, the wilderness of Banff National Park stretching out below them.
After taking a moment to drink in the awe-inspiring Rockies in all their glory, Jordan turned to Jill and asked her the burning question.
And he got exactly the answer he was looking for! The stunning backdrop of a Banff proposal like this one heightens all the emotions and excitement that come with taking that first step together towards walking down the aisle. The world seems to slow down on the Banff mountaintops, and it really felt as though it slowed down just for Jordan and Jill so they could take in every precious second of this amazing experience.
But the day wasn’t done yet! One of the best parts of the proposal is the giddy happiness that comes straight after, and Jordan had a few tricks up his sleeve to keep the celebration going.
Extending the Banff proposal experience
Ready and waiting in the heli were sets of snowshoes and trekking poles. So Jordan and Jill could take the opportunity to explore more of the mountainside together.
And have lots of laughs along the way!
And who could be anything but ecstatic when celebrating the moment with these views as your backdrop?
Ever prepared, Jordan broke out the bubbly to toast his and Jill’s relationship and this next step in their journey together.
And even had beautiful chocolate cupcakes to go with the champagne toast! These gorgeous cupcakes are by Lucie’s Cakery. This lovely cakery offers sweets and treats that are made from scratch and baked to order.
The best part about a heli proposal in Banff is the peace and quiet the two of you have to enjoy this special moment together – no interruptions, and no distractions. Just a beautiful setting sun and your hand in theirs.
An unforgettable day comes to a close
Tucked under a blanket on the ride back, the happiness these two shared was clear to see. And with these photos to remember the moment by, it’s a Banff proposal experience they’ll never forget!
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