{reality wedding} Destination Wedding in The Canadian Rockies | Alicia & James

Photography: Frances Morency Photography (review)

From the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

Bride & Groom: Alicia Riley (also a sought after Ontario wedding photographer) (website) (review) & James McCracken
Married: September 21, 2013 in Canmore, Alberta
Ceremony & Reception: The Bear and Bison Country Inn, Canmore, Alberta
Budget: $18,000
Guest Count: 50
Photography: Frances Morency Photography “As a photographer myself, I found this process easier than most. I loved Francis’s photography style. We were absolutely thrilled when she agreed. Being on the other side of the lens was an experience for me. It was easy to give up being the photographer and just be in the moment because I trusted her completely. Frances really caught the candid vibe of the day and the incredible backdrop. She created a stress free experience that we will never forget.”
The Dress: Alicia admits that her gown was her first and easiest purchase. “I found the 1950’s lace tea gown online… it really set the tone for the rest of the visual elements of the wedding day…”
Invitations: Alicia is also a graphic designer, so naturally she wanted to put her own stamp on her stationery. “Thank goodness my friends are amazing. We had an invite building party and got a lot of them customized, hand tied, glued, and put together. This seemed like the most time consuming element for the entire wedding.”
Theme: Authentic, vintage… Think 1930’s gangster. Alicia’s dress was authentic 1950’s. “My hair was done in pin curls and finger waves. The gents didn’t wear jackets… just vests adorned by homemade boutonnieres made with antique buttons and feathers.”
What’s important: The entire guest experience was key for Alicia and James. “We asked them to come on a trip with us and really wanted to do everything we could to make it awesome. We kept an eye on flight deals, arranged hotel accommodations, suggested things to go see while travelling… all while adding special touches to our day like learning the Argentinean Tango (we busted it out for the first dance) to live piano music and a custom song made for us.”
Paying it forward: Alicia and James found themselves watching the news for updates on their venue, which nearly washed away in the 2013 Alberta flooding. The couple made a donation, in their guests names, to the Alberta Red Cross relief efforts. They also planted a tree at the venue to help with the new landscaping.
Brides Custom Shoes & Belt: Urban Bride (review) in Kitchener. Alicia explains, “Simona is absolutely fabulous at what she does!”

Alicia & James wanted their wedding day to be totally unique, intimate and absolutely fabulous. The couple planned a DW after falling in love with a stunning log cabin style Inn set amidst the Canadian Rockies. They said ‘I do’ with views of the Three Sisters mountain range and guests enjoyed a full service weekend filled with laughter, love, delicious meals and the breathtaking backdrop of Canmore, Alberta.