Lindsay + Peter’s Silvertip Canmore Wedding
As Calgary wedding photographers we love shooting weddings in the Banff when we can! I absolutely adored being a part of Lindsay and Peter’s day. I felt immediately welcomed into their bridal tribe! They have such an amazing group of family and friends, they had me laughing all day long (especially during our walk in the forest in the dark!) You can really see how these two lovebirds value family & friendship, and it’s weddings like this that remind me how much I love what I do! But enough from me, you want to get to the juicy stuff! (Spoiler alert: I cried reading this proposal…and the vows.. and I think you will too…)
How did you meet?:
Technically Peter was friends with my brother first… I know I know, sibling’s friends are supposed to be off limits, right? Turns out my brother married my sister’s friend 3 years earlier, so to be fair that door had already been opened!
In all seriousness, although Peter and my brother were friends, we also worked at the same golf course (although never at the same time). One of my family friends was a member at the course, and out of the blue said ‘you know who’s a nice guy? Peter. You should date him’. Truthfully, I was aware of Peter through his acquaintance with my brother, but had never considered dating him. For some reason, her suggestion seemed to put him in a new light and I decided to give it a try.
I started ‘subtly’ hitting on Peter whenever we ended up at the bar together, and even though I left for a semester long exchange in Scotland, I continued to message him on Facebook. He would always answer back, but his answers came very slowly and always seemed to be significantly shorter than mine. All of a sudden, he deleted his Facebook without any explanation, and I wondered if he was trying to send me a clear sign that he wasn’t interested.
By some miracle, he agreed to go dinner & a movie with me when I returned to Canada in the new year. He didn’t make any moves while we were together, so I remember not being sure whether this was a date or whether this was just Peter trying to get his friend’s little sister off his case. He did ask me to go for coffee the next weekend, so I figured there was a chance I had sparked his interest.
Unfortunately, he cancelled our date the next weekend, claiming he didn’t feel well. My common sense finally kicked in as I thought ‘this guy has shown very little interest in dating me, and is now making up excuses. He clearly is not interested!’ I told him not to worry and that I would stop bothering him. All of a sudden, he was on my doorstep determined to go for coffee, and we never stopped dating after that!
We had been living together for about a year, and I had just passed the final exam of my accounting designation. Peter told me he had booked dinner reservations for the next weekend to celebrate. The night of the dinner rolls around, and I wasn’t feeling great, so I decided to leave work early and go home for a nap before dinner. He told me our reservations were for 7 so I told him to wake me up if I wasn’t up by 645. Figured I wouldn’t need more than a few minutes to get ready because it was just a regular ‘date night’, right? Peter eventually came in, and told me it was time to get up. I got out of bed and naturally I was freezing cold, so pulled my sweatpants up overtop of my hoodie all the way to my chest, and put my hood up over my head to create a nice ‘seal’ of warmth (you know what I’m talking about). I saw myself in the mirror and thought I looked so dorky that I better go show Peter before I changed for dinner, because I thought it would give him a good laugh. I opened the door to our bedroom upstairs, and immediately saw flower petals all over the floor leading down stairs. Needless to say I immediately went BACK into our bedroom and put jeans and a t-shirt on, before treading cautiously downstairs.
Would you believe at this point I still thought this was just a celebration of an accounting designation? As I walked downstairs, he was playing ‘Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man’ on speakers, because I live & breathe country music. There were flower petals and lanterns all over the room, with a ring box and a bottle of champagne in the middle of the room. Classic engineer, Peter pulled out a piece of paper with a full speech written on it. I was so confused about why he was going to so much trouble for an accounting designation! I didn’t even see the ring box and truly did not realize this was a proposal until he started talking about asking my parents for permission, at which point we both started crying & the rest is history!
The Wedding Day!
We have always loved the mountains – both of us grew up spending a fair amount of time there and we both love leading an active lifestyle, so it was a natural choice! We didn’t really have a theme per se – We tried to pick soft & romantic décor that would intertwine with the grandness of the Rocky Mountains with a genuine warmth to create an upscale cocktail feel.
Lindsay’s top moment: Reading our vows was a really special moment to me. Love isn’t meant to be ‘showy’ and doesn’t need to be declared to anyone except the person you feel it for, but there is something raw & magical about exposing the most vulnerable part of yourself in front of all of your family & friends. Ultimately, it felt like we were looking at each other and saying ‘this is me – thank you for accepting me for who I am’.
Peter’s top moment: The speeches were phenomenal. It was clear that everyone had put a lot of work into them based on how unique they were, which really made us feel special.
We spent 2 weeks travelling through California. We started in San Francisco, moved down to Carmel, over to Yosemite, and up to Napa & Sonoma. We chose a destination close to home because we didn’t want the pressure of feeling like we should be sightseeing every hour of the day on our honeymoon. In other words, we wanted somewhere that we could come back to another time if we didn’t see everything. This gave us the freedom to wake up naturally every day (no alarm!) while still getting out to explore together everyday