Alex and Jenny were married last week at the beautiful Jasper Park Lodge, where a veritable army of helpful attendants were ready for any request, the ice skating was smooth and quick, and the elk were abundant. I'd been looking forward to seeing photos from Alex and Jenny's wedding for a good long while, from way back before they were even engaged. The thing is, I didn't expect that I would be lucky enough to be the one taking the photographs of their elegant, casual wedding. To say it was a treat would be an understatement.

This is exactly the type of event I most enjoy, the type where everyone comes together not moments before the ceremony but a day or two before. Community builds, bonds between family and friends from past and future are formed, laughter is rich. It is an amazing thing to witness, and a joy to document. Especially when the collection of friends and family is so vibrant, kind, and cohesive.  

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It all started with Games Day, with a game of hockey on Lake Mildred under blue skies and with unseasonably warm temps for Jasper in February. 

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Alex and Jenny were all about the guest experience for their wedding. They set the tone by leaving gift bags at the front desk of the JPL, each with a decadent bottle of Howe Sound Imperial Stout, complete with a custom label. An ideal ice-breaker, and ideal for a bit of mid-shinny thirst quenching. 

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What game is complete without a proper cheer leading squad? I mean really . . .

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Chuck and Jonny. Exactly one half of the superstar Gorton sibling team.  

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As the sun was disappearing, we headed into the Outlook Cabin for a feast of homemade lasagna and a serious chess tourney.

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The elk were poking around on the day of the wedding. They weren't actually invited, but more than welcome. 

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Jenny and Jo. The other half of the superstar Gorton sibling team. And Pauline, exactly one half of the team that made the Gorton siblings such superstars. Chris, the other half of said team, was sorely missed during this event. He is a dearly loved and highly respected father and friend. 

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When is the last time you saw brussel sprouts shine at the centre of a wedding bouquet? Outstanding. 

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The ceremony was outdoors, at dusk, under the most magnificent, ancient spruce tree. So romantic. 

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Hot toddies to warm up after the ceremony. 

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Cheese rather than cake. Yes. Yes. Yes. 

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Such a big congratulations to you, Alex and Jenny. You are lovely, and you are loved.

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