Cheryl and I grew up in Calgary, a city with one foot planted firmly on the prairie and the other unsteady on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We now live on the west coast but have never forgotten the unmatched beauty of this place. Danielle + Adam live in California but avidly pursue the outdoors. After travelling to Banff and Lake Louise on vacation years ago the two wondered if they could return some day to be married. They eventually chose the Chateau Lake Louise, an historic stone castle on the shore of an impossibly-blue lake at the edge of Banff National Park. Their wedding was a very small affair with best friends and close family in tow.
Here's what Danielle had to say a couple of years later about the photo of the two of them on top of the rocks above the lake:
"This cinematic photo of us perched above Moraine Lake captures the feel of our whole day so well: Incredible blue skies, unreal scenery, and the two of us enjoying the love and the brilliance of our day together, floating above it all. In the moment, scrambling about on the rocks was great fun and a perfect expression of the energy we felt, although Adam was always happy to stay on a secure perch to give me a kiss while I followed wherever my feet would take me. When we look back at this now, we feel instantly transported."
And here's my take:
After the ceremony Danielle + Adam planned to take a short canoe trip and if there was time a hike to the top of a craggy cliff with a magnificent view of the lake and the iconic peaks beyond. It was mid-summer and difficult to get a picture of the two of them alone. And when Danielle began to venture out on the edge I had to scramble onto my own edge to get the right angle. No humans were injured in the process and Adam and I were happy to get back to the trail.
I photographed this one solo and Cheryl Claibourne shot super 8.