An Intimate, Natural Wedding at Castle Mountain in Pincher Creek, Alberta

The only thing better than meeting your significant other at your favorite place in the world is having your wedding at your favorite place in the wor

The only thing better than meeting your significant other at your favorite place in the world is having your wedding at your favorite place in the world. Christine Marechal (31 and a physician) and Mitch Strong (29 and an engineer) were lucky enough to do both. Although they were legally married while attending graduate school in the US, the couple celebrated their nuptials at Castle Mountain in Pincher Creek, Alberta, a place both grew up visiting and where they met one snowy day on the resort's ski lift. Christine and Mitch renewed their vows at the same ski lift in an intimate ceremony officiated by a close friend, with their daughter hugging their legs and their pet dog in tow. The natural beauty of the mountains during the summertime was all the backdrop they needed, and the couple kept the rest of their ceremony decor to a minimum. The following reception took place indoors at Christine's family cabin nearby. Long dining tables were decorated with tree rings and mason jars filled with fresh flowers. As a nod to the setting, the escort cards were designed to resemble lift tickets. After a barbecue dinner, the newlyweds and their guests went into the backyard for dancing and a bonfire. To top off the festive evening, Christine and Mitch gave their guests DIY s'mores kits to enjoy at the bonfire as wedding favors. Loree Photography captured all the amazing details from the day.

Christine carried a bright bouquet made up of all her favorite flowers. It included pink peonies, orange roses and pink hyacinths. The arrangement was created by Black Earth Floral Gallery.
Christine wore an ivory Jenny Yoo dress that was actually a bridesmaid dress. The sleeveless gown featured a beautiful illusion neckline. She also wore Rainbow flip-flops, which were practical for the outdoorsy wedding.
Mitch dressed in a navy suit and a light blue tie that he bought from Banana Republic.
Christine's sister, who was her maid of honor, wore a pretty ivory lace wedding dress. She and Christine styled their hair naturally, and Christine wore her hair half-up in a loose braid crown.
Castle Mountain Family Wedding Portrait
Christine and Mitch held their ceremony outdoors at Castle Mountain's ski lift  in Pincher Creek, Alberta, because that's where they first met. A close friend officiated.
Castle Mountain Tractor Recessional
The reception took place nearby at Christine's family cabin. Long tables were arranged simply with white linens and mason jars for the event.
Centerpieces at the reception were made up of mason jars on tree rings. The mason jars were filled with lilies, alstroemerias and hyacinths.
The escort cards were designed to resemble lift tickets for Castle Mountain. As wedding favors, Christine and Mitch gave their guests DIY s'mores packages that they could enjoy at the bonfire that took place in the backyard after dinner.
Dessert was displayed on tree stumps at the reception. The lemon-raspberry wedding cake was topped with figurines of Christine, Mitch and their daughter in ski gear. Surrounding it were cupcakes created by Christine's sister.
Natural Outdoor First Dance