Honeymoons in Alberta: Romantic Wedding Inns in a Beautiful Landscape

“It was just that we had this phenomenal honeymoon relationship that just kept going.”

James Levine, Pianist and Conductor.

One of the most memorable and peaceful honeymoon experiences start with The Charming Inns of Alberta. After your wedding, you owe it to yourself to spend your honeymoon in paradise – which is the picturesque setting of the Rocky Mountains at one of the neighboring hotels.

A great vacation destination is one thing, but honeymoons are special. Honeymoons are events that will be etched in the corners of your mind for a lifetime. There’s a list of luxurious inns in Alberta to accommodate you.

Each hotel and inn is distinctive, whether for exceptional amenities or design. Here is a list of a few of the hotels:

  • The Prairie Creek Inn: This inn located in Rocky House, Alberta is nestled in the snow-capped hills of the Rocky Mountains. The closest city to this prairie lodge is Red Deer which is fifty-five minutes away. Its rating is 4 ½ of 5 stars. The bedrooms in the cottages there accommodate 4 adults. The Creekside Cottage offers a soaker tub and shower combination, and a fully equipped kitchen with a grill and fireplace. The Fireside Cottage is similar and they’re both pet friendly. More elaborate suite amenities include an outdoor fire pit and hot tub.
  • The Num Ti-Jah Lodge: The rustic mountain lodge was built in early 1940’s by pioneer Jimmy Simpson who was a guide for hunters, mountaineers, artists, and scientists from the age of 19 onward. Num Ti-Jah is a Stoney Plain word for pine marten which is a small animal that resembles a sable. The hotel is massive and is log cabin style, with a red roof. The rooms have either one king size bed or two queen sized and plenty of square footage. Each room has a view of Lake Bow and the Bow Glaciers. There’s a café and dining hall on the premises, as well as an outpost to purchase gifts, mountain apparel and toiletries.
  • The Juniper Hotel & Bistro: Constructed in the 1950’s, this luxurious hotel is situated near the base of Mount Norquay – mere kilometers from the downtown area of Banff. It’s known for its plush, green nature trails for hiking and skiing in Banff National Park. The rooms in this hotel are cozy and have choice of one king size bed or doubles. The Bistro on hotel premises has some of the most creative and thoughtful meal plans you can find with their special rib dinners and hearty soups. If you’re downtown, the hotel has a complimentary shuttle that operates from morning to 5pm. The Juniper Hotel & Bistro has great hotel stay packages with special rates that are available upon reservation.

Unique Locations for Wedding Photos in Calgary

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture one fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson photographer.

When it comes to good spots to shoot snapshots or video in Calgary, there are endless amounts of places that are great for pictures. Everywhere you look in the Rockies there are opportunities to make awesome memories.

Beautiful Waterfalls in Calgary

One of the most draw-dropping sights in Calgary are the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon just outside of Calgary. Rust colored stone covers bluffs that overflow with bubbling water down the fall. There is level ground on either side at the bottom of the waterfall, where your wedding party can stand and pose for pictures. The bride and groom are sure to treasure pictures of this aqua blue, babbling brook memory for life.

When you go to the upper portion of that same canyon (Johnston Canyon) the top of the hill is completely stone. If you situate your groomsmen and bridesmaids just right, you can get a picture of nature at its finest where you can see a combination of the sediment formations of rocky mountain banks on either side of the Lake Louise. The sky meets the tree-line where you can see upwards of 20,000 Rocky Mountain Pines.

If you go further north toward Jasper, Tangle waterfall is a great photo opportunity as well. You may catch a ram drinking from the stream or Binghom Sheep. This fall has a thick wooded area around it, and not so much stone on top.

For a flawless scene that will take your breath away, go to Lake Pyramid in Jasper Park at dawn. There you’ll get a glimpse of a lake so beautiful and pure that bursts with color. It reflects an image of the trees and mountain peaks beyond it as the lake’s surface mirrors nature. There you can take a fishing snapshot or a photo of your wedding party walking along the stone laced banks next to the water.

Spectacular National Parks

Spirit Island’s Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is nothing less than spectacular. There are portions of the land there that extend into the water where trees grow. You can also capture snow-capped mountains all around.

Moraine Lake is another place where you capture shots of friends and family canoeing. The water is so clear and vast that you’re sure to get fabulous shots every time. The forest there is filled with Spruce trees, Bristlecone Pine trees, Douglas-fir trees, Cottonwood and Ponderosa Pine trees that make for a lush leafy background.

Castle Junction is a good spot as well. The mountain there favors the shape of a castle. You can tell that the finger of God sculpted the formations there without a doubt. Instead of the regular A shaped mountain range foundation, the stone is reddish and puts one in the mind of desert land. It’s truly a magnificent sight.

How to Get Great Outdoor Wedding Photos

“When you think of memories you’ve made with friends, those memories become treasures.”

Madge Pomerleau Slidely.

If you plan on having an outdoor wedding or if the reception is going to be outside, there are a few things you need to be aware of in order to get good photos. If you want to capture memories that will last a lifetime, you have to be prepared. Remember that things like bad weather or too much sunlight in the shot, can mess up albums of some of the best weddings.

For starters, make sure you or the photographer brings an ample amount of memory cards. Nothing feels worse than having a high quality camera and a bunch of beautifully dressed guests, with no more memory to store footage on. Whether video or camera, memory backup is a must. Extra batteries and locating charging locations ahead of time are also important.

Create a shot list of the people, memorabilia and scheduled actions you want to capture such as cutting of the cake. There are particular people and events at your wedding that you don’t want to forget. If you haven’t seen your Uncle Lance in over 20 years and he’s bringing his son that you never met, you’ll want to make this a priority on your shot list. Other things may uncle throwing the bouquet, your husband pulling your garter off, placing rings on each other’s fingers, pictures of the ring bearers coming down the aisle, your Cousin Cheryl’s dog in a tuxedo and her cat dressed in a wedding veil or a series of pictures of the bridesmaids and groomsmen performing a special dance.

Scout for best filming locations for sunny days and best locations when it rains, at your wedding venue. Look for spots that have exotic waterfall backdrops, mountain ranges that you want to be visible, historical monuments you want to be photographed in front of. In case it rains you may want to set up a tent with proper lighting so that you can still photograph family and friends. If your location is a barn wedding, you may want the bridal party to do a cute pose in front of a horse drawn wagon.

Bring two cameras for photography, not just as a backup, but for extra photo opportunities. Having two separate people film the event from different aspects and angles, will add depth to your memory book. Also remember to photograph tiny details like the ornaments on guests’ tables or their name plates. Take an extreme close up of one of the flowers in an arrangement and rings on the ring pillow.

When you shoot images outside you are using ambient light and you have to make sure your picture won’t be overexposed by too much sun. To do this you must locate the white balance control on your camera and place a plain white poster board or large piece of paper next the subject or object being photographed. As you look through the lenses with the control switched on, if the paper shines or the light coming from it is somewhat loud, then you need to lower the amount of light coming into the camera. Once the paper object looks like it has a normal amount of brightness, set your controls accordingly and now you’re ready to take shots. Avoid direct sunlight.

Lastly, make sure your background doesn’t match the color of the people or images in the shot. If the colors compete with each other, you’re bound to drown out the people or images you want to capture. If the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses is Evergreen, try not to put them in front of a setting with bushes in the background.