Oh Emerald Lake, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You are beautiful no matter the season. I have visited and photographed in the spring, summer, fall and winter and each time of year brings with it its own special magic. You are a hideaway from the “biz”, the craziness of everyday life. I love that when I come my cell phone doesn’t work. The colour of your water is unreal, your surroundings take my breath away. I love seeing guests of Emerald Lake Lodge light up at first glance. The people that live and work there are wonderful, accommodating and happy. It must be because of your beauty and tranquility. I could go on. I probably will. But for now, I’d like to tell you about Felicity and James. They are practically family, I find it hard explaining to people who they are because I can’t just say “oh they’re friends.” Felicity is the twin sister of my sister in law Nicola and are part of something I affectionately refer to as the UK Crew. Ross is my husband’s brother, married to Nicola and we have had the pleasure of hosting this fabulous foursome a few years ago. I think it was then that Felicity and James fell in love with Canada and in planning their wedding, it always stayed in the back of their mind as a possibility. They wanted something rustic and intimate and beautiful and let me tell you, Emerald Lake was and is all of the above. I was absolutely thrilled when they decided to make the jump and plan a really special elopement style wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge. I loved helping Felicity with her wedding planning, hearing about all the details, searching out wood logs and pumpkins. I am truly in awe of what she was able to bring from Scotland but also what she was able to create with only a very limited view of what the ceremony and reception space looked like. I hadn’t planned on being excited for leaves since it was mid October, but I was pleasantly surprised by all the bright foliage and some GIANT maple leaves. They could not have asked for a better day. My favourite moment of the day was hauling Felicity and her stunning dress into a canoe and watching them paddle around the lake to the amusement of a busload of tourists. Her bunting was a huge hit and I think it turned out so well. The night ended with a delicious dinner and macarons and sparklers. The night sky was lit up with stars and it all just makes you feel incredibly tiny in this wondrous universe. The stillness there, the solitude, the peace is absolutely something to be experienced. I am just so happy to have been there to capture their wedding and I will continue having so many fond memories of Emerald Lake. If you’re getting married at Emerald Lake Lodge, send me an email. Let’s chat. I want to be your photographer.