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The Venue

It was very exciting to photograph my last wedding of the year, at the brand new and so beautiful, Pine & Pond Wedding Venue in Ponoka.

This stunning wedding venue in Ponoka is a family run business, and they have done the most gorgeous renovation in the property, complete with cabins, water features, multiple ceremony options and a beautiful outdoor reception.

Andrew & Amanda had a very unique and elegant feel for their wedding, from the air dried botanicals & hand made backdrop, to the custom embroidered napkins & personalized programs. 

These two lovers were surrounded by their family, who travelled to Alberta from all across Canada, the US and Europe. With their siblings as their bridal party, it doesn’t get any more personalized and intimate than that.

The Ceremony

To make it all more special. Andrew’s Scottish band instructor married them in a sweet ceremony where I caught more than one person wiping their eyes.

The reception

Being Thanksgiving Sunday, there was a turkey dinner for everyone – how perfect is that? Their reception details were MAGNIFICENT (seriously, WAIT until you see it!!). The staff at Pine & Pond really outdid themselves; their decor coupling perfect with Amanda’s taste in the smallest of details, including hand-dried florals, her grandmothers necklace and earrings and a hexagon-lace wedding dress – picked out by Andrew!

The live Scottish rockband knocked it out of the park & the staff at Pine & Pond was so attentive & helpful.

I honestly couldn’t have been more thrilled to be able to work with Amanda & Andrew, who has been nothing but the kindest and sweetest clients I could ever hope for. Thank you SO much for allowing me to capture your wedding day!!”



Hey there! I’m elopement & wedding photographer Melissa Blunden. I currently serve Banff and Jasper National Park areas, the greater Calgary, Edmonton and surroundings! I love travelling for pleasure and for work that being covering proposals, weddings, elopements and engagements. I love all type of weddings but even more if they are intimate elopemenents in beautiful places like Jasper, Banff, Emerald Lake, Lake Louise Cranbrook, FernieKananaskisMoraine LakePeyto Lake & Golden! But let’s be honest I just  love to photograph weddings everywhere!  Mountain weddings and elopements are my favourites .

Have a question on how to plan your own adventure elopement?

Feel free to reach out! I love helping brides and grooms plan their special days!

Ali Horner

You captured the emotions at this wedding so well! Beautiful work.

Gorgeous wedding! I love all the amazing details, great work!

Sharee D.

Wow, everything about this Pine Pond wedding is absolutely stunning!

Such a gorgeous day! Love her dress – you captured some great memories!

This is STUNNING!! You captured this wedding so perfectly!!


What a fun wedding! You captured their love so beautifully


What a beautiful fun wedding!! You captured it so well!

I love the photographs in front of the cabin by the river! So beautiful. <3

I am wondering it you would be willing to share the images to took at Amanda and Andrew’s wedding at Pine and Pond? As a venue, we like to feature images from the weddings held at our venue. Amanda and Andrew have given Pine and Pond permission to use the pics from their wedding but I would want your permission as well. We would give you credit for of your images that we post on our website or social media pages. Hopefully some of our future clients will contact you about shooting for their wedding at Pine and Pond. Let me know if you are willing to do this. Thanks in advance.

Hi Keith!
Thank you for reaching out – I will email you this week to discuss delivering the images!

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Hello my name is Melissa and I am an elopement photographer who specializes in photographing Rocky Mountain Weddings & Elopements in Banff, Kananaskis, Lake Louise, Yoho, Emerald Lake & Jasper.
I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since 2014 and feel very lucky to call this beautiful place home.
So what are you waiting for? Send me a message and

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