Just Married in the Canadian Rockies

magic in the canadian rockies

I  just married J.P. (my now German husband) this past Saturday in Banff National Park, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  It was a day filled with magical moments.

As we were driving to one of the locations for our wedding photos, we saw some big horn sheep on the road, but alas they did not cooperate.  By the time we got out of the car and our photographer Crista-Lee was ready they were gone.  In my head, I said a silent prayer, “please cooperate sheep, I really want a wedding photo with you.”  Moments later, they reappeared.  Perhaps they were telepathic big horn sheep.  Crista-Lee instructed us to kiss and as we did, the sheep got closer and appeared very curious as to what we were doing.  Truly a magical moment, especially as anyone who has every tried to photograph wildlife can appreciate.  I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding present.  Who knew that sheep were telepathic and gave wedding gifts!

Note:  Photo is copyright of our wonderful photographer Crista-Lee of Crista-Lee Photography.


Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.


  1. Muza-chan August 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photo 🙂

  2. The Travel Chica August 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! And what a cool wedding photo.

  3. Kathryn August 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    What a GORGEOUS photo – and huge congratulations to you both! 2011 is a great year for weddings. Can’t wait to hear more!

  4. Cathy Sweeney August 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Laurel! What a wonderful photo. You look gorgeous! Love the way the sheep are looking over at you and JP. Enjoy the rest of your time in Canada.

  5. Jeremy Branham August 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful location for a wedding!! Congrats! I didn’t even realize that was you at first – incredible location and really loved that shot.

  6. Average Traveller August 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    That’s so Banff. Congratulations!

  7. Average Traveller August 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    “Hey look at those humans! Did anyone bring a camera?”

  8. robin August 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    That is a seriously kick ass wedding photo.

  9. Renee August 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Aww….congratulations! I agree…it couldn’t not have been a more perfect photo.

  10. Katherina August 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Congrats!! What a beautiful picture… And best timing ever!

  11. Kris Koeller August 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Congratulations. What a great wedding photo, captures the setting perfectly.

  12. Nomadic Samuel August 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! What a lovely photo 🙂

  13. Debbie Beardsley August 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful picture! You should picked an awesome spot for your wedding. I bet it was breathtaking.


  14. Grace August 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Laurel! You look stunning =)

  15. jamie - cloud people adventures August 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    congratulations! sound slike an idyllic location for a wedding! love the shot and the story behind it too.

  16. Barry August 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Sensational! Congratulations and best wishes. I think I know those sheep.

  17. John in France August 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    …and what happened next!!? Congratulations on your big day. Great photo.

  18. Mark August 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Congrats! An incredible photo ~ nothing like making a unique personal moment even more unique! 🙂

  19. Michael Figueiredo August 12, 2011 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Congratulations, Laurel This photo is gorgeous!! 🙂

  20. Barbara August 12, 2011 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Awwww. Tears sprang to my eyes. So beautiful. Congratulations and Glückwünsche on your big day! Hope the rest of your lives together is just as wonderful.

  21. Dani August 12, 2011 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Congratulations! That is a fabulous wedding photo!

  22. Mette Christensen August 12, 2011 at 6:31 am - Reply


  23. Gina August 12, 2011 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Congratulations Laurel!!!!!!!

  24. ayngelina August 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Laurel, what a beautiful photo.

  25. Jillian August 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! What an amazing photo opportunity! Glad to see you found such a beautiful German dress!

  26. Zhu August 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Glad to see nature cooperated with you. You both look great!

  27. Caanan @ No Vacation Required August 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Kent and I wish you the best and hope that your marriage is as perfect as that dress.

  28. Christy @ Technosyncratic August 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Congrats!! What a beautiful photo – love the animals in the background. 🙂

  29. Alex August 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    What a special and perfect photo!

  30. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy August 13, 2011 at 1:09 am - Reply

    I was so sure that had been photoshopped. What are the odds you’d get a shot like that? Amazing!

  31. Norbert August 13, 2011 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Congratulation Laurel!! And what a cool and original wedding photo! Love it!

  32. Lita August 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Herzliche Glückwünsche für ein wundervolles gemeinsames Leben!

  33. Audrey August 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful location! And the sheep just add to the magic of it all 😉

  34. TJ August 14, 2011 at 6:12 am - Reply

    What a great photo from such a very special day. Congratulations on your wedding, you look amazing!!

  35. Turkey's For Life August 15, 2011 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Awww, congratulations on your wedding, Laurel. You look beautiful and glad you got your dream of having a photo done with the sheep! 🙂

  36. Christina August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Laurel und JP! What a wonderful location to have a wedding, and what a beautiful picture. Best wishes to you two!

  37. Scott August 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! One of the most beautiful places on earth

  38. Laurel August 20, 2011 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the congrats everyone. My apologies for not responding sooner. I’m on my honeymoon at the moment and am not as up to date as I would like to be, but your congrats are sincerely appreciated.

  39. Frau Dietz August 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Laurel I can’t believe I’ve only just seen this! Huge congratulations, what a gorgeous photo; you look beautiful. Wishing the two of you many happy adventures together 🙂

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  41. Sabrina August 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Congrats! And what an amazing wedding photo!!

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