Lake House Calgary wedding

When I first heard that Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR) was renovating the former Inn at Lake Bonavista, I was excited to see the final result.  Known for their spectacular venues and exceptional cuisine, CRMR gives each of their guests a true taste of Canadiana.  The Lake House is no exception.  Warm, inviting, rustic and elegant…The Lake House has become a popular wedding venue in Calgary.  Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the CRMR staff to find out what makes a Lake House Calgary wedding so special.  If you’re on the hunt for a venue for your upcoming wedding, read on.

Dining room for Lake House Calgary weddings captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Tell us about The Lake House and how it came to be a part of CRMR?

CRMR took over the former Inn at Lake Bonavista in September of 2013.  As the only lakeside restaurant in Calgary, they were drawn to the expansive open space and of course the spectacular views. They’ve created a charming yet sophisticated atmosphere with ornate elk antler chandeliers and a grand stone fireplace.

Main dining room at The Lake House captured by Calgary wedding photographer Tara Whittaker

What are some features that make The Lake House unique?

The view. The Lake House is situated on the shore of Lake Bonavista and banks of windows overlook the water. During the day, the dining room is flooded with beautiful natural light, making it the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony.

At The Lake House the focus is the food. CRMR is known for their creative Canadian cuisine and couples can expect restaurant-quality food at their weddings.

I had the pleasure of photographing a Christmas feature at The Lake House with Naturally Chic Weddings and some of the images are featured below.  Additional credit to Ed Williams Menswear, Adorn Boutique, Diva Salon Spa, Flowers by Janie.

Couple enjoying a meal at The Lake House captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Who are your ideal bride and groom?

The Lake House is perfect for couples that are passionate about a great culinary experience and appreciate the beautiful space and views.

couple enjoying a meal at The Lake House in Calgary captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Lake House Calgary wedding

Tell us about the menu options that are available to brides and grooms?

Chef Thomas Neukom provides a unique dining experience using sustainable and Alberta-raised game. In fact, CRMR raises their own game, including elk and bison, at a ranch south of Calgary. Couples can choose two entrée selections for their guests as well as a vegetarian option.

The Lake House now bakes wedding cakes in house and offers a dessert buffet filled with bite-sized treats like macarons, truffles and lemon meringue pie, to name a few.

Lake House Calgary wedding menu options captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Any personal favorite items from the menu?

The bison tenderloin and the crème brûlée

Lake House Calgary wedding menu options captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

Your wedding menu

Any message you would like to pass along to couples looking for a wedding venue?

The Lake House is a full-service venue, meaning you can host a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in the space for up to 140 people. They can accommodate up to 190 people for reception-only celebrations. Rather than a charge for space rental, there’s a minimum food and beverage commitment.

Because of the open concept, there are multiple possibilities for ceremony set-up and table arrangements. The space is also equipped with a fully-automated audio/visual system.

Wedding ceremony locations fireplace at The Lake House captured by Tara Whittaker Photography

For more details, contact the event coordinator on site at  I encourage you to take a minute to visit the website for The Lake House and see what all the fuss is about.

Lake House Calgary wedding captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker


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