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 Pamela Bigg and Kirsten Davies from CRMR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any personal favorite items from the menu?
Pamela says…the bison tenderloin and the crème brûlée
and for Kirsten…beef tenderloin
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.
Kirsten Davies is the dedicated event coordinator at The Lake House. She’s knowledgeable, enthusiastic and available to guide you through the planning process.
Are there any openings for couples getting married in 2016?
Yes. While most Saturdays are booked from April through November, there are several Sunday and midweek dates available for a Lake House Calgary wedding. For more details, contact Kirsten, the event coordinator on site at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Pamela and Kirsten for the information and for being such gracious hosts last week. 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