While the spring and fall are both very popular times of the year to do engagement photos in Edmonton, the winter months also offer some unique opportunities for photos and that was exactly what Sarah and Trevor decided to do. The Ice Castles in Edmonton are operating for their third year in a row and this was the first time we’d been to check out this years’ build.
For those unfamiliar with the Ice Castles, they are temporary outdoor installations made entirely from hand-crafted ice. The Ice Castles began in Utah and eventually spread to other cities throughout North America and they’ve now been in Edmonton for the past three years and continue to be a poplar attraction for those looking to get out of the house during the cold winter months.
Sarah and Trevor made the trip up from Calgary and we lucked out with some reasonably mild temperatures for their session. If you decide to do photos at the Ice Castles, be prepared to work around the crowds and be sure to dress warm as it will be about -5 degrees colder inside the castle than the temp on your phone’s weather app. We chose a weekday to visit and arrived as soon as they opened so that we could be one of the first groups inside the castles which allowed us a few minutes to take photos before it started to get busy. Buy your tickets in advance to save a few dollars but keep in mind that you won’t have exclusive access to the space. There is an option to book the Ice Castles for a private session but the cost is fairly high for something like an engagement session and they do limit the number of private sessions so that they can do maintenance and work on the installation while it is closed to the public.
Once it started to get crowded, we headed down to the skating rink at Hawrelak Park for a few more photos out on the frozen pond to finish off their session. Enjoy this sneak peek and stay tuned to the blog for more engagement sessions and for photos from their wedding later this year.