‘The whole town was feeling hope’: Flooding in Canmore couldn’t keep couple from saying ‘I do’
As flood waters rose in the streets of Canmore last week, Christine Bierman and her fiancé Mickey Cimolai feared their wedding would be a total bust.
By Thursday, the southern Alberta mountain town was in a state of emergency. Evacuation orders were issued. Forecasts warned one hundred millimetres of rain would fall.
“Friday she called me and said ‘I’m going to have to call it off,’” said Crista Lee Mitchell, a local photographer who had been working with the Calgary couple for almost a year planning the big day.
But with a little creative thinking and the help of a community facing the worst flood in recent history, they managed to say ‘I do’ on Saturday — the photo of the newlyweds kissing in the back of a white pickup truck serving as an unwitting symbol of the resilience, love and hope Albertans have displayed during the floods. (Photo: Courtesy of Crista Lee Mitchell)