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Amy + BrandonRevelstoke Helicopter Wedding Photographer

 

I think Revelstoke has became one of my new favourite places to document a helicopter wedding or a helicopter elopement.

There is so much untouched beauty that falls outside of a National or Provincial Park and Revelstoke happens to be one of those places.  Having a helicopter wedding or elopement outside of the park increases the landing possibilities because there aren’t as many rules or regulations. So when it comes to being able to land in an epic scene, it’s a lot easier to do that out in Revelstoke. Revelstoke also has some great glaciers close by that are easily accessible. If you can have glaciers in your backdrop, why not, right!?

Amy and Brandon wanted to be able to include their family for a portion of their day so they chose to have the wedding ceremony down on the ground with a nice backdrop. We knew of a small waterfall in the forest that was easily accessible; it worked perfectly for the ceremony location. Once the ceremony and family photos were done, we headed to Glacier Helicopter to go enjoy some mountain views and find a nice spot for their portraits. We found ourselves a great landing location and enjoyed our time there. Once we were done, Amy and Brandon met back up with their family for some dinner reservations and to enjoy the rest of the evening with them. It was a beautiful and simple way to plan a wedding that still included family, but also kept the day fun, uncomplicated, adventurous, and memorable for Amy and Brandon.

While I was in Revelstoke, I made a special effort to find other great areas for future couples. So if you are unsure of a location at this point, I’d highly recommend giving Revelstoke some consideration. Not only do you have stunning views easily accessible with a helicopter, but it’s a great mountain town with so much to do in terms of outdoor activities for you and your guests before and after your wedding. If you think a helicopter wedding in Revelstoke sounds like something you might like to do, reach out and we’ll chat.

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Banff Engagement Session Locations

When it comes to engagement sessions in the Canadian Rockies specifically the Banff area, I have found that couples either want a unique landscape or a popular landscape/location they have seen on social media. Instead of focusing on the hot spots that many have seen, I hope to provide some new location ideas for those looking for a unique experience and a unique landscape. Here are some of my suggestions for an engagement session in and around the Banff area:
Sarrail Ridge.
This involves a few hours of hiking, but takes you to an amazing ridge that provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains with a large lake below. From this ridge you get 360 degree views of amazing mountainscapes, so it’s great to shoot here anytime of the day. The other benefit of this location is that you are able to shoot at a smaller alpine lake half way up the hike. Shooting here provides a couple with a wide variety of mountain views. This location is accessible July-Early October.
Mount Indefatigable
This location requires about a one hour hike to get above the tree line. To go to the true summit requires much more time and delivers some amazing views at a higher elevation, but great views are had about 1/3 of the way up the trail. Once you get out of the trees, you are greeted with great results and can begin shooting. The trail on Mount Indefatigable is no longer maintained, but access is still allowed. This trail is south facing and accessible all year round.
East Rundle
This location requires about a one and a half hour hike (one way). I’d suggest aiming for a sunrise or sunset session, especially during the summer months as this is a popular hike for locals. This particular location has a lot of nice vistas one can use for dramatic shots. For those who may be scared of heights, it also provides some nice open areas with great backdrops.
Lake of the Falls
If hiking isn’t on the agenda, but an experience is, I’d suggest snuggling up in a helicopter with Rockies Heli and going to Lake of the Falls. The beauty of this location is you’ll have it all to yourself and get to enjoy a stunning flight over the Rocky Mountains. This particular location is accessible from June – November. If you’d like a helicopter experience in the winter, I’d suggest going to Landslide Lake. Snowshoes will be provided 🙂
Darren’s Point
This particular location doesn’t have an official name, but it’s been nicknamed Darren’s Point because it’s one area I frequent often. I found this particular viewpoint while using Google Earth and it’s one I use several times each year for engagement sessions, elopements, and weddings. This location is only accessible by helicopter and by a select number of pilots who are certified to land at high elevations. If you want dramatic views at high altitudes, this is your go-to spot. This location is accessible May – November.
Icefields Parkway
If hiking isn’t on the agenda and a helicopter is out of the budget, I’d suggest taking a drive along the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93). This road goes right through the mountain valley connecting Lake Louise and Jasper. There are no shortage of amazing places that you can pull off to the side of the road and shoot with great mountain backdrops that give the appearance that hiking was involved to obtain them.  The highway is accessible all year round, but winter travel is not recommended unless you have 4×4 and winter tires.
There are a number of other amazing locations that I like to take couples for their engagement sessions. If you are looking for a unique experience and unique engagement photos, feel free to reach out here.

Kaitlin & TylerBanff Elopement

As many of you already know, I love finding my couples unique locations when they want to have a Banff elopement or wedding. It’s something I enjoy doing and something I pride myself in as an adventure elopement photographer. A lot of the unique elopement locations I find are a result of  personal hiking trips that provide some pretty amazing views and vistas like the ones you’ll see here.

Kaitlin and Tyler originally reached out with a particular area they wanted to hike to. As time went on some of the plans changed and they were open to letting me find them a new place/adventure for their elopement. I narrowed it down to a few possible hiking locations, then we waited to make the final call based on what the weather was doing at each one. A week out we made the decision and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather and views.

K & T met me at the trail head in the afternoon. We started off our hike in some more relaxed wedding attire and then put the final wedding attire on at our first location near the glacier. It made a great backdrop for some vows, ring exchange, and photos. After that we hiked into another near by valley to continue on for a few more images before the sun set. Once we wrapped things up, we turned the head lamps on and made our way back down the trail in the dark. It was the perfect way to have a private elopement in Banff where K & T could have the place to themselves.

I realize it’s not practical for every elopement I shoot in Banff to go on a adventure hiking for a few hours to get to remote locations, but if that’s your thing I created some special hiking elopement packages for couples who are interested in something like this. If you are interested in a memorable experience to go with the images of your wedding day, feel free to reach out! I love planning these kind of elopement adventures.