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.

Nicole + MarioAdventure Elopement Photographer Canada

Nicole and Mario reached out to me about documenting their adventure elopement in Canada. They would be flying in from Florida and wanted an experience that would be both memorable and allow them to truly experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We discussed a few options on what that could look like.

We could:

A.) Utilize a helicopter to fly to a mountain top or

B.) We could hike to one that isn’t accessible via helicopter.

In the end we decided it would be fun and memorable to do a hiking adventure elopement. So we began the planning! We looked into a few peaks in Banff National Park, but ultimately wanted to have a summit to ourselves without a lot of onlookers. We opted to utilize Kananaskis, which is a Provincial Park that borders Banff National Park. It is a beautiful area that is often over looked as most people head straight to Banff, but it has equally amazing views and a lot less people on the trails. It’s one of my personal favourite places to go hiking. Nicole and Mario fully trusted me to determine our hiking destination. I narrowed it down to a ridge I’ve hike to before. Upon further discussion, we determined that for the ultimate adventure elopement and best light, we would be up on the ridge for sunrise.

Now how do you pull off a hiking adventure elopement when a bride typically wants to have hair and makeup done? You reach out to an amazing make up artist who is keen on being a part of a fun adventure. We contacted Jenah Walcheske from Blush and Coco.  She was up for everything, even hiking to the top with us to do the final touches of hair and make up.

The whole event started with us all driving out to the trail head the evening before. We got a few hours sleep in our vehicles and woke at 1 am to get our bags ready and start the foundational hair/makeup process. By 2am we were on the trail with our head lamps on, slowly making our way through the dark up on to the ridge. We arrived on the ridge at 5 am, with the first hints of light in the mountain sky. We pulled out some lights and from 5am-6am Jenah worked with Nicole on hair and makeup. Mario managed to get a quick cat nap in before it was time for him to start getting ready.

Nicole and Mario wanted to have a ‘first look’. So we got Mario ready and then I took him to a nice look out of the valley where the first look would take place. Next, we got Nicole ready and walked her over to the look out for the two of them to experience seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. After embracing, the sun began to make it’s appearance over the Rockies and we began their photo session at sunrise. The light was beautiful and we were all excited for the views that came with that light. After documenting where we were, Nicole and Mario had a lovely, heartfelt vow and ring exchange. Following the exchange we packed our bags and began making our way back down to the cars to eat some food and catch up on some sleep.

I know a sunrise elopement isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an experience I love sharing with my couples. If you are looking for a bit of adventure on your elopement or wedding day, I’m game to document whatever we can come up with. If you would like to do something similar to this, I know of several other ridges and peaks that would be perfect. Feel free to drop me a line and we can get the planning under way.

Sunrise Elopement at the top of a mountain in Canada

Catherine & MattBanff Elopement Photographers

 

Some Banff elopement photographers in the area may be happy to shoot at a popular lake and call it good. While Banff does have some pretty iconic lakes that we, as photographers, love to shoot at, I like to have additional time where I can take my couples away from these busy locations and provide them some new views and an experience that is unique for them.

Catherine and Matt had a traditional elopement ceremony at Lake Louise followed by some cake and champagne. After that they were game for joining me on an adventure as we explored more of what Banff had to offer. We explored mountain tops, valleys, and even a old dried-up lake bed. Your wedding or elopement doesn’t have to take place at just one location, it can be as adventurous and fun as you’d like it to be; so if you have some ideas or would like some of my ideas, feel free to reach out. Let’s plan something awesome to make your time in Banff especially memorable.  Lake Louise Elopement Helicopter Weddings in Banff Dry Lake Bed Wedding

Photography: Darren Roberts
Videography: Beam Media
Commissioner: Patrick Smiley
Planning & Styling: Kismet & Clover
Hair & Makeup: Simply Me
Floral Design: Fall for Florals
Transportation: Rockies Heli