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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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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