A Rocky Mountain adventure elopement
2020 has been a strange but incredible year for weddings with lots of adventure elopements. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling really sad for all the couples who have had to change the wedding plans they put so much time, money, and love into. While most of the couples I had booked for 2020 decided to postpone to next year, a few decided they were just so freaking ready to be married already and changed their big weddings to intimate weddings with small guest counts. Although it sucks having to change plans, I have been living for these small weddings and elopements!
Mandy and Dalton’s plans for a big wedding on Vancouver Island were also dashed by the pandemic, and after two reschedules they said screw it and eloped. It turned into the most incredible adventure that I will never forget. This elopement was one for the books – especially because it was my first time seeing the Rocky Mountains and Alberta. I was on cloud nine all day so I can’t even imagine how the bride and groom were feeling!
The wedding day
Mandy and Dalton kept it super small with just their parents as guests. I had the best time hanging out with them all day! After getting ready in Canmore at a gorgeous AirBnB, we made our way to the local heliport in anticipation of a mountaintop wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, due to crazy weather conditions, we were unable to go for the helicopter tour, but that didn’t damper Mandy and Dalton’s day. When your entire wedding has already been rescheduled twice, you learn to go with the flow.
We ended up going to Moraine Lake for the ceremony, which made for the most unreal backdrop (I still think it looks like a filter on the water when I see these photos). We made a pit stop at Lake Louise as well, because it was equally gorgeous. Lastly, we headed to the Fairmont Banff Springs to explore the grounds and have the most delicious dinner at 1888 Chophouse (yes, I was totally spoiled by M + D).