Banff National Park Elopement at Peyto Lake

When my brother-in-law and sister-in-law asked me to document their Banff National Park elopement I was honoured. We were part way through planning our first big friends trip in Banff and Jasper National Parks. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope they would elope on our trip, so when they asked me I got right down to planning. I was so excited for them to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and to hear each other say the most beautiful vows to each other. But most importantly, I was excited for Vanessa to officially become a part of the family!

Vanessa and I worked together to source vendors and they left me with full creative control of their elopement dinner. I wanted it to be special and to feel like an intimate wedding reception. We told our friends to pack nice clothes to go out for dinner and the day they eloped they revealed the news to everyone. It was so fun seeing everyone’s reactions and I had the best time designing and putting together their table. I flew to Calgary from Toronto with napkins, their wedding stationary, candles and vases. We had the florist provide extra stems which I used for their arrangements. This was my first time planning an elopement and I hope to do more!

Words from the bride

Our wedding day began at 4:00 am, waking up in a tent to the sound of light rain drops. We made our way up to Peyto Lake before sunrise and quickly got dressed behind the back of the truck. After walking along the path, we found ourselves at a familiar spot, except this time there was no sun or blue wolf shaped lake. Instead, we looked out onto clouds and a misty backdrop without a single person in sight. We had a beautiful ceremony with light music playing in the background and exchanged vows in the rain.

That evening we took some of our friends who had travelled with us from Ontario out for dinner. We sipped fancy cocktails and enjoyed locally sourced meals. The most memorable part of the day was reading a collection of handwritten letters from our parents and siblings. We wanted to include them in our day and we felt so much love from our families.

Why did you decide to elope?

We wanted our wedding day to represent who we are as a couple. We both love the outdoors so when we started dreaming up our wedding, we couldn’t see a large ceremony fitting into that. Instead, we opted for a private ceremony with just the two of us.

Any elopement planning advice?

An elopement can be a beautifully crafted day where you don’t have to spare on the details that are important to you. Think about what is important to you and spend your time planning those things. Take the time to find vendors who invest in you and understand your vision. We spent many hours reading reviews and looking through portfolios to select our vendors. This helped make it the perfect day.

pine trees in fog on a mountain
pine trees in fog on top of a mountain
groom helping bride with veil in a foggy mountain side
Banff National Park elopement at Peyto Lake
Banff National Park elopement
Peyto Lake elopement
Rainy morning ceremony Banff National Park elopement
exchanging vows at Banff National Park Elopement
groom reading vows in the rain on a foggy mountainside in Banff
bride crying while groom reads vows
Banff National Park elopement at misty Peyto Lake
groom reads vows to bride on a rainy morning in Banff National Park
groom laughing during ceremony, Banff National Park elopement
bride smiling and reading vows to groom in the mountains
bride reading vows to groom, banff national park elopement
bride and groom hugging, mountain elopement at Banff National Park
adventurous mountainside elopement, banff national park elopement
bride putting ring on grooms finger, Banff National Park elopement
bride and groom kissing, banff national park elopement
emotional elopement at Peyto Lake in Banff National Park
adventurous elopement at Banff National Park, bride and groom walking in the rain
bride hugging groom
mountain elopement, bride kissing groom on the cheek
dried flower bouquet
Beautiful Banff National Park elopement at Peyto Lake
groom hand around brides waist
bride and groom hugging and looking off onto misty cloudy tree tops at Peyto Lake
mountain elopement
mountain elopement at Banff National Park
bride walking in forest
Bride on mountainside on a rainy cloudy morning
bride touching dried flower bouquet
Groom standing on mountain edge, Banff National Park elopement
groom holding bouquet
dried flower boutonniere
bride adjusting grooms boutonniere, Moraine Lake elopement
groom standing on rock, Moraine Lake elopement
shoes and bouquet on the ground
Banff National Park at Moraine Lake
Moraine lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake elopement, Banff National Park elopement
bride standing on rock with mountains in background, Moraine Lake elopement
bride wearing Tom canvas wedges for mountain elopement
groom holding bouquet at Moraine lake sunrise elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
bride climbing rocks in wedding dress at Moraine Lake
bride and groom climbing rocks on wedding day at Moraine Lake
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
Moraine Lake sunrise elopement, Banff National Park elopement
groom standing on rock in morning light, Banff National Park elopement
Bride and groom standing in morning light in banff National park
Bride and groom standing in morning light in banff National park
groom holding brides veil as they walk on rocks
Bride and groom standing in morning light in banff National park
Bride and groom standing in morning light in banff National park
groom standing on rock holding bouquet with mountains in the background, Banff National park
Bride and groom standing in morning light in banff National park
groom holding veil as couple runs across the road
rainy Banff National Park elopement
rainy Banff National Park elopement
Bow lake elopement photos
Bow Lake elopement photos in the rain
bride standing on rock in water at Bow lake
brides wedding ring covered in veil
Bride and groom walking on path in mountains
Bride and groom walking on path in mountains
bride walking in veil and holding grooms hand, national park elopement
Takakkaw Falls elopement photos
Banff National Park elopement
brides veil flowing in the wind as they walk
Waterfalls
mountain elopement in Canada
mountain elopement in Canada
bride and groom hiking to rock in river on their wedding day
adventurous national park elopement in Canada
Adventurous elopement in national park in Canada
Bride smiling up at groom as they stand on rock in river in the mountains
Takakkaw falls elopement photos
bride and groom hugging and laughing
Yoho national park elopement
Peyto Lake elopement
bride and groom hugging with Peyto Lake in the background, Banff National Park elopement
bride at Peyto Lake
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
beautiful styled elopement dinner table at The Bison in Banff
bride and groom reading letters from family on the day of their elopement at The Bison restaurant
bride and groom reading letters from family on the day of their elopement at The Bison restaurant
bride and groom reading letters from family on the day of their elopement at The Bison restaurant
bride and groom reading letters from family on the day of their elopement at The Bison restaurant
bride and groom reading letters from family on the day of their elopement at The Bison restaurant
emotional bride reading letters from family on their wedding day
emotional bride crying as they read letters from family on their wedding day
emotional bride crying as they read letters from family on their wedding day

Vendors:

Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Planned on wearing Toms wedges but ended up wearing Salomon hiking boots
Earrings: Lovers Tempo
Veil: Etsy
Groom Jacket: RW&Co
Pants: Lululemon
Shoes: Stacy Adams
Florist: Fox Glove Studio
Officiant: Urban Officiant
Photographer: Daring Wanderer
Elopement Dinner Reception: The Bison Restaurant
Venue: Banff National Park

If you are looking to plan an adventurous Banff National Park elopement, I have a commercial license to photograph there. Feel free to reach out so we can start planning!

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Sara Chiodo : 10:16 August 21, 2019 Reply
These brought tears to my eyes. Beyond beautiful- Jess you did a fantastic job capturing all the emotions on their day. Oh my goodness. I need a tissue. xoxo Sara
    daringwanderer : 01:05 August 22, 2019 Reply
    Thanks Sara, I had to wipe back a few tears during the ceremony. I couldn’t hear their vows but them standing there with the foggy landscape surrounding them was breathtaking!
Sean Oblizalo : 14:45 August 21, 2019 Reply
Bucket list! You did such an amazing editing Job on these. So freaking beautiful!
Kara : 14:51 August 21, 2019 Reply
Ah this is such a gorgeous elopement! I love the moody fog they got for their ceremony. That's a side of Banff we don't see often!
    daringwanderer : 01:05 August 22, 2019 Reply
    The fog made the morning so much more intimate. Not a soul in sight!
Traci : 16:15 August 21, 2019 Reply
Banff is one of those places that just look like pure magic.
    daringwanderer : 01:06 August 22, 2019 Reply
    Every time I go back I feel like I'm seeing it for the first time. Such a gorgeous place!
kelsey : 16:34 August 21, 2019 Reply
Those reflections. I just melted looking through this gallery. amazing work and I loooooved the intimate dinner. What a lucky couple to have such a gorgeous and perfect day!
    daringwanderer : 01:06 August 22, 2019 Reply
    Thank you Kelsey!
Jess Drawhorn : 19:51 August 21, 2019 Reply
Oh I'm so glad the sun came out for them! The photos by the lakeshore are incredibly beautiful.
    daringwanderer : 01:06 August 22, 2019 Reply
    We got the best of all the weather :)
Aimee : 20:01 August 21, 2019 Reply
These photos are amazing! BANFF is already high on the list of places I want to travel this year, and you made me want to go there even more! Stunning
    daringwanderer : 01:07 August 22, 2019 Reply
    You'll love Banff, it's one of those places that you can't prepare your eyes for until you see it in person!
Flora Gibson : 20:12 August 21, 2019 Reply
OMG those mountain reflections, details and waterfall are killer !! I've always wanted to visit Banff and this solidifies it!
    daringwanderer : 01:08 August 22, 2019 Reply
    Yes, do it. The colours of the lakes and early morning reflections are something else!
Kestrel Bailey : 20:50 August 21, 2019 Reply
Whoa. These are stunning. I think you could convince anyone to elope with these images. Not only are the locations amazing, but your documentation of the whole experience is expertly navigated, and emotions captured with such beauty. WELL DONE
    daringwanderer : 01:08 August 22, 2019 Reply
    Thank you Kestrel <3
Corey : 08:18 August 22, 2019 Reply
I love how you incorporated music with this gorgeous landscape. I've always wanted to go to Banff.
    daringwanderer : 10:45 August 26, 2019 Reply
    Add it to your list, it's a must-see!
Kailee Morris : 09:44 August 22, 2019 Reply
Holy wow haha these are stunning!!! Such an amazing job and so gorgeous! Plus the dinner after is such a sweet touch to end the day!
    daringwanderer : 10:45 August 26, 2019 Reply
    THANK YOU! Yes it was so fun to style that and then for all of us to enjoy drinks and food afterwards!
Kaitlin Day : 01:29 August 23, 2019 Reply
These are super super beautiful!!! I love that fog, it really adds and creates some mood!
Nicole : 11:34 August 23, 2019 Reply
OMG, this gave me all the chills! Freaking GORGEOUS! I would die to elope at Banff National Park!
    daringwanderer : 10:45 August 26, 2019 Reply
    Banff is gorgeous! I want to photograph more elopements there!

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