Tofino Elopement at Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino Elopement at Wickaninnish Inn.

The Couple

I never met Angela and Bruce in person before flying across the country to photograph their elopement. In fact, we never even Skyped. I get asked a lot if I meet my couples before hand and most of the time I don’t. I get a really good sense of what my couples like and if we’re a good match from my website inquiry form and our email exchanges. I knew we were going to click and we did. They flew from Virginia and took a ferry over from Seattle. I was expecting heavy southern accents and Bruce did not disappoint. I loved listening to him talk, so I asked him a lot of questions. Angela’s was understated, almost nonexistent. But every once in a while the southern would come out and it was so cute.

Most of the time, the morning of a wedding starts off slow and quiet. I showed up during the “frantic last minutes and make up and hair isn’t done” phase with an hour before their first look. Angela is adorable. She asked my opinion on hair and makeup and I am by no means an expert so I just went with it. She looked amazing and was going to look amazing whether I told her to wear red lipstick and put her hair up or go natural and wear it down. We decided to do an official first look on the beach in front of Wickaninnish Inn before heading over to the redwood grove for their ceremony. It was misting and there was no one else on the beach.

bride getting ready by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
bride getting ready by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
bride getting ready by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
wedding rings on veil
bride stepping into dress by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
bride stepping into dress by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
bride in wedding dress by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
bride and groom standing by window at Wickaninnish Inn for her Tofino Elopement
Bride outside Wickaninnish Inn
first look on Chesterman Beach in front of Wickaninnish Inn
first look on Chesterman Beach in front of Wickaninnish Inn
first look on Chesterman Beach in front of Wickaninnish Inn
wedding portraits on Chesterman beach for Tofino elopement
Chesterman Beach Tofino elopement wedding pictures
bride and groom on Chesterman Beach
wedding portraits on beach in Tofino
wet sand reflection of couple for Tofino elopement on Chesterman Beach
Wickaninnish Inn Tofino Elopement
Wickaninnish Inn Tofino Elopement
Wickaninnish Inn Tofino Elopement
Wickaninnish Inn Elopement

The Ceremony

We walked over to a little grove, tucked away in the trees and surrounded by ancient redwoods. The scene was almost like a fairytale. I had been to that spot before, under completely different conditions. This time, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the light poured into the clearing. I couldn’t pay a million dollars to have it look that beautiful again, it was surreal. Despite eloping, Angela put some effort into a few details that made their day unique to them. I loved the overflowing silk ribbon she tied around each of their vow books. They ended the ceremony drinking champagne while walking through the forest. That’s my kind of ceremony exit!

bride and groom walking down road surrounded by forest in Tofino
bride in wedding dress walking on forest path
Wickaninnish Inn Wedding
redwood grove at Wickaninnish Inn wedding
Tofino elopement at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
couple reading vows to each other at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino elopement ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
couple holding hands and reading vows to each other in forest for intimate elopement in Tofino
couple holding hands and reading vows to each other
couple reading vows to each other
couple holding hands and reading vows to each other
Wickaninnish Inn Elopement
bride and groom holding wedding rings in hands
asian bride in forest
bride putting on groom's wedding band
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
Tofino wedding ceremony at Wickaninnish Inn
bride and groom drinking champagne after wedding ceremony in forest in Tofino
bride and groom drinking champagne after wedding ceremony in forest in Tofino
bride and groom drinking champagne after wedding ceremony in forest in Tofino

Exploring

We ventured off to some pretty spots for portraits. There really wasn’t a plan, but since I had been there before and knew the area well, I had a few spots in mind. It’s really amazing being with couples on their wedding day. Not only do you get to share in their day, but you get to be a significant part of it, especially if they are eloping (I was a witness on their marriage papers!). Also, everyone is super nice to you. Travellers, tourists, locals; they all say how beautiful the bride looks and how lucky they are to get married in such an incredible setting. They also like to say “you can’t take a bad picture here!” to me. Which is true (almost). It’s so gorgeous that you sometimes get caught up in the landscape and forget that you are trying to capture connection, intimacy and romance between a couple who just promised themselves to each other forever. I have to remind myself that often. I hope I did Angela and Bruce justice.

Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Tofino elopement portraits
Bride in the forest
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Vancouver Island elopement portraits
Wickaninnish Inn Elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Forest in Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Pacific Rim National Park Wedding portraits, Tofino elopement
Couple standing in sea grass in forest in Tofino
Couple standing in sea grass in forest in Tofino
brides hands over ferns in forest
Couple standing in sea grass in forest in Tofino
Couple standing in sea grass in forest in Tofino
Tofino forest at sunset
wedding portraits in forest at sunset
couple standing in forest of ferns in Tofino on wedding day
couple standing in ferns on wedding day
bride and groom holding hands in forest in Tofino
Sunset on the beach in Tofino
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach
Tofino elopement sunset wedding portraits on the beach

The End

Vendors

DRESS: Maggie Sottero
SUIT: The Black Tux
SHOES: BP Sasha Flat in Blush
FLORALS: Crabapple Floral
VENUE: The Wickaninnish Inn
OFFICIANT: Judy Michaud
FIRST DANCE SONG: “Your Song” by Vitamin Strong Quartet

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