Banff National Park Elopement

Design and Planning: Kismet and Clover

Hair and Makeup: Beach Beauty

Location: Banff National Park

Florals: Antheia 

Banff Alberta elopement? Don’t mind if I do. I could always shoot as Banff as my elopement background. Like every day. As much as I love shooting elopements in and around Portland, the scenery of Banff is hard to match. I’ve never been in a place so beautiful. Honestly, these photos and words won’t even come close to doing it justice as much as I tried.  If you have the chance, buy your plane ticket and go. It really is that good.

Background on the photos: there were huge swathes of the Pacific Northwest burning during my time in Alberta. Most days you couldn’t see across the road thanks to the winds blowing the smoke up from the States. The day we photographed this elopement it cleared *just* enough for us to capture some of the amazing scenery. On a clear day with no smoke or haze it has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. I’d consider myself very lucky to have the air quality clear up just enough for the elopement. And I really do like the soft hazy look of the photos from the smoke. If you’re interested in seeing another wildfire infused shoot check out my Epic PNW Engagement Shoot

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Adventure and Wild Love

Background on the couple: Louise and Robin met a few years ago in Banff. Louise grew up in Banff after her parents relocated from Hong Kong. Robin was visiting from London on a ski trip and the two just hit it off and never looked back. They both immensely enjoy the outdoors. Hiking comes as naturally to these two as pushing the shutter on my camera. Robin is also an amateur photographer who photographs some really amazing landscapes and scenic shots.  Louise is an immigration agent in Canada(nicely done Robin). We had such a blast photographing their elopement.

Just to harp on the fires once more: There were some really large wildfires in the Northwest of the United States that pushed up into Canada thanks to some really wicked winds. For almost the entire week I was there besides the day I arrived you couldn’t see more than 100 yards because of the thick smoke. I thought for sure the elopement was going to be nothing but a big white, smokey cloud in the background. Some how, some way, we got lucky. About 10 minutes before we got to Peyto Lake to start shooting the smoke cleared up and we were able to at least get a hit of the true beauty that Banff has to offer. Even on a smoky day it’s still the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. If you’re interested in seeing another Peyto Lake elopement check out this Banff Adventure Wedding here.

If you’re wanting to elope or have an engagement on the coast please get in touch. I know all of the great spots and I’m happy to share the beauty of Oregon with you.

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