Adventure Elopement in Kananaskis Alberta

Banff Elopement Photographers

Ashley & David

Adventure Elopement in Kananaskis Alberta

This adventure elopement in Kananaskis, Alberta, started like all our favourite wedding days. In the heart of the mountains, in the middle of the night, surrounded by millions of stars. We met Ashley and David with their bags packed full of their wedding clothes and hiked up to this amazing viewpoint in Kananaskis Country just outside of Canmore, Alberta.

Ashley and David decided to plan an intimate elopement day in the mountains to celebrate their love. Their mutual connection for travel and the outdoors inspired them to elope in a way meaningful to them both. They came across our work while wedding planning and we were so thrilled to help them plan a unique day inspired by their relationship.

Spring Weather in the Canadian Rockies

Leading up to the day there were thunderstorm warnings all week long. This is common in the Spring months as the snowmelt produces moisture and heat which is the perfect recipe for these systems. We kept a close eye on the weather radars and could see that there was a perfect break overnight. Just what we were all hoping for their sunrise hiking adventure!

The warm temperatures made for a lovely hike up to our destination. Once we got up above the trees, Ashley and David each found separate places to get ready in their wedding gear. Ashley zipped up her beautiful dress complemented with a bouquet of dried flowers, while David finished off his suit by tying his tye tight in the morning breeze. With David waiting out on the cliff with the dawn light revealing the view around us, Ashley walked out to him for their first look. It was perfect.

Mountain Top Photos and Letters from Loved Ones

We spent the morning wandering around the cliffs and viewpoints of this amazing location as the sun peaked over the prairies. Ashley and David had brought along letters their family had wrote to them for this day so they sat together and read these to one another. This was such a sweet idea to include family on an elopement day.

A Stormy Ceremony to End the Morning Adventure

As we made our way back down to the lakeshore, we watched clouds form to the south. The sky began to get dark as we could hear rumbles of thunder getting closer. Just as we got back to our cars we could see the rain coming in so we all jumped in our cars and pulled them up to face the lake. Klaus, their officiant pulled up next to us and we all watched the storm roll past. There was so much energy and we decided to wait it out before heading out onto the lake for their ceremony.

As the rain eased, we all ran out onto the shore but it was clear that more rain was coming! As they said their vows, another wall of rain came over us. Huddled under umbrellas, they exchanged their rings and shared their first kiss amongst the rain. Just as Klaus pronounced them husband and wife, a large crack of lightning shot through the sky. The thunder that quickly followed was like mother nature giving them a round of applause. It was incredible! We love when our couples embrace the elements and Ashley and David sure did on this day.

This was one day to remember and we hope you enjoy looking through all the beautiful memories from their adventure in the mountains.


Hair and Makeup: Nicole Saxton
Photographers: Willow and Wolf
Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff
Flowers: 9th Line Farmhouse
Rings: Goldform Ottawa