Hiking Elopement in Alberta

Canmore Elopement Photographers

Kendra & Chris

Hiking Elopement in Alberta

This hiking elopement in Alberta was such an incredible morning high above the little mountain town of Canmore. Kendra and Chris had originally planned to have a larger wedding, but with family across Canada and the US, they were forced to rethink their plans. With no signs of the border opening due to Covid restrictions, they decided to elope! What better way to do so than at the top of a mountain at sunrise!

A Hiking Adventure by Headlamp and Sunrise Ceremony

One of our favourite parts of sunrise elopement adventures is hiking up in the dark by headlamp. It’s such a unique experience watching the stars overhead as you climb up to higher elevations. Kendra and Chris only recently moved to Alberta from BC so this was their first spring enjoying the trails in the area. This particular hike is one of our favourites for early season views. The winter snow lingers on a lot of the mountain trails in the Spring, but the sun-exposed ridges on this mountain melt early.

Their commissioner, Cole Hofstra, joined us for their mountain top ceremony. Cole one of the only officiants around that you can find to hike up a mountain with you. Not only that but he crafts the most beautiful ceremonies that celebrate the uniqueness of each couple’s story. This ceremony was no exception and we felt so lucky to document these two sharing such a special moment with each other in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Morning Moments on Mountain Tops

We were so lucky to experience such a beautiful morning with these two adventurous humans. Intense colours made ribbons through the sky at first light. As the sun rose higher, the light softened due to clouds hovering just above the horizon. Low fog drifted through the valley floor as the sun came out again to create the most ethereal scenes through the trees below us. These are just some of the reasons why sunrise is our favourite time of day in the alpine. The mornings are always full of these little surprise moments.

We feel so lucky to have photographed this amazing morning in the mountains and we can’t thank Kendra and Chris enough for inviting us along to tell their story.


Officiant: Married by Cole
Photographer: Willow and Wolf
Dress: Bridal Boutique Calgary
Suit: Miki Unger from J. Yunger Custom Menswear
Rings: Peter Smith at Harlings Jewelers, Vancouver BC
Rachael McIntosh- producer, ring bear, live videographer, bridesmaid and groomsmen