Winter Elopement in Banff National Park


Banff Elopement Photographers

Jolene & Steven

Winter Elopement in Banff National Park

This winter elopement in Banff National Park was a beautiful day in the mountains. Jolene and Steven first contacted us after they had to cancel their original wedding plans at home in Manitoba. Like so many of our couples this year, this inspired them to get creative with their plans. This then led them to the idea of going on a winter road trip to the mountains and eloping amongst the incredible snowy landscapes.

Planning a True Winter Elopement Experience in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Rockies. It’s quiet and calm compared to the summertime. The landscapes transform into a white wonderland covered in snow. All of the lakes freeze in the area opening up new possibilities for adventures. Ice skating, skiing and snowshoeing are all amazing activities to discover at this time of year making it such a unique time of year to visit. 

To find out more about the seasons in the mountains check out our resource blog on the best time to get married in Banff National Park.

Traditionally eloping has a spontaneous element to it. A last-minute thought of running away and tying the knot. Most of the elopements we photograph these days are planned like any other wedding day so when Jolene and Steven reached out and told us they wanted to elope next week we were so excited. There was one little thing stopping them from getting married. We were in the middle of a polar vortex and the temperatures were below -20. We looked at the weather forecast together for the week and picked a day when the temperatures began to rise again. 

Frozen Lakes and Golden Afternoons

Once we had decided on a date, we began thinking of the perfect locations for these two to experience the day. They had brought their pup along so it was important to get some photos with him before their ceremony and we found a beautiful spot next to where they were staying for this.

On the day of their wedding, the ceremony location we picked was closed due to a cougar in the area. Keeping with the spontaneous theme of their wedding, we switched locations and decided to walk out on to a frozen lake. Barbara from Threshold Ceremonies was so amazing and willing to explore with us. She put together such a beautiful ceremony that matched the stunning setting. Looking back on the photos, we still can’t believe what an amazing afternoon it was. 

After their ceremony, we explored around the area for their portraits. As the sun began to set, the golden light beamed through the forest and onto the mountain peaks. We hope you enjoy looking through this amazing winter elopement day!