Sunrise Winter Elopement in Banff National Park

Banff National Park is one of the most visited parks in Canada and after seeing these photos you will know why. What an incredible place for an adventurous elopement!

Esther and Chad wanted to get married somewhere surrounded by nature and we ended up here in the shoulder season to try and avoid the crowds. Location scouting in a new place that I’ve never been is a huge priority for me, especially for a location that isn’t a hike in and can be easily accessed by other tourists. You want to make sure that you’re not walking into a mob of photographers and iPhones while you are exchanging private vows at sunrise, how terrible would that be.

We spent the day before location scouting together trying to find the best place for their little ceremony. We had originally thought either Lake Moraine or Lake Louise would be amazing since they have a stunning blue lake surrounded by mountains, but the reality of these places are that they are great to visit and see, but definitely not ideal for an actual elopement ceremony, even in the wee hours of the morning. So we ventured down the Icefields Parkway and found Bow Lake and a little part of the beach that people didn’t really walk over to. It was perfect. We met up at sunrise the next day and they said their vows with no one around but the mist in the background. It was incredible.

Be prepared for extra landscape photos because if you are traveling all the way to Banff for your elopement, you bet I’m going to capture the place too.

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