People often question the difference between an elopement, and a wedding. Now while there are certain aspects that are obviously different (like the amount of people), to simplify it, this is how I explain it:
Weddings, are a celebration
while Elopements, are an EXPERIENCE.
Both obviously celebrate your adventure and your story, but one if more focused on the actual celebration, while the other is focused on something that connects you both together even more.
Nikki + Dan did a bit of both, but stuck true to them and knew they wanted to elope in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, just them (and well, me and the awesome Kord & Co.)
During our phone call to figure out a plan for their elopement, they asked me ‘are we crazy for planning this in like.. a month??’ and I said ‘absolutely not – I think it’s awesome!’ So we made a plan for an overall chill day, a good patio, with a hike in the afternoon for some portraits and their first dance.
The weeks leading up to their elopement, I all of a sudden get an email ‘hey – this is kinda out of the blue, but we booked a helicopter the day of our elopement cause why not!’ I was absolutely STOKED! Especially because it still worked with our plan that we had made – elopements are so easy to be flexible with, and if you’re go-with-the-flow kinda people, you can make even MORE out of the adventure that is your elopement!
Nikki + Dan made the most out of their adventure for sure – with limited time in Alberta, we fit in an epic helicopter ride over the Rockies, with the ability to have their ceremony up in a private pass deep in the mountains of Banff National Park, a great patio lunch looking out at the Three Sisters in Canmore, a little dirt-mountain-road-riding to a hike in the afternoon that led to a little mountain lake, which we had all to ourselves to share beers + Nikki + Dan could have their first dance as husband and wife!
Scroll through to see a little photo journal of their epic Alberta Helicopter Elopement – vendors are listed at the bottom!
you can find the landscapes featured in this blog in my print shop here for purchase!
Photography / Assisted Planning – Sun Peak Photo
Videography – Kord & Co.
Helicopter Tour – Alpine Helicopters