Ellie and David's Lake Minnewanka Elopement

Adorable Banff Elopement at Lake Minnewanka

Ellie and David wanted a wedding as unique as their personalities. So this UK couple did some research, and eventually decided that a Banff elopement at Lake Minnewanka would be perfect. Beautiful scenery, a chance to travel somewhere they’d never been, and a place where they’d feel comfortable expressing themselves all made it the ideal choice. Because their friends and family wouldn’t be there with them, they reached out to us to book an elopement wedding video.

Wedding Vendor Team:

Cinematography | Dream Day Films
Photography | Robin Tuck Photography
Officiant | Robin White
Makeup Artist & Salon | Julia Joy Beauty Co.

Getting Ready and First Look in Canmore

While they wanted the adventure, Ellie and David weren’t looking for a hike to the backcountry or to the top of a mountain. Something a little more convenient, but still with the lake and mountain scenery for which Banff is justifiably famous. Those were the main considerations for having their Banff elopement at Lake Minnewanka. While the Lake Minnewanka parking lot can quickly get full on weekends during summer, it’s a lot less busy in the spring. It’s convenient, without the crowds.

The morning began at Ellie and David’s AirBnB in Harvie Heights, just outside Canmore and near the gates to Banff National Park. They’d planned a First Look in the forest nearby, so each got ready separately so they wouldn’t see each other first. While mountain weather in the spring (or anytime, really) can be fickle, the day dawned with glorious sunshine and blue skies. Ellie and David had opted for 10-minute wedding day interviews. They’re optional, but included at no addition cost with all of our wedding video packages. Once they were dressed and ready, we did the interviews, then walked into the forest across the road to film their emotional First Look.

Banff elopement at Lake Minnewanka

Ellie & David’s Banff Elopement at Lake Minnewanka

The morning began at Ellie and David’s AirBnB in Harvie Heights, just outside Canmore. They’d planned a First Look in the forest nearby, so each got ready separately so they wouldn’t see each other first. While mountain weather in the spring (or anytime, really) can be fickle, the day dawned with glorious sunshine and blue skies. Ellie and David had opted for 10-minute wedding day interviews. They’re optional, but included at no addition cost with all of our wedding video packages. Once they were dressed and ready, we did the interviews, then walked into the forest across the road to film their emotional First Look.

From Harvie Heights it’s a relatively short drive into Banff National Park, and then up the paved road to the Lake Minnewanka parking lot. There are a few spots on the lakeshore that are secluded and offer stunning backdrops. After a 10-minute walk we reached the one Ellie and David had chosen for the wedding ceremony. Robin White, who seems to be everywhere, was their officiant. With Robert the videographer, Robin the officiant, and Robin the photographer, it was a very Rob-heavy vendor team. Ellie and David had chosen to write their own vows, which always adds a nice emotional touch and works well for storytelling in a wedding video.

Creative Photo/Video Session at Lake Louise

Since it was April, chances were that Lake Louise would still have some snow on the ground and the lake would be ice-covered. Both turned out to be the case. And that’s exactly as Ellie and David wanted it. Coming from Preston in northern England, which tends more toward rain than ice and snow, it put the icing on the cake for their wedding adventure. As with Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise can get very busy in summer, but crowds on this spring day were minimal. We spent a few hours there with Ellie and David and their photographer, the talented Robin Tuck, capturing the newly married couple enjoying their post-wedding bliss amidst the world-famous Lake Louise scenery

Lake Louise wedding videography

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