Mimi and Evan at Bow Lake

A Bow Lake Micro Wedding

It’s definitely been the year of elopements and micro weddings. But for those couples who weren’t planning a big wedding anyway, lockdowns and restrictions didn’t change too much. Mimi and Evan had always wanted a small wedding, so for their Bow Lake elopement they planned to only invite immediate family.

Planning a Bow Lake Elopement

Mimi reached out to us and said she wanted a highlight film with about 3 hours on location for her Bow Lake elopement. No coverage of her and Evan getting ready. Just the ceremony and some creative footage to be filmed after. While this isn’t something we normally offer, the volume of cancellations and rescheduling of weddings meant we were in danger of starting to get rusty!

Plus, Bow Lake is a beautiful spot for a micro wedding. We love getting up there to soak in the absolutely stunning scenery. Mimi and Evan are both from Edmonton, so they know the mountains well and naturally wanted to get married with an amazing backdrop.

Bow Lake Elopement Film

Setting Up for the Bow Lake Wedding Ceremony

Most of the day was coordinated by Aimsley Braun of Julianne Young Weddings. She’d done a great job of keeping us in the picture, and ensuring everything on the day would run smoothly. We departed Calgary in the morning and headed for Banff. Although not filming the couple getting ready, we like to mic up the bride whenever possible. With out story-driven style, audio is extremely important. We want to be sure the audience watching the film will be able to hear the bride’s vows clearly. So we stopped at the Charltons in Banff to hide a mic in Mimi’s dress and show her mother and sister how to connect it to the recorder. After that, it was back on the highway to Bow Lake.

During the pandemic, the mountain parks have become very popular for “staycations.” We expected that parking lot at Bow Lake to be full, and although it was, but we still snagged a great spot near the path entering the park. We ran into the officiant, Robin White, waiting in his vehicle and had a quick chat about the ceremony location.

Banff micro wedding

A Lakeside Wedding Ceremony

A few hundred yards past the Bow Lake Lodge, we met the affable, easygoing photographer Jonathan Tieh and together scouted out a beautiful lakeside location for the ceremony. There were a few people on the trail nearby, but otherwise it was a quiet, secluded spot.

Evan arrived with his family, and we positioned him near the water’s edge, facing the lake. The plan was to do a “first look” right there. Clouds and rain were threatening a little, but thankfully held off (except for a brief rain squall shortly after the ceremony ended.)

Bow Lake Elopement Film

Cigars and Family Photos

With the ceremony over, Jonathan went straight into family photos. We like to film some behind-the-scenes stuff during this time, without interfering. This is really the photographer’s show, but we still capture some great footage that helps paint a picture of the day. Evan broke out some cigars, sharing them with his and Mimi’s family members.

Mimi and Evan were going to be spending some more time later with Jonathan at Lake Minnewanka near the town of Banff, so we had asked to take lead for the hour after the ceremony in order to capture some creative footage. We filmed the happy couple along the beach, trail, and nearby forest at Bow Lake.

Banff wedding video

Banff Elopement Videographer | Dream Day Films
Photography | Jonathan Tieh
Venue | Banff National Park
Accommodations | Charltons
Wedding Coordinator | Aimsley Braun of Julianne Young Weddings

Music | “Greatest Love” by Generdyn, licensed through MusicBed

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