Two Jack Lake Wedding Video

American Couple Elopes at Two Jack Lake

Brian used to tease his best friend about introducing him to his “hot sister.” Little did he know where it would lead. Not only would they meet, but in a few years they’d be travelling to Banff for an elopement at Two Jack Lake.

The Team:

Cinematography | Dream Day Films
Photography | Magnifik Photography
Planner | Something New Weddings Banff
Officiant | Aydin Odyakmaz
Makeup Artist & Salon | Mountain Beauties
Florist | Willow Flower Company

Getting Ready at Rundlestone Lodge in Banff

Rather than having a big wedding, Amy and Brian decided they would travel to the Canadian Rocky Mountains and have an elopement at Two Jack Lake. They’re an active couple who love adventure. Amy is a bit of a team sports fanatic and is a skilled soccer player. Brian is more into individual sports. Not only does he work as a bicycle repair technician, but he also races mountain bikes competitively. In fact, for their honeymoon they planned to go to Whistler B.C. to take advantage of the trails.

We began the day capturing video of Amy and Brian getting ready at the Rundlestone Lodge, right in the town of Banff. Because Brian didn’t have a separate place to get dressed, and didn’t want to see Amy on his wedding day, the staff were kind enough to lend a room. Much better than the changing room he’d initially planned to use. We filmed him getting ready and then his video interview. Elopements are like that sometimes. A little bit of improvisation is often needed. We filmed Amy getting ready and her video interview in her room.

Elopement at Two Jack Lake

Brian left the hotel first and headed across the Bow valley to wait for Amy with the wedding planner, Danielle of Something New Banff. We provided the transportation for her and departed about 15 minutes after Brian. Because there was just the two of them, they didn’t plan to have a separate First Look. That would take place as an organic part of their elopement at Two Jack Lake.

From the point of view of a wedding videographer, the biggest challenge we saw was the wind. It turned out to be a very breezy day in Banff. Strong wind can create havoc with audio recordings, so we decided to make use of “dead cats” (small fuzzy windscreens) on our mics. Nothing can ruin video faster than bad sound. Thankfully, as always, the dead cats did the job and we had good, clean audio.

Photo/Video Creative Session at Lake Minnewanka

The Province of Alberta mandates a specific set of vows for civil ceremonies. Amy and Brian both decided to also exchange vows they’d written themselves. Or rather, that Amy had written herself. Brian is a more spontaneous kind of guy, and chose instead to speak from the heart. With the ceremony over, and the couple pronounced as married, we teamed up with Emilia of Magnifik Photography for a creative photo/video session.

We began at Two Jack Lake, of course, then moved down the road a little ways to Lake Minnewanka. Crowds were minimal, so we found a few good spots to get some beautiful video footage with Amy and Brian. The goal was to try and capture them amid the amazing scenery, but also to show a little bit of their personality. We try to make the video footage as authentic to them and their personalities as possible. The wind was still a factor, but more for trying to manage wildly flying hair than for sound. The nice part was that it made it much easier to get epic shots of Amy’s dress flying.

Showing Video at a Reception Back Home

Something that we see quite often for elopements and smaller destination weddings is that couple’s want to show their wedding video back home. Usually a wedding reception or some other type of gathering is planned. That was the case with Amy and Brian, who requested to have their video ready in a few weeks. We were happy to oblige, and apparently it went over very well with their guests. Congrats to Amy and Brian!

Elopement at Two Jack Lake

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