Arranging videography for their wedding has helped quite a few couples adapt their plans this year, allowing them to share their special day with people they couldn’t invite. That’s what Mandy and Dalton decided to do for their Banff elopement. They’d originally planned a wedding for February of 2020, but had no choice but to reschedule with the arrival of the pandemic.
Plan B. A few months went by, and then to complicate matters Mandy discovered she was expecting! Still determined to get married, they began looking for a new date, hoping to still invite all of the people they know and love. To hold a beautiful summer event. They settled on July, but soon enough it became clear that restrictions hadn’t sufficiently eased to hold such a big wedding. And so it was on to Plan C. The most obvious solution was a Banff elopement. With only a few people able to attend their wedding, this made perfect sense.
Alberta has some of the most amazing and beautiful mountain scenery in the world. The perfect location for an elopement. But how to make it truly special? A creative thinker, Mandy had seen a few videos of helicopters delivering couples to the tops of mountains. Why not try that? Alpine Helicopters in Canmore has it down to a science.
Helicopter Wedding Cancelled
Of course, the one downside to elopements is that you won’t have all of your friends and family there with you. For their Banff elopement, Mandy and Dalton only planned to have their parents in attendance. They still wanted to be able to share their experience, plus blow everyone away with the extra-cool helicopter mountaintop wedding factor. Videography for weddings has come a long way in recent years, with much better image quality, sound, and most importantly, storytelling. Mandy had seen one of our wedding videos that featured a helicopter tour, and contacted us to see if we’d be interested in capturing their wedding memories as wedding videographer. Of course! You had us at “helicopter wedding.”
A gorgeous fall day dawned in early October, with warm chinook bringing in mild air from the coast. Mandy and Dalton were getting ready at a townhouse in Canmore, excited for the mountaintop wedding to come. Unfortunately, as people living on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains know all too well, chinooks also bring strong westerly winds.
Mid-morning, Mandy received word from Alpine Helicopters that local peaks were experiencing near hurricane-force winds. Sadly, all helicopter flights in the area were grounded. So disappointing! Alpine Helicopters was kind enough to offer their heliport and one of their helicopters as a location for a First Look. After that emotional moment, Mandy and Dalton had to come up with Plan D. A Banff elopement!
The New Plan – A Banff Elopement
In their original wedding schedule, after Mandy and Dalton had finished their mountaintop wedding, they planned to go with their photographer Chelsea Pope to Moraine Lake for wedding photos. Mandy asked us if we’d be willing to go there with them and film their elopement ceremony lakeside. We quickly agreed. Moraine Lake is a stunning location. Surely one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. And so, Mandy and Dalton, their parents, photographer, and the Dream Day wedding videography team left Canmore and travelled deeper into the mountains, heading for gorgeous Moraine Lake.
The closer we got to Moraine Lake, the more apparent it became that the weather there wasn’t ideal either. Not really surprising for October high in the Rocky Mountains. Chilly, with some light showers. Fortunately the rain stopped and the clouds created beautiful soft light for Mandy and Dalton’s lakeside ceremony, conducted by wedding commissioner Martha McCallum.
A quick champagne toast, some snacks thoughtfully provided by Martha, then off for the creative photo and video session at Moraine Lake and at nearby Lake Louise. Congratulations to Dalton and Mandy!
Music: “Started With You” by CHPTRS, licensed through MusicBed