2020 has been quite the year for weddings. For many couples, it’s been a stressful time filled with uncertainty and doubt. In late winter and early spring, cancellations and postponements quickly became the norm. Restrictions put in place to quell the COVID-19 pandemic made larger weddings impossible. Even smaller weddings were affected. Terina and Quinn come from Manitoba, and were naturally concerned whether or not the Kananaskis elopement they had scheduled for June would go ahead. We were going to be their wedding videographers.
Fortunately, things started easing up a little as summer approached. Terina and Quinn decided to take a chance. They crossed their fingers and headed west! Manitoba hadn’t seen too many cases of the virus, but Alberta had become a bit of a hot spot in Canada. With things changing week by week, they weren’t sure what would happen.
We were a little concerned too. Most of our 2020 weddings had been rescheduled for 2021. The last thing we wanted was for Terina and Quinn to travel all this way, only to be disappointed. Fortunately the limits on size of gatherings didn’t affect their “micro-wedding”, and so they were able to bring along immediate family too. The Dream Day team had managed to stay healthy, so everything was a go!
The venue was the amazingly scenic Upper Spray Lakes in Kananskis, so we were pretty stoked to be filming there. Terina and Quinn are an adventurous couple, so naturally they had hired Afton and Liam of Film & Forest Photography. Which of course meant the day would include going half-way up a mountain in grizzly bear country!
Filming outdoor weddings in the Canadian Rockies presents some unique challenges. And not just the bears. The weather can change quickly, and there is often wind blowing, which can play havoc with audio for videographers. And of course there is the additional problem of carrying video equipment up a mountainside after several months of getting out of shape while sitting at home during a pandemic…
Wedding Videographers | Dream Day Films
Photographers | Film & Forest Photography
Venue | Upper Spray Lakes, Kananaskis
Hair | Botega Salon & Gallery
Florist | Banff Mountaintop Flowers
Music: “Midwest Magic” by John Tibbs, licensed via Select Music Library