2020 has been quite the year for weddings. Adventure loving couple Terina and Quinn come from Manitoba, and were naturally concerned whether or not their June Kananaskis elopement could go ahead.
A Pandemic Lockdown
For many engaged couples planning a wedding, 2020 became a year suddenly filled with stress, uncertainty, and doubt. In late winter and early spring, cancellations and postponements became the norm. Wedding after wedding was cancelled or postponed due to restrictions put in place to quell the COVID-19 pandemic. Larger weddings became impossible.
An adventurous couple who love the outdoors, Terina and Quinn badly wanted to get married in the stunning mountains of the Canadian Rockies. So they began making plans for a Kananaskis elopement. Still a risk, as at the time even elopements and micro weddings weren’t permitted under the restrictions brought in to stop the spread of the virus.
Wanting to share their adventure with friends and family who couldn’t attend, Terina and Quinn decided to engage the services of a wedding videographer. After searching online, they decided they liked our story first approach to wedding films. Making these plans still entailed some risk, with no indication yet that restrictions would be eased in time for their mountain wedding.
Taking a Chance on a Mountain Elopement
Fortunately, as summer approached the rate of infection slowed and the government began ending some of the more severe restrictions on businesses and gatherings. Still no big weddings allowed, but elopements could go ahead as long as the pandemic stayed under control. Terina and Quinn 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, there were no guarantees a lockdown couldn’t happen again on short notice.
We were a little concerned too. The majority of our 2020 weddings had been rescheduled until 2021, and a number of others completely cancelled. The last thing we wanted was for Terina and Quinn to travel all this way, only to be disappointed. Of course, they probably felt that even if the worst happened, they’d still have the experience of another trip to the amazing Rocky Mountains!
Fortunately the limits on size of gatherings didn’t affect their “micro-wedding”, and so Terina and Quinn decided to bring along immediate family. The wedding venue for their ceremony would be the scenic Upper Spray Lake in Kananskis. so we were pretty stoked to be filming there! The Dream Day team had managed to stay healthy, so everything was a go.
Kananaskis Elopement at Upper Spray Lake
At Upper Spray Lake, a rocky spit appears when the water level is low, providing a beautiful scenic location and gorgeous mountain backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Terina and Quinn had chosen to exchange personal vows, with Patrick Smiley officiating on a warm, sunny spring day.
Once the ceremony had ended, it was time to go up a mountain! Terina and Quinn love hiking and exploring wilderness, so naturally they had hired Afton and Liam of Film & Forest Photography, who are really the best at adventure wedding photography. Which naturally meant the day would include going to the top of a mountain in grizzly bear country!
Terina and Quinn quickly changed into hiking apparel, packed up their wedding dress and suit, and bidding farewell to their families, began the climb up Mount Indefatigable. We captured some amazing post-ceremony footage of the pair of them high up on a ridge overlooking the two Spray Lakes. And so their pandemic Kananaskis elopement worked out in the end!
Kananaskis Elopement Videographers | Dream Day Films
Photographers | Film & Forest Photography
Venue | Upper Spray Lake, Kananaskis
Officiant | Patrick Smiley Marriage Commissioner
Hair | Botega Salon & Gallery
Florist | Banff Mountaintop Flowers
Music: “Midwest Magic” by John Tibbs, licensed via Select Music Library