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She got her dream mountain wedding

Sometimes changes to wedding plans forced by pandemic restrictions can work out for the best. Nancy and Rhett had planned a big wedding in Medicine Hat that simply couldn’t happen. Not wanting to wait to being their married life, this happy couple pivoted to a Tunnel Mountain Banff elopement for their wedding plans. And that’s how Nancy got the small mountain wedding she’d always dreamed of.

A Change of Plans

Nancy and Rhett met while they both lived in Edmonton. They enjoyed a few blissful years together, living in a eclectic loft-style apartment, before moving to Medicine Hat for work. With both having a large cohort of friends and family, planning a big wedding was a given. And then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. All the careful planning went out the window.

And so began a series of ideas and plans, including the possibility of a small backyard wedding. But Nancy and Rhett knew they still wanted to do something special to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. A way of turning the crushing disappointment of a pandemic cancellation into a positive.

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A Tunnel Mountain Banff Elopement

Nancy confessed to us that secretly she’d always wanted to have a small mountain wedding. The problem was that with the number of friends and size of family they had to invite, it simply wasn’t possible to have the kind of intimate affair she dreamed of. With COVID restrictions easing somewhat toward the end of the summer of 2020, a mountain wedding entered the realm of the possible. And the good news was, a restriction of 50  guests meant they could still invite a good number of people to attend.

And so Nancy and Rhett began planning their Tunnel Mountain Banff elopement for early October 0f 2020. Although “elopement” should probably be in quotes. The wide open plateau of the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir and natural ventilation of fresh air meant that they could still have a good number of guests, while still carefully observing the necessary health precautions.

Wedding party in Canmore

Getting Ready at the Solara Resort

And so Nancy and Rhett began planning their Tunnel Mountain Banff elopement for early October 0f 2020. Although “elopement” should probably be in quotes. The wide open plateau of the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir and natural ventilation of fresh air meant that they could still have a good number of guests while observing the necessary health precautions.

The morning of their wedding began at the beautiful Solara Resort in Canmore, with Nancy and Rhett getting ready in separate buildings and rooms. Ample food was provided for the family and wedding party cohort they’d brought along, and Nancy and Rhett presented gifts to everyone.

Canmore First Look

First Look in Canmore

The morning of their wedding began at the beautiful Solara Resort in Canmore, with Nancy and Rhett getting ready in separate buildings and rooms. Ample food was provided for the family and wedding party cohort they’d brought along, and Nancy and Rhett presented gifts to everyone.

From there it was off to the town centre in Canmore, and the old bridge over the Bow River, (now converted to a walking/cycling bridge) for their First Look. Always one of the most emotional moments of any wedding day. Together, they placed a lock on the bridge, then joined the rest of their wedding party for a photo/video creative session nearby.

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Wedding Ceremony at Tunnel Mountain

Nancy and Rhett both had very fond memories of their time together living in their Edmonton loft. They’d seen the 4296 Restaurant in Canmore on a prior visit and it had a vibe that made them nostalgic for their old loft. So prior to their ceremony they joined their wedding party there for some photos, a little video, and time relaxing with a few drinks. 

October weddings in the mountains always bring uncertain weather, and as the day wore on it became increasingly clear that the fair skies weren’t going to hold. The winds picked up significantly and dark clouds menaced in the west. Fortunately, the rain held off until the ceremony had ended, and Nancy and Rhett were able to tie the knot in their dream mountain location!

Tunnel Mountain Banff elopement wedding video

Banff Elopement Videographer | Dream Day Films
Photography | Shae Photography
Venue | Tunnel Mountain, Banff
Accommodations | Solara Resort
Hair & Makeup | Julia Joy Makeup Artistry

Music | “Breathing Smoke (With Oohs and Ahhs) – Instrumental” by Natalie Woods, licensed through MusicBed

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