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KELLY SZOTT PHOTOGRAPHY | ALBERTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BRISTISH COLUMBIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANADA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY | ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION | SHOULD WE ELOPE | ELOPE IN THE MOUNTAINS | ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS | KANANSKIS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BANFF ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANMORE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JASPER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KICKING HORSE RESORT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | WATERTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENTS | MORAINE LAKE ELOPEMENT | LAKE LOUISE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAINS | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA | HOW TO ELOPE IN CANADA

So you think you would like to elope in the Infamous Rocky Mountains of Alberta, but you are wondering how to do so; well this is the right place for you to be! I have photographed weddings and elopements all over Western Canada, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, but these mountains I call home are one of my favorite places! You can't beat the majesty of the Canadian Rockies (psst, they are bigger than the older Rockies of the US states they trail down into!) and I spent my childhood playing, camping, hiking, and horseback riding in them! ;)

 

Hundreds of thousands of people travel from across the country, and the world, to visit these iconic mountains and their breathtaking views! You can immerse yourself in adorable mountain towns with their delicious craft breweries, hot springs, and gourmet food but still explore to the top of mountains, see epic waterfalls, and whisper your vows next to a serene mountain lake, the iconic greeny-blue Alberta‘s lakes are famous for (IE: Moraine Lake). I would challenge you to take one step, one turn and not find an incredibly stunning view before your eyes!

If you need more, check out 5 Reasons Why You Should Elope in the Alberta Rockies

 
 
 

How to Elope in the Alberta Rockies

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KELLY SZOTT PHOTOGRAPHY | ALBERTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BRISTISH COLUMBIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANADA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY | ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION | SHOULD WE ELOPE | ELOPE IN THE MOUNTAINS | ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS | KANANSKIS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BANFF ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANMORE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JASPER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KICKING HORSE RESORT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | WATERTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENTS | MORAINE LAKE ELOPEMENT | LAKE LOUISE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAINS | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA | HOW TO ELOPE IN CANADA

 

When is Ideal to Elope in the Alberta Rocky Mountains?

Summer, Fall or Winter Landscapes?

Ideally to begin planning your Elopement you need to pick a date and now you are faced with which season you should choose. Well it’s all about what you as a couple prefer and the activities you like to do. Are you hikers and paddle-boarders, or do you prefer to snowboard down a snowy slope slipping between the trees coated in powdery white; maybe you like the larches and the cooler weather of Autumn without the cold and snow to deal with?

Summer - I would book June through Mid-September

Fall - Mid September to Mid-October

Winter - End of October all the way through to April

Spring - April to May (although in the rockies the weather is so unpredictable and it may still be snowy with frozen lakes in April and even May)

 

Avoid weekends and opt for a weekday Elopement.

The Canadian Rockies are a HUGE tourist attraction and can be absolutely NUTS, crawling with people on weekends. I highly recommend, to make your elopement day go smoothly with the utmost of privacy and easy access to spots, you choose a weekday. It’s also easier to find vendors and traffic traveling through the mountains will be less congested and stressful.

 

Time of Day?

 

If you ask me, I will tell you to choose the Golden Hour every time!!! Sunrise or Sunset offers the absolute best light of the entire day and that’s how I create dreamy photos! It’s up to you which you prefer.

 

Sunrise - Getting Ready in the wee hours of the night/morning, hiking up in the dark (with headlamps), saying your vows as the first rays of light pop over the horizon and then we are out of there before the tourists show up.

 

Sunset - We hike up to time it so we are there 90 min before the sun slips away for the day and you say your vows while the day fades away, hiking down in the dark (with headlamps). This option means we may have to do some portraits in the afternoon or early evening at another location at base altitude as our time on top of the mountain is limited by the sun setting.

 

Not hiking but hiring a Helicopter? Well then you choose which time you prefer and we make that happen as the flight is typically only 5-20 minutes to a picturesque spot and we don’t waste hours hiking. ;)

 

KELLY SZOTT PHOTOGRAPHY | ALBERTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BRISTISH COLUMBIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANADA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY | ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION | SHOULD WE ELOPE | ELOPE IN THE MOUNTAINS | ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS | KANANSKIS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BANFF ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANMORE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JASPER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KICKING HORSE RESORT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | WATERTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENTS | MORAINE LAKE ELOPEMENT | LAKE LOUISE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAINS | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA | HOW TO ELOPE IN CANADA

 

Where to Elope in the Alberta Rocky Mountains?

Choosing a Ceremony Location

You may already have an idea of where you want to elope in the Rocky Mountains, but you also might have chosen the backdrop but not really know where you actually want to go. That’s okay because that’s what I am for; a resource in the area!

  • Are you planning to stay in a mountain town and make that a part of your day (ie: spending some time there as well as your ceremony site)? Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Waterton are just a couple amazing mountain towns Alberta has to offer.
  • Are you wanting to hike? Take a helicopter? Canoe in a mountain lake? Have your dogs join you? Ride Horses?
  • Are you seeking summit views atop a mountain? A quiet spot beside a lake or river? Forest, or open views?
  • Are you having any guests and what do we need to consider for accessibility with those guests?

All of these questions help me to understand your desires for your day, but also location options can really depend on the answers to these questions.

Click here for my favorite sunrise elopement high above Lake Louise for an idea of alpine views high above one of the world’s most stunning lakes!

Check out a heli-elopement in the Nordegg area!

Places to Stay

Banff, Canmore, & Jasper are my three favorite mountain towns within the Alberta Border (British Columbia, aka BC, is another post) to stay in and all 3 offer amazing Hotels and some Airbnbs. My favorite AirBnb is in Canmore, The Canmore Loft, and the hosts are amazing! I love the Malcolm Hotel in Canmore as well. For Banff you can super glam and stay the Fairmont Banff Springs, or my personal fave to stay at is at the Mount Royal Hotel, located right on the mainstreet of Banff in the heart of it all! As for Jasper, check out the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, or Mount Robson Inn

 

KELLY SZOTT PHOTOGRAPHY | ALBERTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BRISTISH COLUMBIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANADA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY | ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION | SHOULD WE ELOPE | ELOPE IN THE MOUNTAINS | ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS | KANANSKIS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BANFF ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANMORE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JASPER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KICKING HORSE RESORT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | WATERTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENTS | MORAINE LAKE ELOPEMENT | LAKE LOUISE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAINS | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA | HOW TO ELOPE IN CANADA

 

What Activities to Include Besides Saying I Do?

You've already tossed the traditional rule book out by choosing to Elope so why stop there, you can literally fill your day with anything you want! ;)

  • Hike a mountain for sunrise
  • Take a Helicopter Ride to a Remote Mountain location (Rockies Heli Canada is my Go-To company on Abraham Lake for their exceptional customer service and Never-cancel-on-you policy)
  • Paddle-board on a mountain lake
  • Ride Horses through mountain trails (there's several guest ranches in the Rockies)
  • Visit a craft brewery
  • Dip in Hot Springs
  • Have a picnic in a meadow
  • Ride a Gondola and have dinner atop a mountain

This is just a tiny sampling of ideas, check out my full list of 100 Activities To Do When You Elope and get inspired to create your dream day! I am here to help you build a timeline that includes all that you want to do on your day (or possibly split over two days).

 

KELLY SZOTT PHOTOGRAPHY | ALBERTA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BRISTISH COLUMBIA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANADA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY | ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION | SHOULD WE ELOPE | ELOPE IN THE MOUNTAINS | ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS | KANANSKIS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | BANFF ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | CANMORE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | JASPER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | KICKING HORSE RESORT ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | WATERTON ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENTS | MORAINE LAKE ELOPEMENT | LAKE LOUISE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA ROCKY MOUNTAINS | HOW TO ELOPE IN ALBERTA | HOW TO ELOPE IN CANADA

 
What Should you Bring along?
 
The mountains can be a formidable place and the weather has a mind of it's own; it can throw winter at you on a summer day, if it chooses. So you not only need to be prepared for your Elopement itself, but being in the mountains has it's own set of things required to be safe and warm. I always provide my couples with a comprehensive list before their elopement, depending on the season, the activities and the location, but here is a general list:
  • Marriage license (If you are doing all the legal bits on your Elopement Day)
  • Pen
  • Proper footwear - either good hiking boots with traction or a hiking runner designed for trails
  • Layers ( leggings under dresses, warm socks, jackets) and gloves/head covering (ie toques/beanies)
  • Headlamps or a flashlight that is NOT your phone
  • Compass (you don't want to get lost if we were separated for any reason)
  • Trail map downloaded for offlline use
  • A sturdy backapack for carrying all that you need
  • Hand & feet warmers
  • Water!!!
  • Bear Spray (I bring mine, but if we get separated you are going to want yours as well - there are bears and mountain lions that you may need to protect yourself against)
  • Champagne or your celebratory beverage of choice
  • Blanket, for warmth and a picnic or snack break
  • Poloroid Camera - to document silly moments and they are just super fun

 

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Legal, or Not?

Whether you want the marriage license and to make it all official on your wedding day, or you just want to worry about the legal part later (or before) and spend the day focused on you two without witnesses and officiants is totally your choice. I am not here to tell you which is better because it's up to you what is important. There are officiants I can recommend and they will come along to legally marry you (so you will need an Alberta Marriage License) or I am thinking about getting "ordained" to legally do it so that you don't have to consider bringing along another person; we can find witnesses on the trail or in town to sign the marriage license for you. You can also bring a few family and friends and one of them can get authorized to legally marry you as well. But you can even choose to get legally married in a simple ceremony in your home town or the town you stay in on a different day and we spend your elopement day focused just on you two and your love story! The choice is yours and I will help you with whatever you choose.

My favorite Alberta Officiants who are also Inclusive (I only support Inclusive officiants even if you are a cis couple):

 

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Just remember....

You chose to Elope because you love adventure, you are not into the big party and a lot of attention on yourself and you wanted an EPIC experience instead of just the same old wedding you've attended over the years. Alberta has some of the most INCREDIBLE landscapes to offer you as a backdrop and so many activities that you can add into your day to really make it unique and special to you!! I want you To have the best day and focus on all the little moments, the tears, the laughter, the anticipation and the adventure, and Alberta is my playground; my backyard; my home base; so I know that I can help you have the most spectacular day here!

If you think we might make a great fit for your Elopement in the Alberta Rocky Mountains then shoot me a message and LET'S CHAT!

ELOPING IN THE ROCY MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN CANADA?

I have 13 years experience in shooting weddings in the mountains and around Alberta & British Columbia. I have grown up and played in the mountains of both provinces, so if you are eloping in the Canadian Rockies I would love to come along on your adventure and help tell your love story through images!!

If you love adventure and exploring, sunrises or sunsets, the mountains or the ocean, I'm your girl! I live for telling couple's love stories and I'd love to tell yours!!

Let's connect so that we can start planning the Elopement of your dreams whether it's just the two of you or your intimate select group of loved ones you want there with you!

In Their Own Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I couldn’t agree more! I want to believe that my work speaks for itself; I hope it does. But what may speak even louder, are the words my clients have to share about their experiences working with me. Here are their words:

 

Remember...

You have chosen to ditch what everyone else is doing and elope! You are an adventurer and you don't need a lot of stress ruining your celebration.  That's where I come in...


 All THE DEETS HERE!

No matter where or how big or small your elopement is, I promise to capture every important moment, every look, every touch, every kiss, every laugh, and every tear. I promise to not just photograph your elopement, but to tell the story of your love within the greater context of the place and even the people with whom you choose to celebrate. I have a few elopement photography packages that can work for every couple's vision of their perfect day. Let’s talk!

CONTACT ME!

Wedding And Engagement FAQs:

You will receive your gallery 4-12 weeks after your wedding. It is an extensive process to edit your photos and I don’t want to rush. And I am still shooting other weddings and sessions that limit my time in front of the computer as well.

No problem. I often stay 30-60min longer if needed without demanding more money or saying I am done and leaving. I am flexible and adaptable and I understand that things happen and you might need me a little longer; that's okay! I never leave without checking with the couple to make sure there's nothing we missed.

HELLS YES! I am an animal lover so you are only making my day more perfect by adding your beloved animal to your event and photos! They are family too; how can I say no?

Yes!I love couples’ boudoir sessions, so let's do it. We can do it in my studio, rent a hotel room and you can have a date night after I leave, or let’s seek out a secluded outdoor location outside away from peeping eyes!

Illustrate Your Story

Illustrate Your Story

If you have a story to tell, I can help you do that. I create beautiful, dynamic, honest, vulnerable, and powerful images of personal stories, love stories, and yes… horse stories! Let me illustrate your stories with images that tell the truth and give a glimpse into the heart of who you are. Email me at kelly@kellyszott.com and let’s take a journey together.

 

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