Sarah + Thierry and their parents flew out from Quebec for this beautiful and intimate Helicopter elopement in Banff National Park. Here is more about the day in their own words…
When we started planning our wedding, ideally, we wanted something outside, but with the weather in Montreal (where we live), you never know, so you need to find somewhere with both a beautiful outside setting and a beautiful inside room. We thought of renting a hotel/lodge and having a full week-end celebration complete with outside games for people to mingle, but again, we were completely dependent on the weather. We couldn’t find anything that felt like us in Quebec. Also, it felt like we would have wanted to please everyone and that it could never be perfect. It got so complicated at one point that we started joking that we should elope. Eventually, that thought crept in and we considered it seriously.
We asked ourselves what was the most important thing for us on our wedding day: the presence of our parents, whom we couldn’t imagine not being there, and good pictures documenting our big day. Since we love being outdoors, it felt natural to pick one of the nicest locations in Canada, Banff National Park, as the location to get married, since we knew we’d visit one day. Apparently, that didn’t feel natural to anyone except us because literally everyone who knew about our wedding asked us if 1. one of us comes from there 2. have we ever been, to which both answers are no.
Once that was decided, and we got our family onboard, we started planning. The first thing we did was start to research for photographers. I (the bride) started perusing the internet, blogs and whatnot to make a list of the ones I liked. I then ordered them according to my preferences and showed them to my now husband. Well, let’s just stay we stopped at my number 1 pick. As soon as he saw Abby and Dave’s work, he knew those were the photographers he wanted and didn’t even want to look at the other ones I had picked out. The composition of the pictures, the black and whites which we found powerful and their ability to capture the emotion has no equal. Our first skype meeting confirmed everything.
They were the ones who recommended us the officiant. At one point, we threw in the idea of taking a helicopter on our wedding day. My vision was to be surrounded by trees for the ceremony and get mountain views for our portraits. We didn’t find the exact ceremony location until the day before the wedding. We stumbled upon this clearing near the Castle junction with perfect views from Castle Mountain and we just knew this was the spot.
The whole day was perfect, all the vendors we picked were absolutely amazing to work with, we wouldn’t change a single thing, from me taking my morning tea outside our log cabin while getting ready, to the ceremony, the unplanned stop at a candy shop and the heli flight. Ok no. I would change a single thing: for those of you getting married in nature, do not put perfume on unless you want to be eaten alive by mosquitoes and horse flies! Still, I think our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. The intimacy of it made it really special, especially the readings of the vows, which was a really powerful moment. Sharing these words brought us closer to the genuine feelings we have for each other. When we read them now, it really brings us back to this moment. We hardly see how we could ever forget it, but the pictures will make sure we don’t! We are probably biased, but we feel like all our photographs are amazing. Abby and Dave caught every special moment even though some lasted like 2 seconds.
After our wedding we stayed for 2 weeks in the Rockies, including almost a week with our parents, which allowed us to create lasting memories.
If we had one advice for other couples, and we know that is what everyone says, but it’s true: take the time to reflect on what is important to you before you start planning your wedding. Friends and family always have certain expectations, but they will eventually come around ?