There is just something about the mountains that bring such a beautiful, peaceful feeling to any wedding.
They are so majestic and create the perfect natural backdrop for photos!
We absolutely adore shooting in the mountains, whether it be Jasper, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise… anywhere really!
So here are a few tips if you are planning a mountain wedding:
1) Visit the mountains prior to your wedding– hike around, drive around & see if there are places that speak to you!
Go off the beaten path! Find beautiful areas for photos that are secluded & private.
Pro tip: Want EPIC images that are FAR off the beaten path? Hire out a helicopter to take you to the mountain tops!
2) Budget lots of time for photos! The little mountain towns in the summer can be quite busy with tourists! So ensure you have left enough travel time & time for photos, as you won’t want to feel rushed!
3) Consider having a long veil. The mountains can be a touchy windy at times, but that can create such stunning veil images!
4) Wear the shoes you want to for the ceremony, but afterwards, I recommend wearing a pair of comfy hoes that you are able to walk easily in (especially if going up mountain paths)
5) Get one with nature! Having an abundance of florals with a mountain wedding is the PERFECT combination! Thinks big beautiful bouquets, floral crowns, floral wreaths on a canoe – all these help create the photos you have always wanted!
6) When deciding on the placement of your ceremony, we recommend having the sunlight behind you for the best images, this helps to prevent shadows. We know this can’t always be helped, but if you are deciding to have your wedding in an open mountain meadow/field, go to that same location at the the same time you will be having your wedding to see what the sun will be like & have the sun behind the minister (so the sun will be facing the guests). Or ensure where you and your groom will be standing is nice and shady with no odd shadows on you.
7) Bring a bag in your travelling vehicle and include: lots of water, comfy shoes, bobby pins, makeup (to touch it up), a granola bar/snack & a charger for your phone.
8) Consider having a first look and all your wedding photos done prior to the ceremony.
This is a great option to not keep guests waiting. Having a late afternoon ceremony (which is better lighting-5:00pm) and your reception starting at 6:30 is a great timeline. You can do all your wedding party/formal portraits prior to the ceremony and not feel rushed, especially when driving to different photo locations.
After the ceremony, family photos could take place & a couple more bride & groom photos as well (while guests enjoy some cocktails) and then it leads right into the reception.
9) Wanting to have a gorgeous wedding but thats more intimate? Consider eloping to the mountains with just either you two, or your closest family/friends.
Not having to host a large wedding allows you to splurge in other ways! You can still have a darling reception/dinner with your loved ones too! Contact us for to discuss your elopement!
10) Plan for unusual weather! Sometimes the mountains throw you curve balls, so ensure you pack clear umbrellas just incase it decides to rain! Also keep in mind that sunset happens a bit earlier because the sun is hides behind the mountains sooner!
You are getting married in some of the most beautiful places on planet earth, the rocky mountains! No matter what, your day is going to be amazing!
Planning a mountain wedding?
Well you are in luck, we LOVE mountain weddings/elopements!
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