Renée & Barrett drove all the way from the Northwest Territories to elope at Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake was a total winter wonderland and we had a gorgeous soft snowfall as we played around the frozen lake. One of the things that I love about elopements is that couples can really personalize their day and be spontaneous because they don't have to worry about redirecting guests. Renée and Barrett included thoughtful details from their relationship into their day which made it really memorable. One of the things that was important to the couple was including music because their relationship has involved sending songs to one another when they were apart and dancing with each other when they were reunited. They had stayed at musician Leo Downey's Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch in the past and they had asked if Leo would be willing to play at their wedding. Leo said yes and as Renée & Barrett walked down the aisle Leo sang a song the couple has danced to dozens of times, a song that Leo learned specifically for their wedding. It was really moving. What I loved was when Renée & Barrett walked up to their officiant they paused the ceremony to dance together while Leo sang. It was an unexpected and beautiful moment.

I love that Renée & Barrett helped each other get ready and walked each other down the aisle!

Renée and Barrett came prepared with warm blankets to cuddle up in and a thermos of hot tea. The handmade mugs were from a potter in the town where they met. They love drinking tea so it was fitting to have that be a part of their wedding day.


Hello my name is Kirstie and I am a wedding photographer who specializes in photographing weddings & elopements in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise & Emerald Lake. I’ve been photographing mountain weddings since 2004 and feel very lucky to call this place home. I live in Canmore with my husband Kevin and our 2 rescue dogs Leroy & Mabel.