Another elopement + couple that took my breath away!! I have a sneaky feeling you'll feel the same way too. Sawyer & Steve eloped in a lakeside open air chapel in the Okanagan Valley. We were so lucky that no active fires were burning in Kelowna. The sky was a clear gorgeous blue, as was the lake behind us. They opted to only have immediate family present. With no more than 10 guests, it was intimate and intentional. The couple also chose not to have any getting ready photos, and for no first-look. You could see so clearly how excited and emotional Steve was while waiting for the ceremony to start. Sawyer's dad has passed away, so she walked herself down the aisle — with her dad's wedding band on her bouquet. Such a beautiful nod to him.
The ceremony was emotional for everyone, and the couple's joy was palpable. They kept it short and sweet so they could enjoy a few cheers and glasses of local bubbly. They spent some quality time with their loved ones, and then the couple and myself took a 45 minute helicopter tour to an alpine mountaintop for their sunset portraits. The flight itself was really special, seeing so many gorgeous lakes, glaciers and endless acres of forest. When the pilot flew us around their landing spot, I got chills. Even as a professional photographer, it was pretty hard to do justice to the 360 degree view we had. We landed on one of the highest peaks in the area, with alpine lakes, glaciers and dizzying drops everywhere we looked. As a photographer who regularly bumps into things and trips while I'm shooting — I was both excited and terrified. We didn't have very long to shoot up there, so we made the most of it as the sun went down. Of course we finished up with some fun paparazzi vibe shots in the parking lot. If you didn't already know: sometimes - the location is everything, while other times - it doesn't matter at all.
I hope you love these shots as much as I do — 🥰