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Peyto Lake Elopement, Banff National Park, AB // Daryl + Kathryn

Daryl + Kathryn’s Peyto Lake Elopement what a perfect day in the Canadian Rockies looks like. Daryl + Kathryn are two UK natives that now call Vancouver home. Being travellers at heart they decided to celebrate their nuptials with a road trip through the Canadian Rockies and said their “I do’s” in Banff National Park. Their ceremony was just Daryl, Kathryn, us two and Aydin – who is a fantastic celebrant for adventurous or mountain Heli weddings, you can find his contact details here.

I absolutely love capturing elopements and this was no exception, we had so much fun getting to know Daryl + Kathryn an there wasn’t one place that wasn’t worth stopping to take their portraits. With the weather being absolutely perfect the whole day was a wedding photographers dream.

We met Daryl + Kathryn at Peyto Lake for their ceremony. We hiked to a secluded spot for their intimate ceremony. Once the ceremony was done the fun really started and we continued to explore the Peyto Lake area for some scenic portraits. The sun was out so the lake looks incredibly blue.

Peyto Lake can be a tricky spot for an elopement as it is a super popular spot for tourists. If you’re planning a Peyto Lake elopement then I highly recommend a party of no bigger than 10 people and to make sure that all guests for your ceremony are able to walk up and down some rocky terrain. There is no seclusion at any of the lookouts so if you’re wanting an intimate mountain elopement then hiking is required. If you’re planning to visit the area in 2019 then unfortunately you may struggle as Peyto Lake is going to be closed while Parks Canada completed renovations on the car parks. I’ve seen first hand how busy the car park can be so it sucks that it will be closed but much needed!

Next we headed to Bow Lake for some more portraits during sunset. If you’re wanting a really rugged and scenic wedding then Bow lake has a super cute lodge called Num-ti-jah Lodge. Num-ti-jah could be a great option if you’re wanting a mountain elopement that is out of the way of tourists! Congratulations again Daryl + Kathryn, thanks so much for having us capture your elopement!

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