This is the story of four weddings. One was the start of a marriage. The other three, after months of detailed planning, were cancelled. They just didn’t happen. But all four were for the same couple, on the same day. And they were all epic heli elopement weddings near Banff National Park! Curious?
Our beautiful bride and groom flew from Hong Kong to Canada for their dream wedding on a mountaintop near Banff National Park. (To keep Banff National Park pretty and peaceful, you’re not allowed to actually fly within the Park. But Alpine Heli runs tours from Canmore, just outside the park gates, where the scenery is just as stunning.)
They brought us on board to plan their elopement and design the decor. And this is a great example of why a team who’s familiar with the area can be a lifesaver in the mountains: they know what to prepare for and always have a backup plan. Or, as in this case, four plans!
Yep, because of the… ahem… unpredictable weather in the mountains (see our October winter wonderland wedding for proof), we had to create four wedding timelines for the four different weather forecasts! All the plans had to be co-ordinated with eight different wedding vendors. Thankfully, our vendors were amazing and really flexible. I was so impressed with them! This heli elopement was one of the most logistically challenging weddings we’ve ever done. But I think it came together so well as everyone involved had the same goal – to give the bride and groom the day they dreamed of.
In the end we had to fly in the morning. We had arranged accommodation for the bride and groom at The Rimrock Resort Hotel. We had elegant and classic florals delivered. Hair and make-up met them there, and a chauffeured car brought them to the heli-port in Canmore, just outside Banff National Park. We had snacks and a picnic lunch waiting at the helicopter. They passed mountaintops, glaciers and lakes before being dropped off at 7,200 feet above sea level for their wedding ceremony. Then, just as a snowstorm was coming in fast, they flew back down as a married couple!
That evening we set up a private in-suite dining experience with a seven course tasting menu. And the next day (when the weather was decidedly better), they headed out around Banff for a day-after photo shoot. The photos are incredible, and really show the intimacy and connection between this new husband and wife.
It’s couples and experiences like this that have made us fall head over heals in love with elopements! If you’re thinking of eloping, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates for 2015 are filling up fast, but we’d love to chat.
Elopement Planning and Decor: Postcard Weddings & Events
Photography: Two Mann Studios
Videography: Mountain Wedding Video
Commissioner: Rick Kunelius
Helicopter Services: Alpine Heli
Florals: Willow Flower Company
Hair and Make-up: Jai Basi Studio
Ground Transportation: Highland Executive Chauffeur