Elopement Inspiration

The inspiration for this session was wanting an elopement to be as close to nature as possible while still being incredibly beautiful in a location that could really be almost anywhere in Northwestern North America. All vendors except for Le Chateau and Birkenstock are small locally owned businesses. 

A little more backstory: 

So I photographed this couple's real wedding back in March.  Sid (Charles) is Canadian, but Natalie (Rachel) is German and their wedding was not only a showing of their love, but also the official union to allow Natalie to immigrate.  They were pretty tight on money for their real wedding day, and to top it off, Sid got a tooth infection a couple of days before the wedding that made his face swell up.  Naturally this made it hard for me to get the pictures we wanted of Sid, as we were trying to minimize the look of his very swollen face.  I even commented the day before the wedding that if his face was too swollen that we could redo their bridal photos when he was feeling better.  

So fast forward to planning this shoot.  I knew that these two would be the perfect candidates for our models, and it would be the perfect opportunity to get those photos we had missed out on because of Sid's infection.  It was also the perfect chance for Natalie to have her hair and makeup done the way she would have wanted for her wedding if they had had a little bit of extra money to play with!

Also, all of the flowers in this session were grown 20 minutes from our shoot location, which I'm sure you know is pretty rare and awesome for flowers like these in Canada.

~ Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer, Innocent Thunder Photography

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