The idea for this styled shoot was born out of a mutual love for hiking of a couple of befriended vendors in the Vancouver wedding industry. For many Vancouverites, the outdoor lifestyle is a big part of who they are. So our team wanted to show couples that it’s possible to have the ultimate adventurous elopement: hike to a remote mountain location to tie the knot.
Of course, there are some practical challenges, but here are some tips to get started and information on how we pulled it off.
When choosing your location, know your limits! Choose a spot that is realistic to reach within a certain time frame and keep in mind you’ll bring more weight than usual. A lot of people love the outdoors, so it’s certainly possible to find an active officiant and a photographer (and/or videographer) that are willing to join you on your trip. Just know that not every wedding professional might be up for it and that there can be an added costs for the time spent hiking.
In the case of our shoot, we chose the beautiful First Peak of Mt. Seymour Provincial Park. This hike is a 7km round trip with a total of 5oom elevation gain. We were a little surprised to find snow in June but came prepared for all circumstances.
Never skip the regular safety precautions you’d take when going out for a mountain hike! Bring enough water and food, make sure someone knows where you are going, and don’t forget your first aid kit.
The hair and makeup artist for our shoot, Amber Rodan, was prepared for the challenge! She had to ensure we were not only protecting our models (and real-life couple) Meghan and Drew from the sun, but she also made sure Meghan’s makeup would cover up some redness and not budge.
To do this, she started with skin prep, one of the most important steps to any makeup application. She placed a Dermalogica’s Precleanse on a dry cotton pad, one of her favourite products to fully remove any leftover makeup, excess oils, while also de-clogging pores. She also opted for the Dermalogica UltraCalming mist, which not only hydrates dry, sensitive and redness-prone skin, it also helps to reduce redness by 30% within 30 minutes!
How perfect for Meghan to use as she hiked up the mountain. The artist then topped her off with a moisturizer with SPF 50 to ensure she was protected from the harsh sun rays. The makeup had a light, feminine look with a dewy skin texture using high quality, non-toxic and cruelty-free products, finishing with a setting mist to hold the natural minerals in place. We also took some powder and mist just in case it’d be necessary to freshen up the look on top of the mountain.
For Meghan’s hair, Amber constructed a loose low bun with various sections twisted and pinned back for texture and added structure so it would stay put as she climbed. Because all her hair was set first, as she moved up to the top, any pieces that came undone looked perfectly planned and effortless. This is a great Summer look for any occasion!
Drew also had some redness to conceal. He received an application of light layers of concealer and powders. She finished off his look with the same Ultracalming setting mist to reduce any redness that developed during the hike.