Outdoorsy Elopement in British Columbia

June 28, 2022
Outdoorsy Elopement in British Columbia

British Columbia Elopement

The Couple

Erika + Scott

The Elopement

“Truly two of the most kind, interesting and laid-back individuals I have met. You know those people who are complete strangers, but make you feel comfortable and connected in just moments? That’s Erika & Scott! They met in high school, but never connected romantically until many years later. After going their own ways, their paths crossed once again. This time with a spark and that brings us to their Myra Falls elopement. Their compatibility is tangible and they are really so fun to be around. Which explains why this is one of my favorite elopement days yet! I might be slightly biased because my husband, Mitch, got to come along as well. We spent the days before camping and hiking Bedwell Lake to Cream Lake! To make it even more special, it was in celebration of our anniversary! So was I on cloud nine from our own adventure or was this elopement actually the most magical thing ever?! I think it’s a little bit of both. While elopements are often a non-traditional way to celebrate your day, so many couples choose to incorporate some traditional wedding aspects. For Erika + Scott, that was spending the night before separately, a white dress and a first look! Erika spent the night in Campbell River, where she also got her hair and makeup done. I stopped by to pick her up and we headed to the falls! Their first look did have one little twist. This twist might be my favourite part of the day. Enter River, Erika + Scott’s adorable husky. They wanted River to be a part of their day, but Erika wanted her there specifically for the first look as well. And River had the most epic reaction to seeing Erika as a bride for the first time! Make sure you take time to really absorb all of the sweetness of those photos. It was a running joke throughout their elopement about how much I adored River. Seriously, if she ever goes missing, don’t check my house. She’s definitely not there. I absolutely didn’t steal her and take her home to cuddle with me. After the first look, we headed to Lower Myra Falls for the elopement ceremony. I can’t reiterate enough, these falls are spectacular. So spectacular that the rest the island decided to enjoy them that day. We scouted the spot the day before and it was quite calm, but that wasn’t the case for their elopement day. So Mitch was so kind to ask one or two people to move out of the shot and the rest I left to the power of editing! Despite the crowds, it was the perfect summer day. The sun shined down illuminating the mist and creating rainbows as Erika & Scott pledged their love for one another, forever. It was something out of storybooks. We spent the rest of their day just soaking it all in. With no fear of getting dirty, Scott cleared a path for us to explore the upper portion of the falls. We walked along trails, picking blueberries as Erika spoke about making jams and vegan honey. Afterwards, we headed to their campsite at Ralph River and did quick canoe on the lake, River in tow of course. They lounged in a hammock, toasted with home-brewed beer in glasses with custom designs. To end the night, they camped in their cozy camper van. A day that truly reflected them as a couple! And this is normally where I leave my couples. We go our separate ways, I send over their photos and they go off into the world. But not Erika & Scott. Erika forgot her sunglasses in my car and before I knew it a few days later, their van was parked in our driveway and I was making them pancakes while they used our shower. My couples are more than just clients, they are friends. Thanks to Erika & Scott for such a special day!”

– Vancouver Elopement Photographer, Candice Marie Photography

Photographer: Candice Marie Photography Florist: Timmins Flower Shop Makeup Artist: Shelby Lynn Makeup Artistry Hair Stylist: Headquarters for Hair Officiant: Craig Gillis
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