After spending Saturday hiking through pine forests, canoeing on Emerald Lake, traipsing through fields of wildflowers, climbing on a natural bridge, and chasing waterfalls with Michaela and Pat, I realized they will go just about anywhere in wedding clothes (mad props to Michaela who did all of this with a giant dress, train, and 2 inch fancy heels!). Every time I suggested we go somewhere, they were both “of course! Let’s do it!” I wasn’t surprised, though, because in the past several years that I’ve known Michaela and Pat, I’ve seen them go on the craziest adventures together without skipping a beat. They’re always up for a challenge, and they are more often than not doing it together.
When Michaela approached me with the idea of photographing their elopement in the Canadian Rockies, I wasn’t just thrilled, I was honored. Michaela is a photographer herself and knows several talented photographers. This was more than just an elopement shoot, this was a collaboration and hangout session to boot. We’ve spent the past six months or so talking dresses, flowers, locations, and sharing inspiration photos, and have gotten closer in the process.
When I arrived in the Rockies (with Jeff and our daughter Lila in tow!), I knew this shoot would be special. It’s always a treat to photograph somewhere different than what I know well, but add in perfect light and weather, and two friends who are game for anything, and I had the opportunity that shows up maybe once in a lifetime.