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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Mount Babel, Canadian Rocky Mountains, AB, Canada Elopement Photo Story Award

Adventure wedding photography bridal portrait in the rugged terrain of the rocky mountains

Lake wedding photographer | Bridal portrait in the rugged terrain of the mountains

With the rugged terrain of Mount Babel surrounding her, the bride poses for a whimsical yet powerful portrait as the light from the heavens shines down upon her.

Mila and Peter came to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for an elopement from Saskatchewan. They wanted a change from the prairie’s scenery, which they see on the daily basis.

The emerald lakes, juicy green pine trees, and slowly flowing glaciers appeared to them as the perfect landscape for their desired elopement. 

The short ceremony took place at Moraine Lake in the Rocky Mountains. The lake is set in the Valley of Ten Peaks surrounded by mountains, which are so close and so tall that they create a surreal scenery. 

Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful and most accessible lakes in Banff National Park, therefore is a very busy and touristy place, but if you look enough you can find the spot along the longshore, which is quiet and desolate. 

Patrick Smiley, their always happy officiant, greeted the young couple and began the intimate ceremony. There were only bride and groom as well as their officiant, surrounded by the peaks on the shore of the jaw-dropping turquoise color lake. The ceremony was very emotional, the lovely birds exchanged their vows and signed the legal documents. 

After the ceremony, the newlyweds embarked on an adventure elopement session. They climbed up the Tower of Babel — the northern end of Mount Babel. The Tower of Babel was first named by the famous Walter Wilcox in 1899 because the tower profile reminded him of the biblical Tower of Babel. The scramble was very challenging, but the view was so rewarding!!

At the top of the peak, Mila and Peter changed to their official wedding outfits. The portrait session began among the most beautiful surroundings. Just 500 meters below were the blue waters of Moraine Lake. Despite the scattered showers, the couple was so happy and cheerful, and nothing could deter their optimism.  

Moraine Lake Photography of adventure elopement ceremony w couple at the waters edge

 Moraine Lake Photographer | An elopement ceremony at the waters edge

With Mother Nature serving as the witness to their union, Mila and Peter began their elopement ceremony at the water's edge. Mila, who was simply delighted to become Peter's wife, laughs and smiles during the ceremony.

Moraine Lake Wedding Photo of bride and groom sharing passionate ceremony kiss at waters edge

 Moraine Lake Wedding Photos | the bride and groom share a passionate kiss

As if it were a scene out of a fairytale, the bride and groom share a passionate kiss in the wilderness, with no one else around except for the majestic mountains and towering trees. 

Moraine Lake Adventure Wedding Photo from Banff National Park w bride Holding her bouquet in air

Moraine Lake Wedding Photo from Banff National Park | The bride is Holding her bouquet in the air and looking up to the sky

Holding her bouquet in the air and looking up to the sky to shout out her elation, Mila celebrates her new marriage. Her groom, Peter, laughs and claps his hands knowing that his wife has never been happier.

Banff National Park Wedding Image from Moraine Lake w officiant and bride and groom sanitizing hands

 Banff National Park Wedding Image from Moraine Lake | the wedding officiant asks the bride and groom to sanitize their hands

A sign of the times, the wedding officiant asks the bride and groom to sanitize their hands after signing the marriage certification.

Banff National Park Wedding image of newlyweds in climbing gear hiking up the mountain slope

 Banff National Park Weddings | the newlyweds change into their climbing gear

Following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds change into their climbing gear in order to reach the top of the Tower of Babel for an epic portrait session.

Wedding Picture at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park of bride reaching new heights with husband

Wedding Picture at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park | The bride is reaching new heights together with her husband

After reaching new heights together with her husband, Mila changes back into her formal wedding gown and shoes.

Banff Adventure Wedding Photography of bride and groom about to embrace in the rocky mountains

 Banff Adventure Wedding Photography | The bride and groom begin to embrace

Back in their wedding attire, Peter and Mila begin to embrace, knowing that they have already accomplished a great feat together in the first hours of their marriage.

Tower of Babel, AB, Canada Wedding Couple Portrait w brides bare feet swinging off mountain edge

 Tower of Babel, AB, Canada Wedding Couple Portrait | The brides bare feet are swinging off the edge of the mountain

With her bare feet swinging off the edge of the mountain, Mila takes a moment to cherish the fact that she is sitting on top of the world with the love of her life. It's a wedding portrait that speaks volumes about their love of adventure, their passion for one another, and the endless potential of their new marriage.