Rainy Rocky Mountain Elopement in Kananaskis – Sarah Pukin

February 15, 2023

bride and groom in front of wedge pond doing their first kiss

Rainy Rocky Mountain Elopement in Kananaskis – Sarah Pukin

A perfectly gloomy day for this Rocky Mountain Elopement at Wedge Pond.

There is absolutely nothing worse than a gloomy day for a Rocky Mountain Elopement – say no photographer ever!

When I tell you I drove through black clouds all the way to the Mountains I couldn’t even believe the sun came out and there was no rain for when I was meeting Chris at the first look spot in Canmore.

He came prepared with my favourite kind of umbrellas: clear.

I popped him into place and waited for Alissa to arrive. Just as she was walking down the tree lined path the rain started to spit – mid way through their first look and private vow reading the rain decided to come full force.

It was incredibly romantic!

After their private vow reading (with lots of tears) we headed to the cars and started our adventure to their intimate ceremony in Kananaskis with their family.

Stopping along the way several times we captured some absolutely beautiful moments in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

My favourite spot was one of the last – a fallen over log was the perfect anchor point for some moments of them cuddling (and warming one another from the chilly day).

The best part of a Rocky Mountain Elopement is no stress of a program. When they arrived at their ceremony their family was waiting and a few ideas for how they would walk down the aisle were constructed and then Jane performed the most beautiful ceremony in front of Wedge Pond.

The weather cooperate mostly during their ceremony and at the very end the chilly winds started to pick up. We headed up to the trees for some final family photos before parting ways.

The day was perfect in all ways. From their go with the flow attitude on the weather to adventuring with these two – nothing could have made the day anymore perfect than it was.

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From the Bride and Groom //

Kind words:

Thanks for being so flexible throughout the day and capturing lovely moments throughout the changing weather and time restraints! You are a pleasure to work with and we wish you continued success at your profession and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Wedding theme and colours (explain the reason behind your decision):

I wanted just everything to be natural and laid back and not take away from the natural beauty of the location at Wedge pond. The colours were guided by Chris’ green suit and the bouquet, which were reds and pinks and whites. I wanted the bouquet to look wild and natural.

Number of guests: 10 adults 1 baby


We really wanted an intimate ceremony with just my immediate family. Chris and I liked the idea of having just a simple day with the family we are closest with and a dinner at a nice restaurant. We love to eat so choosing somewhere like the Sensory where we could get a course meal in a private dining room with a view of the mountains was perfect. We just got to spend time with each other and it was generally relaxing and fun. We hung out on the patio with a fire going and went back to the Penthouse at Blackstone Mountain Lodge to continue to hang out. It was perfect!

Your top 3 best moments and why:

1) First Look – it was such a nice way to have a personal moment together before the rest of the day. We wrote letters to each other and read them out. It was nice to have that emotional moment just for us and really connected us before the rest of our day.

2) Driving through the Kananaskis to the ceremony – it really drew out the day and Chris and I got to just hang out and listen to our favourite music. Doing the drive along Highway 742 was memorable and reminded us of the many road trips we took together while traveling in New Zealand and Australia at the beginning of our relationship.

3) The ceremony – all of a sudden through all the rain the skies opened up to sunshine. Loved seeing all our planning come to fruition and being surrounded by our family, it was perfect.

Wedding song:

Hollow Coves – Coastline. Chris actually suggested this song. I hadn’t heard it before, but he said it made him think of us and our relationship. When I first heard it, I actually started crying because it transported me to the beginning and all our experiences traveling together in NZ and living in Australia just came rushing back. So cheesy haha!

If you could own any animal as a pet what would it be and why?

Probably a boring answer, but we both really want a dog. We met at a dog shelter and it would be a nice full circle moment if we adopted one together, especially if it was from the shelter we met at.

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