One thing about eloping is that people know you got hitched, but they are completely in the dark about the details. Only a handful of people were there to see The Electrician and I tie the knot, and the people who found out about it after the fact have been making up their own mental images of how it happened.
I am writing today to set the record straight, and share some long-awaited wedding photos. Three weeks and two days isn’t exactly “long-awaited,” but with the way some people have been asking, it feels more like six months.
All images in this post are courtesy of our amazing photographers, Curtis and Lindsay of Artslinger. We were lucky enough to have professionals who could get behind our sense of adventure and capture the details of our wedding day in a way that will keep the memories fresh for decades. Because we were being married largely in secret, it was critical to have a collection of photos that could fill in the blanks for our loved ones who weren’t present.
The Electrician and I–okay, just me, but he went along with it because he loves me and likes the outcomes of my visions, even if he can’t imagine it quite as vividly as me–wanted to capture the feeling of an old-school elopement. You know, packing suitcases in the middle of the night, shimmying down a drain pipe, and running away with your true love to be wed. With that in mind, I hunted vintage suitcases at the nearest antiques mall; my trophies feature heavily in our photos. We took some photos in more regular clothes before changing into our matrimonial garb, and stopped at gorgeous locations in and around Canmore, and Banff, Alberta.
The great thing about the Rocky Mountains is a person can find the most beautiful backdrop for just about anything you want to do. My awesome man and I scouted wedding photography locations about six weeks before the wedding, and I had a mental list of some of the things I wanted to see in my album when all was said and done.
It was actually relaxing in many ways to take photos with my love before the ceremony. We’re not superstitious regarding that whole, “seeing the bride before the altar” business. I will admit, however, that The Electrician’s jaw dropped when I walked out of the public washroom at Lake Minnewanka after changing into my wedding outfit, which a really sweet tourist from New Zealand helped me zip up in front of the bathroom sink.
We were blessed with perfect weather on our wedding day. It was hotter than usual in the mountains, and the skies were clear, clear, clear all day, which is highly unusual in the Rockies.
I wore the most beautiful shoes of my life on my wedding day, and they were far more comfortable than a pair of four inch stilettos would seem at first glance. Still, we decided to play up the fact that I wore rather impractical shoes in a rustic setting.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more fabulous photos from Artslinger of our wedding day. Special thanks for Curtis and Lindsay.
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