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an adventure-seeking alternative to traditional weddings
Banff Elopement Photographer
for the adventure (ish) and wild at heart
I believe that adventure is for every one; that the best times are when we embrace our passions. When we get our feet dirty and our hair is messy in the wind. So let’s run away together – hike up a mountain, go on a road trip, camp at a lake, chase the sun and the stars and let nature inspire our beings.
Just be your true soulful selves, have fun and let me remind you how to be wild at heart – and we’ll find the uncommon trail
What are you waiting for?
How this works
You tell me what matters - after you inquire, we’ll schedule a phone call to get to know each other. We’ll talk about what you’re envisioning for the day, and how this whole thing works, so that you can feel completely confident in your decision when you book me!
We reserve the date - after our call you will receive your custom packages tailor made to give you the type of experience I heard you tell me you wanted. To make it official, you pick the collection you want, pay the non-refundable retainer and sign the contract - then I’m all yours!
Together we build you an amazing elopement day with your custom location itinerary, and create the space for you to feel completely authentically yourselves. So you can relax and trust that I’ve got you and will help make this experience simply amazing!
Best Day Ever: Depending on your custom itinerary, your elopement day may start with me meeting you at your cozy cabin or Airbnb and documenting the emotions in the room as you get ready; or we might meet lakeside with your family waiting! You tell me!
We’ll take off, adventuring through your custom location itinerary, and create the space for you to feel completely authentically yourselves. Somewhere along the way you two will exchange your vows. At the end of your day, you’ll receive your epic sneak peeks. Brag away!
And the experience doesn't end here - when you’re back home, you will get your complete curated gallery through my unique reveal process in 10-12 weeks which you can share with your friends and family, or keep entirely to yourselves.
So what is an elopement anyways?
Aren't elopements when two people shamefully sneak off and get married at City Hall and not tell any of their family? Maybe when our grandparents were younger, but welcome to 2020 - where we can do what we want!
Nowadays, an elopement is an intentionally small, intimate, meaningful, authentic wedding day that’s a true reflection of your relationship — where the focus of the day is really about you and what matters most to you two.
This means there are endless possibilities of what a day can look like. Maybe it's just the two of you climbing a mountain and saying your vows at the top, or inviting your closest family members to hear your vows in the mists of Iceland, or bringing your 30 closest peoples to take the gondola up the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with you to celebrate your love.
The best thing about eloping is that there are no rules and you can create an intentionally intimate wedding day that truly reflects both who each of you are, and your relationship.
Your elopement is the day you are married; it is still a wedding and should not be treated like an all-day photo shoot – we all know the best moments are the ones in between, the laughs, stollen kisses and windswept emotions, and thats what I am here for!
Looking for inspiration for your elopement?
my recent adventures are full of inspiration, resources, tips and tricks!!
Romna + Thomas
Her eye for detail is incredible and I am so happy that we got a chance to meet such a wonderful, down to earth human! Thank you for these beautiful beautiful photos - what an amazing memory we will cherish from our trip to Iceland.
AJ + Kristian
Thank you so much, we can't tell you how grateful we are for these forever memories!
Sarah + Cody
Where do I even start! Melissa is AH-MAZING! My fiancé and I were traveling to Banff for a weekend engagement shoot when our photographer cancelled on Wednesday night. After looking at multiple photographers who were available on such short notice, we booked with Melissa based on her portfolio.
Not only is her work absolutely beautiful but so is her soul. She made my fiancé and I feel so comfortable in front of the camera! If you’re looking for a sign to make an investment in photos you will forever cherish, this is it! 11/10 would highly recommend!
Rachel + Riley
Our time with Melissa at Moraine Lake made for an unforgettable Adventurous Anniversary.
Meredith + Blaine
Every time I look at my wedding and engagement photos, I am stunned by how beautiful they are. All I get is compliments when people look at them. Melissa really has an eye for photography and is fantastic at capturing those authentic moments of your day! You won't be disappointed booking Cedar Lane for your special day.
epic elopements & environmental impact
The three Es (& an I!)
I am so lucky and fortunate to do what I love, often in the beautiful Rocky Mountains! I am so excited and pumped up to be partnering with some amazing non-profit companies in Canada that help offset carbon footprints and emissions.
To jumpstart these efforts, and with your support, I have funded the planting of 100 trees in Canada through the partner program Grow Clean Air and #OperationReLeaf for the work against the Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle (if you’ve been on a mountain adventure with me, you’ve heard me talk all about this already!!) to offset Cedar Lane Weddings 2018 carbon emissions. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future!