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an adventure-seeking alternative to traditional weddings

Adventure Elopement Photographer

for the adventure (ish) and wild at heart


I’m Melissa, your third wheel, new best friend and adventure elopement photographer!

With all the places on this gorgeous planet to see and explore, I would be honoured to help you find the perfect off the beaten path location for the moment you share your vows during your intimate wedding or elopement!
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 together we’ll find the uncommon trail.

What are you waiting for?

What the heck is adventure (ish)?

Maybe trekking 10kms up a mountain isn’t really your thing and doesn't embody your dream adventure elopement ideas! I just want you to know THAT IS OKAY! And there is no judgement here! I think adventuring should be for everyone, and that is why I send you the best questionnaire after you're booked in so I can get to know you both and help with planning elopements!
I remember as a child my dad LEAVING ME ALONE on a mountain with recent cougar activity because I was too slow of a hiker for him.

Guys. I was like 3 feet tall and we were scrambling over boulders twice my size. Hi abandonment issues - I see you. While the full story is now hilarious, when told in person... I don't ever want to make clients worry that this is what will happen during your time with me!

I'll tell you a not so secret secret:

I kinda suck at hiking - 10 points to whoever can find the image of me on my site sporting a bloody knee cap from when I fractured it walking on FLAT SURFACES in Ireland!

So my promise to those of you this resonates with is :
I will find you the perfectly epic location that requires only a little of the adventure-ish effort from you! We will work together to pick the best locations and create an amazing timeline that reflects YOU as a couple and the story you want to tell.

Remember you are your own hero <3 Thanks for coming to my TedTalk today!

Cedar Lane Adventure Elopements & Intimate Weddings focuses on intimate weddings and adventure elopement photography in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. I do things a little differently than other photographers and offer an alternative to those stressful, traditional weddings.

Adventure Engagement – Elopement – Intimate Wedding – Anniversary – Vow Renewal

All your life-moments matter, so let’s bring them into the light.

Oh the Places we will Go

Emerald Lake – Banff – Jasper – Kananaskis – Nordegg  Golden – Whistler – Lake Louise – Moraine Lake – Tofino  Sunshine Coast – Yukon – Newfoundland & Labrador
+ worldwide

whether you’re dreaming of a heli-elopement to a remote mountaintop in Tumbler Ridge, BC; a Banff wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; you are coming to the Rocky Mountains as a way to recommit your lives to one another in an anniversary or vow-renewal; or something entirely different, I am your adventure photographer!

So what is an elopement anyways?

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.
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!

Check out my Elopement Planning Resources below

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.

Moraine lake Engagement session

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!

Moraine Lake, Banff Wedding Photographer, Cedar Lane Weddings

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.


Denise + Robert

Melissa did an amazing job starting with our initial engagement shoot. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and made every session very enjoyable. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited to do our wedding and post wedding photos. The photos came out looking absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for everything Melissa!
You are truly AMAZING! ❤️❤️❤️
10/10 highly recommend.


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!

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