2018 : A year in review

Melissa Blunden

Adventure Wedding Photographer. 365 days. 12 weddings. 3 elopements. 3 countries. numerous publications. voted in top 10% wedding photographers worldwide. over 20,000 images.

You could say my 2018 wedding photography journey has an adventurous and epic year!

This year has been insane one – where I became a first time homeowner and then 3 months later, moved to an entirely different city! I was accepted a DREAM JOB running 2 museums in another city. Having a stranger (although he is an awesome tenant! I super lucked out!) living in my house is weird, and leaving everyone I know and love was hard. This also gave me the opportunity to adopt a puppy to keep Skyline and myself company. Enter Rupert, the border collie puppy who is about to get his own instagram, if enough people sign the petition my friends have started to get me going on it!

Travel, travel, travel!

The year both started and ended with me traveling for adventure weddings, and I was absolutely loving every minute of it! Early spring had me traveling from Banff Alberta to Whitefish Montana – then a quick break at home before going on a week long road trip around the PNW: Portland, Oregon to Cle Elum, Washington and everywhere in between.

The summer saw me off to Manitoba, then Vancouver Island for a vineyard wedding, finishing the weekend off in Canmore (all three were within the same week!)!

Only 2 weeks later I was swimming in Cenotes and exploring Tulums ruins and beaches with an amazing couple on their honeymoon – I love when couples ask if I’ll travel – the answer is always ‘yes!’

Getting to Mexico was a little dicy in and of itself, and visiting during the rainy season was possibly the most humid week long experience I have ever had! BUT – the monsoon like weather didn’t put a damper on our plans! Between walking through old town, eating every taco we came across, caving in the rivers belly, swimming with mermaids on the cenotes and exploring ruins in Tulum, we had the most amazing adventure!

Helicopter Elopement? Yes! Adventure Wedding Photographer

One of my most exciting weddings ever, the Canmore elopement, had me flying high over the Canadian Rockies in an Alpine Helicopter!! Flying over the Rockies was such an amazing experience; I have always had a passion for the mountains but had never been in a helicopter before, so when the ladies at Evented Co. reached out to me in the winter to see if I would be available for their clients, I couldn’t say no!

Jasper National Park Adventure Wedding Photographer

Laura & Chris stole my hearts during their wedding weekend at Pyramid Lake Resort in Jasper National Park.
Everything about their day was simply magic, from the sweetest ceremony on Pyramid Island, to sneaking out of the reception for the most picturesque sunset on the dock. These two blew me away with their love and sincerity for each other – a more perfect match I cannot imagine!

The year ended at the amazing new venue Pine and Pond Wedding Venue in Central Alberta over Thanksgiving weekend with Amanda and Andrews wedding! Adventure Wedding Photographer

Rocky Mountains Elopement Photographer
couple at Vermillion lake Banff
Same sex Banff Photographer
Adventure Session, Playful engagement, Photography, couples
Edmonton Engagement Photographer
Edmonton Engagement Photographer
Portland Engagement Photographer
Portland Bride
Engagement, Wedding, Photography, Edmonton, Canada, Portland, Cartlandia
Edmonton Engagement Photographer
Night time photo of engaged couple in Iceland with the northern lights
Couple engagement session in Moraine lake
Peyto Lake Elopement, Banff Photographer, Elopement, Rocky Mountain, Cedar Lane Weddings
Rocky Mountains Elopement Photographer
Moraine Lake, Banff Wedding Photographer, Cedar Lane Weddings
Jasper Elopement Photographer

All in all, I’ve had a fantastic 2018!

If I can offer a word of advice to fellow photographers? Do not move cities right in the midst of wedding season! Talk about hectic!!

Thank you to all my couples in 2018, you have been nothing but amazing.
I cannot wait to meet the brides and grooms that come for an adventure with me in 2019.

Happy New Year to you all!

If you enjoyed this blog post, please make sure to read my recent Nordegg Adventure SessionTakakkaw Falls Elopement or Moraine Lake Adventurous Anniversary session and Adventure Elopement at Peyto Lake, both featured by the magazine Rocky Mountain Brides!!



  1. Paulina Niechcial

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I love all the variation, especially the Banff and other destination weddings!! Mountains, coastlines, urban, I love them all! Alberta is a beautiful place!

  2. traci

    Wow what a year you had!! Loving all these destination weddings and elopements, great images!

  3. Sean Oblizalo

    Whoa! Busy year for you! Banff is such a special place and i’m sure those couples had such an amazing elopement! Especially for people traveling for destination. Beautiful photos!

  4. Justyna Butler

    Wow!! I am blown alway with your 2018 adventures! One of my faves is the Banff Adventure Elopement!!!!

  5. Abigail Kent

    Looks like it was an incredible year! I love the Petyo Lake shots and the Fairmount Banff Springs ones! Cheers to 2019!

  6. Caroline Ellis

    I don’t even know where to begin because they are all amazing images! Beautiful work friend!

  7. Nicole daacke

    Wow – such a good year! So many elopements and weddings in beautiful destinations – I hope 2019 is just as great!


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