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Peyto Lake Adventure Couple | Cedar Lane Weddings

The Story behind this beautiful Peyto Lake Adventure Couple Session

In July Allie & James were visiting Canada from eastern USA when they sent me a message to see if I was able to shoot an adventure session with them. Their original photographer was turned away at the USA/Canada border for not having a Work Permit and they were looking to have an adventure at Peyto Lake documented.

We lucked out during this Peyto Lake Adventure as Parks Canada and Banff National Park had planned to close all access to Peyto. However, work was pushed back and we made it to this epic location, spotting two black bears along the way!

It was a sunny and warm day, one of the few we had all season and I truly believe that was just for them. We hiked up to the lookout, where all the tourist buses give their patrons 10-15 minutes to stand around, and then we went PASS that and to a secret (not so secret, but definitely not as heavily visited) location up further.

adventure elopement couple with backpacks in Banff National Park


Hiking up to the secret rock pile with these two was so exhilarating, there are no wayfinding spots, no barriers between you and the edge, just a small foot trail to follow that breaks off in multiple directions. These two people had just met me minutes before and trusted me to guide them somewhere they had never been and somewhere that felt so wild. James was so willing and adventurous, and Allie was right there beside him every step of the way.

I couldn’t get them to stop laughing at each other, there was just so much loving energy.⁣⁣ I learned pretty quickly that Allie is a total badass — she was climbing all over huge boulders in her dress, getting on top of big rocks to check out the view below — she was down for ANYTHING. It made all my photographer dreams come true!⁣⁣

As we neared the end of our session, we stood at the top waiting for sunset sunrise and we realized it we hadn’t seen a soul for the entire time we were there; all 4 hours was just for Allie + James to connect as a couple, to experience being ridiculously in love and adorable, to be just them.⁣⁣
The first humans we saw, apart from us, was at the bus stop lookout, on our hike back down after the sun had set.⁣⁣
I love to stretch the boundaries of what couples think their elopement day can be, because it’s not just about 8-12-16 hours of photos. It’s about exchanging the most meaningful, private vows with your partner, crafting an epic adventure experience just the two of you.⁣⁣

Here are some of my favourites of Allie & James during their Peyto Lake Adventure:

Couple sitting on rock ovelooking Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Important note: access to Peyto Lake is closed until construction on the parking lot and road is completed in 2021:
The Peyto Lake and Bow Summit day use area will close until winter for improvements to the upper and lower parking lots, viewing platform, trails, wayfinding and restrooms. The area will reopen for winter use and will close again for the duration of the 2020 summer season while improvements are completed. Bow Lake, 6 km south of Bow Summit, is a separate location and is unaffected by this work.” – Parks Canada

Thank you for visiting my Blog, I am Melissa – the girl behind Cedar Lane Weddings! Are you planning your elopement and looking for someone to help guide you through process?

There’s nothing I love more than helping couples create an authentic intimate wedding day of your dreams, where you conquer an amazing adventure together, and have the privacy & safety to truly be yourselves. Elopements bring the focus of a wedding day back to you two as a couple, and don’t have the “performance” or “production” vibe of a normal, traditional wedding day. You can design the best day for the two of you, from start to finish, and at some point in your grand adventure, be in a gorgeous & unique location and commit your lives to each other.

If you enjoyed this beautiful Peyto Lake Adventure Couple Session, please make sure to read my recent Moraine Lake Adventurous Anniversary session and Adventure Elopement at Peyto Lake, both featured on Rocky Mountain Brides!!

Have a question on how to plan your own adventure elopement?

Feel free to reach out! I love helping brides and grooms plan their special days!


Beautiful Imagery!!! all of the pictures are crispy clean.. haha specially the last one

Kate Hampson

Amazing, just amazing. So incredibly pretty and so lucky for them that their photographer couldn’t make it!

Wow! You captured this entire location and couple so well! So gorgeous

OMG the water in these pics is goals 🙂

Oh my word, what a gorgeous couple and epic location. These photos are stunning ♥️

That first photo is AMAZING. Holy cow this location is freaking unreal. Obsessed with every image.

Wowwwww. Peyto Lake definitely doesn’t disappoint! Amazing photos.

What an incredible location for an adventurous couple to explore! I’m digging that last Gif =)

This is gorgeous! Peyto Lake is so pretty.

Girl, this is CRAZY beautiful!!! It sucks that their original photographer was turned away (one of my big fears and the reason I’ll probably just never f with shooting in Canada), but it’s amazing that you were able to step in, because LOOK what you made!! Definitely did their love justice! ❤

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