Last spring, I was having lunch with my lovely friend Genevieve, discussing opportunities to collaborate as I was beginning to consider pursuing photography professionally. She mentioned a styled shoot she was putting together alongside some incredible Calgary-based talent, and asked if I would be interested in shooting with her. Umm… YES!!! She quickly proceeded to pull up a mood board and share her inspiration for the shoot. An elegant, romantic mountaintop elopement at the top of Bear’s Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park. She envisioned rich, jewel-toned details that would perfectly compliment the late evening mountaintop setting. An earthy tablescape adorned with navy, grey and berry tones, with subtle finishing touches including figs, greenery and gold. I had died and gone to heaven.
On the afternoon of the shoot, my husband Luke and I met Gen along with Stephanie from Paper Doll Events, and started the hike up to the top of Bear’s Hump. Carrying a wooden table, a stunning cake from Pretty Sweet along with the table settings was no easy task, but we managed to get to the top unscathed. Ironically enough, one of the couples scheduled for the shoot was unable to make it, so Luke was summoned to fill in as pastor, and I filled in as one of the bridesmaids and switched to shooting when I wasn’t needed in the shot.
It was truly incredible to witness this beautiful vision come to life. The colours, the setting, the creatives involved… it was entirely perfect. The florals designed by Rebecca Dawn Design were an absolute show-stopper, and as the sun set over the mountains, it spawned the most stunning soft pink light to compliment the evening portion of the elopement. Once we wrapped up and the sun had fully set, we brought everything back down in pitch black darkness and made the long drive back to Calgary.
I can say without an ounce of doubt that this was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had the pleasure to be apart of. Thank you to Genevieve and the rest of the amazing team for this unforgettable experience!!
Planning: Paper Doll Events
Flowers: Rebecca Dawn
Hair and Makeup: Keri Bette
Bride’s Dress: Pearl & Dot
Cake: Pretty Sweet
Rentals: Gathered Table Supply
Invitation: Art + Alexander
XO Mackenzie Jane | Kelowna Wedding Photographer