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Adventure Elopement – Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Park BC

Helmcken Falls Adventure Waterfall Elopement Wedding

Have you been dreaming of an intimate wedding or eloping in a cool location? Are you looking for that epic wedding location inspiration? I have it!! A shoot I have been dreaming about doing for years was finally able to happen….

Helmcken Falls – a straight drop of 141 meters (463 feet), the 4th tallest waterfall in Canada, and the reason for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park (which in a round about way is why I live in Clearwater).  The view of Helmcken Falls from the main platform is always spectacular, and as a local to Clearwater I have viewed from there many a time. However can you imagine how it would feel to get up close and personal with 141 meters of falling water!? The power must be unreal right?! How could it not be on my epic-portrait bucket list?!

 

“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen”    – Winnie The Pooh

 

Starting out the day with a styled meal in the old growth forest of Wells Gray Park. Fine dining in the peaceful forest, with a beautiful cake, and just the noises from the critters around us… it felt like Winnie the Pooh and Piglet would rock up at any moment (a personal dream of mine). Juxtapose that with an afternoon of adventure and listening to the roar of one of Canada’s most iconic waterfalls – This day was an absolute dream.

If you’re considering eloping somewhere unique, British Columbia has many great locations, but Wells Gray Park is one of my favourites. It’s a short drive from the Kamloops Airport, almost exactly halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, and perfect stop on your way to or from Jasper, Banff and the Icefield Parkway…. And best thing, it’s not crowded!  Yes I may be a bit biased after growing up in Clearwater (the gateway to Wells Gray), but I have an always-growing list of perfect places for cliff-side intimate weddings, adventurous hike-in elopements, helicopter assisted vows, and stunning waterfall portraits all over the Wells Gray Valley. (And the rest of the world, but that’s besides the point)

It is hard for me to express how much gratitude I have to everyone who helped me pull this amazing styled waterfall elopement off. I think these are some of my favourite photographs ever and it was so hard to choose which photos to include in the blog post!   Thanks team!

The team responsible for all the awesomeness… (more details at the bottom of the post):                                                                                                      Photography & Decor: Holly Louwerse PhotographyInstagram: @HollyLouwerse  |||  Stationary, and signage: Claire Hanna Design(A serious powerhouse of ideas and insight) – Instagram: @ClaireHannaDesign  |||  Florals: Ask Dee FloralsInstagram: @AskDeeFlorals  |||  Cake: Cocoa Dot Cakes– Instagram: @CocoaDotCake  |||  Silk Table Runner: Sheer Florals and SilksInstagram: @SheerFlorals    |||  Sherpas / Rope coordinators (whom the shoot would not have happened without!): Gabriel DeweyInstagram: @KoldSmoke and Jordan Scott – Instagram: @NicoleAndJordanScott   |||  Bride: Nicky Verheyen FortierInstagram: @ABrownEyedBlonde   |||  Groom: Chris Fortier  |||  Venue: Wells Gray Park – Tourism Wells GrayInstagram: @TourismWellsGray   |||  Dress: Calla Blanche – Instagram: @CallaBlancheDress   |||  Boutique: Viva Bridal Boutique – Instagram: @VivaBridalBoutique   |||  Suit: Moores Clothing – Instagram: @MooresClothing  |||  Table Cloth: Spoiled Rotten Ranch (Candace Graffunder)   |||  Table & Chairs: Clearwater Farmers Market – Instagram: @ClearwaterBCFarmersMarket

 

“You are the Epic to my Adventure”

 

Styling this shoot was quite fun, the colour goal was for strong jewel tones; bold navy, deep emerald green, rich burgundy, with gold accents. Combined with geometric shapes intertwined with foliage mimicking the basalt column cliffs that hold Helmcken Falls and the nature surrounding it. Seeing this all come together was wonderful.

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The team responsible for all the awesomeness…

 

Photography & Decor: Holly Louwerse PhotographyInstagram: @HollyLouwerse

Stationary, and signage: Claire Hanna Design (A serious powerhouse of ideas and insight) – Instagram: @ClaireHannaDesign

Florals: Ask Dee Florals – Instagram: @AskDeeFlorals

Cake: Cocoa Dot Cakes – Instagram: @CocoaDotCake

Silk Table Runner: Sheer Florals and SilksInstagram: @SheerFlorals

Sherpas / Rope coordinators (whom the shoot would not have happened without!):

Gabriel Dewey – Instagram: @KoldSmoke

Jordan Scott – Instagram: @NicoleAndJordanScott

Bride: Nicky Verheyen FortierInstagram: @ABrownEyedBlonde

Groom: Chris Fortier

Venue: Wells Gray Park – Tourism Wells GrayInstagram: @TourismWellsGray

Dress: Calla Blanche – Instagram: @CallaBlancheDress

Boutique: Viva Bridal Boutique – Instagram: @VivaBridalBoutique

Suit: Moores Clothing – Instagram: @MooresClothing

Table Cloth: Spoiled Rotten Ranch (Candace Graffunder)

Table & Chairs: Clearwater Farmers Market – Instagram: @ClearwaterBCFarmersMarket

 

View scenes from Chris & Nickys mountain winter wedding at Sun Peaks Resort here

 

Thanks Team!!

 

This shoot has since been featured on Green Wedding shoes! You can see their take here!!!

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