Laura + Quinn had originally planned a destination wedding in a castle in Italy, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and they were forced to change their plans. After looking at some options, they decided to cancel their Italy trip entirely and elope in BC.
British Columbia is such a beautiful province, with vast differences in geography and landscapes. We have oceans and deserts, mountains and plains. With so much diversity, there is an infinite number of locations to elope in BC. Whistler is such a great option because we are a resort community, which means we have all of the services you could dream of for your intimate wedding or elopement. Five-star hotels, world-class spas, award-winning restaurants, the best skiing, and mountain biking resort in North America, plenty of adventure tours and activities, and all within a simple 90-minute drive from Vancouver and the international airport. These are some of the reasons that Laura and Quinn chose to elope in BC when they were no longer able to travel to Italy for a destination wedding.
Planning for their Whistler elopement fell solely on Laura. Mainly because of the fact that Laura didn’t tell Quinn until they were already in Whistler that they were getting married the next day. Laura originally reached out to us via Instagram, and we proceeded to make all of the arrangements via text message so that Quinn wouldn’t see any emails or wonder about any overheard phone calls. After choosing one of our all-inclusive elopement packages, we chose the riverside location for their ceremony and an amazing mountain viewpoint for a few portraits later in the day. The only thing left on Laura’s to-do list was to buy a marriage license and convince Quinn to come to Whistler for the weekend.
Once Laura and Quinn arrived at The Four Seasons the night before the elopement, their room was conveniently upgraded to a suite, and their immediate families were waiting with champagne to break the news. Quinn had about 18 hours’ notice to prepare for the wedding. Between himself and Laura, they also took the time to write their own wedding vows before making their way to the river the next day.
Upon arrival at the trailhead, Laura had an emotional first look with Quinn, before the whole family carefully picked their way down to the riverside elopement location. A beautiful short ceremony and some intimate vows were sealed with an amazing first kiss, followed up by a celebratory toast with Quinn’s favourite beer, 33 Acres of Sunshine. We captured photos and video of all of the congratulatory hugs, as well as formal family portraits before stealing Laura and Quinn for some intimate photos of just the two of them. Lastly, on the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a lookout point for an intimate first dance in front of the sunset.