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Whistler Hiking Elopement | Amanda + Josh | Whistler Elopements

A hiking elopement in Whistler was always the dream for Amanda + Josh. They chose Russet Lake in the Whistler backcountry as their perfect location.

bride groom hiking to elopement in whistler

whistler hiking elopement ceremony

night portraits with headlamps

mountain photo with wedding couple at hiking elopement

Amanda + Josh’s first date was at a lake in Whistler, when Josh joined Amanda and 8 of her closest friends for some afternoon sunshine. After receiving her friends’ approval, their first ‘hiking’ date was a 7-hour bushwhacking and trail-breaking mission to summit a mountain. Whether snowboarding in the winter or hiking and camping in the summer, most of Amanda and Josh’s free time is spent in the mountains. In November 2019, Josh lead Amanda on a 10km hike to Ring Lake in the Callaghan Valley – while she was 35 weeks pregnant. Upon reaching the lake, Josh proposed and they welcomed their daughter the next month. With hiking being such a huge part of their lives and many key points of their relationship, it made perfect sense that they planned a Whistler hiking elopement for their wedding day.

I asked Amanda a few questions about her experience with planning and enjoying a Whistler hiking elopement. Her responses are below.

Why did you choose to elope at Russet Lake?
It was always our dream to hike to where we would get married. We love the mountains and we love Whistler.  We chose Russet Lake because we wanted to get married on a mountain somewhere in Whistler that we could hike to, but wasn’t too much of a mission to get to (i.e could take half a day or less to get there).  This way we can take our daughter back every year to celebrate our anniversary and eventually she will be able to hike there too.  We also love that you can see Fissile from the village and it will always bring back memories from our wedding. 

How did you choose who to invite with you?
Pre-covid times we probably would have invited more people. We wanted to keep it pretty tight (and knew only some people would be down to hike 4 hours to get to our wedding spot). We invited some of our closest friends that we have been friends with for many years.

What were the challenges that a hiking elopement presented?
From a bride’s perspective, trying to keep my hair looking nice was a challenge when you’re getting sweaty hiking and have a backpack rubbing against the back of you. Not to mention the baby in the backpack pulling at your hair.  Another challenge was going from hiking 4+ hours to trying to look nice in a dress and not look like a sweaty mess.  Luckily for Russet Lake and the water available to have a little bird bath and for friends who are good at doing make up. Fitting everything we wanted to bring was a bit challenging.  We wanted to have some bubbly and food for everyone so we ended up having to divide stuff up among peoples bags. Luckily i had a dress that packed well and didn’t wrinkle, but this could have been a challenge if i had a different dress.Lastly with a hiking elopement in the mountains you never know what the weather will really be. Most of the forecasts were calling for sun. Then at 11:30pm we got rain and lightning.  It made for a good story and all part of the adventure. 

After experiencing your elopement, is there anything that you would do 
differently next time?

I would bring more sweets! If we didn’t have a baby i might have done two nights of camping so we could go explore a bit more around where we were. Other than that, I probably wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

Advice for other couples planning an adventure elopement? 
Anything is possible! Pick a spot that is meaningful to your adventure.Work with the Whistler Elopements team because they are amazing!

What was the highlight of your day?
Getting married with such a beautiful view and having some of my favourite people there to witness. 

What is your favourite image (images are posted at the end of the blog) and why?
287 – the view, the friends. Everything about this picture brings me so much happiness because it’s everything i wanted for my wedding.
092 – i love this shot because this really shows us in our element – almost at our destination, baby on my back, visor on the protect my face from the sun and not mess up my hair and josh with his dress shirt hanging off his backpack.

starting whistler hiking elopement

hiking with baby to whistler backcountry elopement

hiking with friends to elopement in whistler backcountry

whistler hiking elopement trail

crew of friends en route to whistler hiking elopement

cheakamus glacier in whistler backcountry hiking elopement

bride and baby at whistler hiking elopement

wildflowers on the way to whistler hiking elopement

bride with baby on the way to whistler hiking elopement

marmot in the backcountry of whistler hiking elopement

russet lake whistler backcountry

snacks near russet lake backcountry

fuel for whistler hiking elopement

bride with baby in whistler backcountry

cheers drinks before whistler hiking elopement wedding ceremony

bride heading to her tent to get ready for whistler hiking elopement

groom getting ready for whistler hiking elopement near russet lake

hair and make-up in tent at whistler hiking elopement

dress packed in ziplock bag for whistler hiking elopement

baby napping before whistler hiking elopement

happy baby in whistler backcountry

bride in wedding dress in whistler backcountry hiking elopement

finishing touches for whistler backcountry camping elopement

bridal portrait at overnight whistler camping elopement

whistler hiking elopement ceremony location

groom waiting for bride at whistler hiking elopement

processional for whistler hiking backcountry elopement

whistler hiking elopement ceremony

backcountry wedding ceremony at whistler hiking elopement

giant mountains for whistler hiking wedding

groom vows whistler hiking elopement

passing baby to groom

Whistler hiking elopement

intimate whistler backcountry elopement

hiking elopement in whistler backcountry

first kiss at whistler hiking elopement

intimate whistler hiking elopement moment

congratulations amongst friend at whistler hiking elopement

Whistler backcountry wedding

group portrait of friends at whistler hiking elopement

bridal portraits in whistler backcountry

sunset wedding photos in whistler backcountry for hiking elopement

whistler wedding photos

bride breastfeeding back during whistler hiking elopement

breastfeeding baby during whistler hiking elopement

bridal portraits in whistler backcountry wedding

decker mountain

cocktail hour for whistler backcountry wedding

bride and groom after whistler hiking elopement

dinner for whistler wedding in backcountry

sunset in whistler backcountry

north star in Whistler backcountry

night time bridal portraits in mountains

headlamp nighttime wedding portraits

starry night mountain wedding portraits in Whistler

Amanda’s favourite images from her Whistler hiking elopement are here!

“The view, the friends. Everything about this picture brings me so much happiness because it’s everything i wanted for my wedding.”
“I love this shot because this really shows us in our element – almost at our destination, baby on my back, visor on the protect my face from the sun and not mess up my hair and Josh with his dress shirt hanging off his backpack.”

If hiking for 4 hours on your wedding day isn’t your idea of fun, you can take helicopters, trucks or gondolas to get amazing alpine views for your ceremony.

Vendors
Planning – Whistler Elopements
Officiating – Whistler Steve
Photography – Tara Lilly Photography
Hair – Farfalla

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