Peyto Lake Elopement Picnic | Banff

Peyto Lake Elopement - Banff

Dreaming of Canada’s beautiful aquamarine-colored lakes, rugged mountain peaks, glaciers, wildlife, and a romantic picnic next to one of those stunning lakes? Well, this Peyto Lake Elopement is just for you!

There is not a lot of hiking or getting sweaty involved, but still, some of the best iconic views the Canadian Rocky Mountains have to offer without worrying about being a sweaty mess after hiking for hours or breaking the bank account, flying in a helicopter to out-of-reach mountaintops.

After saying vows (legal, private, or both) above Alberta’s stunning lake shaped like a wolf, we will explore the area for some breathtaking photos and then head to the infamous Lake Louise for another photo session around the lake. A personalized catered picnic will be set up Lake Louise for the two of you to enjoy and just revel in the beautiful surroundings. We will finish off your Peyto Lake Elopement with a champagne toast by the lake.

  • Elopement Location: Lake Louise, AB, Canada
  • Elopement Length: 6h
  • Meeting point: Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise Hotel/AirBnb.
  • Participants: 2 guests can join your Elopement in Banff apart from the couple.
  • Child-Friendly Elopement: Caution with babies and younger children, but locations are easy to walk to.
  • Dog-Friendly Elopement: Dogs must be on leash, and you must clean up after your dog.
  • Sightseeing and Experience: Peyto Lake, Lake Louise, photo sessions, vow exchange at look out point, picnic dinner
  • Activity level: Light – Suitable for anyone.
  • Climate: Alpine or mountain climate: Usually four seasons, with cold winters and mild summers.
  • Available: All Year Round.
  • Not suitable for participants that suffer from: Wheelchair Bound may impact your experience but is not necessarily prohibitive, not for people with vertigo.
  • Recommended months: May through October.

Meet your Banff Elopement Photographer in Canada

Moraine Lake Elopemet Photographer

I am Kelly, your dedicated Banff elopement photographer in the Rocky Mountains and a storyteller at heart. I have always had a camera in my hand to take photos of something. My love for photography and telling stories is a huge part of who I am. I probably need a t-shirt or tattoo that says, “I see the world through my lens”! Heck, I even schedule photo shoots in new places when I am on vacation!

So let’s tell your love story together, shall we?

A few things that I love:

Horses & Dogs
The Mountains
The Ocean
Reading Thriller novels
True Crime podcasts
Mini donuts
Sea Turtles

I eloped, so I am biased and think it’s the best way to get married…especially if you choose the mountains to do it in! I have been featured in a few Wedding Publications, and my specialty is capturing the love, laughter, and tears of couples who are madly in love and want a unique experience that is all about them and their love story!

I am also a carefree, go-with-the-flow photographer who easily pivots when weather or situations throw a curve ball so you still have an amazing day and get the best experience possible.

This job is a gift I am grateful for every day: getting to meet couples, learn all about them, and create a magical day filled with unforgettable experiences they will cherish throughout their lifetime together!


Kelly, your Banff Elopement Photographer

Peyto Lake Elopement - Itinerary

Peyto Lake Elopement – Sample Itinerary (Can be modified for timing depending on the time of day preferred and season)

3pm Kelly will meet you at your hotel/Airbnb to capture a few getting-ready details before we head out for your Elopement in Banff.

3:30pm Drive to Peyto Lake.

4:30pm Walk up to Peyto Lake Lookout Point.

4:45pm Ceremony at Lookout Point above the Lake.

5pm Walk to the other viewpoint and take photos.

6pm Walk back to the parking lot.

6:15pm Drive to Lake Louise.

6:45pm Walk around and Photo Session at Lake Louise.

7:30pm Picnic Dinner.

8:30 Sunset Champagne Toast and Photos.

9pm Return to your hotel/Airbnb. End your Peyto Lake Elopement in Banff.

Peyto Lake Elopement in Banff - Comments

If the weather conditions make it dangerous to proceed with parts of your Peyto Lake Elopement in Banff, the itinerary might be adjusted.

This can be adapted to change specific locations within Banff National Park, and activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, dog sledding, helicopter or skiing, etc., can be added to your Peyto Lake Elopement, depending on the month or season (subject to availability of specific activity). The Package may require additional hours and is subject to additional fees depending on the activities you may want to add to your Elopement in Banff. We can discuss this after you book the package.

100% INCLUSIVE!! All LGBTQ2A+ couples are welcome as I am a safe space for the community and an inclusive wedding vendor.

Comment on legal marriage: Yes, you can legally get married during your Peyto Lake Elopement with an officiant (additional fee to add this).

There are no residency or citizenship requirements. There is no time period that must pass between the date a couple arrives in Alberta and the date a marriage license is issued. Anyone from anywhere can get married here in Alberta, and you do NOT need to be here for a number of days before your legal ceremony (IE: You can be here in Alberta/Canada for less than 24hrs or you can be here for days or weeks before, it’s up to you).

Blood tests are not required. A marriage license is valid for 3 months from the date it is issued.

Once your marriage license is obtained you have 3 months from the date it was issued to you to use it and file your paperwork for legalizing your marriage in Alberta. A marriage ceremony may take place the same day a marriage license is issued. There is no waiting time required.

You do require 2 witnesses to sign as well, but we can find a couple of hikers or tourists to do this for you.
I can provide in acquiring a marriage license.

There is a $40 CDN government fee for the marriage license. (Paid by the couple directly to the registry agent)

Registry agents will charge a service fee. Service fees vary among registry agents.

Payment terms:

You have to book a 15% deposit to ourplatform to secure your date.
Then 1500 USD after the first videocall paid directly to your local vendor.
Final amount 10 days before your elopement paid directly to your local vendor.

Alternatively, time allowing between booking and the date they can make installment payments at 6mo prior and 3mo prior then remainder due 10 days before. All paid funds are non-refundable should couple cancel for any reason OTHER than force majeure (major weather disasters, travel restrictions, pandemics, etc).

Your Peyto Lake Elopement includes

  • Planning all details of your Peyto Lake Elopement including helping to book vendors and activities.
  • A bouquet & boutonniere or 2 bouquets/2 boutonnieres (per couple choice).
  • Hair & Makeup for 1 (or 2 brides).
  • Officiant (Photographer will obtain a temporary License to legally marry you).
  • Guiding from the meeting point and participating in activities.
  • Complete photographic documentation of the whole trip with 3 exclusive photo sessions (wedding ceremony, wedding portraits in 2 locations).
  • 5-15 teaser images will be delivered within 24-48 hours after your Elopement in Banff day to get you excited and relive the day min. 450 edited high-res photos photos delivered within 8-10 weeks after your elopement in Banff.
  • Travel for 2 people from the meeting spot to all locations during your Peyto Lake elopement if you wish to ride in my vehicle with me (I am insured).
  • Online Gallery off your Peyto Lake elopement for 6 months to share, download, and order prints/canvases/fine art prints.
  • A romantic catered picnic for one meal of your choice with your dietary and food preferences taken into account.

Your Peyto Lake Elopement does not include

  • National Park Pass for the duration of your stay in Banff National Park (required).
  • Rental Vehicle if you do not wish to ride with the photographer in their vehicle.
  • Appointed Marriage Officiant in Alberta (additional fee to add this).
  • Transportation from the nearest International Airport or city to Banff National Park.
  • Accommodations while staying in Banff National Park for your Peyto Lake Picnic Elopement.
  • Travel insurance (including but not limited to medical).
  • Snacks (can be added for a fee).

What to bring on your Peyto Lake Picnic Elopement

  • Warm jacket or waterproof shell (Clear umbrellas provided should rain be an issue).
  • Good footwear or Hiking Boots for the walking part of your Peyto Lake Elopement.
  • Wedding Attire for both individuals.
  • Sunblock.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Backpack(s) for your elopement in Banff.
  • Rings, vows (vow books highly recommended), marriage license (if you are having a legal ceremony).
  • Song ( on Spotify) if you would like a first dance after your ceremony or at another time (a Speaker will be provided).
  • Marriage License (to be obtained at a local registry office before your elopement day and brought along for myself or the officiant to complete if you are doing a legal ceremony).
  • Passports/Legal ID and all relevant documents if you are obtaining a marriage license.

Peyto Lake Elopement - Tipps & Infos

Your Peyto Lake Elopement is not super exerting (the small hike up to Peyto Lake is very easy for most levels of fitness and accessibility/mobility/ages). You still require good footwear for rugged terrain, layers that can be worn under your wedding attire if needed, as well as a warm, waterproof coat, as the weather in the mountains is always unpredictable, and you can experience multiple seasons in one day across locations.

Bring snacks and water to stay energized and hydrated all day during your elopement in Banff.

Bring your phones so you can also take photos, as the views are breathtaking, and you will want to document them for yourself as well.

Peyto Lake Picnic Elopement - Addons

Guests (up to 2 persons) can come to your Peyto Lake Elopement at a 250 USD extra charge. They can also ride in my vehicle with me to the locations. They will have a picnic meal provided as well.

  • Celebrant- will provide an appointed Alberta Marriage Commissioner – 300 USD.
  • Additional Photography – 350 USD/Per Hour.
  • Large Photobook – 10x10in, leather or crystal photo cover, 30 pages – 1100 USD per item.
  • Small Photobook – 8x8in, either or crystal photo cover, 30 pages – 550 USD/Per Item.
  • Canoe Rental – (only available June-September) – 120 USD/hour per 2 people.
  • Horseback Riding for the couple and photographer – (subject to season and weather) – 240 USD.
  • Horseback Riding for guests – (subject to season and weather) – 80 USD.
  • Dog Sledding for the couple (2-hour guided experience) – would require 2 additional hours of photography added as well – 645 USD.
  • Dog Sledding for guests (2-hour guided experience) – 215 USD/guest.
  • Helicopter Ride (would require 2 additional hours of photography added) – 750 USD / couple.
  • Helicopter Ride for guests (would require 2 additional hours of photography added) – 250 USD / person.


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