Change of plans. Let’s Have an Intimate Squamish Elopement!
Like everyone else in the world, the COVID-19 corona virus has throw a wrench into the plans for Brandon and Cheryl’s wedding. This prompted the birth of this gorgeous Intimate Squamish Elopement. Brandon and Cheryl were originally to host their nuptials atop Grouse Mountain – and they still are, just next year!
Things don’t always go as planned… Hey there, Ranger!
A few weeks prior, we had driven up to Squamish together to scout out a location for their Intimate Squamish Elopement. We collectively decided on Porteau Cove Provincial Park for its gorgeous sunset views over the tantalus mountain range… but things don’t always go as planned – as is the theme for 2020.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a Park Ranger whom informed us that we couldn’t hold their Elopement in the park without a wedding photography permit. Bummer.
Meanwhile, Cheryl was sitting in the car hidden away from Brandon. Normally, this would’ve been devastating news for any bride on her wedding day, but not Cheryl. She wasn’t phased at all. She was just so excited to get married.
The Ranger graciously allowed us to take photos in the park – they just couldn’t have their elopement ceremony. With this news, we quickly set Brandon up for his first look at his beautiful bride to be. This is what happened next:
First Look – Check. Let’s go Elope!
We’ve been smiling ear to ear editing these photos. Just look at these smiles! Following his little sneak peek, we went for a quick walk down to the rocky beach for portraits. The excitement was building up!
A Beautifully Intimate Squamish Elopement with their Closest Friends & Family
Brandon and Cheryl’s closest friends as well as Brandon’s mother came up to witness their union. After our quick portrait session, we were greeted with some hooting and hollering – MORE EXCITEMENT!
We took a moment to hash out a game plan. Justina and I know of a secret spot along the highway in Squamish, which we thought would be perfect for this Elopement. Back in the day, we would come to this spot to watch the sunset after long days of climbing. This location sometimes can be occupied so we decided to have Britannia Beach as a back up. Sure enough, our secret spot was not so secret anymore, it was way too busy for this intimate wedding. We nixed that idea and continued on to Britannia Beach.
It was a cloudy day, but the view was amazing. Just check out those Jesus Beams!
Getting congratulatory honks along the highway.
We made our way across the highway and down to the beach to pick out a spot. “Oh hey, how about over there?”, said Brandon. HECK YES. We quickly set ourselves up for the most beautiful elopement ever… I say quickly because we were running out of dry land! The tide was coming in hot and we imagined about 30 minutes before our spot disappeared.
Are your hearts melting yet?
Ours already have!! It was gloomy all day and there was rain in the forecast, but as Brandon and Cheryl began to say their “I do’s”, it started clearing up… then it started raining… and the tide was getting closer… but it was SO beautiful.
I think Brandon got hit in the eyeball with a tear.. I mean rain drop.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB!
When we look at the two of you, looking at each other, it warms our hearts. It gives us solace in these crazy times. It gives us hope. It gives us happiness. Thank you!
We Celebrated with toasts!
We celebrated with toasts over flutes of sparkling apple juice and parted ways after one last group photograph.
Brandon and Cheryl, you two are amazing people. This journey, planning your Intimate Micro Wedding in Squamish, has been full of ups and downs – mainly ups. We’re so freaking grateful to have been able to meet the two of you and we’re so happy that this journey is far from over. See you again for your engagement photos… hahaha!
Although micro weddings like this are happening in all municipalities, it’s important to be aware of and follow the guidelines set forth by our provincial health officer. You can find those guidelines here: COVID-19 Event Guidelines