Nature called, so Anna + Keaton answered! When Covid-19 made a big wedding with friends and family impossible, this adventurous couple decided to plan a secret wedding in the mountains near their home. With the help of planner Jessie McNaught, they designed a wonderful first look at their private home. (The couple’s horse, Stella, stole the show!) Then they got on a helicopter and climbed a glacier on Ipsoot Mountain in Pemberton, British Columbia. After exchanging vows, they went back to their farm for a private dinner with the newlyweds. We let them share more about why an escape was perfect for them:
We always thought we were going to have a big farm wedding here at home, but with Anna’s family in Sweden and Keatons in Alberta, it was impossible to plan and arrange a big wedding during this pandemic. The decision to take a local escape here at home was made 4 weeks before our wedding and it was a great relief for both of us that we can now focus on ourselves and our ceremony instead of worrying about pandemics and crowds . The elopement went very smoothly and went absolutely perfectly. A dream wedding for both of us.
The couple’s big tip for other elopement planners is to hire a talented photographer to capture every moment. Luckily Logan Swayze was there to take these stunning shots. Let’s go!
First look at the farm
The first look was already a magical moment when A rode her beloved American paint horse Stella.
Cutest family photo!
A + K was all about the earthy, bohemian vibe, so Catherine Karpman designed with lots of texture and pampas grass. We’re even spying on a few feathers in the decor!
A looked closely at the boho bride with gold makeup and braided waves by Kerry Waring.
Adventure elopement wedding in the mountains
Keaton loved seeing Anna ride her Stella horse for a first look. And of course we almost had to pinch ourselves to be able to fly the helicopter (although it was so close to being canceled due to heavy, devastating smoke) to the glacier, where we got married like in a movie! And having such a nice dinner under our apple tree … it was just “wow”. And it was so worth it to try a very fancy cake just for us! We enjoyed it for a couple of days haha :)
Jeremy Postal presided over the ceremony of a lifetime. Just look at that view of the glacier in the background! Absolutely breathtaking !!! Check out 25 other places to drop jaws here!
We can feel the love!
Elopement wedding dress
The head to toe lace dress from Reclamation was perfect for a mountain wedding!
These views cannot be real!
Elopement reception at home
A + K returned home to host an intimate wedding reception with farm table furniture, sausage boards, and a champagne toast!
We loved getting married in secret and just focusing on each other and what we wanted to do. It was a very sacred and beautiful way to get married! And much easier. But be sure to bring a photographer and a filmmaker! We love to share our day (photos and videos) with our family and friends and see it for ourselves and remind ourselves how beautiful and special the day was. So yes, elope if you think about it! It was the best decision we could make! We are so happy with everything! A dream wedding!
The flour pot made the perfect little cutting cake to celebrate the newlyweds!
Congratulations Anna + Keaton! Thank you for showing couples everywhere that plans are changing and evolving, but you can still have a beautiful wedding that celebrates what really matters! We know your intimate elopement wedding will inspire so many others to plan their own cute adventures!
See the day in action with this film from Calling Mountains Production:
Photography: Logan Swayze // Venue: Couple’s Home & Ipsoot Mountain, Pemberton, BC, Canada // Event design: Jessie McNaught // Flowers: Catherine Karpman // Wedding dress: Reclamation // Bridal ring: Miriam De Langley // Hair stylist: Kerry Waring // Make-up artist: Kerry Waring // Videography: Calling Mountains Production // Cake: The Flour Pot // officiating: Jeremy Postal // Models: Anna Lengstrand and Keaton Carlson // Horse at first sight (owned by the bride): Stella – American painting horse