dream destinations for intimate weddings & elopements
I have been a traveller and explorer all my life. I love to adventure in new places, hike mountains, run on black sand beaches, feel the wind and rain on my face while I soak in the beauty of somewhere I've never been before. There are so many places that I would love to visit. Sometimes it feels like there just isn't enough time in this lifetime so see it all. If you are considering eloping or having an intimate wedding somewhere unique I would love to be invited to capture your love alongside the natural beauty of these amazing destinations. This list is just the tip of the iceberg and is constantly growing. If you have another amazing place in mind for your wedding I would love to hear all about it!
haida gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands
If you know me, you'll know I have a deep love for rainforests and scared places. Haida Gwaii is an archipelago off the west coast of British Columbia. These islands are remote and wild. Think old growth temperate rainforests, rugged coastline, fog, rain and First Nations culture. With a population of only 5000 people you are guaranteed to be able to find space to just exist with nature. I would love to photograph an intimate wedding or elopement along the wooden boardwalks of Naikoon Provincial Park or on the sandy beaches of Moresby Island. We could finish the day with a post-wedding session in the hotsprings of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.
Fogo island is the largest offshore island that is part of Newfoundland & Labrador. It is another remote, yet accessible, part of Canada (are you noticing a trend yet?) that is surrounded on all sides by the wild Atlantic ocean. Fogo Island feels like the edge of the Earth with a subarctic landscape and a temperate maritime climate. The untamed wilderness and rugged landscape appear almost alien in nature. Yet it is home to a vast variety of wildlife and plant species. To me, the landscape looks almost apocalyptic. Being located near the icy Labrador Current, this would be the perfect location for a windy, moody, intimate elopement. Mother Nature is in her rawest form here.
Obviously I couldn't make a list of remote places for an epic adventurous wedding or elopement and leave out Iceland, could I? This place has been the top of my list for years. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty for some amazing cinematography of this beautiful, isolated place. As a geologist in my past life, I am so fascinated by how young the landscape of Iceland is. For all the geology nerds like me, Iceland sits on the divergent boundary between two tectonic plates. That means that where the two plates are moving apart, new geologic material is forming and rising. Essentially, parts of Iceland are still forming as we speak. That's why this island has no forests and the landscape looks so much bigger than life. The normal geological processes that allow landscapes to be eroded haven't had significant time to take place yet. Another thing I love about Iceland is how accessible the amazing natural wonders are here. You can explore a variety of landscapes in a single day. From hot springs, to lava fields, black sand beaches to incredible waterfalls, it really is possible to have it all in Iceland.