An Alberta, Canada Elopement
Tell us your love story!
Hilary and I met in university in Alberta, Canada and have been together for going on nine years. From the first time we met, we have been pretty much inseparable ever since.
What about the proposal?
Our proposal story did not go as planned at all! We had just returned home from a trip to Florida, and before we left I ordered Hilary a new phone case because she had broken hers. When we got to the house from the airport, there was a little box on our front porch and I assumed it was the phone case – well it turns out it was an engagement ring! So the surprise of it all was a bit ruined haha and I was also slightly concerned that the delivery company didn’t request a signature on something that valuable, but that’s a whole other thing. We did manage to celebrate in our own way and share the news with family and friends and it was still very special, but totally not what Hilary had planned.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
I think we both knew pretty early on that we were in this for the long haul, but we met at a pretty young age and we were both still in college. We have been through a lot of major adulthood milestones together – graduating university, buying our first home, starting our careers. I never really imagined having a love story like that but I’m so grateful that we have been able to do life with each other like this.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Because we knew pretty early on into our relationship that we were in it for the long haul, we spent a long time thinking about what our wedding would look like. We are both reserved, introverted people and knew that a big wedding would probably not be very comfortable for us. Though there are many people in our lives who we love, we knew in our hearts that an elopement was what we truly wanted so we could spend this special moment in our lives alone together. That being said, we had planned for a large reception this spring to celebrate but it was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis… but that’s another story!
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
I was shocked at how hard it is to change your name! Hilary ended up taking my last name and we spent a lot of time and money getting all that processed. Even now, there are still things that come up in her maiden name that we forgot about. I feel like it’s a neverending process.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
The whole day flies by so quickly and you really need to take mental notes to remember all the details. I am really grateful we got to spend so much time together on our wedding day. That was really important to us and I’ll always remember it.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Don’t give into external pressure! We told a few close family members and friends about our elopement in advance and there were some strong feelings for us to change our plans and have a more traditional wedding celebration. I’m so glad we stuck to our guns on eloping because it was exactly what we dreamed of and wanted. You really need to do what’s best for you. It’s your day.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
When we were done with our ceremony and photos, we got to come back to our hotel cabin and have a few drinks before going for a walk around the resort. Eloping is amazing because you can immediately take off your wedding clothes and enjoy some time in comfy sweatpants and no one will ever know! Our wedding day ended with being served a delicious, five-course meal in the comfort of our room while we lounged in plushy robes. So those two parts were a definite highlight!
- Photography & Videography: Brina Debalinhard Photography
- Venue | Florals: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Jasper, Alberta Canada)
- Attire: BHLDN