• Janice Power

Vancouver Lakeside Elopement

A Small Intimate Lakeside Elopement in Vancouver with Only Immediate Family to Witness

S + A knew that eloping was the way to go long before having an elopement was cool (or mandatory depending on how pessimistic about the pandemic you are today).

These two contacted me last summer with the idea to elope lakeside in one of Vancouver’s parks. They wanted something small, intimate, and totally them, with only their closest family in attendance. That is exactly what they got! When you plan an elopement you open yourself up to some amazing possibilities that would never be able to fit into a traditional wedding day.

mom dad walk bride down natural aisle to lakeside elopement on dock
bride groom close up hands during ceremony
bride looks lovingly at groom beside lake with lillypads

For this marriage she wanted to keep it small. For S the most important thing was being able to marry A. They both wanted the Vancouver elopement day to be completely focused on that, and that alone. Their families convened in a grassy green area of the Vancouver park before making their way down to the water's edge for the elopement ceremony. S’s brother and A, her soon to be husband, carried their simple elopement decor down the park path to the lakeside dock. They set up the dock in a very easy and elegant way. Then the ceremony began as S walked toward the water with her mother and father at her side. A walked up the aisle of the dock to meet them and took S’s hand to lead her down the dock for their Vancouver lakeside elopement ceremony.

vancouver lake with dock for elopement ceremony
family carries elopement decor down to ceremony
family watches as flower girl comes down aisle to lakeside ceremony
mom dad walk bride down natural aisle to lakeside elopement on dock
mom dad hug bride on her wedding day
groom walks bride down natural aisle onto dock for lakeside elopement
intimate wedding beside lake with immediate family
bride smiles at family during elopement ceremony
rings get exchanged during elopement ceremony by the lake in vancouver
bride groom hold hands during ceremony
family watches intimate wedding ceremony from beach
bride groom have first kiss on dock lakeside ceremony vancouver
bride groom sign marriage license vancouver lakeside
bride groom walk down aisle after lakeside ceremony
kayakers cheer on wedding from water vancouver
family hug bride groom just married

This lake is a popular spot for peddle boaters and kayakers who both enjoyed looking on as S + A said their “I do’s” in their simple summer elopement ceremony. Once the elopement ceremony was complete S + A walked back down the Vancouver dock toward their overjoyed families. Hugs were had all around, and some family photos were shared before S + A headed off for some alone time together (with me as the ultimately 3rd wheel of course!).

bride looks lovingly at groom beside lake with lillypads
bride groom stand on dock at vancouver lake
elopement couples photos vancouver park
bride groom show off rings after intimate wedding ceremony vancouver
portrait bride groom vancouver elopement
bride groom portrait forest vancouver
close up bride holds groom tight elopement portraits
bride touches grooms face during portraits

Bottom line is choosing an elopement is a valid life choice that does not need to be born out of a global crisis in which we can not gather in large groups.

Elopements are beautiful.

Elopements are relaxing.

Elopements are fun.

And elopements can be done any way you want them to. Now, I can’t think of a better way to get married than that.