This elopement was inspired by the west coast beaches of Vancouver Island, it’s landscape, and it’s adventurous people. Our goal was to create an elopement that was truly about just the couple and their love for camping, nature and, of course, each other. What better than a camper van road trip out to the Sombrio Beach?
Sombrio is a rugged stretch of beach on the Juan de Fuca trail, which is a three day hike along the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. Characterized by it's sunsets, rolling fog and jagged shoreline, this surfing hotspot is only an hour's drive away from Victoria, but feels perfectly remote.
We shot this photoshoot on the new moon in late July. We were hoping for a sunset, but in true coastal fashion, got a foggy transition to night. No worry though, as fog is a muse I welcome any day. It brings a mysterious mood and surreal feeling, adding to the grandeur of the surroundings. After exchanging vows Luka and Hayley skipped the fancy dinner in favour of indulging in a beach charcuterie comprised of local cheese and bread. Then they finished off with a champagne toast to celebrate.
We took a local and sustainable approach to each aspect of this event. The flowers, sourced by Powell Floral Designs, were comprised of wild flowers grown on the island. The dress was made by local designer, Reclamation Design, who repurposes reclaimed fabrics for all of her dresses. Even the bride’s bedtime wear was designed and made on Denman Island, by Bees and Bones, a sustainable clothing line. With so many talented entrepreneurs on this island, it wasn't hard to find the vendors that brought this vibe to life.
More and more I've come to appreciate that the most authentic weddings reflect the couple, their interests and their love for each other. It's ok to step outside the box and create your own ritual, or tradition. Run away to the coast just the two of you! Invite your loved ones and throw a party in the backyard! Make your wedding yours...and bring me along to capture it. :)
This shoot was featured on Dirty Boots & Messy Hair.