I remember getting an email from Jess asking if I was available for a sunrise elopement for September 4th. Instantly bummed knowing I still had a full time job at the time of the email, I knew I had to turn her down. With a last chance try, Jess reached out again, asking if I was available for September 5th. A quick realization that there may have been a typo in the date, I asked Jess if she meant the 4th or the 5th? I was ecstatic to know she meant the 5th, and that meant I would be available (funny how only a couple weeks later I would leave my full-time job).
It was 4:45AM when I hit the road for the lookout that Jess and Jack would elope at. It was 2 degrees Celsius out, and pitch black. I remember just hoping my whole drive there would not involve a deer or moose running out... Northern Ontario problems, haha.
By the time we hit the trailhead, the sun was just starting to rise. Out of breath by the time I made it to the top, there was an epic fog hovering over the Bonnechere River while the loons called their haunting call. Matilda kept content with multiple sticks while J+J's guests arrived.
Jess and Jack came prepared with coffee, mimosas, and delicate treats to serve over the lookout to all of their family and friends that too, made the trek up to the overlook.
It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony. Cold, but breathtakingly beautiful. Probably one of my favourite set of images from this gallery is when Jess reunites with Matilda as the ceremony begins. The bond those two share was most definitely felt, and as an avid dog lover myself, these images still give me goosebumps.
I had such a rush of fulfillment after this elopement. It was exactly what I dream of shooting and only hope that I meet more incredible clients that choose a similar route for their wedding days.
Congrats again Jess + Jack, and thank you again for allowing me to document your special day.