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As your personal wedding planner it is my desire to make your day as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

Together, with my extensive knowledge and experience of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, we will plan the elopement wedding of your dreams.  It can be as:  simple, romantic, fun and as adventurous as you prefer.

I invite you to come and experience the “Romance of the Rockies.” Our spectacular majestic mountains will fill you with awe, create an abundance of magical memories and leave you with a desire to return.

If it is your first time in the Rockies, let me welcome you to my beautiful home town of Banff. I will introduce you to some breathtaking views and natural beauty spots in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Banff is a wonderful community with lots of world-class services and exciting activities to keep you entertained, or you may choose to simply relax and enjoy the view.

Whether you choose a simple outdoor celebration, a romantic weekend or something fun and adventurous, small wedding celebrations are my passion!

Sharon Carmichael

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Sharon & Malcolm far exceeded any expectation we had. Not only are they both amazing people, they truly have a special gift for making your wedding one of a kind. They are the BEST!! If you are looking to elope in Banff... use them!
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Banff Outdoor Wedding

Banff is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in the world!

We are surrounded by majestic mountains, flowing rivers, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, meadows, viewpoints and unspoiled Rocky Mountain scenery.

With my help, we choose an outdoor location in Banff that suits your personal taste.

$2995 + gst - This package is perfect for an eloping couple

$3995 + gst - For couples with up to 10 guests (indoor location included)

$4995 + gst - For couples with up to 20 guests (indoor location included)

Available Monday to Friday.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Hand-crafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

For weddings with guests, an indoor backup location is included.

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Banff Wedding in a Church

This package is perfect for couples choosing to be married in a church with a religious ceremony.

St George in the Pines Church has a wonderful history.  It is the oldest stone building in Banff,  it has the most amazing stained glass windows, church bells and was visited by the Queen Mother and King George in 1952.

(This is our local church, we were married here in 1995 and my three daughters were christened here.)

Alternatively, if you are looking to have a religious ceremony outside amongst the mountains, our marriage commissioner is willing to perform the wedding ceremony in an outdoor location of your choice.  This also gives you the advantage of an indoor location as a backup in case of inclement weather.

$4795 + gst - Up to 10 guests
$5495 + gst - Up to 20 guests

Available Monday to Friday.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Church
  • Minister
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian Chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

 

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Ski Hill (or Snowboard) Wedding

The Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to three world-class ski resorts.

Take a gondola or chair lift to the top of the mountain, find a beautiful location for your ceremony and ski down the mountain as a married couple.

Ski hill weddings are fun and exhilarating!

$3595 + gst – Banff Mount Norquay

$4595 + gst – Lake Louise or Sunshine Village

Suitable for up to 10 guests

(available Monday to Friday during our winter season: December to April/May)

Mount Norquay is the closest ski area to Banff town (you can see the ski runs from the town).  I love this ski hill because of its accessibility, breathtaking views and lots of groomed runs.

Both Sunshine Village ski area and Lake Louise ski area are located just outside of Banff with a 25- to 45-minute drive. Sunshine Village is a favourite for snowboarders, often with lots of fresh powder, while Lake Louise has fantastic terrain and spectacular views.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage ("with sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)
  • Five lift tickets

For an additional two nights accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Outdoor sleigh ride wedding

The couple enjoy a romantic sleigh ride to a secluded location surrounded by magnificent, sparkling winter scenery.

In this magical white winter wonderland the couple are married.

After a short ceremony and some spectacular photographs the newly weds depart on the sleigh to enjoy the ride back to the hotel as Mr & Mrs.

Couples with up to 10 guests Lake Louise $4695 + gst
​Couples with up to 20 guests Lake Louise $5995 + gst

Lake Louise sleigh ride weddings leave at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m.

 

Available Monday to Friday, December to April (weather dependent)

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Sleigh ride
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Banff Mountain Wedding

Banff is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in the World!
In 1959, the Norquay Tea house (now the Cliffhouse Bistro) was built, with access via a small chair lift showcasing a very unique view over Banff that is Simply Breathtaking.
Surrounded by Majestic Mountains, your ceremony will take place on the side of Mount Norquay overlooking the valley, with an incredible view.
Marylin Monroe rode the Norquay chairlift to the tea house for a visit, while filming “River of No Return” near Banff).
$3495 + gst  - This package is perfect for an Eloping Couple
$4495 + gst- Up to 10 guests
Up to 20 guests – not available at this time.

Available Monday to Friday. *Summer:  mid June to mid October, Winter:  mid December to end of March*

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage(with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Hand-crafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)
  • Lift tickets will also be provided for the wedding couple, wedding suppliers, and up to 10 guests

For weddings with guests, an indoor backup location is included.

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Banff  Hotel Wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, The Buffalo Mountain Lodge or The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The World Famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is truly romantic and offers a fairytale location to celebrate your intimate wedding.

Providing the ambiance of a medieval castle with spiral staircases, long hallways and majestic rooms, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your indoor photographs.

The ceremony location at the Fairmont Banff Springs will be the Strathcona Room or the Angus Room.

For couples choosing the Buffalo Mountain Lodge (rustic, Canadian Log timber framed structure) for their ceremony & reception dinner, we use the Strathcona Room.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers stunning views across the valley over Rundle Mountain range, and the ceremony location would be in the Bluebell Room.

Eloping couple with up to 10 guests: $4495 + gst
Up to 20 guests: $5495 + gst

This package is perfect for small weddings choosing to be married in our local castle or rustic Canadian Lodge (or outside with an indoor backup in case of inclement weather)

Available Monday to Friday

Couples choosing to be married at the castle are required to make a dining reservation in one of the many restaurants at the hotel. (Food and beverage is not included in this package.)

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Strathcona Room,  Angus Room, or Bluebell Room
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian chocolates
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Lake Louise or Moraine Lake wedding

Often described as a million-dollar view, the mountain glacier scenery across the turquoise lake at world-renowned Lake Louise is totally breathtaking!

Moraine Lake is surrounded by the famous “Valley of the Ten Peaks” that was the scene on the back of the Canadian $20 bills.  The pristine view, peace and tranquility at Moraine Lake is Simply Magical.

Eloping Couple - $3595 + gst
Up to 10 Guests - $4595 + gst
​Indoor location included
Up to 20 guests -$5595 + gst
​Indoor location included

 

Available Monday to Friday.

Lake Louise is located an hour outside of Banff and available for outdoor ceremonies year-round. Our indoor backup location (for weddings with guests) is the Lefroy Room inside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

 

NOTE - Moraine Lake is also located an hour from Banff and only open from early June to late September weather dependent.  We offer outdoor ceremonies at 9 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m. for eloping couples and with up to 10 guests only.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Lefroy room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (for weddings with guests)
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Canmore Heli-Wedding for Two

Imagine flying in a helicopter to the top of a Canadian Rocky Mountain to make your wedding vows.

Spectacular, fun and breathtaking!

Enjoy a view of the pristine and majestic mountains from above, a heli-wedding is the ultimate experience for the adventurous couple.

Mount Charles Stewart - $3995 + gst
Marvel Pass - $4595 + gst

This package is perfect for an eloping couple.
(No guests) 

 

Available Sunday to Friday, all year round.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Marriage certificate
  • Helicopter flight
  • Guide
  • Two witnesses
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • Hair salon booking (option to add on make-up)
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Hand-crafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

For an additional two-night accommodation in the Banff Log Cabin, add on $500.
(Cabin is not available at this discounted rate in June, July, August, September & Christmas season)

Emerald Lake, BC Wedding

Nestled in the Wilderness of Yoho National Park, standing on the edge of stunning jade colored waters, is the historical hand hewn timber building Emerald Lake Lodge.

Surrounded by majestic mountains, Emerald Lake offers an outstanding vista of mountainscape views. First discovered by pioneer Tom Wilson and enjoyed by travelers for over a century.

The lodge has a rustic ambiance and is filled with historical treasures such as the century old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890’s Yukon Saloon.

Eloping Couple - $3795 + gst
Up to 10 Guests - $4695 + gst
Indoor location included
Up to 20 guests -$5595 + gst
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Indoor location included

 

Available Monday to Thursday.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday dates may be available, but subject to a surcharge.

Emerald Lake is located less than an hour and a half outside of Banff and available for outdoor viewpoint ceremonies year-round. Our indoor backup location is the Yoho Lounge and the President's Room (for weddings with guests) in the Emerald Lake Lodge.

This package includes:

  • A detailed itinerary of your wedding
  • All vendor bookings, contracts, deposits and payments taken care of
  • Your personal planner for a 2.5 hour consultation and tour of Banff the day before your wedding
  • Personal assistance on your wedding day (from getting ready to end of your photo shoot)
  • We steam the bride’s wedding dress, and press the groom’s suit
  • Marriage license
  • Marriage commissioner
  • Outdoor viewpoint or Yoho Lounge
  • President's Room (for weddings with guests)
  • Two witnesses (if required)
  • Professional photographer for 2, 3 or 4 hours of coverage (with "sneak peeks" USB card and shipping)
  • Posy bouquet and boutonniere
  • Hair style booking (option to add on make-up)
  • One bottle of Moet Chandon French Champagne
  • Handcrafted Belgian chocolates
  • Dining reservation (suitable suggestions made)

Rainbow Weddings

Just in case you are wondering, yes, we are gay friendly (and always have been).

When you find your true love and soulmate, it is a gift, and we believe that.

Gay weddings have been legally acknowledged in Alberta since 2005, and since then, couples from all over the world have been travelling to the Rocky Mountains to seal their commitment with a legal bond.

We don’t have any special packages for same sex weddings. All packages are suitable for any gay or lesbian couple ready to make that lifetime commitment.

Some adjustments will need to be made for salon bookings, bouquets of flowers etc.

We are now happy to offer a “hot shave” service for the gentleman.

We welcome and support gay marriages!

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Sharon was there from start to well after the finish. I was a little nervous planning a wedding from Texas with someone I'd never met but Sharon calmed my nerves and made us feel at home. She was there on our wedding day fixing what I didn't know needed fixing and was always there to help us no matter what it was. Sharon and Malcolm LOVE their job and are excellent at it. I can't thank them enough for making our wedding day PERFECT!! Highly recommend Elope in Banff, say yes and you won't regret it!!
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Words can not even begin to describe our wedding day. It was absolutely amazing! Sharon made sure everything went without a hitch and took care of every last detail, making sure everything was perfect for us. Malcolm was our photographer and our photos were just out of this world. We can not thank them enough for making our special day so magical.
Kylie & Chris

About Sharon

With over 15 years of experience in the wedding industry, Sharon is still as passionate as ever about small wedding celebrations.

“I love the Canadian Rocky Mountains!  It's fun meeting couples from all over the world.  I enjoy introducing my clients to the wonders of Banff and the breathtaking views.  I love it all!”

“For me, it is very exciting to meet two people ready to make that lifetime commitment to each other.  Being part of that special celebration is a wonderful honour and a magical moment.  I love elopement weddings in Banff.”

On a personal note...

Born in Cheshire, in the United Kingdom, Sharon traveled extensively while completing her degree at the University of Derby.

Upon graduating, she moved to Canada, married her Canadian husband Malcolm and has have been in Banff for 24 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters and live in a historical log home in the heart of Banff.

Banff has 3 World Class Ski Hills in Banff & Lake Louise, and Sharon loves to ski. (She qualified as a CISA level 1ski instructor when she was 5 months pregnant with her first child). You will often find Sharon and her family skiing weekends in the Winter.

Sharon loves to swim and scuba dive.  She, and her family, are PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Divers. Sharon has been fortunate enough to dive in: Belize, the Cooke Islands, Seychelles, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and the Maldives. Yes, they love to travel!

Reading is also a passion of Sharon's and she has been a volunteer at the Word Fest event at the Banff Center for the last 15 years. This literary event takes place annually and promotes successful and upcoming authors from all over the world.

As an active member of the community, Sharon often volunteers with Banff Elementary School activities.  She is a member of the Mount Temple IODE and the women's NEW group.

An accomplished quilter, Sharon's art quilt "Sunflower Pot" was voted best of show at the Canmore Quilt Show 2007, then was later published in "Canadian Quilter". She has been a member of the Canmore Mountain Cabin Quilt Guild for 15 years.

Sharon & Malcolm were honoured to represent Banff in the UK TV show "Wish You Were Here", a travel program that aired in the UK.

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On a serious note...

Sharon graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Business & Finance from the University of Derby (in the UK), an HND in Business & Finance, and she also has a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute in Marketing.

In 1997, she began planning small weddings for a UK based travel agency and this was the start of her career in the wedding industry. Over the past 2 decades, she has worked with hundreds of couples from all over the world who have chosen to come to the Canadian Rockies to celebrate their marriage vows.

Recently, Sharon was accepted by "Junebug Weddings" as one of the Best Wedding Planners in the world. This wonderful acknowledgement is prestigious recognition for the dedicated Elope in Banff team, who provide exceptional personal services to wedding couples who choose to get married in the mountains.

The Elope in Banff team also has more reviews on Wedding Wire (the Trip Advisor for the Wedding Industry) than any other wedding planner in Alberta. We hope you have a chance to take a look at these messages from past couples.

With years of experience, Sharon has created a number of packages to inspire and provide you with different ideas when choosing to be married in Banff or Lake Louise, Canada. These packages are a great starting point for your special day. However, these packages are flexible and nearly every wedding is customised to each individual couple.

Together, with her husband Malcolm Carmichael, they own: Alpine Peak Photography and the Banff Log Cabin B & B.

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About Claire

Claire

Claire Honeyman loves the business of LOVE!

For the past 3 years Claire has been a valuable part of the team at Elope in Banff. Her fun personality, enthusiasm for wedding ceremonies and ability to connect with couples, ensures a wonderful wedding experience.

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Claire meets with couples when they arrive in Banff. She has lived in the Bow Valley for over 25 years and has a vast knowledge of the area, which she enjoys sharing.

On your wedding day, Claire will arrive early to assist the bride in getting ready, she will accompany the couple to the ceremony and will be with you for the duration of your photographs.

Claire is very much a people person, she specialises in relationship building skills, and has her own consulting business focusing on personal development and emotional intelligence.

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From the first moment we got in touch with Sharon a few months before our wedding, her calm and friendly manner filled us with confidence. She kept in touch throughout and her attention to detail was excellent. When we finally met Sharon face to face the day before our wedding we knew that we had made the right choice. Not only did she run through the whole process with ourselves and the registrar but also took time to take us on a tour of Banff and take some lovely photographs of us. The wedding day was perfect with everything running to plan and to schedule but beyond that Sharon and Malcolm's style and professionalism provided us with warm and friendly support throughout and ensured that what could have been a stressful day was indeed a happy and joyful one. After the ceremony they took time ensure that the photographs were of the highest quality and taken in all the best locations, and kept us smiling for the camera. To summarise- a top class service provided by a warm friendly and extremely professional couple.
Sian & Garfield
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