Sproat Lake Backyard Wedding
This small backyard wedding was super special to photograph. I have spent every summer of my life at Sproat Lake, and have called it home for the past two years. R & M contacted me two weeks prior looking for a wedding photographer, they had to cancel and postpone their original wedding date in Vancouver due to the pandemic, and decided last minute to get married at M's parents house and the house he grew up in on Sproat Lake. They were planning a small ceremony followed by a picnic and drinks in the backyard with M's immediate family as R's family all lived overseas and couldn't be there. It was sweet and simple and absolutely stunning filled with so much love and excitement.
If you have never been to Sproat Lake (originally referred to as Kleecoot by local indigenous people). It is located roughly 15 km north west of Port Alberni (10-15 minute drive). It is over 25 kilometres in length, and has 90.8 kilometres of shoreline with stunning views of Mt.Arrowsmith, Mt.Klitsa and the Beaufort Range. In my own experience it is one of the warmest lakes to swim in during the summer months, and a perfect area to cool off from Port Alberni's extremely warm summer months.
A tip if you are planning to get married or eloped at Sproat Lake:
- The wind often comes up quite strongly in the afternoons, if you can find a somewhat sheltered area for your ceremony, or consider having a morning or evening ceremony. If you insist on exchanging vows at the end of the dock mid afternoon, brides an up-do is highly recommended unless you don't mind a mouthful of hair in your images.
Shout out to the following vendors on the wedding day: