When it comes to elopements, each story is unique, and Marissa and Hagen’s journey is no exception. This adventurous couple from Okanagan, BC, chose to exchange their vows against the stunning backdrop of Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Alberta. Their special day, planned with the help of Tanan Elopements, was a celebration of love tailored to their desires and personalities.

Exchanging Rings: A Symbol of Love

For Marissa and Hagen, the question of exchanging rings was an easy one. They chose both. The exchange of rings is a deeply personal moment, symbolizing the unending circle of love and commitment. In their case, the rings would become cherished symbols of their journey together.

The Objection Question: A Unique Touch

Marissa and Hagen decided to incorporate the “Objection Question” into their ceremony. While not mandatory, this addition added an element of humor and excitement. As their love story unfolded, it became clear that there were no objections to this beautiful union, making this question a memorable part of their special day.

Involving Loved Ones: A Touch of Family

In their questionnaire, Marissa and Hagen offered their loved ones the opportunity to read, sing, or speak during the ceremony. They valued the presence of their closest friends and family members and wanted them to be an integral part of their day. This made the elopement feel even more intimate and meaningful.

Creating a Casual, Fun, and Relaxed Vibe

The couple described their desired ceremony vibe as “casual, fun, and relaxed.” They wanted to keep the mood light and carefree, reflecting their own personalities and their journey as a couple. This laid-back atmosphere was perfect for their picturesque outdoor setting.

Personal Touches: What and Who to Mention

Marissa and Hagen took advantage of the optional question about who or what they’d like to mention during the ceremony. This allowed them to include meaningful anecdotes, references to loved ones, and other personal touches that made their elopement uniquely theirs.

The Introduction: Mr. and Mrs.

For their introduction as a married couple, Marissa and Hagen chose “Mr. and Mrs.” A classic and timeless choice, it signified their new journey together as a married pair.

Pets: Furry Family Members

Pets are beloved members of the family, and for Marissa and Hagen, it was essential to include their furry friends in the ceremony. They wanted their pets to be mentioned, ensuring that every cherished family member played a role in their special day.

Intimate Gathering: 20 Guests

The couple opted for an intimate gathering of 20 guests. These close friends and family members added warmth and love to the celebration, creating a cozy atmosphere that was in perfect harmony with the breathtaking surroundings.

Charming Flower Girls and Ring Bearers

With two flower girls and ring bearers in tow, Marissa and Hagen added a charming and endearing touch to their elopement. The presence of these little ones enhanced the joy and sentiment of the ceremony.

No Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

While some couples choose to have bridesmaids and groomsmen, Marissa and Hagen decided to keep their ceremony more intimate and didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen. This choice made their elopement feel even more personal.

Special Readings: A Couple’s Love Story

Marissa and Hagen’s elopement didn’t include special poem, scripture, or statement readings. Instead, their love story was the focus of the day, and it was eloquently shared through their vows and personal touches throughout the ceremony.


Marissa and Hagen’s elopement at Lake Minnewanka in Banff, beautifully curated by Tanan Elopements, was a reflection of their unique love story. With the exchange of rings, the “Objection Question,” involvement of loved ones, and personalized touches, their elopement was a heartfelt celebration that captured the essence of their relationship. This intimate gathering of 20 guests, complete with flower girls and ring bearers, showcased the couple’s commitment to keeping their special day personal and meaningful. In the end, it was an unforgettable celebration of love that will forever be etched in their heart.

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