Tantalus View Retreat elopement

Tantalus View Retreat elopement: Karli + Aaron

We’re very grateful that we got to join Karli and Aaron for their elopement at Tantalus View Retreat. The two of them told us they initially just wandered through the woods of Squamish, looking for a nice spot in the forest for their ceremony. But they realized that came with certain challenges and found a road that leads to “a cabin” on google maps. I think they did an amazing job, what a special place to get married! The owners built everything themselves, including the impressive staircase that also became Karli’s wedding aisle.

With family all over the world, the two of them knew an elopement worked best for them. And since they met each other not that far from Squamish, and love the nature, it seemed like the perfect choice for them. When they first started dating, Karli who worked in remote locations as a nurse, told Aaron to either join her or break up. You can guess what happened, lol. As they described it, they spent a large part of their relationship living out of tents and cars. 🙂 This adventurous duo has traveled so much and they lived together in Australia for a year as well! True world citizens.

On the morning of the wedding, it quickly became clear that it would rain all day long. Not unlike their first month together in a tent at Haida Gwaii with daily rain. Jelger and I know for sure, that if you can do that, your relationship can survive anything. 😉 Their first look happened in a dry location, hehe and so did the signing of their ketubah. But despite the rain, they decided to go ahead with their forest ceremony. I loved how Karli walked down the aisle and how Aaron admired her doing so. 🙂 Their chuppah kept most of the rain at bay and family and friends could follow along via zoom. With an impressive video installation they got to toast with their parents afterwards!

And during portrait time, they beat the looming hypothermia with jackets and sheer determination. 😉

Mazel tov Karli and Aaron! It was an honour to be a part of your celebration and I hope you get to go on a lot of adventures soon!


Tantalus view retreat elopement vendors:

Venue: Tantalus View Retreat

Rabbi: Carey Brown. She got absolutely soaked during the ceremony without anyone noticing and with a big smile on her face. We think she’s amazing!

Check out more photographs taken in Squamish right here.