It took about two seconds of touring the Fraser River Lodge for this adorable duo to know that it was THE place to say “I do”… and about five seconds of perusing their beautiful wedding gallery for me to whole-heartedly agree. Because when it comes to tying the knot amongst jaw-droppingly gorgeous mountains and stunning scenery, this locale is seriously mesmerizing. Add in some pretty purple hues and an entire day of personality-filled details captured by Kristy Klaassen and it’s enough to make you dizzy from the pretty (seriously). Click here for more.
From the Bride… The Fraser River Lodge was the first and only venue that Jordan and I looked at. When we stepped out onto the wraparound verandah we were in awe of the natural beauty in front of us, and we knew that it was going to be the place where we said our vows. Wendy, the Lodge’s Event Coordinator, was unbelievably organized and so helpful! We wanted our wedding day to be natural, comfortable and inviting for our guests. Despite only meeting a few times in the year leading up to the wedding, Wendy understood our vision perfectly and was there on the day to make sure that it was exactly what we had hoped for.
We wanted as much of our wedding as possible to be handcrafted and meaningful. Over the year we were engaged, I slowly worked to bring life to all of the projects that I had created in my mind. Jordan patiently helped me with a lot of the projects, as did many generous friends and family members. Seeing all of the finished decorations in place at our venue was almost as exciting as the day itself!
We loved that our family was incorporated into many of the details. To collect cards, we used a tiny dresser that my great-grandfather had made for my grandma when she was a little girl. Lace from my mom’s wedding dress was used to tie my bouquet. As a surprise, I had collected wedding photos of our parents and grandparents (who are all examples of what a lasting marriage should be!) and created a photo collage for our reception.
One of our favorite parts of the day was our first look session at the fire hall where Jordan is a firefighter. Many of our married friends had told us to savor every private moment we could find, as the day would pass before we knew it…and they were right! At the end of the day, I was so happy that we had planned to have that short time before the drive to the Lodge. We wanted the moment we first saw each other to be our own (and our photographer’s, although she did a good job of hiding!). It really made for some great memories, and some wonderfully unique photos.
Looking back on our wedding day, we wouldn’t have changed a thing. I know that many brides have their weddings planned from the moment they read their first fairytale, but I am proud that our wedding was truly a combination of details which Jordan and I had both envisioned. The time we spent making decisions and handpicking our vendors was well worth it. Some were close family friends, some were referred to us, and some were the serendipitous result of late-night internet searching (including our fabulous photographer, Kristy Klaassen!), but each and every one of our vendors put so much love and thought into their part of our wedding. We felt so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing and talented group of people helping us put together our perfect day.
Even though the day is over, we’re so happy to have so many wonderful memories from our wedding day – those will truly last a whole lifetime!
Photographer: Kristy Klaassen | Floral Design: Sandra Taylor of Westgate Flower Garden | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Men's Attire: Black and Lee | Ceremony Music: Dunstan Morey | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Clutch: Angee W | Bride’s Rings: Vera Wang | Cake and Cupcakes: Tracycakes | Wedding Venue: Fraser River Lodge