Ahhh…I can almost feel the delicious mountain air that surrounded this garden party inspired affair by just admiring all the pretty images from FRESH Photography. The vibrant color palette is the perfect compliment to the gorgeous scenery and all the details are equally pretty. It’s a feast for the senses, so be sure to take a stroll through the full gallery for so much more pretty.
From the Bride…While we reside in Calgary, we chose to wed at the St Eugene Mission Resort, nestled in the British Columbia Rocky Mountains and close to my hometown of Kimberley, British Columbia. My family may have had an advantage, but with guests from Hong Kong, Australia, England and Toronto, it seems travel would have been inevitable for the groom’s side. It made us feel so very loved to have people come from all corners of the globe for our wedding!
We chose a whimsical garden-party theme (think English country garden with ladies in hats) with a peacock color scheme of blues and purples. The venue, with its ivy-covered stone facade, natural tree lined aisle and mountain setting, provided the perfect backdrop to our ceremony. The wind was a welcome relief on a hot summer’s day and had the added benefit of ruffling peacock feathers and keeping lush leaves in perpetual motion.
Our reception was held in outdoor tents at the resort. The dinner featured local BC wines from the Okanagan Valley, and locally sourced bison rib eye steaks as well as handpicked huckleberries from the nearby mountains. All the reception decor was DIY – with the help of some lovely relatives and friends. My sister and MOH designed and executed the head table backdrop single handedly, my mother made the ring bearer’s pillows by hand, and one of my bridesmaids designed the entire candy buffet. We brought our own string lighting and strung it up inside the tents, and I created my own Manzanita branch centerpieces with hanging votive candles and little perched millinery birds. The whole wedding was more work than I ever imagined, and more perfect than I ever dreamed.
Ceremony + Reception Venue: St. Eugene Golf Resort / Wedding Gown: Martina Ilana / Earrings: MeadowbelleMarket / Birdcage Veil: Sassy Millinery / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thread / Bridesmaid Fascinators: Gilded Shadows / Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith / Tie: Handmade from tailor in Thailand / Make-up: Friend, Sharah / Hair: Pat Johnson / Floral Design: MJ’s Floral Designs / DJ: Just Music / Caterer: St. Eugene Golf Resort / Wedding Photography: FRESH Photography / Guitarist: Don Glasrud / Cupcakes: Sweet Revenge Bakery