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Cozy, Candlelit Lodge Wedding

Ally and Christian’s wedding on the shore of Nita Lake is the very reason I love fall affairs so very much. Anchored in a rich moody color palette with a cozy lodge setting and a candlelit dinner, it’s a perfect ode to the autumn season with romantic touches from vendors like Maurelle Calligraphy. Go see all the pretty that awaits in the gallery from Melia Lucida.

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From the Bride…I never grew up believing that there was a perfect partner out there waiting for me. But, after my second date with Christian, looking into his eyes, it felt as if we had always known each other. A week, and three more dates later, and we were inseparable. Since then, a little over five years from our first date, we have only been apart for a handful of days. And, the fact that it pains me to remember each and every one of those days, shows me that there is in fact a perfect partner and that I had found him.

After a classically inspired engagement at the stunning Rosewood Hotel Georgia, I started planning our big “rustic-elegance” themed wedding day. The most important factor, however, was that I did not want a prolonged engagement. But, even I did not realize how short our engagement was going to be until I fell in love with the location, and learned that their only availability was less than five months away. And, since Christian and I were budget-conscious, and were taking on our wedding planning to cut costs, it was quite the task we gave ourselves!

After far too many three-hour roundtrip drives to the venue, and a number of long and stressful decision-filled days, with the help of our amazing vendors, our vision came together. The day was rustic and romantic, yet elegant and timeless. Even the weather cooperated just long enough for our outdoor ceremony, and our photo session. The wooden vineyard chairs and log-rounds, aged-gold touches throughout, and textured linens and menus, all tied together by incredible florals that were heavy on greenery, and featured hints of blush, and a Protea to honor my South African heritage, made for a seamless and magical day! And, as the staff at the Lodge later recounted to us, the venue was completely transformed!

On the big day, my bridesmaids and I got ready on-site in the stunning Rainforest Suite at the venue, while Christian and his groomsmen got shaves in a suite at the other end of the Lodge. While the day flew by, I will never forget sharing our first dance on the patio, overlooking the lake, while a light mist started to come down. And, just as we were sharing a kiss, my husband’s family surprised me with a breathtaking fireworks display that rounded out what was the most amazing day of my life, and was the perfect start to our lives together!

Christian and I are taking a few months to enjoy our newlywed life, and then we will be heading off on our honeymoon to Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy!

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Photography: Melia Lucida, Photographer​ | Design: Taffete Designs | Styling: Gumboot Glam | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Cake: Ganache Patisserie | Catering: Nita Lake Lodge | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Jasmine Hoffman | Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy | DJ: Like You Just Don’t Care | Groom's Attire: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Nita Lake Lodge | Bride's Earrings: Nordstrom | Bride's Necklace: Minichiello Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David's Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin | Day-Of Coordination + Decor: Celebrate Events | Decor: Taffete Designs | Décor: Bespoke Decor | Event Rentals: Event Rental Works | Fireworks: Whistler Fireworks | Groom's Hair: Kurt Hoffman | Hair Accessories: The Borrowed Collection | Invitations + Wedding Website: Minted | Reception Music: Musos Entertaiment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Manuel Mendoza

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Romantic Lakeside Fall Whistler Wedding

Keeping the all-natural beauty of their lakeside venue in mind, this darling duo set out to infuse their “I Do’s” with rustic fall hues, organic decor, and nods to their love of the great outdoors (canoes!).With the help of Spread Love Events and Gucio Photography, they got exactly what they wished for and more, and you can see it all in The Vault here!

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From The Bride…When Darin and I began planning our big day, the most important thing we wanted was our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple. Fall is our favorite season, so naturally we chose to get married in September – one of the most beautiful seasons in British Columbia. The first thing we did was book our venue. We love the Whistler area and spend many weekends snowboarding, hiking or simply, wandering the village. We wanted a location that showcased the epic scenery Whistler provides, but still delivered a cozy, intimate experience. The beautiful Nita Lake Lodge provided everything we were looking for and more. Next, we met with Ashley Bond from Spread Love Events. We instantly hit it off and were excited about all her creative ideas and suggestions for vendors. We knew we were in good hands with Ashley and the Spread Love team.

Darin and I both share a passion for cooking and entertaining friends and family. We used this common love as inspiration and tried to incorporate it into our day in as many ways possible. Instead of a traditional guest book we chose one of our favorite cookbooks. The book has turned into a great keepsake and we enjoy reading all our guests’ comments and reflecting on our wedding day every time we cook together. Nita Lake also designed a custom family style menu, incorporating all of our favorite seasonal foods. Our guests enjoyed the interactive dining experience and raved about the amazing food. Finally, Spread Love Events and the talented team at Celsia Floral transformed Nita Lake Lodge’s ballroom into a breathtaking dining room that captured the spirit and decor of a true harvest feast.

Everything on our wedding day was perfect, thanks to all of our terrific vendors and our loving friends and family. Everyone went above and beyond and we couldn’t be more grateful for pulling off such an amazing day.

Photography: Gucio Photography | Floral Design: Celsia Floral | Wedding Dress: Bisou Bridal | Stationery: Spread Love Events | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: Emily Cheng | DJ: James Audio Video | Venue: Nita Lake Lodge | Decor Rentals: Spread Love Events | Event Planning & Designer: Spread Love Events