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Ski Resort Winter Wedding

After spending the past few days in the Rockies for engage!14, I’ve found myself with elegant mountain weddings on the brain. So truth be told, these winter ski resort nuptials captured by Christina Louise couldn’t have come at ANY better time. Decked in blooms by Revelstoke Florist and a blanket of snow as far as the eye can see, this scenic gallery is not to be missed.

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From the Bride… I have always known I wanted a Winter Wedding; the trick was persuading my fiancé that it was a good idea. I was able to convince Jon that a Ski Wedding at our favorite resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, would be the perfect place to have a winter destination wedding. Jon and I are avid snowboarders and have been using a local company, Backside Tours, to get us to and from the mountains for a few seasons now.

Backside provides transportation, accommodations, and lift tickets (plus a great time!) for weekend getaways to the Canadian Rockies. They were happy to help us create a ski trip to get all our guests out to the mountains safely and provide them with amazing accommodations at the Sutton Place Hotel at the base of Revelstoke Mountain. With two buses loaded with our guests (and an ample amount of snacks, drinks, and a pumping sound system) we headed out on the 7 hour drive from Edmonton, Alberta to Revelstoke, British Columbia.

After a night of rest, Jon and I’s big day had finally come! We opted to have a morning ceremony so our guests could ride the mountain in the afternoon before the reception in the evening. The girls started their day at the salon while the boys relaxed at the hotel. At 11AM I walked down the aisle to Vigil by Jack Wall. This song holds a special place for both Jon and I as it is the theme song of the video game franchise we both worked on for the last 5 years – Mass Effect. The ceremony was a traditional Catholic wedding, and included Filipino traditions from Jon’s family. Our wedding party helped us with the candles, veil, cord, and coins; the addition of these traditions made for a very memorable, and unique ceremony.

The reception was the first Winter Wedding at the Mid Mountain Lodge on Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Revelation Lodge is usually only available for summer weddings as the chalet is used during the day by resort patrons. I was told if I wanted to have my reception during ski season I would have less than 2 hours to decorate. I knew that I wanted to have my reception ‘on top of a mountain’, so I had to get creative with our venue décor! After skimming through Pintrest and tonnes of wedding magazines, we finally decided on a rustic, alpine theme with simple winter colors – green, blue, and brown. We got our sewing machine tuned, Photoshop installed, and started in on creating everything from our Wedding Invitations to our monogrammed burlap table runners.

Not one of our decorations were purchased ‘as is’ – all were hand made by either Jon and myself, or another member of the family. The highlight of our wedding décor was the handmade candle centerpieces that were created by my grandfather. All decorations were there to be taken, and almost all the table runners and candle holders were gone by the end of the night! We tried to keep with the ski theme in our reception as much as possible; for example, our tables were not numbered instead they were names of our favorite ski runs, and our first snowboards acted as our guestbook! Jon created custom stickers for our guests to sign, then they put them onto our snowboards creating a great keepsake for us. Jon and I also decided to have guests drink from a shot-ski instead of the traditional glass clinking to have us kiss. As a result, our guests were ready to party by the end of dinner! DJKing (Jon’s cousin and Jon’s uncle) provided a dance party that did not stop, and at the end of the night we had trouble convincing guests it was time to head down the Gondola back to the hotel!

On Sunday, all our guests loaded back into the Backside Tours buses for the ride home. Jon and I stayed on the mountain for our honeymoon; however, I was told that the bus ride home was much quieter than the bus ride out to the mountain. Overall, it was an amazing weekend that will create lasting memories for Jon and I, and our guests!

Floral Design: Revelstoke Florist | Wedding Cake: Flirt Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: St Francis Of Assisi Church | Reception Venue: Revelstoke Mountain Resort | Bride's Shoes: Design Your Pedestal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Groom's Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom's Suit: Simons | Bridal Party Hair: 1st Impressions Hair Salon | Bridal Party Makeup: Diva Den Day Spa | Bride's Dress: Sophia Toli 'Allanah' | Guest Lodging: Sutton Place Hotel | Invitation & Placecard Printing: VistaPrint | Reception Stationary Printing: Staples | Wedding Photography: Christina Louise Photography | Wedding Shuttle Service: Revelstoke Tours | Wedding Stationery Design (Invitations, Menus, Placecards, Etc): Bride, Kris Schoneberg, Consulted With Epik Creative | Wedding Transportation & Lodging: Backside Tours

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Vintage Meets Rustic Barn Wedding

Fact: when a “true cowboy at heart” marries a stunning bohemian beauty, magic happens.  The kind of magic that includes a vintage meets rustic party that is literally overflowing with awesome.  Think yummy donuts from Harmony Donuts, a crazy gorgeous sun-filled ceremony and a whole lot of burlap-infused goodness captured by BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY.  See it all here.

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From BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY… The bride Shannon spent a year planning and collecting items for her stunning detail oriented wedding reception that took place in the Historic Harris Barn located at Kirkland House, which is one of Vancouver and BC’s most popular wedding venues. The beautiful decor and creative displays truly made this wedding a day to remember for everyone.

From The Bride… Our wedding was inspired from my love for vintage items and with a touch of rustic which comes from the true cowboy at heart, the groom. What we wanted from our wedding day – lots of love, all of our friends and family together – and most importantly FUN. Our wedding had to include our favourite things: good food & live music. I planned the wedding and did the decor myself and had a lot of help executing the day with help from family and friends, which made the day really special.

Photography: BAKEPHOTOGRAPHY | Flowers: Fiorire Custom Florals | Wedding Gown: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaids Dresses: Various - Guess, Aritzia, Boutique Shops | Catering: Smoke And Bones Barbeque | Grooms Attire: Mexx | Bride's Rings: Minichiello Jewellers | Coordination: Kiri McLeod Of Lovely Event Co. | Donuts: Harmony Donuts | Groomsmen Attire: Mexx | Hair And Make-up: Atomic Hair Studio | Music: Adam Woodall Band | Photography - Assistance: Marc Andrew Photography | Wedding Favours : Lulu Island Honey | Wedding Venue: Kirkland House

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Ski Resort Winter Wedding

While summer is so close I can nearly taste it, that doesn’t mean I love a good winter wedding any less. Exhibit A: these Canadian ski resort nuptials snapped to perfection by Angela Hubbard. It’s a snow-filled love fest like you’ve never seen and you can click right here for a whole lot more!

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From the Bride… Scott and I grew up in Walnut Grove, a suburb of Langley BC. We attended different elementary schools, and eventually met at Walnut Grove Secondary in grade 8. During the first day of home room lockers were assigned, and Scott’s locker was right next to mine, as it was for the remainder of high school.

We had several classes together, and had lots of fun distracting each other from whatever content we were supposed to be learning. This eventually led to a Math 11 repeater, in which we both had to take together-again. We were inseparable as friends. We both had ford escort station wagons and would take turns driving each other’s cars. We cruised around together for hours, listening to old cassette tapes, we would spend afternoons at the dog park, and walking along the river. We played endless hours of Classic Nintendo. We would even sneak out together and have campfires under the stars. Scott might have had a crush on me from the beginning, and his friends, and parents, were constantly trying to get us to date. He still affectionately tells me that he has loved me over half his life. I always thought of him as more than a friend, but neither one of us were about to make the first move.

Despite having a very different circle of friends, we became close and our friendship continued to grow throughout high school, and even into Scott’s first couple years of college. One fall during college, Scott had been texting me quite a bit (conveniently during a very dry atmospheric science class). We had always been very good at providing distraction during school for each other, but this time it was different.

When Scott came home from winter break, he took me on our first “unofficial” date. He took me up to to Grouse Mountain, where I tried to teach him how to skate on the outdoor oval. This date was very meaningful because although I had been a figure skater my whole life, I had never actually been able to skate outdoors. Scott remembered that it was something I always wanted to do. We watched an outdoor movie, and ate at the restaurant overlooking the city. It ended off with an evening at a comedy club where we laughed and had a great time. It was perfect.

Scott and I chose to have our wedding at Sun Peaks because it reminded us of our first date at Grouse Mountain, and also because it was located in the city where we first started dating. We are both avid snowboarders and winter sports enthusiasts so the location and the season felt perfect. As nature lovers, we were always planning on having an outdoor ceremony, and the backdrop of the snow covered mountains was perfect for us. We wanted something with a natural, simple feel that would also be cozy and comfortable. It was special for us to have a destination sort of wedding so we could enjoy our time with friends and family before and after the wedding. We were inspired by family, the winter season, nature, wood accents, cozy fireplaces, vintage colour palettes, and warm light from candle lit lanterns.

One of my favourite parts of the day were the special touches from our family. My garter had some of my mothers lace, I wore my great great aunts pearl necklace, and had my grandmothers broach on my bouquet. Scott carried on the wedding tradition of his late father, and wore customized reebok pumps with his tux. My favourite part of the decor were the family photos. Our engagement photos as well as photos of parents, grandparents, and siblings were placed in antique gold frames and set out for guests for to look at. Another favourite moment was providing guests with hot apple cider after the outdoor ceremony.

All of the dresses were beautifully designed by Kathryn bass bridal. It was the perfect option because I was able to choose the perfect colour that worked with our vision, and would be flattering on all of the girls. The best part was that they were able to work with Kathryn and choose styles that they liked the most. Kathryn worked with them to explore styles that would be the most flattering and comfortable for each individual girl. I am so happy that everyone was able to wear what they wanted, but Kathryn was able to make the group look beautifully cohesive.

I can honestly say that even though the dress is one of the most emotional and important details for many brides, it was really the least of my worries through the entire wedding planning process. I had full confidence in my sister to make a stunning dress, and she didn’t disappoint. The moment I tried my completed dress on, I knew it couldn’t be more perfect. I’m so lucky to have a sister with so much skill, talent and passion for what she does. She works above and beyond to deliver an incredible gown, and experience that won’t be forgotten.

There is something so special about knowing that your wedding dress was made just for you, and only you, on the most important day of your life. And I was lucky enough to have it made with love by my very own sister.

We both felt so lucky to have found Angela Hubbard photography through a friend. Because we live up north, we are slightly disconnected from vendors in the wedding industry, so we were so thrilled when we found someone with amazing work that we really admired. Working with Angela was so genuinely comfortable and fun, it was like working with a friend. I really feel that her warm character and incredible talent helped bring out the best of us. I am so thrilled that the images she has captured will be memories of our special day.

Photography: Angela Hubbard | Bakery: Erwin's Fine Baking | Rings: Seth Tobin Jewellers | Hair: Heidi MacGowan | DJ: Derek Learmonth Productions | Bridal Party Attire:: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Bride's Dress, Coat And Accessories: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Decor: Valley Weddings | Makeup: Danielle Anderson @ Strut Beauty & Design | Venue: Delta Sun Peaks Resort