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There is a certain grace about Ellie that I just love. A down to earth girl (with style) who looks after her second love Macy, her beloved horse (I think Kirk made his way to the top by the time the wedding took place!) Our connection came with such ease. I remember meeting Ellie and Kirk over coffee and I think the actual wedding talk lasted about 5 minutes and then we surprised ourselves by how fast we started talking about life, love and all it’s beauty. I tell you I just love meeting couples, it always make me discover new things, new habits and great core values.
So we connected, we did one of my sexiest/romantic E-Session to date. From that moment on, I knew I was in for a treat for their wedding day. It was elegant, yet casual. Romantic with the proper dose of steam! And all of it surrounded by their closest friends and family at the ever so gorgeous Edgewater Lodge. Thank you Ellie & Kirk for making me a part of your wonderful celebration and for your kind friendship.
Venue: The Edgewater Lodge
Celebrant: Modern Celebrant
Photographer: Gadbois Photography
When Jessica and I met over coffee, instantly it was like old friends. I always find that in the first few minutes of an enquiry you get a good feeling or not. Well this one was instant. She knew what she wanted and what she was looking for was someone she could trust and deliver. “Bring it on” I said.
The intention for the Wedding day; “A beautiful celebration with a great party. We want to have fun” she said. And fun they did have! Check out their E-Session we did only a few days before.
Meet Dana & Derek, I had a great feeling while talking to them early on about their wedding plans for this coming October at Nicklaus North Golf Course. They said, we’re not photogenic and pretty shy.
This is why I love the E-Session.
They arrived with their individual security blanket;
Her: A succulent,
Him: Drum stick,
Me…inspired right away.
How did he propose and what made you say yes?
I was in New York City and planned to return to Seattle to take a road trip with Dave to Yosemite. Unbeknownst to me, he had planned a perfect mountain proposal. I called him the day before I was to fly home to meet him and said, “I am having so much fun out here! You should fly out to New York City and we’ll enjoy our first ‘city’ vacation!” Dave is a laid back guy, so he immediately agreed, which left his planning at square one. He flew to NYC the next day. We strolled through Central Park near the Bow Bridge, where I requested we rent a row boat. Little did I know, that was his plan all along. We rowed under the bridge and he was so patient to take several pictures with me; meanwhile he snuck the ring out of his pocket and was so nervous he could barely get the words out, “Marry me!” As I tried to get my bearings, he let me know that there was a photographer in the trees capturing the whole event. It took several days before I could really grasp all that happened in the crazy moment under the bridge. I’d known for several years that this was not only the man I was going to marry, but he was, as I regularly refer to him, “the greatest man ever invented!” There was no question in my mind that I was going to say yes, but in the flurry of emotions, I couldn’t get the words out until he said, “you haven’t said yes yet.” To which I replied, “Of course!”
How did Whistler become your number one choice of where to tie the knot?
I grew up in Colorado and always envisioned getting married in the Colorado Rockies. Dave grew up in Seattle and visited Whistler regularly with his family. As is Whistler’s nature, the mountain town took a piece of Dave’s heart. We visited Whistler for my first time in February of 2006. I spent a week with our closest friends and Dave’s mom and dad and fell for Whistler as Dave had so many years ago. Dave’s father passed away unexpectedly 3 years later. We visited Whistler regularly and always felt the spirit of Dave’s father. In fact there is a piece of him on 7th Heaven (his favorite place to ski in Whistler). When we got engaged and started to think about where we were going to exchange our vows, we drove up to Whistler to see if it might be the place for us. The moment we arrived we felt Dave’s dad’s presence all around us and we knew immediately that this was where we would celebrate our union.
What was the number one piece of advice given to you while planning your wedding and what would you pass on to newly engaged brides to help them in the coming months?
My number one piece of advice is to wake up the morning of your wedding and take a deep breath and smile! This is the day you get to marry your best friend! I am sure you will go through some tough times when planning, but this day, this day is yours! If things don’t go as planned, who cares?! You are still marrying your best friend!
Venue: Edgewater Lodge
Photography: Gadbois Photography
Floral: Eleni Floral
Hair: Jamie O’Neill
Photobooth: Fat Yeti
Accommodation: Pan Pacific
Rehearsal Dinner: Whistler Golf Club
Entertainment: The Hairfarmers
I loved this wedding and you’ll see why as you take a moment to go through the photography. Everyone was so relaxed and the day was gorgeous. They had two ‘must have’s’ and one ‘maybe’. Darienne wanted to arrive in a canoe with her dad and depart in the canoe with Joe. They wanted to have their 8 month old pup be a part of the photography and if all went well, to have their little niece and nephew help walk them down the aisle. Well, sometimes things just have a way of working out and they got all three wishes.
Proudly Featured on 30-Something Bride. Read below for a little about the ceremony and reception straight from Darienne.
A little about their ceremony:
Our wedding was held at the Edgewater Lodge in Whistler, British Columbia. The morning was a beautiful summer day, it was warm and sunny. We spent the morning getting ready at the lodge, Joe and some of his boys went for a run and then started getting ready. Pascale arrived to start the photos just as I was attempting to get my dress on… luckily she was there, because we needed some help figuring out how to tie it properly, I seem to remember a hand up my dress! We also got great photos of the flower girl hiding under my dress. My dad and I then headed out in a warrior style canoe to make our entrance. As our guide paddled us around the corner we saw everyone seated on the lawn waiting for the bride, as they saw us they started waving. Before we got to shore, the bridal party walked down the aisle. The ring bearer and flower girl (Leo and Sienna, both around 3 years old) did a great job; however, the ring pillow was a bit big, and at the end of the aisle Leo gave it a drop kick! Sienna was so meticulous in her petal laying that only about 5 petals made it onto the aisle! My dad walked me down the aisle to a friend of ours playing the theme from the Princess Bride (my favourite movie) on guitar and I finally saw Joe waiting for me in his full tux with the beautiful mountain scenery and blue sky behind him. The Reverend gave a wonderful speech incorporating personal notes about us, our families and our wedding party. In the background Leo decided that there were really too many petals on the aisle and started picking them back up! Joe’s aunts sung a stunning version of “Make you feel my love” while we signed the registry. We had a few comments on our kiss… apparently it was a bit long! Finally, we came down the aisle in a shower of bubbles, we took fun group photos with all of the guests and made our get away in the canoe!
A little about their reception:
Just as we were finishing up our photos, the sky started to darken and as soon as we were all inside the rains came, so we feel extremely lucky! We made our entrance to the Rocky Theme song (Joe’s favourite movie) and got a couple good jabs in on each other. Everyone was finally seated and through out the evening we had wonderful, funny and moving speeches from all our closest family and friends. What really kept the night going was a trivia game put together by our close friends; it was a mountain that our game piece (Joe and I on a bike with our dog in the basket) climbed with each right answer. Also with each right answer we had to kiss with increasing “x-rated-ness” (starting with butterfly kisses up to a full dip and make out!)
After a quick slideshow, the dancing started and with such an intimate space in the lodge everyone was up and taking part! It felt like a short night, but it was so much fun.
Venue: Edgewater Lodge
Photography: Gadbois Photography
Wedding Planner: Sea to Sky Celebrations
Floral: Eleni Floral
DJ: Whistler DJ’s