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Last week we showed you Part 1 of Michelle & Derek’s beautiful wedding.
Here are some more gorgeous couple’s images and a few decor from their reception held at The Brew Creek Centre. The details were exquisite, the food divine and the evening turned into a great celebration.
Read a few of Michelle’s ideas and recommendations below.
Describe your design elements and the inspiration behind them.
One day last winter Derek took Michelle for a walk in a beautiful snow filled park. He was all nervous and he pointed at a bench and said “Come sit down, I want to give you something”. He was shaking when he have Michelle the ring. It was a beautiful moment.
Meet Michelle & Derek.
Michelle came to me about six months ago and from our first conversation it felt good. I could sense that she needed to have someone she could trust. Someone that could take the lead with the creativity but still respect everyone and their privacy. This was going to be a party yet still a very intimate moment for Michelle and Derek and their little baby girl.
Their wedding day was set under the same tone. The rain made everyone a little nervous but in the end it just added to the romantic setting. I think one of my favourite detail was how elegant and soft Michelle’s wedding dress looked on her. If you feel you may have seen this gorgeous dress before you would be right. Michelle a cast member of the television show Heartland made sure she kept it all very practical. Read below about a fun little detail!
How did Brew Creek Centre become your number one choice of where to tie the knot?
It just felt right.
What was your criteria when looking for your dress and how did you know once you found it?
I wore the same wedding dress that I wore as Lou when I got married in Heartland. It was beautiful and it already fit, so I thought, why not?
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
Ahhh, Dori & Brian. I loved this couple and their wedding. It was a family invite only intimate wedding at Edgewater Lodge. And one of my favorite parts (aside from the wicked cake design) was that they chose to see each other prior to the ceremony. I know this is somewhat of a hotly debated subject these days, but I’m a supporter of it. It makes for some very special, private moments and I have to admit, my eyes get a little wet every time.
And yes, her all time favorite magazine is Glamour and it even managed to make it into our shoot!
Whistler is magical. We all know that. That’s why we’ve chosen it as our place of work and play. If you can believe it, Carla and Pablo chose Whistler as the spot for their nuptials over Ecuador where their families lived. Almost every guest had to fly in to be a part of their big day starting at Lost Lake and ending at the Nita Lake Lodge. Vibrant colors, elegance, Ecuadorian roses and Latin flair were the cornerstones of this wedding.
It was a really tight knit family and there were some tearful moments of happiness and overwhelming joy. And if that didn’t wet your eyes, the special relationship between Carla and her dad would.
Carla and Pablo were like two little kids on Christmas morning. Full of smiles and giggles all day.
Now on to the decor. Equador is famous for its roses. The culmination of perfect soil, weather, altitude and no doubt a green thumb. So, one of their best friends flew in 1500 of them! We all need a friend like that. The reception was held at Nita Lake Lodge and thankfully they were very patient while the guests danced far into the wee morning hours Latin style. The music and the moves were amazing.
Congratulations Carla and Pablo and thank you so much for letting me in to share this wonderful day with you. I wish you all the best.
Wedding Planning: Celebrate Events
Photography: Gadbois Photography