Karlie had a vision.
Her DIY wedding at the Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre was going to be grand. It was going to be filled with friends and family, everyone was going to share stories, laughter and maybe a few tears…
What amazed me the most about Karlie and Mike’s celebration was the amount of love that could filled one place. Everyone participated in their own way to make this a day no one would ever forget. Karlie’s father was given a mission from his daughter six months before. He was going to be in charge of creating some wooden signs to help Karlie with her rustic vintage theme. Her cousin, Miranda (hairdresser extraordinaire!) was going to beautify her with the help of her friend Christina…oh and let’s not forget that our bride has some serious skills for creating her very own amazing wedding cake. So just your average uber talented family taking in a DIY wedding!
Once you learn a little more about this couple, it doesn’t really surprise you to see their family coming together to celebrate them. The couple met online and literally connected instantly, both being outdoorsy people, you could get lost in their amazing adventures but nothing beats their Black Tusk hike. Mike had been talking about hiking Black Tusk for a few months. So on a day where the weather was less then epic out they want with Mike on a mission. And so as they hiked with the skies threatening to collapse, Mike strangely hurried the pace to get to the top. With a surprise break in the weather that gave away to the most gorgeous mountain top view, Karlie was catching her breath a bit confused on the hike turned semi race. Only then did she turn around to see Mike on one knee looking straight at her with a ring in his hands. She said yes…and the rest as they say is history.
A little “How to on tie knot 101” on You Tube never hurts when you are unsure.
All the decoration and wood work was DIY projects that Karlie and her dad worked on together in the months prior. It completely set the tone to this gorgeous celebration.
Karlie’s Best Moment? My absolute favourite moment was seeing Mike at the end of the isle. One of the best pieces of advice I received (Thank you Pascale) was to make sure that I keep my eyes on the groom. With all the guests and camera’s, it would be easy to be distracted and nervous, but the moment we locked eyes I felt calm and excited. There is something so magical about the connection you have with your soon -to-be husband in that moment. Even with all those people around, the moment was intimate and just ours.
Clearly the same shot doesn’t always works for both sides of the bridal party!
I think it’s a tie for best expression between their niece and Mike’s!
Funniest Moment? Definitely our friend Joel’s solo. To get Mike and I to kiss at the reception, we asked our guests to sing a few lines of a song that had the word ‘love’ in it. We had so many amazing performances, but one in particular stood out. Our good friend Joel took it to the next level and sang the ENTIRETY of his song, “Happy Together” by the Turtles. Just when you thought it was about to end, he just kept right on going. He had the whole reception in stitches. It was awesome!
Indeed, the bride did her own wedding cake and it was stunning and delicious.
Thank you for including me in your incredible love story and having your families be so good to me.
Photography: Gadbois Photography
Getting Ready: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Venue: SLCC – Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Centre
Dress: Sposa Wedding World
lingerie: Garter Etsy.com: FallenStarCouture
Hair and Make up: The amazing Miranda Kowalski & Christina Adrianzen duo
Jewellery: Earrings – Etsy.com: MikiyeCreations
Hair piece: Etsy.com: PureRainDesigns
Mike’s outfit: Vera Wang
DJ: Trax DJ Service
Cake: Everything Nice Cakery
Commissioner: The lovely Sandy Pyatt
Flowers: Billies Flower House
Flower Girl Dress: Etsy.com – Cutiesboutique