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Cleland knife


Historical Columbia Valley cake knife

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Savvy tips to save big on your wedding day



Ed and Holly Jones Local couple weds with a vintage theme



Get fit tips for brides Get buff for your big day

Tie the Knot

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Photo: Tara Woods Feathers and Stones Photography

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Welcome to the Columbia Valley


9 things you didn’t know about getting hitched


Historical valley knife carves wedding cake history

The perfect place to host your nuptials.

Columbia Valley

Dining Guide Featuring the best places to eat in the valley, from family friendly, to pubs, to fine dining, you’ll find it here!

Why wedding rings are worn on the left ring finger, and more. The local tradition of the Cleland cake knife.


This year’s hottest cake trends


Love bytes


Get your guests involved


Behind the lens


Bride on a budget


Something blue


Ed and Holly Jones


Get fit tips for brides


The Columbia Valley Family of Publications

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Business Magazine

BUSINESS 2011-2012






Family business Greg Sydney-Anne Porter, Lapointe Lapointe and Eric from AG Valley Foods.

Meet the people behind the Columbia Valley’s most successful businesses.



Textured cake decorations steal the spotlight.

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Columbia Valley is published by The Columbia Valley Business Photo by Kate Irwin


Using the Internet to help plan your big day. Columbia Valley

Prevent a lull in the action for your guests by creating a trivia trail.

Homes Magazine

See some of the valley’s breathtaking custom homes, gather inspiration, and learn the valley’s hottest home and lifestyle trends.

Why you should hire a pro to capture your special moments. Make your dream day come true, without breaking the bank. Creative ways to wear a timeless tradition. The vintage-inspired wedding of one Invermere couple. Bust a move to look your best in your dress.

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Map Book



New to the valley? This complete guide has absolutely everything you need, from Golden to Cranbrook, it’s all inside!

Going to the chapel

Think outside of the box when it comes to wedding transportation.


An inviting wedding


The hair essentials


Stylish bridesmaids gifts


Wedding service directory

Tips to keep in mind when sending out invites.


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Did you miss your chance to be in the Columbia Valley Weddings Magazine? Be sure to contact the Columbia Valley Pioneer to reserve ad space, or have your photos or business included next year!

Beautiful hair accessories add extra flair. Gift ideas to make your bridal party feel pampered. A comprehensive list of shops and services in the Columbia Valley.

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THE INSPIRATION ISSUE The Columbia Valley is the ideal place to say “I do.” The area’s scenery results in frame-worthy wedding photos, and the relaxed local atmosphere will make your dream wedding feel like a vacation. This year’s Columbia Valley Weddings magazine is designed as a source of inspiration for your big day. The idea-rich stories and stunning photography will hopefully spark your creative side and convince you that there’s no more perfect place to be wed than right here in the Columbia Valley. — Kelsey Verboom, Editor

Ed and Holly Jones chose the Columbia Valley to host a vintageinspired wedding. See page 22 for their story.

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Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition.

In many countries, the wedding ring is traditionally worn on the left ring finger because the vein in that finger, referred to as the vena amoris, was believed to be directly connected to the heart.

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The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.


The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.


In many cultures around the world—including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings—the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase “tying the knot”).


The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake.



Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.


In many cultures, the groom historically often kidnapped the bride. The groom’s friends would help him, leading to the modernday groomsmen. At the altar, the groom always stood on the bride’s right side so his right hand—or his sword hand— would be free to fight a rival.

The first weddings comprised of a groom taking his bride by capture. He would take her somewhere hidden away so her relatives and villagers couldn’t find them. There they stayed for one moon phase and drank mead, a wine make from honey, to make them more amorous. Thus, the word “honeymoon” was born.

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ne ivory-handled knife has sliced through the frosted wedding cakes of nearly two hundred valley couples, connecting newlyweds in a quietly-known local tradition that has taken place since 1939. The knife’s long, slender blade is held in place with a creamy ivory handle bordered with delicately patterned silver. Known simply as The Cleland Knife, the ornate utensil travels by request to weddings up and down the valley on loan from the Cleland family — one of the pioneering families of the area. Ethel Cleland, who moved to Invermere in 1910 with her husband Howard, was the original owner of the knife. She used it to cut family birthday cakes, recalls her daughter, Audrey Osterloh, 89, who is now the keeper of the blade. “We were a pretty small village way back when. Everybody knew everybody,” Audrey says. “My mother was always really excited about being able to lend her knife. It was mostly in the family to start with, but then it caught on and others wanted it too.” When Ethel began lending out the knife, she meticulously recorded in a small notebook who used it and for what purpose. The notebook was typed into a formal logbook several years

The blade of the historical Cleland Knife is engraved with the words: ‘E.M. Dickenson. Sheffield. The Invicta, England.’ The tailing letters are slightly worn from repeated use.

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piece of their wedding cake.” On October 10th, 2010, the Cleland knife made a serendipitous return to the family at the wedding of Stephanie Mitchell and Jason Botterill, who wed on the same day. Stephanie’s father Ken is Audrey’s nephew, and he used the family treasure at his own wedding to his wife Janice in 1990, years after Ken’s parents used it. When Stephanie held its ivory handle, she became the fourth generation of the family to wield the Cleland Knife on their wedding day. Stephanie’s mother, Janice, speaks with emotion about her daughter using the unique community heirloom. “It was exciting for us to see her use the same knife as we did, and also the history behind it. That is what really touched me — that so many people have used that knife. It is very, very special, I don’t know how to explain it. The history in holding it in its long wooden case in all its grandeur, and the excitement of opening it up, it was all so wonderful.” Stephanie and Jason’s wedding marked the 183rd entry in the logbook of the long-standing tradition. Although the knife hasn’t recently been used as often as it used to be, valley couples are still requesting to slice their wedding cake with its historic blade. Audrey is currently the keeper of the knife, lending it out when friends, family, and valley residents ask. She will continue the tradition until she is no longer able, upon which time it will be passed to another member of the family.

ago, and now the book travels with the knife to record the latest user. The first entry in the powder blue book belongs to Barbara Bartman and Buster Underwood in 1939. Four entries later, in 1943, Audrey’s own nuptials to Charles Osterloh are recorded, followed by the weddings of Audrey’s two sisters, Marion and Alison, and their brother Gordon. Audrey’s own children, Gordon and Jaryl, also used the knife in 1968 and 1970. Other lines in the book belong to a collection of well-known valley names like Goodwin, Weir, Sholinder, Coy, Steedman, Thouret, Godlien, Ashworth, and Hoglund, among many. The knife has mainly been used to cut wedding cakes, but has also traveled to birthdays and anniversaries. Once, when the knife was borrowed by the late Gilbert Cartwright for one of his children’s weddings, it came back in a custom carrying case he built for it. The knife still travels in the wooden case, which has a velvet-lined cutout the exact shape of the knife. Other times, the utensil was returned with a sweet treat, Audrey says. “Very often when a couple would borrow the knife and they would return it, they would bring my mother a

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Textured icing tops the trendy treat list.

This year’s hottest cake trends

Marlene Chabot:


ore so than ever before, brides and grooms are thinking outside the cake box when it comes to wedding desserts. Instead of sticking to more traditional designs, couples are using their cakes as an opportunity to inject their own personalities and creativity into these sweet treats. Plain chocolate has taken a backseat to flavours like coconut curry cake with lime icing; and cupcakes or interesting-shaped tiers have stolen the spotlight from more straight-laced creations. Angela Mose, owner of The Cake Box in Fairmont, and Genevieve Verge, owner of Buttercup Creations in Invermere, who specializes in cupcakes, both say that brides and grooms are coming forward with increasingly creative suggestions. “More and more, couples are doing things that really reflect the bride and groom. It's about their lives and their passions,” Angela says. “I had a couple who were very ecologically-minded, so they wanted biodegradable cupcake holders and decorations on the tops of their cupcakes that looked like sticks. This year I've also made a cake shaped like a grizzly bear, a cake that mimicked a bride's dress right down to the buttons, and a cake topper of a bride and groom with their dogs.” Both bakers agree that if people dream it, they can create it. “For a couple who are having a more playful wedding, I could do a mix of cupcake flavours that are a little bit more fun, like peanut butter cup, or peanut butter and jam,” Genevieve says. “Or, if the wedding is going to be quite elegant, I would suggest doing more gourmet flavours, like salted caramel frosting on brown sugar cake with a lacy-looking frosting and spun sugar decorations.” While anything is possible, Angela says, this year's wedding cake season has several trends that stand out above the rest. “I see a lot of couples going for cakes with more texture as opposed to more colour,” she says. “It's really popular to make the gum paste on the cake look like fabric by rolling a textured rolling pin across it. Also, using stencilling with royal icing, ribbon, piping on dots, or using more textured icings like buttercream or meringue is really hot right now. “A lot of cake design carries over from the interior design world and the scrapbooking world” she adds. “What's trendy there is often trendy with cakes. They sort of collide with the cake decorating world.” Adding texture to cupcakes can be done with icing, by adding candied fruit, edible pearls, sponge sugar — couples' imaginations are the limit, Genevieve says. Another popular trend right now is selecting a personalized cake topper, rather than the generic-looking bride and groom. “Cake toppers have really evolved,” Angela says. “People really want them to be personal. That might mean finding a topper with hair colours to match the bride and groom's, or a topper depicting a couple doing something the bride and groom love, like skiing. These can be bought or I can make them out of gum paste or baked polymer clay.” Whatever your wish for your delectable dessert, it's a good idea to bring samples of your wedding invitations, fabric swatches from the bride's or bridesmaids' dresses, and anything else from your wedding planning folder that may help inspire your cake or cupcake creator, so they can make your sweet treats as gorgeous as possible. Columbia Valley Weddings 2012


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Love bytes How to use the Internet to help plan your big day.

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posting messages on your website and by getting to know the destination they will be traveling to for your special day. There are also hundreds of wedding blogs on the web that can provide thousands of hours of inspiration. These blogs usually have links for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) instructions, often complete with video or photo tutorials about how to do things like make tissue paper globes for decoration, or stamp place cards for your guests. Or, you can simply take inspiration from the site and contact the wedding planner who’s responsible for the photos on the blog and start planning your big day. When you are planning from a distance, the Internet is invaluable for finding resources for your destination wedding. A quick search can help you find reception venues by browsing their websites to get visuals of the facilities. Venue websites nearly always have a dedicated section on their website which features photos of weddings at the site so you can picture exactly how it would be for your big day. By typing in a few words, you can find information about local ministers or marriage commissioners, hair and esthetics salons, florists — the list is essentially limitless. Local tourism websites are invaluable, as they have resources such as general area information, maps, event listings, must-see attractions and local business links. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to ditch the idea of hiring a wedding planner in favour of doing it all on your own. The Internet can be a great way to simply gather examples of your favourite concepts, which your planner can make a reality.


ithout a doubt, the Internet has cracked the world of modern-day wedding planning wide open and has given couples unprecedented access to countless ideas, tips, and places to shop. With a plethora of websites and blogs to help gather inspiration, find vendors and venue locations, and send thank-you cards, the Internet is a fantastic resource for every bride and groom-to-be. Creating your very own wedding website is a fantastic way to share information with your guests. There are many places to set up free websites to showcase your big day (see sidebar). On your website, you can include details of the story of how you met, who is in your wedding party, your gift registry, information about your wedding events, a schedule for the day, and a guide to help out-of-town guests find recommended accommodations, things to do, and directions. Many of these wedding websites can track RSVPs and some can even help you email out thank-you cards after the wedding. Your guests can feel involved months or weeks in advance by

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Get your guests involved Use natural materials to prop up question cards at stations along the trivia trail. Inspire guests by giving snacks and drinks for their walk, decorated with your wedding colours.

Beat wedding-goer boredom blues with a trivia trail.

Designs by Barb Pollock

Other great ways to involve your guests: • Set up a photo booth where guests can ham it up for the

camera. The booth can be a real one, or as simple as a photographer shooting against a neutral background. These goofy snapshots make for casual, candid memories of a fun night, and the prints are great additions to thank-you cards.


eing a wedding guest can sometimes be, well, unexciting. Guests are often left to fend for themselves for a few hours between the reception and ceremony, which can lead to either intoxication or boredom. Give those who have trooped from miles away something to do during any potential lulls in the action, and it won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. In the Columbia Valley, the scenic views the outdoors provides can easily be incorporated into a guest activity. Send weddinggoers on a short scenic walk (keep in mind they won’t likely be dressed for anything longer than a stroll) from station to station through the trees or a field where they can answer fun trivia questions about the bride and groom. Arm them with a map, and add a few fun party favours to help inspire. Draw from a bowl full of completed answer cards at the end of the night for a great guest prize, or just have fun reading off the answers later.

• Think creatively when it comes to your guest book. Did you meet on the Internet? Have guests tack messages to a message board designed like an online chat room. Love the great outdoors? Hang handwritten notes from wedding guests on willow branches bunched together in a vase. Photo nerds? Get a Polaroid and let guests snap a silly shot of themselves to put in an album where they can write their well-wishes. • Give a gift that the guests can use at your wedding. If you

have a venue that would allow it, wrap small firecrackers in ribbon and go outside at the end of the night to let your guests shoot them off together. The more they feel like part of the party, the more they will enjoy it.

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Behind the lens Kyla Brown:

Letting a family member or friend take your wedding photos can be disastrous.


ure, you have a friend with a digital camera, but that doesn’t automatically make them the best person to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments of your wedding day. Here are five reasons why you should hire a professional photographer: Marlene Chabot:

Wedding photographers know how to frame an image. This means they won’t be wasting time looking at the back of their cameras during the wedding trying to figure out how to make the picture pop, meanwhile missing a great photo opp.

Unlike family and friends who are at your wedding, a hired photographer will not be distracted by the social aspect of the big day. They aren’t there to chat with aunt and uncle so-and-so, they are there to make sure they don’t miss the most important moments.

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Shooting a wedding doesn’t end when the bouquet is tossed at the end of the night. Many hours go into selecting and editing images after the big day. Professional photographers have the knowledge and the computer software programs to polish wedding images into works of art.

Kerilyn Pitaoulis:

Yes, a wedding photographer will be more expensive than your photo hobbyist uncle. But like anything in life, you get what you pay for. Most photographers have paid for special training, and it will show in your photos.

Professional photographers usually come with additional lighting equipment that an amateur won’t have or know how to use. The pros know an ‘external flash’ isn’t what your wild relative will be doing later on the dance floor. Proper lighting choices make all the difference for how your photos will turn out.

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Make your dream day come true, without breaking the bank.


rides dream for hours of their perfect wedding day. Such dreams can come at a huge cost, but if you set your priorities and stay focused on a budget, you won’t end up paying for your big day for years to come. When starting to plan for your upcoming nuptials, it is important to first sit down with your spouse-to-be — as well as with any other parties who may be contributing financially, such as parents or close relatives — to discuss your budget. After an honest discussion, you can determine what your priorities will be for the big day (ie., where you want to funnel the most cash), and the areas where you should aim to keep costs as low as possible. Choose your date carefully. Venues and wedding vendors

are more willing to extend discounts for off-season and non-peak wedding dates. If any of your top priorities include a specific ceremony or reception venue, caterer or photographer, you may need to check their availability before choosing your date. Save-the-date cards, invitations, RSVP cards, place cards…the list of printed materials your wedding could include goes on. Determine what is important to you; printed or electronic invitations, save-the-date, custom or store bought thank-you cards. Hand-making some or all of your printed materials means saving money and also gives you a chance to show off your creative flair. But before creating your mailed items, be sure to check postal rules.

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Quick Tips: Prioritize: Before diving into the details, sit down and note your top three priorities for the big day. This will help you remember what is important to you, and what you want to spend your budget on. The Date: Think off-peak season, as well as on a day other than Saturday. Think also about how the date will affect your guests; long weekends and holidays often mean your guests will have time off to come, but extra costs may be associated. Dream Dress: Have you found the dress of your dreams, but it’s beyond your budget? Consider having it duplicated by an expert seamstress for a fraction of the price.

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Catering: Dining is often the biggest bill of the day, so think creatively when it comes to what you plan to serve. Consider all meal types and variations (buffet vs. sit-down, dessert reception, brunch vs. luncheon vs. dinner) and then match to your budget. Shop Smart: Watch for decor on sale, buy in bulk, use coupons and shop at secondhand stores. Keep it simple with one or two types of flowers and focus on in season flowers. Photography: Ask your dream photographer if they would consider an hourly rate rather than a full-day session. Postage adds up! Keep your invites simple, and request electronic RSVPs.

replication. Costs can add up quickly when it comes to the meal portion of the wedding. Rather than automatically choosing a dinner reception, think about a brunch or luncheon meal. Often venues will offer a rental discount for morning time slots, and the menu pricing is sure to be budget-friendly. Service will also affect the pricing of a meal. If you would like full service (think white gloves & multiple served courses), expect to pay full pricing. However, buffet or family-style meals mean less labour costs and therefore a lower bill. In terms of your wedding cake, most venues will have a cake cutting fee, to cover the costs of the slicing and serving the cake. If you decide to have an alternative to the traditional cake, such as cupcakes or a cookie buffet, no cutting is required! Rather than an open bar, have you considered a toonie bar? The guest pays a toonie, and you pay the rest. This is not only good for your pocket book, you’ll see less drinks being wasted. Decor, including flowers, is another part of your wedding where you can be creative without sacrificing style. Make sure to talk to your florist about which flowers will be in season on your wedding date. Non-floral items in your bouquet not only help to save money, they add depth and character. Consider using seasonal items such as pinecones, berries or herbs. Be sure to recycle your bridal bouquets by using them on the head table, at the cake table, or wherever may need a pop of colour. Every bride (and groom!) deserves a dream wedding. With a few thoughtful measures you can save cash, without sacrificing style.

Tightening your purse strings doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing style on your wedding day. Done right, a wedding on a budget will be just as beautiful and fun for both you and your guests as a wedding with big bucks behind it.

Oddly-shaped invites mean extra postage — sometimes up to several dollars per invite. Also, think about how many mailings you plan on doing: if you do a save-the-date, an invitation, an RSVP card, and a thank-you card, that’s four separate mail-outs and four times the postage. As any married woman can tell you, the search for the perfect dress is not easy. What do you do when you find your dream dress and it’s way over budget? Luckily, there are several options. Websites such as www. or www.smartbrideboutique. com are websites where brides who have already had their big day can sell their dress to you, the future bride-to-be. Sellers set their own prices, but most often they are at least 50% off the original pricing. Another alternative is to have your dream gown custom sewn by an expert seamstress. There are seamstresses in most major cities who specialize in wedding dress

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Don’t be afraid to make a bold, blue addition to your wedding day fashion choices.

Kerilyn Pitaoulis:

Something Blue Creative ways to wear a timeless tradition on your wedding day.


he good luck tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” dates back to the Victorian era. Many present-day brides will try to incorporate one of each of these details into their outfit for the big day. Within the rhyming tradition, 'something old' represents a link to family history; 'something new' brings hope for the future; and 'something borrowed' is a way of showing that friends and family will be there to support the newlyweds. Perhaps the most colourful element of the rhyme is 'something blue'. In ancient times, the colour was indicative of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. While not all modern day brides know why they wear a splash of blue during their nuptials, many still add a pop of the popular colour to their outfit. There are many unique ways to incorporate blue, from subtle to bold. While planning your flowers at either Canterbury Flowers or The Stem Floral Design in Invermere, ask to have a small royal blue forget-me-not flower or teal crystal detailing added into your bouquet. Arrange for some pre-wedding relaxation time with a pedicure at All Dolled Up and have your nail technician use a light robin's egg blue instead of white for your french manicure or pedicure. Take inspiration from Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, with her sapphire engagement ring and incorporate jewelry with any type of blue stone — Fairmont Goldsmiths or Silpada are sure to have the perfect accessory. If you already have the perfect shoes picked out, consider painting the soles for a cheeky pop of colour. Paint them that perfect shade of turquoise blue or have your bridesmaids write you a special message in indigo blue permanent marker to cherish forever. For the brave, bold bride, consider a bright cobalt colored sash around your waist, navy embroidery detailing on your dress, or even an entirely blue dress will help you show your true colours. The age-old custom of something blue most commonly had a bride wear a blue ribbon in her hair, but nowadays, anything goes.

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Hitched with a historical twist Don’t

Ed and Holly celebrate their newlywed status with a kiss on the front porch of the Windermere Valley Museum, where they were wed on October 10th, 2010.

Nathan Elson:

For Holly and Ed Jones, a vintage-themed wedding made for a perfect day.

An antique typewriter made the perfect display for the Jones’ wedding invite. Two other typewriters served as creative guest books at the wedding.


earing a vintage 1950s tiered tulle dress and holding a bouquet made of antique brooches, Holly Jones said “I do” to Ed Jones on a crisp October afternoon while, fittingly, standing in front of the Windermere Valley Museum's historical Notary building. Holly (née Kohorst), 27, and Ed, 33, tied the knot on October 10th, 2010, in front of 140 friends and family who gathered to help them celebrate their vintage-themed wedding. Holly, who grew up in the valley and has training in event planning, organized the day from start to finish, right down to the personalized Converse sneakers embroidered with 10-10-10 that she and Ed donned to tear up the dance floor. Almost one year to the day before they said “I do,” Holly was saying “Yes!” to Ed's understated but romantic proposal in their new kitchen in Invermere. Holly, who grew up in Invermere, met Ed while working in Calgary, and the duo had been dating for a few years. They bought a house in Invermere to call their own, and within the first few minutes of finishing stacking their moving boxes in the empty rooms, Ed surprised Holly with a custom-made diamond engagement ring he had been keeping a secret for several months. “There were boxes everywhere, and we'd been in the house for about three minutes,” Ed says. “Holly was in the kitchen eating potato chips, and I could tell she was really stressing out about what to do first to get moved in. I took her a box and said, 'How about we open this box first?' I got down on one knee and luckily she said 'Yes.'” Holly began planning her dream day shortly after the proposal, choosing a vintage-inspired theme for their wedding. “We really wanted it to have a vintage feel. I've always been drawn to the 1940s and 50s eras, so it was a perfect fit,” Holly says. They chose to wed in the Columbia Valley because it was a place where the greatest number of their friends and family could easily and affordably come to. “We pretty much live in a destination wedding location, so why would we want to go anywhere else?” Ed says. When contemplating their wedding budget, the couple decided to set aside a large part of it to splurge on their wedding photographer, Nathan Elson (a friend of Ed's from Calgary), while sparing expenses elsewhere by ordering in bulk and choosing to do a lot of things themselves. After hours and hours of thrift store shopping, Internet ordering, borrowing, and a whole lot of love and help from friends and family, Holly and Ed's vintage nuptials came together in the perfect storm of old and new, and the two were wed without a hitch. Sheltered from the fall winds, guests sat for the afternoon ceremony on cedar benches on the lawn in front of the museum's Columbia Valley Weddings 2012


Holly walked down the aisle with a bouquet of antique flower brooches.

Holly and Ed gave a bottle of Jones Soda with custom labels to each of their guests as a fun nod to their last name.

Wedding guests danced the night away. historical Notary building, which was one of the original buildings in Athalmer. The varnished cedar benches were truly a labour of love: they were cut and collected by Holly's dad, Jerry, and Ed, and then milled at a relative's mill in Edgewater. “The wooden benches really matched the area and the setting,” Holly says of her choice to ditch chairs. Lining the grassy aisle were hanging flower balls of tightlypacked fuchsia carnations, which were later moved to the reception tables to serve as centrepieces. Choosing an inexpensive flower was cost savvy, and once bunched into a sphere, looked beautiful, Holly says. Holly walked down the aisle wearing a strapless, three-tiered, tulle vintage 1950s dress purchased online from eBay for $350 (shipping included!), a Paloma Blanca Bolero, and a vintage birdcage veil, which Holly's friend refreshed with an antique brooch and new, white feathers. The brooch in the veil accented Holly's unique bouquet perfectly, which was made from 60 antique flower brooches and wrapped with a silk ribbon. Holly spent a year collecting the brooches, which she found at thrift stores or from friends and family, some of whom lent Holly a special brooch from their own families' collections for her big day. At the centre of the brooch was Holly's “something old”: a treasured brooch from her grandmother. Standing with Ed and Holly at the altar was Holly's bridesmaid and younger sister, Emily Kohorst, who wore a 1950s pink chiffon cocktail dress and lace top, alongside Ed's best friend, Mike O'Connell, who wore a suit to match Ed's Rat Pack-inspired

Holly poses with the two vintage cars used by the wedding party for transportation. The cars were rented from members of the Columbia Valley Classics Car Club.

ensemble. Both Ed and Mike wore fabric boutonnières made by Holly and fastened with a brooch. Among the guests, five of Holly's close friends wore vintage hats and carried vintage clutches (a gift from Holly). Five of Ed's pals wore knee-high argyle socks under their suit pants in the wedding's signature colours: pink and navy. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their wedding party were whisked away in a pair of classic cars, a light yellow 1950s Chevy Bel Air and 1988 Oldsmobile, which they hired from private owners who belong to the Columbia Valley Car Club. Following the intimate ceremony, guests made their way to a tented evening reception at Holly's parents' acreage. The inside of the plain white tent was transformed by twinkle lights, paper lanterns, hanging handmade pink tissue paper balls, and streams of navy tulle draped across the ceiling. Guests ate a casual family-style dinner beneath the whimsical decorations, seated at two long tables to create an intimate feeling. The tables were sheathed in dark plastic, which Holly bought in bulk to save money, on top of which she added tulle and table runners made from scraps of fabric from Essentials in Invermere. Guests sat on an eclectic combination of mix-and-matched white or wooden chairs, which Holly and Ed spent an entire year thrifting, borrowing, or buying. At each place setting was a guest gift that was a playful nod to the couple's now shared last name: a bottle of pink-coloured Jones Soda wrapped with a custom label made from photos of Ed and Holly. Other lighthearted touches to the evening included a photo booth where guests posed with antique frames, three working typewriters for guests to type personal messages to the newlyweds, and matching pink and navy Converse sneakers that Holly and Ed

Top: the couple surprises guests with a choreographed swing dance. Bottom: wedding guests ham it up for the camera in a custom photo booth at the reception. Nathan Elson:

wore to dance in. Their cake choice was carefully selected to reflect the couple's favourite flavours: lemon and chocolate cupcakes with raspberry cream cheese icing, which also matched the wedding colours. They had one large cupcake that they cut with the valley's historic Cleland Knife (see story on page 10), and smaller cupcakes to eat that were stacked on vintage cake platters. The large cupcake was topped with a 1959 cake topper, purchased online, of a couple with the same hair colours as Holly and Ed. The duo surprised guests when they took to the dance floor for their first dance and broke out in a choreographed swing dance to 'Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)' by Michael Bublé with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. Holly and Ed, who insist they aren't big dancers, learned the dance from a YouTube video, practised, and enjoyed the shocked look on their guests' faces as they swung across the dance floor. For the final surprise of the night, Holly and Ed brought Invermere's popular Israeli Falafel cart to the reception for a midnight snack, much to the delight of guests weary from dancing. Now, after more than a year of marriage, Ed and Holly are still enjoying their wedded bliss. “I love that he's patient with me and that he's willing to try new things,” Holly says. “He grounds me.” Ed echoes the sentiment. “I love how strong she is, but at the same time how funny she is. She's smart and witty; she can dish it out.” The couple urge others to explore unique ideas for their own weddings, but to not forget to enjoy what you spend so long planning. “Just remember, it's supposed to be a fun day,” Holly says. “What's done is done, and then it's time to enjoy it. There's no point in being stressed.” Columbia Valley Weddings 2012


Get fit tips for brides Bust a move to create a buff, healthy bod for your big day.

What to listen to while you work out

Listed in workout order, from warm-up, to high intensity, to cool down. Total time: 54 minutes. The Dixie Cups – Chapel of Love Madonna – Celebration The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes – Don’t Cha Nick Lowe – I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll) David Guetta featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj – Where Them Girls At Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man Beyoncé – Crazy in Love The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love Mariah Carey – Fantasy LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It The Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Stop the Party Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight Justin Bieber featuring Usher – Somebody to Love Outkast featuring Kelis – Dracula’s Wedding Dolly Parton – Marry Me Billy Idol – White Wedding


very bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. Good nutrition and a solid fitness program leading up to the big day is key to success in losing that last 10 pounds or for overall toning to make sure you look as good as you feel. Aim to start your workout and nutrition program early, ideally at least six months before your wedding date. If your goal is to lose weight, aim to lose one to two pounds per week. Be realistic about weight loss. It doesn’t happen overnight. Crash diets and exercise programs won’t last for the long term and will only leave you feeling stressed and frustrated, and will probably cause you to gain weight, not lose it. “Exercise is not only great for physical fitness, but it also

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Tips from a pro

controls the stress hormone ((cortisol) and releases the happy chemicals (endorphins), which leave you feeling more calm and less mentally drained,” says personal trainer Jill Andrews, owner of Fitness 4 Life. This natural calming effect will likely leave you feeling less stressed about the process of planning your wedding. Even though it may seem like a burden to make time for a workout while you’re busy hammering out the details of your nuptials, the stress-melting benefits far outweigh the time commitment. If you find yourself unmotivated to workout alone, ask your fiancé or bridesmaids to join you for support and you’ll find each workout flies by. “You can get just as an effective workout in 30 minutes as in one hour, so if you don’t have a lot of time, make it short and intense and you’ll feel better knowing you got a workout in,” Jill says. Nutrition is a key building block of looking and feeling your best. During busy times — like the months leading up to your big day — many people often look to fast meal options like unhealthy takeout or pre-packaged meals. With a little planning ahead, quick grab-and-go meals can easily be homemade. Set aside time one day per week to do your meal planning, grocery shopping and prep for the rest of the week. In only a few hours, you can prepare easy snacks (think portioned nuts, fruit, and veggies) for times on the go, as well as a couple of healthy, nutritious main courses that can be pulled from the refrigerator or freezer and quickly heated throughout the week. A bride who feels good about her body will glow on her wedding day. Starting healthy fitness and nutritional habits now and continuing with them beyond your wedding date means many healthy and happy years to come.

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Do: • Eat a small meal every 3-4 hours. If your stomach growls every 3 hours, that means a fast metabolism, which equals weight loss. • Try to complete three strength training style workouts each week. • Eat a serving of protein and a serving of vegetables at every meal. • Learning to practise yoga or meditation will decrease your stress hormone. Stress hormones are responsible for weight gain, especially around the belly. • Incorporating a cardiovascular exercise (swimming, biking, running, dancing, walking) will make losing weight and toning up more effective, especially if done first thing in the morning.

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Don’t: • Starve yourself! It will cause your metabolism to slow down, and will therefore result in weight gain. • Do full-body strength training every day. It can cause injury and weight gain. • Restrict yourself with food — restricting will just lead to binging. Let yourself have one cheat meal per week. • Be too eager too quickly. Most people are too aggressive when starting an exercise program. Ease into it and stick with it. You can do it!

Going to the Get there on time and arrive in style.


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ome brides dream of arriving to their ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, while others don’t care if they travel by limo or truck, as long as they get there on time. Transportation is often one of the most overlooked aspects of a wedding. Take the time to pay a little extra attention to how you get from point A to point B on your wedding day, and you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised with the result. For starters, a unique form of transportation makes for an excellent prop for fun wedding photos. Cars add a pop of colour to an image, and the type of vehicle you use can help set the tone of your wedding photos. A sports car gives a racy, modern look, an antique car adds a vintage

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chapel touch, while a colourful Volkswagon Beetle makes for a fun twist. If you don’t have access to a sporty or vintage car, don’t sweat it. Consider asking a local car club if any of their members would be willing to rent you a car for the day. Or find someone with a sports car who would be willing to drive you around for minimal cost — chances are someone will enjoy the opportunity to polish and show off his or her pride and joy. Transportation choices can also help reveal the personalities of the bride and groom to their guests. A couple who loves to fish can float in a rowboat with a ‘Just Married’ sign dangling from the back, or an equestrian-inclined duo can make their grand entrance on a perfectly groomed pair of horses. Be sure to test out the logistics of how your transportation choice will work with your dress and tux on your big day so you won’t have any surprises when it comes down to the final hour. Check that old cars are reliable enough to make the distance you’ll drive them, and make sure drivers or chauffeurs are clear on where and when to

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Wedding invite dos and don’ts

edding invitations are an important first impression, as they set the tone and style for your big day. There are a number of options available in the Columbia Valley for all of your invitation needs (see the directory on page 34).


· Do explore all of your options. If you’re creative, consider making your own invites, using paper and ribbon from a craft or scrapbooking store. Or, explore pricing at a professional printing company, which can print intricate work, such as embossing, foils, and die-cuts. · Do write on the envelope before it is stuffed and sealed. Pen marks can damage the invitation if you write on it after it has been stuffed.

· Do budget between $1-$3 per invitation. · Do include all postage and envelopes, including save the date and RSVP postage, when establishing your wedding budget. · Do put the hour of the ceremony, as this can also indicate the formality of the reception. · Do order more invitations than you need. Mistakes can happen when filling them out.

DON’T · Don’t provide too much information about the wedding, which will overwhelm your guests. Stick to the bare necessities. · Don’t email your save-the-date info. Guests are more likely to lose this information in the shuffle of their email inbox. There are a number of unique ways to send a save-the-date card, including in the form of a fridge magnet that acts as a constant reminder. · Don’t forget to indicate the dress code for the day. · Don’t use impersonal labels or computer printing on invitations or envelopes. Handwrite people’s names.

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The hair essentials Stylish hair accessories add extra flair.


one are the days when long veils were the top topper for brides on their wedding day. Now, the updo’s the limit when it comes to bridal hair accessories. Whether you’re tucking a feather, flower, or a piece of fabric in your hair to get hitched, remember one simple rule: hair accessories are just that — accessories. Don’t let your stylish addition overpower your outfit and steal the spotlight. You want

your guests’ and groom’s gazes to be drawn to you, not your hairpiece. Aim for a size that compliments your face, hair, and dress, without overwhelming your look. Think about choosing a piece that picks up details in your outfit, flowers, or bridesmaid gowns. If you’re carrying peonies, look for a white fabric peony to pin to your tresses; or, if your gown has lots of glitz, consider a jeweled pin to tuck in your bun.

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