Fernie Wedding Guide 2018/19

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Getting Married in Fernie, BC | 5 Feature Weddings Mandy and Fraser featuring Nick Nault Photography | 7 Megan and Jonathan featuring 6:8 Photography | 10 Holly and Lisa featuring Kyle Hamilton Photography | 13 Planning Overview by Angela Magliocco | 16 Customized Wedding Jewellery - Where to Start by Matt Martin | 19 Wedding Bar and Cocktails 101 by Shea Hawkins | 21 Point Your Guests in the Right Direction by Krista Turcasso | 22 Budgeting For Your Wedding by Tara Higgins | 25 Accommodation Guide | 27 Directory | 28 Wedding Planning Checklist | 32 Setting a Budget | 33 Map | 34

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— Introduction ­— Getting Married in Fernie, BC


Deciding to get married in Fernie might just be the easiest decision you make before saying I do. And we’re not just talking about summer. Each season has something to offer a newly engaged couple and the guests they intend to host. Whether you are looking for the promise and greenery of spring, the lush and hot days of summer, the mosaic of colours in fall, or the classic white appeal of a winter wonderland, it is all available right here, in this picturesque little mountain town. And that’s just the outdoor setting. Each and every year, more is on offer when it comes to hosting weddings of all sizes and styles. With

a growing number of people choosing this southeast corner of BC, it’s not surprising that we have seen numerous businesses pop up, grow or evolve to accommodate the increase in demand. From the unique detail you can only find from a local artisan, to the notable experience of dancing to one of Canada’s favourite bands. From an intimate setting under the stars, to a grander event in a hotel by the river. To the easy going feel of a cocktail style evening, to the more formal seated affair. It is all at your fingertips in Fernie, and this extends to all elements of your wedding.

This guide will help you to navigate the intricate details of planning a wedding, from budget to timeline to tips and trends. But it will also give you a feel for the Fernie –specific products and services available that can really help you to make your day special. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! If you’ve chosen Fernie, welcome! We hope you find this guide useful and that it helps you to enjoy the planning and implementation process of getting married. If you are still deciding on location, we apologize. As it will now be quite difficult to say ‘no’ to Fernie. 5


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— Wedding Story ­— Mandy and Fraser P H OTO G R A P H E R N I C K N A U LT Nicknaultphotography.ca

Mandy and Fraser were married in the summer of 2017. Over the last several years, the couple has visited Fernie regularly including a yearly trip over New Year’s Eve, and felt like it was the perfect location for the celebration. “Fraser and I LOVE Fernie and we love the people. At any time of year, Fernie is a great place for a getaway whether camping, biking and hiking, golfing, rafting and of course the skiing and snowboarding. The people are really nice and I think there is also something about it that reminds us of Thunder Bay where we both grew up,” Mandy tells us. They chose to host the reception at the Lizard Creek Lodge. “It’s almost like a destination

wedding, it’s small enough and almost all our guests were there.” With 75 guests in attendance, Mandy and Fraser wanted an intimate weekend allowing everyone to spend a lot of time together. The theme was “casual, classic, mountain” that they also infused with their gratitude for one another and all who attended. “We tried to make it memorable and comfortable for everyone and the kids really enjoyed the dress up station, treats and Fernie wedding colouring picture we made. Everything was very simple and fun, but we tried to make sure it had a hint of elegance too.”

Mandy and Fraser chose Jeff McRae as their DJ, and couldn’t rave about him enough.

“He made the party, and really listened when we shared who would be there and what kind of music each liked. He was even able to throw in a few surprises that were on point and made the night memorable, and was an entertainer which the kids enjoyed.” Nick Nault was their photographer, “Nick was awesome, and patient. He did a great job of capturing the day. Fraser and I have never taken the best pictures together (it’s a running joke) so getting some amazing photos of us was really special.” Nick took them to memorable locations the couple have spent a lot of time over the years biking and skiing. “It’s nice to have those memories captured on film,” says Mandy. 7

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Q&A Why did you choose to get married in Fernie?

Over the weekend, Mandy and Fraser organized multiple group events including a hike up to Island Lake Lodge, cliff jumping at Silver Springs (which turned into a pizza party because of the weather), and also provided information on their favourite places to eat and what not to miss.

Overall, the couple felt fortunate to have everyone come together from so far away. “We were so lucky that so many people were able to make the trip. Now, whenever we come to Fernie it brings back the memories of such a special time in our lives.”

Well, we weren’t sure where to have our wedding, we were thinking Calgary or somewhere close by. We went for our annual New Year’s ski trip to Fernie and it was during that trip that we realized we needed to invite all our friends here. They just had to see how beautiful it is! There is so much to do for everyone and we knew it would be a great place to have a wedding. Also, it was easy for both our Canadian and American friends to get to. What is your favourite moment of your wedding day?

That’s tough. Probably when I stole Fraser’s pocket square to wipe my nose/eyes during the ceremony. We both laughed. Also, our family and friends were really pivotal in bringing the wedding to life. The rehearsal

dinner, ceremony, speeches and the dance party - it was really the great friends coming together that made it all work and many of them went above and beyond throughout the week to make it all happen. What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?

Make sure to take the time to stop and look around, those snapshots will be something you reflect on and carry, making you smile for the rest of your life. What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out - things you tried to do differently?

We wanted to show our friends and family from the east what the west has to offer. From staying right on the mountain at Lizard Creek Lodge, to the activities we planned such as hiking, mountain biking and visiting the town, our guests got to experience all the things we enjoy about Fernie.


— Wedding Story ­— Megan and Jonathan P H OTO G R A P H E R 6 : 8 P H OTO G R A P H Y 68photography.com

Megan and Jonathan experienced a true winter wedding set at Island Lake Lodge in December of 2017. Their day began with breakfast at the Tamarack Lodge, where they were able to meet with their friends and family.

After breakfast, a group of “dedicated fitness fanatics” performed a short dance that later made its way into the reception. Then, Megan took them through a yoga sequence and meditation to set a positive mood for the day. Feeling grounded, Megan retreated to ready herself for the ceremony. Mel of Sparrow Hair and Leah of Decoro Portraits “brought to life our wedding day glam,” and Megan remembers many laughs and tears being


shared throughout the process, while Kevan of 6:8 Photography captured the moments on film. Jon and his bandmates were busy with the logistics of the music for the ceremony and reception, after which he got ready himself. Once both bride and groom were set, they met outside for the first look. “Excitement could not be contained, it was a simple and profound moment to look at one another knowing this is the beginning of the best days of our lives,” Megan says.

Kevan then took them on a winter photo adventure down by the lake. “It was cold, but we couldn’t tell,” she remembers. “Besides my feet!”

After photos, the ceremony began on the deck of the Bear Lodge where Wedding Commissioner Jennifer Cronin performed the ceremony. Before saying “I Do” Megan and Jon sang “Til Kingdom Come” for the guests. This alongside other elements, including a love story being read, personally written vows, and Jennifer’s meaningful words, made the ceremony light, unique and personal - just as Megan had hoped.

Why did you choose to get married in Fernie?

The guests then moved over to the Tamarack Lodge where the reception was held. “The staff at Island Lake seamlessly transitioned us all, and the dinner was fantastic!” The party continued at the Bear Lodge, where Megan and Jon kicked off the dancing to “Classy Girl” by the Lumineers followed by a fatherdaughter dance to “Dream” by the Everly Brothers.

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A prosecco toast was shared by all, followed by photos, many hugs and cocktails.

An evening photo shoot, and then dancing until 1am completed the event. “Our wedding experience was simply unreal. A magical moment held in our hearts for all time.”

Fernie is where we put it together that we liked each other. It was on a bike ride up Lazy Lizard where we first discovered Island Lake Lodge What is your favourite moment of your wedding day? The meaningful and unique ceremony!

What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?

What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out things you tried to do differently? We created a playlist that can be followed on Spotify, which was quite popular with the guests. We spent the entire summer pulling it together to get people dancing.


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— Wedding Story ­— Lisa and Holly P H OTO G R A P H E R K Y L E H A M I LT O N Kylehamiltonphotography.com

Lisa and Holly were married in Fernie in the fall of 2014. They chose September long weekend, and an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

“We wanted to embrace the warmth of the afternoon sunshine, the not yet too cool evenings, and the hues of early fall native grasses and the ironic beauty of the invasive ‘wild’ flowers that grow out of control each year along the trail, and open spaces from our home to the river where we were getting married.”

The ceremony took place on a gravel bar along the Elk River with the Lizard Range as the backdrop. The day before, they arranged river rocks and driftwood to create a circle

to encompass their family and friends and an aisle to highlight their path together.

“It is amazing how we take for granted the beauty in the places we spend time in everyday. We were struggling to pick a place to get married that felt right and then one day while floating the river we came around the bend of the river near our home and realized it was the perfect spot.” Holly wore a long and elegant swooping cowl back dress and Lisa, who was interested in a dress with vintage lace look wore her grandmother’s wedding dress with alterations that embraced its history with a modern touch. Even more special was the confetti found within the lace from her

grandparents’ wedding in 1953. Both Holly and Lisa’s hair was done in town by Sparrow.

The couple chose their home for the reception, calling it a ‘blockyard’ party. “It was the perfect marriage between a block party and a backyard gathering. We had already spent countless hours transforming our outdoor space into a great place to spend time.

It was also really important to us that our big community of family and friends from across the country share in the celebrations, and hosting the party at our home was very much conducive to ensuring many could attend. All told there were 150 people, including 20 kids.”






Q&A Why did you choose to get married in Fernie? We have built our lives together here in Fernie. We love this community. We never even considered getting married anywhere else. Plus Fernie looks pretty sharp in photographs! What is your favourite moment of your wedding day?

Though we were nervous, reciting our own vows was really special. It’s one of the few times you can share special moments, memories and feelings with the love of your life and your friends and family don’t have a choice but to sit and listen ha.

How did they make this happen? Holly and Lisa got a permit to close the road adjacent to their home, and placed party tents in the street. The garden shed was transformed into a bar, a taco buffet and potluck salad bar was set up in the garage, and they created ‘hang out spaces’ throughout the yard, complete with a bonfire and yard games.

They kept the décor pretty simple, choosing to, “highlight our shared appreciation for bringing together the old with the new with a natural feel. All our décor was created with items that were borrowed, found, or bought second hand with exception of the beautiful flowers and greenery from Green Petal.”

Music was a focal point throughout the day, including a violin playing as the guests were led to the location, friends singing them down the aisle, the couple singing “Ho, Hey” as they danced down the trail and onto their scooter, and the Amelie soundtrack playing over dinner. A friend made a playlist that kept the party going late into the night.

While a theme for the wedding was never discussed, looking back the couple can see that the common thread was, “having a really good time with family and friends amongst the beauty of our everyday places and spaces, and ensuring it authentically reflected who we are as women and how we have and continue to grow our life and love together within the lifestyle we choose to lead here in Fernie.”

Also, the moment we rode away in our dresses on our 81 Honda Scooter. It was a great symbol of our journey as it was the very first purchase we made together as a new couple years ago only months into dating.

What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day? Have fun and take all the moments you can to pause and enjoy your special day, it goes by so quickly. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t forget to put drinking water out on a hot day! Oh yeah, and print your wedding photos so you can enjoy them! What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out things you tried to do differently?

We walked down the aisle together rather than one of us waiting at the front for the other, we wanted to share that experience. Being ‘given away’ seemed like a tradition of the past that was not relevant to us.


— Wedding Tips ­— Planning Overview BY ANGELA MAGLIOCCO


So you’ve said “YES” and you’re officially engaged! It’s time to start planning your wedding, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed with all the decisions you are about to make. Here’s a little overview to help make this process easier, more enjoyable and stress-free. You have picked your wedding date and, most importantly, your venue; next is the fun stuff. The style, colours and decorations you choose should be classy and authentic but should also reflect both of your personalities. Are you drawn to traditional classic themes or more modern?

Invitations will be your first impression to your family and friends, so have them reflect your personality and aesthetic preferences.

Creative decorations can leave a lasting impression on your guests as well. This will involve any of the following: welcome signs, guest seating charts, printed individual menus, table numbers, photo backdrops, table centrepieces, table runners, linens, flowers, greenery, banners, a kids’ entertainment table, guest thank you gifts, chair covers, light strings. I myself am drawn to more simple, clean decorations, but everyone has their own taste and style and the goal is to stick with it across all of your pieces.

Flowers are essential; they create the mood, show your style and bring life to the room. Remember to take into account what is in season and will last the longest.

Table centrepieces are also vital as they act as the focal point on your dining tables. Long-style tables usually have multiple whereas smaller or round tables have their own individual decorations. The centrepieces should also be in proportion to the venue space (i.e., larger centrepieces for larger venues). They should also be consistent with other elements being used throughout the ceremony and reception. To maintain position on the table, give your centrepiece a

base, something to build upon. This could be anything from a plate, a wooden slab, basket, lantern, etc. From there, you can add just about anything; candles, flowers, greenery, vases, glass vessels, rocks, petals, framed pictures, pinecones, and more. Interestingly, the current style is to place certain decorations, like candles, in odd numbers.

The menu can be challenging. Wedding trends have shown that guests care more and more about the food being served. If dinner is satisfying and elegant, guests will definitely remember it for years to come! It is important to take into consideration food allergies and whether or not any of your guests are vegetarians. The food is not only about taste, but presentation as well. You will be serving this food on your wedding day and want to make sure it’s perfect and that your guests are full.

Choosing a respected wedding photographer should be a top priority. They are the ones

who capture your special day and all the precious moments and memories that will last you a lifetime. You will see your flowers wilt, your cake eaten, your invites tossed, your dress worn, the shoes will go back into a box; however, your photos will be forever! Make sure you capture your day and your story, don’t regret not hiring a professional wedding photographer.

Just remember, regardless of anything else, you and your guests need to have fun on your wedding day. Consider hiring an experienced event planner to be there every step of the way, providing advice and making sure your day is a memorable one. Angela Magliocco is an event planner with Silver Lining Events. Whether your event is big or small, sophisticated or simple, they work to remove the worry and stress to allow you to enjoy your day. Silverliningevents@shaw.ca, 250-430-7818


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— Wedding Tips ­— Customized Wedding Jewellery Where to Start B Y M AT T M A R T I N

We’d like to get custom made wedding bands, where do we start? There’s really two initial considerations when it comes to custom made wedding bands: design and budget. Most people start to develop these by referencing what’s out there, having a look online and checking out a few shops. Many jewellery designers will have a style they’re comfortable working in, a common aesthetic throughout their work, if this appeals to you then you’re on the right track. If you’re on the hunt for originality more than likely you’ll want to speak directly to the goldsmith. Goldsmithing is a craft that offers a wide range of techniques with many different directions you can go. Initiating a dialogue will help to establish a sense of cost and value as well as design options. Are there limitations in the scope of custom work they offer? Consider your timeline, is it doable? It shouldn’t take long to establish rapport and a sense of trust. Testimonials are also invaluable, does what other people are saying resonate with you? I want to surprise her, how do I get a ring I know she’ll love?

I always advise including your prospective fiancé in the process as much as possible. In most cases marriage is a topic of regular conversation and an engagement ring is

already anticipated. An element of surprise can still be retained by consulting together with a designer and achieving basic design direction. This initial discussion often covers diamond or gemstone shape, setting style and colour of gold or platinum. Following this a second consultation ensues (without the bride to be) where final design details are decided. In my opinion a partial sacrifice of surprise for gaining a ring she’ll adore is well worth it. He doesn’t seem to care about his ring….

It’s not uncommon for men to lack enthusiasm when it comes to ‘his’ wedding band. In my experience being in a working studio environment creates interest and when shown a design that’s original and well crafted it’s usually ‘game on.’ Here’s a few of my ‘go to’ design considerations for custom made wedding bands: • A wedding band should wear well with an engagement ring, the design should compliment and not compete. • If the wedding band will be worn regularly without the engagement ring, i.e. travelling abroad, etc, then it should have a stand alone design confidence.


• Lifestyle is also an important consideration when featuring a diamond or gemstone, certain styles will be better suited for active individuals and vocations. • If a motif or theme is being featured, is it going to wear well and last for many years to come?

Matt Martin is a Goldsmith at Element 7 Nine, located in the Mugshots building at 592, 3rd Ave generally open 10am-5pm Monday through Friday. If you’re making a special trip, call or email ahead to confirm they’re around. They also welcome design appointments outside regular hours. Element7nine.com, 250-430-0070


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months prior to your wedding and bringing a favourite of yours and your future spouse! Another fun idea is to include a Fernie Brewing Company beer in your guests’ Welcome Bag!

Wedding Bar and Cocktails 101

Signature Cocktail A signature cocktail is a fun way to infuse your personality into every aspect of the wedding! Create one yourself or have an expert mixologist create one for you!


We have all been to a wedding where the reception was dull and boring. Regardless if the bride was stunning or the groom’s speech had you in hysterics, a guest’s memory of the wedding hinges on the party! We have provided you with a few tips to ensure you throw a party to remember. Should I have an open bar? If you decide to have an open bar be prepared to see substantial waste. When there is no monetary control (even two dollars), guests are not as concerned. An open bar allows little to no control over guest intake, this can initiate higher than normal safety incidents, i.e. slips and trips on the dance floor, aggressive guest behaviour, or even worse, drinking and driving. Save the cash you are going to spend on an open bar, and spend it on that honeymoon! Liquor License A liquor license is mandatory when using a public venue. A BC Liquor license can be obtained online at specialevents.bcldb.com/ help. You should hear back within two to four weeks, so allow yourself enough time to apply if necessary.

Environmentally Friendly Plastic straws are dreadful! Ask your bartender to shake it, stir it, but please don’t ask for a straw. It is also possible to order


biodegradable cups for your bar. Surprisingly, these cups are now cheaper to purchase than regular plastic cups. Lastly, ensure that you have recycle bins set up throughout the venue. It is our responsibility to ensure we do not forget about the environment throughout the party. Wine Selection Why not spend an afternoon a few months prior to the wedding brewing your own wine with your future spouse? Not only is this affordable to do, but is also a fun date idea before the big day! As an added bonus, you can order custom labels and use your wine as wedding favours. Beer Selection Ensure that you have a few Fernie Brewing Company beers on your drink menu. They are always a hit, especially with out of town guests! We suggest having a tasting a few

Champagne Toast Ditch the champagne toast! Although beautiful, guests typically have one sip and move onto something more pleasing to their individual palate. If you are super keen on having a toast, customize it! In the past we’ve seen mulled wine (great for a winter wedding!), or a Build Your Own Caesar Bar. The more you can make your wedding your own, the more memorable it will be.

What to Order Keep in mind when placing your liquor order that you cannot please everyone. Although you want to have a diverse drink menu for your guests, we don’t suggest ordering a single bottle of a particular liquor since that is all your great uncle drinks. You will be left with the unused portion and if it is not something you will consume after the wedding, it often ends up in the garbage! Stick with the tried and trues (Rum, Vodka, Gin, for example) and bring plenty of mix and a few fun garnishes so that guests can customize their cocktail that way. Budget A great thing about the bar is that you can really make it as expensive or as cost-effective as you like. If you forego an event bartending service, we typically recommend budgeting

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— Wedding Tips ­— Point Your Guests in the Right Direction B Y K R I S TA T U R C A S S O

While everyone has arrived in Fernie to celebrate your big day, your guests will also have the opportunity to explore some of the best on offer in this mountain town. When travelling to attend a wedding, I have always appreciated when hosts have included some suggestions with the Welcome Package. If you plan on putting one together, consider doing the same with some of our insider suggestions! 1. Mountains

Regardless of season, the mountains will be calling upon arrival. In spring, consider a lower elevation hike. Fairy Creek Falls are easy to access from the Chamber of Commerce/Info Centre just off Hwy #3, great for all levels and ages, and rewarding. In summer, the options are truly endless. The Fernie Golf Club celebrated 100 years in 2018, and after a round on this course you’ll understand its allure. Not only does it offer some of the best scenic views in town, the course is well-designed and engaging. As the seasons change and colours shape the valley, biking on gold-covered trails, littered with larch needles is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. A cruise up Lazy Lizard for lunch at Island Lake Lodge is something your guests won’t soon forget. When the snow begins to fly, Fernie Alpine Resort offers


seemingly endless terrain to be explored, fantastic kids programs, and don’t forget to check out the famous Griz Pub. 2. History

layers of our past, and upstairs hosts rotating exhibits. They also offer walking tours and various events throughout the year.

While Fernie is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it also has a rich and colourful past that adds to its unique and captivating qualities. The Fernie Museum is perfectly situated on Second Avenue, a street lined with beautiful historical buildings built out of stone and brick as a result of the fires of 1904 and 1908. The main floor has a standing exhibit that will take you through the many

Fernie may be small, but when it comes to its culinary offerings it sure packs a punch. So much so, it makes deciding really, really difficult! But worry not, as you can’t go wrong. From the Japanese cuisine found at Yamagoya to dining on the patio by the Elk River at the Bridge Bistro enjoying modern European fare, to any pub in the Historic Downtown. Add to that a number of cafés

3. Food and Wine

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providing gourmet coffee, cool environments, and great breakfast and lunch options, and you’re just getting started. Pick up a Fernie Fix Summer or Winter Guide for the full details in the dining guide. You can also request copies of these guides to include in your Welcome Package!


$20 per guest. However, many packages allow you to do this for a fraction of that price! DJ

4. Shopping

The Historic Downtown is lined with a host of eclectic and distinctive shops. Locally made jewellery, clothing, sports equipment, home décor, fine art, artisan chocolate and coffee, health products and essential oils. Such a vast variety, you could easily spend a day perusing what’s on offer taking breaks to enjoy the coffee shops, pubs and restaurants that fill the gaps. 5. Kids

Fernie is bursting at the seams with kids and young families! With the increase in this demographic has come a host of opportunities and programming. The Fernie Aquatic Centre is a great option any time of the year, and during the summer months you can enjoy its outdoor splash park! Adjacent to the



Aquatic Centre is the Bike Park, with jumps, pump tracks, skills sections, and a beginner loop. Also here, you’ll find Fernie’s outdoor arena allowing for skating and hockey in the winter, and ball hockey in the summer. Fernie Alpine Resort has an amazing Aerial Park for older kids, and an area for small kids to explore with parents just beneath the Deer Chair with zip lines, climbing, and balancing challenges. This is but a small list of suggestions for you to offer your guests. For more ideas, visit Ferniefix.com! We hope you and all those attending your wedding enjoy all things Fernie.

Do not cut costs on your DJ. The DJ is the person who gets the party going and keeps it going. The bar and DJ will work hand in hand with each other to ensure the party is rockin’ until the wee hours of the night! Why Hire An Event Bartending Service

Many Brides and Grooms that we have spoken with who did not hire event bartenders tell us that the actual bar was one of the most stressful parts of their wedding day. Why not take this stress out of your big day and leave it to the professionals? Shea Hawkins is an experienced and passionate bartender with Kettle Black Event Bartending, a licensed service serving the Elk Valley area. Kettleblackbartending.com


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— Wedding Tips ­— Budgeting For Your Wedding B Y TA R A H I G G I N S

They say money is the root of all evil and it can certainly cause a lot of problems when planning for your big day. As the tradition for the parents of the bride to pick up the tab wanes more and more couples are faced with having to pick up the entire tab for their wedding. How do you decide what your budget should be, and how do you allocate it?

In economic terms it is said that you should allocate 10% of your combined annual income.

There is also the average breakdown, percentage wise, which goes something like this: Reception: 48-50% Ceremony: 2-3 percent Attire: 8-10 percent Flowers: 8-10 percent Entertainment/Music: 8-10 percent Photography/Videography: 10-12 percent Stationery: 2-3 percent Wedding Rings: 2-3 percent Parking/Transportation: 2-3 percent Gifts: 2-3 percent Miscellaneous: 8 percent You should also allow for 5% overage.

These ‘averages’ soon become rules because it makes it easier to reason where the money


is being spent. But could there be a different way to look at it?

Awhile back, a friend of a friend was getting married and they were overwhelmed by all the things that ‘should’ be included on their big day. A consult with a wedding planner was made and this is the advice they were given. Pick the three most important aspects for you in a wedding and spend your money there. Forget the rest. I think this is the best advice anyone can give about planning a wedding, even if you have a million-dollar budget. It gives clarity to why you are getting married. The meaning of it all, how you celebrate it and honour the commitment you are about to make.

Some may say I want to look the most beautiful I have ever looked on this day we choose to commit our lives together. (Insert the word handsome here guys, we know you want to look amazing for your partner too.)

Is there a place that is the two of you? Where you feel connected in a deeper way than in a more traditional setting? Choosing a place such as this can often be a great way to save money, as they can be free or only charge nominal fees.

Are the two of you foodies? Spend all your time, energy and money on a fabulous wedding feast. Do you love to dance the night away?

You get the idea. This is not a novel concept, but it does give the two of you something to focus and agree on beyond finances. A wedding has never been made or broken by the wedding favours. If a friend feels slighted because you chose not to allow plus ones for the sake of it, are they truly supporting you and your marriage? The day goes by so fast, don’t try and cram too much into it. Choose three things and allow the time for those three things to be appreciated by all.


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top bridal boutique

Custom bridal packages on or off site

Calgary’s Premier Salon,

461a 2nd Ave. Fernie, BC 250-423-5001 www.lyshhairsalon.ca info@lyshhairsalon.ca

Providing every bride with the time and privacy they deserve

offering all brides the attention and experience that they deserve.

Premier bridal shop featuring designer wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT: rococobrides.com

Noviamia.ca | Calgary & Red Deer, AB

8989 Macleod Trail SW #4, Calgary info@rococobrides.com | 403-200-6999

ACCOMMODATION GUIDE FACILITY TYPE In Town or Outside Fernie 901 Fernie 901-2nd Ave 250-423-2077

Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge 1622 7th Ave 250-423-5500 Canadas Best Value Inn and Suites 401 Hwy 3 250-423-4438 The Central Hotel 301 2 Ave 250-423-7367

East Kootenay Motel Ltd. 1302 Hwy 3 250-423-9266 Elk View Lodge 3934 Cokato Road 888-733-7643



























Raging Elk Hostel 892 6th Ave 250-423-6811


Ski Inn Fernie 6 Alpine Trail Lane 250-423-7899


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Snow Valley Motel & RV Park 1041 7th Ave 250-423-4421



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Red Tree Lodge 1101 7th Ave 250-423-4622

Tightlines Lodge 821 7th Ave 250-423-4483




Super 8 Fernie 2021 Hwy 3 250-423-6788



Powder Mountain Lodge 892 Hwy 3 250-423-4492

Stanford Resort 100 Riverside Way 250-423-5000




Park Place Lodge 742 Hwy 3 250-423-6871


Accommodation Types: B&B - B , Chalet - Ch, Condo - C, Hotel - H, Motel - M C

Fernie Hotel & Pub 691 1st Ave 250-423-6444

Island Lake Lodge 602a 2nd Ave (Downtown Office) 250-423-3700



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Ski Hill

Alpine Lodge Fernie 5291 Highline Drive 250-423-4237 Black Bear Chalet 24 Timberline Cres. 250-423-5023

Cornerstone Lodge 5369 Fernie Ski Hill Rd. 250-423-6855

Fernie Slope Side Lodge 5339 Ski HIll Road 1-866-633-7643 Kimbers Timbers Fernie Alpine Resort 403-240-1769

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Lizard Creek Lodge 5346 Highline Dr. 250-423-2057













Snow Creek Lodge & Cabins 5258 Highline Drv 250-423-6878










The Griz Inn 5369 Ski Hill Rd 250-423-9221

The Lodge at Fernie 4502 Timberline Cres. 406-756-7714 Snowed Inn 5271 Highline Drive 250-423-3830

Timberline Lodges 4559 Timberline Cresc 240-423-6878



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Many of Fernie’s properties are booked through reservation agencies where you receive excellent choices, rates and qualified agents to help find the best package for your group.

Fernie Central Reservations Ferniecentralreservations.com Fernie Lodging Company Fernielodgingco.com Fernie B&B Association Fernielodging.com

For things to do while in Fernie visit these websites: Ferniefix.com or Tourismfernie.com


RATES Request a quote for rates as they vary throughout the year and depending on your party size. 27

— Directory ­— LOCATION Outdoors

Annex Park ~ Provides a large open area with a duck pond and views. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466

Mount Fernie Provincial Park ~ A classic mountain setting with a bridge over a beautiful creek surrounded by thick forest. Env.gov.bc.ca/ bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_fernie/ 250-422-3003 The Rusty Edge at the Griz Inn ~ Located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, offering a large open deck that can accommodate a larger number of seated or standing guests. Grizinn.com | 778-519-5206

Fernie Seniors Centre ~ Seating for up to 100 guests for a smaller, intimate wedding. 250-423-4466

Fernie Stanford Resort ~ On the edge of town alongside the Elk River, with a seating capacity up to 150 people. Ferniestanfordresort.com 250-423-5000 The Griz Lodge ~ A spacious floor plan, rustic atmosphere and full service kitchen at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort for up to 200 guests. Skifernie.com | 250-423-4655

Birch Meadows ~ Rich green colours of the mountainside offer a private, secluded setting outside of town. Birchmeadowslodge.com | 250-423-4236

Spruce Spring Stream Farm ~ Boasting perennial floral gardens and landscaped green space surrounded by running water, excellent views and stunning forest scenes. A private and tranquil setting. Sprucespringstreamfarms.ca 250-423-7776

Receptions/Indoor Ceremonies

Island Lake Lodge ~ At the base of the Lizard Range with a capacity of up to 100 guests. Specializing in boutique mountain weddings, book far in advance. Islandlakelodge.com | 250-423-3700

Fernie Golf & County Club ~ Open setting with majestic, 360° views of Fernie’s mountains. Golffernie.com | 250-423-7773

Alpine Lodge ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, Alpine Lodge offers unique and smaller receptions with an emphasis on service, includes eight ensuite rooms, a beautiful dining area and an outdoor hot tub. Alpinelodgefernie.com | 250-423-4237

Red Tree Lodge ~ Flexible, comfortable mountain setting with seating for 130 people, Smokehouse Restaurant and bar on site. Redtreelodge.com | 250-423-4622

Elk View Lodge ~ A beautiful lodge just outside Fernie with a large deck and views of the Lizard Range. Elkviewlodge.com | 1-888-733-7643

Fernie Court House ~ A unique, historical setting in the centre of downtown Fernie offering views of Fernie’s distinct mountains. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466

Fernie Alpine Resort Village Plaza ~ Enclosed in the foothills of the Lizard Mountain Range, located conveniently at the base of the Resort, and suitable for up to 200 guests in the spring and fall. Skifernie.com | 250-423-4655 Fernie Alpine Resort Tamarack Lawn ~ A tranquil and natural setting, located at the base of the Resort with views of the Lizard Headwall, and suitable for up to 100 guests in the spring and fall. Skifernie.com | 250-423-4655 “I Dew” Point at Island Lake ~ Grassy meadow on the lake with views of the Lizard Range. Islandlakelodge.com | 250-423-3700

Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Offers a manicured wedding lawn, chairs for guests, draped table, flowering plants and a wedding arch when requested. Lizardcreek.com | 250-423-2057

Lost Boys Café ~ Amazing views of the Valley from Timber Bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort with a large patio for up to 90 guests. Skifernie.com | 250-423-4655

Best Western ~ Full service hotel offering a banquet room and catering services for up to 180 guests. Bestwesternfernie.com 250-423-5500

Cast Iron Grill ~ Offers spectacular views at the Fernie Golf Club both indoors and out for up to 120 for a seated event, and 230 for cocktail style. 250-423-4115 Cirque Restaurant ~ A newly renovated space in the Lizard Creek Lodge with a fireplace and patio, up to 150 guests at Fernie Alpine Resort. Lizardcreek.com | 250-423-2056

Elk View Lodge ~ Open plan dining and living room area can seat up to 100 using round tables. For smaller groups, they use rectangular tables to seat up to 50. Elkviewlodge.com | 1-888-733-7643

Fernie Community Centre ~ With seating up to 350 this is the only option for large weddings in Fernie. Fernie.ca | 250-423-4466 Fernie Family Centre ~ A comfortable and central location suitable for 150-200 guests. Holyfamilyfernie.ca | 250-423-6127

Park Place Lodge ~ Centrally located with a fireplace, great for up to 150 guests. Parkplacelodge.com | 250-423-6871

The Rusty Edge at the Griz Inn ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, a beautiful indoor setting at the hill with patio for up to 200. Rustyedge.net | 778-519-5206

Snow Creek Lodge ~ This lodge on the hill can accommodate up to 80 people. Fernielodgingco.com | 250-423-6878

Casual yet cool: Griz Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort is cool but also hosts up to 150 guests (250-423-4655) or The Bridge Bistro (250-4233002) by the Elk River has a large patio and beautiful setting in town. Elegant and chic: The Arts Station (250-423-4842) located in downtown Fernie in the historic train station.


Holy Family Catholic Church 521 4th Ave | 250-423-6127

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 421 9th Ave | 250-423-6887 Knox United Church of Canada 201 2nd Ave | 250-423-6010

Trinity Lutheran Church 691 4th Ave | 250-423-4119

Trinity Pentecostal Tabernacle 1362 8th Ave | 250-423-4114


See Accommodation Guide on page 27


Blush and Raven Bridal Boutique ~ An artistically styled, couture boutique in Calgary, AB specializing in bridal, bridesmaid, attendee gowns and special event wear. Blushandraven.com | 403-474-6777

Novia Mia Bridal Boutique ~ A premier bridal shop featuring designer wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses who take bridal shopping to the next level. Noviamia.ca | 403-986-3925 Once Upon a Bride ~ Lethbridge’s premier bridal store featuring wedding gowns from the world’s top designers. Lethbridgebride.com 403-328-3399

Rococco Brides ~ A bridal boutique in Calgary, AB offering brides attention and detail, with professional consultants who understand individuality. Rococobrides.com | 403-200-6999 Silver Blush Weddings ~ Located in Calgary, Silver Blush offers brides high quality, pretty and sparkling accessories at affordable prices. Silverblushweddings.com | 403-999-2322


Barrie Elliott ~ A red seal chef known for inspiring and tasty creations for all styles and sizes of events. 250-531-0905 Cooks Catering ~ Experience in catering small to large events up to 300 people, with customized menus and quality service. 250-430-7789

The Chopstick Truck ~ A popular food truck in Fernie offering delicious Vietnamese food, and available for private function catering. Thechopsticktruck.com

CP Catering who run The Bridge Bistro, are known for their ability to beautifully cater weddings of all sizes. 250-423-7367

Iron Creek Catering Co ~ Red Seal Chef Matt Sorochuk provides customized and professional catering services for your special day. Ironcreekcatercompany.com | 250-423-6856 Lizard Creek Lodge ~ Offers tasteful catering to smaller events outside of their establishment (cocktail evening, dress rehearsal or intimate reception). 250-423-2057


Crumbs Cakery ~ Creating unique cakes to compliment your wedding day, with a free consultation. Crumbscakery.ca | 250-910-0770 Happy Cow ~ Specializing in all-natural cakes and cupcakes (along with specialty ice cream.) 250-423-8381

Piece of Cake ~ Specializing in unique custom made cakes that accentuate your occasion. 250-430-2176

Photo and Makeup by Sarah Pollard Hair by Melissa Gullion

Mountainside Community Church 1622 10th Ave | 250-423-4112

BOOK ONLINE: www.sparrowhair.ca or call 250-423-7175

Smilin Pixie ~ Specializing in both butter cream and fondant wedding cakes. 250-423-8066

Sweet Cakes ~ Organic and beautifully designed cupcakes with unique flavours and all natural ingredients. 250-423-4355


Hair Salons

Blue Lime Hair Co ~ Located in downtown Fernie, this salon offers a full range of services to help you prepare for your wedding day. 250-423-4334 Brooke’s Mobile Hair ~ Cuts, colours, feathers, bead extensions, weddings and events! And the best part – they can come to you. 250-531-0124 ET Hair Studio ~ Located in downtown Fernie, this salon offers a full range of professional services and is great for large groups. 250-423-4813 Lysh Hair Salon ~ Located in Historic Downtown Fernie, Lysh offers custom bridal packages on and off site, and everything from cuts and colours to special occasion up do’s. 250-423-5001

Are you planning an event in the Kootenays? Big or Small, Sophisticated or Simple. Exceptional Events. Everytime. ANGELA MAGLIOCCO SilverLiningEvents@shaw.ca 250-430-7818


Mirror Images Hair Studio ~ A full service hair salon with a large product selection, also offering manicures and pedicures. 250-423-7615

Sparrow for Hair ~ A trendy and unique hair salon, specializing in cuts, colours, perms, styles and wedding up-do’s. 250-423-7175 The Studio by Corrine ~ Provides cuts, colours, rebonding treatments, special occasion styles, blow outs and updo styles. 250-946-6377

Trish’s Hair Design ~ Enjoy a quiet day getting ready for your wedding with a one-on-one style with Trish. 250-423-6770


Fernie’s Lash Studio ~ Offers professional eyelash extensions, classic and volume provided. Facebook.com/FernieLashStudio 250-423-0831

No.3 ~ Specializing in high quality wedding day makeup, bridal party makeup lessons, and high quality skin care products. No3fernie.com | 250-423-2181 Spa 901 ~ Offering professional makeup application for weddings with on-site services available. Spa901.ca | 250-423-7722

Three Sisters Day Spa ~ Offering professional makeup services for special occasions. Threesistersdayspa.com | 250-423-6395

Spa Services

Enchanted Esthetics ~ CIABC Certified Esthetician services using Eminence handmade organic skin care out of Hungary. Enchantedestheticsfernie.com | 250-430-1289

Island Lake Spa ~ Located at the base of the Lizard Range, this spa includes a full range of services alongside a solarium and outdoor room with hot tub, spring shower and amazing views. Islandlakecatskiing.com/summer/ activities/spa/ | 250-423-3700

King Fir Spa ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, reconnect with nature through the variety of treatments, massage and yoga available here. Kingfirspa.com | 250-423-8215

Lizard Creek Spa ~ Located at Fernie Alpine Resort, the Spa at Lizard Creek uses all organic soaps, oils, soaks and scrubs by Eminence Organics, and LVX luxe nail system. Lizardcreek.com/spa | 250-423-2057 ext. 1014 OrganicTan Fernie ~ Offering natural spray tanning as well as SunnTan and SunnaSmile products, to help you attain that natural glow on your wedding day. organictan.ca | 250-946-6889

Spa 901 ~ A beautiful and spacious renovated historical building with full spa amenities, including a sauna, lounges and outdoor pool. Spa901.ca | 250-423-7722 Three Sisters Day Spa ~ With a full range of esthetic, spa and massage treatments utilizing Aveda products. Threesistersdayspa.com 250-423-6395 Trillium Day Spa ~ Offering organic facials, massage, natural body treatments, manicures and waxing. Trilliumspa.wordpress.com 250-423-7774


wares displayed in store to ignite daydreams of decorating. Urbansettler.com | 250-423-0820


Element 7 Nine ~ Hand crafted and designed with a pursuit for originality and a passion for goldsmithing, drawing inspiration from mountain life. Element7nine.com 250-430-0700

Invitations and Printing

Clawhammer Letterpress ~ Specializing in typography-based products, including invitations, stationery and cards. Clawhammer.ca | 778-519-5010

Lettering by Ruby ~ Lettering service for name cards, table numbers, wedding signs, chalk signs, wood signs, wedding banners and more. 604-340-2140 Lilac Media ~ Offering print and design products in Fernie. facebook.com/LilacMedia | 250-430-1330

Marriage Commissioners


Jennifer Cronin ~ gethitchedinfernie@gmail.com | 250-423-4337

Kettle Black Bartending ~ 250-946-6889

Faye Arlene Sigurdson ~ fayesig@telus.net | 250-425-5741

Avalanche City Bartender Services ~ acrgbus.frdl@gmail.com, 250-423-8376


The Green Petal ~ They love the different, unusual, fun, artsy and elegant and transfer this to their flower arrangements. Thegreenpetal.ca | 250-423-4486

Gifts and Registry

The Green Petal ~ Jewellery, dish-ware, linens, furniture, accent pieces and so much more. thegreenpetal.ca 250-423-4486 Interior Envy ~ Unique and tasteful products to spruce up your living space, kitchen or bathroom. Interiorenvy.ca | 250-423-9735

No3 ~ Carrying an array of home and kitchen items, perfect for that thoughtful gift or setting up your registry. No3fernie.com | 250-423-2181 Urban Settler ~ A one-of-a-kind lifestyle, design and decor company, with a collection of

Lynn Rogers ~ lynnrogers@shaw.ca 778-519-1214


Aries Entertainment DJ Service ~ Spreading beautiful vibes through the music he spins. 250-423-6858

DJ McRae ~ Playing all of your favourites, sure to have your guests on the dance floor. 250-423-8658 Jim Paul DJ Services ~ Known for playing the best in music now and then, catered to your party’s tastes. 250-430-2490

Ray’s Music ~ Live sound and DJ services, Ray is a professional mobile disc jokey. 250-427-7000

Tofino Wedding DJs ~ Professional DJ services and sound equipment rental. 250-571-4954

Photography 6:8 Photography 68photography.ca

Alana Krushen Image Design AKimagedesign.com David + Katie Photography davidandkatiephoto.com

Dylan Siggers Video Facebook.com/DylanSiggersVideo

Eyelet Photography Eyeletphotography.com Jamie Hide Photography Jamiehide.com

Jamie J Photography 250-777-2107 Jenny Kamo Photography Jennykamo.com

Krevan Wedding Portraits Krevanphotography.ca

Kyle Hamilton Photography Kylehamiltonphotography.com Matt Kuhn Photography Mkuhnphoto.com

Mountain Ash Photography Mountainashphotography.blogspot.ca Nick Nault Photography and Video Nicknaultphotography.ca Raven Eye Photography Raveneyephotography.com

Red Flannel Photography Redflannelphotography.com


Lush Kootenay Weddings and Events ~ From full planning, month/day coordination, custom wedding packages and events. Lushkootenay.com | 250-423-9477 Magical Transformations ~ Assisting in design, coordination and rentals for your event, large or small, indoors or outdoors. Magicaltransformations.ca | 250-423-8916

Mountain Bride – An experienced and dedicated team to make your wedding day unique, enjoyable for your guests and most of all stress free for you and your wedding party. Mountainbride.com | 403-585-7649

Silver Lining Events ~ An experienced and passionate wedding coordinator and decorator for the Elk Valley, who has executed mountain weddings in all seasons for over three years. SilverLiningEvents@shaw.ca | 250-430-7818


Home Hardware ~ Rent out tables, chairs, linens and a host of other items and materials – ask for Heather Ingram when calling. 250-423-4496 Patti’s Party Tent Rental ~ Offers tables, chairs, tents, napkins, linens, dishes/cutlery, decorations, patio heaters, light posts, generators, dance floor and more, rental includes delivery, tear down and removal of items. Pattispartytentrental.com 250-423-7057 / 250-423-1455

Summit Lift Company Tent Rentals ~ Provide large white tent rental for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, includes setup and take down. Summitliftco.net | 250-423-1255

Transportation Quick List Avalanche City Shuttle Service 250-423-8376 A Touch of Class Limousines 1-250-489-1140 Kootenay Taxi 250-423-4408 Mountain High Shuttles 250-423-5008 Resort Tours 1-800-361-3602 Smokey Mountain Charters 1-866-423-8605


Flight Centre Associates - Amy Hare 250-423-0910 | amy.hare@fcatravel.ca Mountain High Travel & Tours 250-423-6916 | info@mountainhightravel.com

592 3rd Ave Fernie, BC 250-430-0070 element7nine.com ferniegoldsmith

We’ve Got you Covered! Various Sizes of Party Tents Port-A-Potties • Generators Barricade Fencing • Bouncy Castles & Slides • Table, Chairs & Linens • Tableware We deliver, set-up, take down & remove

250-423-1455 or 250-423-7057 www.pattispartytentrental.com Showroom located at 7188 Lynch Road, Hosmer, BC 31




Choose and Order Tuxes for Groomsmen/Groom

Announce Engagement

Choose Ceremony Music

Set the Date

Shop for Wedding Rings

Set a Budget

Finalize Order of Ceremony and Reception

Choose Location

Print Menu Cards/Program

Book Ceremony Site

Send Event Schedule to Vendors

Meet with Officiant

2 Months

Begin Guest List

6-9 Months



1 Month

Shop for Bridesmaid Dresses Select a Caterer

Enter RSVP’s to Database

Hire a Florist

Mail Rehearsal Dinner Invites

Hire a Photographer/Videographer


Last Dress Fitting

Mail “Save the Dates”

Stock the Bar

Reserve Hotel Rooms for Out of Town Guests

Send out Final Payments

Launch Wedding Website

Confirm Hair and Makeup TARGET DATE


Provide Directions for Transportation Assign Seating

Purchase Attendants Gifts

Select and Order the Cake

Write Vows

Decide on Wedding Day Transportation

Hair Cut/Colour (if desired)

Finalize Guest List

1 Week

Arrange Rehearsal Dinner

Reconfirm Times with Vendors

Select and Purchase Wedding Invitations

Delegate Wedding-day Tasks

Begin Planning Honeymoon

Send Timeline to Bridal Party

Compose a “Day Of” Timeline

Pick up Dress

Schedule Hair and Makeup



Finalize Menu and Flowers Choose Party Favours


Get Marriage License

Book Entertainment

3 Months


Meet with Photographer

Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

Purchase Wedding Dress

Choose Music


Touch Base with Vendors Submit Wedding Announcement


4-5 Months


Review Playlist with Band/DJ

Choose Wedding Party

Send “Save the Date” Cards


Mail Invitations

Reserve Reception Site

Shop for Wedding Gown

Book Room for Wedding Night

Discuss Menu and Service with Caterer

Start Wedding Folder

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Set Aside Cheques for Vendors Book Spa Treatment

Send Final Guest List to Venues/Caterer Break in Shoes

Pack for Honeymoon



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Attire - 10% Wedding Dress Accessories

Hair and Makeup

Groom’s Tux/Suit Misc.

Flowers & Decorations - 10% Floral Arrangements Ceremony





Prints/Albums Misc.

Favours/Gifts - 3% Bridal Party Favours Misc.

Ceremony - 2% Location Booking Officiant

Boutonniers Misc.

Stationery - 2%

Reception Decorations


Lighting Misc.

Music - 10% Ceremony Musicians

Cocktail-hour Musicians Reception Band/DJ Sound-system Misc.




Save the Dates



Photography/ Videography - 10%





Seating Map/Place Cards Thank-You’s Postage Misc.

Wedding Rings - 2% Bride’s Ring

Groom’s Ring

Transportation - 1% Car Rental for Bride and Groom

Car Rental for Bridal Party Transportation for Out of Town Guests Parking Fees Misc.



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