BR I DE WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE whistler, british columbia VOLUME TWO
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Contrary to popular belief, elevation doesn’t mean much when defining some of the Rocky Mountains’ most dramatic peaks. In general, the Canadian Rockies are much lower than the American Rockies. There are no ‘fourteeners’ here, but that’s probably a good thing. This far north, anything above 10,000ft is rare, remote, and rugged. That means in Whistler; you get all the benefits of big mountain adventures without the lack of oxygen.
The average high winter temperature is 34 degrees.
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Just two hours north of Vancouver, this mountain paradise features two iconic peaks: Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. In the summer, you’ll find a plethora of hiking, ATV, and mountain biking trails. In the winter, experience one of Canada’s most renowned ski resorts. All seasons allow for the opportunity to explore high alpine terrain with the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a world record holder, rising 436 meters above the valley floor. There are 8,171 acres of skiable terrain on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
The average high summer temperature is 77 degrees.
Whistler is a secluded mountain retreat, but don’t let that fool you regarding accessibility. The scenic town is a short two-hour drive from Vancouver, making it an easy escape with many options for travel.
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Winter temperatures top out around freezing, but weather conditions can differ dramatically! If planning an epic winter wedding filled with skiing and slope time, pack all your typical ski gear, including thermal socks, snow pants, winter jackets, gloves, and ski helmets.
Layers are essential when packing for Whistler! Even in the summer months, the northern latitude and mountainous surroundings can cause dramatic and rapid changes in weather conditions. In addition to typical summer clothes, always pack extra layers, such as a knit cap, wind jacket, and thermal base layers. If you plan to adventure onto hiking trails during your wedding weekend, don’t forget to pack your daypack filled with water, snacks, sunglasses, and sunscreen!
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There is something for you, your fiance, your bridal party, and all your family and friends in Whistler! Whether you enjoy hanging out in the lodge for cocktails with friends or loading up the gear for an epic heli-skiing adventure, there is no shortage of fun activities for a wedding weekend. The Canadian Rockies are an outdoor paradise! For hikers, Musician Bump, High Note, and Rainbow Lake are all popular trails with stunning scenery and alpine lakes. If you’re looking to enjoy an adventure with your bridal party, look into zipline tours, Via Ferrata and glacier tours, or river rafting.
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Whistler is a world-class ski resort with world-class dining. Don’t let the small size of the town fool you; foodies are welcome (and encouraged!) to try as many spots as possible while in town. Alta Bistro is a popular choice for wedding rehearsals, while Quattro Restaurant is the perfect spot to relax for a casual meal and a delicious woodfired pizza.
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In British Columbia, a marriage license can be pickup anytime in the three months leading up to your wedding day. Both members of the couple are not required to be present at the time of pickup. All marriage licenses need to be pickup up in person, and the applicant must show identification for both individuals.
The marriage licence issuer may accept a passport or driver’s licence in some circumstances.
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If picking up your marriage license in Whistler, one can be purchased from the Whistler Municipal Hall, open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The application process typically takes around 30 minutes. The cost of a marriage license is $100, which is payable upon pick up of the license.
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PROPOSAL // ALTA LAKE
Sarah and Geoff have been neighbours their whole lives, but when the world shut down for COVID-19, they started seeing lots of each other. They walked their dogs, played beer pong together and hit it off right away! For their two year anniversary they planned a visit to Whistler and while on a hike Geoff detoured Sarah through the Stone Circle area. “He wouldn’t let me stop and look at the water which was weird, but when I looked up the path I understood why. There was a picnic and two photographers there ready for us. Geoff read me a letter he had wrote and proposed, it was very special. The location, set up and moment was more than I could have imagined!” recalls Sarah.
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Vanessa and Alec met while working at a restaurant in Whistler. To propose, Alec wanted to do something adventurous to emulate their relationship. He took Vanessa on a dirt bike ride, pulled off at a lookout and got down on one knee. Vanessa said “yes!” and the newly engaged couple finished their ride as fiances!
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Vanessa + Alec
ENGAGEMENT // PEMBERTON
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Katherine and Tim met at Queen’s University when they were both in their early 20s. Almost 10 years later, they were finally ready to tie the knot with 160 of their closest friends and family, however, COVID had other plans. Ultimately, with the help of Nicola Pyo from Petite Pearl Events, Katherine and Tim moved forward with planning a small ceremony and dinner party on August 1st in Katherine’s parents’ backyard. The evening was filled with romantic details, a neutral color palette with pops of moody florals, and good company!
WHISTLER // AUGUST 1ST
Katherine + Tim
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The beauty of having a wedding at home is that many elements were under the couple’s control. From the decor and catering to the time table, Katherine and Tim had little restrictions when it came to dreaming up a backyard celebration! They started the day with a slow morning, taking in all the small moments and partied their hearts out with family and friends until 3am under the string lights that lit up the dance floor.
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“We were fortunate to work with people that went above and beyond to understand our vision and make it happen. Our biggest piece of advice to couples is to work with people you trust. We met with many vendors, but we went with the people we clicked with.”
ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES
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-VENDORSVenue Private Residence Planning & Coordination Petite Pearl Events, Nicola Pyo (Lead Planner) | petitepearlevents.com Photography The Apartment Photography | theapartmentphotography.com Florals Quince Fine Florals | quincefineflorals.com Catering The Collective Kitchen | thecollectivekitchen.ca Placecards Liza Child Calligraphy & Design | lizachild.com Bridal Boutique Bisou Bridal | bisoubridal.com Hair Jade Kugelman Hair | @jadekugelmanhair Makeup Min-jee Mowatt | minjeemowat.com Groom’s Attire Blair Shapera Custom Clothing | @measuredstyleW Celebrant Whistler Wedding Celebrant | whistlerweddingcelebrant.com
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Bree + Steve
When Bree & Steve met in Vancouver in July 2016 they only spent a few marvelous months together before Steve was due to move to London for a new job. They knew that they had something special though, and when Steve returned for Christmas for two weeks, they spent every day together. It was then on new year’s day that they decided they wanted to embark on a European adventure together. Bree moved to London shortly after and they began building their European life over the course of the next five years through making new friends, travelling around Europe and immersing themselves in British culture. They were living their best life but this lifestyle took a bit of a turn when world shut-down due to Covid-19, nevertheless, they were determined to make the most of their situation. In what originally planned to be ‘two weeks away’ working remotely from Cornwall, a charming town on the United Kingdom coast but instead turned into two years as ‘digital nomads’ living on the coast of France, Spain and Portugal, trying their best to learn the local languages, making their best efforts pretending to be wine ‘connoisseurs’ and re-connecting with their love for the outdoors.
Steven bought the ring and planned to ask Bree to marry him in Tuscany, after going off on your own from friends, but there was just too many tourists. Two weeks later on a stormy roadtrip up the north coast in the Scottish highlands, there was a break in the weather and Steve suggested you hike to the top of Varrich Castle in Tongue, Scotland, at sunset and look over the ocean. Bree was a good sport despite having just traveled for two days, being a bit grumpy, very hungry, looking forward to their dinner reservation. When the couple ahead of them finally left the lookout point, Steven had a chance to get on one knee and pull out the ring. Let’s just say there was surprise, and there was tears. Not only did Bree say “yes!,”, but the storm came back in full force and the couple had three days stuck in the car to enjoy each other’s company and stare at the ring!
PEMBERTON // JUNE 25TH
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“We are both born and raised in Vancouver. We both grew up snowboarding; in whistler in particular. My husbands family has a cabin there, so he grew up going to whistler all the time. I had annual dance competitions there since I was eight. But mostly it’s where we spent a lot of time when we spent a lot of time when we first started dating and falling in love in 2016; hiking, snowboarding, zip lining, biking etc.”
WHY THE ROCKIES?
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“There were so many favourite moments. It was truly the perfect day. The Ceremony was a first top moment; the anticipation, doing a “first look” with my Dad and sobbing, my brothers walking my mom down the aisle to “somewhere over the rainbow” live on guitar by Antonio, my best childhood friends/ bridesmaids keeping my nerves at bay, Antonio Larosa beautifully singing our personalised aisle song “Home” by Edward Sharp changing the first lyrics from “Alabama, Arkansas” to “London, England, Canada”, seeing my husband-to-be’s big smile with glossy eyes at the top of the aisle, the way the sun shone, the white rose flower petals down the aisle, seeing everyone we love in one space, and the vast mountains engulfed us; it was the closest thing to what heaven or magic might feel like.”
Calligraphy Papier | papier.com
Music & Entertainment Larosa Productions | @antoniolarosa
Rentals Spark Events, North Arm Farm | northarmfarm.com
Bridesmaids Jewelry Pearl earrings: Amazon | amazon.com bracelets: Blue Ruby | blueruby.com
Officiant Lani Brunn, Young Hip & Married | younghipandmarried.com | Glacier Group | whistlerglaciergroup.com
Floral Design Flowers and Jules | flowersandjules.com
Photographer Venture Out Photography | ventureoutphotography.com
-VENDORSVenue & Catering North Arm Farm | northarmfarm.com
Sweets Christine Barker | @pastrypuffs
Gown Designer Savannah Miller | savannahmiller.com
Bride’s Shoes Charlotte Mills | charlottemills.com
Invitations Paperless Post | paperlesspost.com
Bride’s Ring Designer Ryan Caulder
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Bride’s Jewelry Earrings: Sophie Bille Brahe | sophiebillebrahe.com Earrings with chain: Idyl Bracelet: Anissa Kermiche Longer Chain: Jacquie Aiche
Rehearsal Dinner Morgan Creek Golf Course: morgancreekgolf.com
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After Party DJ’s Banker Boys
Welcome Party Garibaldi Lift Co. | garibaldiliftco.com
Accommodations Four Seasons Whistler
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WHISTLER // NOVEMBER 6TH
Kristin and Mirco met each other while they were both on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! They hit it off right away and kept in contact. Mirco is from Switzerland, and Kristin is from Vancouver, so it was a very long distance relationship for awhile until they made the move together to the United States, where he played professional hockey. To propose, the pair went on a run together while visiting Kristin’s hometown for her birthday. During the run, Mirco asked if they could stop to take a breath, and when Kristin turned around he was down on one knee!
Kristin + Mirco
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“We had eloped the year before at City Hall in Vancouver, so we were already married before our wedding ceremony. I was a little curious to see how it would all go, since it was a second ceremony. But our officiant made it so special for us! I still had the same butterflies I did when we eloped!”
ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES
“When it comes to planning your wedding, try not to let yourself get too caught up and stressed about the process. Remember that the day is about no one else but the two of you! So try your hardest to stay true to what you both want, and not as much as what everyone else wants! At the end of the day it’s about celebrating your love for each other and that’s what matters most.”
-VENDORSVenue The Audain Museum | audainartmuseum.com Wedding Planner: Smitten Events | smittenevents.ca Photographer: KVD Photography | kvdphotographs.com Caterer The Collective Kitchen | thecollectivekitchen.ca Sweets Cake: Purebread | purebread.ca Donuts: Sunflower Bakery Floral Design Flowers and Jules | flowersandjules.com Invitations minted. | minted.com Paper & Calligraphy Bespoke Decor | bespokedecor.ca Music & Entertainment U&I Entertainment Photo Booth Lucky Booth Photos | luckybooth.ca Bridal Boutique Everly Bridal | everlynebridal.com Dress Designer: Made With Love Bridal, The Lola Gown | madewithlovebridal.com Bride’s Veil Atelier Elise, Leila Ribbon Veil, Cathedral Length | atelierelise.com Bride’s Shoes Christian Louboutin - Sandale Du Désert | christianlouboutin.com Bride’s Jewelry Mejuri | mejuri.com Bride’s Ring Designer Harlings Jewelers | harlings.com Hair Alanna Moeller | @hairbyalannaa Makeup Swank Makeup Artistry | @swankmakeup Bridesmaids’ Attire Park & Fifth Dresses | parkandiffthco.com Groom’s Suit Ermenegildo Zegna | zegna.com Groom’s Shoes Bally | bally.com Officiant Kris Wylie Accommodations The Four Seasons Whistler | fourseasons.com/whistler Rehearsal Dinner Hyes Steak House | hyessteakhouse.com Honeymoon Cabanãs Tulum beach hotel & Spa | hotelcabanastulum.com
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Joyce + Dan
Joyce and Dan’s pre-pandemic plan was to celebrate their vow renewal with their closest family in the Philippines as a way of also celebrating their 10th anniversary. It would have been in April 2020 and due to Covid they had to reimagine their plans. So instead they shifted gears and went west to Vancouver. As their vow renewal date approached, they were thrown by the news that a major spring storm is going to hit Manitoba, pushing multiple delays and cancellations of flights. Things were meant to be and the family boarded the last flight out of Winnipeg before the blizzard hit. We made it in time in Whistler. But just they thought everything was under control, weather conditions halted their helicopter flight to their mountain top ceremony spot. “We are deeply grateful to our team who came up with an amazing alternative. We hiked to a location that showed Whistler’s majestic beauty.” recalls Joyce. After all of the hiccups, the couple read their vows together, witnessed by their children while using the rings that they used on our wedding 12 years prior.
VOW RENEWAL // NITA LAKE LODGE
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WHY THE ROCKIES
-VENDORSReception Venue & Accommodations Nita Lake Lodge | nitalakelodge.com Planner & Officiant Jeremy Postal, Whistler Wedding whistlerweddingpastor.comPastor Photographer Leah Kathryn Photo | leahkathrynphoto.com Videographer Calling Mountains | callingmountains.com Floral Design Blackcomb Creative | blackcombcreative.com Gown Designer Ona Skazala Da | onaskazalada.com Bride’s Veil Prim and Prarie | primandprarie.com Bride’s Shoes Blundstone | blundstone.com Bride’s Jewelry Olive + Piper | oliveandpiper.com Bridesmaids’ Attire David’s Bridal | davidsbridal.ca Beauty Dolly Make Up by Lidia | dollymakeup.ca
“Moving to Canada from the Philippines (2012) was a big decision that changed our lives. It involved many sacrifices and tears. The first sight of Canada that we saw as the plane was descending was the beautiful alpine peaks of the rockies covered with snow. It was so beautiful. That was symbolic to the begining of our new journey and our new start in a new country that is now our home. It felt very dear to us having our vow renewal in the beautiful rockies. It felt like home.”
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