RED Mountain Resort, Rossland BC
Aglow Bridal, Kamloops
COUPLE’S WEDDING STORY:
What do you get when a welder with a passion for outdoors and hunting marries an interior designer who’s also an expert DIY crafter and abstract artist on the side? You get our woodland wedding in the Monashee Mountain Range of Rossland BC.
We met when we were twelve on the playground at recess. I was the new girl in town and Andrew was too popular to notice me. Growing up in a small town together it was inevitable that we’d have the same circle friends, and eventually start bumming rides from each other after school when we were stranded without our parents car. We didn’t end up dating until we met up years after university, both being in the same wedding party as mutual friends of the bride and groom. In our three years of dating it really felt like we already were a part of each other because our roots had already grown and tangled together throughout our entire lives.
We chose RED Mountain Resort in Rossland BC, Canada as our venue for both the ceremony and reception. Andrew grew up snowboarding here since he was five, and I wanted to get married in the woods so it was the perfect spot. For our ceremony, we actually closed off the back road heading out of the ski resort and got married LITERALLY in the middle of the road (I LOVED the symbolism and meaning of taking a road or a path together) surrounded by trees and the sounds of a creek nearby. The reception was held on the deck of the Ski Resort underneath the stars, looking onto the ski hill, which was stunning, magical, and just so perfect.
My inspiration for the day didn’t have a “theme” or matching colours. It was nothing fancy just a heck load of love!! I tried to make our day as much of a reminder of “us” to our guests as possible. I’m an interior designer with an obsession for vintage furniture, pillows, and rugs so I incorporated a lot of my furniture pieces (and finds a long the planning way). I’m also an artist so I hand made ALL the signage and hand dip-dyed 150 napkins. Growing up on the ski hill since he was five, the whole venue reminded everyone of Andrew. We didn’t have to add much for décor as the outside was the main feature. We picked a lot of sentiment and symbolism in the day as well. I had sweetpeas in my bouquet which my great grandma had in hers, our flower girl, my niece, threw Daisies down the aisle in remembrance of a late grandma named Daisy. I wore Andrew’s grandmother’s ring as my something borrowed. We displayed family wedding photos, we wore greenery haku’s to the reception (both our parents got married and honeymooned in Hawaii). We even incorporated our pup into the wedding photos, renting her a pet friendly room for the night. Her name Mavi was made into our signature drink the “Mavarita”.
This is a DIY wedding dream. We made everything because we were on a tighter budget! Table numbers, small signage, ceremony alter, ceremony décor styling, aisle runner with greenery, reception cheers sign with hula hoop, reception boho lounge styling, entrance banner… we went up a logging road and cut wood chunks to display with candles, we made this beautiful direction sign pointed to where we met, got engaged etc. and I hand painted with with an indigo ombre to tie back to the napkins I ombred in my kitchen! I used my own hand calligraphy for everything. It was definitely a labour of love and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Groomsmen and Groom song : Country Roads John Denver (fitting as it was on a back road!)
Bridesmaids procession: XO – John Mayer Cover of Beyonce’s original
Bride’s song: Bloom by Paper Kites (I hand made 4 signs with the lyrics leading up to the ceremony site. The lyrics were just so fitting for our venue)
Ceremony Procession: Tonight’s a Wonderful Time-April Wine
Favourite memories of the day were probably just feeling an overwhelming amount of love. We grew up in a small town and our friendship runs deep with everyone who attended. Seeing our wedding party who we’ve known since elementary school was so special. Overlooking the venue at everyone smiling and having a blast was a dream come true. We’re also very close to our families so having them incorporated was so amazing.
Brides planning now I’d probably suggest to not look too much on Pintrest. The options are limitless and often confusing. Don’t spend money on details people won’t notice, focus on a couple impactful elements. Don’t overthink things, at the end of the day all the guests care about is if you are having a good time!