A Look Back at our Mountain Top Wedding

Tomorrow will mark four years since the day I married my best friend.
 
Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 
 
Brady and I grew up in the same small town in Northern Alberta and so, we’ve known each other for most of our lives. We are junior high school sweethearts going all the way back to the 8th grade (1998), though technically we did take a break from each other through our first few years of University.

 
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We’ve gone on SO many adventures and have been through SO much together, but nothing more life changing than welcoming our beautiful son Carson into our world! I’ll try not to get too sappy with things, but I can’t help but tell the world how much this amazing man means to me and how incredibly lucky I am to be walking this journey holding his hand.

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Fall Family Photos :: making it in the mountains
 

Our wedding was quite simple and an even better day than we could have ever imagined. Together with 36 of our closest family and friends, we stood on a mountain top in Golden, BC and vowed to one another to spend the rest of our lives together. Simple isn’t exactly what you would expect from a DIY blogger, but the truth was, that view was all the decoration we really needed. There were no fancy centerpieces, no decorations, no crazy dance party & no giant cake. Instead we had a lovely (and absolutely decadent) dinner with our family and friends. We spent the evening talking and reminiscing with everybody we love most in the world. Though it was a simple wedding, it was totally ‘us’ and we wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our perfect day. Today, I am thrilled to share it with you all!
 


 
September 18, 2010

We rented a giant house at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC so that we could share in all sorts of adventures and shenanigans with our friends and family for the entire week leading up to the wedding! Brady and I had a blast paragliding through the mountains and instead of rehearsing the day before, all of the boys spent the day mountain biking at the ski resort.

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We woke up to a gorgeous & sunny Fall day. Brady started the day by heading out for a round of golf with the guys.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

Meanwhile all of us girls got all gussied up while sipping champagne.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

Since our ceremony wasn’t until 5pm, we decided to do pictures before to capture the afternoon sun. We met for the first time that day on the mountain top where we would be married.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

Despite having to switch my gorgeous heels for hiking shoes more than a few times, we did manage to snap a few pictures before I had to head back down the gondola before our guests started arriving for the wedding.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

Our sunny skies disappeared & the first rain drops fell just as I was riding the last gondola up to the ceremony! Because we had taken most of our photos before the wedding, I wasn’t really too worried. Plus, we did have a back up plan to be married inside the mountain top restaurant right in front of a very beautiful & grand stone fireplace. When I arrived at the top however, our wedding planner informed me that Brady wasn’t really keen on moving the wedding inside. I wasn’t really keen on everyone getting drenched (no matter how romantic that might have been). Amazingly, the venue had a stack of umbrellas so that (almost) everyone could stay dry and we could still have our mountain top wedding! Talk about meant to be!

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

After taking a photo with everyone, we all headed inside for a champagne toast and an absolutely amazing meal.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

Here are some photos of our venue.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

For our guest book, we simply had everyone write us a message on the matting around one of our engagement photos. It now hangs proudly in our master bedroom and we love to stop and re-read the messages while we’re brushing our teeth in the morning 😉

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

We had just one dance that night – Brady and I celebrated our first dance as husband and wife to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

We spent the rest of evening eating delicious food, sipping on drinks and telling stories with our favorite people in the world!

It really was a dream and so perfectly us!

Mountain Top Wedding :: making it in the mountains
 

*ALL images courtesy of our amazing photographer Geoff from Geoff Wilkings Photography.

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64 thoughts on “A Look Back at our Mountain Top Wedding

  1. What a beautiful wedding. I especially appreciated that it was a celebration with a few people that were really close to you and that it wasn’t just a few hours, but a whole week of having fun and being close. So many times weddings are so big and lavish and over the top that the people don’t really connect. A lot goes on but there isn’t much connection…..your wedding had lots of meaningful ways to be closer to everyone. You had a unique and very personal way of expressing who both of you are and drew all these special people into the circle.

    1. Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind words Joan! You’re right, it really was a special day that truly reflected what was most important to us! You’ve absolutely made my day! Thank you SO much!

  2. What an absolutely incredible memory for you both to have! That mountain top is GORGEOUS and I love how simple everything else was. You’re right, the mountain does enough on it’s own! Happy Anniversary my friend!

        1. Really?! Hubs and I are originally from a small town in northern AB! We just moved out to BC about 5 years ago, but we go back as much as we can to visit our families! SO neat to connect with you Jen!

  3. Kristi, this is GORGEOUS! The mountains are a perfect back drop for a wedding! It almost doesn’t even look real! It’s like a dream! And the rainy ceremony with mountains in the background makefor STUNNING photos! Love every bit of it! Enjoy your anniversary 🙂

  4. Happy anniversary Kristi!! You guys totally did it up right with a small guest list, intimate setting, and breathtaking views…not having to worry about the insignificant things that get in the way of a normal wedding day. Seriously, I can’t get over that amazing shot with you guys teeny tiny on top of that cliff. So gorgeous!

  5. happy anniversary. this look like a wonderful day despite the little rain. things like that always make things a little more interesting. again congratulations.

  6. OH. MY. GOSH. Kristi, your wedding was GORGEOUS!! I love how simply beautiful everything was. That picture of you guys on the mountain top far away is my favorite. It seriously doesn’t even look real, the background is just so pretty! You looked beautiful as well! Thanks for sharing, I love looking at other wedding photos. 🙂 Happy Anniversary friend!

  7. These are the most beautiful, precious pictures. You are so lucky to have captured the beauty of that day! Thanks so much for sharing at the Weekend Wind-Down party!

    Nicole =)

  8. What an amazing and unique wedding! Such a fabulous location…and great idea to keep it so intimate – it will be all the more special for the years to come having spent your wedding day this way. Thanks for sharing it, it was fun to get a little glimpse into your ‘real’ world!

  9. A rainy mountain top wedding… how romantic! Your dress is so beautiful and y’all look so happy. What a gorgeous wedding + photography!

  10. My first visit here and I can see your love for mountains so well. The wedding and the blog name are clear evidences 🙂 Beautiful pictures! Your husband was right not to move the wedding inside. The umbrellas add to the beauty of the pictures. Happy Anniversary to both of you. Wish you many more years of fun and adventure together.

    Thanks for sharing this at Wake-Up Wednesday, the party I am co-hosting.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

    1. Thank you so very much for your sweet words! I totally agree that the wedding was SO much more beautiful and special in the rain, though at the time I wasn’t so sure about it 😉 Thanks again Tanya!!!

  11. I can’t believe some of the similarities in our wedding. We got married in Canmore with a beautiful view of the wedding, did our pictures before because our ceremony was later in the day, and only had one dance. Your pictures are stunning and it looks like you had a wonderful day!

      1. As I looked around more (I’m a fairly new follower) I also realized we’re both teachers and we both live in Alberta, although I’m in the southeast. How neat.

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