Tomorrow will mark four years since the day I married my best friend.
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.
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.
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.
We woke up to a gorgeous & sunny Fall day. Brady started the day by heading out for a round of golf with the guys.
Meanwhile all of us girls got all gussied up while sipping champagne.
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.
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.
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!
After taking a photo with everyone, we all headed inside for a champagne toast and an absolutely amazing meal.
Here are some photos of our venue.
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 😉
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.
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!
*ALL images courtesy of our amazing photographer Geoff from Geoff Wilkings Photography.