I love this wedding so much. Seriously, so far this year it is one of my very favorites. And I have reasons to back it up: 1. Kate is a stunning bride in a ga-ga-ga-gorgeous dress; 2. They are both hilarious and it shows. Especially Phil when hamming it up for the camera; 3. This wedding looks crazy expensive and labor-intensive, but it really wasn’t. Kudos to Kate on that one; and 4. Their decor completely matched the snowy landscape outside. See? I love this wedding. Thank you ever so much to Kevin Trowbridge Photography for sharing! This real wedding has convinced me that I need to get up to Kelowna, BC, right away.
Did you have any DIY projects?
I used a vintage decoration rental place in town and decorated the room the night before. The morning of the wedding I was cutting flower stems and assembling the aisle runner decorations that were also used as part of the table decorations later on. I also made my own bouquet and my maid of honour’s bouquet and just tied a bit of lace around the stem.
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
The speeches at the reception. To hear such beautiful words from everyone and how much they truly love us is really moving.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?
Funny things are always happening with us. Phil and I are not a very serious couple but we are seriously in love! But on the wedding day I don’t even think Phil knew he was getting married because he spent all morning in the spa with the boys! He was hardly ready for the first glance photos!
How did you know your partner was “the one”?
You know, that’s a tough one because I don’t have a defining moment. Phil and I met each other on Facebook through a mutual friend. I thought he was cute so I decide to add him as a friend…what did I have to lose? We ended up getting along really well and talking every chance we got. So after months of Skyping and emailing Phil flew over mid-October from Australia to come meet me. Some months later I flew to Australia where we lived together straight away and stayed there for a year with him. He proposed that September. When you know you know, you know? Now we are married and have been living in Canada for a year. We couldn’t be happier. So I guess you could call it fate that brought us together. I never felt that defining moment of OMG he’s the one! It was the perfect fit from the start.
Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?
To all the new brides, weddings don’t have to be stressful. Pick a gorgeous location so little decorations need to be done which is also cost effective. Hire amazing photographers so that even if you did a horrible job setting up they’ll make it look amazing in the photos. Half of our budget went to getting the best photographer, you only do this once and the photos you’ll have forever. Make use of your family and friends to help with table numbers, place cards, menus etc. It is key to remember that not everything will be perfect. It is just not worth it to stress out over the little things. Also, the first glance photos are amazing because you get more time for the photos without keeping people waiting for ages between the ceremony and reception.
Photographer: Kevin Trowbridge Photography
Venue and catering: Sparkling Hill Resort
Dress: Bliss Bridal
Accessories: My Nan’s pearls – Necklace, bracelet and earrings
Groom’s Attire: Moore’s Clothing, Vera Wang
Flowers: White hydrangeas from the grocery store Urban Fare in town