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Manica + Owen: Sea To Sky Gondola

As we wrap up April 2020, which will forever be remembered as the month that our entire 2020 wedding season changed in just a matter of a few weeks, I can’t help but be extremely excited about the thought of April 2021. We’ve had so many of our affected couples postpone to April 2021 and FINALLY one of our absolute favourite (and most underutilized!) months for weddings will become one of our busiest + get to be experienced by so many!

If the last few years are any indication of future Aprils, this month is an incredible time of year temperature-wise and the light is perfect for beautiful photos – not too dark too early, not too bright with hot summer sunshine causing squinty eyes + overexposure… it’s jussssst right. Colours pop and the Spring air makes everything feel fresh like it’s a new beginning. Not to mention all of your vendors/suppliers are fresh out of the gate and not at the end of a very long wedding season when most are completely wiped out!

This particular wedding was on top of a mountain in Squamish, BC at the Sea To Sky Gondola so we saw every single season of weather that day – no joke. We arrived in the morning for set up to find snow, which changed to rain as it warmed up but then we were hit with a hail storm followed by giant snowflakes that were coming in sideways (as the backdrop to the ceremony which was quite magical and surreal to see) and then wouldn’t you know it, the clouds parted and the sun came out as soon as the couple said “I do!”. It was incredibly beautiful and I like to say that we witnessed them weather every storm that day so they entered into their newly married life well prepared 😉

Manica + Owen were dream clients. They knew what type of celebration they wanted and that they wanted it to be beautiful, but ultimately the rest was left to us. They took every single one of our recommendations and were on board with every design idea we presented which made the process so fun and of course, the end result, absolutely stunning.

We did have to go with Plan B for their ceremony but as you will see from the photos, Plan B was always meant to be Plan A. Manica + Owen were once again extremely flexible and prior to the wedding day, committed to our idea/recommendation of switching the order of ceremony + cocktails should we have to go with Plan B. Having the cocktail hour happen first allowed us the time we needed to flip the indoor space at Sea To Sky Gondola, which was an area they had never used for a ceremony before + open to the general public later than what would have been our original ceremony time. The alternative would have been a ceremony in their reception room with all guests seated at the dinner tables so I am forever grateful they trusted us with this idea (and they are too)!

When couples come to us without a definitive vision or colour palette in mind, we gather inspiration from sources that align with the time of year, venue, vibe + atmosphere that we want to create. The mauve, lavender, pop of peach and neutrals colour palette was inspired by the incredible colours of the sunset we see here in Squamish as well as the all of the natural wood that is showcased throughout the venue. The hanging greenery + floral installation was designed to make the room feel even more intimate and cozy, and of course make the space feel unique to the couple.

The cherry on top was that Manica was about 6 weeks pregnant at the time of the wedding (a secret to the guests). Both Manica + Owen were absolutely beaming the entire day and knowing this secret made that day just that much more special. Special shout out to Shari + Mike for capturing every detail + moment so beautifully, to Nadia Albano Style Inc for working her hair + makeup magic (that lasted the ENTIRE day, through every weather condition) and A Fox in the Flowers for pushing the limits with our floral dreams 🙂

Dream Team:

Photography | Shari + Mike
Planning + Design/Decor | Petite Pearl Events
Florals | A Fox in the Flowers
Stationery | Cornwall Stationery
Venue | Sea To Sky Gondola
Hair + Makeup | Nadia Albano Style Inc.
Ceremony Cellist | Christina Rzepa
Cocktail Music | Musos Entertainment – Michael Fabro
DJ | Spin The Black Disc
Decor Rentals | Upright Decor, Loungeworks, Faire La Fete Linen
Event Rentals | Rental Network

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