Oh my heart. It’s taken me almost six months to find the words to accurately express the magnitude of this day. The day we got married.
I would say our wedding day but I’ve already confessed to you that we had three weddings over the course of two days spread out across four months. Clearly this celebration was too much to be contained within the span of 24 hours!
So now, six months later, here is the story that will be forever etched upon my heart. The day that I traded my “Miss” title for a “Mrs” and promised to spend my life with my man, Chris, at my side.
Thank you to my very talented, compassionate, tender, world-changing friend, Tina Francis for capturing every.single.second on camera for us! All photos were taken by her lens and I highly recommend her if ever you in need of a photographer with a creative eye and warm arms for big hugs!
Our wedding story starts on the morning May 10, 2013.
After a late night (I had just finished my term as Miss World Canada the night before) Chris and I started the day with excitement and anticipation over this new chapter of our lives. Our dearest friends began gathering at our house around eight in the morning. Chris did some last minute packing (what’s a wedding in Tunkwa Lake without the rifles?), we piled into the caravan of vehicles and we were out the door!
We stopped for lunch around noon at Wildcat Grill in Chilliwack, BC. One of our absolute favourite places to get a good burger and the only place Chris stops to eat at when he’s heading out for a hunt.
After lunch we drove a few more hours before stopping in Merritt, BC to fuel up on gas and groceries. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it was to do this entire wedding weekend/road trip with our best friends at our side.
After gas, groceries, great weather and good laughter, we got back on the highway and drove until we reached the remote hunting lodge/fishing camp of Tunkwa Lake, BC.
With our group of friends, we’re all foodies and seek to live off the land as much as possible. The wedding was no exception and major shout outs go to Chad for hunting the meat, Rachel for the best salad ever and Ryan for cooking pretty much everything.
We finished the evening around the fire and were blessed by our dear friend, singer/songwriter Shylo Sharity, leading an impromptu worship time under the stars. It.was.perfect.
On May 11, 2013 we were woken up with golden sunlight pouring through our windows and the mouth-watering smell of bacon, eggs and steak sizzling in the kitchen. I can’t put into words the emotions running that morning: anticipation, excitement, butterflies, smiles, happy tears. In a matter of hours, we were getting married!
Another big shout out to Alex Elverum, one of the groomsmen and the master stylist who managed to tame our locks on our wedding day. He works out of Salon Montage, an Aveda salon in Langley, BC. Go visit him. He’s the best.
I kicked Chris out of the cabin so that I could get ready in my hair, makeup and dress without spoiling the surprise.
I won’t lie: the boys waited….and waited…..and waited….
FINALLY! We were ready!
We sent the boys walking down the path to the point in the middle of the lake while the girls stayed behind to say a prayer over the ceremony that was about to take place.
It was finally time to go meet my man and say “I do”!
(Stay tuned for all the photos from Wedding Ceremony #1….coming in the next post!)