I am so excited to finally share this wedding with you all, as I had to hold off because I knew it was going to be featured in Rocky Mountain Bride (head over there for their full story! Steve and Vanessa’s wedding was the first one that I traveled to and I hope to do more Wedding Road Tips in 2017! I was so happy to have this beautiful Kumsheen wedding featured as their story is such a sweet one, and they are such great people!
Instead of asking for gifts, they requested their guests join them for a weekend of camping (or shall I say glamping!) and celebrating at the Kumsheen resort, followed by a wild and crazy river rafting trip through the most exciting rapids of the Thompson River, an activity that has been an annual part of their unique love story since they first met.
This wedding was a small and intimate, perfectly suited for a beautiful natural setting, with all kinds of fun, like the promise of river rafting the next day. The bride and groom prep was done in the barn, separated by just one floor but still safely out of each other’s site. After hair and makeup it was a short walk through the tall grass and brief ride in a vintage VW to the ceremony which was highlighted by stunning mountains and gentle music played a dear friend. After the family formals were done the small bridal party and I snuck off to do their bridal portraits at Nicoamen Falls. This is where I received the first sneak peek of their dance as they practiced under this beautiful Willow tree and once again behind the vintage Nicomen House lunch spot that sits on the falls site.
After the dinner the sun started setting and there was a bit of time before the cake cutting. We snuck off for a few more bridal portraits in the perfect evening light and with the stunning backdrop of White Canyon and the Thompson River. Vanessa told me she was worried about all the tall dry grass (I was excited by it when I saw it!), but was so pleased to see how it worked as a beautiful element to their wedding photos.
And seriously, how cute was their cake that perfectly fit with who they are, what they love and the location they choose to get married at. The cake was made by Cake Conspiracy Vancouver and suited them to a tee, topped with two smartly dressed paddlers and a small raft ready to set off into the great sea of life together!
Vanessa’s Maid of Honor, Annika, had travelled to the wedding from Germany with all kinds of fun additions that were surprises for the couple. It started with a fun post nuptial game where the bride and groom had to race to cut out a heart with their names on it to then walk through it together ( I am told this is a German tradition), Vanessa won this race, but Steve was at a disadvantage as he was given a pair of shoddy scissors! Annika also trained in dance with Vanessa, planned a flash mob dance which spawned right before the cake cutting. Everyone at the reception got up and joined in, as they had been secretly practicing to tutorial videos sent out by Annika a month in advance! Our lovely bride was so excited by this dance and instantly got right into it, hopping along as if she’d known it forever. Steve did his best working through it, too, finally getting it right at the end!
To finish the night off, the couple had a campfire with marshmallow roasting, s’more making and a sing-a-long which even came with a song book prepared by their friends! I have to say the shoe game is that much more fun when being played by a campfire. Lastly there was a nice surprise of fireworks which were supplied by some other guests staying at Kumsheen who were celebrating their 55th birthday.
The next morning there was a wonderful brunch to get everyone ready for their river rafting trip, including Steve’s grandmother who is 83 years old, and I am told she had more fun and smiles than anyone. It was such a delight to be part of their special day/weekend and I will remember this wedding always. Thanks again to Steve & Vanessa (and Anja for the intro!) for having me capture your beautiful West Coast Wedding! I was very flattered to have you ask for my family to attend the wedding (the little boy giving Vanessa a letter is my son!) and it was super cute how you put me on your shot list. I am so grateful for clients like you that become friends!