A Q&A with the Bride and Groom
How did you guys meet? Your love story.
We met through a mutual friend back in 2010 and we got together when I moved back to Whistler mid-2012. We had to work out some road bumps because I was Australian and as soon as I decided I was here to stay forever, we just knew we had each found our person.
How did Paul Propose?
We just got back from a 5 week vacation in Australia so Paul could meet my family and decide if he still wanted to date me haha… a week later in March 2017, we went skiing for the first time together, he took me on a run that was beyond my skill set and I was so annoyed about how much I was struggling.. he said ‘let’s ski down to that point.’ I agreed and he went ahead and I slowly caught up, It was a beautiful spot I suggested taking a photo. He set it all up on his ski pole strap and then told me to stand up for the selfie, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him…all while his phone was filming it. It was magical. there was no one else on the mountain. I told him to put the ring back in his pocket because I couldn’t be responsible for losing it in the snow and we skied down to the bottom and went home and popped a bottle of champagne.
Some fun, unique tidbits about you guys as a couple?
He is Canadian, I’m Australian. We are obsessed with renovating our home and now have 2 adorable Labradoodles. We spend our time cooking, hanging out and exploring Squamish and are really close to our families.
The look and feel you were going for, for your wedding?
We ultimately wanted people to walk away feeling love + realizing that its all you need. We wanted to keep things simple and beautiful. Pauls’s brother owns a food truck and he comes from a big foodie family so it was important that all the food had a home-cooked feel to it. Paul’s Aunt made the deviled eggs that guests ate during the cocktail hour, Paul’s brother spent the week prior preparing all the meat, the potatoes were local, the meat spice was made by Paul’s mom and the arbor was built with recycled cedar by Paul. My floral was done by a friend looking to break into the market and I was her guinea pig – she nailed it.
We know that people only ever remember the food, booze and how sore their feet were from dancing and so that’s where we focussed. I love simple, romantic vibes and the venue was perfect for that along with it being close to Whistler where Paul was born and raised. I wanted a scenic venue so the people traveling from Australia have their minds blown.
Your favorite part of the wedding day?
ALL OF IT. I loved getting ready, I loved the conversation with dad when it was just us before going to the ceremony, he offered a getaway car if I had changed my mind. It was sweet. I loved my vows and seeing paul for the first time, I loved the speeches and dancing and I really just loved having everyone I love in one place to be part of our story and celebrate with us.
Planning tips and advice for future brides?
Identify what matters most to you + what you want people to remember and how you want them to feel + build your vision from that. I also got advice to enjoy the day and don’t attempt to talk to every single person, they’ll come to you, enjoy it, it really does fly by.