There is nothing more magical than a Pemberton Meadows wedding. As planners and photographers, we are regularly called upon to enhance and document the beauty of this otherworldly place. It is hard not to be mesmerized by this setting, yet with such an important job to do for each client – we inevitably take a deep breath and move on. Inspired by our desire to enter into the landscape more intentionally and creatively, Bliss Event and Design and The Whistler Wedding Collective began planning a styled shoot combining the forces of nature and imagination with the ingenuity of some of the Sea to Sky’s niche wedding vendors. We wanted not only to pay homage to the many couples that have wed here but also to inspire those still dreaming of celebrating their unions in wide-open spaces.
One of the first things we did was choose a quote to focus the theme of the shoot. The words of American dancer Isadora Duncan: “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” seemed fitting for a gorgeous young couple about to join forces in life, and for our intention to keep the landscape front and center and untouched during this session. The photoshoot took place after a very long and snowy winter, just as the fields were revealing acres of stunning wildflowers. Set in the backyard of a dreamy Pemberton ranch with stretches of mauve and cream lupins, we decided to use these colours as the basis for our colour palate. We opted to enhance the already majestic Mount Currie with modern glass and stone accents, acrylic chairs, and textured white linens – key pieces of decor that didn’t steal the spotlight from the backdrop or the bride.
Our bride wore a free-flowing, off-white, boho dress with a delicate lace bodice and three quarter length sleeves complementing her own floral body art. The two-piece design was perfect for gathering up at the end of the evening and escaping with her groom on a vintage motorcycle. True to our intention, the bride’s makeup enhanced her natural beauty with subtle hues inspired by the Meadows’ wildflowers. Minimal jewellery in the form of a halo-style engagement ring and matching bracelet completed her sweet, yet untethered look.
Finally, we collaborated with some genius local vendors to bring luxury to our wild location. Lavender cocktails were delivered via a timber-framed mobile bar that also provided the day’s impeccable soundtrack. Romantic bell tents suggested a place for guests to rest in style between moonlit dances, and artisan lattes served from a unique mobile cart seemed like even more of an indulgence sipped in the open air. The cake, with its modern lines, provided the ideal focal point for the celebration – hand-painted to resemble natural stone and decorated with a honeycomb pattern, it embodied our theme of modern wilderness. What inspired us most about this styled shoot was the freedom and generosity we felt collaborating with old and new friends and colleagues. Regularly taking the time to focus on our community and to empower local businesses reconnects us with our own creative impulses and allows natural alliances to flourish. While this particular romance was dreamt up, there was no lack of love at this Sea to Sky session. We couldn’t think of a better place to launch a business, a season, or a lifetime together.