golden, bc wedding | jenn & ian

As we pulled into the resort, Jenn spotted us in our car and yelled "stop the car right now and come give me hug!" With an enthusiastic squeeze, we were welcomed into what would be one of the sweetest and most love-filled weekends of my life. Our dear friends Jenn and Ian were getting married, and the joyful tone was set from the moment we arrived on set.

When two of the kindest and most generous people out there find each other, the warmth they radiate as a couple is startling, and as I met one friendly relative of theirs after another, I began to see a family resemblance. Maybe it's the heady mix of Western Canadian and Newfoundland charm, perhaps it's something in their genes, or it could be that this entire group of people was ready to party, but one thing was clear and that's that Jenn and Ian come from good stock. They chose to get married in the mountains of Golden, British Columbia, close to both their hometown of Calgary as well as Ian's family's cabin. On a beautiful weekend that boasted 18 hours of sun each day, their family and friends arrived at their high altitude venue with smiles as big as the prairie skies.

Planning their wedding from their home in Montreal, then moving to Ottawa while finalizing the details was no easy feat, but they pulled it off with the help of their loved ones, their crazy work ethic, lots of creativity and tireless enthusiasm. Looking around their beautifully decorated ceremony and reception spaces, you'd scarcely believe they pulled everything together in just a few days.

On the morning of the wedding, I arrived in the honeymoon suite and found Jenn surrounded by flowers. She was smiling as she calmly constructed her own flower headpiece, and offered her bridesmaids help with theirs. After masterfully doing her own makeup, posing for a few portraits and considerately mentioning that she'd packed us all some snacks, Jenn went outside to meet Ian, where he waited in a field of flowers for his first glance of his bride to be.

The rest of the day unfolded in the most relaxed manner possible: a gorgeous, heartfelt ceremony complete with a traditional hand-fasting and a blessing inspired by the Dalai Lama; lawn games and cocktails for guests in the afternoon sun; beautifully written and lovingly delivered speeches; a fantastic meal, and one hell of a dance party followed by a chilled-out bonfire hangout. It couldn't have been more perfect.

Ian and Jenn, I know I've told you so many times already how much it meant to me and Brian to not only be at your wedding, but also to get to document it. I will tell you again: thank you for the honour, but more importantly, thank you for your friendship. We are lucky to know you both, and we couldn't be happier to see you together, blissfully happy and ready for the next great adventure!

Now, this post has a few more photos than usual, since we were fortunate enough to spend a whole weekend celebrating the wedding! I thought it would be fun to start things off by showing you what we saw on our drive through the mountains to the wedding:

A beautiful grizzly! He was right on the side of the highway, behind a fence, so Brian couldn't resist pulling over and cautiously snapping a few photos. I took this sighting as a sign of how epic the weekend would be.

On the first night of the festivities, Ian and Jenn wanted to make sure Ian's brother's birthday was properly celebrated during all the wedding merriment, so they planned a sparkler surprise for him. It was so lovely! And a Dairy Queen ice cream cake? Always a classy choice.

The next morning, preparations began:

Their first look:

Their beautiful ceremony. Check out the breathtaking view of the mountain valley!

They also have a fantastic group of close friends. Heather, Tracy, Adrian and Keith, you guys were awesome to hang out with and photograph.

Ian and Jenn reserved a generous amount of time for portraits — a photographer's dream — so we were able to really explore the beautiful grounds.

The photo below shows one of their coolest DIY projects, a photo timeline. The two lines on the left show their separate lives before meeting, and the single line on the right depicts their intertwined memories:

Their decor also featured countless other DIY projects, as well as some beautiful Slovenian linens and lace made by Jenn's family as a nod to her mother's heritage. The label on the favour below was cut from the gorgeous invitations that Jenn herself designed.

One of the best parts was their wedding cake pinata, made by our mutual friend Jenny Bassett. Jenny is a creative genius and she crafted this for them entirely by hand. You can read all about the project here on her awesome blog.

We snuck outside after dinner for a few photos at dusk. Believe it or not, these images were taken after 10pm. That's how long it stays bright in Golden.


Venue and décor: Hillside Lodge and Chalets  // Caterer (including desserts): Whitetooth Mountain Bistro  // Officiant: Keith Murray and Shirley Seward  // Photography: Dallas Curow, assisted by Brian Fauteux  //  Bride's ceremony dress: Reformation  //  Bride's reception dress: éditions de robes  // Bride's rings: family heirloom  // Groom's ring: Lydia Lukidis  // Makeup: Jennifer Johnson (the bride!)  // Hair: Dallas Curow  // Flowers: Sylvia Johnson (Jenn's mother) and Olga Sparks using wildflowers and stems from Flowers from Home  // Pinata cake: Jennifer Bassett  // Favours: Tea (Golden Alpineberry) from Bean Bag Coffee  //  Invitations: Jennifer Johnson  // Photo guestbook: Heather Randal  //  DJ: DJ ASSI (Assaf Gal-Or)