PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE WHISTLER WEDDING COLLECTIVE
The epitome of 1920s style, Lauren and Colton wed in candlelight and treasure the moments
"In January 2016, Colton and I made the big decision to get married—and we got hitched in December of the same year. We are both young so we wanted a wedding that was chill and easy to plan, but still something to remember. Though Colt is Vancouver-born, at the time he was living with me in the U.K. so all our planning was from across the pond. It meant we had to be decisive and didn't have the option to check with vendors about details. It was more a case of saying, 'This is what we want. We trust you'. We would check out people and places via the web and just make the decision to go with them! We were able to come to Vancouver for a couple of trips and made it up to Whistler in the spring and summer before the wedding. Luckily, everything was great! I don't think we have ever been more decisive about things in our lives," explains the bride.
"My dress was the first thing I bought. I saw it while browsing and knew it was the right one for me. The bridal shop, Sassi Holfords, had it sent over by the designer Eliza Jane Howell. After trying it on—then trying on a few others—I knew it was right and went with it. It was a heavily beaded piece and was so fitting with our 1920s Downton-inspired day."
"We had four bridesmaids and six groomsmen. We really wanted them all to be comfortable, so they were given a vague idea of what we wanted: boys in navy with bowties, girls in long dresses in neutral tone/pale colours. Then, they chose what they wore... and they all did a fabulous job."
"We wanted everything by candlelight. I also love making things and decorating, so we actually bought and thrifted a load of the decor we used. It was a similar price to buy versus rent, and we got to use all the stuff again at Colton's sister's backyard wedding in the summer. We bought loads of crystal from various thrift stores around Vancouver and turned them all into candles.Then we had fairy lights and flowers, and it was perfect. I made all the stationary myself, as it was more personal."
"We kept it very small—45 people—and it was perfect. We were all on holiday so everyone was in a great mood, and the day was amazing. It all comes together last minute, and that's the exciting bit... when it looks less like chaos and starts falling into place. I think the day before was the most stressed we felt. Colt was stressing about the speech a lot and—because I had a vision—I found it quite difficult to let go and put it into the hands of someone else... but it worked out fine."
"In terms of advice... it really depends on what kind of couple you are. Our timeframe was nine months and I wouldn't change that. The more time you have, the more you have to overthink things. I also think the distance worked. You just have to go with your gut instinct. I didn't see the flowers until I was given the bouquet on the morning of the wedding. We had one consultation and a few email exchanges, and we didn't see the cake until dinner. And it was fine... they all know what they're doing."
"Enjoy every second and make the most of everything. I remember someone saying to me, 'Do not waste a moment'. It really stuck with me. Once the music was on, I did not get off the dance floor. In fact, we managed to get everyone dancing and it's such a special memory for us all. I think it was a mix of it being small enough and us all being on holiday that meant everyone was comfortable dancing away!"
"Have a list of priorities. We wanted good entertainment, so we had a swing/jazz band and a DJ for later, which was super important as we love dancing and everyone is still talking about the live music. It's what everyone remembers. For me, I needed good memories of the day to share with all my family and friends in the U.K. that couldn't be there, so a photographer and videographer were important. We hired them from The Whistler Wedding Collective and we loved them. They made us so comfortable and the photos and footage were more than we could have imagined.
Have fun and don't forget what's important: the marriage. No matter how much you plan, you will find the day goes perfectly even if it's not quite what you expected. And—at the end of the day—you have your person and that's what matters."
Photographer & Videographer: The Whistler Wedding Collective
Venue & Catering: Nita Lake Lodge
Day of Planner & Rentals: Celebrate Events
Bride’s Dress: Eliza Jane Howell from Sassy Holfords Taunton
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS and BHLDN
Makeup: DIY by bride & bridesmaids
Stationery: DIY by bride
Florals: Flower Factory
Cake: Cakes by Nicole
Jewelry (rings): Diana Porter
Officiant: Tracy Kerr
Music: Barrelhouse Gang
DJ: Katya KaSet through DJ Veronica Events