PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE APARTMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Mixing magic with sweeping vistas ensures an epic event for Brianna and Chris

"For Chris and I, Whistler has always been a special place. For the past five years, we have gone to Crankworkx Bike Festival so when he proposed on top of Blackcomb after the event I knew there was only one location option for our wedding. As I started to flesh out the details, I knew I wanted it outside on the mountain and I had this vision of us riding the open chair lift up to the summit with my dress dangling below. With this in mind, I started to research and piece together what would be our wedding day! What we landed on was a first look vow exchange on the very top of Whistler and then the full ceremony of 75 people down at Harmony Lake (a first in Whistler history!)"

"The hardest part of planning our wedding was not being able to figure out any of the logistics until the week before. You have a vision in your head but when you are confronted with the reality (a 30-minute hike straight down a dirt mountain path) you start to see it fall apart. There was no Plan B and I knew the hike would be worth the amazing Whistler-Blackcomb backdrop so we had a make-it-work attitude."

"There are definitely things I would have changed, like my tulle ball gown kept getting caught on rocks as well as the wood planks lining the lake... which made for a less-than-dramatic entrance. But hindsight is always 20/20 and you can't plan for everything. The best thing you can do is just be clear with your communication. If it feels like it's a no-brainer and obvious, it's probably not, so best to make sure you say it at least three times so everyone is on the same page. If you are self-planning, you have the vision but you need to make sure you are over-communicating, because others don't live in your head. Things will get missed!"

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"As for the reception, I could not have done it without the help of Allie Henry and Kathleen Lin, stylists and co-workers from The Cross Design. I am a hodgepodge kind of girl. My Pinterest board was filled with everything that was glam, rustic, classic, modern, eccentric... you name it. And, while I thought it all seemed to make sense, they were the ones that really took it all and focused it into a cohesive theme: Epic Magical Unicorn."

"The location was epic and I talked non-stop about how I wanted 'epic' photos and everything needed to feel big and exciting. I showcased a magical element with my dress: an amethyst full beaded long sleeve Hayley Paige gown that I had been dreaming of for 10 years. I got the 'unicorn' in part from Hayley Paige as that’s her design spirit animal but also because of my hodgepodge style and personality. A unicorn is glam and majestic but also natural and woodsy. They are sassy, beautiful and unique and I just thought it really encapsulated everything I wanted for the look. With the theme nailed, we brought it all together at the Whistler Sliding Center using rose gold accents, a few literal unicorns and light greenery. But the biggest piece was really letting the location backdrops be the star and focal point. At the end of the day, no one is really going to remember what cutlery you had, but they will remember the epic location for a dance party!"

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VENDORS

Photography: The Apartment Photography
Videography: Hello Tomorrow Films
Creative Direction & Planning: Lin & Henry Designs
Florals: The Wild Bunch
Venue: Whistler Mountain (ceremony), Whistler Sliding Center (reception)
Catering: Get Down Catering Co.
Cake: Noms By Mon
Decor Rentals: The Cross Decor & Design
Rentals: A&B Rentals
Dress: Hayley Paige
Suit: Indochino
Hair + Makeup: Maxfield Palmer from Brush Salon (hair), Teresa Hornacek (makeup)
Bridesmaid's Accessories: Leah Alexandra
Wedding Ring: The Cross Engagement Cavalier
Favors: LINandTOM