PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYMBERLIE DOZOIS
Lisa and Robbie's Mediterranean-inspired wedding at God's Mountain Estate was an airy dream
"After watching scenes of Mamma Mia with my mom and sisters, a white Mediterranean wedding has always been a dream of mine. I wanted something relaxed, open and airy. Greece is a pretty far place to ask our large family to travel to so I realized this would not be an option," explains the bride.
"I stumbled upon God’s Mountain Estate while looking through the website of a photographer, Tomasz Wagner (who did our cinematography), when I was actually looking at wedding venues for my girlfriend. I was immediately in love and couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful venue. We were able to remain on-site for the entire ceremony and reception, which allowed for a calm and peaceful day. It was a Mediterranean-style venue right here in Canada where all of our loved ones could join us."
"I began my planning journey thinking I would be able to manage all the planning and day-of coordination on my own. I shared my venue and floral inspiration with Tanisha from Society Floral, and she immediately recommended Aranza Grant of White Event Studio. She thought that my ideas and vision could be perfectly executed with the talent of Aranza—and she was 100 per cent correct. Coupled with beautiful florals from Tanisha, Aranza was able to create a relaxed romantic evening for my Robbie and I. I also realized that I could not pull off the day-of planning and coordination on my own. I contacted Shawna Gray of White Orchid Planning in Kelowna and, thankfully, she was available. She was calm, organized and able to work through problems by speaking with other contributors so that I was able to get prepared for our evening. I also could not have been calm without the great experience I had with Pearl & Dot Bridal. They treated me like a queen. Kymberlie Dozois was able to capture everything so we will never forget the wonderful day."
"If I had any advice for couples planning their wedding, I would say find a venue that really inspires you. Canada has so many beautiful places that are waiting to be explored and discovered. I would make sure that you go over every detail with the venue host, as we did run in to some hiccups in relation to transportation and parking. The venue was extremely limited in this area."
"Try not to worry about all the little details, and don’t over-complicate things. Robbie was really good at bringing me back to reality when I was worried about a silly, little detail, so let the groom have some input as well. Sometimes they’re right too! No one will worry about the seating chart or party favours you provide. Even though it was our day, I wanted to make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves; the venue, the food and drinks. The travelling bar and food truck were enjoyable for all of the guests and I think the staff also had fun. The chef was dancing around serving pizza for our snack, which was amazing! And have fun. It really does fly by, so try to stop at some point and enjoy it together. Make your wedding a reflection of yourself—and your dream!"
Photographer: Kymberlie Dozois
Videographer: Nate Slaco from Tomasz Wagner Films
Venue: God’s Mountain Estate
Planner: Shawna from White Orchid Weddings
Decorator: Aranza from White Events Studio
Stationery Invitations: Hello Tenfold
Place Cards & Signs: Liza Child Calligraphy & Design
Florals: Society Floral
Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco (top), Anais Anette (lace topper), Love Found True (Skirt), Sara Gabriel (veil & headband) from Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique
Brides Crystal Crown: Crowns & Wreath
Bridesmaid Dresses: Their own
Groom’s Outfit: Samuelsohn from Harry Rosen
Groomsmen Outfits: RW&CO
Bride's Makeup: Krista Kemp Allan
Brides Hair: Sarah Wipf
Bridesmaids' Makeup: Bri Stein Artistry
Bridesmaids' Hair: Melissa Craven
Catering: Eats Amore
Cake: Sweet on You
Officiant: Barbara Samuel
DJ: Travis from Air Waves Music
Rentals: A New Leaf Floral (chair and tables), White Event Studio (tabletop and décor), River Road Rentals (clear glass decanters), All Occasions Party Rentals (glassware), Mint Julep Creative Events (travelling bar), Westminster Party Rental (dishes and linens, dance floor)