Genevieve McGauley and Tommy Chenoweth live in Toronto, but they returned to Genevieve's hometown of Nelson for their intimate wedding at Blaylock's Mansion, a historic B&B that has been in the bride's family for 25 years. With so many guests joining them from out of town, the couple opted to take their wedding photos before the ceremony so they could spend more time with family and friends later. After their two special hours alone in front of the camera, making full use of the spectacular Kootenay setting, Genevieve headed for the local airport where a helicopter was waiting to fly her and her father to the ceremony for a surprise grand entrance (from the sky!). The couple had written their own heartfelt vows, and they sealed their union with a symbolic salt covenant dating back to ancient times. After the spirited champagne toast, guests mingled and played bocce ball, before heading inside the prettily decorated tent to chow down on Southern-style barbecue. There, they were entertained by the bride's singer/songwriter brother, who emceed the festivities and even performed one of his own songs. When it was time to hit the dessert table, guests indulged in everything from chocolate-dipped fruit and mini pecan pies to bags of caramel corn. But all that feasting didn't stop Genevieve, Tommy and their guests from giving a good workout to the dance floor, which didn't empty until 3 a.m. "I woke up early the next morning feeling like I just had the best dream ever," remembers Genevieve. "I looked over at my husband and saw the shiny ring on his finger and realized that it had all really just happened. Just like I engraved on the inside of his wedding band — My dream came true-Sept. 8/12."

Photographer Jennifer Houghton | Venue Blaylock's Mansion, Nelson | Wedding Planner Wink Wink Events | Bride's Dress, Allure Couture from Ferré Sposa, Toronto | Hair, Leanne Hagel  Makeup, Jennifer McLorie | Groom's Attire, Dries Van Noten from Sydney's, Toronto | Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | "The Big Day" Schedule, Nomi Malik | Flowers The Green Poppy  | Catering The New Grand Hotel | Cake, Yvonne Rob | Jewellery Lulu Splendor  | DJ, Craig Mullin | Bartender, Joe "Cheech" Richicci