Photographer: Vasia Weddings
Videographer: Cassie O'Neil
Venue & Catering: The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
Wedding Planning & Décor: Details Special Event Planning & Décor
Bride’s Dress: Ines Di Santo, from Ette Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, from Delica Bridal
Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Groom’s Outfit: Hugo Boss, from Harry Rosen
Groomsmen Outfits: Derks
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss, from Harry Rosen
Stationery: Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationary
Calligraphy: Justine Ma Design
Florals: Verbena Floral Design
Favours: Chocolat Victoria
Cake: Tiers of Joy
Officiant: Bill Smith
DJ: Airwaves Music
Ceremony Music: Gwyneth Evans (harpist)
Cocktail Music: Geoffrey Lundstrom (guitarist)
Jewellery: Haute Bride, from Novelle Bridal Shop
If it weren’t for the machinations of two 12-year-old girls, Alberta couple Danielle Rutherford and Kurtis Hicks might never have gotten together. Laughs Danielle, “Our little sisters were best friends and they thought if we got married, they’d be related!”
The prepubescent plotters arranged an introduction between the two young professionals back in 2006, which, several years of dating later, led to a romantic proposal atop South Africa’s famed Table Mountain one April afternoon.
Fourteen months later, on June 27, 2015, Danielle and Kurtis made their union official (and their respective sisters very happy) in a
joyful celebration at Vancouver Island’s Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa.
“We knew we wanted a destination wedding without it being too far for our guests to travel,” says Danielle. “Almost all of our guests stayed at the resort, and it was so much fun for everyone to be together for the weekend. We wanted our friends and family to have a mini getaway with us, and having been to Bear Mountain before, it seemed like the perfect place.”
The weather was perfect too, with blue skies ensuring surprise showers wouldn’t mar the couple’s outdoor ceremony, an elegant yet down-to-earth affair expertly created by Details Special Event Planning & Décor.
As the summer sun shone and a harpist played softly in the background, the pair held hands beneath a flower-draped arbour, flanked on each side by a striking sentry of groomsmen and bridesmaids, to exchange their vows.
If the mood was intimate and ethereal, it livened up soon afterward, as the couple’s 70 guests mingled over sips, snacks and the music of a live singer-guitarist while the wedding party departed for photos. Strategically, the newlyweds ensured that they returned in time to catch the tail end of cocktail hour: “We didn’t want to miss out on all the fun,” chuckles Danielle.
Later, the crowd shifted indoors, to a banquet room aglow in candlelight and flowers, for a sumptuous buffet dinner and a round of heartfelt toasts that had guests alternately loosening their belt buckles and dabbing their eyes.
For the bride and groom, it was the single most memorable moment of their entire wedding. Says Danielle: “Listening to those speeches from our family and friends was something that Kurtis and I will always remember and treasure.”
Plenty more memorable moments were to come when a DJ took to the turntable to work up the crowd’s appetite for dancing, cake cutting and a late-night pizza and nacho bar that carried the fun far into the night.
And though most weddings experience a glitch or two, Danielle says happily, “Everything went perfectly as planned. It was all just so magical!”
Words of Advice
Hire a planner. Danielle says the best decision they made was to hire a wedding planner to ensure the day ran smoothly: “We truly felt we could focus on our guests and just have an amazing time.”
Be present in each moment. “You only have one day, so take your time, relax and soak in all the love and joy,” says Danielle. “I prefer a later start time for a wedding, as it really allowed me to relax without feeling rushed.”
Get outside. “I love an outdoor ceremony because if it’s at a beautiful location, it doesn’t require a complete transformation,” says Danielle. “You’ll save on decorating costs with a space that is already amazing on its own.”