Mia Gordon and Connor McCardle
September 14, 2019
Brittania Beach private residence
Photographer by Taylor Roades

Anyone who's ever planned a wedding knows that you can't ever be prepared for anything... but Mia and Connor had an experience that would throw even the most seasoned planning pro for a loop. "Connor and I were supposed to get married at Sea to Sky Gondola and we were gutted when we heard the news that there had been vandalism at the gondola and someone had cut the cable," explains Mia. They were left with just four and a half weeks to replan their entire wedding. 

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The Squamish community stepped up in full force to make the best of a bad situation. "It was amazing to see how the Squamish community came together to help out," Mia says. "The same day I heard about the gondola closing, a woman at my gym offered us her beautiful home located in Brittania Beach." High on the mountain, it overlooked Howe Sound, much as the original venue would have.

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And then came the rain: the weather called for 100 percent chance of rainfall on the big day. "Not just a little rain," says Mia, "but all of September's average rain fall in one day." Wedding planner Caroline Hyatt of Love and Confetti sprung into action and ordered several tents from Stretch Tents and plenty of string lights to create an ambiance on a grey and drizzly day. 

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Though it may not have started off as their dream plan, Mia and Connor look back upon the day with nothing but joy. "There were so many elements of the wedding that we loved. Connor, my husband, built us an arbor when we had to switch venues, and our florist, Kenmar Flower Farm created the dream arrangements using our wedding colour (light blue) and my favourite flower, hydrangeas," says Mia.

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Because the couple had to replan the wedding so late, there were no caterers available, so they got creative with food trucks. "We really made it a backyard party," says the bride. "Guests said the food was their favourite part." They also opted to skip the traditional wedding cake and chose his and hers favourite treats: Sprinkle of My Eye created cupcakes and Luz Tacos provided churros for all.

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"Even though we had to overcome several obstacles it was the most perfect day," says Mia. 

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