We cannot rave enough about Andrea and Brian’s Whistler wedding last month! Andrea is Dan’s brother’s wife’s sister (everyone got that..!) and Dan has known Kim (Dan’s sister-in-law) and her family for years. It has been wonderful for me to have been getting to know them as well over the years at various family gatherings!
Andrea and Brian met in Australia! She was there for school, he is from Australia, and they met at a bar. Even when Andrea’s parents went down to visit, she kept Brian under their radar. It wasn’t until Brian’s eventual move to Vancouver, once Andrea came back from school, that made everyone realize how serious they were. After buying an apartment downtown and settling into their careers, Brian popped the question in Japan last fall! It didn’t take long for them to decide on Whistler being the location for the wedding. Both Andrea and Brian are avid snowboarders and love the mountains. Every year, they make a trip up to enjoy the fresh powder!
For about a week, they rented a spaciously cozy chalet in the Kadenwood neighbourhood near Creekside Village. There, both families stayed spending time together before and after the wedding. It was a stark change for Brian’s family who traveled from Sydney’s warm summer weather! The chalet was also where the ceremony and stand up reception were held for them and their 60 guests.
The weather the day before the wedding was stunning. Snow on the ground, but clear skies and sun all around. The day of the weather was like a snowstorm come out of nowhere, blanketing everything in sight; we were almost snowed in! As beautiful as it was, it was still super cold – especially for the girls when we went around Nita Lake Lodge and Whistler Village for photos….your poor feet, ladies!
The lovely co-ordinators at Weddings by Bluebird, Heather and Emily, did a wonderful job at staging the house and getting everyone organized as well as making the flower arrangements. Big Mountain Rhythm provided some soulful live music during the reception while guests were treated to delicious finger food by John Ferris and his team at The Collective Kitchen. Highlight of the night? Probably when Brian started drinking beer out of his best man’s shoe…..and then out of Andrea’s boss’ shoe…and we have evidence ;p
Congrats, Andrea and Brian! We hope you have a wonderful honeymoon on your African safari later this August!!