Hilary and Jeremy said 'I Do' on the hottest day of the year. 42 degrees celsius with humidity to boot. To say it was 'hot out' would be an understatement. Between photo ops, you could find the bride and groom (but mostly the groom) chewing ice and being fanned by whomever happened to be standing by and had a spare hand. It was uncomfortable and sticky, but depsite the heat it all managed to be completely magical as well.
This beautiful couple had a small ceremony for family only, with a big party reception being planned in Mexico later this year. The very intimate guest list made it possible for the bride and groom to hold the event at the lake-house of very dear family-friends. It's no secret that I adore itty-bitty weddings like this where the couple has quality time to spend with *every* guest, and the love and commitment of the couple takes center stage rather than pomp and pagentry.
After Hilary and Jeremy's super sweet first look on the dock, we board a boat and headed to the North End of Christina Lake for portraits in a jaw-dropping old growth forest. Hilary's gown against the backdrop of those sky-high trees was something straight out of a fairy tale. Not to mention, the temperature in the forest was a few blessed degrees cooler than out on the lake, and I don't think any of us ever wanted to leave.
But leave we had to because these two had a knot to tie! So, back on the boat we went to make it to their ceremony on time.
With Christina Lake and the surrounding mountains as their backdrop, Hilary and Jeremy exchanged vows and became husband and wife.
With portraits done before the ceremony, the couple was now free to enjoy cold drinks and appetizers with their 20 guests while waiting for dinner to be prepared. The incredible meal was a combined effort of the couple's parents, as well as the owners of the lake-house and generous hosts of the event. We dined on the groom's mom famous (and oh-so-delicious!) meat balls, beef tenderloin, and so much more! It was really special to have these wonderful family recipes featured at such an important event and really went to make the day that much more poignant.
A special thanks to Deb & Munro Pickering who graciously hosted the event at their wonderful lake-house, and Mozel Tov to the beautiful bride and groom! This was such a wonderful wedding to be part of. My only regret is not being able to stay for nighttime a swim in the lake before my drive home.