Snow wasn’t something I was terribly familiar with before this year, but Aaron and Helen’s Big White Wedding changed all that.
The couple are good friends of mine who now live in Toronto and they decided on a destination wedding with a difference, holding their nuptials at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada.
I was off duty on the big day, but my services were employed to document the peripheral events, like the welcome party, stag do and general shenanigans around the mountain.
The guests made the most of the awesome location – heading out for ‘first tracks’ in the fresh powder every morning, before regular recovery sessions in the hot tub and evenings of Après-ski (my new favourite thing).
Given my total lack of any appropriate clothing or ski gear, Aaron was kind enough to lend me his spare outfit, the ‘sun ice’.
This gained me all kinds of street cred on the slopes, until the locals actually saw me ski.
The weather was also kind for the main event, a ‘bluebird’ day, with a balmy temperature of -2. Helen looked stunning in her dress and it was absolutely awesome to be part of such a unique celebration with an incredible crew of family and friends.
My journey to Big White was just the beginning of a whole year of overseas adventures. I hung around Canada and the USA for much of the winter and am now more familiar with terms like ‘polar vortex’ and ‘Arctic blast’.
I’ll be blogging in the near future on these experiences and my love/hate relationship with snow but, for now, enjoy the Big White imagery.
You can also click here to see some images from the wedding day, shot by Aviva Studios of Kelowna.