Matt & Caroline – Wedding – Whistler, BC, Canada

As a first post on this blog I decided to write an account of a wedding that I had the pleasure of covering at the start of the year. This was by far the wedding furthest from my home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire that I have ever done. This was Matt & Carolines Wedding in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, which in turn is a long way from their home in Bodmin! Matt is a qualified Ski and Snowbaord instructor, and wanting something a little out of the ordinary they decided to combine this with the wedding.

The ceremony and meal were in a ski chalet called The Crystal Hut, which is half way up Blackcomb Mountain, at 6000ft. On the morning of the wedding I joined Matt, Mark (Grooms brother and Best Man) and some of the other guests, in an early morning ride down the mountain. I then left Matt to go back up the mountain, and joined the Caroline and girls for their preparations.

Matt and Mark had arranged Ski-Doos to take them up the mountain, they were accompanied by the Vicar who is an avid snowboarder and Ski-Doo rider! The Bridal Party and guests were transported up the mountain in a Giant Snowmobile!  I had had visions of getting the couple out onto the mountain with views down to the village or with the beautiful mountain ranges in the background. Unfortunately weather on the day of the wedding was like the rest of the week, wonderful for snowboarding, with around 1m of fresh powder snow each night, and around the same falling during the day, but not much good for photography! The howling gale just added to this, meaning that venturing outside was impossible in normal clothing.

Matt and Mark both wore the family Jones Tartan, with the couples own children dressed to match as page boys.

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