While Andrea and Mark considered many options, including heading south to tropical destinations, they soon realized it was important for them to have a quintessential “Fernie” wedding. Their family and friends were travelling from New Zealand and Vancouver, and they really wanted to show them what Fernie is all about. “To us, that’s Island Lake,” says Andrea.
From the get go, it was going to be a formal affair particularly with the bridal party. As the details came together, it took on a bit of a vintage look. The couple was interested in contrasting this classic and elegant style with the beautiful outdoors. “Having grown up in Vancouver, I wanted to bring together the city girl with the new Fernie element – the best of both worlds,” she adds.
Taking this into consideration, when the weather took a turn for the worse Andrea and Mark were determined to have the ceremony outside at the infamous I Dew Point. “It was a torrential downpour, and at one point I thought it was snowing,” Andrea remembers. Literally minutes before she walked down the aisle it stopped raining and didn’t rain the remainder of the afternoon. Still, the tents were on standby. 70 people were in attendance, with a following 40 bused up from town for the after party with music provided by Jody Weinper, a local DJ. “It was great having that second wave of energy,” Andrea says. As you can see from the stunning photography by AndrasSchram, Andrea and Mark succeeded in both their mission to expose those visiting to the true Fernie experience – from the epic scenery at Island Lake Lodge to the mountain weather, along with perfectly combining elegance with the outdoors.
Why did you choose to get married in Fernie?
It’s home for us, and allowed us to get friends and family together where we live and for them to experience how beautiful our lives are here.
Favourite moment of your wedding day?
I would the photographs taken after the ceremony and hanging out with the bridal party.
What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?
Start early. We had nine months, but there is so much to do. And please, enjoy the process.
Unique Wedding Details
Made by Michelle Adams of Piece of Cake
Hair and Makeup
Andrea and local stylists from Sparrow for Hair come up to the lodge to work on the bridal party’s hair, along with a makeup artist.
Our wedding day was captured by Andras Schram photography.
Andrea and Mark along with some friends and family stayed up at Island Lake for the entire weekend, making it easy for them to spend time with loved ones in such a beautiful and intimate setting.