Mandy and Fraser were married in the summer of 2017. Over the last several years, the couple has visited Fernie regularly including a yearly trip over New Year’s Eve, and felt like it was the perfect location for the celebration.
“Fraser and I LOVE Fernie and we love the people. At any time of year, Fernie is a great place for a getaway whether camping, biking and hiking, golfing, rafting and of course the skiing and snowboarding. The people are really nice and I think there is also something about it that reminds us of Thunder Bay where we both grew up,” Mandy tells us.
They chose to host the reception at the Lizard Creek Lodge. “It’s almost like a destination wedding, it’s small enough and almost all our guests were there.” With 75 guests in attendance, Mandy and Fraser wanted an intimate weekend allowing everyone to spend a lot of time together.
The theme was “casual, classic, mountain” that they also infused with their gratitude for one another and all who attended. “We tried to make it memorable and comfortable for everyone and the kids really enjoyed the dress up station, treats and Fernie wedding colouring picture we made. Everything was very simple and fun, but we tried to make sure it had a hint of elegance too.”
Mandy and Fraser chose Jeff McRae as their DJ, and couldn’t rave about him enough.
“He made the party, and really listened when we shared who would be there and what kind of music each liked. He was even able to throw in a few surprises that were on point and made the night memorable, and was an entertainer which the kids enjoyed.”
Nick Nault was their photographer, “Nick was awesome, and patient. He did a great job of capturing the day. Fraser and I have never taken the best pictures together (it’s a running joke) so getting some amazing photos of us was really special.”
Nick took them to memorable locations the couple have spent a lot of time over the years biking and skiing. “It’s nice to have those memories captured on film,” says Mandy.
Over the weekend, Mandy and Fraser organized multiple group events including a hike up to Island Lake Lodge, cliff jumping at Silver Springs (which turned into a pizza party because of the weather), and also provided information on their favourite places to eat and what not to miss.
Overall, the couple felt fortunate to have everyone come together from so far away. “We were so lucky that so many people were able to make the trip. Now, whenever we come to Fernie it brings back the memories of such a special time in our lives.”
Why did you choose to get married in Fernie?
Well, we weren’t sure where to have our wedding, we were thinking Calgary or somewhere close by. We went for our annual New Year’s ski trip to Fernie and it was during that trip that we realized we needed to invite all our friends here. They just had to see how beautiful it is! There is so much to do for everyone and we knew it would be a great place to have a wedding. Also, it was easy for both our Canadian and American friends to get to.
What is your favourite moment of your wedding day?
That’s tough. Probably when I stole Fraser’s pocket square to wipe my nose/eyes during the ceremony. We both laughed. Also, our family and friends were really pivotal in bringing the wedding to life. The rehearsal dinner, ceremony, speeches and the dance party - it was really the great friends coming together that made it all work and many of them went above and beyond throughout the week to make it all happen.
What advice would you give those planning their own wedding day?
Make sure to take the time to stop and look around, those snapshots will be something you reflect on and carry, making you smile for the rest of your life.
What were some unique elements to your wedding that really stand out - things you tried to do differently?
We wanted to show our friends and family from the east what the west has to offer. From staying right on the mountain at Lizard Creek Lodge, to the activities we planned such as hiking, mountain biking and visiting the town, our guests got to experience all the things we enjoy about Fernie.
Photographer: Nick Nault Photography