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2018 Golden Weddings

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TieThe Knot in the hear of Kicking Horse Located at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resor Copperhorse and Winston Lodge are the perfect location for small elopements big weddings and ever hing in bet een We can also cater for both indoor and outdoor events with 2 restaurants bar conference cent e and g ass pavilion winstonlodge com info winstonlodge com 250 344 7272 copperhorselodge com stay copperhorselodge com 250 344 7644

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YO U R RUSTI C 2018 Contents 5 Editor s Note Let the rustic surroundings enhance your wedding 6 A dream rustic wedding 8 A mountaintop love story 10 Add a thrill to your wedding 15 5 Tips to make your wedding day extra special 16 A mountain wedding with a touch of smoke 18 A Golden wedding destination 20 Directory of Vendors 21 Marriage on the greens 22 Wedding vendors can take the heat Wedding Adventure 6 ENGAGEMENTS EDITOR DALLIN CERVO EDITORIAL CONTENT GLYNN BROTHEN ELORA BRADEN HONEYMOONS 10 18 22 16 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR PUBLISHER MICHELE LAPOINTE 8 TO BOX 149 413A 9TH AVE N GOLDEN B C V0A 1H0 WWW THEGOLDENSTAR NET CLASSIFIEDS THEGOLDENSTAR NET ERICA FIFE DESIGN SEAN MCCONKEY All content written or artistic is copyright 2018 by the Golden Star and may not be reproduced without prior approval of the publisher The opinions and statements in the articles and advertising are not necessarily those of the publisher or staff of the Golden Star Flowers FROM HOME From Natural to Elegant on your Special Day BOUQUETS BOUTONNIERES CENTERPIECES COURSAGES 962 Jacob Rd Golden B C 250 344 5855 flowersfromhome eastlink ca Alexis Ampudia EV EN TS W EDDI NG PL A N N I NG 250 344 1088 ALEXIS_1024 YAHOO COM Golden s Wedding Special Event Mobile Bar Service Professional Friendly Bartenders Serving It Right Special Event Certified LIBATIONS Mobile Bar Service Choose from our Bar Service Packages Customized Liquor orders Signature Cocktail Design Bar Ambiance Lighting GoldenGoodLibations gmail com www GoodLibationsMobileBar com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 3

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers a spectacular mountain setting and provides exceptional service and amenities Our Eagle s Eye Restaurant is perched on a prominent peak at 7 700 feet above sea level affords stunning mountain views and is accessible by gondola Our knowledgeable and thorough staff are passionate about creating memorable moments Contact us and discover how we can work together to create an unforgettable celebration

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Editor s Note Dallin Cervo Let the Rustic Enhance G surroundings your wedding PHOTO BY A BARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY olden British Columbia is home to some of the most breathtaking rustic views throughout Canada Surrounded by the beautiful Canadian Rockies it is a perfect place to host a rustic mountain wedding A wedding doesn t come easy though there is a lot of hard work and planning that goes into it You need the right vendors the right dress the right photographer and above all else you need the right location A wedding is an exciting time in a couple s life Everything they ve been working at since the moment they met has been leading to that very day to the very moment they each say I do If rustic is what you are looking for then look no further Delve inside and discover the rustic weddings within and why Golden is quickly becoming one of the most sought after wedding destinations A BEAUTIFUL LODGE RUN BY AMAZING PEOPLE IN AN INCREDIBLE LOCATION Delight in having your very own piece of mountain heaven guaranteed to be exclusively yours for the time you and your guests are with us Located halfway between Golden and Revelstoke our charming alpine sanctuary becomes your very own wedding destination an intimate elegant setting draped in wild beauty 1 866 344 7490 events heathermountainlodge com www heathermountainlodge com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 5

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October 7 2017 Jones Fehr A dream rustic wedding STORY BY DALLIN CERVO PHOTOS BY JENA LEE PHOTOGRAPHS N othing says rustic wedding more than a beautiful farm wedding and for Debbi and Luke Fehr they couldn t have picked a better spot than Columbia Wetlands Outpost We wanted a rustic wedding Debbi said The views there are really amazing The Columbia Wetlands Outpost Red Barn s unique location amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky and Purcell mountains was the perfect location for Debbi and Luke to bring their families to The six bedroom lodge timber tents and tepee tents are all included in the Red Barn wedding destination package and they filled it all up Having been born and raised in Golden Debbi knows how beautiful Golden is and not wanting to make her family travel to a far destination she took advantage of the rustic views and chose a local wedding It s a really beautiful place to get married she said There s a lot to offer here as well so if you wanted to do other things during the week there is that option too Leading up to the day of the wedding it was raining all week but when the day finally arrived the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful sunny day with the surrounding mountains covered in snow The vendors were all great and helpful and photographer Jena Lee provided the pictures She s amazing she does amazing work Debbi said She did our engagement photo shoot too and it was really good Prior to be being married Luke and Debbi had been together for four and a half years and had two children together Hannah age two and Ryker 10 months old at the time of the wedding Both kids were a part of the wedding with Ryker being pulled down the aisle by his young cousins and Hannah being a ower girl For Hannah it was an exciting day and she still tells anyone who will listen about her big day As for Debbi the wedding could not have gone better and her dream rustic wedding was everything she wanted I wouldn t do anything different she said It was perfect HAIR MAKEUP Headlines Hair FOOD Get Stuffed Buffets

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Special Event Liability Commercial Homeowner Tenant Condo ICBC Travel O ering full service catering solutions for After ceremony appetizers and champagne sabering full bu et or plated dinner options late night snack food trucking rehearsal dinners and everything in between Along with bar services linen and glassware rental services and table and bar setup and teardown Call us to discuss your individual needs We love to party 250 344 1511 columbiarivercatering ca PO Box 834 Golden BC making your wedding weekend one to remember timeless unique personal barn venue stunning views ceremony site photo venues onsite accommodations 250 344 7281 info hillsidechalets com www hillsidechalets com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 7

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March 25 2017 Stephenson Liebreich A mountaintop love story STORY BY GLYNN BROTHEN PHOTOS BY ZAYA LYNCH K icking Horse Mountain Resort is one of the go to places for a Golden wedding but for Chantal Stephenson 32 and Jared Liebreich 36 it served as the setting for the first time they met their engagement and their vows last March Since the first time I went to Kicking Horse I knew that s where I wanted to get married I hadn t even met Jared yet Stephenson said If it wasn t Kicking Horse then it would have been somewhere in the mountains While the location was already set there were some unplanned events The wedding day started sunny and turned into a snowy ceremony at the Eagle s Eye Restaurant patio Everyone told me it s good luck so we went with that Stephenson said adding that despite the cold weather she enjoyed the gondola ride and photos on the peak To curb chills the bridesmaids wore shrugs and long johns under their dresses The groomsmen in just their dress clothes grinned and bore the cold for photos Basically the entire ceremony was a blizzard Liebreich said It was pretty crazy It was nice and bluebird in the morning and once we got up there a nice little storm rolled in It was unique It was good Back in town the 54 guests had drinks at Whitetooth Mountain Bistro followed by dinner at the Island Restaurant It was everything I ever wanted It was small enough that I got to talk to everybody Stephenson said Following their evening party the group enjoyed brunch the next morning at the Big Bend Cafe For a pre honeymoon escape Stephenson and Liebreich visited Emerald Lake that evening Stephenson said part of what made their day special was the accommodation of local wedding vendors who helped her and her now husband personalize

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their celebration Everything except the bride s wedding dress was sourced locally They were happy to help us out Easy to plan easy to contact Stephenson said I think that it helped that we weren t in the middle of wedding season The couple opted for a unique guestbook to commemorate their times at Kicking Horse Guests were encouraged to sign a trail map of the mountain The location of where they met 10 years ago was marked with a heart For their loved ones Kicking Horse was a destination wedding as both the bride and groom hail from Vancouver and Prince Albert Saskatchewan respectively Beyond having Golden as a backdrop it s where they both hope to permanently call home someday I never really thought that I would want to live in a small town growing up in Vancouver All our free time is spent in the mountains Stephenson said Liebreich added it was a treat to see his prairie friends see the Rocky Mountains some for the first time Until then the newlyweds are settling for regular ski trips to their favourite mountain and memory place HAIR RECEPTION FLOWERS Reflections The Island Restaurant Flowers From Home CEREMONY OTHER RESTAURANT HOPS OFFICIANT Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Eagle s Eye Restaurant Whitetooth Mountain Bistro Big Bend Cafe Judy Doyle CATERING BY WHITETOOTH O ers personalized menus for your o site special event Bu ets plated dinners service sta bartending services set up take down services and rental services available ROCKWATER GRILL BAR Food For the Body Drink For the Spirit Music For the Soul Specializing in Stag Stagettes Rehearsal Dinners Riverside and Rooftop Patios O site Bartending Services and Set up 427 9th Ave N Box 144 Golden BC V0A1H0 250 344 5120 events whitetoothbistro com www whitetoothbistro com www rockwatergrill com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 9

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Add a Thrill Wedding to your STORY BY DALLIN CERVO PHOTOS BY MYLES DELORME L ooking to add a little adventure to your wedding Well Extreme Yeti may very well be the place for you Opening in 2011 Extreme Yeti provides the ultimate skydiving experience in Golden It offers the best views in the Rocky Mountains and with no major airport nearby allows you to have as much room as you want Owner Myles Delorme says skydiving can be a great activity to do as a couple because it lets you see another side of your partner As a couple going through it together it s always interesting to see how they ll react to being thrown out of an airplane Delorme said Throughout the six years of being open Delorme says they have seen a number of engagements with about one or two happening each year Typically the groom will contact them prior to the jump to make the arrangements Then they time the landings so the groom can land first get the ring and any other items ready so that when she lands everything can happen at once But it s not just engagements skydiving can be a perfect activity for a bachelor or bachelorette party Because many people are typically coming from out of town for the wedding Delorme says skydiving is a big draw especially when it comes to bachelor parties As a group activity it s always fun Delorme said Usually when a bachelor party comes through the group will make the groom jump in a ridiculous costume Delorme said he recalled one group putting the groom in a Superman onesie and making him jump out like that Another group made the groom embrace his Scottish roots and jump out in a kilt For couples skydiving at Yeti Extreme can be that perfect bow to end what should be a wonderful and romantic event Golden is a great couples retreat Delorme said We are just one of the activities you can add to everything else but to finish it off with a skydive over top of Golden is the true highlight because you just spent the whole day in town and you can see everything from up top It s a great way to round up the trip Extreme Yeti is open seasonally from May weather dependent until the end of September If you want to add that adventure to your wedding look no further and make your reservation

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Photo by Kat Hadford Photography Look before you leap

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Photo by A Barrett Photography To love and to cherish Experience the ultimate mountain wedding in Golden B C In the heart of the Canadian Rockies surrounded by six of Canada s most stunning national parks and sitting at the confluence of two historic rivers you will find the town of Golden Steeped in history rich in heritage and awash with natural beauty Golden is the perfect wedding destination Visit www tourismgolden com Cherish to discover everything you need to plan your memorable day tourismgolden com

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Golden is one of the most beautiful places in the world with spectacular scenery adventure and history and has a wide variety of options for the perfect wedding Whether you choose to have your ceremony or reception at a secluded backcountry lodge or at one of the many venues in the town of Golden you are guaranteed a stunning backdrop Take your vows by an historic river on a lake or on top of a majestic mountain peak The sky is the limit for your wedding literally We ve seen ceremonies in the high alpine accessible only by helicopter and brides and grooms in their finery mountain biking the trails on Mount 7 or skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort after their ceremony and even a roaring twenties themed wedding at the historic Civic Centre The only limitation is your imagination tourismgolden com Cherish tourismgolden com

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Photo by Claire Dibble To love and to cherish Whatever the season Golden has the perfect venue for you to celebrate the start of your life together Four Season Weddings in Golden B C Whether you capture the essence of spring in the lush valleys enjoy the wildlife and fauna that embody summer use the mountainsides that are vibrant with color in the fall or the snowcapped peaks in winter Golden is the ultimate mountain wedding backdrop Visit www tourismgolden com Cherish to discover everything you need to plan your memorable day tourismgolden com

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A 5Tips to make your wedding day wedding isn t a very easy thing to prepare for There is a lot to do and sometimes not enough time to do it With all the craziness that comes from a wedding it s easy to get lost Here are five simple tips that can make your day extra special Do what you and your spouse want for the wedding Remember it s your day and not anyone else s Not that it s wrong to listen to suggestions from other people but remember that this is a day that you will remember for the rest of your life If you let other people dictate every decision you re not going to be very happy The happiest day of your life may just turn into the unhappiest day of your life Just remember your wedding day is all about you Take it one step at a time Put together a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one and in order so you don t take on too much too fast and end up scrambling getting things together last minute Don t hire any vendors before you ve confirmed your date don t design your cake before you ve envisioned your owers and don t book a band before you ve settled on a space Don t get caught up in perfection Often people think their wedding has to be absolutely perfect The decorations have to be set up in a certain way the bridal party has to enter at just the right moment the food has to be ready by 6 00 pm and the guests have to eat at their assigned tables If one thing Extra Special PHOTO BY A BARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY goes wrong the entire day is ruined Right Wrong Stop worrying about perfection Not everything will go entirely as planned and that is okay Embrace the unexpected and don t let an unattainable ideal sour the big picture Don t skimp on the photographer Eventually the party will end the booze will wear off the dress will go into storage or sold online the cake will be eaten and all you re left with are the photos Make sure you ll love them for the rest of your life and that you ve chosen a photographer that will do their best to provide the best photos possible Remember to have fun This may be the most obvious thing to remember but with all the planning all the decorating all the inviting and all the calling around getting a wedding planned can be stressful The day of the wedding can be even more stressful with making sure plans are followed hair and makeup is intact and the venue is decorated just the way you want it It s important to take time and enjoy the day so you can look back with fondness and not animosity Let loose a little bit and have some fun So there you have it five simple tips to make your day extra special Of course there are many other tips to ensure your day is memorable but by following these five tips you will be on your way to having the wedding you ve always dreamed about barn weddings photo venues stag and stagettes 1 and 2 day canoe adventures Phone 250 348 2235 info columbiawetlandsoutpost com columbiawetlandsoutpost com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 15

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August 12 2017 Long Hole A mountain wedding with a touch of smoke STORY BY DALLIN CERVO PHOTOS BY LOLO NOA T he rustic mountains During the summertime it is a perfect location for a Golden wedding The beautiful backdrop would add to any wedding photo shoot and for newlyweds Rob and Ashleigh Hole it was the perfect location for a mountain wedding Oh and don t forget the wildfires Living in Bonnyville Alberta both were originally from Mission B C and decided they wanted to marry in the mountains so it would feel like home They travelled to Edmonton and saw a few vendors from Golden there After looking through many different options the decision was made to make Heather Mountain Lodge the magical place One of the many things Heather Mountain Lodge offers is if you are able to fill up the 22 rooms and 11 cabins the entire venue is yours With both sides of the family coming from out of town Rob and Ashleigh had no problem They filled all the rooms and had the entire lodge to themselves We felt like royalty the entire time Ashleigh said While a wedding day is already a stress filled day the day only got more stressful when they learned that the entire area was under 16 GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 evacuation alert due to the August 2017 BC wildfires We were nervous the entire time Ashleigh said We were almost evacuated The night before the wedding they sat outside watching the fires burn behind them and wondered if they would get to have their special day The day of the wedding came and everyone was doing everything they could to ensure the wedding continued Foresters were working hard and helicopters were ying overhead battling the fires behind them The staff also ensured that everything ran smoothly With the battle raging behind them the wedding continued and Rob and Ashleigh enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience The staff at Heather Mountain Lodge did a wonderful job and were very helpful the entire time Rob said For some a wildfire and being surrounded by smoke would have been a negative but Ashleigh and Rob both felt it added to the experience and created a unique addition to their photos I don t think there is anyone else

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in the world that has a forest fire in the background Rob said It turned the wedding into something special from fear of being evacuated to realizing no one has experienced this before The Heather Mountain Lodge was the perfect choice for Rob and Ashleigh The staff was helpful and always were on hand the accommodations and rooms were enjoyed by the entire family and the food was amazing It gave them the mountain wedding they HAIR MAKEUP Minoldo were looking for and an experience and a wedding like no other It had everything to do with the location Rob said We couldn t have picked a better venue If it was in a hall it wouldn t have been the same We are super thankful to all the vendors that helped us and the staff at the lodge is amazing Ashleigh said FOOD CAKE ACCOMMODATION Heather Mountain Lodge I Do Cakes by Brenda Schultz Heather Mountain Lodge Civic Centre Rentals civiccentre kickinghorseculture ca Spirit Square Rentals viv thoss golden ca With over 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE in the transportation industry Mount 7 Taxi Ltd IS A NAME THAT YOU CAN TRUST MOUNT 7 TAXI LTD OLYMPUS STAGE LINES We are dedicated to providing safe reliable service for your special event Our fleet includes 6 10 14 and 16 passenger vehicles for your convenience 250 344 5237 MOUNT7TAXI TELUS NET GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 17

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September 17 2017 Bakos Watmough A Golden wedding destination W hen Carrie Bakos packed all her belongings in a car and drove it from rural Delhi Ontario to Golden 12 years ago her first order of business was to find an affordable place to live for the ski season Bakos now 35 was establishing a temporary home for herself and now husband Ryan Watmough 40 who would join her for a short term ski bum season But as life in the mountains goes for many who stop in for a brief adventure it soon became home For Bakos and Watmough it also became the backdrop to their remote wedding ceremony on September 17 2017 We kept telling our parents it was only for a season Bakos said It was so laid back I remember seeing a sign on one of the shops that said We ve gone snowboarding It s hard to leave once you re here The laid back lifestyle made an impact the pair managed to plan a wedding within a tight six month time period a hard feat in a popular wedding destination STORY BY GLYNN BROTHEN PHOTOS BY A BARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY You can totally do it in six months Dress off the rack invitations all digital Bakos said Golden wasn t their first option but Mother Nature had other ideas Hurricanes made a beach wedding a risk and a secondary plan to host the ceremony at Waterton Lakes literally all went up in ames during the summer wildfire season Eventually both determined Golden felt right and made their home a destination celebration for Ontario relatives And while they planned for simplicity the duo sprang for a novelty An alpine helicopter ight for all 34 guests to Holt Lakes a turquoise oasis sheltered beneath the Dogtooth mountain range Golden made sense as it was the only opportunity to share with some of our friends and family why we were there why we had moved how we lived and what we did for fun Watmough said While that experience is a vacation for some it s how we choose to live our lives It was our natural authentic location The weather again threatening inclemency gave them an intimate blue sky ceremony and photography session with Amy Barrett Amy could photograph you in a brown paper bag and you would look fabulous Bakos said Beyond showing family members the location where the pair built their life together Bakos and Watmough added more of their favourite things to the party A cocktail toast at the top of the mountain with Mexican martini s and lemon drops inspired from a trip to Italy to photos of each guest placed at seating

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locations with small messages written on the back The event culminated with a special turkey dinner menu designed by the team at Corks Restaurant The couple booked hotel rooms and a house on Kicking Horse Mountain where everyone could cook relax and sleep off the party We really wanted the whole weekend to be similar to a big family event Kick your shoes off everyone was kind of scattered around everywhere Someone s always in the kitchen making some kind of food kids are running around wild Bakos said The kind of Easters and Christmases we both had when we were growing up Watmough echoed their intentions for the day Carrie took care of the personal touches I just wanted to make sure that people were relaxed and could enjoy themselves Formality was kept to a minimum he said The atmosphere left a lasting impression on the guests which Bakos said was the best wedding gift she and Watmough received They got home and we got emails and phone calls that said We get it now We can understand why you re not coming back and questions about when they can visit again HAIR Reflections FOOD HELICOPTER FLIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Corks Restaurant Alpine Helicopters Glacier Mountaineer Lodge Airbnb Voted BC s 1 Hidden Gem FISHING CHARTERS BOAT CRUISES Rustic intimate wedding options Unbelievable wedding picture locations Group rates start at 13 players Great for stags stagettes or wedding parties Quiet secluded RV Park 250 344 2700 www golfgolden com GolfGoldenBC BIG LAKE ADVENTURES WWW REMOTEWATERSBC COM REMOTEWATERSGUIDING GMAIL 250 439 8382 GoldenGolfClub GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 19

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Wedding SERVICE DIRECTORY z SERVICES SERVICES A Barrett Photography amy abarrettphotography com www abarrettphotography com Alexis Ampudia 1 250 344 1088 alexis_1024 yahoo com Columbia River Catering 1 250 344 1511 columbiarivercatering ca Columbia Wetlands Red Barn 1 250 348 2235 info columbiawetlandsoutpost ca www columbiawelandsoutpost com COMMISSIONERS CHURCHES Hillside Lodge Chalets 250 344 7281 info hillsidechalets com www hillsidechalets com Jena Lee Photography 250 344 1651 photojenalee gmail com www jenaleelaroy com Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Ltd 250 344 5201 Kicking Horse Culture GoldenCivicCentre ca Kicking Horse Mountain Lodge 1 866 SKI KICK weddings KickingHorseResort com www KickingHorseResort com Copper Horse Lodge 250 344 7644 stay copperhorselodge com www copperhorselodge com Mount 7 Taxi Ltd Olympus Stage Lines Ltd 250 344 5237 Mount7taxi telus net Elite Sound and Light 250 939 8901 elitesoundlight gmail com www elitesoundandlight ca Photographik 1 403 891 3746 info photographik ca www photographik ca Elora Braden Creative Studios www elorabradencreative com Remote Waters 1 250 439 8382 remotewatersguiding gmail com www remotewatersbc com Flowers From Home 1 250 344 5855 owersfromhome eastlink ca Get Stuffed Catering 1 780 554 0091 www getstuffedbuffets ca Golden Civic Centre www GoldenCivicCentre ca Golden Golf Course 250 344 2700 www golfgolden com Good Libations Mobile Bar Service GoldenGoodLibations gmail com www goodlibationsmobilebar com Heather Mountain Lodge 1 866 344 7490 info heathermountainlodge com www heathermountainlodge com 20 GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 Tourism Golden www tourismgolden com Cherish Whitetooth Bistro Rockwater events whitetoothbistro com www whitetoothbistro com www rockwatergrill com Winston Lodge 250 344 7272 info winstonlodge com Xplore Golden Tours 1 250 939 8419 xploregoldentours com Judith Doyle Golden B C 250 344 5756 jdoylemc gmail com Hans Lenstra Golden B C 250 344 6879 hlenstra telus net Phyllis Twa Golden B C 250 344 5833 phyllistwa gmail com CHURCHES OF GOLDEN Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 250 344 5354 1529 Lafontaine Road Golden BC Congregation of Jehovah s Witness 250 344 7400 1218 9th Street South Golden BC St Paul s Anglican Church 250 344 6113 913 9th Avenue South Golden BC Golden Baptist Church 250 344 7676 1343 Pine Drive Golden BC Golden Pentecostal Tabernacle 250 344 2459 717 10th Street South Golden BC Golden Seventh Day Adventist Church 250 344 5718 917 11th Street South Golden BC Golden Sikh Temple 250 344 2965 603 13th Street South Golden BC Rocky Mountain Christian Fellowship 250 344 2456 716 10th Street South Golden BC Sacred Heart Catholic Church 250 344 6328 808 11th Street Golden BC MARRIAGE COMMISSIONERS St Andrew s United Church 250 344 6117 901 11th Street North Golden BC Kimberly Ann Chapman Field B C 250 343 6441 mountstephen uniserve com Trinity Lutheran Church 250 344 2935 915 9th Street South Golden BC

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Marriage Greens on the STORY BY DALLIN CERVO PHOTO BY DAVE BEST T he Golden Golf Club is not only a great place to hit a couple of golf balls around it can also be the setting of your dream wedding Over the years the Golden Golf Club has hosted a few weddings mostly for staff and director of operations Graeme Kreiner says they are now looking towards the future and dipping their toes into the wedding market by looking to host smaller intimate weddings With weddings being a new venture and not something they ve done a lot of Kreiner says they are very exible with what they can do We re willing to work with people in trying to create something that s unique for them Kreiner said So why would someone want to get married on a Golf course of all places For one thing avid golfers looking to incorporate their favourite hobby into their wedding will find a golf course is the best choice to add a personal avour to the day For those looking for a more scenic wedding the overall setting and colours of the course will serve as the ideal backdrop The Golden Golf Club is conveniently located just outside of town so you are not only guaranteed a quiet wedding but it is easily accessible as well The Golden Golf Club also has a special feature that will entice even more people to consider a golf course wedding We have a spare hole here so if you want to get married on an actual golf hole and we re not using the spare hole we could actually have it there and do some fun unique things An RV park is located right beside the course and Kreiner says what they ve envisioned is those coming from out of town can stay right onsite for the duration of the wedding With Golden quickly becoming the premier wedding destination there are many mid high level options available Kreiner says that they want to fill the niche of the lower to mid level options that won t break the bank but will still offer a beautiful location when it comes to planning a wedding While not a lodge Kreiner says they still have much to offer when it comes to the big day We have onsite food and beverage accommodations if they have RVs dedicated staff members onsite that can assist with questions So what are you waiting for If you re an avid golfer or just want a beautiful backdrop for your wedding The Golden Golf Club may very well be the perfect venue for you Chartered Luxury Wedding Transportation Shuttles Available With Xplore Golden Tours You re Engaged Allow us the opportunity to make this easy for you Homemade and a ordable Contact us today for a free quote 780 554 0091 www getstu edbu ets ca 250 939 8419 xploregoldentours com GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018 21

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Wedding vendors can Take Heat the STORY BY ELORA BRADEN PHOTO BY MAUR MUZZA MERE I f you were getting married in British Columbia this last summer chances are your plans were impacted by forest fires What was declared as Officially The Worst Ever Wildfire Season was not the most encouraging for couples or their guests to tie the knot in a fiery backdrop Here in Golden we saw many days blanketed by dense smoke and we listened with apprehension at the reports of impending fires in the area Our usual activities like biking running climbing basically anything involving lungs was off the table The mountains we usually wake up to disappeared behind a wall of brownish smoke Looking back it sounds like a grim setting for a wedding but that was not the case Turns out our local pool of talented vendors from photographers to caterers came together and pulled of an incredible wedding season Hillside Lodge s Stephanie Chomiak knows this level of teamwork is what helps pull off a successful wedding season Our local vendors always pull together to make any situation workable if not amazing We ve got such a great crew of vendors here in town who will go above and beyond to make everything perfect To make sure the weddings would be successful Stephanie knew that communication would be key We spent a lot of time prepping our couples as well sending out emails to make sure everyone knew what to expect which I think is half the battle This way there are no surprises and things can be adjusted accordingly ahead of time reducing stress and anxiety see the plumes of smoke and it created a silhouetted layer effect with the mountains We definitely worked with it and actually loved the effect it gave Almost like foggy heavily clouded mountains but from smoke Moody is our style so we embraced it Even though some days this summer needed to be adjusted slightly from the smoke it wasn t a deal breaker by any means The smoky backdrops were a bonus for us because being such a hot summer we could have had all bright full sound days which we actually find more challenging with harsh light and shadows They were still challenged when couples hoped for mountain backdrops but in the end we were able to create romantic soft and sometimes pinkish hued moody photos because of the incredible sunsets behind the smoke For Amy Barrett another local wedding photographer the changing environment was less of a hinderance than it was an opportunity to weave another layer into the couples story that day You need to focus on what you can capture that helps tell the story of the couples day but not excluding the haze because that is part of their story as well As a chaser of light Amy made sure she could capitalize on the chance to get a special shot I let all my couples know that I will keep an eye on the lighting and they are more than willing to run out of the party to capture the moment the fog lifts or the sun sets The results were some amazing moments captured and a huge variety throughout the wedding season for one wedding Amy captured The smoke did add a reprieve from the glaring sun at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for a 1pm ceremony For another it added a nice glow and a beautiful depth to the mountains Further down the highway at Heather Mountain Lodge General Manager John Holton also recalled having communication with the wedding parties being the most important tool in our tool box With close proximity to several high profile fires in Glacier National Park John and his team worked tirelessly throughout the summer to deliver wedding services We found the biggest challenge to be day of execution We were at the mercy of the winds the day may dawn sunny bright with a nice westerly wind or it would be pea soup with ash falling from the sky and 3 feet of visibility In the end a wedding season that could have gone up in smoke stayed the course and provided amazing memories to anyone involved with or visiting for a wedding For Stephanie at Hillside Golden is such a stunning location for weddings and our team of vendors here is absolutely unbeatable We are truly blessed to get to work with great people like this and so are the couples choosing to get married in Golden Heather Mountain s John Holton echoes that with why he thinks Golden is special spectacular views a number of unique venues that can accommodate all sizes of weddings or elopements and great vendors it really is the number one area in BC It was on one of the smokier days that local photo duo Lolo Noa Photography used it to their advantage at Heather Mountain Lodge Lois Soper Lolo describes the scene they faced that day You could So no matter what comes our way for summers to come rest assured that Golden s wedding vendors are ready to step up to make the day the most special day of any couples lives 22 GOLDEN WEDDINGS JANUARY 2018

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