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After accepting a job across the globe in West Africa, Morgan knew it was “time to put a ring on it,” and decided to propose to his now wife Pamela, the day he was set to leave. He by took her to lunch back where it all started, the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge in Kamloops, B.C.The Bride
“Putting on ski boots while you’re wearing a wedding dress was not the smartest idea. A tip for future brides is put on your ski boots before your dress.”
Halfway through, Pamela realized that Morgan needed to pack and get to the airport within two hours and began to panic. As her anxiety began to grow, the server brought out their dessert with the ring box sitting on top. Morgan’s nerves got the best of him and he proceeded to knock his glass of water all over Pamela.
“I said yes despite the water incident,” she laughed.
While the couple originally wanted to elope they didn’t want to exclude their family from their special day and chose an intimate gathering with 30 of those closest to them. Describing his bride as a “skiaholic,” Morgan explained Sun Peaks was the natural choice as the place to say their vows.
“I liked being able to share our skiing lifestyle with our family and incorporated that into our wedding,” said Pamela.
Describing themselves as a new, old age couple, Morgan said they tried to give tradition a run for its money by renting a chalet to act as both the ceremony and reception space. They even hit the slopes in their wedding attire before returning to their rented property to officially tie the knot.
“I think we staged it correctly. We skied in our wedding clothes because Pam could put puffy pants under her dress and I could put nothing, so it was a cold ride up,” said Morgan.
Ski addict Pamela wanted to ski down the black diamond run Headwalls to mark the occasion but Morgan wasn’t quite up for the challenge, so they compromised by skiing under the Sunburst chairlift after posing for a few photos at the mid-mountain chapel.
“Putting on ski boots while you’re wearing a wedding dress was not the smartest idea. A tip for future brides is put on your ski boots before your dress,” said Pamela.
After descending to the village and stopping at the covered bridge, they returned to their chateau where they were married in an intimate ceremony in front of a cozy fireplace. They chose not to have a formal reception to keep the atmosphere akin to a family weekend getaway.
“I like the smaller weddings. I think it just allows better interaction with the people that are there to support you and to share in your special day,” said Morgan.
With their passion for skiing, the pair anticipates they’ll one day call the community home, not just their weekend getaway spot.