“- The Bride
It still gives me goosebumps to think about it.
Despite growing up in neighbouring communities in British Columbia’s Interior, it wasn’t until they were living in France that Paris and Cameron Pierce would meet. They met on a pub crawl while spending the weekend in Prague, and dated for three years before Cameron popped the question on a vacation trip to St. Martin in the Caribbean.
“I had no idea, I was shocked,” said Paris.
When asked how she knew Cameron was The One, Paris paused before explaining she believes she learned a lot about their relationship by travelling together and maintaining the relationship while she moved back to Canada and he stayed in France.
“I think you learn a lot about each other through that,” she said. “You find out what’s important in your life and what you want to be in your life in the future. If you have that in common you kind of figure it out pretty quickly when you’re doing long distance.”
For the couple, it was an easy decision to get married in Sun Peaks as Paris grew up in the community and they traditionally come back to the village to celebrate Christmas every year. They settled on a summer wedding set for late June in 2017.
“We wanted to have an indoor ceremony because we got married in the Catholic church so we can’t get married outside and they were totally accommodating to that,” explained Paris.
With an enchanted forest theme, the day incorporated many natural elements such as ivy, greenery, wood accents and cherry blossom trees in the Sun Peaks Grand Ballroom.
Family touches were a theme throughout their wedding. Paris’ bouquet was wrapped with a heirloom rosary that has been passed down through twelve family weddings. The pair decided to include a special memory table which displayed photos of loved ones who had passed away with a candle lit in their honour. The ceremony was also performed by the same priest who had married Paris’ parents who had recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
With the roots of their relationship in Europe they had over 75 of their 250 guests of their friends and family travel from overseas.
“That was really important to us. We did whatever we could to help make the trip easier for those who were coming out,” said Paris.
Upon arriving in Canada, the Pierce’s had planned a full itinerary for their guests including a day of hiking, a round at the golf course, fishing at Heffley Lake, mountain cross carting and a pre-wedding party at Bottoms Bar & Grill.
“It still gives me goosebumps to think about it,” said Paris. “To get married there and bring so many new people there to show them how awesome it is, because I really still think it’s still such a hidden gem. So it’s just so cool to share that with all your loved ones.”
While the couple opted for an indoor ceremony and reception that didn’t stop them from getting out on Tod Mountain for some adventures photos.
“The fact that we were able to go up the chairs (lift) and do our pictures up there and then come back down was super fun. While we were taking pictures there was mountain bikers biking past us and they were all yelling congratulations,” said Paris.
With Sun Peaks already holding a place in her heart, Paris said it is now a very special place to them both.