At its finest
Dreaming of a laid back and simple affair, Cam and Danielle Gledstone quickly agreed on Sun Peaks as their wedding destination.
Cam had been visiting the resort for over two decades at his family’s chalet and the community was his home away from home. Together the couple created their own memories as season pass holders they visited often. It was a clear choice as the destination for their special day.
“We spend a lot of time up there, lots of family memories,” said Cam. “It’s such a beautiful spot, and a big part of our life so it kind of made the decision easy for both of us.”
The couple’s journey to man and wife was lasting. They met when they were just 16 and 18 years old and remained friends for years before Danielle suggested they become more.
“I used to tell him when we were friends that we were going to get married one day and tell him what kind of rings I wanted and he was an 18-year-old boy, but here we are,” she said.
Five years after Danielle suggested they become more than friends Cam proposed on a family trip to Osoyoos, B.C. with the help of both of their fathers.
Danielle had just climbed back into the boat after being out on the water skiing when their song, Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic, echoed across the lake and Cam got down on one knee and asked Danielle to marry him.
“When we got back to the dock everyone was standing on the dock waving, cheering, crying. Champagne flowed! It was a lot of fun, we partied the night away,” said Cam.
Knowing a ballroom wasn’t the right fit for them, the couple decided to say “I do” at the garden by the iconic covered bridge with a reception to follow at Masa’s Bar + Grill.
“We just wanted somewhere outdoors. And with the bridge, the garden and the flowers are really what sold us. We just wanted some kind of relaxed area that still had lots of natural beauty. With the mountain in the background it was just the perfect spot,” explained Danielle.
“I really wanted the natural beauty of Sun Peaks, all the flowers, mountains and trees…to be the focal point.”
As they desired a relaxed wedding day the couple headquartered at Cam’s family’s duplex, where Danielle and her bridesmaids got ready on one side and Cam and the groomsmen on the other. The couple was able to sneak away for a stolen moment (with a dividing wall between them) to say hello and enjoy a moment with each other before walking down the aisle.
Cam recalled the moment he saw Danielle walking down the aisle and said at first glance she looked absolutely stunning. Then she continued to walk toward him and it was a beautiful moment.
“I couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked. It was such an amazing moment and such a great memory.”
Danielle followed the tradition of something old, new, borrowed and blue which included blue shoes, borrowed earrings, and an heirloom hairpin. She carried a boutique fastened with a pin in memory of her Grandma known lovingly as Bambi.
Following the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party took the chairlift to the mid-mountain Sunburst Lodge where they had a celebratory drink before heading out for photos.
“Cam and I had a bottle of champagne on our chair and I think was one of the most special moments of the day. It was just him and I on the chair and we just had our little moment, we just got married, just enjoyed being together.”
In the style of a relaxed mountain vibe the couple chose to have a casual reception with a buffet dinner followed by an amazing party. They added little touches to personalize their reception. Danielle spent months baking over 500 cookies which served as wedding favours and seating cards and they even went as far as bringing in their friends’ favourite beer.
“All of our friends have a thing with Budweiser beer. It would have been a big faux pas if we didn’t have Budweiser at our wedding!” said Danielle.
Reflecting on their September wedding, the couple agreed their most memorable moments were heading up the lift together and spending time with just their closest friends. The newlywed’s advice for couples planning nuptials at Sun Peaks was to take the lift up for photos and to fully enjoy the mountain.
“You can’t go wrong. The food is amazing, and the little things really don’t matter if it’s such a beautiful venue and it’s such a wonderful experience and day just with your friends and family,” said Danielle.
Dress: @maggiesotterodesigns – Sottero and Midgley
Grooms suit: @mooresclothing
Venue: @SunPeaksResort (Faith)
DJ: Sounds Good Dj Service