Solidifying a decade of romance



Nancy Critchley Photography 


“It was my dream wedding. It was perfect.”

The Bride
Exactly 10 years and one month after their first date Joanna Clegg and Jordon Penich said “I do” at the gardens by Sun Peaks Resort’s iconic covered bridge.


The Okanagan-based couple knew when they began looking for the perfect wedding venue they wanted something scenic and visited wineries across the region but couldn’t find the right fit for their vision and their guest list. They soon began looking at ski resort destinations that could accommodate their 150 friends and family.


“That was a big thing for us we weren’t cutting people out. We were inviting everyone,” explained Joanna.


Growing up skiing in the Nancy Greene Ski League, Jordon had ties to Sun Peaks  and after a visit to the resort and a meeting with Kaitlyn Lamotte wedding & events co-ordinator at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, Joanne knew she had found her perfect venue.


“All the different options was a huge thing. We knew we were going to have so many people so having the go-karting and the golf (was big). It all kind of aligned,” said Joanna.


“When we drove up a couple weeks later, just me and Jordon and both of our mums, we both had that goosebump feeling like ‘This is it. It’s perfect,’” said Joanna.




The pair decided on the gardens at the covered bridge for their ceremony and a reception to follow in the Sun Peaks Grand’s ballroom as Joanne fell in love with the wood beams found throughout the hotel. With a vintage glam theme, the reception venue captured the couple’s vision perfectly, according to the bride.


“We had lots of pearls, lace, and sparkle. It was a little princessy, very feminine,” she explained. “The colours were champagne, rose gold and blush, very feminine romantic vintagey gold. I love how the hotel had the vintage wood type look to it. I love that look.”


Just seven weeks before the wedding, Joanna was involved in an accident during her bachelorette party that resulted in a broken foot . Given a six-week recovery plan she thought she would be walking down the aisle cast free. However, two weeks before the wedding she was informed her foot wasn’t healed and she would be wearing the cast for the big day.


“That was my meltdown week. I was pretty positive throughout it all. Then when I got told it was still broken and I had to wear it I had a couple days where I was not good,” she recalled. “When I found out I had to wear it I did a mass text, I was like ‘Alright Ladies, if I’m going to wear it you gotta deck it out.’ They put pearls all over it and glittery tape and tulle and it looked kind of pretty.”


Throughout the weekend, she stayed off her foot as much as possible using a rented golf cart and scooter to get around the village.


Still set on walking down the aisle, Joanne and her two older brothers took the cart across the covered bridge where they parked and proceeded to walk down the aisle to a tune from her favourite movie “True Romance.”


“I always joked with Jordon all through the past 10 years ‘When I walk down the aisle, I’m walking down to this tune,’” she said.

“The song got him, because we have been talking about it for so long he totally choked up, and I wouldn’t say fully cry but he choked up, when he saw me coming around the corner and that song kicked in and it was because we talked about it for so long.”


Following the ceremony, the couple along with their family, decided to stay at their ceremony space to take photos at the heart-shaped rock when a special guest stopped by.

Nancy Greene Raine, who happened to be walking  Sun Peaks’ golf course while playing a round, stopped to  offer her congratulations to the couple.


“You could never plan that. We were all just like, ‘What? That’s awesome,’” said Joanna.


The couple then joined their guests inside the ballroom sharing their first dance to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.


“It was my dream wedding. It was perfect,” said Joanna.

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