Sun Peaks wedding: Cait + Matt

Cait and Matt’s Sun Peaks wedding took place on (Canadian) Thanksgiving! I absolutely loved that they celebrated this holiday with their family and friends in a beautiful and fun mountain town! Whenever a couple chooses a destination that’s a bit further away from Vancouver, they automatically create a different kind of experience for their guests! In this case, I’m sure they took over pretty much the entire town!

Before we met Cait and Matt, Jelger and I hadn’t heard of Sun Peaks yet, let alone photographed a wedding there. Matt told us how he and his family would often go ski in the resort. So the village that’s snugly hidden away in the mountains means a lot to him. And since the couple met, they’ve together created a lot of new memories there!

We arrived at Sun Peaks resort the day before the wedding, under a blanket of hazy clouds. Luckily, things turned around on the morning of the wedding. The skies cleared up and made way for the sun, making it almost look like Summer. But the chilly Fall temperatures urged the girls to wrap themselves in the cute scarfs Cait had given them as a bridesmaid gift. At one moment, the bridesmaids even used their collective body heat to warm Cait up, hahaha. They looked like an adorable group of penguins. 😉 Such troopers!

The wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place on the grand terrace of the Sun Peaks Grand with an amazing view on the mountains in the background. Unlike during the photo shoot, no heat-retaining scarfs were available. But all the more laughter, beautiful moments and cozy blankets (for the guests)!

Shortly before the reception, Cait and Matt snuck out with us for a few golden-hour photos! This was definitely my favorite part of the day, because we don’t always get this opportunity. Add to that the stunning views of Sun Peaks and the sweetest wedding couple! We were in photographer heaven. 😉

Party time

The guests of the bride and groom started the reception off with a bang! Or rather with a song. After the wedding couple had entered the ballroom of the Sun Peaks Grand, the crowd joined in a big serenade. I’ve NEVER seen a family sing that much during a wedding. I was fantastic! And whenever the guests wanted to see Cait and Matt kiss, they had to sing an additional song. And perform they did, with true conviction! 😀

On a totally different note, I adored their reinvention of the wedding hashtag! Usually it seems that when couples create a wedding hashtag, only 3 people actually use it: the wedding couple, the wedding photographer (lol) and 1 enthusiastic guest. Well, Cait and Matt had the perfect remedy! During their reception, they invited their guests to take a selfie and post it on Instagram with their custom wedding hashtag. What a perfect plan to create a fun, easy memory of all your friends and family at the wedding reception!! And of course, use of imagination is highly encouraged, like a few guests proved, lol. 

The dance party kept going until the wee hours, I’m sure! Which is why we were surprised to meet Cait and Matt while having breakfast the next morning. Jelger and I were having coffee before hitting the road when the couple walked into the same coffe shop!! What are the odds, but then again I told you they took over the town, haha.

Cait and Matt, thank you so much for having us join you and your family for your amazing wedding in Sun Peaks resort. We loved being a part of it!

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PS: I usually don’t share a lot of decor photos, but I just had to share their adorable table settings! It felt perfect for Thanksgiving, and the Winter season but without being “Christmassy”. Also, the guest favours (amazing smelling soaps on a cute soap dish) were a team effort of Cait’s family, who made everything by hand! <3

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