Amanda and Andrew… affectionnately known as Mandrew.
These two are lovers, givers, travellers… life is an adventure for them. They love to experience.
It wasn’t a shock to hear that their wedding celebration would be a weekend-long event, all taking place on the beautiful grounds of Big Bar Ranch in Clinton, BC. I have to admit – I have never seen a family pull together to make such a unique and meaningful celebration take place. From family travelling in from all over, including Australia, commiting an entire weekend to the celebration, an Aunt taking on the task of wedding co-ordinator, another doing all the florals (just wait until you see these!), great friends acting as MC’s, a friend teaching morning yoga, the list goes on…
Friday consisted of a delicious meal put on by the ranch staff, a dance choreographed and performed by cousins, and a bonfire complete with S’mores, hot chocolate, coffee, and all other things to keep warm.
Saturday, Amanda spent the morning getting ready and ensuring that everyone received their wedding favours. In fact, she is the person soley responsible for my obsession with Hanky Panky Underwear (too much info? I think not. They’re fantastic, and ladies, you should go buy yourself a pair or five). The guys drank some beer brewed by Andrew himself.
The ceremony took place in a golden field on the edge of the mountain overlooking a lake filled valley, with unobstructed views of the mountains in the background. It is possibly the most beautiful ceremony location I have photographed at, ever. The weather decided to play games with us and after some morning drizzles, full-on poured 5 minutes after the ceremony ended. The wedding party was driven back to the ranch by the ranch staff, while Ryan (my wonderful brother, and second photographer!) walked back in the rain. It was rather refreshing, actually! After some drying up, the skies cleared with the most beautiful and dramatic light and the couple’s portrait session and wedding party portraits took place.
The reception took place on the grounds outside the main dining room, “seat yourself, get to know your other table-friends”, style. It was a little chilly, so after dinner the ceremony relocated to the Great Room. This was the coziest reception space. The stone fireplace was lit and everyone snuggled on and around the couches in the Great Room for speeches and toasts.
Sunday morning was a late start for many, but the festivities resumed with a farewell brunch, horseback riding, canoeing, and other Ranch activities. Not only is Big Bar Ranch a spectacular location for a wedding, but it is also a great place for a family vacation (Amber and Bryan are fantastic!) You can even take your dog!
There are so many more details from this wedding that I could share, but, you’d be reading forever and I am sure you just want to get to the gold. Enjoy the pictures!