Saturday, August 23, 2014

Julie & Kyle's Gorgeous Mountain Wedding (or, HitchBOT, the Robotic Wedding Crasher)

Julie and Kyle had a beautiful wedding on top of a mountain on August 9th, 2014 and I was lucky enough to be in the bridal party with Lindsey and Emmanuelle. I had the opportunity to spend time with and get to know amazing girls for the week.  On the way to the wedding in Golden, British Columbia, we stopped at Nourish Bistro (Fabulous food!) and bonded over lunch. Now, I don't have too many photos to share, but here are the stories and photos I took on my phone! (apparently it takes a month for photographers to edit and send back official wedding photos)

Sunset photo from 6:8 photography

Co- Maid of Honour Fun

So, I'll admit that the few days leading up to the wedding were packed with hectic activities - but wow, was it all ever leading to an amazing event. An event that went incredibly smoothly - the food, the venue, the speeches (including their length!), the schedule, the timing of the break for Julie and Kyle to have sunset photos before dessert....just perfect.

There was a slight mishap with my sandal (thanks to all the mountain hiking type activities for the photos!), but we managed to fix it with a safety pin and some Duck tape! Julie and Kyle actually had to CLIMB the mountain in their wedding clothes to get some of the amazing photos they have. The photographers were scaling the mountain!

Although I was a bit nervous for my speech, I think it went well! Lindsay and I went up together and did our own speeches. My speech is here, if you'd like to read it. 

Best Party Ever

5:30 am makeup and hair appointments, nail appointments, planning and Shopper's Drug Mart runs lead us to one of the best parties I have ever been to. The ceremony was on top of a CLIFF. Yes, that's right. An Alberta mountain cliff at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It was a short and lovely ceremony, followed by cocktail hour (ie: lots of coordinating people for their family photos), and a lovely dinner with speeches (venison or salmon, or a potato and roast veggies dish).  Then, chocolate ganache for dessert. 

After that, it was wine, wedding cake, and drinking time. What a fabulous party (on top of a mountain, too!)

If you'd like to see the photographers' wedding day slideshow (a few photos), click here.

HitchBOT, the Robotic Wedding Crasher

Who is HitchBOT? Check out his Twitter page!  University of McMaster researchers decided to conduct a social experiment on how Canadians treat technology, and basically left a robot on the side of a highway, with a website address and instructions that said he was to "hitchhike" across the country and make it to Victoria, BC (from the east coast). He started his journey about a week and a half before Julie and Kyle's wedding.

Neither Julie, Kyle, nor I had ever heard of HitchBOT...until he crashed the wedding! A few of Julie's friends had found him near a highway sign, picked him up, and brought him along. I was even in the gondola with him on the way down!

HitchBOT talks, can be carried on your shoulders, has a webcam, and has many souvenirs from his journey (a wedding favour tucked into his belt, for example). He hitchhiked to many different cities, and one of the groomsmen even got Air North to agree (via Twitter) to take HitchBOT to Whitehorse so he could see the Canadian North before heading back to BC! Now, he is hanging out at an art gallery in Victoria, BC.

Now, this made national news and local papers, as did a photo of Julie and Kyle and the MC dancing with HitchBOT!  Check out the Toronto Star article here and the Metro news article here.

So, I used to think that I wouldn't want a 100 or 120 person wedding. 

Julie and Kyle, your wedding was so beautiful, it made me want one, too. 

Here's to your future together!

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