A Bella Coola Wedding
‘Right where it all began’
I knew this wedding would be special. I’d heard so many great things about Bella Coola, a small town just shy of 1000 km north of Vancouver. I decided to drive up, spending 2 days checking out more of interior British Columbia on the way there, and 2 days on the way back. Such a beautiful part of the world. But Bella Coola literally took my breath away. Absolutely stunning. The Bella Coola tourism website describes it as “an isolated, wilderness paradise”. They aren’t wrong.
Shannon had emailed me the following, which gave me a vision for their wedding and had me super excited for their day.
“Clark is a heli faller on the BC Coast and we are both very outdoorsy people so the wedding is very country casual, decor will be burlap and lace with antique items. Everything will be outside on the property. All food will be items that we personally have fished, hunted or grown.”
It was true to what represented them. One of my favourite moments, was at the end of the ceremony, after the ring exchange for something that was totally unexpected. They are both hunters and it was a sweet way to end the ceremony (you’ll have to scroll down to the images to see).
Shannon & Clark’s friends and their family, as well as all the Bella Coola locals were all amazing. Shannon’s brother Daniel conducted the ceremony and it was really easy to fall in love with Allie and Harley. And I definitely won’t be forgetting the country dancing at night .. These guys know how to throw a party. Finally a massive thanks also to my good friend Nate Perkes for joining me for the ride. Good times brother. Good times.
Onto the story.. a wedding years later at the same grounds where Clark and Shannon first met.
Shannon & Clark
3rd August 2013
The day of the wedding …
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A shout out to these awesome vendors:
Ceremony location: Bella Coola Grizzly Tours
Second Shooter: Nate Perkes
Band : AKA – A local Bella Coola Band
Florist: Heather Bowling
Make up Artist: Vicky Hamilton
Hair stylist: Christine Diguistini
Wedding Dress: Lisa’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Various
Men’s jeans and shirts: American Eagle