When Marion first contacted me about shooting her upcoming elopement at Kicking Horse, I honestly thought it might be a spam message. A friend had helped her translate the email from her native tongue of German, and it came out sounding a bit stiff. Much to my delight, Marion and her now husband Peter, are anything but stiff. It was a most joyous [slightly raucous] event, easily contained in but one gondola. Two close friends journeyed to Canada for the wedding, and their enthusiasm was enough to make up for any missing participants.
The day went something like this: pre-wedding in one suite at the Glacier Lodge; ride up the gondola with German speaking skier and marriage commissioner, Peter Menz; step off the gondola into extreme winter conditions and quickly shuffle into the Eagle's Eye restaurant; wedding ceremony [in English . . . more on this later . . . ] in a corner of the quiet restaurant; ski 4000 vertical feet in formal wedding attire with a brief stop mid-mountain for a shot of Jagermeister; ride up the chair lift just for the fun of it; a bit more skiing; back to the top for the classic Canadian wedding luncheon of bacon cheese burgers, wine, and espresso.
Their rings, when lined up just right, create an image of an inukshuk.
Flowers from the grocery store and a 'fur' coat made from a rug. We had some good laughs about both.
These two don't give themselves enough credit for their proficiency in English. That said, neither one is fluent. And so I was a bit surprised to hear that they chose to do their vows in English rather than German. But here's the thing, they were some of the most heartfelt vows I've heard to date. Peter and Marion had spent hours practicing these words, making certain to understand their meaning, their relevance. They spoke slowly, clearly, beautifully, and they meant every single word. It was powerful.
Skiing this run with Peter made me want to add a tailcoat to my collection of ski attire. So good.