Picture this: a wedding where the floor is covered in sparkling white snow and surrounded by incredible towering pine trees emitting their beautiful fresh scent throughout the air. Sounds like something straight out of Frozen or Narnia, right? We thought so too until we saw how newlyweds Carly and Samual turned this Winter fantasyland into a reality when they said their ‘I dos’ at Le Grand Lodge, Mont Tremblant.
Bride Carly knew from the very beginning that her dream wedding would take place in her home country of Canada but was a little hesitant initially at the idea of a Winter wedding.
“I am originally from Canada and have a lot of older family who can’t travel half way across the world to Australia. I said, “perfect! We will get married in Canada in the Summer!” Sam was not having any of it and said we could not make people travel all the way from Australia to spend time in Canada in the Summer and that it was only fair they got to see snow! Although I wasn’t set on a winter wedding, I eventually fell in love with the idea,” says Carly
Searching for a location that would be the perfect combination of fun for all guests and was guaranteed to have snow, the two agreed that Le Grand Lodge, Mont Tremblant was their ideal venue.
“Our hope was that since everyone was travelling at least eight hours to be there, they would turn it into a holiday and explore the beautiful region with all its amazing activities on offer,” explains Carly.
After saying their vows surrounded by the gorgeous Canadian scenery, the celebrations moved indoors to one of Le Grand Lodge’s function rooms where views of a frozen lake and crisp white snow greeted them. And if the venue’s open double fire place wasn’t enough to heat up the celebrations, groom Samual’s mum was on hand with some fiery entertainment!
“Sam’s mum is very into dancing and she had brought her tap shoes with her and told us she was going to do a dance with my mum at the reception! Sam and I were not really keen on this taking place and mentioned the situation to our MC. He thought it was hilarious and decided to egg the situation on throughout the night. Instead of having people clink their glasses for us to kiss, he made it so they would have to get up in front of the head table and tap dance. It ended up making the night hilarious throughout,” says Carly. “It was pretty on par with our Best Man dropping his pants and marching out for his speech in a pair of very short football shorts!”
Of course having their wedding celebrations so far from home meant that Carly and Samual couldn’t actually see the venue until they were already there. While this could have deterred some, Carly made it work!
“I basically just got as many photos as possible of other events that had been there as well as floor plans and worked out my layout that way. The wedding coordinator emailed me a lot of photos along with table sizes and information on how previous functions were set up. Lucky for me, my stylist ended up planning a full wedding there in the months leading up to mine and gave me some really great tips on the layout and her thoughts on where everything should go,” says Carly.
It’s no secret that a destination wedding can be tricky but Carly has some fantastic advice for future brides-to-be. “It doesn’t need to be your typical cookie cutter wedding. A lot of people assume that they will just have to use what the venue supplies or suggests and that their wedding will look the same as every other wedding the venue has held. This is so far from the truth! With today’s technology and social media, planning your dream destination wedding is easy to achieve. Hire a stylist so you can ensure your dream comes to life and don’t be afraid to ask 101 questions if that’s what it takes.”
Wedding date: 14 January, 2017 // Number of guests: 65 // Wedding location: Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant // Stylist: Brittany Frid from Satin & Snow and Daniele Bouchard from Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant // Photography: Graham Murray Photography // Dress: Jeanette Winchester Designs // Honeymoon: Cancun, Mexico