Kimberly's Wedding Day


As a wedding planner, I get the questions all the time about how bridal parties are supposed to line up, what are good first dance songs, and what in the world is a "recessional"? But occasionally, I get the question that I always love answering - what was it like to be a wedding planner and getting married yourself?

Firstly to get this out of the way, I did plan my own wedding, and yes, I did hire a day-of coordinator as well (Marcie Gaukrodger of Bliss Events in Whistler).

And as my husband and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary (today!), there are so many things that remember clear as day as if it were yesterday.

My husband and I both decided to plan our wedding outside of the city, as part of the mentality of "you don't sleep where you work". In other words, we followed suit with so many Toronto wedding professionals before us, who left the city to get married elsewhere. But due to my lack of interest in getting married on a beach, we chose something completely different -- the mountains.

Yes, my husband and I are mountain people. And where better to actually say "I do" than Whistler, British Columbia. Accessible, beautiful and unique, and home of the 2010 Olympics. In fact, it was during the Olympics where he and I decided that Whistler particularly was the place we were going to end up being.

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Although originally we wanted to have a mountaintop ceremony, we later decided to do a valley ceremony at the beautiful Nicklaus North Golf Club overlooking a manmade lake and peaks in the background. Our guests would be staring into the view of the beautiful landscape as we said our vows.

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We enlisted the service of a fantastic celebrant, Michele Davidson, who hand crafted our wedding ceremony from scratch, with personalized interviews and anecdotes. Both my husban