'There are no friends on a powder day.' Or so the saying goes among skiers. It's inevitable. The snow begins to envelope the hills in its sweet tastiness and otherwise great plans give way to the quest for face shots and long days of knee-deep powder. This is true...unless you are Joanne & Jake.
Only such a power couple - so full of life - could draw up plans for a wedding that would trump this powder-day rule...and bring in a guest list chalk full of outdoor aficionados, Skiing Magazine adventurers, and do I say it - Canadians.
On Sunday, the Canadians brought the weather with them. And the fun too.
Joanne & Jake are the type of people you can't help but admire. They are the creative types. Adventurers. Authentic, no holds barred. All with the sort of humility that many aspire to but few attain. Joanne is a well-traveled, sharp-shooting architect. Jake - the Editor-in-Chief of Skiing Magazine: see also witty journalist guised as a ski bum. Put the two together, give them a map - and you've got a story worth listening to. Sit down. Grab a beer. They will make you laugh.
Given this combination, it was with deep respect that the task of shooting their wedding would become. They know photography. They know clean lines and soft light and composition. But more than that, they understand what is real, what is true, what is them.
Thank you, Jake & Joanne, for the honor and trust of documenting your special day - and more than that, for a glimpse into your lives and the people you choose to share it with.
Some boast skills with the suit-and-tie knot. Others are more suited for knots of the mountain climbing variety.
*see above. Some find adventure anywhere, any time. Case in point: This is how Jake spent his time waiting to see Joanne for the first time.
For the first time. (The incredible Jessica of The Face Lab did Joanne's make-up.)
Back to their roots (and her boots) for some outdoor frolicking.
(Note: They do not frolick on a regular basis - despite appearing otherwise well-suited for J. Crew. I say this because they fear the very idea of that or anything that resembles a romantic comedy.)
I never said they didn't know how to have fun!
American Gothic. Scratch that - Canadian Gothic.
Flowers via European Flower Shop.
Did I mention they will make you laugh? I guess this proves it's never too late to become what you might have been.
The big moment.
The details of their day were amazing - organic and simple. These designs were brought to life by the very-talented Heather Dwight of Calluna Events. Alli at BirdDog Press hand-crafted the place cards and table numbers.
A family full of writers makes for a series of toasts worthy of publishing. Everyone had a go at the mic - even the littlest lady of the family put in her two cents. As a finale to a series of 4 or 5 speeches, Jake toasted Joanne in a laugh-till-you-cry speech.
Loved their cupcakes - the unique cupcake flags courtesy of the exquisite Alli at BirdDog Press.
Congrats Joanne & Jake! You truly set the bar high for what it means to live with joy, intensity and spontaneity. Enjoy the surf in Costa Rica, my friends.
A big thank you to Colby Brown for joining to shoot.