Best Places to tie the Knot
Photo by Dave Steers
1. The Paragliding Launch. Pemberton's newly upgraded paragliding launch, built this summer in cooperation with the Pemberton Valley Trails Association, makes it easy to say “I do” while standing on top of the world. The launch is a spectacular place to get married. After the ceremony, guests can catch paragliding lifts with tandem pilots (or descend by mountain bike, horseback ride or four-wheel drive) to the reception at the Airport Barn, where planes are pulled out of the hangar just for the occasion. And Pemberton's “First Couple of Flying,” Jim and Corinne Orava, take off from perfectly good mountaintops on a regular basis. Their guiding company, Cayoosh Expeditions, has created action sequences for movies and television, so conducting a grand entrance into a wedding ceremony, or providing a dramatic nuptial venue, is no problem for the practiced paragliding duo.
2. Van Loon's Pemberton Valley Farms. When Pemberton seed potato farmers Marty and Andrea Van Loon got married, they did it old school – a church ceremony followed by a reception at a golf course. But when young locals Lon and Megan Flath went looking for a venue that would rock tradition, the Van Loons offered up their 200-acres – and discovered a new purpose for their family’s working farm. Now the private setting on the banks of a salmon-spawning stream boasts a new, 1,000-square-foot, timber frame, open-air gazebo -- and the Van Loon family farm is firmly ensconced at the heart of both agri-tourism and the burgeoning, eco-friendly 100-Mile Wedding movement.
3. Pemberton and District Museum. The local museum is a charming and romantic place to make new history. The oldest building in Pemberton – a hand-hewn cedar house built in 1894 by pioneer Will Miller -- nestles into the Museum grounds. Run by local volunteers for 22 of its 25 years, the museum site is used for weddings, photography shoots, firearms training, luncheons, musical concerts, movie nights, baby showers, quilt shows, Pemberton’s Country Fair and the annual Strawberry Tea. These events contribute to the museum’s 8,000 visitors per year.
4. Big Sky Golf and Country Club. Courtney Foxgord understands what it's like to love golf almost more than anything else. Big Sky’s accomplished head golf pro also doubles as the club’s Director of Sales and Marketing – and loves golf so much that she particularly understands when people want to get hitched just past the 9th hole. She'll even make the golf-carts available for the wedding party... provided they promise to shoot for a hole in one.
5. Drumkeeran House on Ivey Lake. Set on the only trophy fly-fishing lake in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, Drumkeeran House on Ivey lake is a special site for weddings for people who have hooked the love of their lives and want to share the occasion in a country retreat inspired by Scottish hunting lodges.
6. North Arm Farm. This working farm allows visitors to wander the fields, pick their own, ride wagons to harvest pumpkins and generally enjoy a taste of the pastoral life. While the chance to feed ducks and pigs makes this a favourite spot for families, and foodies love the café and bakery, North Arm also caters to sweethearts. Weddings here may see the bridal party and family head out to pick their own flowers for bouquets, table decorations and even groom-built bowers. Vows get exchanged by North Arm’s riverside, among towering sunflowers, ripe strawberries and fragrant flowers. Full onsite catering can be provided by award-winning chef Maxim Ridorrossi and pastry-queen Jenna Dashney, both of the TheFoodlovers.ca
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