House of the Friesians – Inveremere, BC
I have to admit that although I live just a few hours from Inveremere, BC I have never really visited the region. So, when Stephenie and Matt told us about their wedding at the House of the Friesians, I had to do some research. What I found however was of no comparison to the absolute beauty of the region and the venue itself. Located approximately 20 minutes outside of the town of Inveremere, the House of the Friesians sits on 160 acres of incredible majesty.
The site is equipped with a stunning cabin, perfect for the bride and her girls to get ready in, along with a large stable that has an upstairs level which has been transformed into the perfect area for the groom and his guys.
The outdoor ceremony site offers an incredible view of the Kootenay’s. The reception hall features a floor to ceiling glass wall so the view of the mountains is never lost. Equipped with an outdoor dance floor and overhead lights, this is one of the most beautiful venues we have ever photographed at. If you watch closely, this facility and it’s horses have been featured in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.
The owners of the property, Caio and Gerard, were nothing but incredible and offered advice on our initial arrival that while meant for driving to the location, carries over well into regular life. While I pride myself on being good with directions, I wasn’t sure I was on the right road, when all of a sudden I cam across a family sitting at a picnic table next to their house. Caio simply directed me further on down the road with the simple calm words ‘When you are unsure of where you are, simply push on and you will arrive where you should be’.
With that in mind, we followed the road just a short distance further and we arrived right where we needed to be. Caio and Gerard are a fantastic couple with a super interesting background, if visiting the site, I encourage you to talk with them about their past and how they have arrived at this point in their life.
The Big Day
We started the day photographing the bride and her girls in what we referred to as the ‘Getting Ready Cabin’. Stephenie and her girls were so much fun and there were no shortage of smiles and laughs as they prepared for the big day. I meanwhile, went to the stable and photographed Matt and his guys. In typical guy fashion, they were ready in under 6 minutes which led to some rapid shooting to capture everything. The stable living area is so large that it was actually quite difficult to ensure that I captured all the guys and the action.
As the ceremony time approached, we made the short walk through the trees to the ceremony site. As the time approached, the guys walked through the path emerging from the trees while stunning bridesmaids came down a grassy path to the ceremony site. At that moment we heard singing coming from the private road back in the trees and heard the sound of large hooves galloping.
Moments later, our stunning bride emerged from the trees in a carriage pulled by a beautiful black horse and was brought to the head of the aisle. The ceremony, overlooking the mountain valley, was officiated by the bride’s father which was a special touch that the bride will hold dear for the rest of her life.
While we did the bridal party and family photos on the property, we took the bride and groom to a nearby site for their formal photographs. We loved the dramatic look offered by the cliffs that overlook the mountains and lake below. The weather was perfect as the sun provided a great warmth while the slight breeze provided a welcome relief.
Dinner and Dancing
We traveled back to the House of the Friesians for the reception which was catered by my new favorite catering vendor, Farm + Fork Catered Events. Based out of Calgary, this vendor also traveled to create an absolutely incredible meal. I totally recommend their ’24 Hour Hickory Smoked 7k Ranch Beef Brisket’ – I literally could have eaten nothing but that and been totally satisfied. The added ‘Honey Glazed Wood Smoked Chicken’, ‘Three Cheese Mac N Cheese’ and the ‘Smoked Cheddar Pomme Puree’ (mashed potatoes) topped off this incredible meal and were equally amazing.
When the meal and speeches concluded, the party moved outside where the bride and groom shared their first dance under a beautiful sky highlighted against the mountain backdrop. When we left, the party was getting into full swing and am sure that it went well into the night.
We also got to work with the great people at the Camera Crew Co. who provided videography for day. A totally professional videography company that we look forward to working with again.
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