Ashley & Rob

Ashley and Rob McKay were married in Fernie on a beautiful summer day in the summer of 2016. The couple first came to Fernie shortly after they met, and admit that they quickly fell in love with our town. Just a year later, they purchased a condo here and Fernie became a weekend getaway from their home in Calgary. 
 
When they became engaged, it was an easy decision on location. “It seemed only fitting that we bring our friends and family to Fernie for our big day,” Ashley says. And once location was decided, they locked in a date with Island Lake Lodge. 
 
The ceremony took place at the beautiful “I Dew” Point, overlooking the lake with the dramatic peaks of the Lizard Range beyond.  Ashley and Rob were going for a simple but elegant theme, with some rustic décor to match Island Lake’s mountain feel. They added a lot of greenery with their flower arrangements, and Ashley says she kept her dress in line with the theme through simple lace and no train. “It made it easy to walk around on top of the mountains for photos,” she adds. The couple were after some iconic mountain top photos, and photographer Kyle Hamilton delivered with the help of Ascent Helicopters. 
 
Ashley went with Sparrow for Hair for the bridal party, and 901 Fernie for makeup and spa treatments. As they both follow a Paleo diet they asked Ashley’s sister to make a  chocolate and orange cake and cupcakes that were a hit. Green Petal provided all of the flower arrangements, and of course Island Lake the catering. “The food was outstanding,” Ashley adds.
 
Ashley and Rob welcomed 85 people to their wedding celebrations, many whom came early to enjoy all that Fernie has to offer. “Our families are mostly from Newfoundland and Ontario, so the mountains were definitely the highlight for most people,” they say. The guests spent their extra time hiking the many trails available here, exploring the downtown area to shop and trying out the restaurants and cafés. Some even took to the skies with a helicopter tour to get the full view of the valley.
 
The wedding and time spent with close family and friends was a special time for Ashley and Rob, and they were happy with their choice of Fernie. 
 
Q&A 
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET MARRIED IN FERNIE? 
We first came to Fernie shortly after we started dating and quickly fell in love with the place! It was only fitting to bring our family and friends to Fernie to celebrate our big day!
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? 
Exchanging our vows and becoming husband and wife in front of our closest family and friends, surrounded by mountains.
 
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THOSE PLANNING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY? 
Two things come to mind: 
Pick your dream location and make sure that they know how to execute weddings. Island Lake Lodge hosts many weddings every year and have perfected and simplified everything for the couple. Spend very little time on Pinterest! It is too easy to become overwhelmed by all of the new trends and “must dos”… figure out what is really important to you as a couple and focus on making that happen!
 
WHAT WERE SOME UNIQUE ELEMENTS TO YOUR WEDDING THAT REALLY STAND OUT - THINGS YOU TRIED TO DO DIFFERENTLY?
We decided to do a first look and get our pictures taken prior to the ceremony. I would highly recommend it. First it allows the couple to really have an intimate moment alone and second we were able to then spend more time with our guests at cocktail hour, which was very important to us.
 
Wedding Gallery
Photographer: Kyle Hamilton Photography
 
  
 
 
Ashley & Rob