Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre Wedding | Tara Lilly Photography | Kat + Brett

Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre Wedding | Tara Lilly Photography | Kat + Brett

Kat and Brett tied the know at their Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre wedding on a beautiful sunny day in May. They made the trip from Victoria to Whistler for their nuptials to showcase the beauty of British Columbia to their international guests.

While Kat and Brett both practise medicine, they share a love for literature and their Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre wedding was decorated with some of their favourite books and quotes. Brett even compared their “how you met” story with a work of fiction:

“Why read fiction? Well, doing so reminds us that stories can be well-envisioned, well-designed and well-crafted, a perfect adjective here turning into a plot twist there — that fine-tuned craft, however, also provides an ideal contrast to the stories of reality we live, where you couldn’t write them in advance if you tried. Like this one, where the boy makes an avalanche of food, invites twelve people over for dinner, and eleven of them call within ten minutes of each other cancelling due to norovirus. The twelfth happens to be the girl, who is in the middle of studying for the biggest exam of her life and has negative time available for dinner, let alone love. But she comes because she needs to eat, and anyway, it wasn’t supposed to be a date. They’re just good friends, after all. But about two hours into it, boy and girl both come to an unspoken realization, a gaze held a second or two too long, that it could be.

Weeks pass, there are many things to do, the timing isn’t great, one of them is in full-on study mode, the other is planning a conference and heading for a long walk across France. There are many other clichéd excuses to add to the reasons why not, but trying to resist the invitation of love is like trying stare successfully at a total solar eclipse with the naked eye.

Things move reasonably fast when you know you know – and here we are. It will have been a little over three years since we started dating when we get married, and yet both of us have known from essentially date number two. Despite that time, in the grand scheme, so much of this story remains to be written. Yet the plot is the most exciting one either of us has read, and as the two main characters, we couldn’t imagine ourselves anywhere else but in each other’s book” -Brett

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Katrina and Brett knew from the moment they visited that they wanted to host a Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Wedding (SLCC).

“The moment we stepped into the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) we knew it was the perfect fit – the aesthetics and style really speak for themselves and there was this amazing sense of welcome every time we set foot in their door. Finally, we felt that it was important to support a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the cultural richness of the local indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada” -Katrina

The lovely couple also reflected on a few questions we asked them in preparing for this blog.

“People tell you that it is going to be one of the best, if not the best days of your life – and they are right! We had the most beautiful day – a relaxing morning to get ready with our closest friends & family, photos with Tara & Steve, a beautiful and intimate afternoon ceremony officiated by one of Katrina’s close family friends, followed by an evening of eating, laughing and dancing!” – Brett

“Too many to choose from!  – The joy of having so many people we love in one room to share in the celebration meant the world to us  – The moment when you see each other at the start of the aisle and it excitedly dawns on you that ‘the moment’ is FINALLY here  – Walking down the aisle as a married couple – Sneaking out of the dance party after dark to go over to the Audain art museum so Tara & Steve could take some amazing after-dark shots, giving us some fun moments to enjoy on our own amongst all the beautiful energy of the day!” – Katrina

“How simultaneously fast and slow it went by! It’s amazing how time gets completely warped in those moments in your life that matter the most.” – Katrina

“Your wedding will be your wedding. There’s really no need to live up to others’ expectations, dreams or desires, because this is your day. There will probably be bumps along the planning road, but in the grand scheme of it all, these are trivial and they make great stories. At the end of the day, marrying the person you love is the most important thing.” -Brett

Check out the bottom of the post to see Katrina and Brett’s favourite images from the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre wedding as well as all of the amazing vendors who helped put this day together!

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Honestly – how do you choose? The photos are phenomenal – they captured all of the beauty of the day and more – you guys (Tara and Steve) are extremely talented. 
Late night shots at the Audain, the one from afar where we’re standing under the black roof surrounded by various spotlights – so dramatic and artsy (ABOVE)
These two in tandem: Kat is excited about us getting married and (Brett is excited (and trying to punch air which Kat is trying to stop!)

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Videographer | Devon Burns | @becuriousinc
Planner | Brilliant Events | @brillianeventswhistler
Venue |Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre | @slccwhistler
Officiant | Trevor Fisher
Stationary |Black Stone Press Granville Island
Caterer | Whistler Cooks | @whistlercooks
Florist | A Fox in the Flowers | @afox.intheflowers
Cake | The Flour Pot | @the_flour_pot
Dress | Blush Bridal Boutique Victoria | @blushvictoria
Suit | TheTuxStore
Strings | V&G Music
DJ | Pete Cronin | @coastmountaindjs
Make-up|Farfalla | @whistleraveda
Hair | Farfalla | @whistleraveda