When Katey and Jordan got engaged, she told him she “would marry him barefoot in the woods – the details didn’t matter.” Before filling you in on some details, take a peek at the candid shot of the moment Jordan proposed. All the feels, right?
Anyway, these two took Katey’s wildly romantic wish and let it guide all their wedding plans, starting with their ceremony location, Bertram Creek Regional Park. There, surrounded by trees and beside Okanagan Lake, Katey and Jordan exchanged vows, got wished well by a passing deer, and got a little wild with their wedding party. Then it was on to The Laurel Packinghouse to celebrate!
How did Jordan propose?
“Jordan loves surprises. He went to great lengths to make sure I had no idea he was going to propose, including getting up in the middle of the night to look for engagement rings online so I wouldn’t catch him. Just a few weeks earlier we were discussing getting engaged when we were both done school, which was a full year away. Needless to say when he proposed a few weeks later, I was completely surprised.
We were on a road trip through the Rocky Mountains, and were spending the day hiking with Jordan’s brother and nephew. All day he was waiting for the right moment, and the right view, to pop the question. He found the perfect place in Johnston Canyon, near Lake Louise. We got off the beaten path to find a beautiful waterfall and a secret cave. Jordan handed the camera to his brother and asked him to take a photo of us near the waterfall. The next thing I knew he was down on one knee asking me to be his wife. I was thrilled. I felt so overwhelmed with happiness I couldn’t even remember which hand engagement rings go on, I just put out both hands and let him pick one!
I was pretty stubbornly independent before Jordan, and it took him a full 6 months of trying before I agreed to a date (of course once I did, I kicked myself for waiting so long!). When we told everyone the exciting news that we were engaged, he got a ton of congratulations for “taming a wild Katy.”
How did you choose your gown?
“Two of my wonderful bridesmaids surprised me by driving to Kelowna to meet me for a dress shopping weekend. I didn’t know what kind of dress I wanted, so I tried on a few in every style. I fell in love with my Astrid and Mercedes gown because I felt so comfortable in it. It was easy to sit down, move around, dance, and it had pockets! I paired it with a flower crown and felt like a princess all day.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“My husband and I are very outdoorsy, and we really wanted to incorporate that into our wedding. When we first got engaged, I told Jordan I would marry him barefoot in the woods – the details didn’t matter, I just wanted to be his wife. Building on that, we found a beautiful wooded park near the beach in Kelowna, BC to have our wedding. The phrase “You keep me safe, I’ll keep you wild” really resonates with my husband and I. We brought that feeling into our wedding and even incorporated it into our vows. From my wildflower bouquet to the rugged landscape we chose for photos, we made sure to keep it wild.
It was also very important to us that our wedding reflected our personalities. We are both pretty laid back people – we didn’t want anything too formal, we just wanted to have a fun celebration with our family and friends. We incorporated bits of humour wherever we could. From including hilarious fake bio’s about our bridal party in the program (the rodeo star, the mad scientist, and more) to customized wedding mad libs on all the tables, these little touches made our wedding truly one of a kind.”
What was your favorite wedding day moment?
“I have two!
When we talked about getting engaged someday, Jordan always joked that he would propose to me with a ring pop candy. He didn’t, but I wanted to do something to make him smile during the ceremony and share this little inside joke. I gave the best man two ring pops to bring to the ceremony. When the commissioner asked for the rings, he pulled out the ring pops just for a second, said “Oops, wrong pocket,” and then grabbed the real rings. Jordan instantly remembered and flashed me a huge grin.
More great laughs came towards the end of the reception. We had an incredible DJ that kept people dancing all night. Not one but two of our male friends actually split their pants dancing! One managed to get a hold of some safety pins and was good for the rest of the night. The other actually got a second pair of pants from a guest who had a bag of clothes in her car, but within an hour he had split those ones, too! The fact that all our guests were having so much fun that they refused to let the night end, despite some wardrobe malfunctions, made the night so memorable.”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
“Young & Wild Okanagan Wedding”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“After the wedding, we took a “mini-moon” in Revelstoke for 4 days. It was absolutely perfect! We spent our days hiking, swimming, paddleboarding and ATVing, and relaxed in a cute little cabin each night. Now we are on to planning our real honeymoon, a 2.5 month trip to South America. We leave in November and plan to backpack around Chile and Argentina soaking in the beautiful landscapes, culture, and of course a lot of wine. So begins our lifelong commitment to keep each other wild.”
Katey + Jordan’s Kelowna Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Lovely via Lillian Wild Bridal | photography: Jordana Dickson Photography |
bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Group | venues: Bertram Creek Park and the Laurel Packing House| stationary: Kia Lapointe |
DJ: DJ Shakes | hair + makeup: Unique Impressions, Brandie Elfstrom Mobile Hair & Makeup, and Meghan Brady | catering: Crumbs of Comfort