In 2010, I married my best friend!
Fast forward to Nov 2015, and we’re celebrating our 5th anniversary!! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. The coolest part is that my long time friend and colleague Jamie, who’s been a part of our journey was there to capture our milestone.
One of our all-time favourite weekend getaway spots while we were living in Vancouver was Whistler Mountain.
The three of us got into our gondola, and we watched as bikers sped downhill and took in all the colours of plants below us. Halfway up we spotted a black bear; he was just chillin’ in the grass. Of course, there were people standing just a few feet away from it taking photos – no big deal.
When we got to the top of Whistler, we stepped out into the endlessness of nature; no tall concrete buildings, nothing but the fresh scent of mountain air, and the rustling of the grass as the wind blows through. It was truly invigorating!
As photographers, we are rarely ever in front of the camera. In fact, being in front of the camera actually, makes us quite nervous! (So, Future Brides, we know how you feel!).
How did we conquer this fear? We did shots of tequila of course!!! (Note – This method may not be for everyone!! Maybe you’re a whiskey couple… jk)
Even though this was clearly a planned photo shoot, it started to feel more like we were just out doing what we normally do on weekends; hiking, enjoying nature and taking in the beauty of BC.
We explored the trails and discovered some amazing vistas! The trees towered over us and the late summer colours were incredible. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!
Jon was like a kid in a candy shop – only the candy was a bright red helicopter. We all watched as the helicopter took off and landed from their sightseeing tours. If only we had the cash to go up ourselves! (Maybe for the 10th anniversary!)
A quick ‘costume change’ behind a tree was executed, and we snapped a few more casual shots up top. Before we knew it, 2 hours had passed, and we realized we were starving.
We made our way back to the gondolas to head down to the village.
We headed to our fave spot to grab some dinner; Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub. They have an amazing year-round patio right at the base of Blackcomb. During the winter, we love to warm up by the outdoor fire pit and have a beer after snowboarding all day.
We needed to refuel before the second part of our adventure; The Search for The Whistler Train Wreck!
I had found the Whistler Train Wreck previously through another photographer’s work. None of us had been there before, but it just sounded too cool not to see!
The parking lot was about a 10-minute drive away from The Village, followed by a 25-minute walk through winding zig-zag unmarked trails. We found a few awesome spots along the way and a couple amazing waterfalls! (Since this photo shoot, they’ve built a bridge and a proper trail to the train wreck and it’s a heck of a lot easier to get to!)
After thinking it was just around the corner for the third time, I started to think we might not find the train wreck before it got dark. However, Jon was sure that Google Maps was leading us in the right direction, and told us to trust him.
We came around a bend and ahead of us there it was…. train cars! About a dozen cars – all abandoned, old, rusty, and covered in graffiti.
Finding something so out of place in the forest had a very surreal feel to it. All of us were stoked to have finally found the site, but after a bit of exploring in and out of the train carriages, there was almost an eerie ghostly feeling to it. It made for a cool grungy look!
As we started to lose more light, we made our way back to our cars and raced the sunset home along the Sea to Sky highway. It was truly an adventure that I will never forget. (And I slept like a log that night!)
We are truly grateful to Jamie for joining us on this adventure, and we hope we get to do it again for our 10th!