Rachelle jestingly credits meeting Jason—the handsome man she spotted at a St. Patrick’s Day party—to the luck of the Irish. “I was on a ‘man fast’ and was by no means looking for Mr. Right,” Rachelle explained, “but mutual friends introduced us and tricked us into believing the other person was interested. We still chuckle about who liked who first.” Later, when Jason whisked Rachelle away on a surprise vacation and proposed on a candlelit balcony, she recalled feeling as though she were caught up in a whirlwind, but she was sure of her answer. “I remember being overjoyed and so excited to say yes to my best friend,” she said.
For their ceremony venue, the two British Columbians chose See Ya Later Ranch in the Okanagan Valley. “We searched the Okanagan high and low for the ‘perfect spot,’” Rachelle said. “See Ya Later Ranch was suggested to us, and it was the ideal locale for our ceremony, reflecting the beauty of the outdoors and the simplicity of decades gone by.” To complement the rustic vibe of the venue, Jason and Rachelle filled their wedding—photographed by the talented Brooke and Michele of White Linen Photography—with a variety of homemade details, including handwritten signs, a seating chart hand-lettered on an old window pane, fabric bunting, and made-from-scratch saskatoon-rhubarb jam favors. “To this day, I think it’s a slight miracle that I was able to pull the whole thing off,” Rachelle insisted. “I really do have to give credit to my girlfriends and family, who made it all come together.”
Photography: White Linen Photography / Ceremony venue: See Ya Later Ranch / Reception venue: Penticton Golf & Country Club / Flowers: Edgy Petals / Cake: Chandra Petreney / Catering: Penticton Golf & Country Club / Harpist: Debi Johnson / DJ: Russ Treit of Affordable Quality Music Services / Bride’s gown: “Festin” by Pronovias / Veil: Perch Designs / Bride’s shoes: Nordstrom / Hair and makeup: Heidi of Avenue Beauty / Groom and groomsmen attire: Moore’s / Invitations: Handmade by the bride / Favors: Handmade by the bride / Guest book: Hand-drawn by one of the bridesmaids