you could say, vanessa and craig became “vanessa and craig” because of osoyoos. they went to the same high school together [as did i, with them!] but craig is four years older than vanessa — and that’s a lot of “grades” apart when you’re fourteen. vanessa and i were both friends with morgan, craig’s younger sister and the last few years of high school their families started to become friends. they’d spent a couple weekends a summer in osoyoos together. one trip in particular, craig and vanessa both needed to leave after the rest of their families. he offered vanessa a ride and on the four hour drive, they realized the other was pretty great.
it only makes sense that three years later, vanessa & craig would become husband and wife in the very town that means so much to them and their families. i was honoured to drive up for her thursday wedding this week–it was a thirty-six hour trip for me, but i would not have wanted to miss celebrating this day with her. craig has been in australia for the last six years [yes they’ve been long-distance the whole time, except for a few months a year!] studying to become a doctor. he graduates in a few months. vanessa will be moving to australia in a few days with him for the next two to three years as he finishes his residency after his doctorate. i will miss our coffee dates but i know vanessa + craig have wonderful things in store for them in australia together.
their wedding ceremony + reception all took place at the beautiful spirit ridge resort & winery way up on the hill in osoyoos. it was an insanely windy day. we drove all over for a couple hours taking photos of their huge bridal party [love it. love lots of friends everywhere! hah!] — and were almost blown to pieces a few times, specifically in the photos of vanessa+craig on the mountaintop. woah. during their rooftop ceremony, we could literally see swirls of dust down below as the weather changed from sunny to overcast to sunny to overcast. the aisle runner, the arch, the registry table — all had people in charge of holding them down to beat the wind! nothing could have ruined yesterday — and all worked out beautifully.