The Mountains of Squamish, British Columbia, Were the Perfect Backdrop to This Rustic Wedding
Much of Danica Jayme (29 and an occupational therapist) and Colin Mayer’s (31 and a teacher) relationship blossomed over “hiking, skiing and exploring the ocean and mountains of British Columbia.” So it was only fitting that their wedding north of Vancouver, among the foothills of the sweeping peaks of Canada’s Pacific coast, embody an “ocean-meets-mountain” aesthetic with a blue-and-green color palette. And for a couple whose love of nature is central to their relationship (Danica is a plant mom to 31 seedlings!), a wedding that was “as close to zero-waste as possible” was a top priority. “This meant no mailed paper invitations, no single-use plastic products like balloons, and reusing or upcycling as much as we could from our friend network,” explains Danica. "While planning sustainably, you don’t have to tackle all the world’s environmental issues at once. Pick a few areas where you can make a difference and commit to them. Going zero-waste and supporting local vendors were our two achievable foci that reflect who we are and helped shape our vision." In an effort to make their wedding more sustainable, “it was important to us that we supported as many local companies and vendors as we could,” says Danica. One British Columbia–based company the couple supported through their wedding fashion was sustainable footwear brand Casca. Colin and his groomsmen donned Casca’s dusty blue kicks to complement their navy suits. Additionally, guests departed the wedding with thoughtful and sustainable favors. The couple ordered cookies from a company that upcycles spent grain from breweries into flour for baking. Then they encased the treats in reusable beeswax wrappers. "We focused on tangible and inclusive sustainable actions that still allowed us to feel like the wedding was ours. Throughout the process, we learned that simplicity is key for a sustainable wedding," says Danica.