Wedding dreams take flight

When Marco del Fierro popped the question, he and his bride-to-be Ann Marie Miller knew exactly where they would tie the knot

When Ann Marie Miller saw an online deal for a trip to Whistler, she had no idea that a three-day trip with her boyfriend Marco del Fierro would lead to the most memorable day of her life.

As Washingtonians the couple had never been to Whistler, and unbeknownst to Ann Marie, Marco had been looking for the perfect opportunity to propose.

“The second I saw the link from Ann Marie, I knew that was the place to do it,” said Marco. “I like to go all out and I wanted to propose in a big way. I don’t do boring.”

At the inukshuk on the top of Whistler, Marco co-ordinated with a Coast Mountain photographer and tricked Ann Marie into taking several photos before pulling out the ring. Before Marco could even speak, Ann Marie said, “Yes.” After photos of their proposal the two skied Peak to Creek and collapsed with shaking legs at Dusty’s to top off their Whistler experience in style with poutine and hot chocolate.

From that moment they knew Whistler was where they would get married. The hardest part wasn’t co-ordinating family, or finding a location, it was choosing a date.

“There is always something going on in Whistler,” said Marco. “We wanted our families to experience Whistler, but not the craziness of some festival.”

The pair found a quiet weekend on Aug. 24, 2014, and from there the plans took flight — a familiar sensation, given both of them are Boeing engineers.

In fact, airplanes and grand style were the themes of the wedding. Ann Marie folded over 200 paper airplanes that peppered the centerpieces and tables of the Roundhouse Lodge’s Glacierview room on top of Whistler. The couple chose orange and purple as their primary colours, with an accent of green to represent Marco’s love for the Seattle Seahawks.

“I wanted to do something a little different with the colours,” said Ann Marie. “I love purple and wanted bold colours that would pop against a neutral background.”

The pair’s desire to be unique trickled throughout the décor and dress, from the guest book propeller right down to Marco and the groomsmen’s personalized Nike shoes that had their nicknames and the date of the wedding embroidered on them.

The ceremony took place on the outside deck at 5:30 pm, under a brilliant sun, with roughly 70 guests in attendance. A buffet dinner followed, although the couple added barbeque ribs to the menu in honour of Marco’s family from Houston, where barbeque is a staple. Dessert was ice cream since it is Marco’s favourite, and local’s favourite, Lucia Gelato made personalized flavours of lavender honey and green tea mango for the newlyweds. The wedding cake was not the traditional vanilla or chocolate, but was a specialty cake from the Philippines called ube macapuno that has a purple centre.

Although there were challenges with lost luggage, delayed flights and botched first dance rehearsals, both Marco and Ann Marie will never forget their gondola ride down the mountain later that night. They were surrounded by darkness, and in the silence that exists when two people feel they are the only ones in the world, they were able to relax and fall into the moment of being husband and wife.

After all, even though the day showed off their favourite vacation spot to their family and friends, all the little moments were about their new flight together — in nothing short of grand style.