Elena and Alex shared the most delicious layered Russian cake with friends from all over the world to celebrate their wedding in Whistler Village.
Elena and Alex got their start together in Vancouver but now call Ottawa home, they have family in Russia and important to this day Whistler. Their day like so many wedding days was a coming together of people from so many different chapters in their lives, together and apart. The morning was filled with a stream of visitors joining the toasts over makeup and hair. Elena was gracious, in the quiet moments between the bustle she told me what a dream it was to have her cousin from Russia here to meet her childhood next door neighbour and have Alex's family in the mix as well. The clouds socked in the mountains, but the last rain that southern British Columbia would see for a long while was over. The mantle was decorated, Alex's socks matched his dog, and everyone was ready. Alex gave a wave like I can imagine he has done a million times before when he met Elena at the front of the room, and there were quiet tears as they said their vows.
Dinner followed a few portraits down by the Fitzsimmons Creek, which brought water down from the glacier in blue troves, and we all settled in for course after course of the most delicious meal from The Cellar.
The night was capped off as complete following dessert. When Alex visited Russia for the first time, every friend or family member Elena took him to visit had a layered Russian Cake just for the event. It is a family tradition, a Russian tradition that at special occasions sweet layers of cream and pastries are carefully baked individually and stacked together with love. Elena and Alex cut the cake, her niece eyeing the sugar from the sidelines - Elena's Mom's specialty.