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The Whistler Elopement Company was born out of the growing demand for our elopement and intimate wedding services from our Sea to Sky Celebrations Company.

The ever increasing demand for our elopement weddings, specifically our all-inclusive packages, has been such that we felt a need to create the exciting new company The Whistler Elopement Company.

We’ve taken hundreds of clients’ feedback and most requested services and options and streamlined them to include the most popular and the most competitive all-inclusive pricing in Whistler & the Sea to Sky area.

Our Team


Rachael Lythe

Owner / Principal Planner & creator of TWEC

Rachael has been one of the top whistler wedding planners for a number of years. A Whistler local, owner & founder of the well established wedding planning company, Sea to Sky Celebrations, she is a pioneer in the Whistler wedding planning industry. She recognized elopements as an emerging trend years ago and created exclusive services for all-inclusive elopements. Due to the high demand for these services, it only made sense to start a new umbrella company specifically for her elopement and intimate wedding clients and bring all her expertise and top vendors & venues.

In Rachael’s words:

I am a mother of two awesome teenage boys, a keen skier who also volunteers as a Mountain Host for Whistler Blackcomb, crazy about CrossFit, play the piano in a local Big Band, sings with the local community choir (music is how I got into weddings!), am an elected School Trustee with the local School District, and I love coffee, wine, socializing with my friends and generally like to make the most of having fun in life outside of my love of weddings!


Pascale Gadbois

Principal Photographer


Pascale is the eye, the smile and the joie de vive behind the lense and as one of Whistler’s most sought after wedding photographers and owner of Gadbois Photography, she is the perfect match to work hand in hand with The Whistler Elopement Company. She is a lover of life but more importantly a lover of love. She captures every kind of love because what she knows to be true is, that LOVE is LOVE.

She believes that life flies by and that her superpower is her ability to freeze a moment in time forever.

In Pascale’s words:

I am a mother to an amazing daughter, a life partner, a daughter, a sister, a good but clumsy mountain biker, a hugger, a dog whisperer, an almond chai latte lover, a wine drinker, an ex-national team freestyle skier and an early morning riser (but only on Christmas morning and Opening Day on the mountain). I AM A STORY-TELLER.

Principal Officiants


Linda McGaw



Linda has been working with and for Sea to Sky Celebrations for about (who’s counting?) ten years, as an Associate Planner.

Linda is your ultimate do-it-all gal; we rely on her to help us pour the champagne toast, pin boutonnieres onto lapels, set up décor with meticulous precision and compulsive attention to detail, be always ready to light candles or iron chair covers, and, when required, handle an entire wedding single-handed with calmness and flair. Is there anything she cannot do? Yes… never ask Linda to work an iPod… trust us on this.

We are excited that because she loves weddings so much, since April 2020, Linda is a newly accredited Lifecycle Celebrant and qualified to perform wedding ceremonies.

In her other life, Linda has lived in Whistler for an astonishing 31 years, has raised two amazing kids here, and has been happily married to her best friend Ross for an even more astonishing 46 years. She is a pro ski instructor with the Whistler Blackcomb ski school, where she is one of their most requested private lesson instructors. For her other hobbies, Linda lists cooking, posting proud-mom photos of her kids on social media, and napping.


Tracy Kerr



Tracy is one of the most experienced officiants in the corridor. With well over 1000 weddings performed, she continues to devote her time and energy to each and every couple.

Her ceremonies are fun, relaxed and memorable for the couple, as well as their guests.  Tracy will personalize your ceremony to make it exactly how you like, as well she has several options to choose from, religious, non-denominational, as well as interfaith.

The joy she has for her role as celebrant shows when she officiates.  Her calm demeanor and warm smile will make your wedding ceremony a very non-stressful, fun experience.

We also must mention her professional appearance, and care she takes to make each ceremony the best.

In Tracy’s words:

If you are going to do something, do something you love, and do it well.


Richard Zimmer


604 932-1324

Richard Zimmer is a certified Life Celebrant passionate about creating memorable and meaningful wedding ceremonies.

With years of experience as a DJ, Richard brings his love for music and performance to his work as a celebrant, crafting unique and personalized ceremonies that reflect each couple’s love and personalities.

Richard’s journey to becoming a celebrant began as a DJ, where he developed a deep appreciation for the power of music and its role in creating unforgettable moments. Over time, he felt something was missing from many of the weddings he performed at – a genuine connection and meaning between the couple and their loved ones. This realization led him to explore a new path, and he became certified as a Life Celebrant.

Today, Richard is dedicated to creating wedding ceremonies reflecting the couple’s unique love story and personalities. He works closely with each couple to understand their vision and to craft a ceremony that feels authentic and meaningful to them. With his background as a DJ, Richard can also incorporate music into the ceremony to elevate the experience and create a sense of joy and celebration.

For Richard, being a celebrant is not just a job but a calling. He feels honoured to be a part of such an important moment in a couple’s life, and he strives to make each ceremony a reflection of the love and connection between the couple and their loved ones. Whether working with a couple to create a traditional ceremony or something more unconventional, Richard brings his passion, creativity, and commitment to excellence to every wedding he performs.

In Richard’s words:

I believe every couple who commits to each other deserve a special ceremony that celebrates the story of their love and helps the couple transition into their new life together.

Principal Videographers


Valerie St-Arnaud



In Val’s words

Founder of Calling Mountains Productions, main videographer and editor. Growing up in Quebec offered a wealth of inspiration but as I grew older there was always something calling me away from the city lights and when I arrived in Whistler, BC in 2013 I realized it had been the mountains all along. I’m passionate about my art form but even more about my clients.

We are storytellers honoured to capture our clients wedding day. We have witnessed how much love, hard work, respect, and family it takes to make that big day truly special and found our calling by commemorating and documenting these moments for our couples. We’re known to capture all the feels and creating a highlight video you’ll want to share with everyone. For us this is more than a job, it’s our life and we look forward to building our business and expanding our collaborations in the Sea to Sky corridor we call home.


David Leveille



In David’s words

Salut! I’m David Leveille, Calling Mountains Certified Advanced Drone Pilot, second shooter and Valerie’s hubby. With many years of experience using drones in my career I acquired many skills and safety standards for operating drones. Our team is friendly and love to surpass the industry standard.

You will find us capturing memories,  chasing the light in and around the Sea to Sky corridor. The mountains called us here and now were returning the favour. See you in the mountains… They are calling!

Principal Hair & Makeup Stylists


Kerry Waring


Kerry has been in the beauty industry for over 12 years and her infatuation for makeup and hair keeps growing. Being able to make her bride’s feel the most beautiful they have ever felt on their wedding day is her biggest reward. Her warm and calming presence is the best way to start your wedding day. You know you are in good hands with Kerry.

In Kerry’s words:

I moved to Whistler over 7 years ago for what was supposed to be 1 winter season (a classic tale), but once I got to know and work with everyone in the Sea To Sky wedding industry, I know I would never be leaving. Work hard play hard could never be more true to a place. I love snowboarding all winter long and biking, hiking, golfing all other months. I am lucky to work in a place where my clients share the same love for the mountains as I do.


Lidia Baker


Hi, my name is Lidia and I am originally from Latin America but I have called Squamish, BC my home since 2008.
I’ve been in the beauty industry since 2011. Right before I graduated from the well renowned school Blanche McDonald in Vancouver, I booked my first wedding and that’s when I knew I belonged there. I just love meeting people from all over the world and being there for them on such a joyous occasion is something so special to me that I will never get tired of. I have done makeup for TV & FILM, Retail, Runways, but Weddings is where I thrive as a makeup artist as I get to have a special connection with my beautiful brides.

In Lidia’s Words

My heart puffs up when they see themselves in the mirror and go: wow I look so pretty!  When I am not dolling women up you will find me taking extra courses to better myself and keep up with the trends, hiking, or traveling with my hubby.


Dawna Boot


Dawna has been an avid beauty lover for as long as she can remember, and after completing several years in beauty school honing her craft, she turned that passion into a reality in 2004. After working for several prestigious makeup brands, she set her sights on the world of weddings and has never looked back. She prides herself in not only her beauty expertise, staying up to date with all of the current trends, but her calm, approachable and friendly demeanour make a lasting impression.

In Dawna’s Words

From the moment you sit in my chair I want to know who YOU are and what makes you feel truly beautiful. Together, we create a look that leaves you feeling  and looking confident and flawless, but most importantly like yourself. I make it my mission to go above and beyond to provide an incredible and unforgettable experience for you, and I can’t wait to be there for you on your special day.

Jacqueline HairMakeup

Jacqueline Parker


Early on in Jacqueline’s makeup career, she became aware of the toxic chemicals, waste and unethical practices in the cosmetic industry. This was the catalyst to revolutionizing her passion for beauty and helping people feel beautiful in their skin. Not only could she use her makeup skills to help someone feel good & look good – she could do it in the most ethical way possible using natural, sustainable and cruelty-free products. Jacqueline has been practicing makeup and hairstyling for 13 years.

In Jacqueline’s Words

My goal is to enhance your beauty, naturally. I have always resonated with my french roots. You could say my makeup style is quite “Parisian”. With years of experience in film, fashion, and beauty, I found expertise in natural, enhancing makeup applications. Makeup that will boost your confidence and ensure you actually recognize yourself in the mirror.

Principal Florist


Senka Florist


Senka Florist was established in Whistler in 1995 and is owned and operated by Kaoru Nakahama and Hidemi Ono. They have a team of qualified designers who take great pride in creating unique florals for their clients, continuing to create and draw inspiration from the beautiful scenery that Whistler offers.

In Kaoru’s Words

Working with The Whistler Elopement Company and their clients on a personal level, our goal is to meet our clients, vision for an ideal wedding. We believe that florals add the perfect touch to the mountain landscapes and beautifully designed venues.

Want to work with our fabulous team of wedding & elopement specialists in one of the most beautiful places on Earth?