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Love in B.C.'s Coast Mountains

“It sounds cliché but I knew how I felt the first time we met,” says Jeff Kuzyk of his new bride Mary-Beth Schwalm. This was despite the fact that Mary-Beth was wearing a vintage Leafs jersey while Jeff is a die-hard Canucks fan.  It was Vancouver, 2009, and both were working on the movie Sucker Punch. Mary-Beth was a production assistant and Jeff was in lighting. “He would often stay late at work to help me wrap the studio so he could say goodnight or walk me to my car,” recalls Mary-Beth.

Jeff loved how outgoing Mary-Beth was, a quality that was particularly attractive to him. “She is someone who feels comfortable in every situation and can jump into any conversation,” he says, not to mention also being beautiful and funny. In turn, Mary-Beth loved how kind and thoughtful Jeff was. 


Admittedly, their first date was a bit rocky. It began when the two were stuck in gridlock en route to Stanley Park's Aquarium, only to find out it was closed due to a freak power outage. Later in the day, when Mary-Beth realized she'd forgotten her cell phone in Jeff's car, the couple decided to try again, this time with a movie. And yet, the couple chose Twilight - on opening weekend. 

The couple walked down the aisle as the Troggs 'With a Girl Like You' played and flower petals floated around them.


Rocky first dates aside, once the two became a couple, things moved quickly. “My weekend bag quickly turned into half a closet,” says Mary-Beth. A few months into the relationship, Mary-Beth’s luggage broke just as she was preparing to fly home for Christmas. Jeff showed up late at night after a frantic phone call, with new luggage, wine and a gift. It was at that moment she knew she wasn’t going anywhere without Jeff by her side.

Mary-Beth wore a Lanvin dress (found in New York) with Valentino Tango Pumps.  Jeff's suit (and matching flask) is from Suit Supply.


Fast forward 8 years. It was the morning of a birthday dinner for Mary-Beth. Jeff got up early (Mary-Beth assumed it was to watch FIFA soccer) and later came back to bed and blindsided Mary-Beth, who claims she was still wearing her eye mask when he popped the question. The couple celebrated that evening with friends at Terroni, followed by a party down the street at the Quail, and began to plan their summer wedding.


The couple were married a year later at North Arm Farm in the small village of Pemberton in the Coast Mountains north of Vancouver, close to Whistler. Despite opting for an informal wedding, they nevertheless suggested that guests “dress to impress.” 


Working with Blue Violet Events, the vibe was a cross between preppy and rustic chic. This included bocce ball and croquet, lace parasol umbrellas, and for each guest, a custom beer koozie with the slogan "Gettin' Kuzy.” Place cards were hand painted in water colour by Faven
 and a vintage white mail box read "P.S. I Love You.”


The family-style dinner was catered by the working farm where the wedding was held. Guests dined on heirloom tomatoes with burrata, a Cavolo Nero salad (replicated from Toronto's Gusto 101), grilled salmon caught from a nearby stream and flatiron steak with smashed potatoes. To keep guests cool given the hot summer weather, Le Pop Stop arrived with their artisanal popsicles, and the evening ended with late-night McDonald's.

The couple decided to forego an immediate honeymoon and are currently planning two trips, the first being a ski trip to Lake Louise (the couple are avid skiers) and the second, somewhere warm and beachy.

One of the couple's  favourite moments was when Mary-Beth's bridesmaid, Chase Cohl, performed an acoustic version of Stevie Wonder's 'Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours' as the couple signed post-ceremony papers. 


Now that life is back to normal, the newlyweds - who both continue to work in the entertainment industry (Mary-Beth works in corporate strategy at a Canadian media company, and Jeff continues to fly between Toronto and Vancouver on film projects) - spend many weekends skiing at Craigleith, and when they entertain, they do so up north with fondue, raclette, charcuterie and lots of wine.




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