Rocky Mountain High
LIZ TRINNEAR, REPORTER FOR CTV’S ETALK, AND NATHANIEL MOTTE, MUSICIAN IN THE BAND 3OH!3, TIED THE KNOT IN A BREATHTAKING MOUNTAINTOP CEREMONY IN BOULDER, COLORADO.
On a spring morning in May of 2010, Liz Trinnear met Nathaniel Motte in the hallway of the CTV building in downtown Toronto. Nathaniel and Sean Foreman, who comprise the electronic music duo 3OH!3, were on tour and doing press. “I saw a tall man with a ponytail wearing a poncho, and he saw what he says was ‘a beautiful girl,’” Liz recalls. “It’s a long story, but after interviewing them on the roof of the building, I gave them flowers as a peace offering, and Nathaniel kept the flowers.”
Seven years later the pair exchanged vows in Nathaniel’s hometown of Boulder, Colorado, in an outdoor ceremony featuring a million-dollar view of the Rocky Mountains. “I visited the Flagstaff Mountain summit on one of my first visits to Boulder,” says Liz. “We were so excited to share the view with friends and family from around the world; deciding to get married in Boulder meant an outdoor ceremony, and the mountaintop view took it to the next level.”
Liz insisted on incorporating Canadian touches into the wedding, so she chose a dress from the Mikaella Bridal line of Canadian label Paloma Blanca, with the help of her bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney working with Kleinfeld Canada. “I knew I wanted something Canadian, chic and timeless,” Liz explains. “I’m a sucker for trendy things, but I wanted my dress to stay classic forever.” She also opted for Canadian content with the rings—the pair chose Birks for their matching platinum wedding bands, which they exchanged during the unexpectedly rainy ceremony.
“It hadn’t rained in five weeks in Boulder, and our wedding day called for 27 degrees with clear skies,” Liz says. “I thought it was going to hold out when the first couple of drops fell before the ceremony, but then it poured during the vows!” Despite this, the rain tapered off post-ceremony and the couple descended the mountain in a 1967 Triumph TR6 car, lent to them for the event by good friend Peter Rountree. “It was so much fun and such a special moment to share with each other,” Liz says with a smile. “The car was a beaut and when we rolled up to all the guests enjoying cocktail hour on the patio, we got a solid, rowdy cheer!”
After changing into custom his-and-hers sneakers for the reception, the couple shared their first dance to “Lights Down Low” by MAX, covered by friends Marshall Gallagher and Liam O’Donnell. “The song was written and produced by my husband and Liam a few years ago, and it is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard,” says Liz. “We are both music lovers, so there was a bit of discussion as to what that first dance tune would be, but once this song came into play it was a no-brainer.”
Their wedding cake was a detail Liz initially wasn’t too fussed about, but it ended up being one of her favourite elements of the day. After a taste-testing at Piece, Love & Chocolate in Boulder, the couple was blown away. Instead of a traditional white cake, they opted for tiers of chocolate cake, each filled with a different flavour: salted caramel cream, cream cheese or raspberry. “It was divine!” Liz exclaims. “Beyond the cutting of the cake and the first bite, we didn’t have any of the rest and I’m still sad about it!”