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Dedicated to Dreams

Celebrating the authentic you

We believe in loving people for their truest selves. We encourage people’s weird. We celebrate, embrace, and encourage individuality. Thistle & Thorne was born to provide magical and unmatched experiences while catering to the couples who may feel that they don’t fit the “mould” of a cookie-cutter wedding. We’re committed to celebrating all journeys—for every client, on every adventure—and we love creating memories that last. 

Jodie GARNEAU

(She/Her) Owner, Principal Wedding Planner

First of all, here’s the formal stuff to put your mind at ease: I have a Bachelors of Management from UBC, I’ve spent over 15 years in the hospitality industry, a year travelling the world with many shorter stints of local and international travel, and as of January 2023 I have over 360 weddings under my belt. I launched my own wedding business in June 2018 and have brought an additional 5 team members on since then who are some of the most wonderful people I know.

I believe weddings are about people. Period. Everything else is a bonus.

Now for the sentimental stuff. This job helped me find my purpose in life—to love, learn from, and lift up humans. I’m continually blown away by how unique and creative humans can be in their own weird and wonderful ways. I love Love in all it’s forms.

I am a huge plant nerd and have a minimum of 100 plants pretty much year round. I grow a lot of my own veggies/herbs and will probably give you some (whether you want them or not).

I love to cook but not as much as I love to eat – my partner is the Chef and I’m the Sous Chef. My food ALWAYS has butter and garlic in it. I ride snow on skis and my snowboard (neither well but neither horribly). I like to go dancing but never in heels – usually in dark sweaty basements. I cry during movies, clips of animals—and on wedding days. I regularly forget to eat when I’m working and I generally don’t fall asleep before midnight—nobody’s perfect.

Schedule a Complimentary Meet & Greet with Jodie!

Alex Barboutis

(She/her) PRINCIPAL wedding planner & COORDINATOR

It’s time to plan your special event—and I’m here to help :). My name is Alexandria (but you can call me Alex) and events are my passion! For as long as I can remember I have been designing, building, and executing special occasions from start to finish with a strong love for all things decor. If you’re stuck on a colour scheme or not quite sure how to make orange and blue fit together nicely, then you can count on me to help figure that out.

I earned my degree in Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management with Co-op Designation in 2014 and used those skills as a foundation for my career. I’ve worked on weddings, banquets, corporate events and tradeshows ranging from 10 to over 200 guests and have travelled from Whistler to the Okanagan with a dream to one day plan internationally. No event is too big or too small.

When I’m not planning (which is honestly VERY HARD for me not to do), I’m taking in the sights and beauty of the world with my beau. From the beautiful West Coast to the Caribbean sea and all the way to Europe I am a lover of travel and the beach, which is essentially my happy place. Having grown up in a Greek and Irish household I developed the natural love for a great meal and a great cup of coffee which has come in handy throughout the years in the industry. I’m not sure how often one can still fall asleep after three cups of coffee at 10:30 pm, however, somehow I manage :).

My purpose for planning is quite simple. I am there “for when I becomes we and everything in between”. From beginning, middle to end my goal is to simplify the process and work with you to see your event unfold seamlessly.

Ready to go on this adventure together? Let’s do it!

Destinye Garbet

(She/Her) PRINCIPAL wedding COORDINATOR

Destinye comes to us with almost 20 years of experience in the hospitality sector—from wineries to mobile bartending to barista work, Destinye is a total people person. She loves meeting new people and connecting with their personalities to create something that is so “them”. Her calming energy is contagious, and her strengths in problem solving help her to make her client’s wedding days the best day ever.

Schedule a Complimentary Meet & Greet with Destinye!

Your Wedding team

meet our planners and problem solvers

Jemma Galt

(She/Her) Wedding assistant

Jemma comes to us with a marketing and events management background and has quickly become a vital part of the team in 2022. Her favourite part of a wedding day is feeling the emotion in the room when the couple and guests first see one another down the aisle—it always makes her cry!

Brittany Moroz

(she/Her) Lead wedding assistant

While Brit studied criminology in university, she also worked for non-profit organizations. Now holding a management role within Corrections in the administrative department, her experience working with offenders has allowed her to perform well under pressure. She’s personable, empathetic, and not afraid to tackle any problem that comes up on a wedding day. Brit loves seeing the connection that couples have, helping their wedding vision come to life, and watching the memories being created.

Contessa Sookerukoff

(She/Her) Wedding assistant

Contessa is a Sign Language Interpreter that loves working in a variety of settings and keeping every day a little bit different.
A bit of a romantic, she’s likely to tear up at the “I do’s” but then is always ready to jump in wherever needed to make the day as beautiful and memorable as possible.

Siobhan D’Souza

(She/Her) Wedding assistant

Sio has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality sector and is a talented wardrobe stylist, costume designer and creative consultant. Sio finds it amazing to see family and friends celebrating each other and spending time together. She loves being present for these beautiful moments in life.

Step one

It's been a long week and you're ready for Date Night. What's on the agenda?

Step two

You're planning a BBQ with your favourite people:

Step three

Your friend invites you on a spontaneous and pricey international trip. You think:

Step four

You win an all expense paid 4 day vacation to a private island. Do you:

Step five

You attend a friend's wedding at a local glitzy hotel and you think:

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