Well… to start, the first time I met this adorable duo, I took them UNKNOWINGLY to a nude beach. A hidden nude beach. And naked people just started emerging from the trees surrounded the beach, which utterly confused us. By the third person and some exploration, we realized we were definitely the trespassers. You know… with all our clothes on and whatnot. Needless to say, it made for a hilarious and memorable first meeting!
Their beautiful Summerhill Pyramid Winery wedding had far less nudity than their engagement session, thank goodness! Although, it was SO windy during their mountain top first look and first set of bridal party photos, that many of them could have ended up dress-less! We decided to cut it short and resume later in the day because it was just far too windy!
There were so many fun moments over the course of the day – from the sabering ceremony where Laura’s dad had WAY too much fun, to the pogo stick competition, sweet and tearful speeches, I couldn’t have been happier and more honoured to spend the day with this beautiful couple!
Gabby and Cam got married at one of my all-time favourite venues; Silver Sage Stables.
Guys! This venue is so incredibly beautiful. The barn and wood provide an incredible canvas for any wedding decor, the golden wheat field is the MOST beautiful (who doesn’t want to get married in the middle of a wheat field?!), especially in the evening during golden hour (just look below), and the whole property is surrounded by mountains. Any direction you look, there is beauty.
The beautiful thing about this wedding was…. well… everything. But what I love the most is when an incredible group of vendors come together to make a bride and groom’s dreams come true. I got to work with some of my favourite people of all time. Gabby, who is on Team Top Knot made the obvious choice in having Sara on board as her planner and decorator. Sara and Gabby are both two of the most incredible humans on this planet and I’m keeping them both forever (don’t worry, I’ll share!). The colour palette for this wedding was such a breath of fresh air for me! Let me tell you… I just LOVE it when I get to photograph at a unique venue with unique decor. It keeps the creative juices flowing and fills my heart with pretty warm fuzzies. Sara is a genius when it comes to providing something beautiful and unique for her couples. Petal and Vow provided the florals for the wedding party and reception and they were breathtaking! The bridesmaids carried floral hoops rather than bouquets – another favourite of mine!
Gabby and Cam opted out of having a first look and waited to see each other at the ceremony. I love this way of planning the day because the excitement and anticipation really get the tears and emotions flowing! After the ceremony, the light was so incredible beautiful. Wedding party and family portraits took place and then we ate the most delicious food from The Chef Instead. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that this was some of the best wedding food I’ve ever eaten – and I’ve eaten at a lot of weddings! Not to mention, at the end of the day, we were sent off with fresh, homemade donuts. WHAT?!?! I don’t think that anyone except wedding vendors can understand how much of a gift that is!
After dinner we snuck out for a quick couples’ session with Gabby and Cam as the sun set. This is quite possibly my favourite part of the day, not only because the light is the most beautiful at this time of day, but also because the wedding couple get to spend a moment away from guests and just get to take it all in. They can have a moment to be together and not have to entertain their guests. They just get to enjoy the moment together. It’s a beautiful time!
Lindsay and John chose two beautiful Kelowna Wedding Venues for their Kelowna Wedding ceremony and reception. Evolve Cellars in Summerland is an incredible venue with one of the most stunning views in the area. Just look at their ceremony photos and you’ll understand. The Laurel Packinghouse is another beautiful venue – one of my favourite venues. As a Kelowna Wedding Photographer, I am fortunate to visit both of these beautiful venues several times a year.
The day started early with the ladies getting pampered by Dana England (make-up) and the ladies at Pomme Salon (hair). My incredible sidekick, Kaila, was hanging out with the guys while they got handsome’d-up! The ladies were quite relaxed which was a lovely treat! They spent their time laughing, eating, and gifting Lindsay a beautiful scrapbook – a tradition among friends getting married. Lindsay had a private moment to read a handwritten letting from John before getting into her beautiful Mikaella Bridal gown. Lindsay and her bridesmaids’ looks were completed with the most incredible and unique bouquets by Blue Sage Farm. If you’re looking for something different and unique… you need to contact Darquise. She’s incredible, as you can see!
Lindsay’s Aunt officiated the wedding ceremony which was a lovely personal touch. I’m all about the family and this detail made my heart so happy! Lindsay and John wrote personal vows for one another… another detail I love. I try to get to know my clients as much as possible during the planning process, but regardless of how much we talk beforehand, personal wedding vows give me another view into their love story. I feel so fortunate to be a part of these special moments.
After the ceremony, we headed to the Laurel Packinghouse and spent more time taking pictures around downtown (I love having lots of time for portraits!) Then we filled our bellies with a delicious dinner from Deli City, listened to speeches, and partied the night away!
Enjoy these images and I apologize in advance for the amount included in this post (NOT!). It’s not my fault that Lindsay & John and everything involved in their wedding day, was so beautiful!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged – you figure I would’ve done that during the off-season. Instead, I took care of my health and spent a whole lot of time with my boys and family.
Now that wedding season is here and I’m back in my office until all hours of the morning, I’m going to share the most special wedding I have ever photographed with you.
This wedding is not any ordinary wedding. It’s the wedding of my sweet cousin Nikki and her incredible man, Alex. They way he looks at her (you’ll see) is the sweetest. He’s a man of integrity, loves deeply, and has an amazing sense of humour. To sum it up – he’s a perfect match for Nikki and for our family. Alex and Nikki are high school sweeties and we’ve all loved Alex for a long time. We’ve all known that this day would eventually come along, and when it did, let me tell you… there were tears. So. Many. Tears.
Nikki looked so beautiful in the sweetest Anais Anette dress from The Modern Bride. This pair love to travel so it made sense to have a destination wedding. They chose the Iberostar Paraiso Beach Resort in Mexico and it was the most beautiful resort ever! Everything was wonderful (can I go back now??)! Because Nikki wanted to make sure we all cried a ton, she wore our late grandmother’s pearl ring and used her handkerchief to wipe away her tears.
Admittedly… I am a crier. At every wedding. I love my couples and become very invested in their love. THIS WEDDING THOUGH?? I’d never photographed the wedding of a family member and emotionally, it was more challenging than I had anticipated. To be able to preserve these memories for my family – beyond priceless.
Nikki and Alex – thank you SO MUCH for involving me in your special day. Bringing our family and your closest friends (who are now my family whether they like it or not) together was the most amazing gift.
I’m going to share one of my favourite weddings of the season! It’s one of my favourite for many reasons including… Danielle and Dave = Awesome. They’re just the most easy-going down-to-Earth people and their wedding party… absolutely hilarious! There were a lot of laughs, spilled champagne and incredible dance moves all day!
September weddings in the Okanagan are insanely beautiful. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… September light is the best. The best.
Danielle and Dave started their day getting ready with their friends in separate cabins at Ponderosa Point Resort in Kaleden. Ponderosa Point is a small little cottage resort on Skaha Lake. All of the cottages are privately owned and the resort has that carefree feeling that reminds me of my childhood vacations. Danielle & Dave are from the area, but with friends and family in mind, turned their local wedding into an Okanagan Destination Wedding. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing. Really blowing. Dorothy in Kansas style wind here.
The ceremony took place overlooking the lake and the wind did not relent. Wind or no wind, the ceremony was beautiful. Dave shed a tear or ten while Danielle walked towards him.
After the ceremony and a few celebratory beverages, we headed to The Old Kaleden Hotel for some wedding party portraits. During this portrait session, I let the groomsmen pick their own pose and let’s just say… they chose an interesting pose! I’m thinking about hiring them as my creative directors at weddings from now on! (That’s a joke!)
The real party started the moment the reception began. Dinner was made by Flambé Catering and it was so delicious! Grandma provided the pies for desert alongside donuts and s’mores! Following dinner, a wild dance party ensued until late in the night!
Enjoy the happiness and hilarity captured in these images!!!
There are many things I love about Natashia & Tyler. They’re easy-going attitude is at the top of that list. Throughout the entire planning process, when I asked how things were coming along they never had a single complaint!
They didn’t bat an eyelash when one of their flower girls decided that she just didn’t want to wear a flower girl dress that day. She wanted to wear her regular dress that day. Tyler didn’t even notice! Tash simply said “That’s her. Let her be herself!”
The day started with Tash and her ladies getting ready together in a condo overlooking the Okanagan Lake. Tyler’s day started with beers and buddies at home. Tash wore a beautiful Alvina Volenta dress purchased from Cameo & Cufflinks in Calgary. Many of my brides have purchased their gowns from this store, and I have loved them all! Tasha’s dress was beautiful, unique and elegant – all characteristics of Tash herself. I thought it perfectly suited her!
Tash & Ty decided that the ceremony site at Gallagher’s Canyon was the perfect location for their ceremony, and it really was! The view is incredible! Immediately following the ceremony, friends and family gathered for a group shot. I normally wouldn’t note this in my story-telling of the wedding day, however… I feel like it needs to be mentioned because everyone listened SO WELL! It was probably the fastest I have ever seen guests assemble for a group shot! I think they all owe themselves a pat on the back!
After the ceremony, cocktails and portraits, we headed back to the Fish and Game club where the reception was held. The room was decorated beautifully with florals by Joan Cochrane, DIY decor, as well as decor from Glitz & Glam. Guests were sent home with real maple syrup, courtesy of Tash’s dad. He harvested (is that the right word?) and bottled it all!
During the cocktail hour a crazy thing happened! A helicopter landed on the property to deliver a special gift, unbeknownst to Tyler. Well, the gift was too large to deliver by helicopter, but the key to his brand new snowmobile was! Tash officially wins the “Best Wedding Gift Ever” award!
After that giant surprise, dinner was had. Deli City served delicious food, as always!
One of my favourite parts of a wedding day is the speeches. Speeches give me a window into the lives of the couples I am lucky enough to photograph. The truth is, I knew that Tash and Ty were special people from the moment I met them, but I didn’t realize how special until I heard the speeches delivered by friends and family. They are truly two of the most kind-hearted people and I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of their wedding day!
Enough of the mushy stuff, you want to see the images!