On of the best parts about being a Kelowna wedding photographer is spending time with clients well before the wedding while visiting some of Kelowna’s most beautiful sights. Dilworth Mountain Park is one of the prettiest parks in Kelowna. With it’s mountain backdrop on one side and a view of all of Kelowna on the other, it doesn’t disappoint! Kristy & Jon chose Dilworth Mountain Park for their engagement session and it worked out perfectly!
During the session, I was asking Kristy and Jon to do some weird shit, as I do. They fully committed to my weird requests and we had a lot of fun and laughs! Jon’s does not disappoint in the Batman voice department!
Rachel and Nathaniel hiked to the very top of a mountain for their engagement session (that sounds a LOT more dramatic than the hike actually was). The sun was shining and it was WINDY! Which, I love. I love movement in images and wind is the perfect movement helper!
These two sillies were so much fun – I could’ve photographed for forever!
Looking forward to their upcoming wedding this August!!
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.
Well… this was officially one of the coldest engagement sessions I’ve ever photographed. It was cold. The kind of cold where you can’t feed your fingers or toes at all after 15 minutes. It was entirely worth it for this beautiful Snowy Forest and Mountain Kelowna Engagement session.
Can we just talk a minute about Lindsay’s dress?? Firstly – Lindsay is stunning. Then she puts this dress on and magic happened! I actually can’t believe that she braved the cold for so long in this dress!
Lindsay and John – thank you SO MUCH for braving the cold with me! And for going along with it when I said “Just one more!” 8 or 10 times…!
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!
Kate and Cody decided to have a destination wedding in the Okanagan at beautiful Gatzke Orchard in Lake Country. The day was hot (real hot!), sunny (the perfect light!), and fun!
The bridal party got ready at separate private residences. Both Kate and Cody were exceptionally calm and excited to see each other as Kate walked down the aisle. Kate’s Mom and Dad were incredibly proud to walk their only child down the aisle and the love they have for their little girl was written all over their faces, all day! Dani Coey sang as Kate walked towards her groom. Kate’s florals by Lavender and Lace Floral Farm were beautiful, as were the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
Gatzke Orchard’s ceremony location is a beautiful spot, overlooking the lake. Despite it being incredibly hot during the ceremony, Marjolein Lloyd moved the ceremony along perfectly, as she always does! Guests and the wedding party were so happy to move into the shade and have a cold one after the ceremony. Thankfully, orchards have lots of trees. Lots of trees = lots of shade!
The reception was a great time with lots of food, drinks, hilarious photos of Kate and Cody as kids, touching and funny speeches, and DANCING!
I’ve known this Momma since I moved to Kelowna and I have been fortunate enough to get to know her and see her family grow. Her adorable little boys are the sweetest little things you’ll ever lay your eyes on! Lisa is actually one of the most beautiful people I know – inside and out, by a long shot!
It’s people like Lisa and her family that keep me doing what I’m doing. I actually have the best job!
For the Brown’s session, we adventured around Knox Mountain on what should have been a cool fall day, but ended up being a warm summer day! I guess that being a Kelowna Family Photographer means that I have to be ready for fall or summer at any given moment between August and October!