Winter engagement sessions in Kelowna are generally pretty warm. Like this session. But guess what? I complained anyway because I really dislike the cold. In the winter, I grasp at anything that will keep me cozy. Fireplaces, tea, cuddles, blankets, more cuddles….
Fast forward to this week and it’s -17 degrees. Brrrrrrrr.
So. I figured I should probably post this session before it gets warm and we don’t want to think about snow anymore.
Jessica & Patrick and I needed to keep warm this day, so we didn’t stop moving – them a little more than me. I really love love love it when my couples can commit to the ridiculous things I ask them to do. These two really gave it their all. They committed to the cuddles, the affection, the terrible (TERRIBLE) jokes I tell, my awkwardness, to braving the weather, to really not being shy about their love.
Just take a peek for yourself – their love shines bright!
One of the best things about being a Kelowna wedding photographer is that I get to go to wineries. Lots of wineries. Lots of wine. Even better is that I get to go to amazing wineries like 50th Parallel Estate Winery, nearly every weekend (jealous?). The view is incredible! Just incredible!
Alannah and her ladies prepared themselves for the wedding by drinking champagne and juice with fresh berries at Sparkling Hill. No big deal. The guys got ready in a villa at Predator Ridge. No big deal.
The two met at 50th Parallel Estate Winery for their first look with their wedding party peeking from above on the stomp pad. The ceremony took place overlooking the Okanagan Lake and the rain in the distance. After the ceremony, they were driven away in a 1960’s white Cadillac.
My absolute favourite part of the day was Adam & Alannah’s first dance. If you know me, you know I am a big softie and a family gal. The two danced to a recorded version of a song, sung by Alannah’s late grandfather. There weren’t many dry eyes, including my own!
The truth is, there are so many amazing details about this wedding, that you’ll just have to go ahead and take a peek at this blog post. Make yourself a tea, coffee, or grab a glass of wine and enjoy!
Meet Erin and Nils. These two are my favourite kind of people – genuine, friendly, affectionate, romantic…
Nils proposed to Erin at her family’s cabin, on the lake, near her favourite tree. As they arrived back at the cabin, her parents cued a recorded version of the song he wrote to her for her birthday a few months earlier.
It’s a scene right out of a romantic comedy!
Of course, we had to incorporate Nils’ guitar into the engagement session. I could’ve sat there and listened to him play all day!
Here is Erin and Nils’ super snuggly engagement session!
Being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer is pretty fantastic – especially when I get to photograph a lakeside wedding. Especially when that lake is Kalamalka Lake. It is known for it’s exceptionally tropical blue colour on sunny days.
The day started off at Sparkling Hill Resort before moving to a private residence on Kalamalka Lake for the ceremony and reception.
It was a beautiful day, so I will the images speak for this one!
Brian and Kelsey’s Kelowna Sunset Ranch wedding was… perfect! It was a day straight from a fairytale. A wedding for a fairy princess in an enchanted garden. And a princess is exactly what Kelsey looked like in her blush Hayley Paige wedding dress!
The day started with wedding day preparations with the ladies at The Delta Grand hotel in downtown Kelowna. The ceremony and reception took place at Sunset Ranch in Kelowna and was beautifully decorated by the incredibly talented Yuriko of Vintage Origami Weddings. When I arrived, we couldn’t talk about Brian without Kelsey tearing up. Although Kelsey was emotional, she was enjoying the feels, knowing that the day would go off without a hitch at the hands of Betheny with Peace of Mind Weddings.
Their sweet ceremony left many guests in tears (thank goodness for the camera covering my face!). After the ceremony and some hilarious family portraits – these families are pure entertainment – we headed to Simple Life Farms for some portraits with the wedding party. After dinner, the reception was chalk-full of entertainment and excitement. Emotional speeches, a photo booth by True North Photo Booth, DJ John Byrne keeping the tunes going, a taco bar, a poutine bar, The Cotton Candy Lady, Cupcakes – it was literally MY dream come true (thanks for that, Brian and Kelsey!).
If you listen to SunFm in Kelowna (and you should!), you might recognize the groom. He’s the immensely talented morning show host, B Mack! He is a handsome fellow and you can see so yourself!
This entire wedding party was fantastic, as were their guests!
Brian and Kelsey – thank you SO much for having me photograph your beautiful selves on the most special day! Your wedding was a complete dream!
Christie and Rob booked their wedding photography with me while living in a different province. That means, our first meeting was a blind date. Christie was happy that I wasn’t “a crazy”, and I was glad she wasn’t, too!
We talked wedding details over coffee and I knew that Rob and Christie’s wedding was going to be amazing right from the get-go.
Being a Kelowna wedding photographer has brought me to the Hotel Eldorado many times, but I have to say… Yuriko from Vintage Origami went above and beyond! I am constantly blown away by her beautiful decor. In addition to the beautiful views during the rooftop ceremony, Yuriko provided even more beautiful decor along with stunning florals from Society Florals. Words cannot describe how beautiful Christie looked in one of the most unique dresses I have ever seen. Her stunning make-up by Jenny McKinney put her over the top! Of course, Rob was looking classically handsome in his Hugo Boss suit. English Rose Weddings kept the day flowing seamlessly – even managing to fend off the rain with their super powers!
There isn’t much I can say about Christie and Rob’s wedding that is going to be better than looking at the pictures. Let’s do that!
This is one of those blog posts where I don’t know where to begin.
I first met Caity and Jayden at Starbucks. I definitely didn’t expect the amount of cuteness overload that walked through the doors. I instantly fell in love with them and Caity’s Mom, Deborah. They’re the type of people who make you feel at home. Even at Starbucks.
There are so many details about this wedding that I love. Caity and her family did so many projects for this wedding. It was a real family effort. I am a big family gal and family was in all of the details for their wedding – from the floral lanterns, the arbour, bridesmaid dresses (Caity’s mom MADE them!), Eliya’s dress (I actually checked the inside to see where they purchased it from. Fooled!), centrepieces, to the little cutlery envelopes. One of Jayden’s groomsmen sang a song for the two of them. The father daughter dance had me in tears. There’s just something about father-daughter moments that tug at my heart-strings. So much love all poured into one day.
I feel like I need to apologize for the amount of photos that I included in this post… but… let’s be real. This is a photography blog, so the more pictures the better! Right??
Caity and Jayden – thanks for being so awesome. And for trusting me to be such a huge part of your wedding. You are both beauties and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you both!
Enjoy reliving your wedding through these photographs. I hope they bring you much joy!
Valerie & Alex came all the way from Calgary for their engagement session.
After a make-up trial, a car accident, a hair trial, and questionable weather (in that order!), we weren’t sure whether or not this session would happen!
We decided to take the risk, extreme wind and all, and I am SO HAPPY that we did. I love wind for photo sessions – it just adds an extra element of movement to the photos that I love and think is so beautiful.
I will be posting Val and Alex’s engagement session in two parts because there are so many amazing photos. I couldn’t narrow it down, so you lucky folks get to feast your eyes on this beautiful (and sexy… just wait until you see part 2!) couple twice before their 2016 wedding.
Christie and Rob flew in from Calgary for their engagement session. I knew I HAD to have a special location for them. Somewhere that shows what the Okanagan has to offer and something unique to them. I wanted to take them to a place I hadn’t taken anyone else.
I think they were a little worried when I said “Just follow me. I am going to pull over along the side of the highway and that is where the first location will be!”. Well, I know some pretty light when I see it. I neeeeeeded to photograph in that light and I am so glad they trusted me (or at least pretended to)!
After their desert mountain engagement session, we moved on to the next location- a beautiful orchard and vineyard. Aside from the lake, I think we covered most of the Okanagan’s great qualities all in one session!
Enjoy these photos and check back for Christie and Rob’s September Hotel Eldorado wedding!