One of the best parts of being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer is that I get to travel all over the Okanagan for weddings and engagement sessions!
For Kiara & Ben’s Naramata Engagement Session, we four-wheeled it up the mountain in Ben’s jeep to this beautiful location on his family’s property. I get to see views and locations that I wouldn’t be able to see otherwise! How lucky am I??
We had so much fun and I can’t wait for their wedding in 2021!!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
Here I am again, feeling delighted that I get to love my job as much as I do. Being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer takes me all over the Okanagan. Janine and Geoff, who are high school sweethearts decided to get married in Fintry, at La Casa Resort. La Casa Resort is perched halfway up a mountain and overlooks the Okanagan Lake.
The ceremony took place with even more stunning views on a grassy field even higher up the mountain! The views are incredible! Rain was threatening all day, worrying Janine as there was no back-up plan for the outdoor mountainside ceremony. And then the rain came. Janine and Geoff decided to go ahead with the ceremony, regardless of the rain. Lucky for them, Mother Nature had other plans in store and the clouds parted, the sun shon, and the rain stopped JUST in time for the ceremony to begin. The rain stayed away until about 5 minutes after the ceremony. It continued to be indecisive for the rest of the day, coming and going.
We headed down to Fintry Provincial Park for portraits, where we found some cover from the rain. Janine and Geoff had no problem at all letting loose and bringing out their inner children during our portrait session, laughing and snuggling the whole time!
The reception began with a surprise cooler chugging competition, then speeches, tears, cake, basketball free throws and dancing. Dinner was served by the always delicious Deli City Catering (yum yum!).
Take a peek at their rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny, rainy, loving, beautiful day!
Imagine getting married in the middle of an apple orchard surrounded by your best friends and family. Beginning your family’s story on an historic property where there has been so much life already. Carly-Rae & Lucas tied the knot at the Historic Hat Creek Ranch in Cache Creek on one of the most beautiful days in September. The light was so, so beautiful!
Carly-Rae arrived to the ceremony and her loving father helped her from the horse drawn carriage and walked her down the aisle to her awaiting cowboy. You see, Lucas is a real-life cowboy – he has the boots and the belt buckle to prove it! Carly-Rae looked absolutely stunning in what was one of my favourite dresses of the summer! She is a stunning woman and the dress was definitely made for her. (You’re a lucky man, Lucas!) The ceremony concluded with the newly married couple swept away for a private carraige ride.
Carly-Rae and Lucas entered their reception on horseback. One more time… ON HORSEBACK. Seriously! Are you believing this fairlytale?? Carly-Rae even rode in side-saddle (I think that’s what it’s called!)! I have to admit… there is something so beautiful and calming about a bride that just lets the day roll on as it happens and has no worries at all.
The reception was chalk-full of delicious food and a stunning mountain backdrop. Tears were shed while speeches were given, and the master of ceremony was a sweet little gal who stole the show (you’ll see what I mean below). The dance was held in a hay barn strung with lights and hay bales for seating. Children ran wild and danced until they couldn’t dance anymore.
Enjoy the photos. And if you are planning on having a Ranch wedding, please! Call me 🙂