Being a Kelowna Wedding Photographer means that I get to meet so many loving couples. I instantly connected with Cayley & Adam – they are one of those couples that when you meet you know that they will be together forever.
The history of the Hotel Eldorado is remarkable; it is an essential landmark of Kelowna’s heritage and is an absolutely stunning locale for both wedding ceremony and reception. There are plenty of nooks to steal away for some private photos, despite the bustling restaurant and Boardwalk.
The couple opted to do a First Look, which allowed us to get some awesome shots before the wedding, and gave the bride and groom a moment to relax before saying their I-Do’s. It was a beautiful rooftop ceremony, followed by a quick jaunt to Quail’s Gate Winery for wedding party photos, and then back to The Eldorado for the reception. Cayley & Adam even gave me a shout out in their thank you speech! Truly a thoughtful couple.
It’s great when I can convince my couples to take a moment out of their busy night to grab a few golden hour shots… since that special time is so short we missed it by a few minutes. However we did manage to catch the tail end the the light for the day and it resulted in these epic dusk shots – and I don’t use the work “epic” lightly.
Kelowna BC Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm | 24mm – 105mm | 24mm – 70mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder
A wedding at the Hotel Eldorado are some of my favorite to be sure. The lis just something about this historic building turned wedding hot spot that get me. An old story to add to your new story. The bride chose to get ready in the Eldorado’s bridal suite and the groom opted for the Delta.
I started with the groom in the morning at the Delta Grand Okanagan hotel in Kelowna. Travis was gracious enough to pose for a few photos while the rest of the groomsmen where busy getting dolled up. Usually the guys are ready long before the bridesmaids, so it allows me plenty of time with both the bride and groom separately. As the second shooter for this wedding I was able to focus primary on the groom, since they were both in separate hotels, but had enough time to photograph Steph and her girls as they were finishing up.
I loved all of the natural light coming from the large windows in the bridal suite at the Hotel Eldorado Kelowna. If you are ever in the market for a great getting ready room this is my #1 top pick!
Next we headed to the hotel’s marina to do the “First Look”. The boardwalk in behind the Eldorado is a gorgeous locale with plenty of greenery and great photo ops with the lake just a few feet away. We spent some time here with the bridal party before jumping into a limousine and heading to Quails’ Gate Winery for more wedding photos. The ceremony took place back at the Hotel Eldorado on its rooftop patio overlooking the lake. Absolutely stunning! While the ceremony took place I was able to sneak inside and get some excellent detail shots of the lovely shabby chic decor. Party favors included hand made macaroons from Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate. The macaroons where blush and pistachio colored to match the vintage theme and palette of the decorations. The reception took place indoors and carried on into the night.
I’d like to thank Stephanie Whiting from Photography West for giving me the opportunity to be her second shooter for this wedding. It was an invaluable learning experience and a beautiful wedding to have attended.
A Hotel Eldorado wedding is truly one of the greatest weddings in the Okanagan. You cant beat the views, staff and the vintage atmosphere behind a wedding here.
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All the following photos were taken at the Hotel Eldorado & Quails’ Gate Winery in Kelowna & West Kelowna BC, Summer of 2015. Canon 6D 50mm | 35mm | 24mm – 105mm
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When you go to plan your big day you will sit down with your soon to be hubby and discuss your wedding timeline. When will you start getting ready? Where will the getting ready photos be taken? What time do we cut the cake and when we we do the first dance? It can all be a little overwhelming at first and it’s easy to get a little flustered, but rest assured that you will do fine – you’re marrying your true love and that’s the most important part.
I have photographed, and been in weddings that each did something a little different, so there really is no one way to do it.
One of the big deciding factors to your timeline is whether or not to do a First Look. You may even be asking “what is a First Look?” or “why should I do a First Look?”
A “First Look” is when the bride and the groom set aside a few minutes just before the ceremony to capture the moment when they see each other for the first time. Usually the groom hasn’t seen their bride-to-be before this and because it’s just the two of them sharing an intimate meeting together, it allows emotions to flow freely. It’s a little outside of the box, but it’s one of my favorite parts (if the bride and groom are up for it) because it portrays such raw unfiltered feelings, and the two of them can just be themselves.
I’m a big advocate for First Looks, especially if either party is a little nervous – a secret rendezvous to calm one another works wonders.
If you do opt for a First Look at your wedding you open the door for more candid photo opportunities. It allows you more time with family once you have said your vows because your wedding photographer will have captured most of the bride and groom portraits beforehand.
I personally have photographed the wedding party shots immediately after the First Look – this is great for summer weddings especially, because this is when every one will look their best. These Okanagan Summer Weddings can be scorchers. Ideally, your wedding party photos can be taken right after you have all just had your hair and makeup perfectly applied, before enduring hours of heat.
Now keep in mind a First Look isn’t for every couple, because it’s a little less traditional, but I encourage you to discuss this option with your loved one to see if it’s right for you.