Getting ready is one of my favorite times on the wedding day. I get to see the bride and groom first thing as the day starts and I get time to sip a coffee and capture all of the little details you have gathered for your wedding. Perfume bottles, earrings, veils, invitations, cufflinks and shoes, bridesmaids gifts, hair, and makeup are all a part of the lead-up to your vows and I love every minute of it.
One tip I always give my brides is to think about a “signature scent”. Your sense of smell is closely tied you your long-term memory so by choosing a perfume that you use on special occasions, like your engagement and wedding day, you can have a beautiful reminder that brings back vivid memories. Jacqi opted for a luxurious, sweet Iris and Patchouli blend from Lancôme Paris called “La vie est belle”.
First looks are a great way to get all of your wedding party photos, as well as bride and groom portraits done; while everyone is looking their freshest. We met the bride and groom at a completely unique location, separate from the eyes of guests and family members, in a space that allowed for some amazing back drops and gorgeous portraiture.
I wanted to mix up the traditional “group” shot, and what’s better than a bunch of your besties in a vineyard? By bringing in a few chairs I was able to create different levels and added interest for a more dynamic group photo.
We finished up the warm fall night with their first dance song, “When a Man Loves a Woman” which is one of my favorites when it comes to a timeless classic option. The song still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up whenever I hear it.
What an honour and a joy to be a part of Jacqui and Colin’s big, beautiful wedding.
Venue: Painted Rock Winery | @paintedrockwine
Decor, Floral & Planner: Brandy Maddison Events | @brandymaddisonevents
Shoes: Christian Loubotin | @louboutinworld
Jewelry: Swarovski – Earrings | @swarovski
Davie and Chiyo – Back Necklace | @davieandchiyo
Bridal Attire: Wedding Veil Bliss – Veil
Glided Shadows Bird Cage Veil | @gildedshadows
LoveForever Bridal – Garter
Hair: Julzz Creations – Julietta Raoul-Modeste | @julzzcreations
Makeup: B Jollie Artistry
Bridemaids Gifts: Swarovski – Bracelets, Lamariee New York – Robes
Wedding Star – Hangers
Bottega – Rose Gold Sparkling Wine
WesTec Laser Engraving – Rose Gold Mugs Engraving | @westeclaser
Groomsmen Gifts: Amazon – Pocket Watches, Flasks, Zippo lighters, boldSOCKS – Socks
Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang | @verawanggang
DJ: Alex Bird | @alexbirdmusic
Transportation: R J K’s Limousine Service
Cake: Sugar Sweet Cake Company | @sugarsweetcakeco
Caterer: Start Fresh Kitchen | @startfreshkitchen
Stationary: Ginger Creative | @gingercreative
Photo Booth: True North Photo Booth | @truenorthkelowna
Rentals: Westminister Rentals | @westminsterparty
Officiant: Heather Byer
Kelowna Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken in Kelowna BC, Fall of 2019. Pentax 645n medium format Film Camera | 75mm & Canon 5D III | 50mm | 35mm | 85mm
Jacqui & Coli are true foodies at heart so right away I knew we were going to be great friends. When planning their engagement session they told me that they liked fall colours and wine so I thought a charcuterie picnic amongst the fall foliage was the way to go.
The wine glasses were made and given to them as an engagement gift from a friend and they brought along a bottle of Hester Creek red wine that they had been saving for a special occasion. Every detail was attended to and they even matched their engagement outfits perfectly to the fall palette. Colin had a pop of red (socks) in his outfit to compliment his fiancé, and Jacqui chose patent leather heels and a stunning dress.
On our way back to the car the sun peeked through the clouds and lit up Jacqui flawlessly, and when you are wearing a floor-length, black & red, floral maxi dress you rock it like the goddess that you are.
This hidden Kelowna photography location is a true gem and has tons of options with an open field, tall grasses, and a rolling hillside. I love working with my couples to bring together their engagement photography sessions vision, so if you can think of it I probably know a place here in the Okanagan that would be perfect.
Laughs, snuggles, and wine were had and I can’t wait for their Painted Rock Winery wedding next year!
Kelowna Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken in Kelowna BC, Fall of 2018. Pentax 645n medium format Film Camera | 75mm