I do miss the fun party-style events, but there is just something magical about elopements and only having those closest to you on your wedding day.
Lauren & Ed were definitely my “trend-setting” couple. The two of them chose so many great little details that were way ahead of everyone else. One of my favorites (among many) was the fact that they chose to get ready together. They said they already spend all their time together being best friends so why should they be apart on their wedding day. It’s funny how it had never dawned on me to do this before, and it made for some authentic moments between the two of them. You never have to do anything on your wedding day “just because” someone else has done it, or “that’s just what you do”, its your day. Create something unique that fits your love.
The bride had her grandmother’s Birks silver vintage ring box so she could have her close on the day.
L&E had booked me in 2019, so a little before the whole world stopped. They always had it in the cards to do a small 4 person ceremony on July 15th and a reception with guests on the 18th. It was kinda funny how they had planned an elopement before elopements were really even happening (see trendsetters).
July 15th/18th 2020
Blog post coming soon…
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Venue: Sanctuary Gardens | @sanctuarygardens
Floral: Minim Designs | @minim_designs
Planner & Decor: Dreamy Weddings | @dreamyevents
Officiant: Sondra Richardson | @okanagancelebrant
Calligraphy: Feather & Ink | @feather.and.ink
Kelowna Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken in West Kelowna BC, Summer of 2020. Pentax 645n medium format Film Camera | 75mm & Canon 5D III | 50mm | 35mm | 85mm
I have been lucky enough to find myself living in one of the most beautiful places in Canada, photographing some of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet – and this event had a LOT of wonderful people.
One of those wonderful people was Yuriko, she runs Vintage Origami – a styling company here in Kelowna BC. The outrageously talented Yuriko was inspired by a classic French farmers market and she executed it with grace. Honestly one of my favorite themes as I love everything French. From gingham napkins to custom brush lettered calligraphy, Vintage Origami brought together a perfect baby shower for Max.
I was so fortunate to cover the photo booth for Tori’s baby shower as I got to meet her & her sweet family. Her cousin Jillian is definitely as sweet as they come, she hosted this beautifully decorated event all the while ready to pop at any time!
Kind-hearted Tori was simply glowing with pride as she held new little Max. Have a look over at Jillian’s blog to see all of the amazing photos that Daniel Han was able to capture!
The event was catered by CrAsians food truck, paired with Jillian’s mouthwatering secret lavender lemonade and wine from Sandhill Wineries.
Kelowna Photography & Vendor Info
All the following photos were taken at Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna, BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
Momma of Max: Fraiche Nutrition
Hostess: Jillian Harris
Decorator: Vintage Origami Weddings
Venue: Sanctuary Gardens
Photographer: Daniel Han
Video: Daniel Abraham Films
Food Truck: CrAisians
Signage & laser cuts: Blush Type
Giant balloons: The Confetti And Co.
Photo Booth: Jennifer Hodder Photography
Wine: Sandhill Wines
Fruits & veggies: BC Tree Fruits
Candles: Coal and Canary
Rentals: Avalon Rentals
Gift bag goodies: Natures Fair Market
Sanctuary Gardens is perfect anytime of the year, but August is sunny, warm, and bright. It is truly a perfect location for your summer wedding. If your day turns a little gray fear not, because with the new addition of the “Rose Room” Sanctuary Gardens has you covered in any weather condition the Okanagan can throw at you.
I am so blessed to be a photographer that has access to such great Kelowna wedding venues. Every time my husband and I photograph up at Sanctuary Garens we look at each other and say “let’s get married again – it’s so beautiful here!”.
My bride Kasi & her groom Wilson were as sweet as they come. Wilson was so attentative towards Kasi and I knew from the moment I met them to do their engagement photos that they were meant to be.
The bride chose the perfect tule and lace dress from David’s Bridal, finished with a personal pink silk ribbon that matched the bridesmaid dresses. I also adored that she wore her grandmother’s pearls and matching bracelets for her girls.
It’s no secret at this point that I love animals, so I was super excited to here that sweet, shy little Meeka (a beautiful Keeshond) was to walk down the aisle and stand witness to her loving owners vows!
Dinner and dancing was held at the Cove in West Kelowna. The party was bumpin, the cake was delicious and the speeches were heartfelt. A lone Charmeleon even popped by and made everyone who was playing Pokemon Go yell with joy.
It was a perfect, fairytale wedding!
West Kelowna/Westbank Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm | 24mm – 105mm | 24mm – 70mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder
Cake: Kaleena Cakes
Dress: Davids Bridal
Suite: Hugo Boss
Florals: Village Flowers
Decor: Drapping by: Stage Right Chair covers by: Flair Chair Covers
DJ: Lets Dance DJ Services
Officiant: Ann Carter
Ceremony: Sanctuary Gardens
Reception Venue: The Cove
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Kasi and Wilson are easily one of the most adorable couples I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. This gorgeous engagement shoot took place amongst the sweeping tall grasses of Knox Mountain, in the heart of Kelowna, BC. There are few locations in the Okanagan that are so versatile and so convenient at the same time, being just minutes from Kelowna’s downtown core.
Kasi had a darling pink Eiffel Tower charm necklace which I loved (anything that reminds me of Paris is my favorite thing), that went perfectly with her flowy summer dress and her pink painted fingernails!
It’s always endearing when my couples bring their own personal artifacts to add to a photo shoot. It really makes it their own, and it allows me to be creative with something that really enhances the couples personal experience. Kasi brought some Scrabble tiles to use, that were symbolic of her relationship with her Grandmother, whom she would play Scrabble with often. We spelled LOVE using her beautiful solitaire engagement ring as the O – so cute!
Kasi and Wilson were a perfect pair in this Kelowna Engagement session. We later photographed their wedding at the beautiful Sanctuary Gardens, in West Kelowna, BC. Love these two!
Kelowna Engagement Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Knox Mountain in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm | Second shooter: Jake Hodder
Below are a few of our favorite Kelowna and surrounding Okanagan Wedding location venues in no particular order:
Cedar Creek Estate Winery
Address: 5445 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4S5
Phone: 1 (778) 738-1020
Address: 3792 Carrall Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T
Phone: 1 (250) 878-2116
The Eldorado Hotel
Address: 500 Cook Road Kelowna BC V1W 3G9
Phone: 1 250 763-7500
The Lake House at Quails’ Gate
Address: Sunnybrae Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2N9
Phone: (250) 769-4451
Address: 1775 Naramata Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 8T8
Phone: (250) 490-4965
Poplar Grove Winery
Address: 425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, BC V2A 8S5
Phone: (250) 493-9463
1449 Ethel St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2X5
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
4870 Chute Lake Road
Kelowna, BC Canada V1W 4M3
Phone: (250) 764-8000 (Extension 1 for driving directions)
Toll Free: 1-800-667-3538 (Extension 1 for driving directions)
Address: 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada V1W 3L4
Phone: (250) 860-1031 | Fax: (250) 860-1041
Address: 3996 Irvine Rd, Lake Country, BC V4V 2J2
Phone: (250) 548-3444
Powers Creek Retreat
Address: 2810 Smith Creek Road, Smith Creek Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1M5
Phone: 1 (250) 768-5528
Falcon Ridge Farms
Address: 579 Rifle Rd, Kelowna, BC V1V 2H2
Phone: 1 (250) 212-0755
Benvoulin Heritage Church
Address: 2279 Benvoulin Road Kelowna BC V1W 2C8
Phone: 1 (250) 762-6911
Guisachan House Restaurant
Address: 1060 Cameron Avenue Kelowna, BC
Direct Catering Phone Lines
George (250) 470-2002
Restaurant (250) 862-9368
The Harvest Golf Club
Address: 2725 K.L.O. Road Kelowna BC Canada V1W 4S1
Phone: 1-800-257-8577 or 250-862-3103
The Okanagan Golf Club
Address: 3200 Via Centrale, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada V1V 2A4
Phone: (250) 765-5941
Silver Star Mountain Resort
Address: 123 Shortt St, Silver Star Mountain, BC V1B 3M1
Phone: (250) 542-0224
Walnut Beach Resort
Address: 4200 Lakeshore Drive, Osoyoos, South Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada V0H 1V6
Phone: 1 (855) 936-5400
Laurel Packing House
Address: 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y 1Z8
Phone: (778) 478-0325
Address: 5960 Old Kamloops Rd, Vernon, BC V1H 1P7
Phone: (250) 549-4949
The Cove Lakeside Resort
Address: 4205 Gellatly Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2K2
Phone: (250) 549-4949