Kailey & Cole | Hotel Eldorado & Quails Gate Winery | Kelowna BC | Fine Art Film Wedding PhotographerAugust 6th, 2017 by jennifer
Kailey and Cole were an absolute joy to photograph on their wedding. When we first met to do their engagement photo shoot it was obvious these two love birds were made for each other.
The couple chose to do a first look on the board walk outside the Hotel Eldorado, where the ceremony took place. It’s a beautiful location that is a personal favorite of mine. The roof top is picturesque, the reception room is grand, and the building has many secret places to sneak off to, to grab some intimate shots with the bride and groom, away from prying eyes.
Kailey was flawless in her Stella York dress, which was not traditional white, but had a soft pink tone to it. The succulent and rose bouquet fit perfectly with the the blush and Tiffany blue wedding colour palette. The groom even had blue shoelaces to match his pants! Overall the bride wanted to go for more of a boho vibe, substituting a small hairpiece in place of a traditional veil, something you see often!
The smokey skies offer an even, diffused light, and some reprieve from the hot sun, but it casts a slight pink hue on the film images. The wonderful people at Canadian Film Lab do an amazing job at producing the best film scans possible, despite the challenges of rogue color casts.
For the wedding party photos we headed across Okanagan Lake to Quail’s Gate Winery, in West Kelowna. Quail’s Gate is an idylic winery setting that is an absolute essential stop for anyone visiting the Okanagan.
Notes from the bride:
Venue: Hotel Eldorado
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Kelowna Wedding Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at The Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2017. Pentax 645 medium format Film Camera | 75mm & Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
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