Kailey & Cole | Hotel Eldorado & Quails Gate Winery | Kelowna BC | Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer

August 6th, 2017 by

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:

What made you choose the Hotel Eldorado?
 The view on the rooftop and that they took care of a lot of the details for the day since I was planning from two provinces away it was easier. Also I loved the vintage vibe and they let your Party later than many other venues. 😉
What was your experience with doing a “first look”?
I was very anxious before the first look and having that moment with Cole was really calming.  I just felt so much better when I saw him.



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



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Cayley & Adam | Hotel Eldorado & Quails Gate Winery | Kelowna BC | Wedding Photographer

March 14th, 2017 by

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


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Makeup Artist: Bri Stein Artistry
Jewellery: Paris Jewellers


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Travis & Steph | Eldorado & Quails Gate | Kelowna BC | Wedding Photography

August 10th, 2015 by

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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Lindsay & Taylor | OAK Estate | Summerland BC | Wedding Photographer

August 4th, 2018 by

We first met this beautiful couple at the Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna many months before their wedding to see how well we clicked. What was intended as a quick meet-up turned into dinner lasting a couple hours. Their love of dogs was any easy conversation to start up as Taylor was wearing his custom screen-printed Vans, with a picture of their dog Mollie on both shoes. It’s always great to spend time with couples, learning about their lives, and how they met. We do it as often as possible!

Coming from Calgary the Bride & Groom planned every little, thoughfull, stunning detail for their destination wedding in Summerland, BC. Their wedding vendor team was on point and their estate winery venue with a view is one of the best in the Okanagan valley. One of my favorite things about this area of the Okanagan is that it looks like you have been transported to Greece with the landscape, foliage and temperatures matching that of a Mediterranean destination venue.

The day of the wedding was a warm Saturday in August, with beautiful blue skies all around us. The wedding parties were getting prepared in Penticton. The Bride and her Bridesmaids were getting ready at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre, in an incredible room with wall-to-wall windows and plenty of natural light (the good stuff!).  Lindsay’s dress was a timeless Vera Wang with a flowing cathedral length long veil. Hair and make-up were courtesy of Beyoutiful Beauty Artists for Lindsay and her girls. The Groom and his Groomsmen had an Air B&B rented a few minutes away. Taylor had his suit custom ordered from Indochino; a classic black suit that couldn’t have been more perfect.

The ceremony and reception took place at the gorgeous luxury Evolve Cellars Winery in Summerland. It’s an amazing venue that over-looks Okanagan lake with a stunning panoramic vineyard view. The outdoor space was beautifully decorated with endless florals from Lavender and Lace Floral Farm and stationary for Minted, all curated by the very talented Bride Lindsay!

The ceremony itself took place among the vines just below the winery, with that breathtaking lake-view in the background. The grape-vines made an excellent backdrop for family photos, offering shade from the Okanagan summer sun. We took the newly weds to a secret little spot close by to get some more intimate pictures away from prying eyes. The stunning couple were so easy to photograph, it was hard to reel it in so they could get back to their celebrations.

Dinner was provided by the amazing kitchen at Evolve Cellars. Speeches had family and friends tearing up and laughing as the sun set behind the mountains. As the light disappeared the sparsely lit dance floor offered a super romantic setting for Lindsay and Talyor’s first dance, and punctuated the evening perfectly.

It was a magical day and we wish Lindsay, Taylor and Mollie all the best!

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Wedding song: Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
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Wedding dress: Vera Wang

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DJ Spinalshift
Styling Ribbon: Stella Wolfe
Shoes: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Alberta Diamond Exchange

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All the following photos were taken at Evolve Cellars
 in Summerland BC, Summer of 2018. Pentax 645n medium format Film Camera | 75mm

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Kailey & Cole | Bertram Creek Park | Kelowna BC | Engagement Photographer

July 13th, 2016 by

I met with Kailey & Cole in the lounge of The Hotel Eldorado; the venue where they will be getting married in 2017. Kailey and I ordered that same drink and we all laughed about the simple things in life – I knew that this was going to be a great engagement shoot.

Oh boy was I right! Kailey & Cole had the most fun, loving connection with each other. There was so much laughter, dancing and snuggles it was hard to call it a day when everything was done.

Kailey wore an adorable blue and white striped dress that she had picked up from a trip in New Orleans – Cole’s outfit complimented hers perfectly, these two definitely had style to spare.

The picturesque lake and mountain views of the Okanagan were the perfect marriage for this couple. They enjoyed watching the sun set on Kelowna as we finished up the engagement shoot and couldn’t wait to come back. I can without a doubt say that these two are a special couple and I can’t wait to photograph their Summer wedding in 2017!


Kelowna Engagement Photography Info

All the following photos were taken at Bertram Creek Park in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm



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Should You Do A First Look At Your Wedding?

March 2nd, 2016 by

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.


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Kelowna & Okanagan Wedding Ceremony Venues & Locations

January 1st, 2014 by

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

Sanctuary Gardens

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

OAK Wines

Address: Summerland BC
Phone: (250) 485-2075
Previously known as Evolve Cellers.
Gallery Full wedding gallery taken at OAK Wines

Bench 1775 Winery

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

Lindon House

Lindon House
1449 Ethel St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2X5
Phone: 250-317-8296

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)

Manteo Resort

Address: 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada V1W 3L4
Phone: (250) 860-1031 | Fax: (250) 860-1041

Gatzke Orchard

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

Durali Villa

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

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