This winter Silver Star wedding was literally picture perfect, and could easily have been a wedding straight off of Pinterest. Samantha was one of the kindest brides I have had the pleasure of meeting and she truly met her perfect match with Chris. The day started off with a beautifully decorated gold Christmas tree for family formals, snuggles and well wishes from the family pooches, a heartwarming first look behind the lodge, snowy bridal and family photos on the Silver Star slopes that all eventually lead to an intimate family candle and twinkle light ceremony where the bride sang her vows to her husband to be.
Long sleeved, lace wedding gown, the perfect shade of lipstick, silver hair and fuzzy brown moccasins was this bride’s attire that paired perfectly with the groom’s forest green suit and moose print tie!
Did I mention that at one point the couple busted out their skis and snowboard for a quick run?
After our winter family and bridal photos were finished we all went inside for a quick cheesy, BBQ-ed, quesadilla. At this time the family surprised me by singing happy birthday to me by sparkler! The fact that Sam and Chris’s wedding was happening up at Silver Star, the place where my husband and I met; and that the day they were getting married was my birthday, just meant that all the stars had aligned for me to be their photographer – but I never expected sparklers! This just goes to show you how kind this family was. Now I will forever share a very important date with a wonderful couple.
The whole wedding was so enchanting and fairly-tale-esque that you couldn’t feel the cold because you were so filled with love for this couple. I could go on forever about all of the little details Samantha added to her wedding, but I will just let you see for yourself.
I want to wish this newly wed couple all the best in the future of their marriage xoxo
Vernon Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, BC, Winter of 2015. Canon 6D | 50mm | 24mm – 105mm | 35mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder
I live for a good love story. I get the all caps LOVE kind of feeling for the journey that my couples go through before I meet them. So when Meagan & Brian told me their story I think I actually squealed with joy over how adorable it was.
How They Met
It all started with a Christmas party and a coworker in need. Meagan is a registered nurse (pretty much Wonder Woman) and one of her fellow co-workers wanted to find someone to accompany her boyfriend’s friend to a firefighters Christmas party. There was no way that she was going to pass up the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of firefighters! So her co-worker sent this mystery man Meagan’s number. One text lead to another… one lunch date and a Christmas party later they were engaged just shy of a year to the date.
How He Asked
Brian decided to take Meagan and their adorable little puggle ‘Abby’ up to Silver Star Mountain after a fresh snowfall. Little did Meagan know that Brian had purchased a new collar and tag that read “will you marry me?”. Meagan held Abby to look at her new tag and with the softly falling snow and lights overhead Brian went on one knee and asked the question with a stunning emerald cut halo diamond engagement ring.
A true fairy tale engagement proposal! How can you not grin from ear to ear after hearing about their beginning?
I was so immensely touched that they chose me to photograph their engagement session and cover the wedding photography in September. Watching this couple grow and having them choose me to capture all their family milestones has been a highlight of my photography career. I am truly honored to be able to capture these amazing mile marker moments.
Kelowna Engagement Photography Info
All the following photos were taken at Knox Mountain in Kelowna BC, Summer of 2016. Canon 6D | 50mm | 35mm
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
Ryan & Jessica – also know as Ryan & Beck are one of those couples that you know should be together forever. A little shy at first but it didn’t take long for the two of them to warm up to the idea of me being in there faces for over an hour.
We started in the quaint little park where Ryan proposed to Jessica, and then headed up to Silverstar for a winter wonderland look. Little did we know that just the next day the Okanagan would get a huge dump of snow.
After the cold had really sunk in, and a few great photos captured, it was time to head back down the mountain. This was a great engagement photo shoot and totally worth the cold – I look forward to their wedding in Vernon BC in the spring.
All the following photos were taken in Vernon BC, winter of 2015. Canon 6D | 24mm – 105mm