I love the Okanagan a lot, and I always pretend that I’m going to move there. From its blue skies and even bluer water, to its sage bushes and vineyards, I find it one of the most inspiring places to be in and shoot. My husband Andrew and I try to get there at least once a year to bask in the glorious sun, swim in the lakes and stock up on our favourite wines. It is just an amazing place to relax, indulge and have fun; and Naramata is one of my favourite spots in the region.
When my dear friend and fellow photographer Laura, asked me if I was free to shoot her sister’s wedding I squealed with excitement. Laura is so chill and rad, and I knew I would like her family as much as I like her.
When I first spoke to Katie on the phone, it was like I was chatting with Laura. She is so sweet and funny, and I was loving everything that she had planned for her and Ryan’s wedding day in Naramata. A lovely yet simple wedding, with a major focus on spending time with family and eating amazing food. They even had a welcome pizza + sangria party planned for the evening before the wedding – these are my kind of people!
Katie + Ryan held their wedding at the historic Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa (which I have secretly wanted to stay at since staying down the street from it at 4-H camp). Before heading to the Inn, Katie + Ryan decided on getting ready and having portraits taken at their beautiful rental – Villa Orion. It really was the perfect backdrop to start the day at, before moving to the Inn for the rest of the festivities.
After their intimate ceremony on the back patio at the Inn, guests made their way to the front lawn for a perfectly relaxed cocktail hour of fun + games. At this time I was lucky enough to steal Katie and Ryan away for a few more portraits around the Inn. First Looks are always my favourite part of wedding portraits, but sneaking the Bride and Groom away during their cocktail hour/reception comes in at a close second. It doesn’t get much better than dreamy evening light, and happy relaxed couples.
As their seriously delicious family style dinner came to a close, the party made its way into the Cobblestone wine bar, so Katie and Ryan could cut into their 7 later Cheese Tower! Such a fun little spot to finish the night off in. All in all, a really perfect day.
Thank you so much to Katie + Ryan for having me be a part of this special day! I can’t wait to get back to the Okanagan next summer for some more weddings. Definitely my happy place!
Wedding Co-ordinator: Tammy Foster from The Naramta Heritage Inn & Spa.
Florist: Flowers by Melinda at A New Leaf Florals in Kelowna BC.
Decor: Friends Kelsey + Janis took charge of setup and decor. Things like: cork heart, name tags, half moon backdrop were all collaborations with very good friends.
Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Shelly Klassen at Blushing Boutique in Vancouver. Sleeves were hand beaded by Brides talented sister Sarah.
Brides Shoes: Toms Wedges.
Groom’s Outfit: Suit was Cesara Attolini from Shopthefinest.com and shoes from Corneliani.
The Cheese Cake Tower: Provided by the talented Benton Brothers Fine Cheese in Vancouver.