Chelsea and Jeff have that thing; the one where they seem at home when they're together. Their wedding day was planned around one of the most important aspects of their love story: family. Their backyard garden wedding, overlooking Okanagan Lake, was the perfect setting to celebrate their families coming together. In honour of her Kelowna roots, the bride arrived by boat and down the dock as the aisle. Under a beautiful tree, surrounded by all their loved ones, with Jeff's 4 lovely kids standing at their sides, Chelsea and Jeff said I do. And from that moment on neither stopped smiling.
Sometimes you just want to get your friends together and play... play with light, with fabric, with beautiful dresses and soft blankets. You want to put your hands on everything and have time to arrange and rework and share stupid jokes. (ok the joke thing I do all the time) People ask me why do a styled shoot, and I tell them because it makes me better. I get to work with vendors I admire and work with throughout the season but on our terms when we can goof around and take time to play with things we wouldn't normally be able to. It stretches us and lets us breathe new life into what we're doing. And when you're buds are incredibly talented you want to work harder to show off their talents.
With this shoot, Sara Knol of Top Knot Weddings and I talked alot about stripping back while dreaming up the concept together. We live in a time with lots of noise (good and bad) lots of opinions (requested or not) and lots of information (hello Internet!) We loved the concept of less is more and were drawn to the elements of Wabi Sabi aesthetic. Wabi Sabi is a very comprehensive, in-depth Japanese aesthetic which I won't get into here, but at it's basic concept it is the beauty of imperfection. It is slow, uncluttered, and simple. We were inspired by the wisdom in simplicity and imperfection; combining elegance with the serenity of natural elements.
We loved the idea of an intimate event, that facilitates amazing food, conversation and appreciation for simplicity. Our take was to use natural textures, a soft palette, and simple but elegant forms when choosing the dresses and dinner ware.
When we looked at what we might serve we chose dishes that felt homemade but also felt like handmade art, influenced more by the local ingredients and a connection to the season.
We chose Bo.ttega for its modern feel; featuring natural materials, with a clean lines and beautiful finishing. Our goal was to have space to think, breathe and not be overwhelmed. Beauty doesn't have to be overdone. It can be understated with the right elements.
Thank you to all the amazing vendors who took part and brought their A-game. And a BIG thank you to Tanya & Kirman for modelling for us.
Styling: Top Knot Weddings
Florals: A New Leaf Floral Design
Stationary: Erin Sinclair
Hair: Styled by MUAH
Makeup: Shimmer and Gloss
Food: One Big Table
I may have gotten teary taking photos at Jess & Luke's wedding ceremony, it was that sweet. As a wedding photographer, I am always surprised how every wedding is so unique and amazing in it's own way. At one point, just after Jessica finished her vows, all the wedding guests started clapping, tears running down faces. Men and women. It was all about fun, family and especially Love. So happy to have been a part of your day.
Special thanks to Tiffany Walde for second shooting.
Venue: Harvest Golf Club
These two were such a fun couple to photograph. You have to love a girl who's name rhymes after she is married to her beloved. Jillian Petillion-you lit up in front of my camera, in front of your friends and family, and most of all in front of your new husband. Mitch- you were the ultimate gentleman, cool and suave, with eyes for your gorgeous bride.
It isn't every day you are welcomed in with open arms to capture someone's special day. But these two and their entire clan, trusted me to do what I do and finished off the night with a Dance off! That's the ultimate wedding experience right there.