Where to begin? Seeing as this was the very first styled session we had dreamed up, the expectations weren’t all that high. I’m keeping things real, okay?! Each time I drive along the lakeside here in the Okanagan, I am truly blown away by the beauty of it all…the colours, the textures and all the soft tones. I’ve even had an entire house painted in just this palette …. So, once the idea was in my head to incorporate all of this semi-desert beauty into a wedding shoot, I knew I needed someone fabulous on hand to help me bring it all together. Enter Sara of Top Knot Events. Sara helped me gather together a team of the best Okanagan vendors to help with all the details, as well as to bring the sweetest engaged couple to us to photograph. We couldn’t have been luckier. One thing that was very important to us was to keep things simple, as well as budget concious. Our vision was a perfectly imperfect, DIY wedding that was attainable. Instead of renting linens, we used cheesecloth to drape the tables in and even dyed strips of inexpensive linen in raspberry tea to use as napkins. Greenery was foraged from the surrounding areas the day before, and driftwood was collected by our kiddos to use on the table as well. The amazing table and chairs, as well as the glassware - were rented through Lois Lane in Kelowna, a fabulous alternative for brides-to-be looking for uniques pieces for their wedding. They have everything from tables and chairs and couches to dinnerware, signage and even a great collection of antlers. The cost is very affordable, and much less than purchasing everything on your own. Florals were kept in the desert theme, created by the amazing A New Leaf Floral Design and our uber delish naked cake was created by Anna of Sweet On You. Of course we need to thank Punta Norte for allowing us to take over their venue…it is one of my top choices for wedding locations and of course for photography purposes as well. Thank you again to everyone who helped bring this to life…can’t wait to do it again!
White Linen girls.
The bouquet was drool-worthy. A New Leaf Floral Design brought our vision to life, and was more than we could have dreamed of.
Jordi’s beautiful Allure gown was from Bliss Bridal in Kelowna….we adored it on her. Hair and makeup were done to perfection by our model, Jordi. It is ridiculous how talented she is!Seating chart followed the same theme – foraged branches and florals match up with the decor on the tables…torn paper with handwritten names kept things simple.
Bits of brass and wood were all scavenged from Value Village and Salvation Army. My house may be a little full now…The boutenierre was so sweet. And manly, of course.
How I wish this amazing vintage table courtesy of Lois Lane could have come to live in our house….
Who says it never rains in the desert? Haha. Just our luck….thankfully these two didn’t seem to mind one bit. The landscape surrounding Punta Norte, located just outside of Summerland is just incredible. Very rustic, and definitely has that desert feel we were looking for. Airplants for a wedding favour? I think so…..low maintenance and oh- so pretty. Melinda at A New Leaf Floral Design pulled out some magic in getting this King Protea….I may or may not have squealed when she told me she found one! Of course we had to add in a signature drink. This one had the added touch of sage to keep with our desert theme, and although it would have been even better on a hot day, it was still super tasty.
The cake. Never underestimate the beauty of a naked cake. This one was crafted by Sweet on You Cakes, and was the perfect compliment to the surroundings…especially against the backdrop of crisscrossed yarn which Top Knot pulled together. Love this look. White stone plates were $7.00 for an entire set at London Drugs. Gotta love a deal!
The gazebo overlooking Okanagan Lake is a spectacular spot to get hitched, don’t you think? My fave. Jordi, you are stunning.