Living in one of Canada’s driest climates, we were a little shocked to see how much it rained on the first Saturday of October. We were expecting a little rain here and there but no, it rained…relentlessly…the entire day; however, our fabulous and brave couple from Calgary embraced it. Don, his best man, and future brother-in law started the day, old school, with a straight razor shave downtown at Kelowna’s coolest barber shop, Plan B.
After getting ready with Jen and her maid of honour, we headed off to West Kelowna to capture their First Look at Gellatly Nut Farm. Being optimistic, we convinced ourselves that the large numbers of trees were going to protect us from the majority of rain, but really it was wet and we all looked on in amazement as Jen elegantly maneuvered her way through the rain in her Christian Louboutin heels. After some drinks at The Cove Resort next door, Jen & Don bolted off in a vintage white Corvair convertible to Summerhill Winery for their ceremony and reception. Their ceremony commenced in the pyramid at Summerhill Winery, which was lit with hundreds of candles amidst the barrels of organic wine. We love the pyramid and the beautiful limestone that lines the inside hallway. It totally exudes an old world ambience steeped in mystery. After the ceremony, the couple ventured outside to saber some champagne, Napoleon style, with a sword. And OMG, Jen totally rocked it on the first try (see image below). Escaping the rain, we headed back into the pyramid with the two of them for a series of candlelit portraits. Before the reception, we quickly took some images in the intense rain and impeding darkness around Summerhill’s property. Although challenging, we created some dramatic images. At one point the rain and darkness was so intense that I couldn’t see what I was shooting!
As we entered the reception, I think we were all relieved to be out of the rain and immediately were greeted by their family & friends and the warm smell of candy apples that they made for their guests. Jen & Don totally wowed us on the dance floor with their super fun moves and got everyone groovin’.
A beautiful, exhilarating day! Congratulations Jen & Don! We hope your mini-moon in San Francisco was filled with awesome times and adventures!