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Sana & Logan–Stylish Country Chic Persian Wedding at Private Estate on Burns Lake in South Langley, BC

August 25th, 2012

About a year ago we met Sana and Logan for the first time when they met us in Kelowna to plan their ultra romantic engagement session which you can view here. When we found out about their upcoming Persian wedding planned at Sana’s family home where she grew up overlooking Burns lake in South Langley, […]

 

About a year ago we met Sana and Logan for the first time when they met us in Kelowna to plan their ultra romantic engagement session which you can view here. When we found out about their upcoming Persian wedding planned at Sana’s family home where she grew up overlooking Burns lake in South Langley, BC, our jaws literally dropped.

Persian ceremonies are incredibly symbolic and lavish.  The couple sits in front of a spread of items called a sofreh facing their guests. The table is decadently adorned with many items including flowers, sweets, breads, coins, candles, a mirror, and a Quran.  During the ceremony Sana’s bridesmaids held a lace fabric above the couple with a few of the bridesmaids taking turns grinding cones of sugar above them to symbolize a sweet life together and sewing a corner of the fabric together to symbolize the union of the couple.  After the ceremony family members and guests come up to give the couple gifts of gold in the form of jewelry or money.

Sana and Logan went all out with the little details for their wedding from providing flip-flops, blankets, and parasols for their guests to entertaining them during cocktail hour with golf chipping into the lake to giant life-size versions of checkers and jenga.  We loved the garden party feel of their wedding, especially all those mason jars used for drinks – super stylish and eco friendly!

I think we could probably go on forever about this super stunning wedding, but we’ll tell it with images instead.  Needless to say, Sana looked gorgeous in her fitted lace gown and Logan was ultra stylish in his khaki country chic suit (practical too in this hot summer weather!).  But really, their love for one another was the main attraction. They absolutely glowed the entire day and there was so many heart warming moments, like Sana signing a song dedicated to her late father.  Congrats Sana & Logan – we had such a fun time getting to know you both and wish you an amazing life together!

 

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Dipping their pinky finger in honey and feeding it to each is another one of the beautiful ceremonial traditions of Persian weddings representing eternal happiness and sweetness in marriage.

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Another Persian wedding tradition is the knife dance, which involves all of the bridesmaids as they tease the groom with the cake cutting knife, but will only give it to them if he pays enough – haha!  It is traditional that he pays small amounts and gets refused by all the girls until a really good dancer lures him enough – then he pays the big bucks and is presented with the knife to cut the wedding cake.  We can’t even explain how hilarious this was to watch and photograph!

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Kylie & Brandon–One Love
Okanagan Beach Engagement Session in Kelowna, BC

August 14th, 2012

Where do we begin?  We met Kylie and Brandon around 1.5 years ago right after Kylie opened Moksha Yoga Kelowna studio in the Mission.  Like so many of you out there, we love hot yoga.  Her studio is beautiful and we were so honoured to create a collection of images for them.  Many of the […]

 

Where do we begin?  We met Kylie and Brandon around 1.5 years ago right after Kylie opened Moksha Yoga Kelowna studio in the Mission.  Like so many of you out there, we love hot yoga.  Her studio is beautiful and we were so honoured to create a collection of images for them.  Many of the images are printed large format on metal and can be found lining the hallways, so have a look next time you’re there.  But enough about us…

Kylie and Brandon met at Lululemon – of course!  It’s a long story, but in short they serendipitously crossed paths and have been madly in love ever since.  Yogis in love.  Aww.  We were so excited when Kylie and Brandon asked us to photograph their wedding this coming October at Summerhill Winery.  They have an amazing dog, Marley, which many people might know since she sometimes hangs out at the studio.  Marley is super adorable and we were so excited that she came along for the engagement shoot.

We love the relaxed vibe of this session – keeping it real and doing what they love:  hanging out with their dog, chilling out by the lake, enjoying a glass of wine, and of course, yoga.  We HAD to throw in a couple’s yoga pose into the mix.  After the session, we hung out with them by the lake, drank wine, and talked (in a somewhat philosophical nature) about life.  Love these two.  Kylie and Brandon, we can’t wait to photograph your upcoming wedding!

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Ashlea & Trevor – Vintage & Pretty Vineyard Wedding at Summerhill Winery, Kelowna, BC

August 12th, 2012

We met Ashlea and Trevor for the first time back in May when we photographed their engagement session which you can view here.  They are super-fun, sweet, and have great style to boot.  Since Ashlea and Trevor are from Calgary, this was a destination wedding; however, a large amount of their guests at the wedding […]

 

We met Ashlea and Trevor for the first time back in May when we photographed their engagement session which you can view here.  They are super-fun, sweet, and have great style to boot.  Since Ashlea and Trevor are from Calgary, this was a destination wedding; however, a large amount of their guests at the wedding were from even farther away – Newfoundland!  Trevor is from Newfoundland and they incorporated a few traditions into their wedding.   OK, we’re kinda in love with the East Coast of Canada and have been itching to check out “The Rock,” so we super excited when we found this out.

To start the wedding day off, Trevor, his groomsmen, father, and soon-to-be father-in law headed over to Plan B for straight razor shaves rockin’ out to Trevor’s favourite heavy metal music.  Ashlea and Trevor both got ready at the stunning lakeside Mission Shores.  We loved Ashlea’s vintage inspired dress with yards of tulle and birdcage hairpiece – so classic.   They had beautiful hot Okanagan weather for their wedding and as always, Summerhill Winery boasted spectacular lake views.  Paying homage to Trevor’s Newfoundland roots, during the reception guests had to kiss a fish in order for the couple to kiss which was super hilarious.  This was our first time seeing this – ever.  It kept everyone laughing the whole night.

Ashlea & Trevor – we had a great time at your wedding!  Congratulations!!!

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Vendors:

Venue: Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Décor: Stage Right Etc

Florals: Classic Creations

Officiant: James Harnden

Pre-Ceremony and Cocktail Music: JP Productions – String Trio

DJ: Dwayne Mollin

Cupcakes: Cupcasions

Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo

Hair: Eveline Charles

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Nikita & Byron – Literary Dreams
A Fairytale Romance Engagement Session in Kelowna, BC

August 9th, 2012

Flashback to February when Nikita and Byron started discussing their ideal engagement session with us.  After we mentioned some concepts, they emailed back saying  they actually envisioned something more ethereal and dramatic inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edgar Allen Poe, and Tim Burton.  When we read the email I think we actually squealed with […]

 

Flashback to February when Nikita and Byron started discussing their ideal engagement session with us.  After we mentioned some concepts, they emailed back saying  they actually envisioned something more ethereal and dramatic inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edgar Allen Poe, and Tim Burton.  When we read the email I think we actually squealed with joy.  We love super creative shoots and this was our chance to go to town.  We also love how this shoot pays homage to Nikita’s degree majoring in Literature.

We knew one thing , this engagement session needed a story.  So we created one – with images….  Get yourself an icy cold beverage or a warm cup of something if it’s cold where you are in the world and escape from reality for a few minutes.  Enjoy!

A huge, huge thank-you to Yuriko and Eric from Vintage Origami for providing us with amazing props and being so patient in the mosquito filled forest!  Also, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to Christina from Classic Creations for creating such a phenomenal ethereal hair wreath and bouquet.

Once upon a time…

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Two lovebirds went walking one day on a warm and beautiful day in Summer.  They talked and laughed so much they lost track of where they were and found themselves in an unfamiliar place with a peculiar old building.  Curious they peeked in…

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…and couldn’t resist exploring to see what they could find. 

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Just when they saw everything there was to see, suddenly they noticed a strange collection of beautiful items in the corner of a room.  Dusty and forgotten, from another time.Kelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits13_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits10_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits11_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits14_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits15_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits17_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits18_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits12_by-Kevin-TrowbridgeKelowna-engagement-session_surreal-dream-forest-and-lake-portraits16_by-Kevin-Trowbridge

So many interesting things they found – books of old, keys belonging to mysterious doors and locks, a broken down chandelier, even a withered flower wreath. 

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Opening a little cabinet they found an old elixir of some sort.  They wondered what it was; surely it was just wine or port.  Doesn’t that just get better with age?  Remembering their parents advice, they knew it wasn’t safe to drink unknown substances.  But being the curious people they were, they couldn’t resist. 

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A little scared and a little excited, they drank the whole glass down.

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And then felt very, very sleepy…

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…and awoke in a very strange and beautiful forest.

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They suddenly realized that all the same objects they found in the old house were among them, but all bright and new.  Even the withered flower wreath had come back to life.  How strange! 

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Everything was beautiful.  The temperature was perfect.  The air smelled like the most delicious roses and there was the most beautiful sound, but they couldn’t tell if it was someone playing a violin or songbirds signing in the morning sky.  True to their nature, they started exploring.

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For a while, they got separated as they explored and as Byron sat down to rest he realized their was something in his pocket…and pulled out the most beautiful ring.  He thought about how much he loved Nikita and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, but decided to wait until the perfect moment. 

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Suddenly Nikita came dancing through the forest.
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Hearing the distant sound of waves, they followed their ears to find a picturesque pebble beach.

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And then the moment was perfect.

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Sleepy-eyed they woke up in the old house exactly where they dozed off.  It must have been a dream.

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However, when they looked down they found the exact same ring from the dream and realized it wasn’t a dream after all. 

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We look forward to photographing their “happily ever after” at their upcoming  New Year’s Eve winter wedding.  Woot woot!

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