Caroline and James came from Vancouver to have their wedding at the beautiful Summerhill Estate Winery in Kelowna. But their story started much further away than that! Caroline and James met at university in New Zealand, where Caroline was studying abroad. Since then, James has moved to Canada and many of his friends and family traveled the long distance to come see these two get married. I have to say, New Zealanders, AKA Kiwis, are hilarious. I love their dry sense of humour. I was crying with laughter on more than one occasion on their wedding day – especially at the video made for them back in New Zealand. Friends and family, who couldn’t attend, took their turns sending their love and congratulations to the couple (and doing some funny imitations of James’ loveable quirks).
Caroline and James are one of the nicest couples I’ve ever met – they have huge hearts and really make the most of life. I instantly clicked with them. Their wedding party was hilarious and full of energy. One of them had such an awesome idea for a series of photos called “The Wave” – see below for that. Too funny! The weather was a perfect mix of sun and cloud and the day couldn’t have gone any better!
Stage Right Etc decorated the reception area at Summerhill with luxurious draping and beautiful yellow accents to make the place truly gorgeous (yet again). There was a fun candy bar with a mix of Canadian candy and Zew Zealand candy like Jaffas and Pineapple Lumps that not only looked cool, but was fun to choose (and eat of course)! The laid-back lounge layout and appetizer dinner style had everyone mingling and having a great time from the get go. I loved the casual elegance of it all.
I have no doubt Caroline and James will grow old together and have many adventures! : ) Click here to check out their engagement shoot as well.
- Venue: Summerhill Estate Winery
- Wedding Planning/Decor: Stage Right Etc
- Florals: Stage Right Etc
- Cake: Sweet Art Cakes
- DJ: Krucial K – Flyin’ Hawaiian Entertainment
- Marriage Commissioner: James Harnden
- Dress: Lillen Collection
- Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung
- Hair: Amici’s
- Make-up: Melissa Craven
- Bride’s jewelry: Earrings – Alexis Bittar; Bracelet – Catherine Weitzman
- Bride’s shoes: Brian Atwood
- Photo Booth: Okanagan PhotoBooth