Month: July 2012

Tanis & Ryan – Day-After Wedding Session

Tanis and Ryan chose to do a day-after wedding session for the majority of their wedding portraits so that they could have more time with their guests on their wedding day. I’m officially such a fan of day-after sessions! Tanis and Ryan were able to fully immerse themselves without me stealing them away to do portraits. Not only that but we were able to choose an ideal location for their session the next day rather than simply having to do them at the venue or close-by. Not that we don’t have some gorgeous spots for photos at venues in Kelowna (especially at Okanagan Villa where they got married) but Tanis had always dreamed of having her wedding photos done with horses and it was wonderful to be able to fulfill that for her! There was such a relaxed vibe at their session and we were all able to take in the stunning sunset-lit surroundings. Thanks so much to McMillan Farms for letting us take photos on their gorgeous property.

We were crossing our fingers so hard that their would be horses nearby in the field to have in the photos, so we were pretty excited that not only were they close, they were picture-perfectly all grazing around a gorgeous big tree. I couldn’t have posed them better myself. : D I had such a blast doing this session. Tanis and Ryan are truly such a sweet and endearing couple. : )

Click here to check out their wedding photos!



Wedding Dress: Jasmine Haute Couture from Cameo and Cufflinks, Calgary, AB.
Hair: Melissa Dacre
Make-up: Bri Stein

Tanis & Ryan – Okanagan Villa + Laurel Packinghouse Wedding

Tanis and Ryan positively radiate love and happiness. Their wedding party, family and guests were all so amazing as well. There was such a great energy surrounding the day!

I was soooooo excited to shoot a wedding at Okanagan Villa Estate Winery. Tanis and Ryan found out the night before the wedding that they get 2000 applications every year for weddings and they only choose one! Wow! Not only that, they have been given their own vine and they get to have what that vine produces every year! Tanis said, ” It was just so special, we could not have asked for a more beautiful place to get married and entertain our guests.” It’s a stunning spot – I wish I could shoot a zillion weddings there. : )

Geoff and Naomi from Weddings In Motion rocked the day doing videography alongside my second shooter, Carley, and I and were a lot of fun to work with. They pre-filmed Tanis and Ryan’s telling the story of how they met and played it right before they made their entrance and it was so fantastic! Loved it!  Okanagan Executive Events decked out the Laurel Packinghouse for the reception and DJ Krucial K kept great music flowing throughout the night!

Tanis and Ryan are such warmhearted people and I’m so excited for them to start their next chapter together. With amazing attitudes like theirs, their future is sure to be bright and full of happiness. : )

Be sure to check out Tanis and Ryan’s Day-After Session. A gorgeous grassy field at sunset, filled with horses… you don’t want to miss it!

A little joke for Ryan from the bridesmaids. Haha.Below left shot by my second shooter Carley Bortolin.I love the wine box ceremony tradition. They both put love notes, along with some favourite bottles of wine, in a box to be enjoyed at later milestones in life.High five and chest bump directly following the ceremony. I love these two.We only spent a little time doing portraits on the wedding day so that Tanis and Ryan could be with their guests as much as possible. I’m glad we got to get a few shots, at least, on the beautiful Okanagan Villa property. Check out their gorgeous Day After Session we did!!!This was so awesome. Weddings in Motion recorded the wedding party’s speeches before the wedding and played them on flat-screens at intervals during reception. The videos were so fantastic and it was such a fun twist on speeches.


You guys are amazing! Thanks so much for letting me capture your fabulous day!


Ceremony Venue: Okanagan Villa Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC.
Reception Venue: Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna, BC.
Wedding Planning/Decor/Florals: Okanagan Executive Events, Kelowna, BC.
Ceremony singer/guitarist: Raquel Warchol. Tanis said, “When she is famous I will be able to tell people that she sang at our wedding!” : )
Catering: Okanagan Street Food, Kelowna, BC.
Cake: Whisk Cake Company, Kelowna, BC.
DJ: DJ Krucial K, Kelowna, BC.
Videography: Weddings In Motion, Vancouver, BC.
Marriage Officiant: Bonnie Schneider
Bagpiper: Kris Watt
Wedding Dress: Jasmine Haute Couture from Cameo and Cufflinks, Calgary, AB.
Bridesmaids dresses: Alvina Valenta
Hair: Melissa Dacre
Make-up: Bri Stein
Hair adornment: Hair Headpiece: Custom made for Tanis by a friend’s parents same with the veil, which had 800 crystals attached by hand! Tanis said, “Definitely going to be an heirloom piece for me – hopefully I have a daughter.” Aww. : )
Bride’s jewelry: Earrings and bracelet – Swarovski; Small chain bracelet from Tiffany & Co (wedding gift from Ryan)
Rings: Tanis said, “Designed with love by Ryan and I and made at Ferguson Jewellery in Calgary. We wanted more heirloom pieces to pass down the family.”
Bride’s shoes: Vera Wang


Here is a sneak peak of Tanis and Ryan’s Day After Session! Click here or on the photo below to see the rest! Horse wedding photos.

Shannon & Matt – Summerhill Winery/Laurel Packinghouse Wedding, Kelowna.

Shannon and Matt are huge wine lovers so it’s no surprise that they chose the beautiful Summerhill Pyramid Winery for their ceremony. The two of them even have their own wine tour company in the Okanagan called “Experience Wine Tours!”

I had so much fun capturing Shannon and Matt’s big day. Their big wedding party was so awesome! The guys had everyone laughing and the girls were so sweet!! I thought it was really nice that Shannon and Matt didn’t have a best man or maid of honour. “All of our friends are equally important to us,” they said. : )

After portraits, we headed to the Laurel Packinghouse for the reception. The room was beautifully decorated by Stage Right Etc. They really know how to work that room! I especially loved the brown chiavari chairs!

Shannon and Matt are surrounded by such a lovely group of friends and family. The room was filled to the brim with great, lively energy.
The two of them are such a harmonious pair. You can see plain as day that they are a team through and through and that there is so much love there. I wish Shannon and Matt all the best! : )

Check out Shannon and Matt’s engagement session!



Great shot below of the wine sabering caught by my second shooter Carley!Being wine and cheese lovers, Shannon and Matt got a “cheese” cake instead of your regular wedding cake. Very cool!Entertaining alternative to glass-tinking to get the bride and groom to kiss; fill a bucket with a mix of blue and silver Hershey Kisses. If a silver Hershey Kiss is drawn, the bride and groom kiss. If a blue Hershey Kiss is drawn the bride and groom gets to decide who that person kisses. Mmmwwwaaa haaahaa. It got pretty hilarious, pretty fast. 


Thanks for letting me photograph your big day guys! I had a blast. : )


Ceremony Venue: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna, BC.
Reception Venue: Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna, BC.
Decor/Planning/Florals: Stage Right Etc, Kelowna, BC.
Marriage Officiant: James Harnden, Kelowna, BC.
DJ: Dwayne Mollin, Kelowna, BC.
Videographer: John Thiessen, Kelowna, BC.
Catering: Details Catering, Kelowna, BC.