Inspired by summer in the Okanagan Valley, Christie Graham Photography and Created Lovely Events set out to craft a shoot that fully embraces the best parts of a warm-weathered affair. A fresh color palette of pretty pink and peach, organic florals by A New Leaf Floral Design decorating a weathered canoe and the easy elegance of dining al fresco – it’s all folded into this story. Click right here for more.
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From Created Lovely Events…When Christie Graham Photography and I initially met to discuss the inspiration for this shoot, we really wanted to encompass our take on Summer in the Okanagan Valley; fresh peach and pink flowers, grass and trees just beginning to turn green, warm light, and of course the feel of summer arriving by the water.
The tablescape was designed to be fresh and romantic. Based on a wood table with a soft grey table runner, beautiful calligraphy menus and place cards added the pop of color to match the vibrant, flowing centerpiece. Gold candle sticks and gold rimmed glassware added warmth while small terrarium boxes filled with blueberries doubled as favors and decor to complete the look.
When it came to the models, sometimes you meet couples whose love is just so infectious they simply have to be photographed. That’s Meg and Scott. These two modeled so effortlessly, letting the love of their four year marriage really show. Wearing a romantic flowing gown with long loosely curled locks, Meg looked stunning next to her handsome beau in a plaid navy shirt and suit jacket.
The romantic, vine draped canoe and detailed oars pulled the rest of this Spring lakeside shoot together on the rocky beach of Okanagan Lake.
Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Florist: A New Leaf Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Truvelle Bridal | Stationary: La Happy Design | Hair & Makeup: Jenny McKinney | Cake Designer: Sweet On You Designer Cups & Cakes | Stylist: Created Lovely Events | Venue: Okanagan Valley
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Probably my favorite part of this job is reading the stories behind the beautiful pictures we see. For Karla and Clement, some of their fondest memories are by the water, so they decided to incorporate it into the lovely engagement photos from Gucio Photography we see here today. There’s just simply nothing better than love. So go ahead and let your heart swell with the tide and head on over to the full gallery here.
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From the Bride to Be: As for the thoughts of the engagement session …. I’ve always loved water. Whether it’s being by the sea or scuba diving or playing with watercolors or even the symbolic meanings of water I always just feel connected by it. One time, Clement and I went on a date to go row boating and it was just a surreal experience being out in nature and it just felt like it was just the two of us and the world. Clement is a man of few words, so maybe because it was just the two of us, I thought he had the confidence to talk more while we were on the boat. He shouted on top of his lungs that he loved me, and we just laughed and giggled over it and thought it was just the sweetest, cheesiest thing ever. I just knew that one day we would have to incorporate the rowboat somehow for our engagement photos.
As a calligrapher, painter and designer, I really wanted to incorporate watercolor into our save the date suite. Using lots of water and pale turquoise hues, I came up with a watercolor suite that resembled the two of us. Just like the sea where it can be so calm one second, and completely rocky at times, Clement and I have gone through so much in our relationship but yet we draw strength from it. Instead of clashing waves, we move together and grow together.
I’ve always been in love with the look of film since I was a young child and knew that’s what I wanted for our engagement photos. Kasia and Anna were absolutely amazing to work with and they really made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. Every picture was a well-thought-out masterpiece without being rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed the process. We love how they were able to help us exude emotion and it could be seen in the photos. It was a truly memorable experience.
Photography: Gucio Photography | Stationary: Written Word Calligraphy
Yellow took awhile to grow on me but now I’m totally obsessed. As I have it proudly displayed in almost every room of my home. It’s cheerful sunshine in a hue and wrapped around this stunning Vancouver wedding photographed by Ken Tan with yellow floral pomanders and the like by Yonra Designs. See even more of these summertime nuptials right here in the full gallery.
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From The Bride…Although we were engaged for more than a year, planning really only began two weeks before the wedding (when we arrived in Vancouver from Hong Kong, where we currently reside in). The only things we really confirmed were the venues, photographer and videographers leading up to the day. As you can imagine, it was two very hectic weeks of finalizing attendees, meeting all the different vendors (some for the very first time in person as everything else before was pretty much done via email or long distance calls), planning the seating charts and rundown of the day, assigning responsibilities, dealing with last minute changes, putting together our growing up video and entrance video, deciding on songs for the dinner playlist… the list goes on. Luckily, we have a group of amazing friends and family who stepped in to help us out with different pieces of the puzzle and then putting them all together on the day of. I don’t know how many times the thought of ditching the wedding all together and wishing that we had eloped crossed my mind… But in the end, the wedding came together beautifully. It was a day to celebrate my union with my wonderful husband but also a day to reconfirm just how lucky we are to have so many amazing family and friends around us. The day went by pretty quickly, as promised by friends who have already gone through the process, and came to a fun-filled end at night, with plenty of games and wine to entertain all of us thoroughly.
Theme? Sweet vintage and fun was the theme (kinda…more like a mesh of everything I liked on Pinterest). Theme color was yellow. Chose it for the bright cheery feeling it brings.
Your top 3 best moments and why…1.The door games in the morning when the groom and groomsmen had to play humiliating games when picking up the bride. The games were meant to be humiliating but the guys seemed to enjoy eating candies off of the groom’s body J. 2. Saying “I do”s. It was so surprising and touching to see Alfred tear up. 3. Winging our (unprepared) speeches buzzed at the reception. We were so rushed with the planning that neither of us had enough time to prepare the speeches ahead of time. To work up the courage to go up to do the speeches, we went around to toast each table first until we had enough alcohol in our system to get through the speeches. It was hard trying not to puke while we did it… classy.
Photography: Ken Tan | Flowers: Yonra Designs | Cake: Piece Of Cake By Kelly | Hair and Makeup: Annie Chang | Bridal Gown: Aimer La Vie | Bridal Party Attire: Zara TRF Line | Decorations: Something Nice Decor | Favours: Piece of Cake by Kelly | Groom's Tux: Zara Men's Line | Restaurant: Grand Dynasty Seafood | The Chapel: Celebration Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Park