The joining of hands, the joining of lives. This is literally the moment described in the phrase "Take her hand in marriage" which is actually from quite an old ritual known as "handfasting" that goes back to pagan times. We just love it when there is a point in the ceremony for the couple to take a moment together and get lost in each others eyes while showing their connection by crossing arms. Then of course the big moment came, time for the first kiss!
We always love capturing the special details that the bride and groom have painstakingly decided upon. This is one of our favourite bouquet's that we have photographed which was created by the talented team at Impressions Wedding & Event Decor. We love the aesthetics and the fact that they lasted quite well throughout the very hot wedding ceremony and formal portraits!
The aisle for outdoor ceremonies can be quite a bit longer and more difficult to navigate than one that you would encounter in say a church (a large cathedral in a bigger city might be a different story of course!). But here is the good news, everyone will be happy to wait!
Like in this image of a bride walking down the start of the aisle at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. We can't even see the main ceremony site yet, but on the plus side it heightens the intrigue as the groom and wedding guests only get to capture brief glimpses as the bride makes her way down. After turning the corner there is still a short stone walkway to some stairs and then another stone walkway to the ceremony. The other big plus to longer aisles is it gives us, as the photographers, more time to capture the building emotions of the couple and a bigger variety of images.
After a scorching hot, amazingly beautiful ceremony, everyone needed a rest in the shade. So we headed down from the ceremony location to the shade of the heritage farm building at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. We took this opportunity to capture some candids of the wedding party and some casual portraits of the radiant bride relaxing on an adirondack chair. It was the perfect setting to cool down, enjoy a drink, and capture the pure joy that the bride was radiating.
As you may have noticed going through our site we are big fans of black and white photography. This is where we both fell in love with photography, working in the darkroom developing our own black and white film and prints. While we shoot entirely in digital now-a-days, we are always drawn back to creating stunning black and white imagery.
As Kelowna wedding photographers we are truly lucky to be working in the beautiful Okanagan valley. There is a wide range of unique locations that allow us to capture weddings in a variety of environments. Like this wonderful pyramid located at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna. This entire wedding and reception took place at Summerhill, which is great because of the varied locations Summerhill has available on the property.
For the end of the wedding party portraits we headed up to the pyramid to get this stunning shot. While it was super hot this day, the couple and wedding party were troopers and we got through it quickly.
This image also shows how we like to handle large group shots that are a bit more interesting than just a single line of people. We prefer to break them up into smaller groups and spread them out throughout our frame, and the pyramid frames them in quite nicely. After we were done we sent the wedding party away and moved the couple into the shade of the pyramid and continued on with the wedding couple portraits.