We’re continuing with our equestrian theme for the day today with Emily and Cameron’s gorgeous summer wedding that took place at Kelowna Ranch in Okanagan Valley, Canada. There’s nothing I don’t love about this perfect setting–particularly the picnic cocktails on the lawn. There are so many more wonderful details that Emily shared with us, so be sure to read more!
Very special thanks to Gucio Photography for sharing their work. It’s absolutely stunning.
The Okanagan Valley is where I grew up and it’s gorgeous scenery made the perfect back drop. We are both very passionate about wine so it also made sense to be in wine country. Twin Creek Ranch is a hidden gem that not many people realize is there. Being on a ranch offered that rustic and nostalgic country feel but with modern elements blended in. We wanted our day to feel classy and elegant but without pretension. We pictured it being a day of leisure and socializing, hence we did not do a seated dinner (it was all about mingling) and our creation of the “lawn lounge” invited guests to really relax and take in the scenery without feeling obligation to do anything at all. I wanted to have some subtle vintage/antique style touches to the decor to add to the rustic, nostalgic feeling that I wanted to create. Many of the cushions in the lawn lounge had covers made from vintage table cloths and we got a collection of Life Magazines from the the 1950′s and 60′s to set out for people to read.
For my dress I wanted something really simple and pretty with lace overlay. I thought that this dress by Pronovias had a timeless look. My bouquet was hand made by my godfather using antique brooches which we collected from flea markets, antique stores and some were even heirloom brooches from in my family. Cam outfitted him and his guys in suspenders from a Vancouver Boutique called Vencent Park. The ties were all randomly selected by the guys as to not look too uniform.
Many of our guests had come all the way out from Australia to be with us so it was also important to us that we showcase the Okanagan Valley and include as many local elements as possible. Our wedding favors were home-made preserves made by my mom from her own back yard peach trees and raspberries in the Okanagan. We chose all local wines and beers as well. We LOVE our classic pre-prohibition style cocktails so we featured negroni’s and gimlet’s on the bar. The Band: Maria in The Shower is a local Vancouver band that has a 1920′s Jazz sound and not to mention fabulous style!