To be honest, I’ve been putting off sharing Sonia + Andy’s incredible Destination Okanagan Wedding.
Why? Because it was one of the most beautiful and special experiences I’ve ever had with clients and I fear my words will fail me in expressing how truly unique and heartwarming it was.
These two lovebirds live in Boise, Idaho and after seeing my work published on Style Me Pretty, reached out to ask if I would be interested in working with them. They were a charismatic and easily loveable outdoorsy duo who didn’t care where they married, so long as the experience honoured their story and the people that have helped shape the individuals they are today. Family was their number one priority.
They didn’t care about them or about the show. They cared about how their guests felt and wanted nothing more than for them to have a vacation that was truly unforgettable.
And that it was….
Set beneath the hills of Naramata BC, Sonia and Andy welcomed 40 of their closest friends and family members to Sandy Beach Lodge for five days. Their wedding day would be the grand finale- the electric fireworks to ring out their time together.
Each family, including myself and assistant Amy, was treated to their own log cabin just steps from Okanagan Lake. They spent the week hiking, swimming, boating, touring vineyards and indulging in incredible nightly feasts from family style BBQ’s, roasts and their favourite food truck fare.
By the time their wedding day rolled around, everyone was happier than clams and as relaxed as anyone could ask for.
One of the things I loved about working with these two, was dreaming up countless little ways to share their story and thread sentiment throughout their wedding. Details were their favourite, which delighted me to no end.
But before I go any further on that note I want to share something so important…
Not for a moment did either of these two let the details and the planning steal focus from what truly matters on wedding day.
They had their sights set right from the get go, to stay present and in the moment to absorb every tiny sensation. If anything went wrong, then so be it. And if something was forgotten, so what.
Being the logistical perfectionists that they are [they’re both civil engineers!] they knew having someone they trusted was worth every pretty penny. I was so proud of them for being able to truly let go and revel in the moment. It showed every second on their glowing, cheerful faces.
It was important to Sonia that she see her father first. She wanted an intimate moment where he could savour a second with his little girl and prepare emotionally to give her away. I don’t care what anyone says, your wedding day is as much for your parents as it is for you and your daddy’s been dreaming about walking you down the aisle since you told him you were engaged.
Sonia wanted to carried those she’s loved and lost close to her on wedding day, so she honoured their memory with lockets on her bouquet.
It was Sonia’s dream to marry on the water and despite taunting rain showers all morning, the skies opened up to welcome guests to Naramata Warf Park.
Their personalized ceremony was one of the most emotional ones I’ve witnessed, led by their close friend and thread with stories from friends about how they met and funny moments throughout their journey together.
Seeing Andy’s face as Sonia walked down the aisle said everything. This man was truly smitten… head over heals and gaga for his sweety!
Following the ceremony they wanted a moment to themselves, so we whisked them away for some canoodling in the sun.
Stay tuned for Part two of Sonia + Andy’s day | The cocktail hour and reception. So many details and inspiration you won’t want to miss, including my personal favourite, their smash the piñata session!
Ps: It was an absolute delight to see their Destination Okanagan Wedding featured on the Real Weddings Magazine blog.
Fabulous Vendors who helped make their day flawless:
Wedding Planner & Stylist: Kailey Michelle Events
Photographer: The Nickersons
Ceremony Venue: Naramata Wharf Park
Reception Venue: Sandy Beach Resort
Catering: A Culinary Adventure
Floral & Decor: Stage Right Etc.
Live Entertainment: SideOne
Pastries & Sweet Treats: The White Apron Pastry Co.
Hairstylist: Aimee at Best Little Hair House
Makeup: Bri Stein Artistry
Transportation: Nixdorf Classic Cars