People ask us for wedding venue suggestions all the time. “Where can I look for wedding venues?” “What should I look for in my wedding venue?” “What questions should I ask my wedding venue?” “Do you have any wedding venues you recommend?”
But the truth is that this list is only a tiny portion of the possible venues out there. With the right eye, lots of hard work, and a little bit of magic fairy dust, you can turn almost any location into a wedding venue straight from a fairytale. Such was the case with Rebecca & Judson’s gorgeous backyard wedding in downtown Kelowna.
Being a photographer and artist herself Rebecca was all over the details and decor for the day. Each and every element was meticulously planned and put together. And it shows through in the photos – details matter, and they make your wedding so much richer and more photogenic. Almost every portion of the day was handmade or provided by family and friends – including the most breathtaking and delicious chocolate and banana cake we have EVER TRIED! Taking amazing pictures definitely wasn’t hard with a wedding like this! Outdoors on the river beside Okanagan Lake, the ceremony was set up under the shade of large trees so that guests had a comfortable place to witness the “I do’s” in the sizzling 35 degree celcius heat. Once the ceremony was finished chairs were repurposed to make room for a gorgeous outdoor Kelowna wedding reception fit to rival the best Kelowna Wedding Venues have to offer. It was a backyard wedding straight out of a magazine. And as the sun set the couple had their own outdoor dance floor in the backyard lawn, under the twinkle of stringlights forming the perfect canopy for a romantic moonlit dance.
But enough of us gushing on – you’re here for the photos!
Rebecca wanted to incorporate meaningful aspects to every detail of the day she could.
The garter she wore was worn by her great great grandmother
The knife used to cut the cake was the same knife used by her parents.
All the flowers for bouquets were bought from the flower market in the morning and put together by the bridal party and moms pre ceremony.
The flower arch was done by a family friend
The GORGEOUS banana brownie cake (With caramel drizzle topping!) was made by another friend
We honestly can’t remember a better executed DIY Wedding
We had the most incredible time with Rebecca & Judson at their Kelowna backyard Wedding! It just goes to show that even though the Okanagan has some of the most incredible wedding venues in the world – definitely the premiere wedding venues in Canada, if you find the right location and have the right eye for it you can turn ANY great backyard into a wedding venue! This has got to be one of the most gorgeous and luxurious DIY weddings we’ve ever had the chance to attend. This wedding is an amazing showcase that budget isn’t the determining factor of a fairytale wedding. What it comes down to is your creativity, and a LOT of hard work! Beautifully executed details brought glamour and luxury into this wedding under the trees.
Congrats to these two love birds – we love you both and can’t wait to see where you go together :)