Kelowna Wedding Photography Locations « Wedding Photography Okanagan Blog

By: J. Kevin Dunn Wedding Photography  09-12-2011
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Kelowna Wedding Photography Locations « Wedding Photography Okanagan Blog

Kelowna Area Wedding Venues

Venue Location

On lake Okanagan just North of Kelowna

  • 75 kms North of Penticton (a 1.5 hour drive)
  • 50 kms South of Vernon (50 minute drive)

2411 Westside Place
Kelowna, BC

Camp Owaissi

Beach weddings and creative photography for the outdoorsie type

Camp Owaissi is a place where you can take your time, breathe easy, have a stress free wedding ceremony on the smooth pebble beach and a campfire at night. You may even opt for s’mores instead of wedding cake! And it is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Kelowna. As a wedding photographer there, I had fun photographing a bridal party playing frisbee on the beach, canoeing at twilight and dancing in the beautifully decorated gazebo.
As a “local” photographer, I can turn picture-taking into image making with my knowledge of “secret spots” like little pockets of untravelled beach, accessible yet private desert trails and a love of the amazing light that fills this unique part of the Okanagan Valley.

This large log gazebo beside the dock functions as an open air wedding reception hall. The head table with the lake view backdrop is a natural for stunning photography. There are cabins for guests and a grassy field for the outdoor-oriented. Who says you can’t mix tuxedos with tents!

As you drive to Camp Owaissi on Kelowna’s windy Westside road, it is like traveling along Memory Lane to an Okanagan lakeside gem. Wedding photography here lends itself to a vintage approach – black and white film and darkroom come to mind in a digital age.

The original wooden lodge is just as it was 30 years ago – not overdone, practical yet interesting with its cantilevered framework. You can hear thousands of kids’ voices within these walls echoed by the dozens of children’s footprints embedded into the cement floor – a testament to many good times past and yet to come.

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Venue Location

On Osoyoos Lake, in West Kelowna.

  • 60 kms North of Penticton (a 45 minutes drive)
  • 65 kms South of Vernon (a 55 minutes drive)

2375 Whitworth Rd
West Kelowna, Central Okanagan, BC

Gellatly Heritage Park & Nut Farm

Another world of forest delights.

When you walk under a canopy of heritage trees at Gellatly Heritage Park & Nut Farm in West Kelowna, it sets the mind at ease – all the craziness of the outside world disappears. “Green space” like this doesn’t exist anywhere else in the Okanagan so I welcome the chance to be the photographer at weddings here whenever possible.

Gellatly Nut Farm’s proximity to The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna makes it a fantastic venue for the whole day. Your wedding ceremony can take place in numerous locations on the grounds – near the beach, near the old homestead or in a secret grove of heritage filbert trees. From there, creative photography has no limits! (except for the mind of the photographer).

After a fun photography session, you and your guests can convene 10 minutes up Boucherie Road at Quail’s Gate Estate Winery for a vineyard wedding reception with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake. In the evening, the twinkling lights of Kelowna in the distance remind you of where you are – in an oasis in the middle of an Okanagan paradise.

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Venue Location

in Kelowna, Okanagan Valley

  • 80 kms North of Penticton (about 1h10 drive)
  • 50 kms South of Vernon (about 55 min. drive)

1310 Mckenzie Road

Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Serenity Gardens

Lush gardens and waterfalls – Kelowna wedding ceremony made perfect!

Kelowna is full of hidden gems – it’s just a matter of seeking them out. Part of my job as a Kelowna wedding photographer is to find and share these with couples who want something different – something truly “Okanagan”.

Tucked in amongst two apple orchards on an alluring curvy road just above Rutland in Kelowna, is Okanagan Serenity Gardens. This is definitely an inspired garden setting containing a wide range of elements for beautiful wedding ceremony and creative wedding photography in Kelowna.

From rustic props like the old FARGO farm truck to classic features like a whitewashed pergola for wedding ceremonies, perfect green lawns for guests, and the extensive waterfall feature with its dramatic rock work and trio of ponds, the possibilities for artistic photography have no boundaries.

Brides at Okanagan Serenity Gardens can put on the finishing touches before the ceremony in a nice private powder room complete with antique chandelier and indoor washrooms. To make it easier for you, Okanagan Serenity Gardens supplies nice chairs for all functions.

As most couples can attest, a wedding venue is only as good as its management. Lindsey Ivans grew up on the property and knows all of its subtle ins and outs. Her dad, Gordon Ivans, a former apple grower, has constructed the waterfall, designed the grounds and planted everything himself.

Okanagan Serenity Gardens in Kelowna is definitely a labour of love designed specifically for couples to share their love of one another and for the Okanagan.

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Venue Location

In West Kelowna, nearly on Okanagan Lake.

  • 60 kms North of Penticton (a 45 min drive)
  • 65 kms South of Vernon (a 55 min drive)

3303 Boucherie Road
West Kelowna, BC

Quail’s Gate Estate Winery

Creative and romantic weddings combined with warm reception.

I love the idea of having a private wedding reception venue built right into a hillside winery – one of Kelowna’s finest. The indoor space is cozy with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake and the twinkling lights of Kelowna off in the distance. Photography sessions here often take place with wine glass in hand – one of the joy of being the photographer!

I love to take couples or family groups into the vineyard – it creates an authentic experience, rewarding photographs and usually a lot of light hearted laughter. From the balcony, I can get beautiful aerial views of Okanagan Lake and the hills beyond and at the same time, direct my “subjects” in subtle ways to make the photographs stand out.

“I need a bit more movement – pick up your feet!” I’ve been known to say.

Sometimes it’s the little things like capturing people mid-stride rather than standing still that make photographs come to life. The vineyard is a perfect place for this – besides, you can’t go too far astray, everything is in rows!

Whether you’re wedding is in the Spring when the vines are beginning to come to life, or in the Fall during Winefest when the grapes are dripping off the vines, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery has always fulfilled the creative and romantic visions of the wedding couples I photogaphed here.

For those who like to mix it up during the day, it is easy here to combine a wedding ceremony at Gellatly Nut Farm and a reception at Quail’s Gate winery or The Cove Lakeside Resort. The latter offers great rooms for out of town guests.

What are your impressions of Quail’s Gate Winery? Why would you like to get married there?

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Venue Location

In Kelowna, Okanagan Valley.

  • 75 kms North of Penticton (a 1 hour drive)
  • 50 kms South of Vernon (a 55 min. drive)

4870 Chute Lake Road
Kelowna, BC

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Stellar settings for Kelowna Weddings and spectacular sunset photography

Winery weddings in the Okanagan are often a dream creation and there are few places that can fulfill your imagination in the Okanagan like Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, B.C.

As an Okanagan wedding photographer based in Penticton, I am often asked by brides and grooms to be, to suggest a winery that will host their wedding ceremony and reception. Contrary to popular belief, there are not a lot of wineries that will host weddings, but Summerhill is a brilliant exception.

Located on Lakeshore Drive in Kelowna, Summerhill Winery offers colour saturated views of the vineyards, Okanagan Lake and adjacent farmlands. Sunset photography is spectacular here from the patio.

Summerhill is famous for it’s whitewashed cement pyramid which can house enough people for a small wedding ceremony. The pyramid is also used to keep new wines and give them a spiritual aging. Call it mystique or reality, the wines here are amazing!

Photography on site is, in short, excellent! There are great options near the restored homestead or, for a more futuristic look, you got it – aim for the pyramid! I’ve been the photographer here for numerous events over the years and each time it is unique, believe me.

In conclusion – winery weddings in Kelowna with amazing options for photography, great Okanagan scenery, awesome wine & food – look no further than Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Do you have any tips for the best ever wedding at Summerhill Winery?

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Venue Location

On a private cove of Okanagan Lake, minutes from Kelowna!

  • 65 kms South of Vernon (a 50 min. drive)
  • 60 kms North of Penticton (a 35 min. drive)
  • 430 kms East of Vancouver (a 4.5 hour drive)

4205 Gellatly Road
West Kelowna, Central Okanagan Valley, BC

The Cove Lakeside Resort

All inclusive wedding Resort – photography on the beach, in a nut grove or in the grape vines!

Location, location, location – the old adage holds true and The Cove in West Kelowna lives up to this attribute in every way. Being a photographer at and around The Cove is a true delight! You will love your wedding there and have gorgeous creative photographs to cherish for a lifetime!

Built on its own piece of Okanagan lakeshore paradise, this full service facility combines elements of practicality, elegance, amenities in a larger scale yet intimate setting. Just minutes from the bustle of downtown Kelowna, The Cove Lakeside Resort is a quick getaway. If your guests are arriving by plane, the Kelowna airport is a short drive to the north. Penticton is a scenic 40 minutes drive to the South.

With the gorgeous canopies of heritage trees at Gellatly Nut Farm next door, your wedding ceremony can take place at a unique outdoor location as one of many options. To complete your wedding day, travel up Boucherie Road for some fantastic wine tasting at Quail’s Gate Estate Winery.

When photographing weddings at either of the three above mentioned places, my clients have always appreciated extending their Okanagan experience by visiting the other two. In a nutshell, The Cove Lakeside Resort, Gellatly Nut Farm and Quail’s Gate are a tryptic that anyone would love to visit. Add a pinch of personal vision & some creative photography and you’ll have a custom-made wedding day full of unique memories.

I also like to remind couples that while we are off doing artistic wedding photography, guests can linger outdoors with wine at any of the “Big 3” This is important to the flow of your day and no one will be left feeling high and dry.

Ideas, tips, or advice for best wedding photograph at The Cove or one of the “Big 3”?

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