Kate and Phil’s Wintry Kelowna, BC Wedding by Kevin Trowbridge Photography

The bride poses as the groom makes a silly face in a black lounge chair.

I love this wedding so much. Seriously, so far this year it is one of my very favorites. And I have reasons to back it up: 1. Kate is a stunning bride in a ga-ga-ga-gorgeous dress; 2. They are both hilarious and it shows. Especially Phil when hamming it up for the camera; 3. This wedding looks crazy expensive and labor-intensive, but it really wasn’t. Kudos to Kate on that one; and 4. Their decor completely matched the snowy landscape outside. See? I love this wedding. Thank you ever so much to Kevin Trowbridge Photography for sharing! This real wedding has convinced me that I need to get up to Kelowna, BC, right away.

The modern architecture of the wedding venue.Close up of the bride's sparkly silver wedding shoes.Small hanging silver orbs on strings alongside the bride's wedding gown and shoes.The bride adjusts a bouquet of white flowers.White and green flowers in decorative white buckets.The bride's lacy, vintage gown hangs in the window alongside her wedding shoes.The bride lays nearly nude on a bed in her shoes and veil.The bride smiles as she lays on a bed holding a cupcake.A bridesmaid helps the bride with her wedding dress as she looks on in the mirror.A large cream bow adorns the back of the bride's lacy wedding gown.The groom and his groomsmen adjust their black ties.The groom adjusts his black suspenders as he prepares for the ceremony.The groom buttons his grey vest and does a silly pose for the camera.The groom poses in his grey tuxedo. The couple share a kiss and embrace each other as they sit in an area at the venue.The couple hold hands as they stand together in front of large windows.The bride flashes her ring and bridal accessories as the groom sits on a lounge chair.The couple laugh as the bride rests her chin on the groom's shoulder.The couple pose together as they hold hands and the bride holds her bouquet.The couple embrace each other by the snowy rocks near the wedding venue.The bride and groom pose together by a pole at the wedding venue.The bride and groom hold hands as they walk together on a road surrounded by snow.The couple walk towards the wedding venue in the snow.Rows of chairs and buckets of flowers in front of a modern fireplace.Large, dramatic hanging chandeliers and circle lights at the venue.A modern fireplace at the wedding ceremony venue.White and green flowers in a decorative white bucker alongside a photo of the couple at the altar.The couple hold hands as they stand at the stone, brick altar in front of large open windows.The bride wipes tears from her eyes as she stands at the wedding altar.The groom dips his bride as the two share a kiss.The groom makes a silly face as he and the bride look at their rings.The bride and groom share a laugh as they toast with their maid of honor and best man outside.The couple pose together under a large, dramatic chandelier.Elegant, modern black, white and gold place settings at the wedding reception.Chocolate cupcakes adorned with chocolate frosting and candy canes.A spoonful of treats at the wedding reception.White candles illuminate the wedding reception.The couple's diamond and gold wedding rings in the snow.The couple hold hands as they share a dance at the reception.The couple share laughs and drinks with their guests at the reception.The groom wraps his arm around his bride as they address their guests at the reception.The black and white reception dinner menu alongside various meals at the reception.A slice of layered cake drizzled in chocolate and adorned with a green garnish on a plate.Reception guests sit at tables in the venue.

Did you have any DIY projects?

I used a vintage decoration rental place in town and decorated the room the night before. The morning of the wedding I was cutting flower stems and assembling the aisle runner decorations that were also used as part of the table decorations later on. I also made my own bouquet and my maid of honour’s bouquet and just tied a bit of lace around the stem.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

The speeches at the reception. To hear such beautiful words from everyone and how much they truly love us is really moving.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

Funny things are always happening with us. Phil and I are not a very serious couple but we are seriously in love! But on the wedding day I don’t even think Phil knew he was getting married because he spent all morning in the spa with the boys! He was hardly ready for the first glance photos!
How did you know your partner was “the one”?

You know, that’s a tough one because I don’t have a defining moment. Phil and I met each other on Facebook through a mutual friend. I thought he was cute so I decide to add him as a friend…what did I have to lose? We ended up getting along really well and talking every chance we got. So after months of Skyping and emailing Phil flew over mid-October from Australia to come meet me. Some months later I flew to Australia where we lived together straight away and stayed there for a year with him. He proposed that September. When you know you know, you know? Now we are married and have been living in Canada for a year. We couldn’t be happier. So I guess you could call it fate that brought us together. I never felt that defining moment of OMG he’s the one! It was the perfect fit from the start.

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

To all the new brides, weddings don’t have to be stressful. Pick a gorgeous location so little decorations need to be done which is also cost effective. Hire amazing photographers so that even if you did a horrible job setting up they’ll make it look amazing in the photos. Half of our budget went to getting the best photographer, you only do this once and the photos you’ll have forever. Make use of your family and friends to help with table numbers, place cards, menus etc. It is key to remember that not everything will be perfect. It is just not worth it to stress out over the little things. Also, the first glance photos are amazing because you get more time for the photos without keeping people waiting for ages between the ceremony and reception.

Vendors:
Photographer: Kevin Trowbridge Photography
Venue and catering: Sparkling Hill Resort
Dress: Bliss Bridal
Shoes: Spring
Accessories: My Nan’s pearls – Necklace, bracelet and earrings
Groom’s Attire: Moore’s Clothing, Vera Wang

Flowers: White hydrangeas from the grocery store Urban Fare in town

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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