Category: Kelowna Weddings

Choosing Your Wedding Venue

After the joy of getting engaged, picking a date and choosing the venue are the first and largest choices to make. Despite the excitement, these are not decisions meant to be rushed. Take your time and talk together as a couple to figure out what you truly want. To help make the process as easy as possible, here are some tips for choosing your wedding venue.

Start by deciding on an indoor or outdoor wedding venue. From there you can decide on a hotel, barn, gallery, reception hall, garden, winery, orchard, and so on to fit with your vision. Think about what you want the view to be of. Decide on a colour palette or theme if you’re interested in that. Perhaps you just want to inject your personal styles into the decor. Certain places will suit these choices better than others. You can weed out many locations that just don’t fit right away and save the time and energy of visiting a long list of venues.

Yes, you’re wedding day is about you, but it’s almost as important to consider your guests. Ensure the wedding venue is large enough to accommodate the number of guests you’ve invited. Don’t forget about the food, tables and chairs, decor, band or DJ, dance floor, and so on that will have to fit as well. Is there enough parking available? Also consider any elderly guests, those with disabilities, or young children in attendance. Will the venue be suitable for everyone and their particular needs?

Here in the Okanagan we are blessed with an abundance of classy locations and gorgeous landscapes.  There is something for everyone. Some of my favourite locations include:

Hotel Eldorado – for an elegant, classic, bright indoor venue in Kelowna
Silver Sage Stables – for a romantic, barn-like venue in Coldstream
Gatzke Ochards – for a rustic, outdoorsy, and sustainable venue in Lake Country
Painted Rock Estate Winery – for a modern, chic, and classy venue in Penticton
Sanctuary Gardens – for an intimate gazebo with gardens and lake view in West Kelowna


Posted written by Grace Furman, owner/writer of Heartful Habits

Ryan & Katherine’s Wedding at Sanctuary Gardens, West Kelowna

Ryan and Katherine were such a sweet couple to photograph. I met them about a year before their wedding when I photographed their engagement session by the lake in Oyama. These two are naturals in front of the camera, allowing for perfect photo opportunities. Their personalities compliment each other so well and it comes off clearly in the photographs.

Their ceremony took place at Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna. A stunning location for a smaller more intimate wedding with a beautiful view of Okanagan Lake.

Following the ceremony, we continued to the Gellatly Nut Farm just down the street. The Nut Farm is great for its variety of locations that include: beachfront, a forest of nut trees, and old heritage buildings.

We finished off the day at 19 Okanagan Bar & Grill with food, dancing, and entertainment by Okanagan Wedding Entertainment Group.

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Sean & Jodi’s Garden Wedding

A stunning garden wedding! Sean & Jodi had such a beautiful garden display for their ceremony held at one of their family member’s backyards in Kelowna. Later we headed to Mill Creek Park for more outdoor photos by the creek. An exciting moment was when we ran into a woman who let us borrow her horse for a few photos.

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