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Rekha and Aaron’s Spirit Ridge Wedding in Osoyoos

Wedding Planing by: Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by: Kevin Trowbridge

A couple of summers ago, I had the honour of planning Rekha and Aaron’s wedding that took place at the Spirit Ridge Resort overlooking Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan Range. The couple celebrated their cross-cultural wedding over two days during the weekend with a Hindu wedding ceremony on Friday and a civil wedding ceremony on Saturday.

The Hindu wedding ceremony was held on the resorts roof-top terrace and took place under a Mandap of white and pink fabric. Rekha wore a traditional red sari embellished with gold detailing symbolizing the rising sun and prosperity.  The colour red was used throughout the ceremonial space along with vibrant pinks and oranges traditionally used during Hindu weddings.

During the ceremony, a fire burned under the Mandap as a witness to the sacrament of marriage. Offerings of rice were given to the fire and floral garlands were exchanged symbolizing the couple’s desire to marry one another. Proceeding the ceremony, a reception followed with traditional East Indian Cuisine and a Mehendi Station by The Henna Hut.

The following day, Rekha enjoyed a relaxing morning with her bridal party with a private yoga class in the courtyard while Aaron worked out with his groomsmen. One of my favourite things about this wedding day morning was that the wedding party and guests alike were given time to enjoy the resort amenities and were able to explore Osoyoos before the next celebrations began. Letting everyone unwind in the sun in the morning set the stage for the peaceful ceremony and reception that was to come.

Saturday’s ceremony also took place on the terrace. Two floral arrangements sat on top of wine barrels at the end of the aisle while white chairs were set looking towards the arch and Osoyoos Lake. Celsia Florist designed a stunning arch arrangement that covered a dark stained arbour with a plethora of dusty pink roses, white hydrangea, and burgundy smokebush.

Following the ceremony and cocktail hour, guest were invited to the Vineyard Patio for dinner. Dark-stained harvest tables were lined with wooden grace chairs with linen cushions. By incorporating the traditional place cards onto the menus, the place settings were kept simple with just a napkin and glassware calling attention to the garden-inspired flowers, the space itself, and the stunning views of Osoyoos. The centerpieces with dusty pink roses, white ranunculus and greenery felt organic in the space that had a ceiling covered in trailing vines. Crystal chandeliers were hung on the ceiling amongst the vines creating a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. Each guest had a personalized luggage tag at their place setting as a keepsake from the wedding.

The head table was lined with a stunning garland of greenery and flowers and was shaded with market umbrellas. A tiered wedding cake by Sweet on You was set on a wine barrel next to the head table celebrating the space the wedding was taking place in – wine country.

During dinner, guests enjoyed a seasonal plated meal and the venues own Nkmip Wine. After the couple cut the cake, they stepped away for some sunset photos in the vineyard while the servers at Spirit Ridge plated and served dessert to their guests. Speeches then continued after Rehka and Aaron returned and then they enjoyed their first dance to ‘It’s Your Love’ by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

Love Alicia xo

A Painted Rock Wedding for Jill + Andrew

Wedding Planning by Alicia Keats | Wedding Photography by Brittney Gill

Featured in print and on-line in WeddingBells Magazine

Every one of my weddings is personal for me, but every once in a while, they are extra personal, like this one.  I have known Jill for longer than I can even remember, since she was in kindergarten and when she reached out to share with me that she was engaged to the greatest guy and planning a wedding I was SO excited! We got to work finding the perfect location to bring their ideas to life. We looked in Bermuda, California, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico (briefly), Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Okanagan before finding the perfect location at Painted Rock and Spirit Ridge. With a minimalist feel and a colour palette that complimented the landscape of BC, Jillian + Andrew’s wedding had a stylish, modern style that reflected who they are perfectly.

Jill Lansky of the August Diaries (if you are not following her on instagram already, you really should!) designed her own hair and makeup for the day of her wedding. She kept her hair down in loose waves and used a natural makeup pallet. She wore a simple white dress by Calvin Klein with a strappy black and white block heel sandal from Saint Laurent. Her bridesmaids wore long black dresses from Park and Fifth with nude shoes. The groom, Andrew, wore a dark charcoal suit with a light grey tie and Cole Haan brown leather shoes while the groomsmen wore grey suites with black ties and black shoes.

Jillian + Andrew’s ceremony took place on the lawn of Painted Rock overlooking Skaha Lake and the Okanagan hills. Flower arrangements from Our Little Flower Company lined the aisle and were made to feel as though they were growing in situ, organically. At the top of the aisle we blended the décor seamlessly into the landscape with dense greenery cascading over a copper arch softened by the use of Plumosa Fern. During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a song by friends of Jillian + Andrew and were shaded from the sun by white paper parasols.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed Painted Rock Rose and passed canapes such as Duck Confit Crostini with Waldorf Salad. Following cocktail hour, guests were escorted into the stretch tent where dinner was to take place.

In the tent, long harvest tables were lined with vineyard chairs with linen cushions. The tables were set with black stoneware plates from Pedersen’s Rentals, linen napkins from Faire la Fete, and gold cutlery. White pillar candles of various sizes were set in glass votives and placed along the center of the tables among the greenery garlands, creating a romantic and cozy atmosphere under the tent when it got darker. Table numbers and name cards by Love by Phoebe were inspired by the couples black and white wedding invitations from Minted, and helped to steer the look towards minimalism rather than more of a rustic feel.

During the reception, guests enjoyed numerous speeches by the friends and family of Jillian + Andrew while enjoying a three-course plated dinner inspired by local and seasonal ingredients by Joy Road Catering. After the dessert of homemade pie was served, the couple enjoyed their first dance to Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’ under the stars before the party began.

xo Alicia