When Lyanne and Kyle started planning their wedding day, nearly a year ago, they knew their family would be the most important part of the day. They have so many friends they love – but they decided on an intimate family-only (or super close friends that feel like family!) ceremony just outside of Penticton, where Lyanne’s mom lives. I was delighted to receive their inquiry in January of this year for September 8th, a Friday, because I had already booked a Saturday, September 9th in Penticton. It was truly meant to be.
Small weddings are a lot of fun to be a part of – every single person there is so special to the couple, I can’t imagine choosing only 29 guests! I love being able to memorize most of the names (I counted that night when I got home… I think I memorized 17 out of the 29. Not bad, right?) – and the feel of ‘family’ I get to enjoy. Lyanne and Kyle’s day was no exception! I started the morning with Kyle and his two groomsmen at a rental house in town, before driving up to Lyanne’s mom and step-dad’s home on the hill. Many of the family was gathered round and I loved the moment when Lyanne walked out to show off her beautiful gown and everyone’s reactions!
Their ceremony was in Kaleden, a town about twenty minutes south of Penticton. The venue was Linden Gardens, an absolutely gorgeous space. Pathways lead in every direction through curated, beautiful green gardens. There’s a lawn for ceremonies, for cocktail hours, and a hall for receptions (in the off-season.) It was truly stunning.
The evening was a joy–everyone was relaxed and soaking in this beautiful celebration in a perfect setting. String lights hung over the U-shaped reception table while guests enjoyed a perfect dinner by Flambe Catering. Lyanne and Kyle’s First Dance took place under the stars, while a cooler wind picked up and blew away the day’s humidity. I was there for a full hour and a half of dancing and Lyanne and Kyle’s guests were awesome to watch! I’m sure the dancing continued well after I left, as well. It was so great.
When I said goodbye to Lyanne and Kyle at the end of the night, it was pretty fun to say, “See you next weekend!” because that’s right, I’m capturing a few hours of their reception back home in the Vancouver area with all of their friends who couldn’t attend the small Penticton celebration.
P.S. Thank you to Kourtney & Dexter for this referral. Appreciate it so much!
Makeup + Hair: Brandie Elfstrom
Officiant: Judith Ritcey
Coordinator: Steph – Dream Big Event Management
Dress: Lisa’s Bridal
Florist: Endless Blooms
Ceremony Venue: Linden Gardens
Cake: Whisk Cake Company
Catering: Flambe Catering
Lyanne and Kyle have two dogs, featured in their engagement session, and had these adorable figurines made of them for the cake! I’m obsessed.
PS. Lyanne and Kyle wanted photos with all their vendors, hehehe. So here I am!