Rio + Jason Spirit Ridge Wedding Osoyoos - Part 1

Where to even start with how much I loved, loved working with R + J. Their quirkiness and creative, easy going style had me hooked from the start!  The day I received the email from Rio asking if I would be available to shoot their summer wedding I was jumping for joy on the inside (and grining from ear to ear on the outside). I'm in love with Rio's sense of style, her genuine personality, her passion for life, and her business Queen Boutique.  I just knew her wedding would nothing but exceptional! And she didn't let me down :).

Rio + Jason are from two amazingly different countries, but two of the best. Jason comes from Australia and met Rio while travelling and working in Canada. The two crossed paths one night at Flashbacks in Kelowna and tore up the dance floor. They hit it off instantly and have been inseparable ever since (Rio even included a framed note from Jason from the first night they met as part of the reception decor!).

Lovingly deemed "the other royal wedding" Rio + Jason said "I do" on a gorgeous sunny day at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos.  Guest were invited to wear eccentric fascinators and stunning derby hats - so fun!!

Rio + Jason spent the morning chilling out with each other. They helped each other get dressed and prepped for their wedding day. He helped her secure her stunning hair piece, she helped him with his tie, he zipped her into her gown, and she made sure his shirt sleeves were rolled up just right. These two are so, so sweet.

We set off for photos before the ceremony, just us and the lovebirds. It was such a great time trying out a variety of unique locations and we wrapped up in plenty of time for them to relax before they walked down the isle. The ceremony took place on the rooftop patio at Spirit Ridge. Hugs and kisses were showered on them after their emotional ceremony, and champagne and appys were passed around as Jason's brother toasted to the newlyweds.

A palette of yellows and army green covered the reception on the patio at Passa tempo. Fresh flowers came from polka dot door, lanterns lined the patio, and wine favors were provided by LeVieuxPin. The guests rocked it, and I mean totally blew it out of the water in Rio's home-made photobooth, complete with chandeliers! (Watch for Part 2!!). Everyone laughed till their bellies ached as friends shared stories of the couples' antics and adventures through the years. And then they danced the night away under the stars.

I throughly enjoyed every minute of this day.

Rio + Jason, thank you so so much!!

dress - j.crew

flowers - polka dot door

gems - queen boutique

brides hair piece - esty hats by cressida of England

grooms outfit - le chateau

desserts - dolci deli



Did you stick with me till the end?? Im glad you did : ) Phew, that was a marathon!

Just another little note: Rio + her dad danced to my unofficial favorite father-daughter dance song Daughter in the water. Love it.

Special thanks to the Connell + Smith families for being so hospitable and welcoming. Thank you Jo + Rio for sharing the wedding planning details, I thoroughly enjoyed the after hours in Queen gushing over the ideas! You all are some of most inspiring people I know!

e xx

Photobooth photos coming NEXT! Find us on facebook and be the first to know!