To know Mandy and Andrew is to know two people who are equal parts kind, generous, and thoughtful. From the very first moment I met them, I knew they would be a dream to work with, and I was so excited at the thought of planning their intimate Painted Rock wedding with them.

I had my first meeting with Mandy and Andrew in March 2020, and all three of us were certain that the pandemic would only last a few weeks and wouldn’t affect their plans for a summer 2021 wedding in the Okanagan. Little did we know that we’d be riding a rollercoaster of restrictions and pivots.

Mandy and Andrew were so positive and hopeful throughout the whole process. They knew that everything would turn out OK, regardless of what the wedding ended up looking like. During the times when I couldn’t help wondering whether I’d still be able to plan weddings in the future, their confidence helped me find hope and encouraged me to put all of my energy into creating a beautiful wedding for them.

It’s really hard not to gush about this wedding. Despite all the restrictions in place at the time — we could only have a small outdoor ceremony and dinner — Mandy worked hard to pick and choose the right vendors and details that would make for a stunning day.

Once everyone was dressed and ready, they started with a first look photo session for the bride and groom in the early afternoon before it got too hot. Captured by Kristy from Blush Wedding Photography, the backdrop was the Penticton Lakeside Resort and other spots in the town, which provided gorgeous greenery and rustic old buildings that framed the couple beautifully. 

The next location was Andrew’s family lake house, which has a garden that goes right to the water’s edge, with a rose-covered archway leading to the lake. It was the perfect setting for a small, intimate ceremony. To match the delicate pink of the roses, the ceremony space included blush pink day-of stationary from Violet Grey Creative, light pink umbrellas, and small bottles of sparkling rosé. Even the officiant matched the decor!

As Mandy walked down the aisle, she was accompanied by strings from and a gorgeous bouquet of pink and lavender pastels designed by Lavender and Lace. I’m still in awe that despite the heat, the florals in the bouquets and the table arrangements all managed to look crisp and unwilted throughout the day. 

After the ceremony, guests were treated to gelato from Tickleberrys and the couple did a tea-time cake cutting before departing for the reception venue. As Many is a baker, she made the cake herself, and did a wonderful job of carrying through the same pastel colours from the ceremony and her bouquet. 

Then, it was time to head to the reception! For the dinner, Mandy and Andrew chose the stunning Painted Rock Estate Winery in Penticton. This ended up being one of the last weddings to take place at the winery, as they’ve decided to stop hosting weddings, so I was excited to have this last hurrah at one of my favourite sites. 

At the venue, Mandy and Andrew were greeted by an outdoor dining table that was set up with more pastel florals and table settings infused with blush pink. Overlooking the vineyard and the mountains, and sitting under twinkling fairy lights, it was an idyllic setting for dinner. We also created a small lounge in the same hues, so people could take a moment before or after dinner to chat casually. A heartfelt thank you goes to Perspective Event Design for helping us source all the items, including a set of tan umbrellas that were essential in keeping out some of the heat. 

This wedding reception was so special, it was featured in Rocky Mountain Bride Okanagan magazine.

The rest of the evening was spent having delicious food and wine, and listening to speeches from the family and friends that were there. It was yet another testament to how special small weddings can be, and I am so glad I got to be a part of Mandy and Andrew’s wedding.

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