It was the night before the wedding. I sat in Yuliya’s hotel room, catching up on Facebook life and watching the bride-to-be put finishing touches on wedding favors. Her beloved friend and bridesmaid Esin was reading a book in bed, half asleep. Yuliya fluttered about, periodically pulling up Yutube videos of her favourite Rammstein songs. That’s our Yuliya.
This wedding was very special to me, as I still remember making morbid jokes back and forth in a university chemistry lab with her some years ago … (I seriously had no clue as to what I was doing!) Yuliya is so easy to love. Her sense of humor, her integrity, and the ever-so-charming ‘no bullshit’ approach to life are infectious. I’m sure Justin would list a million other things. Things written in his silence in every glimpse at her.
My favourite memories from the day as I think of it now are getting soaked to the bone right before the ceremony during our ‘first look’ photos. Oleg and Anton did a great job holding the umbrellas for us, but I jumped around Yuliya & Justin like an Easter bunny, until it was simply too late for an umbrella. My boombox didn’t survive the day either, but it was all worth it!
The gorgeous Kelowna landscape was the perfect setting – the ceremony and reception took place at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery, opening up to a stunning view of the lake and mountains. We even got a chance to sneak down to the vineyard for some portraits after the rain…
I love this picture almost as much as Yuliya loves Baileys… Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 CHUTE LAKE RD Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 4M3.