In August, I made the trip over to the Okanagan for Chelsea and Cameron's wedding celebration at God's Mountain Estate. I absolutely love the landscape of the Okanagan. The dry, open landscape reminds me of my time living in Southern California, so I was so excited to photograph another wedding there.
The morning began with dark skies, blustery winds and a downpour but thankfully the skies cleared and we had the most beautiful day to celebrate their union. Most of the guests, including the bride and groom, were coming from Vancouver and the venue definitely served as a destination wedding spot. Beautiful vineyards wrapped up and down the mountain side and a Mediterranean styled estate housed most of the guests. Flowers by Celsia Floral were brought in from Vancouver and they were beyond gorgeous. Alessia, from Little Lessy, designed all the paper goods and put together such a special al fresco dinner for everyone to enjoy.
This wedding was a true highlight of the summer for so many reasons. I love when I get to travel (for what doesn't even feel like work) while capturing such special events. Thank you C+C for bringing me along! You two and your families were so wonderful and full of joy, it was contagious. xo
There is often a negative connotation to the act of eating alone. As if being alone, makes one lonely. But, to eat with oneself can be a rich, sensory experience when you slow down and create a space that is nourishing to your body, mind and soul.
To compensate for the lack of verbal dialogue, create a table setting that engages your senses. To begin, go outside and forage a bouquet of something unexpected. Not only does this provide an opportunity to spend time outdoors, but allows you to bring a bit of the outdoors back into your home.
Break routine and pick a place in your home that you don't normally eat at, preferably one with a great view. Add a pillow or blanket to your chair to invite the feeling of relaxation. Next, get out your best napkins, the ones you never bring out for fear of a red wine demise. Layer different patterns and textures to create something both visually and tangibly intriguing.
When the table is set with intention, you create a heightened awareness that adds to the meal. Without any other distractions, you can let your guard down and let the experience take over. Don't be afraid to try something different, use fancy cutlery, chopsticks, make something messy, clean, simple. Don't be afraid to eat alone. Embrace it.
As seen on tete-a-tete.