Who is going to photograph YOUR wedding?!?

By Liz | July 24, 2014

That was the most frequent question asked in the months leading up to my own wedding this July… and rightfully so because people are curious who a wedding photographer would choose to shoot their wedding. It’s a big decision for anyone but for me it was easy. When one of your closest friends is not only a photographer, but an amazing one that you work with and have a studio together here in Kelowna… it’s not a hard decision at all. Carolyn Carson  – you are amazing!

What did I learn from my personal experience? I’ve been shooting weddings for almost 15 years and I consider myself a pretty experienced veteran in this industry. I have worked with enough brides to know the process. Plus I had been married before – I knew what it was all about – the stress involved, the anticipation… but did I really?

The first time around for me doesn’t really count – not because it didn’t last (it was a wonderful 12 years for me and I’m grateful for that time) but we eloped… it’s not the same. We planned a 3 month journey through Europe and decided to get married while we were there. We knew before we left what we wanted to do and researched the countries where we could do it and decided on Greece. We contacted the Greek equivalent of a marriage commissioner and let them know when we would be there. Once we arrived on Santorini Island we took 1 day to make arrangements – flowers, location, found a restaurant to have dinner… that was pretty much it! It was wonderful and ridiculously easy and stress-free.

This time though – it was important to my husband and I that we include our families and friends. 

I began to get excited about the party and the details and how it would all come together. I began daydreaming about it – spending all of my time thinking about what I wanted to do and what I wanted it to look like. Then I started to get overwhelmed… so many decisions! So many details… how would I possibly get it all done? 

Then I remembered what I say to all of my brides who’s weddings I photograph… “enjoy every moment because it will pass by so quickly” I realized that the planning, every list I wrote out, and every errand was part of my wedding experience. I decided that enjoying every moment wasn’t just good advice for the wedding day itself but also the planning process. I took deep breaths and approached every task with joy and anticipation. I can truly say that I enjoyed every moment leading up to my wedding and especially on the big day. I wanted to remember nothing but joy. I had been a part of too many weddings where people got frustrated and worked into a frenzy wasting precious moments being angry and irritated. I knew I didn’t want to do that on my day. 
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Kelowna Backyard wedding

Kelowna Backyard wedding

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Kelowna wedding ceremony

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Bride and groom

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bride and groom love

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Wedding walk

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Spring Portrait Event

By Liz | April 15, 2014

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When was the last time you had a family portrait?! Now is your chance! From now until June 21st book a portrait session and pay only $99. You will receive a private portrait session at your favorite location, an 8×10 print of your choice and a digital proof for sharing on Facebook or email.

$20 from each session will go to support the Kelowna Women’s Shelter!

Regular price is $285. Spaces are limited so call now to book your session!

Gift Certificates available. Additional prints and files can be purchased at special spring rates.

Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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Aviva Fashion Shoot – Kelowna Photographer

By Liz | February 27, 2014

This past week I had a blast doing a fashion shoot at the studio with some amazing models and a great team of people. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Jasmine Wasylyk from Aura on this shoot and not only was it a lot of fun but the images turned out great. Hair and styling was by Jasmine, makeup was by Jamie Marie, and Amanda Homulos, glasses were from Inspired Eyes and dresses were by Genessa Jackson. Thanks ladies for a great shoot!Aviva Fashion Commercial
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Big White Wedding – Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios

By Liz | February 7, 2014

If you are going to have a wedding why not make it a big white wedding?!? That’s what Helen and Aaron did. On January 6,th 2014 their family came from all over the world (mostly Australia!) to Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna BC to be witness them exchange their vows. The weather that day was absolutely perfect – it was sunny, -2 degrees and with no wind Helen was able to brave her whole ceremony in her sleeveless dress!

After the ceremony and some group photos the bridal party took a horse drawn sleigh ride to a location where we took more wedding photos. It was a perfect day and Helen and Aaron were delightful to work with! Thanks for having me there!

Helen and Aaron's Wedding at Big White Kelowna















Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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Fall Family Portraits – Photography by Aviva Studios – Kelowna Photographer

By Liz | November 9, 2013

I gotta say, that precious time between the crazy hot months and when the snow falls is one of my favorite times of year. The food is great, I get to wear my cozy sweaters and the scenery in the Okanagan and Kelowna is perfect for photos! Here is one of my fall sessions from this year. The Godwin family is such a fun family to photograph. Thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family!
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
Kelowna Okanagan Wedding Photographer Aviva Studios Godwin Fall Portraits
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Summer Memories… Photography by Aviva Studios Kelowna

By Liz | November 7, 2013

Wow… November 7th already… I am so not ready for winter. I think I’ll just stay at my computer and look thru photos from this summer… like these from the Nash family photo shoot. We did their photos at the Kelowna Yacht Club this summer. They are a family that loves to sail so the most natural location was on their sail boat. Wow I love the Okanagan… and I love it even more when it’s warm!
Kelowna Family Portraits Photographer Photography by Aviva Studios
Kelowna Family Portraits Photographer Photography by Aviva Studios
Kelowna Family Portraits Photographer Photography by Aviva Studios
Kelowna Family Portraits Photographer Photography by Aviva Studios
Kelowna Family Portraits Photographer Photography by Aviva Studios
Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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Beautiful Naramata Wedding – Okanagan Wedding Photograpner Aviva Studios

By Liz | October 30, 2013

Julie and Craig were married in Beautiful Naramata at his parent’s home. This place hold special memories for Craig as this is where he grew up. It’s also one of the oldest homes in Naramata. The setting was beautiful and the couple were amazing. Thank you to you both for allowing me to be there!
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Naramata Wedding Okanagan Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios
Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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John and Kim – Kelowna Wedding Photography by Aviva Studios

By Liz | September 7, 2013

Meet John and Kim… their wedding took place in June on the first great weekend of the summer – July long weekend. Their wedding started the summer out right – what a beautiful day!
















Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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Okanagan Weddings – Kelowna Photographer Aviva Studios

By Liz | September 5, 2013

Wow – summer is over already and it has flown by. As usual I was crazy busy with lots of great clients and I haven’t blogged as much as I should so this is an attempt to get things up to date!

This is Jenna and Lauren. Their wedding was at the beautiful Linden Gardens and it was an absolute pleasure getting to know them…

Jenna and Lauren


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Okanagan Wedding Linden Gardens Penticton, Oliver BC


Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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Lake Country Fire Dept Shoot – Aviva Studios Kelowna Photographer

By Liz | June 14, 2013

Monday night I got a chance to take a break from the ordinary and photograph the Lake Country Fire Department. What a blast! We got clearance to use the new highway that is being built between Winfield and Oyama. What a spectacular view we got! It was perfect. Thank you to all the fire fighters… you were awesome!
Lake Country Fire Department Kelowna Okanagan Portrait
Aviva Studios – Kelowna wedding and portrait photographer / photography serving the Okanagan region including Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Penticton, Kamloops, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos and more!

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