KELOWNA IN JUNE / by Monique Pantel

I spent a quick but beautiful 3 days in Kelowna. The weather was spicy hot and views were just incredible!

I got to photograph an intimate vow exchange, a sweet elopement on a vineyard and two beautiful portrait sessions.

Lately, I’ve been travelling a lot. And when I do, I try to experience the most out of the city I’m visiting in the ways that bring me joy: eating, hiking, drinking, the great outdoors, meeting new people and photography.

As soon as I landed in Kelowna, I jumped into my rental car and bee-lined it for Naked Cafe. I was hungry AF. This place had such great vegan, local vibes and I had two really special interactions with really nice strangers over my lunchtime! I even made a new friend :-)

This weekend I hiked Knox Mountain (Paul’s Tomb Trail), Mount Boucherie (Boucherie Rush Trail) and hit the beach and trail at Kalamoir Regional Park on the west side of Kelowna.

I had a lavish 2.5 hour lunch (solo…my faveee!) at Indigenous World Winery, a $5 for 5 flight wine tasting at The Hatch (this place is so chill and has such a good vibe) and I also managed to check out Mission Hill, which has a gorgeous property, but a little on the stuffy side.

On the day of the elopement, my bride Nicola and I hit up a spin class and had the most epic brunch and mimosas at The Bohemian Cafe. Avocado crostini with chili oil, need I say more? The rest of the day was such a magic little whirlwind. Nicola and Mike tied the knot under a willow tree on a vineyard, overlooking the Okanagan valley at sunset. It was so special. A willow tree represents balance, learning, growth, and harmony - which we all thought was pretty perfect.

Enjoy the pics and I’ll be returning to Kelowna in September.