More than 500 attend Hitched Okanagan

One of the first bridal fairs of the year kicked off in Kelowna on Sunday

— Marissa Tiel

The bagpipes start to hum and the room quiets. She enters the ceremony, following the piper into the centre of the space.

It’s been 26 years since Myrna and Tracy first recited their vows. Now, they are renewing them in front of friends, family and a crowd of onlookers. Their renewal sealed with a kiss, the couple exits the room.

It’s all part of the Okanagan Hitched Wedding and Events Affair. The event, which took place at Okanagan College Sunday afternoon, was a hotspot for couples looking to scout out options for their upcoming nuptials.

With more than two dozen vendors related to events and weddings, couples had many options.

RELATED: Planning an Okanagan wedding?

From venues and wine, to catering and gowns, every aspect of a ceremony was paid attention to.

Newly engaged couple Abigail Sturgeon and Rylan Skelton attended the event to get some ideas for their own upcoming wedding.

“I saw it in the newspaper and I thought it’d be fun because we’re getting married in June,” said Sturgeon.

The couple has most of the planning done for their June 22 wedding, but was looking for some ideas.

“Just kind of the little stuff to tie everything up I guess,” said Skelton.

They were also looking at entering some contests, which were nothing to sneeze at.

By the end of the afternoon, one lucky couple had walked away with a pre-honeymoon getaway valued at $4,000 from Prestige Hotels and Resorts and Pacific Coastal Airlines.

To enter, couples filled out a question passport by visiting every vendor in attendance.

From Tyson Felt, owner and winemaker at Heaven’s Gate Winery, they learned about the animal hidden in its logo.

When it comes to wine at a wedding, Felt said couples go with a wine they like “across the board.”

In addition to contests and vendors, there were more interactive elements at Hitched. A live cooking demonstration by chef Michael Buffett of Start Fresh Project showed how to make pasta. Appetizers and wine circulated. Live models wore wedding gowns and tuxedos.

RELATED: Prepare for your big day with this wedding event

The models had their hair and make-up done by Rosalind Satar of Gini’s Salon, who has decades of experience helping brides get ready for their big day.

“It is a very big event in their lives,” said Satar. “Probably one of the biggest, so we have to able to make it as happy an occasion as well.”

She likes to see brides at least six months before their date to meet them and try out different styles before the big day.

Hitched was styled to look like a wedding reception. From the vibrant trellis at the entrance, to live foliage around the space, no detail went unnoticed.

With free admission, Hitched was a one-stop-shop for couples to plan their 2019 Okanagan weddings in style.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Visitors enter The Okanagan Hitched Wedding & Events Affair, which took place at the Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. on Jan. 6, 2018. The show was set up like a wedding with visitors able to visit all the vendors they would book for a prospective wedding. (Marissa Tiel/ Kelowna Capital News)

Just Posted

Jocelyn’s Jottings: Making an impact-collectively

Last week, I participated in the Collective Impact session hosted by the… Continue reading

Growls and Hugs for June 12

Someone or something got your hackles up? Or maybe someone made you… Continue reading

Revelstoke roads and weather: high 27 degrees

Two small fires are just north of Revelstoke

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Heat, sun and a chance of thunderstorms for Father’s Day

Morning pancake breakfasts and fishing derbies across the region will see sun, showers may follow.

Two orphan moose calves rescued near Revelstoke

The calves Clover and Chocolate are going to a sanctuary near Golden, B.C.

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Police seek two suspects and car after stabbing in Kelowna

The stabbing took place on Friday evening on Wilson Avenue. It sent one man to hospital.

Okanagan pitcher tosses second no-hitter of season

Vernon’s Jarod Leroux has two no-nos in his last three starts for the BCPBL’s Okanagan Athletics

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Summerland ready for dry summer conditions

Province has declared Level Two drought, but Summerland has not increased watering restrictions

Summerland pioneers had connection to Middlesex, England

Harry Dunsdon and Richard Turner became cattlemen

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

Most Read