Welcome to my favourite little place on the internet – the place where we get to show you Kaity + Josh’s Hotel Ocho wedding photos!

We’ve taken Hotel Ocho wedding photos before – but no day has ever been like this!!  What an awesome group of people to be around.  Seriously – Kaity, Josh and their friends and family made us feel right at home.  We didn’t feel like just another vendor, we felt like one of their friends and it warmed our hearts to the fullest.

What’s great about Ocho is that everyone can be done on site.  The rooms are there for getting ready, there’s a beautiful space for a ceremony downstairs and the upstairs area is set and ready to go for a reception.  It’s a super chill place to have a really intimate wedding and we love shooting here!

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Tips for Wedding Receptions at Hotel Ocho

There are so many different ways to set up reception seating.  Some couples opt for a traditional head table whereby they’re sitting at the front of the room for all to see.  Some couples opt for a “kings table” and others a “sweetheart table”.  There’s no right or wrong way of setting up your reception seating.

One of the things I’ve always wished to see a client do at Hotel Ocho is to opt to have their table table in the MIDDLE of the room.  Kaity and Josh kept the side-table which still looks absolutely lovely, but as someone who likes to think out of the box and push boundaries, (and also because I’ve been to Ocho so many times already) I’d love to see something different in the future!

As it stands, the default position for the head table at Hotel Ocho is against a white wall, off to the side.  I can see how that’s a reasonable place to think to put it, but photographigcally speaking you can do so much better!!  One of the things that photographers try to avoid at all cost is pot lights.  Pot lights are some of the most unflattering types of lighting as it casts nasty shadows down your face that make your eyes look sunken.  Nobody likes that look – trust me.  When the head table is against the white wall, you’re not only losing the esthetic of Hotel Ocho (who wouldn’t want the kick ass lights and brick in the background of their photos?) but you’re also sitting under pot lots which create a really challenging environment.

My photography “wish list” includes a special wish for my next Hotel Ocho wedding couple so I’m just going to throw it out there to the universe: To anyone getting married at Hotel Ocho, ask to have your head table in the middle of the room (on the larger side) so that the beautiful hanging lights are behind you!  Not only is the lighting much, much better here but the esthetic and vibe you’ll get in your photos will rock!!

Photographer: Sarah Event Co-Ordinator: Simply Perfect Flowers: KT Florals Hair Stylist: Kristi Judd Makeup: SLR Artistry Music: Lyve Muzik Officiant: All You Need is Love Weddings Cake: Homemade