Garden Calgary WeddingNancy + Ryan: Garden Calgary Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 19, 2017

It’s not too often a blind date ends in happily ever after, but that was exactly the case for Nancy and Ryan when their friends set them up!

The Proposal

The proposal happened at Nancy’s family farm out in Springbank, AB. Ryan had asked Nancy’s father for permission beforehand, and then lead her to the bench her grandfather made for her grandmother. Among the rose petals and champagne, she said yes!

The Big Day

As for the wedding day, Nancy and Ryan were focused on making sure they and their guests enjoyed a really fun day. They chose Rouge as the venue because they both wanted to put an emphasis on a great meal and great wine, plus they got to take over the entire house and garden! They had MBF playing music with a four person string band, Monogram serving coffee, and lots of dancing and drinks. Another special touch for the couple was having Ryan’s best friend officiate the ceremony!

Favourite Moments

While there were too many amazing moments to pick just one, Nancy will always remember Ryan’s face as she was walking down the aisle, and the father-daughter dance to Graceland. Ryan’s highlight was simply marrying Nancy in the rain during a meaningful and personal ceremony.

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘Follow’ – Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter Dance: ‘Graceland’ – Paul Simon Cover 

Newlywed Advice

‘Enjoy the planning and days around the wedding with friends and family because the wedding day itself goes by so fast! Do what you want, not what you think you have to- it’s a day to celebrate with your family and friends, the rest is just details!’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

As a married couple, Nancy and Ryan are looking forward to everything that comes along with building a life together.

Honeymoon

San Fransisco and Napa Valley

Acknowledgements

Guests: 120 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rouge | Marriage Officiant: Doug Campbell w/Pam Davidson | Designer & Planner: Jill Gillis | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Heidrich Photography | Photo Booth: Sillybooth Photos | Stationery: Art and Alexander | Coffee Bar: Monogram Coffee | Music (DJ or Live): Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bisou Bridal (Vancouver) | Accessories : Pearl and Dot | Bridal Gown Designer: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Anthropologie | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Holt Renfrew | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Beach Beauty | Jeweller: Brinkhaus

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Nature Inspired WeddingJeanelle + Nicholas: Nature Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 17, 2017

When you grow up in small-town Alberta, everyone knows everyone. Jeanelle and Nic always knew who each other were, but never spoke until Jeanelle had to track him down for his missing volleyball jersey at school. They’ve been together ever since.

The Proposal

After being apart for five years while Jeanelle was at university, Nic knew he wanted to marry his best friend. On a perfect summer night he wrote Jeanelle a letter with instructions that led her to a meadow at sunset. As she approached she heard music, and then found Nic standing under a flowered archway surrounded by candles and lanterns. After dancing under the stars, Nic got down on one knee and proposed.

The Big Day

Jeanelle and Nic wanted to honour their rural roots at their wedding; they held the ceremony at the church they both attended growing up and hosted their reception at a hall surrounded by farmland. The simple elegance of nature inspired their décor of lush greenery, garden roses and antlers. Because Jeanelle’s parents both passed away when she was 15, she had her four older sisters walk her down the aisle and had them join in on a family dance in lieu of a father-daughter dance.

Favourite Moments

Jeanelle: “My favourite moment was walking out of the main doors of the church to the sound of the cathedral bells after the ceremony. It was my favourite because I knew I finally married my best friend and that this was a once in a lifetime kind of love.”

Nicholas:I had too many favourite moments to pick just one. Watching Jeanelle walk down the isle with her sister and celebrating all night with family and friend on a packed dance floor were some of my highlights.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Halo

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Haley Reinhart

Newlywed Advice

‘Invest in a great photographer and videographer. Let them capture your day while you enjoy every second of it.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

After such a beautiful and emotional day, Jeanelle and Nic now look forward to building their lives together and enjoying every moment.

Honeymoon

St. George’s, Grenada

Acknowledgements

Guests: 210 | Location: St. Paul, AB | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral | Reception Venue: Flat Lake Hall | Marriage Officiant: Father Girard Gauthier | Design & Decor Coordinator: Suzanne Dargis | Cake: Cinnamon Grove Bakery (Pie) | Catering: C’est La Vie Catering | Floral Design: Copper Creek Specialties | Photographer: Sharon Litchfield Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, The I Do Shop | Stationery: Wonderstruck Designs | Music: Speakerhead Entertainment | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm | Bridesmaids Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bridal & Tuxedo House | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Allure Men | Bridal Hair Stylist: Shay Myers | Bridal Make Up Artist: Suzanne Dargis | Jeweler: Spence Diamonds; Swarovski

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Mountain Backdrop WeddingMegan + JP: Mountain Backdrop Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 12, 2017

For some women, it’s a guy’s smile or sense of humour that attracts them. For Megan, it was the breakdancing moves J.P busted out at a party that sealed the deal.

The Proposal

After a few years of dating, J.P surprised Megan with a weekend trip to Vancouver for her birthday. By this time Megan had given up all hopes of getting engaged, so she was completely shocked when J.P proposed during a walk along the Seawall.

The Big Day

The fun-loving couple wanted a venue in the mountains that would also deliver the most bang for their buck. They loved the cabin-style charm of Cornerstone Theatre in Canmore, and how it was neutral enough to work with any colour scheme. After sealing their vows with a kiss, they concluded their outdoor ceremony with a fist pump from Megan and a thumbs up from J.P. “I loved that we were able to share our personalities with everyone at that moment,” says J.P. The newlyweds enjoyed some quiet moments together during photos to reflect on the ceremony and share some laughs, then arrived at their reception on top of the limo to kick off the party.

Favourite Moments

Megan: “During photos we were taken to a location where the wedding parties stayed in the limo and it was just us with the photographer. Having that time to reflect on the ceremony, share our excitement, and have some laughs was amazing. Many people told us before the wedding that we should try to take a minute or two just be together and take in the day, this part of the photo shooting allowed us to have 15 or 20.”

John Paul: My favourite moment was seeing Megan walk down the aisle. She had the biggest smile on her face and I could tell how excited she was to be walking towards me. After our first kiss as husband and wife, and in our true style, we turned to our families, Megan pumped her fist and I gave a thumbs up. I loved that we were able to share our personalities with everyone at that moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Sweetest Love’ – Robin Thicke

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘God Only Knows’ – Beach Boys

Newlywed Advice

‘Knowing what you want to do, what you can afford to do, and starting early made everything leading up to our wedding day go smoothly.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Given that we have been together for nearly eight years and lived together for five, we knew long before the wedding that we would be spending our lives together. At this point, we are looking forward to our honeymoon in spring 2017 then starting a family.”

Honeymoon

Europe

Acknowledgements

Guests: 150  Location: Canmore, AB | Ceremony: Rundleview Parkette  | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Theatre Marriage Officiant: Tamara Jones  | Marriage Officiant: Tamara Jones | Designer + Planner: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Kake Custom Cake Shoppe | Catering: Cornerstone Theatre | Floral Design: Rhosyn Floral | Photographer: Brittany Esther Photography | Videographer: 12twelve Productions | Photo Booth: Cornerstone Theatre | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Kismet & Clover, Gathered Table Supply Co. | Stationery: Kismet & Clover | Music: Amante Duo (Ceremony), DJ Thirddegree | Transportation: Ambassador Limousine | Wedding Favours: Pretty Sweet Co. | Bridal Gown Boutique: Ette | Bridal Gown Designer: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids Boutique: Frocks Modern Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Huey Lam | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lorie Bernardo | Bridal Make Up Artist: Lorie Bernardo | Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Laura Forsyth | Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Lorie Bernardo | Jeweler (Bride & Groom): Bravin Jewellers

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Elegant Garden WeddingElyse + Brent: Elegant Garden Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2017

The holiday season brought Elyse and Brent together in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the pair got engaged.

The Proposal

Brent planned on proposing to Elyse on their vacation in Bali and kept the ring hidden in his luggage until the perfect moment arrived on the beach at sunset. The moments that followed were full of happy tears and celebration!

The Big Day

Elyse and Brent were inspired by the great Alberta outdoors while planning their wedding. They wanted a beautiful, elegant garden party where their guests would have an exceptional experience – it was all about the atmosphere. From the signing table that was scattered with photographs of ‘those who couldn’t be here’ to the ring warming before the ceremony, their wedding day at Birchwood Meadows was filled with emotional moments. Their parents also performed a hand fastening ceremony in honour of their Irish heritage! It was important for Brent and Elyse to give back on their big day, so in lieu of gifts they asked their guests to make a donation to their favourite charities. It was also important to include meaningful items such as Elyse’s hankie and bouquet tie made from her mother’s wedding dress, and the pocket watch Brent inherited from his Grandfather. A fun twist was also a must, so they incorporated their love of dinosaurs with mix-matched dinosaur cake toppers and an inflatable dinosaur on the dance floor.

Favourite Moments

The highlights of the day for the couple included the exchanging of their personal vows, a surprise firework show, and a magical slow dance in the rain.

Engagement Ring Cut

Square Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

Newlywed Advice

‘Invest in quality vendors, when you hire professionals who really understand the business they are natural problem solvers and will make sure that your day runs smoothly. Enjoying your day should be a high priority, so structuring your day to eliminate stress is a must. A wedding coordinator is also a must-have investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind on your wedding day. Oh – and a massage the night before won’t hurt.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are most looking forward to our honeymoon. Due to heavy work hours in the summer we decided to wait a few months until we jet off to Costa Rica.”

Honeymoon

Costa Rica | El Castillo Boutique Luxury Hotel

Acknowledgements

Guests: 90 | Location: Sturgeon County, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Birchwood Meadows | Marriage Officiant: Sheila Smyth | Wedding Planner: Elyse Colman | Catering: Stir Catering | Floral Design: Cory Christopher | Photographer: Kristin Zabos Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ or Live): DJ TK Ohhh | Video/Cinema: Studio Thirteen Productions | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: The Helm Clothing | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Jeweller (Bride): Rosados Box

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Film PhotographyQ & A With FIlm Photographer Justine Milton

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 6, 2017

For most of us, our experience with film photography is limited to disposable cameras from childhood vacations—if even that. Film seems archaic compared to the ease and convenience of shooting digital, but much like vinyl enthusiasts, some photographers find film more aesthetically pleasing. Justine Milton talks with Blush about bringing the fine art of film to wedding photography.

What made you decide to get into photography in general, and film photography specifically?

“I started out by taking a photography course in university as part of my design degree. We had to use black and white film and I took a photo of my great-grandmother’s living room, with sun pouring in through a stained glass window above her piano. My professor told me I had a talent for photography and should consider doing something with it. So it was kind of a fluke that I got my way into photography, but once I did I loved it!”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using film over digital?

“Personally, I love film because it looks alive in a way that digital just doesn’t – it has more depth and dimension to it and looks like you could reach out and touch it. I’m not stubborn about using only film – it captures light differently than digital so there are some situations where digital is more versatile than film and vice versa. Shooting film was a bit nerve-racking at first because you have to be confident…there’s no checking the back of the camera to see if it looks good, you just have to know it looks good.”

Can you shoot film in dark spaces such as reception rooms?

“Absolutely! In fact, lighting dark spaces is one of the skills I’m most proud of. I figured if I truly wanted to say I’m a film photographer I ought to be able to shoot receptions on film. In Alberta most receptions are not in bright, naturally-lit spaces, so I had to learn to shoot film with flash! I practiced for a year with flashes to nail exactly the look I wanted and now I shoot film at receptions all the time.”

Can you describe your film process from shooting through production?

“Shooting is pretty straightforward: my assistant loads film cartridges while I shoot so that when I finish a roll we just swap cartridges and I keep shooting. It’s pretty seamless for me. We overnight FedEx the rolls to the film lab; they develop the film, scan in the photos and send me digital files. I don’t edit much; I might crop or straighten some things, tweak the coloring a wee bit but nothing major. Printing is the same as digital, I just send the files to a print lab and they handle that part!”

How receptive have couples been about using film for their weddings?

“Most of my couples don’t know I shoot film until well into the day, if they realize it at all. That said, some couples love that I shoot film and hire me specifically for that.”

What advice would you give couples who are considering hiring a film photographer?

“Chat with them and see exactly how film fits in with what they do. Do they shoot exclusively film or are they “hybrid” (both film and digital)? Ask how long they’ve been shooting with film – it’s not something most people can learn overnight. If you’re really concerned, ask to see some examples of shots from darker lighting conditions. Film is pretty forgiving in daylight, but in dark churches or receptions it can be tricky.”

What do you like best about wedding photography?

“I love getting to interact with clients and being witness to one of the most important days of their lives. I love the subtle looks, big smiles, tears and anticipation of everyone involved.”

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