Featured Wedding: August 30, 2014Kimberly & Matthew's Rustic Romance

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 27, 2015

The decision to turn to online dating changed Kimberly and Matthew’s life for the better. After one week of constant conversations, the two met for coffee and immediately developed a genuine connection.

The Proposal

Three years later, Matthew presented Kimberly with a special gift—a framed poem describing their relationship and what she means to him. Enthralled in the poem, Kimberly failed to notice Matthew got down on his knee as she was reading aloud until she peeled back the tape covering the last line and read, “I am down on one knee, asking will you please marry me?”

The Big Day

On cloud nine, the couple wasted no time planning their rustic romance wedding bringing outdoor details of a vineyard indoors. Inspired by wine country, Kimberly and Matthew’s wedding included organic elements such as wooden wine crates, ferns, succulents, and wine barrels that beautifully complimented the elegant and consistent branding of the wooden wedding invitations, escort cards, menus, welcome sign and cake topper.

Unique details incorporated into the wedding stemmed from the couple’s personal penguin connection. Kimberly arranged for the set of penguins she made Matthew for their first anniversary to be placed at the head table behind their centrepiece as a surprise for Matthew to see—adding the perfect touch to their special day.

Favourite Moments

Kimberly: “Many things are highlighted for me from our wedding but I’d have to say it was our first look. To be honest, I never thought I would want a first look, I thought it would take away from the “special moment” of walking down the aisle. However, spending that time with each other, taking it all in, not only took away some of the nervousness of the day but was really a “special moment” gained.”

Matthew: “Watching Kimberly and her father enter the ceremony and walk down the aisle. Even though we had a first look, the ceremony made it official and at the point I was seeing my bride!!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion

First Dance

‘The Wedding Song’ – Angus & Julia Stone

Newlywed Advice

“If it is in your budget, we would recommend a coordinator. It alleviates a lot of stresses the day of and you are able to relax and be welcomed into your vision rather then spending time executing it!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Matthew says kids…I say free time. It’s crazy how much time planning a wedding can take up – a year flew by. But in all honesty it is spending the rest of my life with my best friend.”

Honeymoon

Paris & Mediterranean Cruise

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Featured Wedding: August 16, 2014Jessica & Aleem's Cosmopolitan Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 23, 2015

A mutual friend introduced Jessica and Aleem at a Halloween party. Although they each attended the party with a group of friends, the two ended up talking the whole night! Shortly thereafter, Aleem took Jessica on a date and they have been inseparable ever since.

The Proposal

When the time came to propose, Aleem’s elaborate plan took Jessica by surprise. He whisked her away on an adventure filled vacation to Seattle where he got down on one knee at the top of a majestic mountain in front of a grand waterfall.

The Big Day

In planning their dream wedding, the couple aimed to pay homage to their traditional East Indian roots while also incorporating their modern style. “The new Edmonton Airport Renaissance Hotel was the perfect venue to achieve this goal,” says Jessica, “every detail of the hotel was very cosmopolitan and we were excited to be the first wedding!”

Jessica and Aleem created a unique and edgy atmosphere by blending traditional elements with contemporary flair. The interfaith ceremony included time-honored practices from each religion juxtaposed by a harpist playing modern songs such as “Titanium” and “Marry Me”, while traditional Indian hors d’oeuvres and a live Instagram feed on big screens were reception components.

Favourite Moments

1. “One of our good friends was able to perform our first dance song live with an acoustic guitar. It added a special touch that added a unique experience for us.”

2. “Traditionally, the harp is a classical instrument, but walking down the aisle to songs you hear on the radio today added a special feeling that we were taken away to a magical place.”

3. “We were able to incorporate traditional ceremonies from both of our religions which made the ceremony unique and different.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Square

First Dance

‘Spectrum’ – Zedd feat Matthew Koma performed by a friend.

Newlywed Advice

“Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. At first, we felt that we needed to do everything ourselves. We started to give tasks to our family and friends, because there was so much to do. In fact, many people had contacts and talents which ended up being very helpful in the end. Giving your friends and family tasks makes the whole process easier.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Since we never lived together prior to getting married, we are in the process of getting to know each other on a completely different level. Whether it’s living together, buying household items, or going on vacation; it’s all new and exciting – and we get to do it all together. Now our adventure begins.”

Honeymoon

Hong Kong

Featured Wedding: June 21, 2014Mariah & Mark's Persian Boho Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2015

Mariah and Mark unexpectedly found love by way of their best friends. The young couple met in their late teenage years and haven’t looked back since.

The Proposal

When the time came to propose, Mark threw Mariah for a loop. He didn’t propose on their trip to Hawaii, where family and friends thought he would propose—instead, Mark took Mariah to Elk Island Nation Park shortly after their return. The couple enjoyed a lovely walk that, unbeknownst to Mariah, was about to get even better. On their way back to the car Mark asked Mariah if she would drive home. Mariah replied with a firm “no” only to renounce her decision when Mark asked again. Without hesitation, he tossed her the keys, which had a special attachment—Mariah’s dream ring! Over the moon excited, the two spent the drive home planning their future.

The Big Day

A relaxed, airy outdoor wedding was always a mutual vision that came to life in Mark’s parents’ backyard. Aside from hosting the ceremony and reception on family property, other personal elements included the celebration of Mark’s Persian culture by exchanging vows on a Persian rug and Mariah wearing her grandmother’s vintage wedding ring that she admired since she was a little girl. The big day was stress free leaving the blissful couple with many sweet memories to treasure forever.

Favourite Moments

Mariah: “Sitting with Mark at our sweetheart table and looking around at everyone we love! The moments right after the ceremony were surreal.”

Mark: “Marrying my wife and the delicious food.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Take Care’ – Beach House

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter: ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash

Newlywed Advice

“Get a wedding planner! Seriously… even if you are organized and have flawless style, wedding planners (especially my wedding planner) are magical. They help relieve stress before the wedding day and definitely on the wedding day itself. And don’t sweat the small stuff. If you and your fiancé are arguing, you need to take a step back and look at what really matters – the actual wedding! not the designer shoes you’ve been dying to purchase for your big day.”

Honeymoon

Camping on Vancouver Island

Blush Magazine Unveil Party VideoSpring Summer 2015 Unveil Party Video

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 7, 2015

A few weeks ago we held an Unveil Party for the Spring Summer 2015 issue of Blush Magazine at the Oasis Centre in Edmonton, AB. Select industry vendors and featured couples were invited to a sophisticated event filled with good music, tantalizing food, and signature drinks. We published photos shortly after the party and today we are so excited to share the video that Elizabeth with Films By Eee put together for us. There are moments here that only video can capture and we are so glad to have this with us forever. Enjoy!

Featured Wedding: June 21, 2014Camille & Rob's Travel Themed Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 5, 2015

Camille and Rob weren’t high school sweethearts–they called it quits after two months. They remained friends until six years later when they backpacked across Europe together, and that’s when they fell in love.

The Proposal

When they were just friends, Camille and Rob started their “Christmas Date” tradition. One year before dinner, Rob took a detour to the City Centre Airport for “a work related matter.” In the middle of the hangar, surrounded by Christmas lights, sat a table set with candles and a sushi dinner–a throwback to their first “Christmas Date”. Camille was so shocked she missed most of Rob’s proposal speech, but she (eventually) said “yes.”

The Big Day

Initially Rob & Camille planned on having a destination wedding but they quickly realized how important it was to have all of their friends and family present, so they opted for a local wedding and showcased their love of travel through all of the details. They had guests write on vintage postcards rather than a guest book, named their tables after countries they had been to or planned to visit, and used vintage suitcases as the backdrop for their photo booth.

Camille and Rob also chose venues that were special to them; they often attended Sunday mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica and they have gone to Zinc in the Art Gallery of Alberta for the past three Valentine’s Days.

As added bonuses, Rob was excited to be wedded in the same place as The Great One, Wayne Gretzky and the AGA was a central location for all of their guests.

Favourite Moments

Camille: “For as long as I have loved and dreamed of marrying Rob, the idea of walking down the aisle to meet my soon-to-be husband brought tears to my eyes every time I thought about it. I’m happy to report that moment did not disappoint! I was emotional when the processional started as I heard the violin playing Canon D and eventually, ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, the song I would walk down to. When the doors opened just as I was about to proceed down the aisle, I was swept off my feet to see Rob standing on the altar with the biggest smile on his face looking as handsome as ever (and choking back tears, of course!). For a small snippet in time, it was just him and I, eyes locked and incredibly happy that this moment had finally come. I had months to practice holding in my ugly cry and I did so gracefully. I get chills every time I relive this moment in my head!”

Rob: “It was the tail end of the night and Camille and I were walking through downtown towards our hotel. As we stumbled through our exhaustion, we laughed and smiled with bittersweet emotion at the fact that the day we had been waiting so long for was finally over. After laughing at our friend who jumped into the pool at Churchill Square, we said good night to our friends and family who lasted till the bitter end. I went to bed knowing that tomorrow was going to be the best morning of my life to date, as I would wake up a husband to my best friend.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Wonderwall’ – Josh Williams

Newlywed Advice

“It’s not often that you get an opportunity to plan a celebration to this scale so enjoy every single moment. Build good relationships with your vendors and most importantly always be on the same side as your partner.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Although we’ve been together for six years, we’re excited to learn more about each other as we grow into one of those sweet old couples that take forever to cross the street (like Ellie and Karl from “Up”)! And of course, we’re looking forward to more adventures and exploring even more of the world as husband and wife.”

Honeymoon

Costa Rica, South Africa, Tanzania

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