Featured Wedding: July 26, 2014Sandra & Tim's Puzzle Themed Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 4, 2014

Sandra and Tim met in September of 2008 in a business class at the University of Alberta. After a professor’s random selection of group members, the two were placed together on a semester-long project along with three other classmates. While working on the project the two remained friendly but slowly started to realize that there may be something more between them. Once the project was over, they both realized how much they missed seeing one another and by early January of 2009 they were dating and have not been separate since.

The Proposal

Sandra and Tim were never the couple to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, so she was surprised when Tim asked her to skip her Pilates class and come home because he had made dinner. She even complained to her mom who, knowing his plan, urged Sandra to be nice and go home. She walked into a picnic set-up in the middle of their living room. Her favorite snacks and wine were set on beautiful trays on a little blue blanket that they had purchased together the year prior.

Once they were done eating Tim asked Sandra to open her gift, the package was full of puzzle pieces, which Tim helped her rip open causing the pieces to fly all over the floor. After picking them up, Sandra began to put the puzzle together recognizing that it was a photo of the couple from a professional shoot they took together.

After she finished assembling the puzzle, Sandra noticed that there were two corner pieces missing so she turned around to look for them while Tim pretended to do the same (turns out he helped Sandra rip the bag on purpose making it look like the pieces may still be on the floor and that they had missed them). He handed her one piece which fit into the first gap, she looked down thinking it was the photographer’s watermark but instead read “Sandra, will you”. After reading this, she felt an incredible wave of heat anticipating what would come next. The final piece said “marry me?”

Sandra was in tears and by the time she took her hands away from her eyes Tim was on his knee saying “I could not think of another better place to ask you to marry me than in this home that we’ve built together. Will you marry me?”

The Big Day

Sandra and Tim were searching for a glamorous venue that offered privacy so they could share the entire space with just their guests. The Oasis Centre further added to their wish list by offering the beautiful outdoor garden for photos and cocktail hour for their guests, private bride & groom’s rooms and a perfect backdrop that could be transformed for both ceremony and reception.

In an effort to personalize their wedding Sandra and Tim paid great attention to the details. The puzzle theme from the proposal was maintained through the stationery, cake topper, signage, guest book, wedding favors, and even the mens socks!

Since the couple met at the University of Alberta, they even managed to book the exact classroom they met in for some photos in the seats they occupied six years ago. Sandra’s Bosnian culture is also very important to her, so they incorporated traditional music and line dances for their family and friends to participate in. She also incorporated speciality Serbian shots, Serbian candy, and spoke in both languages during her speeches.

Their cinematographers were able to provide a same day edit that showcased everything up until the reception. After the wedding many guests shared that the video teaser was the highlight for them. After hours of dancing, Fat Franks were served as a late lunch in the beautiful Oasis Centre gardens! 

Favourite Moments

Sandra: “It was so hard to pick one moment – the way that the entire day felt deep down was surreal and amazing. The loving speeches of our families and the amazing dance party definitely stand out. If, however, I had to pick just one it would be those first couple of minutes during the ceremony when Tim and I were holding hands and it seemed like there was nobody else in the room except for us. The way he looked at me, just so happy and emotional is something I will ever forget.”

Tim: “Very difficult to choose one; seeing Sandra for the first time was the most memorable moment for me. I also remember sitting at our head table, looking around and everyone was smiling and I just thought “wow you’re at your wedding” – the coolest feeling.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘When I Say I Do’ – Matthew West

Newlywed Advice

“Ensure to follow your heart with what is important to you. If you want a small intimate wedding then have one and if you want to dance all night long then do so until your feet hurt and then some more. This is your day and nobody will remember it more than you. Also, be very careful with where you save. Investments in great photographer, videographer, florist, DJ and beauty team are absolutely worth it and remember that details matter and are noticed.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to explore the world, work on accomplishing our shared goals and starting our own family.”

Honeymoon

Italy & Mediterranean Cruise (Italy, Turkey, Greece & Croatia) with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Featured Wedding: August 10, 2014Haley & Alex's Intimate Canmore Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 30, 2014

Haley and Alex briefly met in high school but it wasn’t until nearly seven years later that they crossed paths again. Their first date was arranged through family and friends, they met at a comedy club on Whyte Ave for laughs and drinks. From that night on the two were inseparable.

The Proposal

About two weeks before Christmas, Alex and Haley were getting ready to go to a party. After getting dressed, Alex asked Haley if she wanted an early Christmas present. He went upstairs and came back down telling her to close her eyes. When she opened them, she found Alex down on one knee asking her to marry him. Their son was a witness to the proposal, he was filled with so much excitement that he started running around laughing and cheering. Haley called her mom who invited them over for a celebratory cocktail. When they walked into Haley’s mom’s house she was shocked to see their friends and family were there! Alex had secretly planned a surprise engagement party! Champagne was poured, food was catered, the house was decorated. Haley was completely blown away at the lengths he had gone through to have made their proposal night a memorable one.

The Big Day

The couple planned a really small and intimate wedding in the beautiful rocky mountains. They wanted to keep things personal and relaxed and everything easily fell into place with the help of friends and family. They had an evening ceremony at a gazebo overlooking the mountains which allowed for stunning views and amazing light. After the ceremony their guests were treated to champagne and butler style h’ordeuvres on a patio with a fire pit that was overlooking the golf course and mountain range, while the bridal party went for photos. They had asked Alex’s best man to be their MC last minute to help the evening feel relaxed and spontaneous. After an amazing plated meal and speeches it was time to move to their next venue. Since their wedding was so intimate, Haley and Alex thought it would be fun to rent out a penthouse suite and have their reception up there. “It was perfect! The suite was filled with people, Haley’s brother’s band played guitars and tambourines, and there may have been an epic game of flip cup!”

Favourite Moments

Haley: “The moment when everything became real. Alex took my hand and led me in front of the gazebo. I took a breath, looked him in the eyes and knew that this was it. The heartfelt and lovely words that were spoken to us in the speeches were also a favourite.”

Alex: “Getting ready for the day with my son, the moment I saw Haley walk down the aisle, she was glowing! and just having the weekend to spend with everyone.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Vintage Style Round Briliant

Newlywed Advice

“Do whatever it is that you want to do, not what you think a traditional wedding looks like. Enjoy the planning process as half the fun is looking forward to your day. And most importantly, always keep in mind what the reason is for the day- celebrating love!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Growing our family together and growing old with one another.”

Honeymoon

Hawaii

Featured Wedding: June 07, 2014Jacqueline & Bob's Calgary Zoo Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 24, 2014

Bob and Jacqueline met through mutual friends while working together at a local pub. His best friend Regan was Jacqueline’s manager and after a few weeks of hearing all about his “buddy Bob” she finally put two and two together when they were bartending together one night. She will always remember saying with a huge grin – “Oh my goodness YOU are BOB!”

The Proposal

Jacqueline’s favourite holiday has always been New Years Eve. Bob surprised her one Christmas with a trip to New York City for New Years . They left a few days after Christmas and Jacqueline was so preoccupied with trying to get the best spot right in front of the ball in Times Square that she didn’t even think about the possibility of a proposal. Well, right as they were being interviewed by the local news in the middle of Times Square right before midnight – Bob dropped down to one knee and said the nicest things and asked Jackie to be his wife! “I was shocked, It was a dream, I think we made a million new friends that night,” says Jacqueline.

The Big Day

Jacqueline and Bob picked a venue that would help with the conservation of animals, a cause very important to the couple, so the Calgary Zoo was an easy decision for them to book. Aside from having access to taking pictures with some of their favourite animals, their guests were able to tour the zoo before the party started…free of charge! Jacqueline had the will power to keep her dress a surprise from all of her bridesmaids, and says it was worth the excitement when the girls finally got their own private reveal the morning of. Since Jacqueline works for CISN Country 103.9 her morning show co-hosts Chris & Matt were the MC’s for the night, “It was awesome to have a part of my work family as a part of my wedding day.”

Favourite Moments

Jacqueline: “My favourite moment was at dinner during the speeches. We are lucky enough to have some very funny friends and family – and some hilarious memories were brought up. To have our family and friends there laughing and celebrating together – I will always cherish that.”

Bob: “My favourite moment was when we were with the penguins. We had JUST been married – I was so happy – and then I get to be with my favorite animals. The pictures were the best.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess Cut

First Dance

‘Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World’ – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Father-Daughter Dance

Father / Daughter Dance : ‘Unforgettable’ – Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole

Mother/Son Dance: ‘Landslide’ – Fleetwood Mac

Newlywed Advice

Jacqueline: “Do the big things early & give yourself enough time ! No rush – no stress! And always have a glass of wine nearby in case of emergencies! Also,don’t ever worry about having a big bridal party. That was such a blessing. Your best friends are all there for you and you get to experience it all together.”

Bob: “Don’t make the planning a stressful ordeal and let her plan everything. Just kidding. Kind of.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Being an even stronger team now!! We are “The Sweeneys” and it’s so exciting to be able to keep building our life together and taking on life one or even two adventures at a time!

Honeymoon

Riviera Maya, Mexico & Vancouver Island

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya / Various Hotels on Vancouver Island

Edmonton Bridal Expo 2014Blush Magazine At Edmonton's Largest & Most Elegant Bridal Show

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 22, 2014

If you’ve been following us on social media you have probably seen a ton of updates regarding the Edmonton Bridal Expo. Blush Magazine has proudly attended the show for four consecutive years giving us the chance to meet thousands of brides and their special guests. Katherine Lomax and her team do an excellent job organizing this event each year, even the exhibitors find time to enjoy the expo. This year one exhibitor that still sticks out to me is Borsellino Photography, this company is run by a husband & wife duo. Aside from awesome props, what makes them really stand out is their digital sharing features, once your photo strip is printed you have the option to text message, tweet or share the images on Facebook. A few new vendors we were so glad to meet were Samantha Pham with KS Events, Becka & Bryan with Twitchy Finger Photography, Jenna Fisher with Cocktails & Details, and Justine Milton with Milton Photography. I wish we had images of all their booths to share because you won’t believe how these exhibitors transformed a conference centre.

With the help of Janelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals, Fabloomosity, and McCallum Printing we were also able to create an incredible booth. Everyone that paid us a visit received a complimentary copy of our Randy Fenoli issue. Here are a few images from our booth and of other lovely exhibitors: Delica Bridal, Dress My Day, Cocktails & Details, Elegant Touches, and Special Event Rentals.

If you recently got engaged and need a show to attend in the Fall of 2015, the Edmonton Bridal Expo is one to mark. Photo Credits: Shandro Photo

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2015Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 10, 2014

The Fall 2015 Bridal collection draws inspiration from the surreal beauty and fantasy of a jewelry box. The gowns were dreamed up as if from a treasure trove of one’s keepsakes and ornate jewelry, where a perfectly poised ballerina balances en pointe pirouetting in delight.

Gowns are effortless yet dreamy, ultra-feminine yet subtly glamorous. From soft sheaths with exaggerated trains, embroidered trumpet silhouettes to grandiose embellished gowns, each piece is a cherished jewel.

Pastel shades of mint, lavender, primrose, and blush create a playful twist on tradition. Delicate tonal beading trickles off gowns, while collaged with Chantilly and re-embroidered laces, layers of sheer colored tulle prove that design details are distinctive and exquisite. The ready to wed collection takes its cue from the sweetly feminine ballerina with a two-piece crop-top, tea-length skirt and antique gold strapless mini.