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.

Hire A Food Truck For Your Special EventWedding Trend: Food Trucks

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 2, 2014

Food trucks gained popularity in larger cities over the past several years, now the craze has made its way to Edmonton and Calgary. The latest trend has been to serve up the couples favourite dishes at the rehearsal dinner, after the religious or civil ceremony, late-lunches, and even at the post wedding day lunch.  With over 75 food trucks in Alberta we are certain you will find something that suits your crowd best. Some trucks that we were surprised to find serve bubble tea, affogatos, ice cream sandwiches, shawarma, wood oven pizza, smoothies, philly cheesesteaks, poutine and more!

Here are a few things you need to consider before booking a food truck:

Weather: Being based in Alberta we are always cautious of booking outdoor events, the best time to book a food truck would be during the Spring, Summer, or Fall. For a winter wedding consider hiring a truck that serves hot chocolate. If bad weather is in the forecast there are several rental companies that can provide appropriate tents.

Number of Trucks: One food truck can safely serve about 75 guests without causing a long wait time, if you plan on feeding more than 100 guests you should consider hiring a second truck.

Permits & Parking: You will need permission from the venue before hiring food trucks out for your event. Venues that do not rely on catering may be easier, some venues may allow it only for the late-lunch if the reception dinner is served by them. Most food trucks only require permission to park and serve the food in the parking lot owned by the venue. If you plan to park the truck on city streets you will have to contact the city for approval. Be sure to discuss these options with your wedding coordinator.

Why Food Trucks?

Quality: Since food trucks only tend to focus on one or two items they have been known to serve some of the best food in the country.

Atmosphere: Having guests stand in line and mingle outside will give your wedding a more laid back feeling, which lately couples are aiming for. Dressing up for a formal occasion is always fun but enjoying a meal with the informality of a food truck adds a cool vibe to any event.

Personalize: Are you bubble tea fanatics? Is your favourite dish poutine? With food trucks you can hire based on the cuisine you are both crazy about. Our number one piece of advice has always been to make your wedding your own, and this is a great way to do so.

If you are looking for a food truck in Edmonton you can find a complete list at What The Truck.

If you are looking for a food truck in Calgary the complete list can be found at YYC Food Trucks.

You may also find a list of catering vendors through our website here Blush Catering Vendors.

Featured Wedding: April 26, 2014Shyloe & Eric's Old Timer Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 16, 2014

For Shyloe and Eric it all came around full circle. The spot of their first date, pizza and beer at a table under the stairs at Sherlock Holmes, was also the starting line of their journey to becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Shyloe and Eric met during Manulife Night one Tuesday in 2011 —she was modeling, he was working in the building. Eric was ready to head home when he spotted Shyloe and asked if she would like to grab a bite to eat after the event. She agreed and the two walked over to Sherlock Holmes.

The Proposal

April 16, 2013, was a déjà vu moment. Shyloe modeled again for Manulife night, Eric waited to greet her, and afterwards the two walked hand in hand to Sherlock Holmes—but this time, Eric got down on one knee and asked Shyloe to be his wife. “We had not been back to Sherlock Holmes since we met,” said Shyloe, which made the moment infinitely more special.

The Big Day

About one year later, the couple tied the knot surrounded by family and friends at the Old Timers Cabin in Edmonton, Alberta. Their wedding included a tender moment walking down the aisle, a private reveal before the ceremony, funny speeches, lively dancing and was complete with McDonalds Filet-o-Fish available as a midnight snack.

Favourite Moments

Shyloe:This is cliché, but my favorite moment was definitely when my dad walked me down the aisle to Eric. My dad was such a softy, his crying made me cry. When he gave me away he said to Eric “take care of my little girl” which obviously made us all cry. Eric and I just stared at each other, crying and giggling the whole ceremony. It was incredible.”

Eric:I really didn’t think I would like the whole photo process, or the staged “reveal” part, Shyloe looked incredible, but that ended up being one of my favorite parts. Having the opportunity to spend a couple hours laughing and joking with the bridal party was amazing. The speeches and slide show were also a highlight, as was dancing to shout… As it is with EVERY wedding.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

Acoustic of  ‘Home’ performed by Eric’s lifelong friend

Father-Daughter Dance

Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance: ‘My Wish’- Rascal Flatts

Newlywed Advice

“We have two pieces of advice:

1. Make a list of your priorities and don’t change them. Respect each other’s “non-negotiables” and make them clear early on. 

2. Stay true to who you are. I didn’t realize how much this mattered during the entire planning process, but it was one of the most common things we have heard after the wedding. Everyone kept telling us that the wedding was so “us”, and it was. From the venue to the program to the midnight snack, it all had some significance in our life together.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

As newlyweds, Shyloe and Eric look forward to calling each other husband and wife and laughing a lot.

Honeymoon

Morocco, Spain, France, & Italy