7 Skin Care Tips from Dr. OlesenBeauty: Hemingway Medical Spa

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 12, 2017

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot to think about so it’s easy to forget about your skin. Some skin issues can be covered with makeup but if there is something you’d like fixed or prevented we recommend you seek the expertise of a professional.  Dr. Olesen of Hemingway Medical Spa answers our top 7 skin care and treatment questions.

How early should a bride start on skin treatments before her wedding?

Ideally, 6-9 months. The skin life cycle is about 6 weeks, and these treatments take time. Various treatments require a series of sessions to achieve desired results. For instance, it can take 9 – 12 months to eradicate acne; but typically only 3-6 months for skin resurfacing and brightening. There are last minute options to help promote a healthy glow, but they are less long-term in effect, such as the red-carpet stimulator peel which can be done the week before the wedding.

What kind of treatment fixes color/pigment issues?

Intense pulse light therapy (IPL) with the Cynosure Palomar Icon laser lightens skin pigment (age spots, sun damage, freckles), lessens redness and stimulates collagen with noticeable results after one treatment, and usually ideal results after 3 treatments (each 4 weeks apart). This is the best treatment for improving an overall healthy skin tone and glow.

What kind of treatment fixes acne issues?

Acne should be treated medically, which is offered at Hemingway Medical Spa; however, there are services which can accelerate the resolution of break-outs and inflammatory acne. The Jessner treatment is like a chemical peel, but is superficial and targeted at acne.

What do you suggest for brides who want a sun kissed glow?

My personal favourite is the Mystic spray tan from Fabutan; it’s my go-to before heading on a tropical vacation.

How often should a bride and groom get facials?

Depending on the needs, it is recommended to use a quality and personalized daily skin care regimen. However, the microneedling service that we offer is comparable, if not higher yield, than your typical facial. We recommend microneedling 6 weeks before the wedding, and then again 1-2 weeks before, for optimal skin health before the big day.

How much should a bride budget for her skin the year leading up to her wedding?

It really depends on each individual’s skin health needs. Given we have a variety of services, we can customize a treatment plan with your budget in consideration. It could range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars for the year.

What is a good maintenance routine after the wedding?

A customized and effective daily skin care routine with products and services that are specific to each individual.

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Desert Minimalism InspirationStyled Shoot: Desert Minimalism

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 6, 2017

A desert minimalism inspired shoot is just what the doctor ordered today, and we’re happy to provide the goods from Pam Kriangkum Photography and MB&Company. It’s so hard to believe that this incredible shoot was shot indoors. If you’re looking for an ample amount of natural light, Events by Hole’s is the perfect venue for shoots or weddings. We are excited to finally share these images that were shot exclusively for Local Love presented by Blush Magazine.

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Boho-Inspired WeddingSierra + Quinton: Boho-Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 12, 2017

This pair of adventurers first met on a road trip to Invermere, B.C with some mutual friends. Sierra thought Quinton was cute but very shy and quiet, so it took a couple of years before they developed a relationship.

The Proposal

Sierra is extremely snoopy, so of course she discovered Quinton’s plans to surprise her in Spain and propose during her family vacation. Instead, he woke Sierra up early in the morning of her departure. He dressed up and she was wearing a “hideous” purple silk cap. The heartfelt card and amazing breakfast were nice touches, but Sierra loved that he actually surprised her.

The Big Day

The free spirits wanted a bohemian-inspired wedding and instantly fell in love with the exposed brick walls and crystal chandeliers at The Commons. They dressed up the room for their ceremony with a rustic floral arch, then flipped it to a cocktail reception and projected black-and-white movies for a backdrop. Quinton wore a dapper forest-green suit and Sierra swapped her long veil and lace bolero (both made by her aunt) for a flower crown at the reception.

Favourite Moments

Sierra was hesitant when her parents presented a slideshow, but it turned out to be her favourite moment. Quinton loved spending the day with his fun-loving bride. They spend their honeymoon on a Caribbean Cruise and are now planning their next adventure to Ecuador.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“Let’s Be Still”—The Head and the Heart

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

“My Little Girl”—Tim McGraw

Newlywed Advice

“Make sure to enjoy the day of the wedding! That being said, a wedding coordinator was the best idea ever; Leslie took care of every little detail—even buying items last minute to make sure the venue was picture perfect.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

We both love to travel so planning our next adventure to Ecuador at the end of this year is on our agenda.

Honeymoon

Bahamas Cruise

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 150 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Commons Calgary | Planner: Magical Moments Event Planning | Cake: Alforno Café and Bakery | Catering: One World Foods | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Photographer: Nathan Walker Photography | Stationery: Minted.com | Music (DJ): Friend of the couple | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique Calgary | Bridal Gown Designer: Katie May | Bridesmaids Boutique: Asos| Bridesmaid Designer: Asos | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: TopShop | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: TopShop | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Alana Turcott | Bridal Make Up Artist: Alana Turcott | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Alana Turcott | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Alana Turcott | Jeweler: Anthony’s Jewellers Calgary

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Traditional Meets ContemporaryBrianna + Anthony: Traditional x Contemporary

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 12, 2017

For Brianna and Anthony, life is truly an adventure! They started dating after they met while volunteering at the University of Alberta Orientation.

The Proposal

A few years later after a day of mishaps trying to get to Anthony’s family cabin on Pierce Lake, the couple took a moment to relax on the dock at sunset. As the crystal waters reflected the golden sky, Anthony got down on one knee and asked Brianna to join him on a trip down the aisle.

The Big Day

Brianna and Anthony combined traditional and contemporary elements for their unique fall wedding. They were the third generation to be married at the quaint Josephburg Community Church. As the church doors opened, Brianna took an extra moment to savour the details and people that brought so much joy to the day—particularly her smiling groom. The jewel-toned sculptured floral arrangements and Brianna’s two-piece gown with a golden blush skirt and long-sleeved lace top transitioned beautifully from the country ceremony to the urban reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta. After a whole day of celebrating with family and friends, the newlyweds took some time for themselves and headed to the mountains for a stunning post-wedding photo shoot.

Favourite Moments

Brianna: “When the church sanctuary doors opened, and before walking down the aisle, I took an extra moment to capture the joy of my wedding day. I looked at the flowers, our guests, my parents and most importantly the adoring gaze and smile of my groom.”Anthony: “The Whole Day! Celebrating and sharing our wedding day with all of our family and friends’

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

Newlywed Advice

“Invest in a wedding planner who can see your vision and has the resources and team to create it. Hiring a planner also allows family and friends to enjoy the day with you.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Now they are excited to experience more of life’s adventures together, including a honeymoon to the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest.

Honeymoon

Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 135 | Location: Josephburg & Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Josephburg Community Church | Reception Venue: Art Gallery of Alberta | Marriage Officiant: Pastor Norm Backhouse | Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Decor Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake & Dessert Styling: The Art of Cake | Catering: Zinc | Floral Design: faBLOOMosity | Photographer: Carey Nash | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Drapery: Site 6 Events | Lighting: Production Lighting | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Live Music: Diane Stabel (Ceremony) | DJ: Premiere DJs by Urban Metropolis | Transportation: Esquire Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids Boutique: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Designer: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Coppley | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moore’s | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridal Make Up Artist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweler: Mark Katzeff | Travel Agency: Paull Travel |

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Snowy Jasper ShootStyled Shoot: Snowy Jasper Shoot

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 1, 2017

We’ve been holding onto this styled shoot for quite some time now and are so thrilled we can share it with you all today. It’s the most perfect way to transition to next month’s season – although we are writing from Alberta and winter already arrived! This shoot was inspired by snow and shot in Jasper, Alberta. Be sure to check out all the local companies that made this happen (below the images). Enjoy!

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