I’d Stand In A Lake For YouStylized Shoot in Canmore, Alberta

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 25, 2015

Being in Alberta gives us the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains as the perfect backdrop. Thanks to this inspiration shoot by Lucier Photography, we get to envision what engagement or wedding photos in Canmore would look like. Rather than shooting models, Danielle with Lucier Photography chose a real-life couple she photographed in 2014 to capture a more genuine connection. Victoria’s dazzling gown was complimented by bold floral arrangements by Audrey’s Flowers. Leigh surely rose to the occasion to give us incredible shots in the lake while carrying his breathtaking wife.

Stylized Wedding ShootOld World Charm Meets Modernity

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 17, 2015

Who doesn’t love a charming stylized wedding shoot? Combine the already beautiful venue with a blend of loose floral arrangements and the charm of antique china shot by Red Bloom Photography and it’s a win for amazing inspiration!

Reflections Weddings & Events gathered a group of Calgary wedding vendors at the British House to shoot this perfect blend of old beauty with modern day romance.

The colour palette combined the romantic and fresh colours of turquoise, white, lavender and punches of fuchsia to create a unique summer palette.

The water colour cake and stationery brought the old world into the new again and the mix of 19th century antique furniture with the 2015 Hayley Paige wedding gown showcased that everything old can be new again.

Enjoy the awe-spiring images below!

Winspear Centre & Glasshouse Bistro WeddingBrandi & Brad's Glasshouse Bistro Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 13, 2015

Brandi and Brad met 13 years ago when a mutual friend (one of their bridesmaids) set them up.

The Proposal

After 6 years of being together, the proposal came at a complete surprise to Brandi one Christmas Eve. Brad was acting strange and left the room to make a phone call (to Brandi’s mom for her permission to marry her daughter). Upon his return, Brad handed Brandi an early Christmas present, which happened to be a beautiful coat. He helped Brandi put it on and as she slipped her hands into the pocket she felt a box. She was so shocked to say anything and as soon as she turned around, Brad was down on one knee.

The Big Day

Brandi & Brad’s day started off in downtown Edmonton at The Frances Winspear Centre for Music. Natural lighting shined through the floor to ceiling windows of the Winspear while Brandi made her entrance. Standing at the end of the aisle was her groom and their bridal party of 14. Later that day, the reception celebration moved the bridal party and the wedding guests to the Glasshouse Bistro, located in St. Albert’s Enjoy Centre. The Enjoy Centre was the only venue the couple toured and they were instantly drawn to it. The views and all the glass enclosures of the intimate bistro gave their wedding day the natural and casual feel the couple was aiming for.

Favourite Moments

Brandi: “My mother had told me that Brad had started crying earlier that day on the way to the venue, He also rushed out to Spence diamonds the morning of the wedding to surprise me with a thin wedding band that I once mentioned I wanted.”

Brad: “Seeing Brandi for the first time.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Spin’ – Lifehouse

Newlywed Advice

“Start planning early and try not to stress. Invest in a great photographer and coordinator. I found Danielle Lucier and Priya Khan from Dress My Day in Blush Magazine, So being featured by Blush is a huge compliment.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We were driving together the next day, Talking about how fast the day came and went. After 13 years together we realized that the best was still to come as it was just the beginning of married life. We’re especially looking forward to expanding our family.”

Romantic Marriage Proposal TipsArt Gallery of Alberta Marriage Proposal

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 7, 2015

The story of how you proposed will be told to friends and strangers for the rest of your lives (no pressure!). I think we could all learn from the way Tony executed his spectacular proposal. Since his grand scheme was too ambitious to execute by himself, Tony hired Edmonton based wedding vendors J’Adore Design and Events to bring his vision to life and Barbara Rahal Photography to capture it.

Tony chose to propose at the Art Gallery of Alberta, because that’s where the couple had their first date. The team decorated the spiral staircase with photographs of Tony and Jenny throughout their relationship. As Jenny ascended the stairs at sunset, Tony was standing on a carpet of petals from 1454 roses of various shades–one rose for every day they had dated. After Jenny said “yes,” their closest friends showered them with confetti and popped the bubbly. 

Here are four tips to planning the perfect proposal:

1. Make it Your Own

Incorporate your favourite places, things and activities. The proposal should reflect you as a couple.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

2. Make it Memorable

Pulling off the surprise of a lifetime is no easy task; hire an event planner to make the proposal of his/her dreams a reality.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

3. Capture the Moment

This moment will be remembered forever, but hiring a photographer is a great way to share and preserve the memory.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

4. Celebrate

Keep the magic alive by including friends and family. Don’t forget the champagne!

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

3 Healthy Habits For Brides & GroomsHealth: Tips to Incorporate Before Your Wedding Day

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 6, 2015

You’re engaged, the list of things you need to get done can turn into a full time job. It can seem hard to get it all organized in time, let alone maintain a sense of calm throughout the storm that is wedding planning. It is in these seemingly stressful times that a simple to implement self-care plan needs to be introduced.

Here are 3 easy to incorporate healthy habits to help you not only make it to your wedding day, but to glow all the way down the aisle.

Get Some Shut-Eye

Making sure that you get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night will go a long way in reducing your stress levels and helping you to chill out. If you have trouble falling asleep because of mind chatter and mental to do lists, try meditating. Listening to a short guided meditation before bed, or taking 5 minutes to close your eyes and breathe deeply can help you to reach a much needed level of relaxation.

Two tips for getting a good night’s sleep are to make sure your room is pitch black and to turn off your electronic devices at least 30 minutes before sleep time. Keeping the room as dark as possible can help you maintain a proper sleep cycle without external interruptions. Try black out blinds and turning off any light sources before you hit the hay. Also make sure to put that phone into airplane mode so no notifications pop up right when you reach that perfect state of relaxation.

3 Healthy Living Tips to Incorporate Before your Big Day!

Keep Hydrated

Did you know your body is made up of 70% water? So it’s no joke that skimping on water can cause some major dehydration, leading to your body functioning at a sub-optimal level. You may start feeling sluggish and find it hard to make it through the afternoon, and this is all because dehydration may cause reduced brain functioning.

Making sure you get between 8-12 cups of water per day can help to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle free, not to mention it can help to flush toxins out of your body, causing an improvement in energy levels and balancing your moods.

Replacing sugary drinks and caffeine with water can help to reduce the possibility of dehydrating your body even further. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which causes fluid loss from the body, increasing the chance of dehydration.

To keep your water game interesting, try adding berries, cucumber or lemon, which will act as a refreshing change and also up the nutrient value of your drink.

3 Healthy Living Tips to Incorporate Before your Big Day!

Cut The Junk

With all of the stress you might be dealing with, your first instinct may be to grab a burger on the go or hit the couch with a pint of ice-cream. Although balance is key and definitely important in staying on track with your nutrition goals, focusing on whole, nutrient dense and unprocessed foods can help to keep those energy levels up and keep the sniffles away on your big day. Make sure you focus on adding foods with a high vitamin and mineral content to ensure your body feels ready to take on anything that comes its way!

3 Healthy Living Tips to Incorporate Before your Big Day!

Adding in these 3 healthy living tips before your wedding day will help you to not only feel your best, but also help you to bring these new lifestyle changes into the next, very exciting, chapter of your life!