Blush Accommodations: Spring Summer 2015Travel: Hotel & Resorts

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on May 19, 2015

Still not sure where to go for your anniversary, honeymoon or destination wedding? Blush can help. With each issue we feature three destinations and select only the best hotels and/or resorts in that area.  Go ahead and enjoy your stay at one of these unique destinations;

Top Six Most Beautiful Campuses in Canada to Tie the KnotWedding Venues: University Campuses

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 24, 2015

Spring is finally here, which means the school year is winding down and wedding season is coming up. While many couples meet during their post secondary years, most don’t think of heading back to school to get married. Why not? Like every couple, each campus has its own unique history and traditions. Plus, with most universities combining awe-inspiring architecture and lush landscaping, capturing breathtaking photos is a snap. Many offer complete wedding packages with multiple ceremony and reception venues to choose from, onsite catering and event coordination, and even guest accommodations in student residence during the summer months. We’ve compiled a list of the six best universities across the country to get hitched in terms of visual appeal and ease of planning.

1. Royal Roads University, Victoria BC: 

Nothing says fairytale like a wedding in a castle. Start your happily-ever-after either in Hatley Castle or in one of the exquisite heritage gardens. Royal Roads can accommodate events for 10 to 200 guests.

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2. University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

Watersports, natural history, aboriginal artwork–whatever you’re into, UBC’s sprawling campus has unique venues for any wedding style. The Cecil Green Park House, John M.S Lecky Boathouse and the Museum of Anthropology are must-sees with spectacular ocean views.

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3. University of Alberta, Edmonton AB:

For a classic and elegant affair, walk down the aisle at Convocation Hall then dance the night away at the Faculty Club. The TIMMS Centre for the Arts is the perfect ceremony and reception space for modern lovers with a flair for drama.

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4. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB:

U of M has options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and a variety of reception spaces. Host an intimate, historical wedding at Chancellor’s Hall. Marshall McLuhan Hall offers a modern approach with floor to ceiling windows and a large patio.

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5. McMaster University, Hamilton ON:

An idyllic spot for nature lovers and history buffs alike, McMaster boasts neo-gothic architecture surrounded by protected natural areas. The Great Hall in the University Club transitions from a rustic cathedral to an elegant dining hall.

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6. McGill University, Montreal QC:

A walk down the aisle at Birks Chapel will feel like stepping back through time. The Faculty Club–built as a private mansion in 1887–features everything from a grand ballroom to a billiards room to wow guests.

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Featured Wedding: October 5, 2014Nicole & Jon's Sutro Forest Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 13, 2015

Nicole and Jon met nine years ago at the Grant MacEwan library.

The Proposal

During a trip to Jon’s hometown of Twillingate, Newfoundland, the couple took a hike to a lighthouse where Jon stopped to carve their initials into a cliffside lookout. By the time Nicole realized he had carved “JS+NS” rather than “NW” for her maiden name, Jon was already down on one knee.

The Big Day

Imagine standing in a lush forest, surrounded by the scent of eucalyptus, and marrying the love of your life there.

“It’s difficult to describe it as anything but magical,” Nicole says of her intimate wedding ceremony. Nicole and Jon said their “I do’s” in Sutro Forest, a 100-year-old eucalyptus forest in the heart of San Francisco. They shared the moment with their two closest friends as witnesses, their photographer Gabe McClintock, and Jon’s brother–who is a chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces–as officiant.

A reception party was later held in Edmonton at The Parlour, Nicole and Jon’s favourite restaurant.

Favourite Moments

Nicole: “When Jon passed me a post it note with a happy face on it before he read his vows (an inside joke). That and dancing with my dad.”

Jon: “Saying “I Do” to my wife”

Engagement Ring Cut

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First Dance

‘Smack Into You’ – Jon Mclaughlin

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Walk With You’ – Edwin McCain

Newlywed Advice

“Hire professionals that you trust to be apart of your wedding. Jon and I were relieved of any planning stress because we hired professionals that we love and gave them free range to do what they do best. From decor, to florals and even the exact ceremony location in Sutro forest- we let our team of professionals choose what they thought worked best.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“The past nine years have brought us so many amazing adventures, we look forward to sharing many more together.”

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Blush’s Day at Bliss YogaSpaVendor Spotlight: Bliss YogaSpa

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 11, 2015

You want to get in shape for the big day, but the phrase “bridal bootcamp” makes you want to hide inside a tub of Häagen-Dazs. Ditto for the eighteenth revision of your seating chart because your cousin keeps changing her mind on her plus-one. You’re stressed. You look and feel just “blah”. You need to find Bliss. Literally.

Bliss is a full-service yoga studio and spa designed to rejuvenate body and soul. I could feel my tension slip away as soon as I was greeted by the friendly reception staff. After a quick tour of the building–which can feel like a maze but is really a large circle–and a crash course on how to use the digital lockers, I was ready to get my “glow” on.

Bliss offers several classes a day in both their heated and room temperature studios to accommodate every client’s schedule and level of yoga. I opted for the morning Blissful Glow Flow, “glow” being a prettier way of saying “you will drip sweat from between your toes.” The room was warm but not humid, full but not crowded. The instructor, Brandon, led the class through sequences of intermediate poses but left room for students to practice at their own pace; there were many opportunities to either take a break in child’s pose or push through another vinyasa.

From the Moodspace panel that bathes the clay walls in changing colours to the icy lemongrass-scented towels offered during the final savasana, yoga at Bliss is truly a sensory experience. After an invigorating sixty minutes students can hit the showers or unwind in the yoga lounge, which offers complimentary tea or healthy snacks and refreshments available for purchase. I, however, was off to the spa.

After trading my sweat-drenched yoga clothes for a robe and flip-flops, I settled into a comfortable chaise in the spa lounge with a cup of organic tea and an iPad provided by the spa. It wasn’t long before Calli whisked me away to work her magic.

Calli treated me to the Sacred Nature Ritual, which includes a full body exfoliating scrub, massage and facial treatment with natural products. What I’m sure took only an hour felt like a full day of pampering as she relaxed me into that lovely space between wakefulness and dreamland. By the time she was through, my body felt like a puddle of melted butter.

Realizing that I needed a few moments to solidify myself back in reality, Calli handed me a cool glass of lemon water and said I could choose to unwind in the spa lounge again or visit the caldarium. The what?

The caldarium is a gently heated room centered around a bubbling water feature. The glass tiles that line the walls and floor reflect the twinkling lights shining down from the ceiling like a starry night sky. It’s a perfectly peaceful stepping stone on the path back to the real world. I took my sweet time back in the changing room, relishing the steam shower and salon quality hair products before I left.

Bliss also offers group rates and couples packages if you need a pre-wedding pampering session with the girls or a relaxing daytime escape for two. I recommend leaving everyone behind to enjoy a personal day; solo is the way to go for a complete overhaul of body and soul. From arrival to departure I felt welcomed at Bliss, never rushed or uncomfortable. Every facet of my yoga and spa experience was just that: pure bliss.

Featured Wedding: September 20, 2014Tamara & Phil's Croatian Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 4, 2015

Tamara and Phil officially met in Vegas on New Years day January 1, 2011, at a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel—but ironically a few days prior, they laid eyes on each other at West Edmonton Mall. After their initial passing at the mall, they discovered the next morning they were on the same flight to Vegas and exchanged numbers to meet up for a concert. The night of the concert Tamara knew Phil was her soul mate—it was a love at first sight moment.

The Proposal

The storybook encounter was later accompanied by a romantic proposal on a Mediterranean cruise where Phil asked Tamara to marry him on a balcony overlooking the vast sea off the shores of Croatia. Phil’s long awaited desire to take Tamara to Croatia to share his heritage with her made the magical life altering occasion extra special.

The Big Day

The couple wasted no time planning their wedding incorporating unique elements such as a shot table for guests when they arrived at the reception and booking a Croatian band alongside a DJ for entertainment.

Favourite Moments

Tamara: “Seeing Phil smiling at the alter while walking down the isle.”

Phil: “Our first kiss at the ceremony”

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First Dance

‘Cant Help Falling in Love’ – Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Over the Rainbow’ – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Newlywed Advice

“It is never too early to start panning and purchasing items for your wedding. If you start planning early it gives you the chance to book your first choice vendors.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are excited to start a family.”

Honeymoon

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