Magnificent Elopement in the WoodsStyled Shoot: Magnificent Elopement in the Woods

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 2, 2016

This magnificent elopement in the woods is unconventional, but every bit as beautiful as an extravagant affair. A creative local team magnificently styled vibrant peonies in a moody forest and a tablescape fit for two to celebrate their union. If you are looking for an intimate way to exchange your vows– this may inspire you.

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Modern Romance WeddingIoana + Patrick: Modern Romance Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 25, 2016

Ioana and Patrick first met as kids while attending middle school in the Middle East. Ioana knew Patrick as her friends annoying older brother. After a few years, Patrick and his family moved to England while Ioana and her family moved to Canada the following year. Through the magic of Facebook the two reconnected in 2007 and began exchanging long messages and phone calls. Ioana’s trip to Paris the following summer presented a great opportunity for the two to meet up and spend some time in the most romantic city in the world. From their first day in Paris, touring the city and drinking wine, they knew their connection was special and worth pursuing. After a year of long distance, Patrick moved to Canada to start a life with Ioana. 

The Proposal

Nearly seven years into their relationship, Ioana and Patrick were visiting Spain with Ioana’s family. As big Game of Thrones fans they spent an entire day touring various filming locations of the show throughout Seville. Under a blistering hot sun, in the magical and lush gardens of the Alcazar Palace, Patrick got down on one knee and finally asked Ioana to marry him. With her whole family watching and tears in her eyes, Ioana said yes.

The Big Day

Their wedding can be best described as a unique blend of romance and elegance with a modern edgy twist. As a nod to the city where they met, subtle Paris influences were seen throughout, from the macaron favours and Parisian desserts, to the painting that decorated the guestbook table – one of Patrick’s treasured gifts to Ioana over the years. 

The wedding took place at Azuridge Estate Hotel, a stunning unique property nestled in the hills of Priddis. From the first time they visited the venue they instantly knew it was the perfect backdrop for their special day. Being able to have an exclusive rental of the entire property was very important, they had the flexibility of using the various spaces to create an interactive experience for their guests that travelled from all corners of the world. Having their friends and family stay overnight and join the newlyweds for breakfast the next morning was another bonus that they appreciated.

From the very beginning of the process, Ioana knew that a traditional white wedding dress was not part of the vision. She chose a unique alabaster coloured Hayley Paige gown with a crystal bodice and horse hair flounced skirt, knowing that it was the perfect blend of edginess and femininity she was looking for.

Favourite Moments

Ioana: “The long walk down the aisle. It gave me time to focus on keeping calm and to truly take in and appreciate the space, the decorations, the guests’ smiling faces, and right at the end, to lock eyes with Patrick and see the surprise and joy in his face.”

Patrick: “Walking down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. Rain was threatening to ruin the ceremony and I wanted our day to be perfect, and that moment was an affirmation that our ceremony turned out the way we envisioned and I was honoured and fortunate to finally marry Ioana.”

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First Dance

‘Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ – The Script 

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘My Wish’ – Rascal Flatts

Newlywed Advice

Focus on the guest experience. 

Be prepared to make a lot of decisions, and fast!

Accept help – from friends, family, and most importantly a professional. Our day-of coordinator was the biggest help we could ever get, and our day would have not run smoothly without her.

Hire a planner unless you know exactly what you want and how to achieve it. Having worked a few weddings in the past, Ioana was already familiar with a lot of what needed to be done and how to do it, but still had to call up on the experts for certain advice. 

Guys – be patient, compromise and always support her decision providing minimal criticism.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Growing old together with many adventures by each other’s side, and starting a family in the near future….and the Honeymoon!”

Honeymoon

Bali, Indonesia

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Number of Guests: 70 | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Azuridge Estate Hotel | Marriage Officiant: Julie Ann Derer | Wedding Planner: Julianne Young Weddings – Aimsley LeeceCake: Modern Bake YYC | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Abby Plus Dave | Photo Booth: CheeZee Fotos Photobooth | Rentals: Gathered Table Supply and Special Event RentalsStationery: Bride | Music (DJ or Live): Quests End Mobile DJ | Video/Cinema: Strawberry Films Forever  | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal BoutiqueBridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Cameo & Cufflinks | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Moores  | Bride + Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: The Rose Room – Terri Ciavardini  | Bride + Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Trena Laine | Jeweler (Bride): Charm Diamond Centres, Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Wedding Bands Emporium | Favours: Whippt Desserts & Catering 

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Canmore Mountain WeddingKim + Riley: Canmore Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 23, 2016

Kim & Riley met 12 years ago working summer jobs in the town of Invermere B.C. A mutual friend thought that they would make a great couple, introduced them and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Riley really wanted to propose on the frozen lake while ice skating in Invermere but the winter was surprisingly warm and the lake wasn’t really that frozen. Instead he prepared a nice dinner and popped the question on Valentine’s day in the town where they first met. 

The Big Day

Kim and Riley LOVE the mountains and all of Canmore’s breathtaking views. The Silvertip Resort has one of the best views overlooking the Three Sisters Mountains so they held their wedding at the property. Riley has many hobbies but one of his favourite is fly fishing around Elbow river and in B.C. They were able to find someone who knew how to tie fly fishing hooks and had him make all of the guys boutonnieres. It was a great personal touch and Riley and the guys loved the fact they could keep them.

Favourite Moments

Kim:The first look, it was such a intimate moment between the two of us I will never forget!”

Riley:Seeing Kim walk down the aisle and calling her my wife!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘Crazy Love’ – Michael Buble

Newlywed Advice

“Get a day of coordinator!!! it really helps to have someone there to tell you what to do and relieve any stress on the day of the wedding. 100% worth every penny!!! Not only did we appreciate all their hard work but so did our family.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Being able to spend a lifetime together and making new memories as husband and wife, it only took 12 years!”

Honeymoon

Belize & Costa Rica

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 150 | Ceremony Venue: Silvertip Resort, Canmore AB | Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort | Marriage Officiant: Patricia Compton | Designer & Planner: Coordinator: Persona Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Persona Weddings and Events | Photographer: Paisley PhotographyPhoto Booth: Rebooth | Music (DJ or Live): Wild Bills DJ Services | Transportation: Highland VIP | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Boutique EdmontonBridal Gown Designer: Pronovias | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Indochino custom suits | Bridal Hair Stylist: Salon Vain | Bridal Make Up Artist: Salon Vain | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Salon Vain | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Salon Vain | Jeweler (Bride): Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Wedgewood Rings

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Untraditional Stylish WeddingMarcy + Greg: Untraditional Stylish Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 21, 2016

It’s no secret that we are currently dating in the age of the internet. Like many couples Marcy and Greg met online through Match.com.

The Proposal

It was April 17th, one year to the day from their first date. Greg tricked Marcy  into thinking he had gone to work that day but he had actually stayed home to organize his proposal. She came home that afternoon to champagne and a letter that said “read me”. He was video taping her and she thought it was a kind gesture to celebrate a year of being together and to kick off their holiday to the Dominican Republic. Greg has always been the romantic type so this did not seem out of the ordinary for Marcy. Their favourite songs were playing in the background, a trail of rose petals and ribbon led to the second “read me” letter which lead to another, and another (12 in total)  – one for every month they had been together. The last letter instructed Marcy to pull the ribbon that was hanging down from the upper corner of the ceiling in their bedroom. She pulled it down and a ring box slid right into her hands. Marcy turned to look at him and Greg was down on one knee. From there, they went to Famoso where they had their first date to get some dinner before heading to the airport 

The Big Day

Marcy and Greg booked the Prince of Wales Armouries for their ceremony for the style and convenience. They were allowed to bring in our own chairs and set up a day in advance. The Governors Room features original wood floors, gold light fixtures and beautiful detail on the walls and ceiling. All the couple added were gold chiavari chairs, clear vases and white pillar candles to line the aisle. The backdrop was a labor of love crafted by the brides mother and Greg.

For their reception, the couple chose Parlour Kitchen + Bar for it’s beautiful space and quality of food. They were envisioning a unique and classy evening, both felt that Parlour was the perfect place for it. Greg handmade Marcy a memory box, painted gold with Mrs.Ferrari cut into the top of it. It was filled with post it notes with cute messages on them, a letter he had written, a necklace and earrings from Hillberg & Berk, and even her wedding shoes (which he had sneakily taken from her to write a message on the bottom). 

The couple opted out of a lot of traditional details; no cake, no bouquet and garter toss, no formal speeches or agenda, no kids, no chicken dance or cadillac ranch. Their celebration was a true reflection of them.

Favourite Moments

Marcy: “Our first dance”

Greg:Seeing her for the first time when she walked down the aisle.”

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First Dance

If I Aint Got You ‘ – Alicia Keys & Usher

Newlywed Advice

“Make your own rules, Do what YOU want. If you want a big traditional wedding, then do that! If you want a small intimate wedding, do that! If you want to elope, then (unapologetically) elope! Don’t stray from what you want because at the end of the day, its about the two of you and not anyone else. Soak it all up, you only do it once!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Everything! Endless love, support, companionship. Having our own family. Simply just doing life as a team.”

Honeymoon

Italy (Rome, Florence, Sorrento)

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Number of Guests: 100 | Ceremony Venue: The Governor’s Room at Prince of Wales Armouries & Heritage Centre | Reception Venue: Parlour Kitchen & Bar | Marriage Officiant: Linda Balt of Storycatcher Ceremonies | Wedding Planner: Bride | Setup and Takedown: Nicole of TR Event Management | Catering: Parlour Kitchen & Bar | Floral Design: Tickled FloralPhotographer: Wild Love Photos Rentals: River City Events |  Music (DJ): Happy Wife Happy Life Entertainment | Transportation: Last Minute Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Sottero & Midgley | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Davids Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: J.Lindeberg | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Bridal Hair Stylist: Hair by MJ  | Bridal Make Up Artist: MakeUp & Meg | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Tricho Hair Design| Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: MakeUp & Meg | Jeweler (Bride): Spence | Jeweler (Groom): AlBrite

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Traditional DIY WeddingJalene + Matt: Traditional DIY Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 15, 2016

Jalene and Matt first met in high school, but remained “just friends” for years. Despite both being interested in each other, the timing never seemed to work out. On a Wednesday night in 2009, Jalene ran into Matt while out with friends, and he ended up walking her home. They (finally!) shared a kiss on Jalene’s doorstep and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Matt proposed to Jalene one night on their walk home. Arriving at a park overlooking the river valley, a violinist was playing their favourite song. The pair’s dog Coco was tied up close by with the ring around his neck. Matt popped the question, Jalene said yes, some (possibly illegal) fireworks went off, and their family and friends emerged cheering from hiding spots close by!

The Big Day

There were so many aspects of a traditional wedding that the couple wanted to incorporate into their special day. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful historic McDougall United Church, where they took full advantage of the pipe organ and opted for classic wedding songs like the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March. Their reception was at a community hall where they shared a family style meal (including mac and cheese) with 200 of their family and friends and ended the night with a truly epic dance party. Halfway through the mother- son dance, the groom and his mom busted out into a fully choreographed Ukrainian dance, wowing the crowd with their impressive moves and setting the tone for the rest of the night. Most of the wedding day decor was DIY, from the floral table arrangements to the signage, none of which would have been possible without the help of family and friends. They also made sure to include their 15 year old rescue dog Coco where they could, having him there for the family photos.

Favourite Moments

Jalene:Everything about our ceremony was perfect. I really can’t put into words the amount of love and happiness I felt in the room with us, not just from Matt but every other person there!”

Matt:I can’t pick just one moment! The entire ceremony and all of the speeches from our family members were my favourite part of the day.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Vintage Round Cut

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Ingrid Michaelson

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Four Strong Winds’ – Neil Young

Newlywed Advice

“Everyone says this, but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. All of the little things we worried about were the things that nobody noticed or cared about in the end. And be present!!! The day goes by so fast, you will hardly remember it unless you take time to relax and enjoy the little moments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to enjoy our life together as we always have, but with much better kitchen appliances! We received an automatic coffee machine as a wedding gift and it has been pretty life changing as far as mornings go. We are also looking forward to (after 8 years of dating) being allowed to sleep in the same bed when we visit Matt’s parents over the holidays.”

Honeymoon

Copenhagen, Denmark

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