New Years Eve Fairmont WeddingErica + James: New Years Eve at the Fairmont

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 29, 2016

James and Erica met after both receiving last minute calls to join the cast on the Norwegian Jade cruise ship. Through their travels, James, a professional singer, and Erica, a professional dancer and aerialist, developed a deep connection.

The Proposal

James took Erica to a boutique hotel in New York City with views of the Empire State Building. He placed the ring in an oak box he had hand made and presented it to her when they woke up Sunday morning overlooking an amazing view. The meaning of the oak box was the sweetest gesture Erica had ever been given and she knew. They spent the rest of the day enjoying all that NYC has to offer, brunch, shopping, dinner at their favourite restaurant and of course calling all of their loved ones to share the wonderful news!

The Big Day

When it came time to say “I do”, the couple wanted a classic and elegant wedding. The Wedgewood room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offered the perfect setting!

The day went off without a hitch, Erica had such a great time that her bustle broke while busting moves on the dance floor! James will never forget the loving and humorous speech made by his mother and the personal gift his bride gave him; a bottle of bourbon suitably aged at sea.

Since it was a destination wedding for James family, traveling from the states, the couple had welcome Canadian gift bags consisting of Hudson Bay Mittens and Tim Hortons Gift Cards for the Americans to feel welcomed.

Another memorable moment was when the couple’s wedding coordinator Monica heard them mention in passing that they really enjoyed a traditional Filipino dessert cake called Ensemada, and took it upon herself to go to the only Filipino bakery in Edmonton and have two of the delicious treats waiting in their room at the end of the night.

Favourite Moments

Erica: “It was the most incredible day and picking a favourite moment seems impossible. Something last minute and unexpected was taking a last minute selfie with my dad and bridesmaids as I waited to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend!”

James:Listening to all the speeches from our family and friends was truly wonderful, but I will always remember my Mother’s speech to us on our first day as a married couple. She is a speech writer by trade and her personal, humorous, slightly embarrassing and loving affirmation of both her love for me and her approval of and excitement for this new chapter in my life was just the best.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Brilliant

First Dance

‘For Once In My Life’ – Frank Sinatra

Newlywed Advice

Do what makes YOU happy and stay true to yourselves as a couple. It will all come together even when it feels like it might not and on your wedding day let it all go and just enjoy yourself!

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited to share their adventures together on land, in the air, at sea and wherever their journeys may take them!

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Jasper Park Lodge

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New Year’s Eve Vermillion WeddingReanne + Ryan: NYE Vermillion Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 25, 2016

Reanne and Ryan first met through mutual friends at Laurier Lake, then reconnected several years later when Reanne commented on Ryan’s Facebook photo of his new snowmobile.

The Proposal

The couple eventually built a home at the same lake where they met, and Ryan proposed to Reanne on the same sled; he got down on one knee, told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and asked her to marry him. An ecstatic Reanne said “yes!”

The Big Day

The bride and groom wanted to have all of their friends and family celebrate with them, so they held their New Year’s Eve wedding in Reanne’s hometown of Vermilion, AB. They decked the hall in blush, gold and sequins to evoke an era of vintage glamour. A boutique lounge area created with antique furniture made for fun indoor photos, and guests indulged in a champagne bar. Reanne wore her dream dress, Monroe by Hailey Paige, which she fell in love with after seeing it featured in Blush Magazine.

Favourite Moments

Reanne’s favourite moment was when Ryan sang her down the aisle to “Never Stop” by SafetySuit. Ryan’s favourite moment was, of course, seeing his beautiful bride for the first time.

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

“It Goes Like This”- Thomas Rhett

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy every moment of your day and take some time to cherish it and take it all in together. And of course, hire a day-of-coordinator!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to starting a family and seeing what the future has in store for them.

Honeymoon

Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba | Warwick Cayo Santa Maria Beach Resort

Acknowledgements

Writer: Carmen Green | Number of Guests: 250 | Location: Vermilion, AB | Ceremony Venue: Vermilion First United Church | Reception Venue: Vermilion Regional Centre | Marriage Officiant: Rev. Andrew Kinoti Lairenge | Day of Coordinator: Joyous Occasions | Design & Decor: Piece of Cake Wedding | Cake: Robin’s Cakes | Catering: Mrs. J’s Catering | Floral Design: Vivian Williams | Photographer: Michelle Larmand Photography | Photo Booth: Piece of Cake Wedding | Rentals: Piece of Cake Wedding, Elegant Touches, Stagecoach Design & Event Rentals | Stationery: Michelle Larmand Photography | Music: Shane Larmand Music | Transportation: Len’s Party Bus | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hailey Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: Modern Vintage Boutique | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Shear Stylin’ | Bridal Make Up Artist: Hair & Makeup by Lise | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Beauty by Mel C | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Hair & Makeup by Lise | Jeweller (Bride): Wainwright Jewellers | Jeweller (Groom): Wainwright Jeweller

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Modern Romance Styled ShootStyled Shoot: FW2016 Editorial and Cover Shoot

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 23, 2016

When we joined forces with Jenelle Jamani for a styled shoot and our cover, we knew the results would be pretty special. Turning a photographers studio into a wedding wonderland, this shoot included modern and boho touches that will inspire you for any type of event.

To liven up the venue, Flowers by Willows provided a plethora of beautiful blooms. The cover setup, table and bar cart all stood out thanks to pieces from Jenelle’s collection, a custom cake from Brianne Gabrielle Cakes, all the table accessories you can dream of from Special Event Rentals and unique pieces like the backdrop, chairs and bar cart from Neat Rentals.

With hair and makeup by Blushed Beaute, models Fereshteh and Tamer brought their real life romance to our set, leaving a little sparkle with each step in a dazzling Sarah Janks gown from Novelle Bridal and a classy menswear from Simons. All beautifully captured by Tricia Victoria Photography!

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Private Rocky Mountain WeddingJessica + Blayne: Rocky Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 18, 2016

The moment Jessica met Blayne she was completely infatuated- and only 12 years old. In true fairytale fashion, the pair have been inseparable ever since and got engaged on their nine year anniversary!

The Proposal

Blayne took Jessica out for dinner on their 9 year anniversary. He was hoping for a bit of daylight left by the time they left. He convinced Jessica that it was nice enough and that they should go for a walk down to the river. He had to drag her as it was actually dark and starting to get cold. When they got to the river, Blayne took the promise ring off Jessica’s finger that he had given her 5 years earlier, and asked Jessica to marry him.

The Big Day

Jessica and Blayne chose the Silvertip Resort in Canmore to hold their wedding after falling in love with the venue’s beautiful ceremony backdrop and the fact that it was totally private. The Silvertip Resort offers a unique vibe complete with a fireplace, wood beams and outdoor patio.

Inside the venue, the pair laugh that their decor choices were subconsciously influenced by Jessica’s love for Harry Potter and the look of the Great Hall with its rustic character and high vaulted ceilings.

Jessica and Blayne wanted to be able to mingle with their guests for as long as possible so instead of a long dinner, they held a two hour long cocktail party followed by a two course dinner. The pair also chose not to have a wedding party and couldn’t be happier with their decision to spend the day focused on just the two of them.

Favourite Moments

Jessica and Blayne share favourite memories of seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle and when their families surrounded them on the dance floor in a circle and sang “Forever Young” until the lights came on.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis

Newlywed Advice

Hire a wedding planner to help you find the most spectacular vendors who will make your day amazing or have a wedding planner to manage the day and keep it on track so you have time to enjoy every second of it.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are extremely happy to be married now and are looking forward to what the future holds for them.

Honeymoon

Japan

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Writer: Dakota Barber | Number of Guests: 72 | Location: Canmore, AB | Ceremony Venue: Silvertip Resort | Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort Pavilion | Marriage Officiant: Jacqueline Hoare | Designer + Planner: Postcard Weddings & Events | Cake: Whippt Desserts & Catering | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Photographer: Heart & Sparrow Photography | Photo Booth: Sillybooth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Rus Vintage | Stationery: Art & Alexander | Music (DJ or Live): Pez Productions | Transportation: Alpine Limousine | Video/Cinema: Jordan Craig Wedding Cinematography | Bridal Gown Boutique: Frocks | Bridal Gown Designer: Leanne Marshall | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Coppley | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Bridal Hair Stylist: Simply Me | Jeweller (Bride): Engagement Ring: Diamond Boutique + Birks | Jeweller (Groom): Birks | Headpiece: Danani Handmade Adornments

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Tips For Proposing On VacationDestination Proposal Planning

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 16, 2016

Destination proposals have been popular for years now, and for good reason; what could be more romantic than declaring your love in front of friends and family on a white sand beach, a majestic mountain range, or even the grounds of an old European castle? Try keeping the guest list to just you and your love, add the element of surprise, and you’ve laid the groundwork for a vacation—and proposal—he/she’ll never forget.

During a family vacation to Trinidad and Tobago, Michael had a driver whisk Lauren away to a private villa. She made her way through a white draped maze, stopping at stations to read letters Michael had written for her and to view photographs highlighting their relationship. At the end of the maze she found Michael standing on a carpet of rose petals, and as the sun set over the tropical cove he got down on one knee and asked Lauren to marry him.

Tips For Proposing On Vacation

Make it Meaningful

Where you pop the question can have as much impact as how you do it. Consider proposing at your first vacation spot, or check off a location on her bucket list. A destination can also reflect your interests; cycling enthusiasts will love Amsterdam—the bicycle capital of the world—while adventurers could hike to the Top of the World in Banff. Michael wanted to propose to Lauren in her home country, and even had the driver bring her family to the villa for a champagne celebration.Tips For Proposing On Vacation

Perfect Planning

Pulling off a grand proposal is daunting, and traveling can compound the challenge. Ask friends and family for help, or hire a planner to take care of the details. Samantha Pham of J’Adore Design and Events not only helped Michael execute his plan, but also added a creative flair to his ideas.

Tips For Proposing On Vacation

Capture the Moment

Hiring a photographer ensures your proposal is truly unforgettable. Barbara Rahal caught the couple’s sunset romance on film, and Michael had GoPros at each station to record Lauren’s reactions to his letters.

Tips For Proposing On Vacation

Don’t Forget!

Obviously you’ll need the ring, but pack it in your carry-on baggage and go second through security so your partner won’t see it if you’re searched. Pack celebration outfits, but say they’re for a fancy dinner to avoid giving the surprise away. Michael purchased an outfit for Lauren and had Samantha bring it along with his suit.

Tips For Proposing On Vacation

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