Simplicity In The Canadian Rocky MountainsStylized Wedding Shoot: Fairmont Banff Springs

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 11, 2016

This setting and these images might ring a bell.  Simplicity In The Canadian Rocky Mountains graces a 4 page editorial and the cover of our Spring Summer 2016 issue. When Cory Christopher came to us with the concept of shooting at Alberta’s most luxurious resort, The Fairmont Banff Springs, we were over the moon excited. Cory, and his team of selected professionals, designed a concept that fit right into the natural surroundings of Banff, Alberta.  Choosing the cover was the hardest decision  for us to make, as you can see, every photo Milton Photography captured is jaw dropping beautiful. For a full list of credits please see the acknowledgments below the images.

 

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Elegant Spruce Meadows WeddingBlair + Jordan: Spruce Meadows Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 8, 2016

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The Proposal

Other than Jordan, Blair’s greatest loves in life are horses and Christmas. Jordan incorporated her favourite things when planning his proposal and pre-selecting their wedding venue. He took Blair to the Spruce Meadows Christmas Market, and after perusing the wares Jordan led her to an outdoor fire pit surrounded by Christmas lights. He not only asked her to be his wife, but also what she thought about getting married at the equestrian facility. Blair said “yes” to both the man and the venue.

The Big Day

Blair and Jordan wanted to add modern twists to the more traditional elements of their wedding. Rather than having a huge bridal party, the couple just had their two best friends stand up for them. They held a cocktail party-style ceremony where guests stood and sipped champagne during their vows, then sat down to a five-course dinner complete with wine pairings. A live band played country music during the ceremony and cocktail hour, then the bride and groom kicked off the party by inviting everyone to the dance floor during their first dance.

They had full access to the property and were able to handle the horses for photos, and Jordan loved seeing how happy that made Blair.

Favourite Moments

Blair: “Marrying my best friend.”

Jordan: “Getting to spend time with the horses and seeing how happy it made me.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Sugar” by Maroon 5

Newlywed Advice

Hire help! The best money we spent was on wedding planning services, venue design, and day-of coordination. We had a completely carefree day that went even more perfectly then could have ever imagined.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to welcoming their first child in December.

Honeymoon

Australia and Fiji

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6 Romantic Ways He AskedPlanning To Propose on Valentine's Day?

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 7, 2016

6 Ways He Asked

Ready to pop the question but you aren’t sure how to make your proposal extra special? Coming up with the right way to ask those four little words can be a challenge. You’re probably thinking it has to be a BIG proposal  — something he/she’ll never forget. It should also be personalized to your relationship. That’s a lot of pressure!

Don’t worry, we are sharing 10 fabulous stories to help make your proposal even more unforgettable from Blush’s featured couples themselves;

Where We First Met: April 16, 2013, was a déjà vu moment. Shyloe modeled again for Manulife night, Eric waited to greet her, and afterwards the two walked hand in hand to Sherlock Holmes—but this time, Eric got down on one knee and asked Shyloe to be his wife. “We had not been back to Sherlock Holmes since we met,” said Shyloe, which made the moment infinitely more special.

Christmastime in NYC: Kyle’s well planned proposal to Chase was grandiose. Christmastime, already a magical time, was made increasingly more resplendent with Kyle’s proposal. As Chase arrived at home, he received a text from Kyle that prompted him to find a Christmas decoration with a little scroll attached — the note that Kyle had penned simply provided Chase with a flight number and the instructions to arrive at the airport no later than 8:00pm with one carry on suitcase — nothing more. Shortly after, a friend, without additional clues, arrived with a bottle of champagne and drove Chase to the airport. As Chase stood at the check-in counter with his flight number in hand, he learned that he was about to embark on a journey from Vancouver to New York. As he boarded his flight, Chase received another straightforward text that simply said that more instructions would proceed.

As he arrived in New York, Chase was directed to take a taxi to a hotel. Upon checking in, Chase entered his room where another scroll awaited his arrival. This note provided him with the directions to go to Rockefeller Centre. After his red-eye flight, animated by the adrenaline of the adventure, and unsure of what to anticipate, Chase arrived to find Kyle standing at the end of the row of trumpeting angels next to the infamous Christmas tree. As Chase got closer, Kyle proposed.

With A Busker in Churchill Square: One night, Lara thought they were just having a date at Characters restaurant, but after dinner Greg swept her away in a limo to Churchill Square where they had said “I love you” for the first time. A busker started playing “Wonderwall” by Oasis and at the end of their dance Greg got down on one knee.

Paris Is Always A Good Idea: John’s proposal was nothing short of thoughtful perfection. Meredith fell in love with a photo her stepsister took while in Paris of a young couple on a bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Planning to visit Meredith at the end of her business trip in London and travel to Paris together, John knew the perfect place to pop the question was on the same bridge in the cherished photo—and that’s exactly what he did.

A Homemade Storybook and Video: On the fifteenth of February, Najla thought she was going over to Alaa’s to watch a movie. Here, she found an aisle filled with candles that led her to the living room. Najla was given a book that Alaa had created to go alongside a video that played on the television, “The Story of You & Me,” narrated by Alaa. The ending of the movie and the last page of the book were a photograph of Najla’s engagement ring; “will you make me the luckiest, happiest man alive and marry me?” With tears of joy, Najla happily accepted Alaa’s proposal. In order to truly share the proposal story with their family and friends, Alaa set up a camera to record the proposal in its entirety; together, Najla and Alaa will be able to relive their proposal for years to come.

A Carpet of Petals + An Afterparty: 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. 

 

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Editor’s It List Spring Summer 2016Our Editor's Favourite Things

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 3, 2016

It’s no secret that our Editor is a product junkie and a lover of the finer things. So each issue she gets the chance to share three of her favourite things. This season she shares with us;

Nambé – Braid Condiment Server

A polished and playful way to keep the coffee table or dinner table looking neat. The Braid Condiment Server features a bright braid arranged in a free-spirited series of coils to form a home base for a trio of stunning wood bowls. Green olives, nuts, corn salad or anything else – this is the perfect gift for newlyweds that love to entertain.

Nambe

 

S’well Bottle

S’well bottles are beautifully crafted composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel, that keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. These make for swell gifts and I’ve been giving them out every chance I get.

Swell

 

NARCISO Eau de Parfum

Narciso Rodriguez’ newest fragrance, NARCICSO, is surrounded by elegant woody notes of vetiver and cedar paired with ultra-feminine accords of Bulgarian rose and gardenia to create a seductive fragrance that lingers and endures. Need I say more?

Narciso

 

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New Years Eve Great Gatsby WeddingMeredith + John: NYE Gatsby Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 2, 2016

Meredith and John’s lives were in sync even before they met. Initially they were both not planning to attend a mutual friend’s birthday bash, but a turn of events led them both to the party and consequently to each other.

The Proposal

John’s proposal was nothing short of thoughtful perfection. Meredith fell in love with a photo her stepsister took while in Paris of a young couple on a bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Planning to visit Meredith at the end of her business trip in London and travel to Paris together, John knew the perfect place to pop the question was on the same bridge in the cherished photo—and that’s exactly what he did.

The Big Day

The couple’s Gatsby themed wedding was influenced by Meredith’s affinity for the 1920’s era and inspired by The Great Gatsby film. The edgy, industrial, speakeasy feel of Paul Hardy Design Studios perfectly complimented the energy channeled from Gatsby’s mansion soirées characterized by fun, celebration and glamour. Deep hues of red paired with gold, sparkle, black, lace and pearl elegantly draped the atmosphere ushering guests back in time to the roaring twenties. Complete with a Bourbon room and streamers falling from the sky, Meredith and John agree their wedding was perfect.

Favourite Moments

Meredith:My favourite moment was when we did our reveal. My husband was such a smokeshow in his custom Pal Zileri navy tuxedo.”

John:Marrying Meredith”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Too Good To Be True’ Lauryn Hill

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a wedding planner if you have the budget to do so. Sheryl was so amazing, professional and organized. Live and love your relationship and being engaged rather than your life turning into the wedding. It really worked for us.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Happily married, this dame and her fella look forward to their first anniversary.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon Destination: Japan

Honeymoon Resort or Hotel: Black Diamond Back Country Lodge

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