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!

Featured Wedding: January 16, 2015Sonya & Raul's Huatulco Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 4, 2015

Sonya and Raul met for the first time at work. It was Sonya’s first job out of university, and Raul was assigned to help/mentor her and teach her the ropes of the industry. After spending every workday together for five months, Raul had an amazing career opportunity at another company, which he accepted to Sonya’s disappointment. They immediately missed spending all of those hours together on a daily basis, and realized their connection was much deeper then co-workers and they have been together ever since.

The Proposal

Raul proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2014 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta. Although this is a common day for proposals, Sonya was completely caught off guard. They spent the day getting pampered at the famous spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and then checked into their room at the Rimrock. Raul upgraded their room to the grand view suite, booked dinner at the five star Eden restaurant and filled the entire suite with roses and candles. Once he opened the door, Sonya saw a Tiffany box sitting on the table next to a bottle of champagne and thought they agreed not to do presents. It wasn’t until Raul grabbed the box and went down on one knee that she realized he was proposing. She burst into tears, said YES.

The Big Day

Sonya grew up in Alberta, but Raul grew up partly in Mexico, with family and friends all over North America, it only made sense to have a destination wedding. Specifically, they chose the Secrets Huatluco Resort & Spa as it is the closest resort town to Raul’s family and because they were impressed by the wedding venue spaces from a previous visit. The couple had a lot of fun mixing both Canadian and Mexican traditions into the ceremony to make a truly unique day and party. On the wedding day, the couple decided to go against tradition and met up for a private first look prior to the ceremony. Shortly after, they met up with their groomsmen and bridesmaids to take photos. The ceremony was performed by a close friend in English, as well as legally by a Mexican judge in Spanish so everyone could understand. Immediately following the ceremony there were sunset cocktails, a delicious 5 course dinner with speeches, and then dancing all night. The couple also coordinated a trip for everyone to visit the ranch where Raul grew up. Besides the wedding day, their guests say it was definitely a highlight getting exposed to some true Mexican culture.

Favourite Moments

Sonya: “My favourite moment was definitely the “first look”, where Raul and I saw each other for the first time. It was so special to be able to give each other an honest reaction when we first saw one another, and then spend the next few hours spending time with our bridal party prior to the ceremony. It made the ceremony much more relaxed and fun by the time it came around!”

Raul: “My favourite moment was actually the opportunity to spend an entire week celebrating with our family and friends instead of just the traditional day. We have family and friends from all over North America and it was so great to spend an entire week truly joining our families together.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Fields of Gold’ – Sting

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter: ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ – Stevie Wonder

Newlywed Advice

“It’s okay to write your own rules, and do what makes you happy as a couple. There are lots of people that will try to tell you that you HAVE to do this or you CAN’T do that, but you can do (or not do) whatever you heart desires because it’s your day!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are really looking forward to our two-week honeymoon in Italy in September, going on lots more adventures together, and starting a family.”

Honeymoon

Italy

Fitset Makes It To AlbertaGet Fit For Your Big Day with Fitset

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on June 29, 2015

Fitset Makes It To Alberta

If you enjoy group classes and get bored of the regular workout routine Fitset is the perfect fit for you. Fitset offers a cost effective program that allows you to take part in unlimited classes from a wide selection of fitness studios for a flat monthly fee and no contract!

For $99 per month, Fitsetters can visit each partner location up to 3 times per month accessing the best local gyms and studios offering everything from boot camps, spin, barre, yoga, dance, boxing, and CrossFit.

We were glad to share that this Canadian company made its way to Alberta from the east coast, with over 50 studios and counting throughout Calgary and Edmonton.

Group training is an excellent way to stay motivated to achieve your fitness goals in the months leading to your wedding and a healthy way to bond with your fiancé before you embark on your next big chapter.

RiverCross Ranch WeddingStylized Shoot at RiverCross Ranch - Springbank, Alberta

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on June 24, 2015

The newly renovated RiverCross Ranch, just 15 minutes west of Calgary, now accommodates small retreats, business meetings and events including small weddings. The rustic style, the scenery and the cozy ambiance is perfect for country-styled weddings. Alexandra with Boutiq Weddings, a Calgary based wedding designer and planner, worked with some of Calgary’s finest wedding vendors to create this elaborate setting. Her aim was to achieve elegance in the rustic setting enhancing it with unusual colors of coral, pink and peach floral combined with vintage accents.

Thank you Boutiq Weddings for bringing the RiverCross Ranch to our attention through this beautifully stylized shoot, this venue and it’s mountain backdrop makes for an excellent wedding venue for Calgary & Area couples.