Intimate Dinner WeddingAnnan + Justin: Intimate Dinner Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 15, 2018

Annan and Justin met at the gym, but Justin was so shy his best friend had to ask for Annan’s number. Things didn’t take off between them, but they kept in touch and eventually became sweethearts after university.

The Proposal

One morning while lying in bed, Annan was showing Justin pictures of engagement rings on her phone. He reached over to his nightstand, took out a small box and asked, “What about this one?” Unfortunately their celebration was cut short as two days later they were evacuated from their Fort McMurray home due to the 2016 wildfire.

The Big Day

Annan and Justin didn’t want a large, traditional wedding, so they planned an “unwedding.” They sent out invitations for a belated engagement dinner to 30 of their closest friends and family at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is where they had dinner during their first trip to Edmonton together. What most guests didn’t know is that they had just said their vows in front of just their officiant, photographer, and two witnesses.

They got married on Annan’s late father’s birthday, and she had her brother fill in as maid-of-honour before meeting Justin at the exact table in the Westin bar where he had asked her to be his girlfriend. “It was like coming full circle,” she said.

Favourite Moments

Annan: “My brother, James, helping me with my dress. I’m sure that’s supposed to be a Maid of Honor moment but he was by the far the perfect person to ensure everything was perfect before getting married. Followed by meeting Justin at the exact table in the bar at the Westin where he’d asked me to be his girlfriend so we could walk to our ceremony together. It was like coming full circle.”

Justin: “Annan being so emotional during the private ceremony that she couldn’t remember which hand was left during the exchanging of the rings.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Halo

Newlywed Advice

“Hire the best photographer you can afford that suits your style and do a test run beforehand. We’re both awkward in front of the camera but love every single one of our photos because of Kat.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to enjoying their life together and their honeymoon in Ireland.




Number of Guests: 30 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Ruth’s Chris Steak House| Reception Venue: Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Marriage Officiant: Howard Saunders | Cake: Whimsical Cake Studios | Cake Topper: Brick Bubble | Catering: Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Floral Design: Fabloomosity | Photographer: Katch Studios | Stationery: AJ’s Craft Creations, Mihos & Maple | Transportation: Prestige Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Bridal Hair Stylist: Sen Studios – Anita Gill | Bridal Make Up Artist: Sen Studios – Anita Gill | Jeweler (Groom): Stoneybrook Jewelry


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Spring | Summer 2018 IssueNew Issue Release: Spring Summer 2018

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2018

Winter is still here but we thought we’d kick our fave seasons off right by releasing the Spring Summer 2018 issue of Blush Magazine – on sale today and to be stocked on newsstands by the end of January.  Our gorgeous cover features a bouquet designed by Flower Artistry and shot by Genevieve Renee Photographie, both based in Calgary, AB. The cover and editorial was meticulously planned and coordinated by Social + Co, a boutique event and design company also based in Calgary.

As usual this issue, we’ve featured and chatted with 11 couples who have all recently tied the know. We’ve shown you their gowns, bouquets, cakes and invitations so you can gather inspiration for your own day, but we’ve also asked them for their advice as someone who’ve just come out the other side of this whole wedding planning process.

You’ll find Blush Magazine stocked at Chapters and Indigo throughout Alberta and B.C. in two short weeks. In the meantime, you can purchase a copy online.


7 Skin Care Tips from Dr. OlesenBeauty: Hemingway Medical Spa

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 12, 2017

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot to think about so it’s easy to forget about your skin. Some skin issues can be covered with makeup but if there is something you’d like fixed or prevented we recommend you seek the expertise of a professional.  Dr. Olesen of Hemingway Medical Spa answers our top 7 skin care and treatment questions.

How early should a bride start on skin treatments before her wedding?

Ideally, 6-9 months. The skin life cycle is about 6 weeks, and these treatments take time. Various treatments require a series of sessions to achieve desired results. For instance, it can take 9 – 12 months to eradicate acne; but typically only 3-6 months for skin resurfacing and brightening. There are last minute options to help promote a healthy glow, but they are less long-term in effect, such as the red-carpet stimulator peel which can be done the week before the wedding.

What kind of treatment fixes color/pigment issues?

Intense pulse light therapy (IPL) with the Cynosure Palomar Icon laser lightens skin pigment (age spots, sun damage, freckles), lessens redness and stimulates collagen with noticeable results after one treatment, and usually ideal results after 3 treatments (each 4 weeks apart). This is the best treatment for improving an overall healthy skin tone and glow.

What kind of treatment fixes acne issues?

Acne should be treated medically, which is offered at Hemingway Medical Spa; however, there are services which can accelerate the resolution of break-outs and inflammatory acne. The Jessner treatment is like a chemical peel, but is superficial and targeted at acne.

What do you suggest for brides who want a sun kissed glow?

My personal favourite is the Mystic spray tan from Fabutan; it’s my go-to before heading on a tropical vacation.

How often should a bride and groom get facials?

Depending on the needs, it is recommended to use a quality and personalized daily skin care regimen. However, the microneedling service that we offer is comparable, if not higher yield, than your typical facial. We recommend microneedling 6 weeks before the wedding, and then again 1-2 weeks before, for optimal skin health before the big day.

How much should a bride budget for her skin the year leading up to her wedding?

It really depends on each individual’s skin health needs. Given we have a variety of services, we can customize a treatment plan with your budget in consideration. It could range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars for the year.

What is a good maintenance routine after the wedding?

A customized and effective daily skin care routine with products and services that are specific to each individual.


Desert Minimalism InspirationStyled Shoot: Desert Minimalism

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 6, 2017

A desert minimalism inspired shoot is just what the doctor ordered today, and we’re happy to provide the goods from Pam Kriangkum Photography and MB&Company. It’s so hard to believe that this incredible shoot was shot indoors. If you’re looking for an ample amount of natural light, Events by Hole’s is the perfect venue for shoots or weddings. We are excited to finally share these images that were shot exclusively for Local Love presented by Blush Magazine.


Boho-Inspired WeddingSierra + Quinton: Boho-Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 12, 2017

This pair of adventurers first met on a road trip to Invermere, B.C with some mutual friends. Sierra thought Quinton was cute but very shy and quiet, so it took a couple of years before they developed a relationship.

The Proposal

Sierra is extremely snoopy, so of course she discovered Quinton’s plans to surprise her in Spain and propose during her family vacation. Instead, he woke Sierra up early in the morning of her departure. He dressed up and she was wearing a “hideous” purple silk cap. The heartfelt card and amazing breakfast were nice touches, but Sierra loved that he actually surprised her.

The Big Day

The free spirits wanted a bohemian-inspired wedding and instantly fell in love with the exposed brick walls and crystal chandeliers at The Commons. They dressed up the room for their ceremony with a rustic floral arch, then flipped it to a cocktail reception and projected black-and-white movies for a backdrop. Quinton wore a dapper forest-green suit and Sierra swapped her long veil and lace bolero (both made by her aunt) for a flower crown at the reception.

Favourite Moments

Sierra was hesitant when her parents presented a slideshow, but it turned out to be her favourite moment. Quinton loved spending the day with his fun-loving bride. They spend their honeymoon on a Caribbean Cruise and are now planning their next adventure to Ecuador.

Engagement Ring Cut


First Dance

“Let’s Be Still”—The Head and the Heart

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

“My Little Girl”—Tim McGraw

Newlywed Advice

“Make sure to enjoy the day of the wedding! That being said, a wedding coordinator was the best idea ever; Leslie took care of every little detail—even buying items last minute to make sure the venue was picture perfect.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

We both love to travel so planning our next adventure to Ecuador at the end of this year is on our agenda.


Bahamas Cruise


Number of Guests: 150 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Commons Calgary | Planner: Magical Moments Event Planning | Cake: Alforno Café and Bakery | Catering: One World Foods | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Photographer: Nathan Walker Photography | Stationery: | Music (DJ): Friend of the couple | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique Calgary | Bridal Gown Designer: Katie May | Bridesmaids Boutique: Asos| Bridesmaid Designer: Asos | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: TopShop | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: TopShop | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Alana Turcott | Bridal Make Up Artist: Alana Turcott | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Alana Turcott | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Alana Turcott | Jeweler: Anthony’s Jewellers Calgary