Rustic Mountain WeddingShannon + Kevin: Rustic Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2018

Shannon met Kevin at his cabin in Pigeon Lake, he was hosting a get together with his friends. Instead of hanging out with them, Kevin asked Shannon to watch the sunset over the lake. They spent the rest of the evening talking and getting to know one another around the fire.

The Proposal

Kevin kicked off their B.C vacation with a surprise stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise, where Shannon had always wanted to visit. Shannon had also never been in a canoe before, so he also took her out on the lake for an unforgettable day. She nervously told Kevin numerous times to not stand in the boat, so instead he got down on one knee and proposed while a photographer secretly following them in another canoe captured the moment.

The Big Day

They loved the idea of having their rustic wedding at the same location they got engaged, and even took a few wedding photos in canoes on Lake Louise. They wed in front of 100 guests in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Silvertip Resort followed by a cozy family-style reception, but their most cherished moments were their private first look and room reveal.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Lost in This Moment”—Big and Rich

Newlywed Advice

“Follow your instincts though the planning and wedding day. If there’s something that is important or special to you make it happen; it’s your day.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to growing old together and creating memories as husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Kauai, Hawaii | Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Canmore, AB | Ceremony Venue: Silvertip Resort | Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort | Marriage Officiant: Patrick Smiley | Planner: Julianne Young Weddings | Cake: Kinnikinnick Fresh | Catering: Silvertip Resort | Floral Design: Amborella Floral | Photographer: Eternal Reflections Photography | Videographer: Glass Stone Cinema | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Modern Luxe Rentals, Great Events Rentals | Stationery: Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationery | Music: Jamie Woodfin | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaids Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridesmaid Designer: Theia | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Suits by Curtis Elliot | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moore’s | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bridal Make Up Artist: Terri Cardinal | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Terri Cardinal | Jeweler (Bride): Spence Diamonds | Jeweler (Groom): Spence Diamonds

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DIY Outdoor WeddingNadine + Jeff: DIY Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2018

While trying to find seating at a crowded Calgary bar, Nadine’s friend asked a group of strangers if they could make space for them. Oddly enough they weren’t strangers at all—Nadine knew most of them growing up in Saskatchewan, Jeff included. They struck up a conversation, exchanged numbers, and later exchanged rings back in Jeff’s hometown–after a snowy mountain proposal with the help of their puppy, Dexter!

The Big Day

Nadine always dreamed of getting married in front of her grandparent’s old barn, but only a few months after her engagement her grandmother became ill and had to give up the farm. Her aunt painted a picture of the barn for her wedding gift, and her dad constructed a frame with wood from the barn and a window pane from her brother’s house, who had passed away ten years before. Unwilling to miss the wedding, Nadine’s grandmother had a nurse escort her to the outdoor ceremony at the stone grotto in Bellegarde. After a lighthearted ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated with a reception at the community hall and danced under the stars in Jeff’s brother’s backyard.

Nadine took a DIY approach to planning; she grew the succulents for her décor, cake, bouquet and favours with her dad, and made all the signage, their cake, and even her garter set!

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”—Jasmine Thompson

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a day of coordinator. I was stretched very thin without having assigned someone to take charge and ensure everything looked as it should décor-wise.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The happy couple is now looking forward to starting a family.

Honeymoon

Indonesia | Gili Teak Boutique Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 175 | Location: Bellegarde, SK | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: Bellegarde Hall | Marriage Officiant: Bev Ireland | Catering: Cindy & Rylan Wier | Floral Design: Blue Moon Mercantile | Photographer: Starr Mercer Photography | Stationery: Vista Print | Music: Scott Cole | Bridal Gown Designer: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Nicole Ray | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Nicole Ray | Jeweler (Bride): David Roberts, Anna Sheffield | Jeweler (Groom): David Roberts

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There’s a New Show in Town!Engaged, Calgary’s Latest Bridal Show

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 1, 2018

After years of watching newly engaged couples leave wedding expos exhausted, overwhelmed, and with nothing but bags of business cards, Jasmine Esau (planner at Reflections Weddings and Events) and Monica Watson (planner at Picture Perfect Weddings) dreamed of a different kind of wedding show.

They envisioned a positive and purposeful experience for both vendors and clients, and created Engaged—a personalized and interactive wedding show in Calgary. “We designed Engaged to empower couples to plan their weddings at the show and give them the tools to continue that planning after they leave.”

A limited number of tickets and staggered entry times ensures both couples and vendors don’t get overwhelmed by huge crowds. Start off with a complimentary glass of champagne or beer at the Welcome Lounge and pick up a planning guide with a full vendor directory. The rest of the show is literally a step-by-step guide to wedding planning; enter the Core Vendor area to meet with planners, venue coordinators, officiants, DJs and photographers before diving into the small details. Rather than have thirty different businesses for the same category, Esau and Watson selected a few quality vendors to help couples nail down their wedding style.

Meander through the Inspiration Showcase to peruse different decorated tablescapes (with pricing for each item), sample food and beverages, listen to live music, and even get a dance lesson! Get tickets to the evening Gala to hear wedding planning tips from local experts while feasting on a six-course dinner complete with wine pairings.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cake tasting, buy a beautiful bouquet and get pampered in the Marketplace with a hot shave for him and a hair and makeup trial for her. You can even book a custom suit fitting and boutique dress consultation!

If you leave the show with some boxes still unchecked, the Vendor Concierge will do your homework and find all the reputable city and mountain vendors available for your date.

Find more information and buy tickets at https://www.engagedweddingshow.ca/tickets.

***This is a sponsored post. Blush has been compensated to write and publish this post on the blog. We only publish content that aligns with our magazine and brand.

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Winter Weddings in the Rockies3 Reasons to Celebrate Winter Weddings in the Rockies

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 31, 2018

We are so fortunate to have one of the world’s most spectacular settings right in our backyard—the Rocky Mountains. While the Rockies are gorgeous any time of year, winter is undoubtedly when they’re at their breathtaking best. Cozy up to your love and say “I do” to a wedding in your own winter wonderland.

1. Picture-Perfect Views (Carey Nash Photography)

Sparkling white snow, dramatic mountain peaks, and an indescribable stillness—the Rockies in the winter are a photographer’s dream and the perfect setting to capture the intimate moments after the vows. Plus, because most tourists prefer to explore in the summer, you’ll have the best locations all to yourself.

2. Rustic Venues (Barbara Rahal Photography)

Warm up with a cozy reception in a charming mountain lodge! Surrounded by nine acres of forest, Buffalo Mountain Lodge on Tunnel Mountain feels completely secluded yet is within walking distance of downtown Banff. The upper level of the Wapiti Longhouse boasts a high-beamed ceiling and a large stone fireplace, while the main-floor wine cellar is ideal for cocktail hour.

Originally built as a teahouse in 1923, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise retains much of its original hand-hewn log structure and décor. You can even book the whole lodge and all 71 guest rooms for a private mountain getaway for you and your guests.

If you’re looking for something even more intimate, you can rent your own island. Emerald Lake Lodge features three rooms that can hold weddings for up to 88 people or 150 when you rent the place just for yourselves.

3. Endless Adventure (Orange Girl Photos)

 There truly is something for everyone in the Rockies! Thrill-seekers can hit the slopes, ride high in a gondola, or take a fast-paced tour led by a team of huskies. Those who like to set their own pace can explore the region on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Even those averse to the cold can stay in and cuddle by the fireplace, relax in a hot tub, or bundle up together on a romantic sleigh ride.

***This is a sponsored post. Blush has been compensated to write and publish this post on the blog. We only publish content that aligns with our magazine and brand.

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Love Filled WeddingSarah + John: Love Filled Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 29, 2018

John and Sarah were never strangers (John is a long-time friend of Sarah’s brother), but they also never had a real conversation until they met at a Canada Day celebration in 2014. After one or two dates they made their relationship status official, and two years later John decided to take things to the next level.

The Proposal

Over the July long weekend, John suggested they go for a bike ride. Sarah didn’t understand why he kept one hand in his pocket even though he kept swerving, and when they stopped to watch the sun set over a small pond she thought he was shaking in nervousness about the his triathlon the next day. John took a few moments to shake it off, and then got down on one knee.

The Big Day

The couple needed a space that could hold 200 guests while allowing extra room for dancing and mingling. The Blatchford Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park offered ample space, a neutral palette, and the grandest of entrances courtesy of the spectacular hangar doors. They wanted to emphasize the importance of family and created two large x-shaped tables for their immediate families. They also have the reception chairs they sat on during their first meal as husband and wife in their home as a simple reminder of their amazing day full of love and family.

Favourite Moments

Sarah: “My immediate response is the moment I saw John at the altar.  Other favourite moments were each time I paused to take in the guests surrounding us on our wedding day. I remember looking out during dinner, during the dance and even when we were at the altar. I will forever remember our best friends and family looking up at us with so much love and support. It truly is a once in a lifetime feeling!”

John: “I have a few! 1)When the doors of the church opened and I saw my soon to be wife for the very first time 2) Listening to all of the amazing words that people had to say about my wife and I during the speeches 3) The party!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

“I Need You”—Faith Hil & Tim McGraw

Newlywed Advice

“Hiring a day-of coordinator was one of the greatest decisions we made. We knew what we wanted in a wedding so the planning portion was simple, but making sure the day runs smoothly is something the bride and groom have little control over.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are looking forward to simply making a life together! Combining our lives after the big day has been so much fun for the both of us, and we look forward to all of the new adventures as husband and wife!”

Honeymoon

Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 200 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Blatchford Field Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park | Marriage Officiant: Father Jan | Planner: Kaitlyn Degrasse | Design & Décor: Bride | Catering: Fort Edmonton Park| Floral Design: Flowers by Willows | Photographer: Kristilee Parish Photography | Videographer: Integra Films | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Music: Triple T’s Entertainment | Transportation: Platinum Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Morgan and Co | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blushed Beaute | Bridal Make Up Artist: Blushed Beaute| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Blushed Beaute | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Blushed Beaute | Jeweler (Bride): Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Blue Nile

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