This magnificent elopement in the woods is unconventional, but every bit as beautiful as an extravagant affair. A creative local team magnificently styled vibrant peonies in a moody forest and a tablescape fit for two to celebrate their union. If you are looking for an intimate way to exchange your vows– this may inspire you.
In previous issues of Blush we’d coordinate our own photo shoot and design a set to provide engaged couples with wedding day inspiration. It’s always a lot of fun for us to select models, dress them up, and then build an entire set around a specific theme. Since we are also open to submitted stylized shoots, Stacey Foley with JoyFoley weddings sent us an email with images of a shoot she worked so very hard at. At the time, we were also on the hunt for the perfect cover! We had yet to cover a wedding cake and we refused to go with an ordinary one, it had to be over the top to grace the cover. Well, not only did Stacey’s shoot receive our fashion/design spread, the cake designed by Style Cakes graced the cover of our Spring Summer 2014 edition. Luckily, Stacey had great photographers, Eternal Reflections Photography captured all the details so beautifully! There are more local vendors to credit below the pretty images.
To learn more about being featured in Blush visit our submissions page here.
“Radiant Orchid” is the color of the year for 2014. Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, said in a statement that the color of 2014 is “an invitation to innovation” that “encourages expanded creativity and originality.” Pantone officials picked “radiant orchid” based on extensive interviews with industrial and fashion designers worldwide about what color they plan to use to upcoming seasons as well as sales of “color swatches,” according to the Wall Street Journal. So if there is ever a perfect year to incorporate orchids or this color into your wedding, 2014 would be it !
Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative, and embracing purple-one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.
Past Colors of the Year: 2013 Emerald, 2012 Tangerine Tango, 2011 Honeysuckle
Choosing your wedding photographer is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make while planning your wedding. Your photographs will capture moments that you will be able to revisit, remember, and share throughout your entire life. Each season we review hundreds of beautiful images in search for the best. Our editor at Blush has narrowed it down to the 6 images that moved her most – these images are also featured in the Fall Winter 2014 issue of Blush out on stands until January 2015 (you can order a copy here). Scroll through more posts to view previous selections. If you are on the hunt for an outstanding photographer we are certain that you will find one that suits your style, whether that’s traditional and timeless or more modern and fresh. We’ll introduce you to photographers from all over the world that each bring a unique style to the world of weddings.
Jessica Fern Facette Photography: Edmonton, AB | Savo Photography: Wicklow, Ireland | Erin + Tara: Australia | Lauren Scotti Photographer: Orange County, CA | Aeris Photography: Edmonton, AB | White Rose Production with Joy Marie: Los Angeles, CA| Veil: bestweddingveil
Kelsa and Shane met by chance at a bar in West Edmonton Mall. Kelsa was just getting ready to leave, and as she walked past Shane she felt his eyes on her. She introduced herself, then decided to stay. They danced all night then started dating two days later.
The couple purchased a home in Shane’s hometown of Swan River, Manitoba. On possession day, Shane left to buy renovation supplies before taking Kelsa on the walkthrough. When she opened the door to the master bedroom, she found the room filled with flowers, photos of her and Shane, and the words “marry me” painted on the wall.
The Big Day
Kelsa and Shane returned to Edmonton for their wedding; they held their ceremony at Latitude 53 art gallery and their reception at St. John’s cultural centre. Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performed for guests before a traditional Ukrainian buffet dinner.
The couple included some non-traditional elements to make their day unique: mixed bridal parties to include friends and siblings regardless of gender, cute cake pops instead of a wedding cake, and photos before the ceremony.
Kelsa: “If I had to pick one moment it would be seeing Shane’s reaction to seeing me for the first time when we did the first look photos. I was so excited and a little nervous to see his reaction.”
Shane: “My favourite moment of the day was seeing my beautiful wife walk down the isle and knowing we will spend the rest of our lives together. Seeing her nearly brought me to tears.”
Engagement Ring Cut
‘Timeless’ – Airborne Toxic Event
Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)
Father-Daughter Dance: ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash
Mother-Son Dance: ‘God Gave me You’ – Blake Shelton
“Hire a wedding planner, even if it’s just for the wedding day. They honestly take care of everything so you can truly enjoy it with your family and friends.”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
“Building our lives and future together and growing our newly started business. We make a really great team and work well together. We also are looking forward to starting a family.”
St. George’s, Grenada – Sandals LaSource Grenada
Many people have the impression that destination weddings are easier and less stressful than planning a wedding at home – but that’s not always the case. Here are 5 important factors to consider when planning a destination wedding dress.
1) Your Guests
Destination weddings ask a lot of your invitees: the cost of travel, of course, and depending on the location guests may have to take time off work to attend your nuptials. You’ll likely have friends or family who cannot attend or choose not to attend for various reasons. Be prepared for some loved ones to miss the occasion and don’t take it personally.
- Provide accommodation options at different price points to suit a range of budgets.
- Setup a wedding website to convey travel information to your guests to make it easier for them to attend.
2) Planning From Afar
If you have “Type A” tendencies, a destination wedding may not be a good fit! Unless you’re able to travel to the location before the wedding to scope out venues and meet with vendors in person, you may find it difficult to make all your plans remotely, especially when cultural differences and language barriers come into play. In some destinations it can take weeks to receive email responses – not every bride has the patience to deal with that pace of planning.
- Do your research! Search for real photos from travel review sites or destination wedding blogs to avoid unwelcome surprises.
- Engage the services of a Wedding Planner experienced with weddings in the area.
3) Bon Voyage Budget
It is a common belief that destination weddings are much cheaper than celebrating at home, however tropical resort packages can be deceiving as they are often for a very small number of guests and do not include a private reception.
A weak Canadian dollar can affect affordability of destinations abroad, so why not consider a beautiful destination closer to home? Canada boasts incredible locations throughout the Rocky Mountains, Okanagan Valley and West Coast.
- Look off-resort for great local venues that will give you more flexibility in customizing your wedding and choosing your suppliers.
- Some locations may offer better rates for weekday and/or low season weddings.
4) The Unexpected
Destination weddings are more likely to be affected by factors beyond your control. Examples include extreme weather, such as hurricanes, snow storms, floods and forest fires (we’ve had weddings affected by all of the above); health outbreaks like Swine Flu and most recently, Zika Virus; and foreign political unrest.
- If you’re heading somewhere tropical, check when that area is most likely to experience severe storms – in other words, don’t have your wedding during hurricane season!
- Look into getting traveller’s insurance and wedding cancellation insurance.
5) Making It Legal
Each country has their own legal requirements for marriages. Some countries mandate blood tests and may require that you’re in the country for a specified number of days before the wedding takes place. In Canada and the U.S. marriage licenses are issued by province / state, so be sure to check the particulars for your wedding location.
- Consider getting married legally at home shortly before or after your destination wedding, and have a symbolic ceremony abroad. This can look and feel exactly the same as a legal ceremony so your guests won’t know the difference – and you may save yourselves some headaches.
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.
Life gives us many opportunities to make mistakes but very few chances for a do-over. Ashley and David immediately regretted their wedding in 2011—not the marriage part, but everything else. Ashley rushed through planning in six months and overlooked things she didn’t feel were important at the time. Their venue was a “soulless” hall, and Ashley felt both the event staff and her photographer didn’t care about them or their wedding. The result was a stressful day that showed in their disappointing photos. “I felt in many ways that they stole from me—not only my money, but my opportunity to have meaningful memories.”
Seven years later David and Ashley decided to re-do their wedding their way at Events at Hole’s. Ashley wanted to celebrate their marriage in a space they could revisit with friends and family, and the Glasshouse Bistro provided a beautiful outdoor space for their golden hour vow renewal. Every year they give each other the traditional anniversary gifts and wanted to incorporate that theme in the ceremony space. Items made from various materials such as paper, cotton, copper and leather (the custom vegan leather jacket from Wink Ink Design Co.) were subtle yet meaningful symbols of their seven years of marriage.
Ashley and David said “I still do” in front of ten guests, including their two young daughters. Their vendors ensured the evening was relaxed, elegant and filled with love. When the couple look through their renewal photos, they see only pure joy—no regrets.
From Harry and Meghan to Nick and Priyanka, we’ve been inundated with some exceptionally lavish nuptials over the past year. But as sparkling snow gives way to delicate green buds, it’s time to breathe in the fresh spring air and take stock of what really matters for your own wedding. Do towering centrepieces and sequinned linens really bring you joy? In this stunningly simplistic shoot, some Edmonton wedding vendors have teamed up to show you how less truly is more.
Antique velvet furniture adds a touch of luxury to a rustic wood backdrop, while strings of Edison bulbs cast a warm glow over the room. Semitransparent balloons with subtly twinkling lights win out over fussy floral arrangements for a look that is both chic and whimsical. A sleek off-the-shoulder neckline is a modern minimalist twist on a traditional A-line gown, and a relaxed up-do pairs perfectly with dramatic makeup for a look of pure romance.