Hiring a Fashion Stylist for your Wedding DayMarie Zydek: Bridal Fashion Stylist

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 25, 2017

After blogging about fashion for a few years, stylist Marie Zydek started styling models for magazines and commercial shoots. Those experiences led her into styling everyday people.

We can all attest that putting on a gorgeous gown or getting suited up can do wonders to our confidence. As a fashion stylist, Marie Zydek works with brides, grooms, bridesmaids and even mothers to create perfect head-to-toe looks.

Marie first consults with the bride or couple to get to know the style and overall vision. She then creates a mood board and books bridal appointments tailored specifically for them. Since hair and make up play a big part in the overall look, Marie also discusses options on how to wear your hair and make up. She will even go as far as recommending a nail color!

We asked Marie for her go to shops for accessories. She loves to shop local so her first visits are to So Pretty Cara Cotter for modern jewelry and Swish Vintage in Manulife Place for one-of-a-kind pieces. She will also search online at some of her favourite shops; Etsy, Shopbop and Asos.

Marie put together 7 styled bridal looks for Blush Magazine. You can find them online here.


Top Wedding Photographers in CalgaryUp Close and Personal With 5 Wedding Photographers

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 7, 2016

An eye for art, the reflexes of a ninja, great people skills–and big love for LOVE. That’s what it takes to be a top wedding photographer in Calgary today. Here’s our up close and personal interview with our top 5 – in no particular order.

P.S. they all love to travel and the magnificent mountains are in their backyard.

HEIDRICH PHOTOGRAPHY: @heidrich_photography
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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I am photographing weddings because I believe that every wedding is a work of art.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I absolutely love working with adventurous couples with a great sense of style.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

Norway would be on the top of my list of places that I would love to photograph a wedding in. It’s probably the country with the most amazing culture, people and landscape.

Photography package price range: $3,500-$6,500



Why do you shoot weddings? 

I love photographing weddings because I have the opportunity to witness beautiful, emotional stories unfold each and every time. Being able to capture and preserve those moments for my couples constantly inspires my creativity.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

The couples I find I connect with the most are the ones who embrace me as a friend and ignore me as a photographer, and genuine moments unfold.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I absolutely love travelling with every fibre of my being, and am incredibly lucky that my job allows me to do so. New Zealand and Greece are both high on my list of places I would love to shoot –  both have incredible landscapes and light.

Photography package price range: $4,200+



Why do you shoot weddings? 

I love weddings. It’s really exciting to me to tell a different story each time I photograph a couple’s wedding.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I love working with all couples. The fun part of my job is meeting all different kinds of people that show their love for each other in their own way.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I do travel for weddings! I would love to shoot a wedding in Greece. My husband is Greek, so I would love to see where his (and our kids) ancestors are from. And I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Photography package price range: $4,200+


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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I shoot weddings because I get to spend time with people on one of their happiest days.  I love that every couple is different and it’s a whole new love story…..and who doesn’t love, love!

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I love working with clients who value the reason why they are getting married over the details and production of the day. 

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I’ve traveled to many place for weddings; Cuba, Dominican, Maui, Jamaica, Mexico, USA.  My dream location would be in Europe because of it’s beautiful historical/architectural backdrop. 

Photography package price range: $3,800 – $4,800

KRISTYN HARDER PHOTOGRAPHY: @kristynharderphotography

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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I capture weddings because to me, a wedding day is this amazing combination of raw, emotional moments + beautiful aesthetics. I love engagement sessions, where I delight in getting to know my couples.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I believe I am the perfect fit for couples who love a classic, natural and romantic style. Who aren’t afraid to be their true selves in front of my lens. Who love each other deeply, and aren’t afraid to show it.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I love traveling! My favourite trips are the ones where I can execute creative sessions while exploring beautiful new settings. I would love to capture a wedding on a Greek Island, but there are also many charming mansions/manors and parks in the U.S. on my must-shoot list.

Photography package price range: $3,050 – $4,750


Cycle Your Way To WellnessOur Editor's Review of YEG Cycle

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 29, 2016

YEG Cycle

YEG Cycle is not your average spin class. There are no instructors, only motivators. You are not just an individual participant; you are part of the Biker Gang community. The only things you need to bring are an open heart and a willingness to sweat; all equipment and positive vibes are provided. (more…)


Edmonton’s Top Bridal Boutiques6 Shops for Bridal Attire In Edmonton

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 1, 2016

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don’t even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal boutique. From modern to vintage-inspired looks, and from Canadian to international labels, here’s what you can find in Edmonton’s trendiest and most admired bridal boutiques.

Delica Bridal – Appointments Recommended 

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Top Three Designers: Hayley Paige,  Truvelle, Lazaro

Price Range: $2,000 – $8,000

Address: #108 2951 Ellwood Drive, Edmonton AB

Reservation Link: http://delicabridal.com/appointments/

Telephone Number: 780.465.3604

Novelle Bridal Shop – Appointments and Walk-Ins Upon Availability


Top Three Designers: Berta, Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Christos

Price Range: $2,000 – $15,000

Address: 10553-124 Street, Edmonton AB

Reservation Link: http://bit.ly/1WYXupH

Telephone Number: 780.761.0888

The Bridal Boutique – Appointments and Walk-In AcceptedThe Bridal Boutique, Edmonton

Top Three Designers: Martina Liana, Essense of Australia, Pronovias

Price Range: $900 – $6,000

Address: West Edmonton Mall | Phase I 

Reservation Link: http://www.thebridalboutique.ca/yegappointments/

Telephone Number: 780.930.1505

Pure Bridal – By Appointment Only

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Top Three Designers: Essense of Australia, Stella York, TopBridal

Price Range: $1,000 – $4,000

Address: 11267-170 Street, Edmonton AB

Reservation Link: http://www.purebridal.ca/book-appointment

Telephone Number: 780.428.8699

The Bridal House – Appointments Preferred

Top Three Designers: Allure Bridal, Maggie Sottero / Sottero & Midgley, Casablanca

Price Range: $1,200 – $4,000

Address: 13059 – 156 Street Edmonton, AB

Reservation Link: http://thebridalandtuxedohouse.com

Telephone Number: 780.454.1636

Urban Bride Delivered – Consignment Buy or Sell – By Appointment Only

Top Three Designers: Allure, Justin Alexander, Sophia Tolli

Price Range: $400 – $2,500

Address: Unit 206-8712 48 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Reservation Link: http://www.urbanbridedelivered.com

Telephone Number: 780.686.8559


Calgary’s Top Bridal Boutiques7 Shops for Bridal Attire in Calgary

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 26, 2016

After the ring is on your finger and the excitement of being engaged starts to fade just a bit, you now realize, “Oh my gosh, I need a dress!” Not just “a dress” but “THE DRESS.” From modern to vintage-inspired looks, and from Canadian designers to international labels, here’s what you can find in Calgary’s plushest and most unique bridal boutiques.

The Bridal Boutique – By Appointment Only

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Top Three Designers: Hayley Paige, Rue De Seine, Katie May

Price Range: $1,300 – $9,000

Address: Britannia Crossing, 5131 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB

Reservation Link: http://www.thebridalboutique.ca/yycappointments/

Telephone Number: 403.281.9777

Cameo & Cufflinks – Appointments Preferred

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Top Three Designers: Hayley Paige, Stella York, Romona Keveza

Price Range: $800 – $8,000

Address: 1324 11th avenue SW, Calgary Alberta 

Reservation Link: http://www.cameoandcufflinks.com/appointment/

Telephone Number: 403.288.5006

Frocks – By Appointment Only

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Top Three Designers: Leanne Marshall, Nicole Miller, Romantique by Claire Pettibone

Price Range: $1,700-$4,500

Address: #103, 1118-12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Reservation Link: http://frocks.ca/calgary/contact/

Telephone Number: 403.263.5580

Pearl & Dot – By Appointment Only

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Top Three Designers: Truvelle, Anna Campbell, Daalarna

Price Range: $1,600 – $7,000

Address: #213 1117 1st Street SW, Calgary, AB

Reservation Link: http://www.pearlanddot.com/book-appointment/

Telephone Number: 403.452.0244

S2 Bride – Appointments Preferred

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Top Three Designers: Bliss By Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Lazaro

Price Range: $2,000-$8,000

Address:  418 – 16 Ave, N.W. Calgary, AB

Reservation Link: http://www.s2brides.com/appointment.html 

Telephone Number: 403.668.4649

The Bragging Bride (Consignment Store – Appointment Only)

The Bragging BrideTop Three Designers: Katie May, Hayley Paige, Lazaro

Price Range: $1,000-$1,200

Address:  1604 10 Ave SW, Calgary AB

Reservation Email: thebraggingbride@yahoo.ca

Telephone Number: 403.919.4527

r o c o c o BRIDES – By Appointment Only

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Top Three Designers: Paloma Blanca, Nicole Spose, Christina Wu

Price Range: $1,300-$6,000

Address:  4, 8989 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary AB

Reservation Link: www.rococobrides.com

Telephone Number: 403.200.6999