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.

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Blush’s Venue of the Year 2017Venue of the Year: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 16, 2017

For Edmonton couples dreaming of starting their happily-ever-afters in a setting worthy of royalty, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been the gold standard. Situated on the high banks of the North Saskatchewan River, “The Mac” has been an iconic fixture of Edmonton’s skyline for over a century.

The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway first opened the hotel’s doors in 1915 to tune of $2.25 million (that’s over $35 million in today’s dollars!), and named it after Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The design was adapted from 16th century French castles, or châteaus, and featured Indiana limestone facing and copper roofing. The hotel was the glamorous epicentre of Edmonton’s social scene for decades until it fell into disrepair and closed in 1983. In an effort to save the historic building from the wrecking ball, the city designated it as a Municipal Heritage Resource. The hotel underwent a massive restoration under new ownership until it was returned to its former glory but with modern amenities.

The Hotel Macdonald is renowned for its luxurious suites, exquisite catering and impeccable service—and let’s not forget Smudge, their beloved Canine Ambassador! Their dedicated team of professionals works closely with each couple to ensure everything from the room to the food is tailored to fit their vision for the day and surpasses their expectations.

Whether you are hosting an intimate reception or a grand fête, The Mac has a room to suit every style. The most popular options are the Empire Ballroom and the Wedgwood Room, both of which carry the heritage designation. The regal Empire Ballroom boasts 21-foot decorated ceilings, opulent chandeliers and a pillar-free space so all your guests will have an unobstructed view of the festivities—up to 250 of them! This room also includes access to a private terrace in the manicured gardens so you can soak in the spectacular view of the River Valley. The Wedgwood Room shares the intricate detailing of its namesake, Wedgwood China, within its domed structure. The soft, muted colour palette makes it a favourite for both ceremonies and romantic receptions for up to 110 guests. Couples who book either room also get a complimentary View Room for the wedding night.

There are also stunning options for cozier affairs for 30 to 60 guests; The Jasper Room features rich oak paneling and original stained glass windows, while the Drawing Room has an airier atmosphere with pale blue walls and white woodwork framing a trio of tall windows. During the brief yet beautiful summer months, the enclosed Gazebo is also available for garden receptions or even bridal showers.

The event coordinators at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald also have a specially selected list of recommended vendors to ensure you are treated like royalty from the first plans to the last dance. There really is no need to look further than The Mac, “where modern luxury meets historic, old-world grandeur.”


Hudson: Downtown Calgary Wedding VenueCalgary's Newest Wedding Venue

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on June 28, 2017

Blush had the pleasure of attending this year’s hottest unveiling of Calgary’s newest state-of-the-art event complex. Hudson is a one-of-a-kind venue located in the historic Hudson Bay building in downtown Calgary. The wedding and event room is situated on the sixth floor of the HBC flagship store, boasting sweeping city views like none-other.

You are greeted with a clean, contemporary feel with breathtaking chandeliers, exposed brick and posh interior design. Hudson is the perfect blank slate for your special event.

Hudson features two unique spaces to suit any soiree. The contemporary Hudson Loft featuring just over 10,000 square feet with seating capacity of 480 guests and the grand Hudson Flat with just over 7,000 square feet with seating capacity of 300. Looking to accommodate a really large event? Rent out the entire floor for up to 780 guests! One of the greatest features of Hudson is the choice of configuration for your event to customize based on size for a truly unique experience.

We cannot forget about the mouth-watering food catered by Oliver & Bonacini, one of Canada’s leading restaurant and event companies. You will not be disappointed with Hudson’s catering and top-notch service, just another feature of the spectacular venue.

If you are looking for something truly unique, with breathtaking views, exquisite food and impressive design then look no further than Hudson.


Rocky Mountain Wedding Venue: Fairmont Banff SpringsBlush's Venue of the Year 2016

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 28, 2016

Rocky Mountain Wedding Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs

“Destination wedding” typically conjures up images of barefoot ceremonies on white sand beaches, but with a weak Canadian dollar many couples are looking for more domestic getaway options. Fortunately we have one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes in our backyard, with a spectacular venue to match.

Blush’s Venue of the Year for 2016, the historic Fairmont Banff Springs, is considered Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies.” First built in 1888, the luxury hotel has hosted British monarchs and Hollywood royalty alike, and features numerous rooms to suit weddings of any size and style.

The Ivor Petrak Room hosts intimate weddings for up to 60 guests and boasts a glittering crystal chandelier and stunning views of the Bow Valley. For an even smaller-scale soiree, seat up to 24 guests at a long table in the Angus room with its stained glass windows and historic décor.

For larger affairs, look no further than one of the Banff Springs’ elegant ballrooms and halls. The Alhambra Ballroom accommodates up to 220 guests and contains both huge windows for a sundrenched celebration and four Spanish Renaissance chandeliers for a romantic evening glow.

Fox Trot back to the roaring 20’s in the Cascade Ballroom; the hotel’s original ballroom has hosted stars such as Fred Astaire and Marilyn Monroe. The rich hardwood floors and colour scheme of powder blue, burgundy and gold provide a glamorous backdrop for a vintage wedding, and the adjacent Conservatory delivers panoramic views of the Bow Valley.

Mt. Stephen Hall truly reflects the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, and is the most popular space for couples to start their happily-ever-afters. The stone floors, high ceilings with oak beams, and cathedral windows with stained glass crests create a castle-like atmosphere for ceremonies and receptions for up to 115.

Take advantage of the fresh mountain air with a picture-perfect ceremony on the Outdoor Terrace, which combines natural beauty with the convenience of hotel amenities.

With a team of on-site wedding planners and dozens of recommendations for local vendors, the Fairmont Banff Springs offers the ease of an all-inclusive destination wedding and unparalleled service for a worry-free day. Tantalizing menu options, fine wines, and the world-class Willow Stream Spa ensure that you and your guests will be pampered. For those looking for fun and adventure, the hotel also features a 27-hole championship golf course, a bowling and entertainment centre, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

Unlike most tropical destinations, there’s no need to worry about passports, vaccines or foreign marriage licence requirements. The Calgary International Airport is only a scenic 90-minute drive away, so it’s easy for far-off guests to fly in for the big day. The nearby town of Banff also offers nearly endless options for accommodations, dining and shopping to suit all styles and budgets.

Best of all, there’s never a bad time to head to the Rockies; the area is beautiful and accessible all year round. Whether you’re dreaming of a sunny summer, rustic fall or winter wonderland wedding, the Fairmont Banff Springs will bring your vision to life, and the stunning mountain vistas will take your breath away.

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Alberta & British Columbia’s Top Mountain Wedding VenuesOur Top 6 Mountain Wedding Venues of 2016

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 28, 2016

Some of the most stunning mountain wedding venues in the world are located right in our backyard. If you’re envisioning breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains or pristine lakes for your wedding day, we’ve selected the top 6 venues across Alberta and British Columbia for you.


Set amid the backdrop of majestic mountains, Fairmont Banff Springs is Canada’s Castle in the Rockies. This Scottish baronial castle provides the perfect combination of wonder and romance. Choose from a wide variety of venues. Imagine the sweeping views of the Bow Valley behind you while exchanging nuptials on the Outdoor Terrace.

Banquet spaces can accommodate up to 220 guests.

Alberta & British Columbia’s Top Mountain Wedding Venues

Photo: Carey Nash Photography



Offering breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery accompanied by an unmatched service team. Be it an elegant all out affair or a quiet time event, Silvertip’s superior facilities boast all of the amenities of a fairytale.

Banquet space can accommodate up to 250 guests.

Alberta & British Columbia’s Top Mountain Wedding Venues



The sunroof at Hotel Eldorado overlooking Okanagan Lake provides the most stunning setting to say “I do”. The second floor banquet space was expanded in 2011 to create the ultimate wedding reception venue!

Banquet spaces can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Alberta & British Columbia’s Top Mountain Wedding Venues



Embraced by snow frosted mountains and a sparkling lake, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is naturally graced with all the elements for a magical celebration. The Chateau blends grandeur with a sense of ease, accented by fine cuisine and renowned service.

Banquet spaces can accommodate up to 350 guests.

Alberta & British Columbia’s Top Mountain Wedding Venues



With its century-old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890’s Yukon saloon, there is no shortage of history within these walls. There is also no shortage of comfort during your stay at Emerald Lake Lodge given the location’s award-winning dining opportunities and exceptional accommodations.

Banquet space can accommodate up to 88 guests.

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Surrounded by the Rocky and Purcell Mountains, the 320 acre private estate features a 13,000 sq ft. mansion and two reception barns. The property features a tranquil creek that winds through acres of natural forests. The estate was originally built in the mid 1990’s as a private residence and boasts traditional German craftsmanship. Combining a rustic barn look with the timeless charm of its European architecture.

Banquet spaces can accommodate up to 400 guests.


Photo: Justine Russo