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

***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.


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.


Romantic Marriage Proposal TipsArt Gallery of Alberta Marriage Proposal

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 7, 2015

The story of how you proposed will be told to friends and strangers for the rest of your lives (no pressure!). I think we could all learn from the way Tony executed his spectacular proposal. Since his grand scheme was too ambitious to execute by himself, Tony hired Edmonton based wedding vendors J’Adore Design and Events to bring his vision to life and Barbara Rahal Photography to capture it.

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. 

Here are four tips to planning the perfect proposal:

1. Make it Your Own

Incorporate your favourite places, things and activities. The proposal should reflect you as a couple.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

2. Make it Memorable

Pulling off the surprise of a lifetime is no easy task; hire an event planner to make the proposal of his/her dreams a reality.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

3. Capture the Moment

This moment will be remembered forever, but hiring a photographer is a great way to share and preserve the memory.

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

4. Celebrate

Keep the magic alive by including friends and family. Don’t forget the champagne!

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips

Romantic Marriage Proposal Tips


Dance With Daddy

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on June 21, 2015

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Photo: Wilhelmina Weddings

With Father’s Day here, we gathered the top 10 songs that previous brides featured in Blush Magazine danced to with their fathers. It’s not the easiest one to pick, but we’re hoping that you’ll be able to find the perfect one for you and your daddy!

1) “Walk With You” – Edwin McCain

2) ”I Loved Her First” – Heartland

3) “Over the Rainbow’ – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

4) “Father & Daughter” – Paul Simon

5) “You Are My Sunshine” – Johnny Cash

6) “Unforgettable” – Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole

7) “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts

8)  “Tupelo Honey” – Van Morrison

9) “My Girl” – The Temptations

10) “Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle


Calling All BridesmaidsBlush’s How-To Guide for Being the Attendant Par Excellence

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 30, 2014


Your phone starts ringing off the hook, you answer only to be confronted with your best friend or relative on the line shrieking that she’s engaged. You’re summoned to be her maid of honour or bridesmaid. That’s where it usually begins, so we’re here to help you excel at one of the most difficult requests your bestie will ever make: Running The Show!

It’s Her Wedding Not Yours

Being a bridesmaid means you are accepting a huge amount of responsibility.Also have gorgeous bridesmaid dresses to wear. Your girlfriend is going to remember this day for the rest of her life. Don’t complain about your hair, make up, the dress you’re required to wear, or who you are paired up with. She doesn’t need to add your crazy antics to the list. The mission at hand? To weather the storm and remain her Number One Friend the day after the wedding.

Get Along With Your Fellow Bridesmaids

Chances are you aren’t going to love her three to five other attendants-  you don’t have to like them, but you do need to get along. Together you are the bride’s team, meaning that you are all responsible for setting the tone of the experience. Rely on one another and delegate the tasks equally.

Shower Vs. Bachelorette Party? Both?

Know your bride. Does she like surprises or does she like to be involved? Does she like small or large gatherings? Plan something that best suits her personality. Is she more likely to want am intimate dinner with her closest gal pals or a weekend-long party in Montreal? Work it out, but schedule it at least two weeks prior to the wedding.

Keep Calm and Carry On

A week before the wedding she’ll likely be stressing, having nightmares, and she might be a freak show. Your job is to make sure the bride is calm and enjoying the moment. Plan an eye mask the night before the wedding, field calls from her fiancé and wedding vendors, make sure her mother is okay the morning of the wedding, reapply her lipstick during the photo session, and beam the warmest smile you’ve got her way.

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