Winter Wonderland at Oasis CentreWinter Wonderland Wedding: Lara + Greg

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 21, 2015

Love is patient. Lara and Greg felt a connection the day they met at work, but they were both with other people. One month later the two met up for lunch, which lasted 4.5 hours — a server commented that they “seemed really in love.” They made the decision to end their relationships knowing that they were meant to be with each other. They shared their first kiss on a set of old train tracks.

The Proposal

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.

The Big Day

Lara had always dreamed of a winter wonderland wedding, but the couple wanted to keep it local. They chose the Oasis Centre for its timelessness, and dressed the party in “vintage elegance.” The only thing missing to make their day perfect was snow—the day before the wedding everything was still brown. Fortunately nature delivered 25 cm of snow the morning of to blanket the city in white.

Lara and Greg broke some traditions; their speeches were complimented with music videos as an extra thank you and keepsake for the wedding party. Lara gave Greg his own version of something old, new, borrowed and blue which included family heirlooms and blue Joe Boxer briefs.

Favourite Moments

Lara: “On the morning of the wedding, I opened the curtains and saw snow falling from the sky. It was fluffy, soft snow. I quickly turned to the weather network to read that it was an anticipated 25 cm of snow in a high of -2 degrees Celsius weather. I remember the glee I felt – it was fate. I was going to get my winter wonderland wedding.”

“Favourite moment? From the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep. I guess the BEST BEST BEST moment is knowing I get to spend the rest of my life with my husband.”

Greg:“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Typically, this endearing wedding tradition is intended for the bride to follow for future prosperity and good fortune. However, in our case this well-known tradition came with a twist and was planned for me to experience – and what an experience. A perfect moment that surprised me, the groom, and imprinted on my mind as one of the fondest memories of my life. I’ll remember and cherish it forever.”

“The other moment that I’ll cherish forever, was right after the ceremony standing on the stage when we looked out into the crowd to all those who love and support us. It felt like we owned the world – wow, I’ll never forget it. I gained such a sense of strength in that moment that it’s hard to explain, but I find myself going back to it again and again.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter: Martina McBride – ‘In My Daughters Eyes’

Mother-Son: Leanne Womack- ‘I Hope You Dance’

Newlywed Advice

“Work together! When Greg came with me to my meetings with vendors and to pick out the little details, I felt like our wedding wasn’t just a day to come, it was a marriage in the making.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The couple is looking forward to travelling the world together and spending time in their new home together. Greg is glad he can now call Lara his wife over fiancé. Let’s be honest, we all know you can’t possibly say that word without sounding pompous.”

Honeymoon

Southern France

Wedding Film/Video

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Featured Wedding: July 13, 2013Lyndsey & Kris's Firework Fairytale

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 21, 2015

You often hear about people falling in love at first sight, whether in a crowded room or passing one another on the street. It was years ago when Lyndsey and Kris were out with a group of friends one night, their eyes met and they both felt an instant spark and connection, that was all it took for their love story to begin.

The Proposal

Kris went to University in Victoria, BC and quickly developed a love for the island city. So he took Lyndsey on a trip to the charming city and arranged for a horse drawn carriage to take them to dinner. On their way to dinner they made a stop at the beautiful Beacon Hill Park, they got out and went for a stroll in the park. Kris found the perfect opportunity to stop, get down on one knee and ask Lyndsey to marry him. Lyndsey shares, “it was a surreal moment that I will never forget.”

The Big Day

Lyndsey and Kris were married on July 13, 2013 at St. Basil’s Catholic Church. The church holds a significant meaning, it’s where Kris went to pre-school as a young boy and where the newlyweds want their future children to grow up. When planning their wedding day, Lyndsey and Kris pictured a celebration that was romantic, soft, and glamourous. It was important for them to find a reception venue that had that “wow” factor! They also wanted their guests to be able to enjoy themselves while the couple went on with their wedding day business. The Oasis Centre was everything they were looking for, they were able to  arrange for champagne and tapas in the gardens of the Oasis while the couple and bridal party were busy taking their formal photos. Unlike most weddings, the entire bridal party was formally suited in black and white. Even the bridesmaids were glammed up in Vera Wang wedding dresses with black sashes and the men looked dapper in black and white tuxedos. Lyndsey wanted her bridesmaids to feel just as beautiful as she did on her wedding day. In true fairytale fashion, the Oasis Centre also arranged for fireworks to go off at the end of the night.

Favourite Moments

Lyndsey: “Walking down the aisle and seeing Kris, as well as our family and friends who had travelled from all over to witness the joining of our new lives together. It was a feeling of pure joy and we could definitely feel the overwhelming love!”

Kris:The anticipation of being introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Ricci, and then walking through the grand entrance to all of our family and friends is a moment I will always cherish. There was so much energy and happiness filled in that grand room, my heart was pounding. I then gave my beautiful bride a nice spin before we took our seats at the head table, which I loved every second of.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Pear-Shaped

First Dance

Frank Sinatra – “It Had To Be You”

Newlywed Advice

“Always remember that this day is a celebration of the both of you uniting and becoming one. Once your special day finally comes, it flashes by, and you realize all that really matters is the love you share.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are most looking forward to creating everlasting memories and starting a family of our own!”

Honeymoon

Location: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Hotel/Resort: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Featured Wedding: April 26, 2014Shyloe & Eric's Old Timer Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 16, 2014

For Shyloe and Eric it all came around full circle. The spot of their first date, pizza and beer at a table under the stairs at Sherlock Holmes, was also the starting line of their journey to becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Shyloe and Eric met during Manulife Night one Tuesday in 2011 —she was modeling, he was working in the building. Eric was ready to head home when he spotted Shyloe and asked if she would like to grab a bite to eat after the event. She agreed and the two walked over to Sherlock Holmes.

The Proposal

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.

The Big Day

About one year later, the couple tied the knot surrounded by family and friends at the Old Timers Cabin in Edmonton, Alberta. Their wedding included a tender moment walking down the aisle, a private reveal before the ceremony, funny speeches, lively dancing and was complete with McDonalds Filet-o-Fish available as a midnight snack.

Favourite Moments

Shyloe:This is cliché, but my favorite moment was definitely when my dad walked me down the aisle to Eric. My dad was such a softy, his crying made me cry. When he gave me away he said to Eric “take care of my little girl” which obviously made us all cry. Eric and I just stared at each other, crying and giggling the whole ceremony. It was incredible.”

Eric:I really didn’t think I would like the whole photo process, or the staged “reveal” part, Shyloe looked incredible, but that ended up being one of my favorite parts. Having the opportunity to spend a couple hours laughing and joking with the bridal party was amazing. The speeches and slide show were also a highlight, as was dancing to shout… As it is with EVERY wedding.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

Acoustic of  ‘Home’ performed by Eric’s lifelong friend

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance: ‘My Wish’- Rascal Flatts

Newlywed Advice

“We have two pieces of advice:

1. Make a list of your priorities and don’t change them. Respect each other’s “non-negotiables” and make them clear early on. 

2. Stay true to who you are. I didn’t realize how much this mattered during the entire planning process, but it was one of the most common things we have heard after the wedding. Everyone kept telling us that the wedding was so “us”, and it was. From the venue to the program to the midnight snack, it all had some significance in our life together.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

As newlyweds, Shyloe and Eric look forward to calling each other husband and wife and laughing a lot.

Honeymoon

Morocco, Spain, France, & Italy

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Featured Wedding: October 26, 2013Michaelle & Matt's Azuridge Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 29, 2014

It was a serendipitous encounter at Alloy restaurant in 2010 that brought Michaelle and Matt together. Smitten from the start, the two instantly felt a magical connection and started dating in 2011. They met, sparks flew—it’s truly as simple as that.

The Proposal

The fortuitous encounter was followed by a romantic proposal in 2012 on Matt’s birthday. The couple took a sunset walk at Fish Creek Park where Matt got down on one knee and asked Michaelle to give him the best birthday present ever—to be his wife.

The Big Day

The two planned an intimate and romantic celebration of love. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her son, while the groom was accompanied by his daughter down the aisle and had his son stand beside him as a groomsman. It was a meaningful and emotional ceremony neither of them will ever forget.

Following the ceremony was a whimsical reception. A Parisian-inspired sweets table complete with a cake topper from 1920s Paris (hand-painted by Matt) captured memories from the couple’s time together in Paris, while framed lines from the couple’s favourite songs, books and letters written to one another, on display throughout the venue, maintained the romantic atmosphere.

Favourite Moments

Michaelle: “Having my little guy walk me down the aisle, and give my hand to Matt’s. I was so nervous, and I know I was shaking. Matt just took my hands, looked into my eyes and whispered ‘I love you.’

Matt: ” My favorite moment of the day was the ceremony: first, watching Wesley walk Michaelle over the bridge then down the aisle. This being the first time I had seen the dress, and Michaelle looked absolutely stunning.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Emerald

First Dance

“You Got What I Need” – Joshua Radin

Newlywed Advice

Keep it small and intimate and let your own joys drive you in planning. It’s easy to get swept away by the wants and desires of well-meaning friends and family, but at the end of the day, it’s your wedding, do it your way.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

As newlyweds, Michaelle and Matt look forward to facing life’s uncertainties together, goofing around and continuing to bring out the best in one another.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon: St Lucia | Honeymoon Resort: Windjammer Landing

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Featured Wedding: August 31, 2013Chase & Kyle's Dapper Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 14, 2014

Chase and Kyle met on campus at the University of Alberta. Kyle had quickly caught the attention of Chase who proceeded to follow him around campus, hoping to engage in conversation. Eventually, Chase convinced Kyle to take his number; however, because he came by it so casually, Kyle did not consider the fact that Chase intended to take him on a date. Their first date was far worse than Chase could have imagined — simply because Kyle was not aware that it was a date. Following a little persuasion, Chase convinced Kyle to go on a real first date, and years later, the couple exchanged marital vows.

The Proposal

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.

The Big Day

The tree motif became apparent again at their wedding — the couple exchanged vows under a live tree covered with over 3,000 paper cranes, which is now planted in their family’s backyard. The grooms were escorted to the end of the aisle by their respective parents and, as they met, they walked together toward the tree. All of their guests respected the grooms’ wishes to wear only black, white, or grey, and they were invited to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as the grooms exchanged their handwritten, personalized vows.

Favourite Moments

Chase: “Walking out with my parents before seeing Kyle. They both looked at me and said we have the keys to the car and if you want to run we will drive you anywhere you want to go. Right after that as we were walking out I caught Kyle’s smile and knew that he had always be someone I was walking towards and that from day on, someone I would walk besides for as much time as we are blessed with.”

Kyle: “The entire ceremony and our first dance. Everyone lit sparklers and crowded around us, and it was exactly what I wanted at the exact moment and it was amazing.”

First Dance

Tracy Chapman “The Promise” Sung By Krystle Dos Santos

Newlywed Advice

“Hire Jennifer Bergman Weddings”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“The first thing we wanted to do was have our wedding day again. We still do. It literally was the perfect day. Beside that, living life together as much as we can and as true as we can. We are pretty content with that.”

Honeymoon

Italy, Peru, & The Maldives

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