Countryside Alberta WeddingChloe + Faris: Countryside Alberta Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 4, 2016

Chloe’s father resides in Dubai, so she took a few months off from her work and life in Vancouver to visit him and catch a break. Near the end of her trip, Chloe’s father threw his annual Rugby kick-off party and encouraged Chloe to invite her friends. Chloe reached out to her friends, who also brought guests of their own. Lo and behold one of her friends brought Faris to the party and the rest was history!

The Proposal

Faris surprised Chloe with a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey. When they arrived, there was a table set for two with traditional Turkish breakfast, coffee, a bottle of champagne and flowers. Chloe felt that he was up to something. Faris’ “cue” for the hotel staff was him taking his jacket off. Chloe was standing in a separate area taking photos and when Faris gave the signal, a violin started playing. Chloe turned to Faris, he was on his knee, trembling and that is when she realized that it was happening. He had also hired a local photographer to capture it all on camera. “It was such a unique moment and so special” Chloe shares. To top off the proposal trip, Faris then surprised Chloe with tickets to Portugal! So they flew to Istanbul for a night and then went to Portugal for 10 days. 

The Big Day

The couple held a stunning natural wedding at Chloe’s family’s horse ranch in Millarville, AB. It’s a place that has been her oasis since she was a little girl. Most of their guests traveled from all over the world. Chloe rode in with her parents in a horse carriage, a magical experience in itself. The food was incredible, organic and farm-to-table, Chloe is a natural food chef and holistic nutritionist, so the expectations were very high.

They offered carriage rides for all of their guests and as favors left memory cards that Chloe and Faris’s caricature that her best friend and maid of honour made especially for them.

Favourite Moments

Faris:When the clouds cleared as Chloe arrived to the ceremony site and the sun literally shined down on everyone we know and love.”

Chloe:Moments before we arrived at the ceremony location, at the top of a hill where Faris and everyone awaited. It was as if everything had come to this moment – the question of whether or not we would get poured on. I remember, sitting there, in the carriage, which was pulled by two beautifully gentle horses, in between my parents- and feeling that “bridal moment” that you always hope to feel. Anticipation, wonder, disbelief, excitement, butterflies, love, light, transformation…all of it, in one breath. Right before the carriage driver asked “where would you like for us to pull up to, Chloe” and I answered with “right at the barrels please”. And the clouds parted just for the ceremony. Just in time for my entrance.”

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First Dance

Save Tonight’ – Eagle Eye Cherry

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘She’s the One’ – Robbie Williams

‘Wonderful Tonight’ – Eric Clapton 

Newlywed Advice

Trust your original instinct. To put it in perspective our first thought, when we sat on the edge of Portugal, on the coastline, drinking bottles of wine and watching the sunset- we knew it would take place on the ranch. However, we then started to follow stories of fear, worry and anxiety- and went into fantasyland. So, we went castle hunting in England for a prim n’ proper British affair for a week. I distinctly remember, after a long day of driving around the Cotswolds, we sat in a pub, eating fish and chips, and feeling SO disheartened.

When we gave ourselves space from this, and reconnected to what we love- we realized that we had to follow our hearts.

We ended up at the Calgary Stampede with country music on blast, with a beautiful rehearsal dinner/welcome party at River Cafe and ending with a picturesque ranch ceremony and saloon party. 

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Creating a beautiful home that reflects our visions, light and love. Growing and evolving together. Waking up and falling asleep in a big and beautifully comfortable bed that is ours, together.  Working and moving through all of the rises and falls of life together. Hanging up some of our favourite wedding photos on the wall.”

Honeymoon

Deciding between New Zealand, Japan or Africa.

Acknowledgements

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Square Butte Ranch, Millarville | Marriage Officiant: Pat La Touche | Designer & Planner: Simply Sisters | Catering & Dessert Table: Our Daily Brett | Floral Design: Amborella Floral | Photographer: The Apartment Photography | Photo Booth: Simply SIsters | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Custom Signage: Chalkboards & Co | Music (DJ or Live): Resounding Band | Transportation: Success with Horses | Bridal Gown Boutique & Designer: Truvelle Bridal | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Suit Supply | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Suit Supply | Bridal Hair Stylist: Jehnna Mahoney | Bridal Make Up Artist: Beauty Reawakened | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Jehnna Mahoney | Jeweler (Bride): Linda Michaud (Cat’s Eye Jewelry Design) & Mala Collective | Jeweler (Groom): Mala Collective 

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Kananaskis Mountain WeddingCarolyn + Jared: Kananaskis Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 9, 2016

City girl meets mountain man; that’s how Carolyn describes her relationship with Jared and their wedding style. The pair met through friends and eventually moved to an acreage, where Jared proposed.

The Proposal

They were enjoying the view from their garden when Jared popped the question. Carolyn, a bit preoccupied, replied with “yeah, you bet Jerry.” When she turned around and saw the ring in his hand, she thought he was joking. It took nearly five minutes for Jared to convince Carolyn he was serious, after which she enthusiastically said “yes”.

The Big Day

The couple wanted their wedding day to be relaxed and fun while incorporating their personal style. They chose the Kananaskis Guest Ranch because it provided a weekend getaway for guests and a beautiful mountain backdrop to exchange vows. Globe lights, candles and an open fire added warmth to the reception space while mason jars and galvanized metal buckets filled with wildflowers completed the rustic feel. The boutonnieres were made from old bullet casings and guests took home jars of local honey. Jared and Carolyn made signs from old barn wood found on their property, which now reside in the same garden where they got engaged.

Favourite Moments

While Carolyn marks their vows as a highlight, Jared can’t pick just one moment: “The whole day was filled with lots of laughs, lots of love. It was an unbelievable day.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Channel Eternity Band

First Dance

‘Summer Nights’ – Sung by The Best Man Daniel Huscroft

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son: ‘Into the Mystic’ – Van Morrison

Bridal Party Entrance: ‘Home’ – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros 

Newlywed Advice

Relax and go with the flow! Don’t sweat over small details; remember that it is just one day and it will be memorable no matter what you do or what happens. When we look back at our wedding, the lights, the cake and the flowers–although beautiful–did not make the day. It was all of the love and support we received from our friends and family, who were all in one room, celebrating us. Any kinks that were thrown at us just added character to the wedding and are hilarious stories now.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

We are just excited to be married, live a happy life and grow our family. As sad as it is that the ‘big’ day is over, it’s so nice to look back, reflect on the day and remember how wonderful it was!

Honeymoon

Mini-Moon: Fox Lake, ON

Acknowledgements

Writer: Carmen Green | Number of Guests: 150 | Location: Kananaskis, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Kananaskis Guest Ranch | Marriage Officiant: Patricia Compton | Planner: Bride | Cake: Cake Creations | Catering: Kananaskis Guest Ranch | Floral Design: Tickled Floral | Photographer: Arrow Film + Photo | Stationery: DIY | Music: Chad Thomas (ceremony) Wild Bill’s DJ Services (reception)| Transportation: Brewster Transportation | Bridal Gown Boutique: Urban Bride Delivered | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids Boutique: Bridesmaids chose their own | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Seven For All Mankind, Antonio Valente, Eddie’s Men’s Wear | Bridal Hair Stylist: Grateful Head Hair Studio | Bridal Make Up Artist: BeautyLaine by Kerris Laine Yarmuch | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Grateful Head Hair Studio | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: BeautyLaine by Kerris Laine Yarmuch | Jeweler (Bride): Mappins Fine Jewellers | Jeweler (Groom): Jewelry by Johan

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Rustic Heather Mountain WeddingAnastasia + Don: Heather Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 4, 2016

Anastasia and Don had a brief first encounter at a small pub in Red Deer. Sharing a mutual friend, the two reconnected several months later and Don asked Anastasia for her number.

The Proposal

Then seven years after that, the two got engaged on the beach in the south of France while camping in their 1964 Volkswagen van.

The Big Day

“The next year of planning was filled with fun memories and lots of great quality time spent together and with loved ones,” says Anastasia, “our rustic wedding was everything we hoped it would be…fun, relaxed and beautiful.” The variety of colours—such as shades of pink, brown, grey, white, and denim—blended sweetly to create a soft romantic ambiance, while the homemade decorations by close family and friends surrounded the couple and guests in a blanket of love. Heather Mountain Lodge was the perfect venue to say “I do” because of its breathtaking scenery and amazing food.

Favourite Moments

Anastasia, stunning in a Boho Chic head wrap veil, says her favourite moment was seeing Don at the end of the aisle; when their eyes met, it all became real.

Don’s favourite moment was taking photos at Kinbasket Lake—he cherished the quiet, alone time with his bride.

Engagement Ring Cut

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First Dance

‘Is This Love’ – Bob Marley

Newlywed Advice

“Don’t get caught up in the small details. Be flexible in your planning and just enjoy every moment!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

New journeys and experiences together, whether it be travelling or starting a family.

Acknowledgements

Writer: Rachel R. Romanu | Guests: 65 | Location: Golden, BC | Ceremony Venue: Heather Mountain Lodge | Reception Venue: Heather Mountain Lodge | Marriage Officiant: Johannes Lenstra | Cake: Grocery Store | Floral Design: Jana Lacey, Lovespun Creations + Mother of the Bride| Photographer: Barbara Rahal Photography | Music: DJ Alfie | Bridal Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Galina Signature | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal, Le Chateau, Bebe, Forever 21 | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Le Chateau | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Le Chateau | Bridal Hair Stylist: Erica Blair | Bridal Make Up Artist: Hair and Make Up by Karen | Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Hair and Make Up by Karen | Jeweler (Bride): Artemis Jewelers | Jeweler (Groom): People’s Jewelers | Hair piece – Lovespun Creations

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Winter Wedding at Emerald Lake LodgeEmerald Lake Lodge: JD & Izabella

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 20, 2015

A chance encounter reinforced by the foreshadowing of a fortune cookie, ushered love into the lives of Izabella and JD.

The two met while bartending an event. Buzzing past each other behind the bar mixing drinks for guests, Izabella and JD had no clue they’d one day marry. As the evening progressed so did their conversation—the two were so captivated by their discussion they hardly noticed all the staff food was gone. The only edible food remaining was a fortune cookie with this fortune inside, “you are about to embark on a new relationship.” JD asked Izabella out at the end of the night and the rest is history.

The Proposal

The couple flew out to Vancouver under the pretence of JD needing to do work there and having to deliver a gift to a family friend. On their way out to dinner for the anniversary of the day they met (September 22) they were going to drop off the gift. The recipient of the gift said he was going to be on his yacht and meet us at the harbour. It turned out that the boat was there but the owner was not so instead they were invited for a little cruise around the harbour. After spending some time on the top deck Izabella and JD were invited into the cabin to warm up. After venturing downstairs a cellist and violinist from the Vancouver symphony orchestra started to play and JD got down on one knee to propose. Katya Nova Photography captured the moment followed by a dinner prepared by Samid Haliman (head of culinary team Canada). The evening was ended with an evening tour of the Vancouver coastline.

The Big Day

On a white winter day in February, Izabella and JD tied the knot at Emerald Lake Lodge—the first place the couple vacationed together. The intimate space with dim lighting, soft elegant glow from the chandelier, and a myriad of flower species fawning over the corner of a life size gold picture frame created a romantic atmosphere. The romantic ambiance was evident in similar décor at the reception, however the couple decided to stir things up with a silent disco instead of loud blaring music, which the newlyweds report was “both hilarious and awesome.”

Favourite Moments

Izabella: “When the snow started falling. It was like a winter wonderland.”

JD: “Seeing my new wife walk down the aisle.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Amorique

First Dance

‘I Wanna Grow Old With You’ – Adam Sandler

Newlywed Advice

“Get a wedding planner, worth its weight in gold. Jordan was amazing!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

For Izabella and JD love came around full-circle and now, they are most excited about babies.

Honeymoon

Turkey

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