Love Filled WeddingSarah + John: Love Filled Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 29, 2018

John and Sarah were never strangers (John is a long-time friend of Sarah’s brother), but they also never had a real conversation until they met at a Canada Day celebration in 2014. After one or two dates they made their relationship status official, and two years later John decided to take things to the next level.

The Proposal

Over the July long weekend, John suggested they go for a bike ride. Sarah didn’t understand why he kept one hand in his pocket even though he kept swerving, and when they stopped to watch the sun set over a small pond she thought he was shaking in nervousness about the his triathlon the next day. John took a few moments to shake it off, and then got down on one knee.

The Big Day

The couple needed a space that could hold 200 guests while allowing extra room for dancing and mingling. The Blatchford Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park offered ample space, a neutral palette, and the grandest of entrances courtesy of the spectacular hangar doors. They wanted to emphasize the importance of family and created two large x-shaped tables for their immediate families. They also have the reception chairs they sat on during their first meal as husband and wife in their home as a simple reminder of their amazing day full of love and family.

Favourite Moments

Sarah: “My immediate response is the moment I saw John at the altar.  Other favourite moments were each time I paused to take in the guests surrounding us on our wedding day. I remember looking out during dinner, during the dance and even when we were at the altar. I will forever remember our best friends and family looking up at us with so much love and support. It truly is a once in a lifetime feeling!”

John: “I have a few! 1)When the doors of the church opened and I saw my soon to be wife for the very first time 2) Listening to all of the amazing words that people had to say about my wife and I during the speeches 3) The party!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

“I Need You”—Faith Hil & Tim McGraw

Newlywed Advice

“Hiring a day-of coordinator was one of the greatest decisions we made. We knew what we wanted in a wedding so the planning portion was simple, but making sure the day runs smoothly is something the bride and groom have little control over.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are looking forward to simply making a life together! Combining our lives after the big day has been so much fun for the both of us, and we look forward to all of the new adventures as husband and wife!”

Honeymoon

Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 200 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Blatchford Field Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park | Marriage Officiant: Father Jan | Planner: Kaitlyn Degrasse | Design & Décor: Bride | Catering: Fort Edmonton Park| Floral Design: Flowers by Willows | Photographer: Kristilee Parish Photography | Videographer: Integra Films | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Music: Triple T’s Entertainment | Transportation: Platinum Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Morgan and Co | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blushed Beaute | Bridal Make Up Artist: Blushed Beaute| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Blushed Beaute | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Blushed Beaute | Jeweler (Bride): Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Blue Nile

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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…)

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Champagne Rosette WeddingMadison + Shay: Champagne Rosette Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 21, 2016

Everything came up roses for Madison and Shay. A mutual friend thought they would be perfect for each other and introduced them at a Halloween party, which led to a romantic proposal and a beautiful floral-themed wedding.

The Proposal

When the couple decided to move in together, Shay spent his spare time in the garage building furniture for their new home. One night, Shay showed Madison his final project: a beautiful desk. “I remember touching the wood and thinking how this desk would probably be in our family forever,” says Madison. She was so impressed with the workmanship that at first she didn’t notice the little blue box sitting in the drawer. When she realized what was happening, Shay was down on one knee.

The Big Day

Madison didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but wanted their wedding to feel romantic and intimate despite their guest list of 155. A champagne rosette tablecloth sparked inspiration, and the floral motif carried on throughout the Empire Ballroom in shades of blush and pink. An ivory and pink candy bar painstakingly put together by Madison and her bridesmaids finished the look.

Favourite Moments

Madison’s favourite moment was walking down the aisle past all her friends and family, while Shay fondly remembers reciting their vows with tears and laughter. “There was just so much happiness in the room, it couldn’t have been a more perfect moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Halo

First Dance

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ cover by Sleeping at Last

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Aisle Walk: Beethoven’s ‘5 Secrets’ by The Piano Guys

Newlywed Advice

“It’s okay for your decor to change and evolve as you plan, but try to have a general idea of what you want the room to feel like before you start to make big purchases and commitments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Relaxing together and getting back to normal life after a big year of planning! We’re excited to be moving in to a new house sometime next year and maybe start thinking about babies after that!”

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Jasper Park Lodge

Wedding Film/Video

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Non-Traditional WeddingKristilee + Sam: A Non-Traditional Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 14, 2016

Kristilee and Sam met in high school but didn’t start dating until three years later, when they reconnected with a friend’s help. Sam’s romantic proposal took Kristilee on a journey of their relationship.

The Proposal

Sam planned a picnic date and had Kristilee guess the location–the park where he first told her he loved her. After dinner he asked her when their first date was. After a few wrong guesses, he produced the ticket from the improv show they went to. He had her turn around to guess what was for dessert, and when he started saying her full name Kristilee hugged him before he could finish asking the question. A hidden photographer caught their smiles and tears on camera.

The Big Day

Kristilee and Sam wanted their wedding to reflect their personalities: fun and relaxed. Kristilee handmade all of the decor with the help of friends and family, and the whole bridal party had a blast travelling in a school bus. To top things off, the couple treated guests to a sundae bar in lieu of a traditional cake.

Favourite Moments

Kristilee: “There were so many amazing, hilarious, fun and breath taking moments during are day. But my favourite one would have to be standing in front of all the people we love and care for and saying our personal vows to each other. There was a moment when we both just looked at each other and I whispered “Holy there is a lot of people here.” And there were, they were all there to support and cherish that very moment with us. It was an incredible moment.”

Sam: “After I picked my jaw up off the floor seeing Kristilee walk down the aisle, I looked at the crowd and there wasn’t a face in the crowd that wasn’t some mix of amazement and love. Kristilee is truly an amazing person and my favourite moment of the wedding was seeing her impact all 200+ people the same way she impacted me.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne

Newlywed Advice

“Do what you want, don’t get caught up with what other people are telling you. Stay off of Pinterest, as much as you want to check out all those beautiful weddings it is not realistic with everyones location/budget/etc. Travel with your bridal party – the drive on the school bus with our bridal parties was one of the top moments for us. And for all you brides out there remember – if your dress isn’t dirty, you didn’t have enough fun. Be fearless in your dress; climb fences, run through horse pastures, sit on gravel roads, you have one day to wear your dress so make the most of it.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to settling into their home, traveling the world and eventually having a family.

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 240 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Family Acreage | Reception Venue: Ellerslie Rugby Club | Marriage Officiant: Sheila Smyth | Planner: Bride | Design & Decor Coordinator: Bride | Catering: Ellerslie Rugby Club | Floral Design: Tickled Floral | Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography | Photo Booth + Video: Iakona Video | Rentals: Infinite Event Services | Stationery: Bride | Music: Newley Sound | Transportation: Graylo Enterprise | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids Boutique: Etsy | Bridesmaid Designer: The Dainty Yard | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Mckinley Herrington | Bridal Make Up Artist: Ella May Makeup | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Mckinley Herrington | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Ella May Makeup

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Featured Wedding: July 26, 2014Sandra & Tim's Puzzle Themed Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 4, 2014

Sandra and Tim met in September of 2008 in a business class at the University of Alberta. After a professor’s random selection of group members, the two were placed together on a semester-long project along with three other classmates. While working on the project the two remained friendly but slowly started to realize that there may be something more between them. Once the project was over, they both realized how much they missed seeing one another and by early January of 2009 they were dating and have not been separate since.

The Proposal

Sandra and Tim were never the couple to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, so she was surprised when Tim asked her to skip her Pilates class and come home because he had made dinner. She even complained to her mom who, knowing his plan, urged Sandra to be nice and go home. She walked into a picnic set-up in the middle of their living room. Her favorite snacks and wine were set on beautiful trays on a little blue blanket that they had purchased together the year prior.

Once they were done eating Tim asked Sandra to open her gift, the package was full of puzzle pieces, which Tim helped her rip open causing the pieces to fly all over the floor. After picking them up, Sandra began to put the puzzle together recognizing that it was a photo of the couple from a professional shoot they took together.

After she finished assembling the puzzle, Sandra noticed that there were two corner pieces missing so she turned around to look for them while Tim pretended to do the same (turns out he helped Sandra rip the bag on purpose making it look like the pieces may still be on the floor and that they had missed them). He handed her one piece which fit into the first gap, she looked down thinking it was the photographer’s watermark but instead read “Sandra, will you”. After reading this, she felt an incredible wave of heat anticipating what would come next. The final piece said “marry me?”

Sandra was in tears and by the time she took her hands away from her eyes Tim was on his knee saying “I could not think of another better place to ask you to marry me than in this home that we’ve built together. Will you marry me?”

The Big Day

Sandra and Tim were searching for a glamorous venue that offered privacy so they could share the entire space with just their guests. The Oasis Centre further added to their wish list by offering the beautiful outdoor garden for photos and cocktail hour for their guests, private bride & groom’s rooms and a perfect backdrop that could be transformed for both ceremony and reception.

In an effort to personalize their wedding Sandra and Tim paid great attention to the details. The puzzle theme from the proposal was maintained through the stationery, cake topper, signage, guest book, wedding favors, and even the mens socks!

Since the couple met at the University of Alberta, they even managed to book the exact classroom they met in for some photos in the seats they occupied six years ago. Sandra’s Bosnian culture is also very important to her, so they incorporated traditional music and line dances for their family and friends to participate in. She also incorporated speciality Serbian shots, Serbian candy, and spoke in both languages during her speeches.

Their cinematographers were able to provide a same day edit that showcased everything up until the reception. After the wedding many guests shared that the video teaser was the highlight for them. After hours of dancing, Fat Franks were served as a late lunch in the beautiful Oasis Centre gardens! 

Favourite Moments

Sandra: “It was so hard to pick one moment – the way that the entire day felt deep down was surreal and amazing. The loving speeches of our families and the amazing dance party definitely stand out. If, however, I had to pick just one it would be those first couple of minutes during the ceremony when Tim and I were holding hands and it seemed like there was nobody else in the room except for us. The way he looked at me, just so happy and emotional is something I will ever forget.”

Tim: “Very difficult to choose one; seeing Sandra for the first time was the most memorable moment for me. I also remember sitting at our head table, looking around and everyone was smiling and I just thought “wow you’re at your wedding” – the coolest feeling.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘When I Say I Do’ – Matthew West

Newlywed Advice

“Ensure to follow your heart with what is important to you. If you want a small intimate wedding then have one and if you want to dance all night long then do so until your feet hurt and then some more. This is your day and nobody will remember it more than you. Also, be very careful with where you save. Investments in great photographer, videographer, florist, DJ and beauty team are absolutely worth it and remember that details matter and are noticed.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to explore the world, work on accomplishing our shared goals and starting our own family.”

Honeymoon

Italy & Mediterranean Cruise (Italy, Turkey, Greece & Croatia) with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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