Valley Mountain WeddingKatie + Austin: Valley Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 17, 2018

Katie and Austin met on the lake in Vernon, B.C one summer, and although they never stopped thinking about each other they didn’t start dating until two years later

The Proposal

Austin planned a romantic mountain getaway for their third anniversary and wanted to kick it off with an early morning hike before checking into their hotel. A heavy downpour derailed their plan—and Austin’s proposal—so they decided to check in early. When they arrived in their room, Austin noted that there was supposed to be champagne waiting for them. Katie hugged and thanked him for planning such a special anniversary, and suddenly Austin was on one knee asking her to marry him.

The Big Day

Katie and Austin chose to get married in the same area where they met and spend time every summer, and found Silver Sage Stables—a rustic venue nestled in a quiet mountain valley. They also wanted their wedding to be a big party and reflect who they are as a couple: unconventional and relaxed. They skipped the formal dinner and seating charts for a more social atmosphere, including a bohemian parlour in the grass. During the reception, Austin surprised Katie with his guitar and sang “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thomson Square.

Favourite Moments

Katie: “It’s hard to choose one favourite moment when the entire day went so perfectly. Probably when Austin surprised me by getting up in front of everyone with his guitar to sing “Are you gonna kiss me or not.” I could hardly believe just how lucky I am to have a (new) husband that would do something like that for me.”

Austin: “The moment Katie walked down the aisle toward me, accompanied by her mom and dad. It felt like everything was meant to be and our lives had always been connected.”

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Solitaire

First Dance

“Coming Home”—Leon Bridges

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daugther: ‘Lost in the Light’ – ‘Bahamas’

Newlywed Advice

“Definitely take the time early on to secure the vendors you want. It made all the difference to have an amazing team to help orchestrate the wedding.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited for all the adventures to come, including a long trip through Australia.

Honeymoon

Olympic National Park, Washington State

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 105 | Location: Vernon, B.C | Ceremony Venue: Silver Stage Stables | Reception Venue: Silver Stage Stables | Day Of Coordinator: Kaitlyn Ellis Events | Design & Decor Coordinator: Vintage Origami | Donuts: Sweet Caroline’s Bakery | Dessert Styling: Vintage Origami | Catering: The Chef Instead | Floral Design: Petal & Vow | Photographer: Jenna Hill Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Rentals, Vintage Orgami | Music: Alex Bird | Bridal Gown Boutique: Pearl & Dot | Bridesmaids Boutique: Aritzia | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay; Lululemon | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay; Lululemon | Bridal Hair Stylist: B Jolie Artistry | Bridal Make Up Artist: B Jolie Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: B Jolie Artistry

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Amina + Alex: We Still DoStyled Shoot: 10 Year Anniversary

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day lovies! We’ve been hanging onto this editorial shoot for quite some time, waiting for the perfect occasion to share it with our online readers. Valentine’s couldn’t be a more perfect day to share Amina and Alex’s ten year anniversary shoot. Last Spring, Amina and Alex celebrated their ten year anniversary with their three beautiful children. We trekked the family of five out to the beautiful Town of Banff for some spectacular photos. Our team of vendors (full list below photos), created a stunning wedding setup atop Tunnel Mountain. If you tied the knot before the world of designers, blogs, instagram and pinterest – we hope this mountain anniversary shoot inspires you.

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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.”

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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: August 03, 2014Renee & Devon's Earthy Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 26, 2014

Sparks flew the first time Renee and Devon met. Living only a couple of blocks from each other, destiny couldn’t help but have their two paths connect. Devon is known for his magnetic personality and he captured Renee’s heart through his wit and humour.

The Proposal

Devon surprised Renee to a secret weekend destination for their anniversary. His one hint: “It’s a place where we’ve been but never been before.” The answer: Seattle! During a romantic dinner at the Fairmont, Devon asked the server to take the couple’s photo. Renee remembers that a string trio was playing “Moonriver” in the background, a song from one of her favourite movies. After the first photo snapped, Renee noticed Devon shifted so she did a fun new pose for the camera too. Only after the server squealed in delight and started snapping away did Renee notice that Devon had gotten down to one knee and was asking her to marry him. Through her tears of joy and shaky hands from all of the commotion, Renee said yes. The newly engaged couple then had a stroll through the rainy streets of Seattle just living in the moment before calling home to all their friends and family to share the news.

The Big Day

Renee and Devon knew they wanted to get married outdoors to fit with their small-town souls. They needed a location that had a back-up option for bad weather. Low and behold they came across the Cochrane Ranchehouse which offered the outdoor and indoor options along with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

The couple spent a great deal of thought into designing their big day so that was memorable and fun for everyone who could attend. The theme of the wedding was earthy-romantic with coral, ivories and moss greens. As the bridesmaids ranged from 5’2 to 6’ tall, each had a unique dress to compliment the girls and added a personal touch to their individuality.

The couple’s first dance was choreographed ballroom to Boyce Avenue’s acoustic cover of Rhianna’s “We Found Love”. The dance lessons leading up to the wedding were likely more fun to Renee than Devon, but they never thought they could pull off a Foxtrot.

They also had a kids’ play area with balloons, crafts and activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Guest brought home mini-succulents which were grown in their backyard by the bride, and planted in mismatched crystal glasses and tea cups purchased at FIND, a second-hand store where proceeds go towards helping Edmonton’s homeless community.

The bridal party and family stayed at the The Crossing at Ghost River where they hosted their rehearsal dinner and day-after barbeque.

Favourite Moments

Renee: “I was really nervous about the weather, we drove through a hail storm on the way to the ceremony. When we arrived, there was a pocket of blue sky. A clap of thunder sealed the exact moment of our first kiss – it was perfect.”

Devon: “Everything about our wedding was about creating memories – there were so many great ones that it’s hard to just pick one. My favourite part of the wedding was when the doors opened and I saw Renee walk down the aisle. I also loved how our wedding allowed having close friends and family together.”

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First Dance

‘We Found Love’ – Rihanna (Boyce Avenue Cover)

Newlywed Advice

“Like everyone says, the day goes by so fast that you barely get to experience it with the person you’re sharing it with. We chose to do first look photos, and although this isn’t for everyone, those quiet moments we spent together before joining the rest of our friends and family were so special to us. It was like a bubble of time that was free from stress and so much excitement for what was still to come.

If you’re planning a mini-destination wedding go and experience the city for yourselves months in advance. You’ll find all sorts of authentic vendors (we found our guitarist at a local coffee house) and unique locations for rehearsal dinners.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Not having the stress of wedding planning. That, and looking forward to growing old together while starting new memories that will be a part of our life story.”

Honeymoon

Montreal and Quebec City: Hotel Le St. James and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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Featured Wedding: September 14, 2013Sharon & Justin's Regal Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 14, 2013

Sharon and Justin met over ten years ago at the golf shop where they both worked. She worked in the clothing department and he was in shoes. After working together for over a year Justin and his friends decided to take off and travel the world. It wasn’t until he returned a year later that the two became more than co-workers, they finally went on a date and three months later Justin was convinced that they were dating.

The Proposal

The proposal was 8.5 years in the making, and well worth the wait according to Sharon. It was the day before her 30th birthday, they went out shopping and had a quick bite to eat at a local burger joint. Sharon was convinced that her 30th would go by without a proposal. She had told Justin that she wanted to be engaged by 30. She was certain that it wouldn’t happen, so admittedly, she was a bit grumpy following dinner. They drove home in separate cars and arrived on the driveway at the same time. She walked in to the house first and heard music playing, then noticed rose petals leading down the hallway. Justin had managed to find a wine bottle from one of Sharon’s favourite vineyards with “Say Yes” engraved all around it. There were roses and a sign made up that read “Sharon, Will You Say Yes?” and the ring of course. There had been plenty of opportunities where Justin could have planned a romantic proposal but none would have surprised Sharon as much the one in their own home. She shares, “It was absolutely perfect!”

The Big Day

Sharon has always dreamed of having her wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The regal building in Edmonton really captured the feeling she wanted on their wedding day. It was the first venue they looked at and the last! The minute Sharon walked in to the Wedgwood room, she knew they had to make it work. Shopping at Kleinfeld Bridal for a wedding dress is on nearly every girls dream list, Sharon was lucky to have all of her bridesmaids travel to New York to find the dress she’d wed in. The couple worked together and planned every detail of the wedding from the flowers to the place cards. Justin won big points for being a supportive and involved groom. Sharon and Justin had several family members travel from Scotland and England to be present for their special day. The highlight of the day was to have her 86 year old Grandma travel so far to witness her last grandchild get married! 

Favourite Moments

Sharon: “I would have to say that the moment those doors opened for me to walk down the aisle would have to be my favourite! Seeing my best friend waiting for me at the end, looking so handsome, and knowing that we were finally going to say our vows to each other was a great feeling, along with all our family and friends that had traveled from all over to be there witness it, really meant the world to me.”

Justin: “The whole day was amazing, but my favourite part of the wedding was the last song and dance. We had asked the DJ to play Mumford & Sons (Our favourite band) – Little Lion Man to cap off the night, all our remaining guests filled the dance floor in a huge circle with us in the middle, it really was the perfect ending to a day filled with love and support from our family and friends.”

Engagement Ring Cut

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First Dance

Ray Lamontagne – “You are the Best Thing”

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Van Morrison – “Tupelo Honey”

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy planning it! Try not to get to caught up in the little things, you will be the only one who knows that those little things didn’t turn out quite as you wanted. If it’s in the budget get someone to help you pull the day together, having a day of coordinator was the best thing for our peace of mind. All the details were executed just as we had envisioned and there was no stress, no need to enlist family members to help set up details either, they were also able to come and just enjoy!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We have lived together for over 6 years, so it isn’t much of a change in our daily lives. It’s a bit cliché but finally being able to call each other husband and wife is the biggest change we are looking forward to. It still feels weird when we say it.”

Honeymoon

Camping in East Africa

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