Urban Calgary WeddingAmber + Steven: Urban Calgary Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 2, 2018

Meeting your future spouse through mutual friends is fairly common, but what makes Amber and Steven’s story unique is that they met through a friend in Indonesia. At the time Steven was working for a travel company and Amber was touring through Southeast Asia. They fell hard and fast for each other on a trip with friends to Thailand, then spent two weeks together on some remote islands in Vietnam. Six months later they finished university and moved in together.

The Proposal

Steven surprised Amber with an early birthday gift—a trip to New York City to watch the US Open. He surprised her again on the trip with tickets to see the Blue Jays play the Yankees, but he saved the best surprise for last. As they were crossing a beautiful bridge in Central Park with bagels in hand and the city skyline in the background, Steven popped the question.

The Big Day

Amber and Steven were married at a private ranch, but wanted a unique reception space. “The Commons had the industrial feel that allowed us to create our vision.” They served a featured cocktail inspired by the official cocktail of the US Open, the Honey Deuce, and called it the Honey I Do.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“Say You Won’t Let Go”—James Arthur

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a wedding planner! We trusted Kismet & Clover with our entire day and vision. They kept us at ease and our day was executed flawlessly.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They look forward to traveling the world, starting a family, and calling each other “husband” and “wife” every day.

Honeymoon

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Calgary, AB| Ceremony Venue: Private Ranch | Reception Venue: The Commons | Marriage Officiant: Judy Walker | Planner: Kismet & Clover | Design & Decor Coordinator: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Bake My Day | Catering: Urbane Culinary | Floral Design: Antheia Floral | Photographer: Corrina Walker Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Kismet & Clover | Music: Sounds Unlimited | Transportation: AM PM Limo | Bridal Gown Boutique: Pearl & Dot | Bridal Gown Designer: Tatyana Merenyuk | Bridesmaids Boutique: Rebelry Bridesmaids | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Supreme Menswear | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lokal Salon | Bridal Make Up Artist: Katie Kerr | Jeweler (Bride): Cavalier Gastown | Jeweler (Groom): Cavalier Gastown

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Stylish Fall WeddingLyndsey + Josh: Stylish Fall Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 13, 2017

Lyndsey and Josh met in the summer of 2006, just before starting their last year of high school. After 10 years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, Lyndsey and Josh made it official with a stylish wedding full of warmth and romance—despite an unexpected snowfall. “At first we were a little disappointed but the snow actually made the day more magical,” says Lyndsey.

The Proposal

The couple were in Canmore for a relay race, and at the last minute Josh convinced her to stay an extra day. He woke her up early for a “hike”, which was really a helicopter tour and picnic on top of Heart Mountain, where Josh popped the question.

The Big Day

They wanted to personalize their wedding and enlisted friends and family to help; Lyndsey’s aunt and uncle made much of the décor to complement their palette of rose gold and cream, and a family friend drew the wedding party on the programs. They also had ping pong tables for guests to play on—one of which doubled as their guest book— and late night tacos courtesy of casa12doce food truck.

Favourite Moments

Both Lyndsey and Josh’s favorite moment was their first look, which “was pretty emotional and a special moment for both of us that we’ll never forget.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘You and Me’ – Rose Ave.

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father Daughter/Mother Son Dance: ‘Not Even A King’ – Alicia Keys

Newlywed Advice

‘Enjoy every minute of it and don’t stress out! I was so worried beforehand about all the little details but when the day came I just sat back and soaked up every minute.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited to start their next chapter, and love calling each other husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Scotland

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 140 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Magrath Mansion | Reception Venue: U of A Faculty Club | Marriage Officiant: Neil Muth | Planner: Cocktails and Details | Design & Decor Coordinator: Deb Forest (aunt) | Cake: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Catering: U of A Faculty Club | Floral Design: Tickled Floral | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Photo Booth: Neat Photobooth | Rentals: Chic Boutique | Stationery: Minted | Music: Harman B Entertainment | Food Truck: Casa12Doce | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander Signature | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Vera Wang Collection | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Hair by Kat Daddie | Bridal Make Up Artist: Beauty by J Hodinski | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Hair by Kat Daddie | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Makeup by Sophie Marie

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Vanity Fair Meets Old ManhattanSarah + Adam: Vanity Fair Meets Old Manhattan

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 16, 2017

Sarah and Adam met back in high school, though their relationship didn’t blossom until after graduation. Their engagement story is truly a holiday dream.

The Proposal

Their engagement story is truly a holiday dream. It was Christmas Eve and the pair were sitting in their living room beside their Christmas tree, the crackling fire and their big dog Walter. Adam had insisted they stay in instead of attending a holiday party, so they exchanged gifts per usual. “I had asked for Tiffany earrings that Christmas and Walter came around the corner with a little blue box tied to his collar,” remembers Sarah. After untying the box and opening it, Adam was beside her on one knee.

The Big Day

Adam and Sarah wanted a Vanity Fair meets Old Manhattan feel to their wedding. From deciding on the Fairmont Palliser as their venue to the chairs and the florals, their wedding planner Evelyn Clark captured it perfectly. After a year of planning, these newlyweds saw all of their dreams come true and felt it was their best day yet.

Favourite Moments

Choosing one favourite moment is the toughest job of all, but Sarah and Adam adored their afternoon champagne toast with their bridal party while they signed their marriage license.

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘The Way You Look Tonight’- Frank Sinatra

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Wild Horses’ – Rolling Stones

Newlywed Advice

Get a wedding planner! Evelyn Clark went above and beyond to make us happy and make sure our day was everything we wanted it to be. She did all the leg work on finding vendors and found vendors she knew we would be compatible with.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

After being together for over seven years, this couple is ecstatic to officially refer to themselves as “The Ferreys” and to continue building their life together.

Honeymoon

New York City, NY

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 170 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fairmont Palliser | Marriage Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff | Designer + Planner: Evelyn Clark Weddings | Dessert Styling: Fairmont Palliser | Floral Design: Flower Artistry | Photographer: Kingdom Come Photography, Mackenzie Jane Photography | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals, Bella Linens | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Music (Live Band): Blackboard Jungle | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Couture- Las Vegas | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Holt Renfrew | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lost in Layers | Bridal Make Up Artist: Libertee | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Lost in Layers | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Libertee | Jeweller: Tiffany’s

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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.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

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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Ocean Edge Jamaica WeddingCindy + Matthew: Ocean Jamaica Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 31, 2016

Sparks began to fly immediately when Matthew and Cindy bumped into each other a few years after being introduced. The pair have been inseparable ever since!

The Proposal

Their big moment happened when Matthew took Cindy on a spontaneous road trip to Calgary. Along the way he insisted on stopping to take photos of the view and instructed Cindy to face the mountains while he unknowingly snuck up behind her and knelt to the ground. When she turned around, he asked, “Will you spend the rest of your life me?”

The Big Day

The pair had an intimate destination wedding in Jamaica at The Rose Hall, a unique off-resort estate. The ceremony was down by the ocean’s edge and afterwards guests were transported up to the estate where cocktails were held under a stunning 100-year old ficus tree. The reception was held outdoors under a tent with a romantic blush, gold and cream colour scheme.

When Cindy saw the whole reception she was in awe of how beautifully it all came together, but Matthew simply couldn’t take his eyes off of his gorgeous bride.

The newlyweds chose to do a day-after photo session with their photographer and had so much fun taking the time for photos of just the two of them.

Engagement Ring Cut

Tiffany Embrace, Round cut with Halo

First Dance

‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran

Newlywed Advice

Hire a Wedding planner! Don’t stress! Everything will come together in time. Enjoy planning your wedding together and do whatever makes you both happy!

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Together Cindy and Matthew are looking forward to a bright future filled with new adventures.

Honeymoon

Vietnam

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 25 | Ceremony Venue: Rose Hall (Ocean’s Edge) | Reception Venue: Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay, Jamaica | Marriage Officiant: Rev. Egbert Harvey | Wedding Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Décor Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake: Cakes by Noida | Catering: Rose Hall | Floral Design: Tai Flora | Photographer: Retrospekt Designs | Rentals: Tai Flora | Stationery: Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationery | Music (DJ or Live): Jamaica Wedding DJ | Transportation: Koolspot Tours | Video/Cinema: A Love Story | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Space 46 Boutique / Forever New | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: LE 31 | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: H&M | Bridal Hair Stylist: Iberostar Rose Hall Resort Spa | Bridal Make Up Artist: Herself | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Themselves | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Themselves | Jeweler (Bride): Tiffany & Co. | Travel Agency: Holiday Events & Travel

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