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.”

Engagement Ring Cut

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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Organic LoveStyled Shoot: Organic Love

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 16, 2018

Wedding inspiration comes in all styles and colors, but when it’s shot in the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, you know it’s going to be lovely! Organic Love comes to us from a handful of local creatives (see below for list). The use of natural materials and lush soft florals made for some pretty inspirational photos.

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Intimate Dinner WeddingAnnan + Justin: Intimate Dinner Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 15, 2018

Annan and Justin met at the gym, but Justin was so shy his best friend had to ask for Annan’s number. Things didn’t take off between them, but they kept in touch and eventually became sweethearts after university.

The Proposal

One morning while lying in bed, Annan was showing Justin pictures of engagement rings on her phone. He reached over to his nightstand, took out a small box and asked, “What about this one?” Unfortunately their celebration was cut short as two days later they were evacuated from their Fort McMurray home due to the 2016 wildfire.

The Big Day

Annan and Justin didn’t want a large, traditional wedding, so they planned an “unwedding.” They sent out invitations for a belated engagement dinner to 30 of their closest friends and family at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is where they had dinner during their first trip to Edmonton together. What most guests didn’t know is that they had just said their vows in front of just their officiant, photographer, and two witnesses.

They got married on Annan’s late father’s birthday, and she had her brother fill in as maid-of-honour before meeting Justin at the exact table in the Westin bar where he had asked her to be his girlfriend. “It was like coming full circle,” she said.

Favourite Moments

Annan: “My brother, James, helping me with my dress. I’m sure that’s supposed to be a Maid of Honor moment but he was by the far the perfect person to ensure everything was perfect before getting married. Followed by meeting Justin at the exact table in the bar at the Westin where he’d asked me to be his girlfriend so we could walk to our ceremony together. It was like coming full circle.”

Justin: “Annan being so emotional during the private ceremony that she couldn’t remember which hand was left during the exchanging of the rings.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Halo

Newlywed Advice

“Hire the best photographer you can afford that suits your style and do a test run beforehand. We’re both awkward in front of the camera but love every single one of our photos because of Kat.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to enjoying their life together and their honeymoon in Ireland.

Honeymoon

Ireland

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 30 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Ruth’s Chris Steak House| Reception Venue: Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Marriage Officiant: Howard Saunders | Cake: Whimsical Cake Studios | Cake Topper: Brick Bubble | Catering: Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Floral Design: Fabloomosity | Photographer: Katch Studios | Stationery: AJ’s Craft Creations, Mihos & Maple | Transportation: Prestige Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Bridal Hair Stylist: Sen Studios – Anita Gill | Bridal Make Up Artist: Sen Studios – Anita Gill | Jeweler (Groom): Stoneybrook Jewelry

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Desert Minimalism InspirationStyled Shoot: Desert Minimalism

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 6, 2017

A desert minimalism inspired shoot is just what the doctor ordered today, and we’re happy to provide the goods from Pam Kriangkum Photography and MB&Company. It’s so hard to believe that this incredible shoot was shot indoors. If you’re looking for an ample amount of natural light, Events by Hole’s is the perfect venue for shoots or weddings. We are excited to finally share these images that were shot exclusively for Local Love presented by Blush Magazine.

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Traditional Meets ContemporaryBrianna + Anthony: Traditional x Contemporary

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 12, 2017

For Brianna and Anthony, life is truly an adventure! They started dating after they met while volunteering at the University of Alberta Orientation.

The Proposal

A few years later after a day of mishaps trying to get to Anthony’s family cabin on Pierce Lake, the couple took a moment to relax on the dock at sunset. As the crystal waters reflected the golden sky, Anthony got down on one knee and asked Brianna to join him on a trip down the aisle.

The Big Day

Brianna and Anthony combined traditional and contemporary elements for their unique fall wedding. They were the third generation to be married at the quaint Josephburg Community Church. As the church doors opened, Brianna took an extra moment to savour the details and people that brought so much joy to the day—particularly her smiling groom. The jewel-toned sculptured floral arrangements and Brianna’s two-piece gown with a golden blush skirt and long-sleeved lace top transitioned beautifully from the country ceremony to the urban reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta. After a whole day of celebrating with family and friends, the newlyweds took some time for themselves and headed to the mountains for a stunning post-wedding photo shoot.

Favourite Moments

Brianna: “When the church sanctuary doors opened, and before walking down the aisle, I took an extra moment to capture the joy of my wedding day. I looked at the flowers, our guests, my parents and most importantly the adoring gaze and smile of my groom.”Anthony: “The Whole Day! Celebrating and sharing our wedding day with all of our family and friends’

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

Newlywed Advice

“Invest in a wedding planner who can see your vision and has the resources and team to create it. Hiring a planner also allows family and friends to enjoy the day with you.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Now they are excited to experience more of life’s adventures together, including a honeymoon to the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest.

Honeymoon

Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 135 | Location: Josephburg & Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Josephburg Community Church | Reception Venue: Art Gallery of Alberta | Marriage Officiant: Pastor Norm Backhouse | Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Decor Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake & Dessert Styling: The Art of Cake | Catering: Zinc | Floral Design: faBLOOMosity | Photographer: Carey Nash | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Drapery: Site 6 Events | Lighting: Production Lighting | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Live Music: Diane Stabel (Ceremony) | DJ: Premiere DJs by Urban Metropolis | Transportation: Esquire Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids Boutique: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Designer: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Coppley | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moore’s | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridal Make Up Artist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweler: Mark Katzeff | Travel Agency: Paull Travel |

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