Outdoor Mountain WeddingMonika + Jeremy: Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 7, 2018

Monika and Jeremy’s journey down the aisle started over ten years ago in the hallways of their residence at Copenhagen Business School while they were on a university exchange.

The Proposal

The charming Brit fell for the Alberta girl at first sight, and he brought her back to the scene of their first meeting for a weekend getaway to supposedly celebrate her new job. They snuck into the residence and he proposed outside their old rooms. They spent the rest of the day visiting their favourite spots in Copenhagen reminiscing about the past and planning for their future together.

The Big Day

With half of their guests coming from the UK and elsewhere abroad, Monika and Jeremy wanted an outdoor ceremony site to showcase the best of her home province. They chose Banff for its gorgeous Rocky Mountain views, but also because it was one of the first places they went on holiday together. They added a few personal touches to their wedding day, including a candy bar with a variety of British and Polish sweets to reflect their heritages, a cheese wheel cake in addition to a traditional cake, and a homemade photo booth with a polaroid camera.

Favourite Moments

Monika: “It was incredibly special to have all of our closest friends and family altogether in one place. The wedding speeches and MCs were all wonderful, and walking back down the aisle with Jeremy as husband and wife!”

Jeremy: “Too many to mention really, but seeing Monika in her dress for the first time and watching her walk down the “aisle” with her Dad; our mothers’ reading during the ceremony and all the fantastic speeches are all very special memories.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Strawberry Swing”—Coldplay

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter Dance “I wish you love” by Dean Martin

Newlywed Advice

“It was wonderful to have Jessica coordinating all of the events and vendors on the wedding day; it meant we didn’t need to worry about anything and could just enjoy ourselves!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to “spending the rest of their lives together doing what we enjoy most: eating and drinking our way around the world!”

Honeymoon

Spain and France

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 80 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony Venue: Tunnel Mountain | Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Mountain Marriages by John Stutz | Planner: Kismet & Clover | Design & Decor: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Bake My Day | Cheese Wheel Cake: Springbank Cheese Co. | Dessert Styling: Kismet & Clover | Floral Design: Fern & Frond | Photographer: Heart & Sparrow | Videographer: Parfait Productions | Rentals: Special Event Rentals – Banff, Modern Luxe Rentals | Stationery: Modern Pulp Design Studio | Music: Amante Duo, Class Act DJ | Transportation: Canada Coach Lines, Alpine Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Mews Bridal, London | Bridal Gown Designer: Rime Arodaky | Bridesmaids Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: REISS, UK | Hair and Makeup : The Pretty Haus |

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Rustic Mountain WeddingShannon + Kevin: Rustic Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2018

Shannon met Kevin at his cabin in Pigeon Lake, he was hosting a get together with his friends. Instead of hanging out with them, Kevin asked Shannon to watch the sunset over the lake. They spent the rest of the evening talking and getting to know one another around the fire.

The Proposal

Kevin kicked off their B.C vacation with a surprise stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise, where Shannon had always wanted to visit. Shannon had also never been in a canoe before, so he also took her out on the lake for an unforgettable day. She nervously told Kevin numerous times to not stand in the boat, so instead he got down on one knee and proposed while a photographer secretly following them in another canoe captured the moment.

The Big Day

They loved the idea of having their rustic wedding at the same location they got engaged, and even took a few wedding photos in canoes on Lake Louise. They wed in front of 100 guests in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Silvertip Resort followed by a cozy family-style reception, but their most cherished moments were their private first look and room reveal.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Lost in This Moment”—Big and Rich

Newlywed Advice

“Follow your instincts though the planning and wedding day. If there’s something that is important or special to you make it happen; it’s your day.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to growing old together and creating memories as husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Kauai, Hawaii | Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Canmore, AB | Ceremony Venue: Silvertip Resort | Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort | Marriage Officiant: Patrick Smiley | Planner: Julianne Young Weddings | Cake: Kinnikinnick Fresh | Catering: Silvertip Resort | Floral Design: Amborella Floral | Photographer: Eternal Reflections Photography | Videographer: Glass Stone Cinema | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Modern Luxe Rentals, Great Events Rentals | Stationery: Pinkpolka Invitations & Stationery | Music: Jamie Woodfin | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaids Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridesmaid Designer: Theia | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Suits by Curtis Elliot | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moore’s | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bridal Make Up Artist: Terri Cardinal | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Terri Cardinal | Jeweler (Bride): Spence Diamonds | Jeweler (Groom): Spence Diamonds

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DIY Outdoor WeddingNadine + Jeff: DIY Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2018

While trying to find seating at a crowded Calgary bar, Nadine’s friend asked a group of strangers if they could make space for them. Oddly enough they weren’t strangers at all—Nadine knew most of them growing up in Saskatchewan, Jeff included. They struck up a conversation, exchanged numbers, and later exchanged rings back in Jeff’s hometown–after a snowy mountain proposal with the help of their puppy, Dexter!

The Big Day

Nadine always dreamed of getting married in front of her grandparent’s old barn, but only a few months after her engagement her grandmother became ill and had to give up the farm. Her aunt painted a picture of the barn for her wedding gift, and her dad constructed a frame with wood from the barn and a window pane from her brother’s house, who had passed away ten years before. Unwilling to miss the wedding, Nadine’s grandmother had a nurse escort her to the outdoor ceremony at the stone grotto in Bellegarde. After a lighthearted ceremony, the newlyweds celebrated with a reception at the community hall and danced under the stars in Jeff’s brother’s backyard.

Nadine took a DIY approach to planning; she grew the succulents for her décor, cake, bouquet and favours with her dad, and made all the signage, their cake, and even her garter set!

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”—Jasmine Thompson

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a day of coordinator. I was stretched very thin without having assigned someone to take charge and ensure everything looked as it should décor-wise.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The happy couple is now looking forward to starting a family.

Honeymoon

Indonesia | Gili Teak Boutique Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 175 | Location: Bellegarde, SK | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: Bellegarde Hall | Marriage Officiant: Bev Ireland | Catering: Cindy & Rylan Wier | Floral Design: Blue Moon Mercantile | Photographer: Starr Mercer Photography | Stationery: Vista Print | Music: Scott Cole | Bridal Gown Designer: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Nicole Ray | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Nicole Ray | Jeweler (Bride): David Roberts, Anna Sheffield | Jeweler (Groom): David Roberts

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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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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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