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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Retro Tropical Industrial FusionStyled Shoot: Retro Tropical Industrial Fusion

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 27, 2017

This retro tropical wedding is cool with a capital “c” and it has everything to do with the creatives behind it. They took a vision and created a retro tropical industrial fusion shoot with color and style like you wouldn’t believe. Michelle Larmand captured all these great shots which you can find in a spread in our Spring Summer 2017 issue. Check out the acknowledgments below for more local talent!

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What’s A Pop-Up Wedding?The Original Fun + Fancy Elopement!

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 16, 2016

Some of you may have never heard of a pop-up wedding. Let us fill you in! Pop-Up weddings are perfect for couples who don’t have the cash or for couples with other priorities, such as; travel, buying a home, starting a family etc. And because not all of us enjoy wedding planning, they are a great option for couples who don’t want to invest up to a year orchestrating an event.

Here enters Evented, an Edmonton based company, that specializes in pop-up style weddings and elopements. To introduce Blush to the idea of pop-up weddings, Evented partnered up with local wedding vendors to show our readers that you can have a beautiful and small wedding that entirely shows off your style, and the love between you and your partner!

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European Inspired Rustic WeddingAlex + Franky: European Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 9, 2016

Like many people, Alex and Franky met at work while they were both working at Earls.

The Proposal

It was a warm day in April. Alex and Franky went for brunch at Sugarbowl because Alex had been craving chicken and waffles for a long time. After lunch he asked if he could show her something and they went for a drive to Cloverdale Hill. From the top of the hill he pointed out spots that were meaningful to them. He pointed out one of the locations and asked Alex what it made her think of and she responded “well, it’s where it all began”. Franky was standing behind Alex the entire time, when she turned around he was down on one knee proposing. 

The Big Day

The couple were in search of an old European style church for their wedding day and something rustic for the reception. The grooms family has used the Goretti Centre several times for events and when they met to discuss their vision for their wedding they were extremely helpful. The inside of the Goretti Centre fit what they had envisioned perfectly, adorned with beautiful chandeliers and crown moulding. To add some personal touches the bride and her mother in law made individual tiramisu for each guest and the bride and her mother made her grandmas butter tarts for dessert. Also, the couch used in some photos was the groom’s grandmothers.

Favourite Moments

Alex:When I walked through the doors and saw Franky standing at the front and saw how many people came to celebrate our wedding with us.”

Franky: “The second I saw Alex standing at the back of the church.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

‘Remind Me’ – Conrad Sewell

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘My Little Girl’- Tim McGraw

‘Never Alone’- Lady Antebellum

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a wedding planner, even if its just for the month/day of. It will save you so much stress and grief.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We haven’t lived together before so we’re most excited to finally moving into our house together and be able to wake up next to each other every day and go to bed next to each other every night. As cheesy as that sounds”

Honeymoon

Barbados – Sandals Resort

Acknowledgements

Ceremony Venue: St. Josephs Basilica | Reception Venue: Santa Maria Goretti Centre | Marriage Officiant: Father Martin Carroll | Wedding Planner: Tessa Labbe ‘Unbreakable Vows’ | Design & Décor Coordinator: A Chair to RememberCake: The Art of Cake Catering: Santa Maria Goretti Centre | Floral Design: FabloomosityPhotographer: BettiJane | Rentals: A Chair to Remember | Backdrop: The Paper Wedding | Stationery: Glossie Invitations | Music (DJ or Live): Revolution DJ | Transportation: Last Minute Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal House | Bridal Gown Designer: Casablanca | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Novelle Bridal ShopBridesmaid(s) Designer: Dessy Collection | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Canali | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Jones New York | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Tip Top Tailors | Bridal Hair Stylist: Salon and Spa Roxx, Amanda Collier | Bridal Make Up Artist: Salon and Spa Roxx- Danielle Figeat | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Salon and Spa Roxx,| Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Salon and Spa Roxx | Jeweler: Giancarlo Bruni Bossio

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Traditional DIY WeddingJalene + Matt: Traditional DIY Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 15, 2016

Jalene and Matt first met in high school, but remained “just friends” for years. Despite both being interested in each other, the timing never seemed to work out. On a Wednesday night in 2009, Jalene ran into Matt while out with friends, and he ended up walking her home. They (finally!) shared a kiss on Jalene’s doorstep and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Matt proposed to Jalene one night on their walk home. Arriving at a park overlooking the river valley, a violinist was playing their favourite song. The pair’s dog Coco was tied up close by with the ring around his neck. Matt popped the question, Jalene said yes, some (possibly illegal) fireworks went off, and their family and friends emerged cheering from hiding spots close by!

The Big Day

There were so many aspects of a traditional wedding that the couple wanted to incorporate into their special day. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful historic McDougall United Church, where they took full advantage of the pipe organ and opted for classic wedding songs like the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March. Their reception was at a community hall where they shared a family style meal (including mac and cheese) with 200 of their family and friends and ended the night with a truly epic dance party. Halfway through the mother- son dance, the groom and his mom busted out into a fully choreographed Ukrainian dance, wowing the crowd with their impressive moves and setting the tone for the rest of the night. Most of the wedding day decor was DIY, from the floral table arrangements to the signage, none of which would have been possible without the help of family and friends. They also made sure to include their 15 year old rescue dog Coco where they could, having him there for the family photos.

Favourite Moments

Jalene:Everything about our ceremony was perfect. I really can’t put into words the amount of love and happiness I felt in the room with us, not just from Matt but every other person there!”

Matt:I can’t pick just one moment! The entire ceremony and all of the speeches from our family members were my favourite part of the day.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Vintage Round Cut

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Ingrid Michaelson

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Four Strong Winds’ – Neil Young

Newlywed Advice

“Everyone says this, but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. All of the little things we worried about were the things that nobody noticed or cared about in the end. And be present!!! The day goes by so fast, you will hardly remember it unless you take time to relax and enjoy the little moments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to enjoy our life together as we always have, but with much better kitchen appliances! We received an automatic coffee machine as a wedding gift and it has been pretty life changing as far as mornings go. We are also looking forward to (after 8 years of dating) being allowed to sleep in the same bed when we visit Matt’s parents over the holidays.”

Honeymoon

Copenhagen, Denmark

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