Elegant Garden WeddingElyse + Brent: Elegant Garden Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2017

The holiday season brought Elyse and Brent together in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the pair got engaged.

The Proposal

Brent planned on proposing to Elyse on their vacation in Bali and kept the ring hidden in his luggage until the perfect moment arrived on the beach at sunset. The moments that followed were full of happy tears and celebration!

The Big Day

Elyse and Brent were inspired by the great Alberta outdoors while planning their wedding. They wanted a beautiful, elegant garden party where their guests would have an exceptional experience – it was all about the atmosphere. From the signing table that was scattered with photographs of ‘those who couldn’t be here’ to the ring warming before the ceremony, their wedding day at Birchwood Meadows was filled with emotional moments. Their parents also performed a hand fastening ceremony in honour of their Irish heritage! It was important for Brent and Elyse to give back on their big day, so in lieu of gifts they asked their guests to make a donation to their favourite charities. It was also important to include meaningful items such as Elyse’s hankie and bouquet tie made from her mother’s wedding dress, and the pocket watch Brent inherited from his Grandfather. A fun twist was also a must, so they incorporated their love of dinosaurs with mix-matched dinosaur cake toppers and an inflatable dinosaur on the dance floor.

Favourite Moments

The highlights of the day for the couple included the exchanging of their personal vows, a surprise firework show, and a magical slow dance in the rain.

Engagement Ring Cut

Square Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

Newlywed Advice

‘Invest in quality vendors, when you hire professionals who really understand the business they are natural problem solvers and will make sure that your day runs smoothly. Enjoying your day should be a high priority, so structuring your day to eliminate stress is a must. A wedding coordinator is also a must-have investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind on your wedding day. Oh – and a massage the night before won’t hurt.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are most looking forward to our honeymoon. Due to heavy work hours in the summer we decided to wait a few months until we jet off to Costa Rica.”

Honeymoon

Costa Rica | El Castillo Boutique Luxury Hotel

Acknowledgements

Guests: 90 | Location: Sturgeon County, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Birchwood Meadows | Marriage Officiant: Sheila Smyth | Wedding Planner: Elyse Colman | Catering: Stir Catering | Floral Design: Cory Christopher | Photographer: Kristin Zabos Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ or Live): DJ TK Ohhh | Video/Cinema: Studio Thirteen Productions | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: The Helm Clothing | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Jeweller (Bride): Rosados Box

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Magnificent Elopement in the WoodsStyled Shoot: Magnificent Elopement in the Woods

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 2, 2016

This magnificent elopement in the woods is unconventional, but every bit as beautiful as an extravagant affair. A creative local team magnificently styled vibrant peonies in a moody forest and a tablescape fit for two to celebrate their union. If you are looking for an intimate way to exchange your vows– this may inspire you.

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Modern Romance WeddingIoana + Patrick: Modern Romance Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 25, 2016

Ioana and Patrick first met as kids while attending middle school in the Middle East. Ioana knew Patrick as her friends annoying older brother. After a few years, Patrick and his family moved to England while Ioana and her family moved to Canada the following year. Through the magic of Facebook the two reconnected in 2007 and began exchanging long messages and phone calls. Ioana’s trip to Paris the following summer presented a great opportunity for the two to meet up and spend some time in the most romantic city in the world. From their first day in Paris, touring the city and drinking wine, they knew their connection was special and worth pursuing. After a year of long distance, Patrick moved to Canada to start a life with Ioana. 

The Proposal

Nearly seven years into their relationship, Ioana and Patrick were visiting Spain with Ioana’s family. As big Game of Thrones fans they spent an entire day touring various filming locations of the show throughout Seville. Under a blistering hot sun, in the magical and lush gardens of the Alcazar Palace, Patrick got down on one knee and finally asked Ioana to marry him. With her whole family watching and tears in her eyes, Ioana said yes.

The Big Day

Their wedding can be best described as a unique blend of romance and elegance with a modern edgy twist. As a nod to the city where they met, subtle Paris influences were seen throughout, from the macaron favours and Parisian desserts, to the painting that decorated the guestbook table – one of Patrick’s treasured gifts to Ioana over the years. 

The wedding took place at Azuridge Estate Hotel, a stunning unique property nestled in the hills of Priddis. From the first time they visited the venue they instantly knew it was the perfect backdrop for their special day. Being able to have an exclusive rental of the entire property was very important, they had the flexibility of using the various spaces to create an interactive experience for their guests that travelled from all corners of the world. Having their friends and family stay overnight and join the newlyweds for breakfast the next morning was another bonus that they appreciated.

From the very beginning of the process, Ioana knew that a traditional white wedding dress was not part of the vision. She chose a unique alabaster coloured Hayley Paige gown with a crystal bodice and horse hair flounced skirt, knowing that it was the perfect blend of edginess and femininity she was looking for.

Favourite Moments

Ioana: “The long walk down the aisle. It gave me time to focus on keeping calm and to truly take in and appreciate the space, the decorations, the guests’ smiling faces, and right at the end, to lock eyes with Patrick and see the surprise and joy in his face.”

Patrick: “Walking down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. Rain was threatening to ruin the ceremony and I wanted our day to be perfect, and that moment was an affirmation that our ceremony turned out the way we envisioned and I was honoured and fortunate to finally marry Ioana.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ – The Script 

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘My Wish’ – Rascal Flatts

Newlywed Advice

Focus on the guest experience. 

Be prepared to make a lot of decisions, and fast!

Accept help – from friends, family, and most importantly a professional. Our day-of coordinator was the biggest help we could ever get, and our day would have not run smoothly without her.

Hire a planner unless you know exactly what you want and how to achieve it. Having worked a few weddings in the past, Ioana was already familiar with a lot of what needed to be done and how to do it, but still had to call up on the experts for certain advice. 

Guys – be patient, compromise and always support her decision providing minimal criticism.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Growing old together with many adventures by each other’s side, and starting a family in the near future….and the Honeymoon!”

Honeymoon

Bali, Indonesia

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 70 | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Azuridge Estate Hotel | Marriage Officiant: Julie Ann Derer | Wedding Planner: Julianne Young Weddings – Aimsley LeeceCake: Modern Bake YYC | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Abby Plus Dave | Photo Booth: CheeZee Fotos Photobooth | Rentals: Gathered Table Supply and Special Event RentalsStationery: Bride | Music (DJ or Live): Quests End Mobile DJ | Video/Cinema: Strawberry Films Forever  | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal BoutiqueBridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Cameo & Cufflinks | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Moores  | Bride + Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: The Rose Room – Terri Ciavardini  | Bride + Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Trena Laine | Jeweler (Bride): Charm Diamond Centres, Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Wedding Bands Emporium | Favours: Whippt Desserts & Catering 

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Punta Cana Beach WeddingStephanie + Brad: Punta Cana Beach Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 21, 2016

After meeting in high school, Stephanie and Bradley’s relationship took off.

The Proposal

The pair were engaged in Australia on a romantic beach picnic after an adventurous helicopter ride. “I had created a little picture book about our lives and had her read it,” remembers Bradley. “The last page showed a sketch of me kneeling down holding a ring!”

The Big Day

Stephanie and Bradley knew they wanted a destination wedding, and after countless hours of researching venues, Jellyfish caught their eye. Between the gorgeous scenery and the countless activities to do there, they knew it would be the perfect venue.

Their dreamy beach wedding came together perfectly, and the pair even surprised their guests with a fire dancer show!

Favourite Moments

The absolute favourite moment of the day for Stephanie and Bradley was the highly anticipated first glance. In a private and intimate setting, Stephanie walked up behind Bradley and held him tight as they both exclaimed how excited they were to see each other. The moment he turned around fulfilled every expectation Stephanie had dreamed of since she was a child. She says the moment was magical, and he says she looked like a princess. It was an unforgettable fairytale moment!

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘All of Me’- John Legend ft Lindsey Stirling

Newlywed Advice

Find a good wedding planner. You may be capable of doing it yourself, but why add the extra stress on yourself? They do a great job helping you as well as smoothing out the little things. Also, do your research on photographers, it is so important for someone to really capture your wedding and tell a story through the photos.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Since travelling is a passion for this couple, they intend to kick of their first year of marriage with a few more trips before settling down and starting a family.

Honeymoon

Costa Rica

Acknowledgements

Writer: Dakota Barber | Number of Guests: 37 | Location: Dominican Republic | Ceremony Venue: Jellyfish Punta Cana | Reception Venue: Jellyfish Punta Cana | Marriage Officiant: Monica Caesar | Designer + Planner: Aisle Plan Your Day | Cake & Desserts: Jellyfish | Floral Design: Jellyfish | Photographer: Asia Pimentel Photography | Video/Cinema:  GoPro | Bridal Gown Boutique: Davids Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Oleg Cassini | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Davids Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Le Chateau | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Le Chateau | Bridal Hair Stylist: Now Larimar hotel Spa | Bridal Make Up Artist: Now Larimar Hotel Spa | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Now Larimar Hotel Spa | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Now Larimar Hotel Spa | Jeweller (Bride): Gem Stone Direct | Jeweller (Groom): Gem Stone Direct

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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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