Fairy-Tale Mountain WeddingNatasha + Matt: Fairy-Tale Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 28, 2018

A snowstorm nearly kept Natasha home from her friend’s Christmas party, but she braved the weather and met Matthew at the cocktail reception. They talked throughout the evening and went on their first date a few days later.

The Proposal

They spent nearly every weekend together in the mountains, so Natasha didn’t think twice when one morning Matt asked if they could hike alone instead of with their friends. As they neared the peak, Matt found the perfect spot for “lunch”. When Natasha turned to grab a sandwich from her bag, she found Matt on one knee, asking her to make him the happiest man alive.

The Big Day

The Rocky Mountains had been the backdrop for their entire relationship, so there was no question about celebrating their love anywhere else. Natasha and Matt wanted an “elegant, romantic, fairy-tale wedding,” and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel provided the perfect setting. In the weeks leading up to their nuptials they worried they would have to move the ceremony indoors due to smoke from wildfires, but on the big day they woke up to sunny, clear skies that lasted until just after photos. When Matt took her hands at the altar, Natasha’s nervousness dissipated and she realized she was marrying her best friend

Favourite Moments

Natasha: “My favorite moment was when Matt and I were able to join hands during the ceremony. I was very nervous in front of all of our family and friends that I just needed to hold onto him. Once he grabbed by hand, all the nervousness went away. I was able to relax and i realized I was marrying by best friend.”

Matt: “Finally being able to see Natasha”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval Baguette

First Dance

“In Case You Didn’t Know”—Brett Young

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy being engaged and enjoy every moment with each other the day of your wedding; it goes by quickly. Laugh, dance and take a moment to realize that you both put so much time and effort to make this happen!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to their honeymoon, starting a family, and “not answering any more wedding emails!”

Honeymoon

Greece

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Robin White | Planner: Reflections Weddings & Events | Design & Decor Coordinator: Reflections Weddings & Events | Cake: Pretty Sweet Company | Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs | Floral Design: Amborella Flower Studio | Photographer: Kristyn Harder Photography | Videographer: Toth Film | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Bella Linens | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Paper Panache | Music: DJ Willy Snypes of Fun Factory DJ Services | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique Calgary | Bridal Gown Designer: Essense of Australia | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Holt Renfrew | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lindsay Larsen of HedKandi Salon | Bridal Make Up Artist: Permanent Beauty by Robin | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Lindsay Larsen of HedKandi Salon | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Permanent Beauty by Robin | Jeweler (Bride): Alberta Diamond Exchange | Jeweler (Groom): Alberta Diamond Exchange

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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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Classic Luxe WeddingMelanie + Terry: Classic Luxe Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 10, 2017

Classic. Timeless. Elegant. These three words describe everything about Melanie and Terry’s September wedding, from the proposal to their honeymoon.

The pair met through Melanie’s uncle, who was coincidentally Terry’s neighbour and good friend.

The Proposal

While celebrating Melanie’s birthday at Hardware Grill, Terry got down on one knee and surprised her with a custom ring made in Italy.

The Big Day

Melanie and Terry chose the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald not only for its stunning rooms, but also for the quality of food and service. They dressed the Wedgwood Room in soft shades of white, blush and lavender for the ceremony, and exchanged rings under a lush floral canopy. For the reception they added dramatic pops of berry, pink, purple and green into the floral décor and drenched the tables in gold and champagne tones for a luxe garden vibe. Melanie changed out of her exquisite lace gown into a light and whimsical dress to dance the night away. A live band and DJ alternated sets on separate stages to keep the party going.

Favourite Moments

Melanie’s favourite moment was seeing Terry and all of their family and close friends while walking down the aisle, while Terry’s was landing in Turks and Caicos to have his wife all to himself for two weeks.

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’—Elvis Presley + Haley Reinhart Compilation

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘ I Loved Her First’ – Heartland

Newlywed Advice

Terry:“We were glad that we hired Jennifer Bergman Weddings. It was huge in making our wedding stress free.”

Melanie:“Hiring a good photographer like Carey Nash made the photos go smoothly and we were very happy with the results!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They look forward to traveling through life together as both best friends and husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Turks & Caicos

Wedding Film/Video

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Lake Louise WeddingKatrina + Mike: Lake Louise Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 3, 2017

Mike first set eyes on Katrina at his sister’s med school graduation when his brother-in-law pointed her out and said, “There is your future wife.” It turned out that the joke was more of a prophecy, as they started dating a few weeks later. Katrina knew Mike would be her future husband by their second date when she heard his impressive vocals at a local piano bar.

The Big Day

Since Mike proposed to Katrina at the top of a mountain in Canmore, they knew they wanted to have a mountain wedding but needed a venue that could accommodate 130 guests. They were absolutely floored when they stepped into the Victoria Ballroom at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. “The views of Lake Louise were breathtaking and the service was impeccable throughout the entire wedding weekend,” says Katrina.
Their two-month-old puppy, Kona, walked down the aisle as a guest-of-honour then fell asleep at the groomsmen’s feet while Katrina and Mike said their vows.

Favourite Moments

During cocktail hour their planners surprised them with a private viewing of the ballroom; they danced to their favourite music and goofed around in the photo booth. Mike treasures those moments most, while Katrina says the best part was reminiscing about their perfect day while hiking the West Coast Trail the week after.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Tenerife Sea’—Ed Sheeran

Newlywed Advice

“DIY fun projects add a personal touch to the day and help you stick to your budget. We were lucky to have lots of help from our family members from both sides and we enjoyed the time spent together during the whole process.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The next adventure for Mike and Katrina is parenthood! They’re expecting their first baby in July.

Honeymoon

West Coast Trail and Bora Bora | St. Regis Bora Bora

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Outdoor Edmonton WeddingTiffiney + Jeff: Outdoor Edmonton Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 16, 2017

Tiffiney and Jeff met working together at Ikea.  Five years after their first bump in, Ikea held a summer party. After the party, Tiffiney asked him for a ride home and the rest is history!

The Proposal

Jeff proposed to Tiffiney in London, England on the London Eye Ferris Wheel. Tiffiney had a feeling he was going to propose on the trip but played along until the proposal.

The Big Day

Tiffiney and Jeff tied the knot and celebrated in two unique venues. Their calm ceremony was at the Devonian Botanic Garden and their reception party was at the Edmonton Country Club (ps. you don’t need to be a member to host your wedding there). Jeff and his dad love classic cars, his father has a Chevy Nova that the couple were able to use for photos and for an alone time spin.

Music and dancing was one of the couples priorities and highlights. They walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar playing ‘First Day of my Life and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky.” The couple love hip-hop and R&B music so it was really important that they hired a DJ that would help them throw a party to remember. They arranged for their dance floor to be outdoors and hired DJ Kwake to play their favourite tracks. The newlyweds and their guests were on the dance floor the entire night.

Favourite Moments

Tiffiney: “Our vows, it took a lot for Jeff and I to write our own vows but I thought it was important. I think Jeff made everyone cry and I was really proud of him for writing them and expressing himself that way. They were touching and funny at the same time, and everything I hoped they would be.”

Jeff: “Our first dance, it was really amazing to have my cousins sing for us. We are very family orientated and that was just a special moment for the two of us. My cousins are also very talented, they live in California so not many of our friends in Edmonton have heard them sing so it was a treat to share that with our guests.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

Christina Perri – “Arms” sung by Jeff’s cousins band – Brightenner

Newlywed Advice

1) Hire a day of coordinator to handle all the details and vendor calls the day of the wedding. 2) Have your beauty team come to you so you can relax in your own space. 3) Plan some alone time with your partner, your wedding day is so high paced and goes by really fast.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are looking forward to relaxing in each others company and supporting each other through life.”

Honeymoon

Iceland, Amsterdam, Nice and Paris

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 110 | Ceremony Venue: Devonian Botanical Gardens | Reception Venue: Edmonton Country Club | Marriage Officiant: Debra Parr |  Day of Coordinator: Cocktails and Details  | Design & Décor Coordinator: Bride | Cake: Jennifer and Val Bagnariol ( bride’s sister and mom) | Catering: Edmonton Country Club | Floral Design: Fabloomosity | Photographer: Life Dot Style | Photo Booth: Ready Set Booth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ): DJ Kwake | Transportation: Baseline Limo | Video/Cinema: Eee and Bee | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Willow by Watters | Bridesmaid(s) Dress Designer: Mixed | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Jessica Tebby | Bridal Make Up Artist: Makeup Excuse  | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Jessica Tebby and Nikki Campion | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Maven Brow and Beauty and Makeup Excuse | Jeweler (Bride): Mother’s Jewlery Jeweler (Groom): Daniel Wellington Watch

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