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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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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Intimate Fairmont WeddingJaclyn + Jonathan: Intimate Fairmont Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 9, 2016

Online dating often results in hours of profile searching and numerous lacklustre first dates before—if you’re lucky—you really connect with someone. When Jaclyn and Jonathan were matched on Tinder, theirs was the first and last date either of them went on using the app. A few years later they celebrated their wedding with the hashtag #RamSwipedRight.

The Proposal

The couple love cooking, so Jonathan popped the question one evening while they were preparing dinner at his place. They celebrated their engagement later that evening with friends and family, and couldn’t wait to celebrate again—their engagement was only five months!

The Big Day

Jaclyn and Jonathan wanted a reception venue that was visually appealing and full of character, so when they discovered that the Wedgwood Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald was available for their date, they jumped on it. Instead of a photo booth, they hired a cartoonist to sketch fun pictures of guests as superheroes. They served their favourite cocktail, the Moscow Mule, in traditional copper cups, which they gave away as wedding favours.

Favourite Moments

Jonathan loved relaxing and having fun with the bridal party during photos, while Jaclyn’s favourite part was “seeing the whole day come together and making a wonderful memory with my husband, friends and family.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Forever”—Ben Harper

Newlywed Advice

“It all works out! Also, some people say if you want to save money, do it on the cake—but I disagree! Eating delicious leftover cake for a week after was my favourite part!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are now starting their lifelong adventure together in Dallas, Texas.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon Destination: Bali | Honeymoon Resort: Bisma Eight

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 110 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Grace Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | Marriage Officiant: Curtis Boehm | Day-of-Coordinator: Simply Perfect Events | Cake: Art of Cake | Floral Design: faBLOOMosity | Photographer: Bespoke Photography | Cartoonist: Clarkature | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Music: DJ Fozzy | Transportation: Blue Sky Limos | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: SEN Studios | Bridal Make Up Artist: SEN Studios| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Edmonton Makeup Artists | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Edmonton Makeup Artists | Jeweller (Bride): Crowleys Jewellers | Jeweller (Groom): Blue Nile

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Champagne Rosette WeddingMadison + Shay: Champagne Rosette Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 21, 2016

Everything came up roses for Madison and Shay. A mutual friend thought they would be perfect for each other and introduced them at a Halloween party, which led to a romantic proposal and a beautiful floral-themed wedding.

The Proposal

When the couple decided to move in together, Shay spent his spare time in the garage building furniture for their new home. One night, Shay showed Madison his final project: a beautiful desk. “I remember touching the wood and thinking how this desk would probably be in our family forever,” says Madison. She was so impressed with the workmanship that at first she didn’t notice the little blue box sitting in the drawer. When she realized what was happening, Shay was down on one knee.

The Big Day

Madison didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but wanted their wedding to feel romantic and intimate despite their guest list of 155. A champagne rosette tablecloth sparked inspiration, and the floral motif carried on throughout the Empire Ballroom in shades of blush and pink. An ivory and pink candy bar painstakingly put together by Madison and her bridesmaids finished the look.

Favourite Moments

Madison’s favourite moment was walking down the aisle past all her friends and family, while Shay fondly remembers reciting their vows with tears and laughter. “There was just so much happiness in the room, it couldn’t have been a more perfect moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Halo

First Dance

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ cover by Sleeping at Last

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Aisle Walk: Beethoven’s ‘5 Secrets’ by The Piano Guys

Newlywed Advice

“It’s okay for your decor to change and evolve as you plan, but try to have a general idea of what you want the room to feel like before you start to make big purchases and commitments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Relaxing together and getting back to normal life after a big year of planning! We’re excited to be moving in to a new house sometime next year and maybe start thinking about babies after that!”

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Jasper Park Lodge

Wedding Film/Video

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Forever LoveStylized Shoot: JoyFoley Weddings & Team

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 27, 2014

In previous issues of Blush we’d coordinate our own photo shoot and design a set to provide engaged couples with wedding day inspiration. It’s always a lot of fun for us to select models, dress them up, and then build an entire set around a specific theme. Since we are also open to submitted stylized shoots, Stacey Foley with JoyFoley weddings sent us an email with images of a shoot she worked so very hard at. At the time, we were also on the hunt for the perfect cover! We had yet to cover a wedding cake and we refused to go with an ordinary one, it had to be over the top to grace the cover. Well, not only did Stacey’s shoot receive our fashion/design spread, the cake designed by Style Cakes graced the cover of our Spring Summer 2014 edition. Luckily, Stacey had great photographers, Eternal Reflections Photography captured all the details so beautifully! There are more local vendors to credit below the pretty images.

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