Intimate Dinner PartyKatie + Jordan: Intimate Dinner Party

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 18, 2018

Katie caught Jordan’s eye at the University of Alberta where both were studying design. She was dating someone else, but Jordan persevered until his charm and commitment won her over.

The Proposal

One year when Jordan suggested they leave for their annual Jasper ski trip a few days early, she knew he was up to something. What she didn’t know was that he had her ring custom-made with design elements inspired by her grandmother’s wedding ring. Jordan nervously proposed on a hike in Maligne Canyon. “It was a really special moment because we both knew what was happening.”

The Big Day

The couple wanted their wedding to focus on togetherness, so it was important to keep everyone together between the ceremony and reception. After the emotional vows and a group photo—including their dog, Phoebe—a school bus whisked everyone away for a cozy dinner and craft beer at Otto. They knew the staff would make everyone feel welcome, but they were completely blown away when they walked into their reception. “I wanted our wedding to feel like a warm family dinner, and it was the perfect atmosphere for the night.”

Katie—Blush’s own graphic designer—designed all the stationery and created a time capsule guest book. The husband and wife will open one envelope on each of their next 50 anniversaries, revealing a polaroid photo and words of love and advice.

Favourite Moments

Jordan: “Seeing Katie for the first look, and seeing her walk down the aisle. And being able to incorporate our dog, Phoebe, into the day in some way. We arranged to have her dropped off for some of our portraits.”

Katie: After a highly emotional day, walking into our reception at Otto and seeing how welcoming the space was, and how they had gone above and beyond setting up for us made me instantly relax and enjoy the intimate evening together!

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Emerald

First Dance

“Coming Home”—Leon Bridges

Newlywed Advice

Focus on what is meaningful for you and build your day around that!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“To have a partner and friend that I can share everything with. Creating a home to call our own, and eventually starting a family. We are always pushing each other’s comfort zones, and I look forward to future adventures and accomplishments together.”

Honeymoon

Netherlands and Belgium

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 35 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Saddlery Building Artist Lofts | Reception Venue: Otto Food & Drink | Marriage Officiant: Tammy Banting | Cake: Sugared & Spiced | Catering: Otto Food & Drink | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Photographer: Blake Loates Photography| Stationery: Bride, Homework Letterpress (Printing) | Music: Jesse Gado | Transportation: Alberta North Transport | Bridal Gown Boutique: BHLDN | Bridal Gown Designer: Badgley Mischka| Bridesmaids Boutique: Anthropologie; Simons; ASOS | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Z Zegna | Bridal Hair Stylist: Patricia at Weekly | Bridal Make Up Artist: Behind the Blush | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Patricia at Weekly | Jeweler (Bride): Hunt Amor; Vandenberg’s Jewellers; Arielle de Pinto | Jeweler (Groom): Hunt Amor

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Traditional British WeddingLindsey + Anthony: Traditional British Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 28, 2018

Lindsey and Anthony fell in love at first sight at a public philosophy lecture at the University of Calgary. They discovered a mutual love for philosophy, literature and their British heritage.

The Proposal

Anthony proposed to Lindsey inside of a historical building in Calgary, with the help of a little orange elephant.

The Big Day

They were married in a traditional Church of England service in front of six special guests. Anthony’s father walked Lindsey down the aisle to the beautiful music of a Casavant Fréres organ—one of the largest in Western Canada with 5,000 pipes. Lindsey wore something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—and David even gave her a silver sixpence to put in her shoe.

After their solemn yet uplifting ceremony, they stepped into a silver Bentley as man and wife to head to Lindsey’s childhood home for their reception. Holding the dinner where Lindsey had so many fond memories created the nostalgic, intimate and romantic atmosphere they wanted.

They served an eight course pescatarian meal on Blue Mikado china that Lindsey’s grandmother had received for a wedding gift, and had their menus written in blue calligraphy to match.

Favourite Moments

Lindsey: “Getting into the back of the Silver Bentley with Anthony and looking into one another’s eyes as man and wife was such a romantic and precious moment for me. Cutting the cake with my son Anton, and our delight in eating it!
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Anthony: “Watching my gorgeous wife step into the church nave, accompanied by my father, to the soaring sound of Bach’s Largo on the pipe organ at Knox Church – it was so humbling and lovely.’

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Sapphire

First Dance

“How Does a Moment Last Forever”—Celine Dion

Newlywed Advice

“Hire people that you trust and truly get you. Don’t worry about every detail going to plan—the little hiccups provide funny and cute stories for later.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Now that they’ve brought their families together, they look forward spending the rest of their lives together.

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Urban Calgary WeddingAmber + Steven: Urban Calgary Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 2, 2018

Meeting your future spouse through mutual friends is fairly common, but what makes Amber and Steven’s story unique is that they met through a friend in Indonesia. At the time Steven was working for a travel company and Amber was touring through Southeast Asia. They fell hard and fast for each other on a trip with friends to Thailand, then spent two weeks together on some remote islands in Vietnam. Six months later they finished university and moved in together.

The Proposal

Steven surprised Amber with an early birthday gift—a trip to New York City to watch the US Open. He surprised her again on the trip with tickets to see the Blue Jays play the Yankees, but he saved the best surprise for last. As they were crossing a beautiful bridge in Central Park with bagels in hand and the city skyline in the background, Steven popped the question.

The Big Day

Amber and Steven were married at a private ranch, but wanted a unique reception space. “The Commons had the industrial feel that allowed us to create our vision.” They served a featured cocktail inspired by the official cocktail of the US Open, the Honey Deuce, and called it the Honey I Do.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“Say You Won’t Let Go”—James Arthur

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a wedding planner! We trusted Kismet & Clover with our entire day and vision. They kept us at ease and our day was executed flawlessly.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They look forward to traveling the world, starting a family, and calling each other “husband” and “wife” every day.

Honeymoon

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Calgary, AB| Ceremony Venue: Private Ranch | Reception Venue: The Commons | Marriage Officiant: Judy Walker | Planner: Kismet & Clover | Design & Decor Coordinator: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Bake My Day | Catering: Urbane Culinary | Floral Design: Antheia Floral | Photographer: Corrina Walker Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Kismet & Clover | Music: Sounds Unlimited | Transportation: AM PM Limo | Bridal Gown Boutique: Pearl & Dot | Bridal Gown Designer: Tatyana Merenyuk | Bridesmaids Boutique: Rebelry Bridesmaids | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Supreme Menswear | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lokal Salon | Bridal Make Up Artist: Katie Kerr | Jeweler (Bride): Cavalier Gastown | Jeweler (Groom): Cavalier Gastown

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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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Tie The KnotNatasha + Mark: Tie The Knot

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 21, 2018

Mark’s biceps caught Natasha’s eye while they worked together at a local restaurant. She would help clean his tables and eventually asked for his number. They discovered how much they had in common over coffee, including their love of mountain adventures.

The Proposal

During one camping trip, the couple rode the Jasper Sky Tram and hiked to the top of Whistler Mountain. Mark popped the question—along with some bubbly—and they spent the rest of the day hiking, fishing and excitedly calling their families.

The Big Day

Family heritage is very important to the couple; Natasha’s mom gave her the Irish Claddagh ring she inherited on her own wedding day and bound the bride and groom’s hands together during the garden ceremony. Mark carried on his grandfather’s tradition by having the same wedding band created by the same jeweller in Roccagorga, Italy. A string duet brought the ceremony to life, and a singer and pianist performed during cocktail hour and the first dance. They chose the Shaw Conference Centre to host their reception for its capacity and flexibility when it came to decorating and catering

Favourite Moments

Natasha’s favourite moments were the private ones she had throughout the day with her family and her groom, while Mark’s was when Natasha pinched his butt at their first look.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“Tenerife Sea”—Ed Sheeran

Newlywed Advice

“Do your research and ask lots of questions! Don’t be afraid to ask people for help and to delegate tasks as needed. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember to be present on your wedding day because it flies by!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They look forward to sharing many more laughs and adventures together.

Honeymoon

Italy | Hotel La Perla

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 215 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Rainer Gardens | Reception Venue: Shaw Conference Centre | Marriage Officiant: John Dowds | Cake & Dessert Styling: Cutthroat Bakery | Catering: Shaw Conference Centre | Floral Design: Azalea Azoreana | Photographer: Carlos Vicente Photography | Videographer: Reel Mensch Studios | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, All West Rentals | Music: DJ Kwake Entertainment | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Katie May | Bridesmaids Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Designer: Sorella Vita | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Le 31 | Bridal Hair Stylist: Revive Hair Loft | Bridal Make Up Artist: Ruth Bancroft | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Revive Hair Loft | Jeweler (Bride): Vandenberg’s Jewellers

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