Elegant Floral WeddingJulia + Ben: Elegant Floral Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 8, 2017

Ben and Julia went on their first date in 2002 and have been inseparable ever since. After being together for 12 years, they began to discuss wedding details — and even set a date before getting engaged!

The Proposal

They picked out a ring together, but night after night it sat on the nightstand until Ben finally got one on knee and officially asked Julia to be his wife.

The Big Day

For the wedding decor, Julia knew she wanted something very elegant and romantic, so she dreamed up a vision incorporating greys, golds, pinks, and a lot of fresh florals and greenery. Flowers filled their venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, but the most stunning piece was the floral canopy with a crystal chandelier hanging from the centre.

Another great statement piece was the seating chart designed by the couple’s event planner, Samantha. It was designed to look like a larger version of the wedding invitations, complete with their monogram!

Favourite Moments

Ben’s favourite moment of the day was watching his wife-to-be walk down the aisle, and recalls the surreal feeling knowing the day had finally arrived. Julia will always remember trying to hold back her tears while listening to the thoughtful, funny and sweet vows Ben had written for her.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘I Want To Grow Old With You’ – Adam Sandler

Newlywed Advice

Enjoy the day as much as possible. It goes by so fast! Make sure to spend some quality time with your spouse as well. Step out for a quick break and relish in the moment. Also, try not to stress out too much about the small details. No one will notice, and it will just end up driving you insane.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The Luu’s are excited for the future and are eager to start a family.

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 320 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton | Marriage Officiant: Tammy Banting | Design & Décor Coordinator: J’Adore Design and Events | Cake & Dessert Styling: Cakes By CiCi | Floral Design: J’Adore Design and Events | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Photo Booth: Market Sound | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Dress My Day, ABC Weddings | Food Truck: Orbit Food Truck | Stationery: David Nguyen, Uppercase Press | Seating Chart & Calligraphy: Lovella Invitations and Stationary | Music: DJ: TJ De Villa | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal House | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Zippers and Buttons Tailors | Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Zippers and Buttons Tailors | Bridal Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridal Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweller: Al-Brite Edmonton Jewellers

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Handmade Outdoor WeddingKeeley + Braden: Handmade Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 1, 2017

Keeley and Braden’s story is one of missed connections; they would often meet at parties, but the timing never seemed right. Braden asked her on a date in the spring of 2011, which Keeley nearly missed due to car and phone troubles, but after that first date they knew they were right for each other.

The Proposal

Shortly after the couple moved back to Camrose, they celebrated Keeley’s birthday together. Braden made the same meal he did when he first cooked for Keeley, then proposed on a walk through the valley.

The Big Day

Friends and family put in hours of hard work to fulfill Keeley’s vision for a handmade outdoor wedding on her family’s land. Keeley’s mom and sister made her wedding gown, veil, bridesmaids’ dresses and getting-ready robes. Everything from the eclectic décor to the cookie bar was handmade—the bride and groom even made the patties for their gourmet burger dinner. Despite the cool and wet weather, everyone enjoyed dancing and clinking glasses of local craft beer served on tap.

Favourite Moments

The newlyweds obviously loved the moment Keeley walked down the aisle, but her sister’s hilarious speech was a close second; it finished with a video of friends and family from all over singing Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Halo

First Dance

‘Northern Wind’ – City and Colour

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ – CCR 

Newlywed Advice

‘Go with the wedding you envision. Ours was challenging and a lot of work, but being able to see ourselves in all the details made it so worth it.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

With the hard work of wedding planning over, Keeley and Braden look forward to relaxing and traveling before starting a family.

Honeymoon

Maui, Hawaii

Acknowledgements

Guests: 225 | Location: Battle Lake, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride’s Family Land | Marriage Officiant: Verlyn Olson | Catering: Nan Dell’s Chickadee Catering Co. | Floral Design: Mickey’s Flowers | Photographer: Megan Kemshead Photography | Rentals: Big Top Rentals; Xtreme Holdings; Hoyme Refrigeration | Stationery: Greenvelope | Music: Mike Waller | Bridal Gown Designer: Bride’s Mom and Sister | Bridesmaid Designer: Bride’s Mom and Sister | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Hugo Boss | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lindsey Gurr and Katie Hauser | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Lindsey Gurr and Katie Hauser | Jeweler (Bride): Leduc Goldsmith | Jeweler (Groom): Leduc Goldsmith

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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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Fancy Farm WeddingChristine + Adam: Fancy Farm Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 24, 2017

Christine and Adam met in 2008 while both in school studying engineering. Since then they’ve taken on the world together through graduation, moving in together, traveling, acquiring two cats, and a lot of laughing along the way.

The Proposal

This pair got engaged on the most unlikely of days, April Fools Day! Adam fooled Christine into thinking he had no special plans, but when he whipped out a Ring Pop candy, she wasn’t sure what to think. When she opened it up, she found a beautiful (real) antique ring inside!

The Big Day

As for the wedding day, Adam and Christine knew they wanted the day to be fun but still fancy. The venue was the farm Adam grew up on, which meant they had full control over everything and there was no rush to get out at the end of the night. Each guest received personalized notes along with some plantable seed paper confetti, and a donation in their name to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. From the decorations to the alter, Christine and Adam made nearly everything by hand.

Favourite Moments

Christine’s favourite moment was giggling with Adam at the sweetheart table, and Adam’s was all of the hilarious and kind words their best friends and parents shared during the speeches.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Bezel

First Dance

‘When the Night Comes’ – Dan Auerbach

Newlywed Advice

‘Oh boy, it’s not a new epiphany, but we were still blindsided by how quickly it all went by after months of planning, so we would say take as many moments together (even just goofy glances) on the day as possible, don’t fret about forgotten details, or not spending as much time with everyone as you’d hope for, and hire a day-of-coordinator to take care of all the inevitable hiccups that occur throughout the day.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are most excited to be “official” best friends and take on life as a team.

Honeymoon

Panama

Acknowledgements

Guests: 160 | Location: Gibbons, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Prin’s Farm | Marriage Officiant: Peter Dukovac | Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Décor: Bride and Family | Cake: Rebecca Tucker – Bride’s Sister | Catering: A Capella Catering | Dessert Styling: Rebecca Tucker | Floral (Bouquets/Alter Garland): Fabloomosity | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Bride | Music: Ceremony Guitar – Jonathan Tucker, Ipod playlists | Live Band: Cold Cruisers | Transportation: Bus | Bridal Gown Boutique: Once Wed | Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang White | Bridesmaids Boutique: Various | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Bridal Hair Stylist: Fluid Hair | Bridal Make Up Artist: Jasmine Ma | Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Fluid Hair | Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Jasmine Ma | Jeweller (Bride): Antique | Jeweller (Groom): Groom Custom Made His Ring

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Pinning Down LoveThe Need For More Diversity In The Wedding Industry

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 23, 2017

One day Buffy Goodman entered “wedding dress” into the search bar on Pinterest just to see what would come up. As a wedding photographer, she talks with couples constantly and knows almost all of them have used the site for wedding inspiration or created their own page.

As she scrolled through hundreds of photos of women in white dresses, Buffy grew frustrated at the lack of diversity. “I had to scroll down through 160 photos to find a single person of colour,” she said. “I didn’t see one plus-size bride in this search.”

She switched gears and searched “wedding photo” in hopes of finding more variation in her own field, but again with disappointing results. “My eyes actually blurred a little as I scrolled past identical-looking photos of thin, white heterosexual couples.” The photos were pretty, but also pretty boring.

Inspiration struck and Buffy organized a photo shoot to celebrate the beautiful diversity of love and marriage regardless of size, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The results are fresh, gorgeous and beyond Pinterest-worthy.

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