Multi-Day Indian AffairMarla + Sorab: Multi-Day Indian Affair

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 19, 2018

Marla and Sorab share many mutual friends, but it took years before they eventually met during an evening out with friends. They went out for coffee a few days later and within a month they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

The Proposal

In traditional Indian fashion, they began planning the engagement with their families and received their parents’ blessings in an intimate ceremony at home.

The Big Day

Their wedding combined north and south Indian traditions in a spectacular multi-day affair. They held a Sikh ceremony at the Nanaksar Gurdwara Gursikh Temple, and a Christian ceremony at the Magrath Mansion. Gajras—hair garlands of jasmine flowers—were given to all the ladies during the Christian ceremony, and Sorab’s mother spent months making pottery bowls and filled them with traditional Punjabi sweets as gifts for the guests.

Marla and Sorab wanted a reception venue that would showcase their mutual love for the great outdoors and accommodate their 275 guests. The Moonflower Room in the Enjoy Centre was the only true contender. “The greenhouse gave us the beauty of an outdoor wedding with all the stability of an indoor wedding.”

Favourite Moments

While Marla wishes she could relive the whole wedding week over and over again, Sorab’s favourite moment was “the awareness that I was entering a new phase of life with my love and sweetheart.”

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Newlywed Advice

“The wedding day goes by so quickly, so try to be in the moment and take everything in as much as possible.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

We are looking forward to growing together as a couple and going through adventures that are yet to come!

Honeymoon

Belgium and India

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EPH Apparel opens it’s first Alberta LocationMade to Measure Suits and Tuxedos

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 16, 2018

While the bride and her gown typically get all the attention on the big day, grooms are looking to make more of a fashion statement at the altar. Tux rental stores may have limited options for styles and sizes, but getting a bespoke suit can take a big bite out of the budget. So what’s a fashion-forward fellow to do.

Alex Ethans, Andrew Parkes and Maciek Hunek faced a similar conundrum when they graduated business school and searched for stylish, well-fitting, affordable suits to propel them into the workforce—with little success. “We thought back to our experiences getting clothes tailored overseas and thought that there had to be a way to bring that fun, intimate custom experience to the masses.”

They launched EPH Apparel as an online custom menswear store in 2010 and quickly grew to include a brick-and-mortar storefront in Winnipeg. They opened their first Alberta storefront in Calgary last summer at 815-10th Ave SW, across from MEC. Because they don’t need to carry inventory and have invested heavily into efficient production methods, EPH can offer quality made-to-measure two-piece suits for $300-$650, and three-piece suits for $400-$800.

Customers can visit the store for personalized service or pursue the options online and provide measurements to order. A single suit will take 4-8 weeks to produce, but they require a minimum of three months for wedding party orders. Once the suits arrive, they offer free in-house alterations or a $75 credit for out-of-town customers to get their suit tailored. “We really want everyone to love the fit of their suit, and sometimes that means it needs some tinkering. We don’t want anyone to have to pay extra for that.”

The founders say vibrant shades of blue are still trendy for suits, but many parties are breaking the mould with maroon—especially for fall weddings. Linen is still a staple fabric for beach weddings due to its lightness and breathability, but they are starting to see more orders in grey and blue over classic tan.

Whether your style is traditional, bold or somewhere in-between, be sure to follow Blush Magazine on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win one of three EPH suits!

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Disney Love StoryJustine + Robert: Disney Love Story

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 14, 2018

Robert noticed Justine long before they met. He noticed the quiet, cute and composed young lady on the bus, and was introduced to her by a friend on the same bus route he had first noticed her on. Initially Justine was not impressed by his attempts to make her laugh and they parted ways. He persisted along anyways, adding her on Facebook. One day she saw that he had an extra ticket to Mother Mother, and she offered to go see the show with him. That was the start of their friendship and within a few weeks, she fell for his silly jokes, sweet gestures, and adventurous approach to life.

The Proposal

Early on in the relationship, Robert had converted Justine to a love of Disney that could hardly rival his own. So he planned a trip to Disneyland – his favourite place on earth – that’s where he decided would be the perfect place to ask Justine to be his wife. Though initially planning to propose in front of Cinderella’s castle, Robert had to improvise when they took one step onto Main Street and saw the castle was under construction. After a morning packed with rides and a Cajun lunch at the Blue Bayou, Robert chose an unassuming moment after sharing a dole-whip in the afternoon sun to propose in the garden in front of the Walt and Mickey statue. He asked someone to take their picture and pretended he was looking for something in his bag. He got down on one knee, looked up at Justine with a knowing smile and asked her to marry him. She tearfully accepted after the initial shock. “You couldn’t have found a sappier pair of lovebirds in Disneyland for the rest of that day,” shared Justine.

The Big Day

The couple wanted a venue in or around Edmonton, with natural beauty in the space, that would accommodate their requested menu for Cajun food and beignets. They fell in love with the Freemason’s hall at first sight, with its 1930s appeal, beautiful architecture, and vintage ballroom. “The staff were friendly and ultimately went over and above to accommodate our requests for the wedding day. Jenn was a joy to work with leading up to the wedding day.”

Music played a special role in Justine and Richard’s day. From arranging epic Disney score music and theme songs to greet their guests in the entrance foyer to the reception, playing 1920s jazz, cajun, and zydeco music during their cajun cocktail hour and dinner service, to arranging a selection of classic and modern rock must haves for their dance – their wedding reflected their deep love of music. An impromptu decision to walk back to their room at the Fairmont Macdonald from the reception not only provided them with one of the most romantic memories of the day, but also an impromptu raucous round of applause from the post- concert crowd as they passed by The Starlight Room, one of our favourite venues to go see shows. “It was serendipitous, hilarious, and made for a wonderful memory for two avid rock fans,” shared the couple.

Favourite Moments

Justine: “Exchanging our marriage vows, our first moments together after the ceremony, and walking hand in hand to the hotel after the reception. Every sweet moment stolen away for the two of us was so precious to me.”

Robert: “My favorite moment was at the end of the night, walking to the hotel instead of cabbing it. Downtown Edmonton was magical! We walked by a concert being let out and were cheered wildly by the crowds, we were honked at encouragingly, perfect strangers connected to us in a way that truly made the city feel alive! The city smiled upon our good fortune having found each other and come together.”

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First Dance

“Simply Simple” – (Acoustic Version) by Mother Mother

Newlywed Advice

“Remember who you are as individuals and as a couple and plan an event that reflects what you want and who you are. Plan away, but remember what the experience is all about- your love. Plan together! Above all else, have a rule to not care about any detail once the day arrives, and just focus on the experience and savouring the moments you share!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to build our lives together, chasing our dreams, and every new adventure together!”

Honeymoon

Oahu, Hawaii

Acknowledgements

Ceremony Venue: Riverbend United Church | Reception Venue: Freemasons Hall of Edmonton | Marriage Officiant: Minister Tom Sawyer | Wedding Planner: Stephanie Howie | Design & Décor Coordinator: Bride, Howie Events, Elyse Colman | Cake: Triple L Cakes | Catering: Cajun Menu by Matt Lucas of Cornerstone BBQ | Dessert Styling: Passion de France, Cornerstone BBQ | Floral Design: Funky Petals, Sherwood Park | Photographer: Eternal Reflections | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, ABC Rentals, Long & McQuade | Stationery: Rayacom | Music (DJ or Live): DJ-Marc St. Jean | Transportation: Urban Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: ASOS | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Tip Top Tailors | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bride Hair and Make Up: Blush Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Hair and Make up: Blush Artistry |  Jeweler: Mappins | Travel (Agency): Dreamaker Vacations

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Hatley Castle WeddingNikki + David: Hatley Castle Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 12, 2018

When Nikki saw David and heard his accent at her best friend’s birthday party, she immediately knew he would be her husband, but it took him about five years of convincing.

The Proposal

He took Nikki and her mom on a trip to Mexico, and the last night of their vacation fell on Valentine’s Day. David proposed during a private dinner on the beach with the ring of Nikki’s dreams, while her mom witnessed the moment from behind some bushes.

The Big Day

Nikki always dreamed of a castle wedding, so when she Googled “castles in Canada” and found Hatley Castle she knew her search for the perfect venue was over. They held a garden ceremony with their cat as the flowergirl in a vintage pram. Afterwards guests enjoyed drinks, live music and lawn games during the garden party cocktail hour before heading inside the castle for the reception.

Nikki loves cheese and David has a huge sweet tooth, so instead of a traditional wedding cake they had a cheese wheel cake as well as a candy bar and dessert buffet. Nikki spent the year prior painstakingly creating a personalized logo for their wedding and customizing everything from napkins to dance floor decals to the matches at the cigar bar.

Engagement Ring Cut

Emerald

First Dance

“Ground Up”—Dan and Shay

Newlywed Advice

“Don’t hold back. Make your day exactly what you’ve always wanted. It’s a once and a lifetime experience and you usually regret the things you don’t do more than the things you do.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Now the newlyweds have moved from wedding-planning straight into preparing for the arrival of their baby this spring!

Honeymoon

Wales, France and Italy

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 84 | Location: Victoria, B.C | Ceremony Venue: Hatley Castle | Reception Venue: Hatley Castle | Marriage Officiant: Kenneth Podmore | Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake: Truffles Catering | Dessert Styling: Truffles Catering | Catering: Truffles Catering | Floral Design: Verbena | Photographer: Chelsea Dawn Photography | Videographer: Michael Holbrook Photography | Rentals: Darling Vintage, Party Mood, Trend Décor, Scene About Town | Music: Gwyneth Evans (harpist), Eryn Sharp Trio (band), Capital City DJ | Transportation: LA Limo| Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Eve of Milady | Bridesmaids Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Bridal Hair + Make up: Artistry by Alexa | Bridesmaid(s) Hair + Make up: Artistry by Alexa | Jeweler: Independent Jewellers |

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Outdoor Mountain WeddingMonika + Jeremy: Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 7, 2018

Monika and Jeremy’s journey down the aisle started over ten years ago in the hallways of their residence at Copenhagen Business School while they were on a university exchange.

The Proposal

The charming Brit fell for the Alberta girl at first sight, and he brought her back to the scene of their first meeting for a weekend getaway to supposedly celebrate her new job. They snuck into the residence and he proposed outside their old rooms. They spent the rest of the day visiting their favourite spots in Copenhagen reminiscing about the past and planning for their future together.

The Big Day

With half of their guests coming from the UK and elsewhere abroad, Monika and Jeremy wanted an outdoor ceremony site to showcase the best of her home province. They chose Banff for its gorgeous Rocky Mountain views, but also because it was one of the first places they went on holiday together. They added a few personal touches to their wedding day, including a candy bar with a variety of British and Polish sweets to reflect their heritages, a cheese wheel cake in addition to a traditional cake, and a homemade photo booth with a polaroid camera.

Favourite Moments

Monika: “It was incredibly special to have all of our closest friends and family altogether in one place. The wedding speeches and MCs were all wonderful, and walking back down the aisle with Jeremy as husband and wife!”

Jeremy: “Too many to mention really, but seeing Monika in her dress for the first time and watching her walk down the “aisle” with her Dad; our mothers’ reading during the ceremony and all the fantastic speeches are all very special memories.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Strawberry Swing”—Coldplay

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter Dance “I wish you love” by Dean Martin

Newlywed Advice

“It was wonderful to have Jessica coordinating all of the events and vendors on the wedding day; it meant we didn’t need to worry about anything and could just enjoy ourselves!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to “spending the rest of their lives together doing what we enjoy most: eating and drinking our way around the world!”

Honeymoon

Spain and France

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 80 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony Venue: Tunnel Mountain | Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Mountain Marriages by John Stutz | Planner: Kismet & Clover | Design & Decor: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Bake My Day | Cheese Wheel Cake: Springbank Cheese Co. | Dessert Styling: Kismet & Clover | Floral Design: Fern & Frond | Photographer: Heart & Sparrow | Videographer: Parfait Productions | Rentals: Special Event Rentals – Banff, Modern Luxe Rentals | Stationery: Modern Pulp Design Studio | Music: Amante Duo, Class Act DJ | Transportation: Canada Coach Lines, Alpine Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Mews Bridal, London | Bridal Gown Designer: Rime Arodaky | Bridesmaids Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: REISS, UK | Hair and Makeup : The Pretty Haus |

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