Winter Weddings in the Rockies3 Reasons to Celebrate Winter Weddings in the Rockies

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 31, 2018

We are so fortunate to have one of the world’s most spectacular settings right in our backyard—the Rocky Mountains. While the Rockies are gorgeous any time of year, winter is undoubtedly when they’re at their breathtaking best. Cozy up to your love and say “I do” to a wedding in your own winter wonderland.

1. Picture-Perfect Views (Carey Nash Photography)

Sparkling white snow, dramatic mountain peaks, and an indescribable stillness—the Rockies in the winter are a photographer’s dream and the perfect setting to capture the intimate moments after the vows. Plus, because most tourists prefer to explore in the summer, you’ll have the best locations all to yourself.

2. Rustic Venues (Barbara Rahal Photography)

Warm up with a cozy reception in a charming mountain lodge! Surrounded by nine acres of forest, Buffalo Mountain Lodge on Tunnel Mountain feels completely secluded yet is within walking distance of downtown Banff. The upper level of the Wapiti Longhouse boasts a high-beamed ceiling and a large stone fireplace, while the main-floor wine cellar is ideal for cocktail hour.

Originally built as a teahouse in 1923, Deer Lodge in Lake Louise retains much of its original hand-hewn log structure and décor. You can even book the whole lodge and all 71 guest rooms for a private mountain getaway for you and your guests.

If you’re looking for something even more intimate, you can rent your own island. Emerald Lake Lodge features three rooms that can hold weddings for up to 88 people or 150 when you rent the place just for yourselves.

3. Endless Adventure (Orange Girl Photos)

 There truly is something for everyone in the Rockies! Thrill-seekers can hit the slopes, ride high in a gondola, or take a fast-paced tour led by a team of huskies. Those who like to set their own pace can explore the region on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Even those averse to the cold can stay in and cuddle by the fireplace, relax in a hot tub, or bundle up together on a romantic sleigh ride.

***This is a sponsored post. Blush has been compensated to write and publish this post on the blog. We only publish content that aligns with our magazine and brand.

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Organic LoveStyled Shoot: Organic Love

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 16, 2018

Wedding inspiration comes in all styles and colors, but when it’s shot in the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, you know it’s going to be lovely! Organic Love comes to us from a handful of local creatives (see below for list). The use of natural materials and lush soft florals made for some pretty inspirational photos.

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Spring | Summer 2018 IssueNew Issue Release: Spring Summer 2018

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2018

Winter is still here but we thought we’d kick our fave seasons off right by releasing the Spring Summer 2018 issue of Blush Magazine – on sale today and to be stocked on newsstands by the end of January.  Our gorgeous cover features a bouquet designed by Flower Artistry and shot by Genevieve Renee Photographie, both based in Calgary, AB. The cover and editorial was meticulously planned and coordinated by Social + Co, a boutique event and design company also based in Calgary.

As usual this issue, we’ve featured and chatted with 11 couples who have all recently tied the know. We’ve shown you their gowns, bouquets, cakes and invitations so you can gather inspiration for your own day, but we’ve also asked them for their advice as someone who’ve just come out the other side of this whole wedding planning process.

You’ll find Blush Magazine stocked at Chapters and Indigo throughout Alberta and B.C. in two short weeks. In the meantime, you can purchase a copy online.

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7 Skin Care Tips from Dr. OlesenBeauty: Hemingway Medical Spa

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 12, 2017

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot to think about so it’s easy to forget about your skin. Some skin issues can be covered with makeup but if there is something you’d like fixed or prevented we recommend you seek the expertise of a professional.  Dr. Olesen of Hemingway Medical Spa answers our top 7 skin care and treatment questions.

How early should a bride start on skin treatments before her wedding?

Ideally, 6-9 months. The skin life cycle is about 6 weeks, and these treatments take time. Various treatments require a series of sessions to achieve desired results. For instance, it can take 9 – 12 months to eradicate acne; but typically only 3-6 months for skin resurfacing and brightening. There are last minute options to help promote a healthy glow, but they are less long-term in effect, such as the red-carpet stimulator peel which can be done the week before the wedding.

What kind of treatment fixes color/pigment issues?

Intense pulse light therapy (IPL) with the Cynosure Palomar Icon laser lightens skin pigment (age spots, sun damage, freckles), lessens redness and stimulates collagen with noticeable results after one treatment, and usually ideal results after 3 treatments (each 4 weeks apart). This is the best treatment for improving an overall healthy skin tone and glow.

What kind of treatment fixes acne issues?

Acne should be treated medically, which is offered at Hemingway Medical Spa; however, there are services which can accelerate the resolution of break-outs and inflammatory acne. The Jessner treatment is like a chemical peel, but is superficial and targeted at acne.

What do you suggest for brides who want a sun kissed glow?

My personal favourite is the Mystic spray tan from Fabutan; it’s my go-to before heading on a tropical vacation.

How often should a bride and groom get facials?

Depending on the needs, it is recommended to use a quality and personalized daily skin care regimen. However, the microneedling service that we offer is comparable, if not higher yield, than your typical facial. We recommend microneedling 6 weeks before the wedding, and then again 1-2 weeks before, for optimal skin health before the big day.

How much should a bride budget for her skin the year leading up to her wedding?

It really depends on each individual’s skin health needs. Given we have a variety of services, we can customize a treatment plan with your budget in consideration. It could range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars for the year.

What is a good maintenance routine after the wedding?

A customized and effective daily skin care routine with products and services that are specific to each individual.

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5 Reasons to Ditch the Razor Before Your Big DayBeauty: Buff Wax Spot

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 18, 2017

It’s easy to cave and shave when you’re swamped with wedding details. Programs, favours, flowers and rehearsals can have you running around to the very last minute, pushing hair removal to the very bottom of your to-do list. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a nervous novice, Sina Zere, waxing expert and owner of Buff Wax Spot shares five reasons with us to ditch the razor and book a wax before your big day.

Avoid Bumpy, Red Underarms

Most wedding dresses are either strapless or sleeveless, meaning your underarms will be on display all day. Razor blades can cause irritation and infection (folliculitis) if pieces of cut hair fall back into pore. Shaving makes you more prone to ingrowns and of course the dreaded never-stop-bleeding knicks that can occur. Bumpy, red or even inflamed underarms is not a good look on your wedding day. You’ll be lifting your arms a lot to hug your hubbie, your friends and family. Not to mention waving your arms around like you just don’t care on the dancefloor!

Stubble Be Gone

There is nothing worse than shaving the day before a big event and waking up to pesky prickles. Save yourself the time and last minute stress of battling with your razor the morning of your wedding day. At Buff Wax Spot, we recommend booking your wax appointment 3-5 days before your nuptials. One more thing off your mind!

Honeymoon Ready

Intimate wax services are the most requested wax service worldwide. Make sure your bikini line is on point for your first night together as a married couple and for your romantic honeymoon vacay by booking a brazilian or bikini wax. While you’re at it, we recommend the Buff Wax Vajacial service – a refreshing, professional treatment for your lady garden. It leaves your skin feeling velvety smooth, fresh, and free of ingrown hairs.

Pictures Are Forever

The truth is, we all have sneaky hair growth in sometimes surprising areas. Maybe you have a little extra fluff on your toes and you’ll be wearing open-toe shoes. Perhaps you’re upper-lip needs some extra TLC. Or maybe you’re insecure about your darker arm hair. Whatever it is, a wax technician can make it disappear in a flash. You don’t want to get your wedding photos back only to find you had a five o’clock shadow the whole day.

Insta-Worthy Skin

Waxing exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin, leaving a beautiful, healthy glow. Exfoliating and moisturizing are absolutely essential for Insta-worthy skin, sans filter!

Buh-bye razor, we’ll never shave together!

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