Last night was an incredible evening filled with vendors from all across Alberta for the Unveil of the NEW issue of Blush Magazine. If there was one constant from the evening it was definitely the reaction to how beautiful the editorial and cover turned out. A collaboration of many talents like Jill Coursen Photography & Cocktails and Details are to thank for this beautiful shoot. You can be one of the first to receive a hard copy of the new issue, pre-order online today or grab a copy on Chapters|Indigo stands the week of January 26.
If you’ve been following us on social media you have probably seen a ton of updates regarding the Edmonton Bridal Expo. Blush Magazine has proudly attended the show for four consecutive years giving us the chance to meet thousands of brides and their special guests. Katherine Lomax and her team do an excellent job organizing this event each year, even the exhibitors find time to enjoy the expo. This year one exhibitor that still sticks out to me is Borsellino Photography, this company is run by a husband & wife duo. Aside from awesome props, what makes them really stand out is their digital sharing features, once your photo strip is printed you have the option to text message, tweet or share the images on Facebook. A few new vendors we were so glad to meet were Samantha Pham with KS Events, Becka & Bryan with Twitchy Finger Photography, Jenna Fisher with Cocktails & Details, and Justine Milton with Milton Photography. I wish we had images of all their booths to share because you won’t believe how these exhibitors transformed a conference centre.
With the help of Janelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals, Fabloomosity, and McCallum Printing we were also able to create an incredible booth. Everyone that paid us a visit received a complimentary copy of our Randy Fenoli issue. Here are a few images from our booth and of other lovely exhibitors: Delica Bridal, Dress My Day, Cocktails & Details, Elegant Touches, and Special Event Rentals.
We are always raving about the wedding vendors that Albertans are so fortunate to have access to. There is a level of creativity and passion that surpasses anything we have seen before. So when vendor and wedding submissions show up on our desk we are always in awe with the originality and love put into their work. Today we are showcasing the work of Dana Smyl. You can catch some of her beautiful creations below, but before that, let’s learn a bit more about her.
When and how did your love for floral design begin?
I’ve always had a love for weddings, I was planning weddings in my head since I was a little girl. My love of floral kind of fell on my lap about 9 years ago. After I went to Art school I moved out to Victoria and started working at a decor company as a visual merchandiser. I would set up room displays that required floral and I gradually found myself more interested in the floral design than the decor. When I returned to Alberta I was approached by a florist to work in her shop. I started designing weddings with her and I fell in love with it. I continued to work in flower shops for several years and then decided to focus completely on weddings and events.
What could a couple expect at a floral consultation with Dana Smyl?
An Open Mind. I love to hear their love story, their ideas, and their vision. I don’t focus on any certain style, I love to create a personal feel for everyone. If a couple has a clear vision I do my very best to work with it. If they don’t quite know what they want, I help them come up with something that is perfect for their style and price point. I like to gather all the information I can; from the cake to the attire, the wedding is like one giant canvas and it is my job to compliment it with floral.
How many weddings do you dedicate to each year?
As many as I know I can handle, no more. I don’t like the thought of over loading myself with too much. I feel that its not fair to me or the couple if I cant focus 100% of myself to their wedding. I do it because I love it and I pride myself in quality work.
If you can pick one flower you’d love to work with, which would it be?
Every flower has it’s own personality. The sophisticated and romantic peony, the vibrant and playful pincushion, the wild flowers, herbs and weeds all say something very different from one another. So depending on what I’m trying to say in my work, I haven’t any favourites.
Blush has the pleasure of sponsoring complimentary copies to brides and grooms attending select bridal shows and workshops across Alberta every year. With the rush of engaged couples entering into 2014, we wanted to provide you with a list of shows and workshops designed for the newly engaged.
Brides can expect to see a dramatic fashion show and theatrical production featuring the latest trends in flowers, tuxedos, gowns, destination wear, hair lace front wigs and make-up. Brides have the opportunity to win over $100,000 in prizes.
May you fall in love with Fairmont as you tour the perfect venue for your magical day. Doors open at 2:00pm until 8:00pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details please click here.
Attending Calgary’s Bridal Fair/Wedding Fair will help ease some of the pressure of planning a beautiful wedding by allowing you to compare, taste, touch and see what Calgary and area’s top wedding specialists have to offer – all in one convenient location.
Helping you connect the dots so you can easily make critical decision when planning your own wedding. The consults are based on your own personal questions and not pre determined by us. Some examples include: venue recommendations, vendor referrals specific to your budget and style, advice on managing your budget and staying on target, theme and decor development, wedding etiquette, and more. (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides)
Come view our 2014 collection and sample designs. If you see something you like we’ll be ready to take your order. All orders placed the day of the event will receive 20% off their invitation order! All collection designs are customizable with a free colour change. (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides).
Bliss is an exciting and new spin on the average Wedding Trade Fair. We will be showcasing Calgary’s hottest hidden talents and bringing a fresh and modern twist to the table. With a wide variety of amazing products and services, tons of FREE parking and swag bags filled with valuable info this Wedding Fair will definitely help couples to plan a unique and personal event for their big day! (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides).
Don’t miss this fun and informative workshop led by Jennifer Bergman, Lead Planner + Designer of Jennifer Bergman Weddings Inc. Plan Your Wedding Edmonton is perfect for couples who have the time (and desire) to plan their own weddings, but could use a little help along the way. (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides).
Bride & Groom Fashion Show, Over $10,500 in grand prizes to be given away. Meet vendors offering services to Southern Alberta. (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides).
Held at the BMO Center Stampede Park with 150 wedding exhibitors , great fashion shows and huge wedding gown sale.
Autumns Biggest Most Elegant Bridal Show. Attending Edmonton Bridal Expo, will save you time and money by seeing the most popular wedding vendors in all of Edmonton and its surrounding areas while taking advantage of special offers exhibitors have during the show. (Complimentary Copy of Blush for all Brides – check back at a later date to purchase tickets for the 2014 show).
Blush Magazine is a high-end wedding & lifestyle publication based out of Alberta. We are excited about our BRAND NEW issue coming off the press VERY soon ! Below is a sneak peek into the cover of the Spring Summer 2014 issue: designed and coordinated by some of Alberta’s finest wedding vendors. Visit our vendors page to view a list of companies that can help bring your dream wedding to life. You can pre-order a copy of the new issue online today!