The City of Light is the inspiration for this French brasserie styled shoot; we’ve taken the romance of dining in Paris to an intimate celebration of love at a Calgary restaurant. Decadent shades of merlot, cream and French blue in the décor and stationery are a whimsical nod to the tricolour flag. Crisp white linens and pops of gold in the table setting add a luxurious contrast to the crinkled table runner and rustic floral arrangements. Our bride’s loose chignon and simple drop earrings are the perfect accessories to her flowing gown of lace and chiffon, while her debonair groom pairs a lustrous charcoal suit with a classic black bowtie. If a relaxed vibe and pure romance is the theme for your day, consider a cozy fête at your favourite local restaurant. Indulge in fine food, wine and company, and raise a champagne flute to joie de vivre.
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.
Today, we are bringing you this gorgeous rustic styled shoot. What’s absolutely not to love about these bold tones and gold accents? If you want to add something different to your wedding, playing with your colour palette is a great place to start. This particular shoot showcases a combination of dark midnight blue, shades of purple, greenery and gold accents. Rich purples and blues work especially well in fall and winter months and in evening weddings whether outdoor or ballroom wedding. We hope this shoot inspires your fall or winter wedding!
2015 was a big year for Blush Magazine. We threw a pretty fabulous unveil party, published two unique issues and featured more real weddings than any other year. 2016 has already proven to be bigger and better than the last. We have so many cool additions coming to the website (rolling out any day now) and we are so excited to release the cover of our SS2016 issue right here! Typically we distribute copies the same day but this year we went to print earlier so your first chance at a hard copy will be at the Edmonton Bridal Expo on Sunday, January 10th. That’s only 4 days away so don’t forget to purchase your tickets. Should you have no reason to be at a bridal show you can always order a copy online.
Our SS2016 cover comes to us from a collaboration of Edmonton and Calgary wedding vendors which was shot at the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs. Cory Christopher, the mastermind behind this all, curated a spectacular team (links below) to help bring his vision to fruition.
This is the first issue where we feature more than one editorial, we couldn’t narrow it down so this season you’ll have THREE to feast your eyes on!
We look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming bridal shows and we hope you enjoy this issue while planning your special celebration.
Happy Friday! During peak wedding season and these warm summer days we’ve been tucked away putting together a new issue of Blush Magazine. We are excited to announce that the NEW issue of Blush Magazine is coming off the press VERY soon! Below is a reveal of the Fall Winter 2015 cover curated by a team of wedding vendors based in Edmonton. We are honoured that Smiley Eyes Photography submitted their shoot to Blush Magazine for consideration. As you will see, this cover and editorial spread was the perfect fit for a festive season. Inside this issue you will find the 2015 Venue of the Year, coverage from the Blush Unveil Party, 12 real-life weddings from couples all across Alberta and wedding vendors that Blush gathers for the next group of engaged couples. You can be one of the first to receive a hard copy of the new issue, pre-order online today!
To hit stands in Chapters and Indigo across Alberta in two weeks.