With fall around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to share this Moroccan Vintage inspired wedding shoot. The shoot was held at Studio96, a new downtown venue space in Edmonton. Studio96 was formerly a church and was transformed into what it is today: a magical and inspiring venue. A group of local vendors worked together to create this enchanting shoot.
For Edmonton couples dreaming of starting their happily-ever-afters in a setting worthy of royalty, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has long been the gold standard. Situated on the high banks of the North Saskatchewan River, “The Mac” has been an iconic fixture of Edmonton’s skyline for over a century.
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway first opened the hotel’s doors in 1915 to tune of $2.25 million (that’s over $35 million in today’s dollars!), and named it after Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The design was adapted from 16th century French castles, or châteaus, and featured Indiana limestone facing and copper roofing. The hotel was the glamorous epicentre of Edmonton’s social scene for decades until it fell into disrepair and closed in 1983. In an effort to save the historic building from the wrecking ball, the city designated it as a Municipal Heritage Resource. The hotel underwent a massive restoration under new ownership until it was returned to its former glory but with modern amenities.
The Hotel Macdonald is renowned for its luxurious suites, exquisite catering and impeccable service—and let’s not forget Smudge, their beloved Canine Ambassador! Their dedicated team of professionals works closely with each couple to ensure everything from the room to the food is tailored to fit their vision for the day and surpasses their expectations.
Whether you are hosting an intimate reception or a grand fête, The Mac has a room to suit every style. The most popular options are the Empire Ballroom and the Wedgwood Room, both of which carry the heritage designation. The regal Empire Ballroom boasts 21-foot decorated ceilings, opulent chandeliers and a pillar-free space so all your guests will have an unobstructed view of the festivities—up to 250 of them! This room also includes access to a private terrace in the manicured gardens so you can soak in the spectacular view of the River Valley. The Wedgwood Room shares the intricate detailing of its namesake, Wedgwood China, within its domed structure. The soft, muted colour palette makes it a favourite for both ceremonies and romantic receptions for up to 110 guests. Couples who book either room also get a complimentary View Room for the wedding night.
There are also stunning options for cozier affairs for 30 to 60 guests; The Jasper Room features rich oak paneling and original stained glass windows, while the Drawing Room has an airier atmosphere with pale blue walls and white woodwork framing a trio of tall windows. During the brief yet beautiful summer months, the enclosed Gazebo is also available for garden receptions or even bridal showers.
The event coordinators at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald also have a specially selected list of recommended vendors to ensure you are treated like royalty from the first plans to the last dance. There really is no need to look further than The Mac, “where modern luxury meets historic, old-world grandeur.”
Imagine walking through a room lined with trees, with the sun streaming down, and the scent of fresh garden blooms in the air. Imagine not worrying about the weather, because—at the first drop of rain—glass panels automatically close to save your big day.
The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert is the only venue of its kind in Canada, boasts Event Manager Laura Gadowsky. “We provide a true feeling of an outdoor wedding with none of the risk,” she says.
Their largest space, the Moonflower Room, is the crown jewel of event spaces. This 15,000 square foot room features 35 foot high glass ceilings, polished concrete floors, and moveable potted trees. The space can seat 500 guests for a ceremony and up to 600 for a reception. A mezzanine overlooks the room—every photographer’s dream for spectacular aerial shots—and can be used for smaller ceremonies, cocktail hours and even a kids’ area.
The high glass ceiling is truly the highlight; the panels are fitted with retractable shade cloth to adjust the amount of natural light. The uppermost panels open completely to allow air flow and are controlled by a weather station to automatically adjust to changing conditions.
If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, the Park Room seats up to 120 for a dinner reception. Three huge west-facing windows provide gorgeous views of the centre’s garden terraces and are equipped with shade cloth and blackout blinds. All the lights are on dimmer switches—from the funky yellow chandeliers to the backlights in the alcoves—to create the perfect ambience for your wedding. Gadowsky loves this room because it combines a fun modern aesthetic with the warmth of a traditional space.
While couples can choose from their selection of vendors, the Enjoy Centre offers the convenience of a one-stop shop: photos in and around the Centre plus the nearby Lois Hole Provincial Park just across the street, flowers from the Floral Studio at Hole’s, cake from Wild Earth Bakery, spa services from Wellness Within, and catering from the Glasshouse Bistro.
Chef Julia Kundera creates tailor-made menus with fresh, local ingredients—in late summer, with many of the vegetables come from Hole’s own garden. Couples can even rent the Glasshouse Bistro for sit down dinners up to 140 or stand-up receptions up to 250; enjoy cocktails with breathtaking views of Big Lake on the patio, dinner in the main restaurant, and dancing in the café area. The Bistro is also the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
Regardless which beautiful room you choose, the dedicated staff will do almost anything to fulfill your vision—from accommodating fire dancers to handling a horse in the parking lot. They also offer flexible set-up times and use of the Executive Boardroom for a bridal suite.
The Enjoy Centre is truly a breath of fresh air for those looking for an alternative to a cavernous banquet hall. Enjoy the light, enjoy the views, enjoy your day.
The story of how you proposed will be told to friends and strangers for the rest of your lives (no pressure!). I think we could all learn from the way Tony executed his spectacular proposal. Since his grand scheme was too ambitious to execute by himself, Tony hired Edmonton based wedding vendors J’Adore Design and Events to bring his vision to life and Barbara Rahal Photography to capture it.
Tony chose to propose at the Art Gallery of Alberta, because that’s where the couple had their first date. The team decorated the spiral staircase with photographs of Tony and Jenny throughout their relationship. As Jenny ascended the stairs at sunset, Tony was standing on a carpet of petals from 1454 roses of various shades–one rose for every day they had dated. After Jenny said “yes,” their closest friends showered them with confetti and popped the bubbly.
Here are four tips to planning the perfect proposal:
1. Make it Your Own
Incorporate your favourite places, things and activities. The proposal should reflect you as a couple.
2. Make it Memorable
Pulling off the surprise of a lifetime is no easy task; hire an event planner to make the proposal of his/her dreams a reality.
3. Capture the Moment
This moment will be remembered forever, but hiring a photographer is a great way to share and preserve the memory.
Keep the magic alive by including friends and family. Don’t forget the champagne!
Looking to take centre stage on your wedding day? You can, and you can invite up to 450 guests to watch the magic happen. Outfitted with fine, subtle finishings, The Oasis Centre has become the destination for couples in the know. The superior structure, with both exterior and interior benefits, is Blush’s Venue of the Year for those of you looking to celebrate with grace.
Beginning with the Grand Hall, the indoor view boasts 24ft. ceilings adorned with German-made stunning rose quartz chandeliers imported especially for the venue. “We have discovered a way to project light on them from the balcony that has them taking on whatever color we choose- whether it be teal, pink or lavender, and we now offer that as a décor option to clients. It’s amazing how it helps pull the color scheme of the room together,” explains Anne McLennan, Wedding Director for the Oasis Centre. The Amphitheatre-shaped Hall allows for theatre-style seating for those of you who’d like to perform your vows onsite, that later transforms seamlessly into a banquet-space. “That is one of the things we have become known for– one stop shopping with your ceremony and reception at the same location. We intentionally only host one wedding per day, which allows for more privacy, relaxed atmosphere and ability to customize things, such as timeline and event flow for the day.”
An additional plus to the exclusive venue is their existing audio-visual network that includes “ceiling mounted video projectors with two 12’ x 9’ remote control retractable screens, and a full range of equipment and services. We include the audio-visual engineer in our wedding package, the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, along with microphones, in-house speakers, background music and specialty lighting. These elements all work together in contributing to the magical ambiance that is a hallmark for our events. Our latest sought after service is the ability to provide HD cameras for recording and live webcasting to anywhere in the world, for family and friends that can’t attend in person.” For those that are attending in person, accommodating guests depends on the layout that the couple most prefers, says McLennan. “Our average wedding size is about 200, and we are able to make the room work for as few as 90, and for as many as 350 plus depending on the room design and type of catering. We did have a wedding here in the winter for over 450 with smaller lounge tables and gourmet passed appetizers; that was really an innovative refreshing set-up.”
One of the details that further sets this venue apart? The Oasis Centre is partnered with Aerial Fireworks to really make your big day outstanding. “We discovered quite by chance that our unique garden setting was zoned for fireworks when a gentleman came to us wanting to do something unique and spectacular while proposing to his bride-to-be.” Talk about tying the knot with a bang!