Handmade Outdoor WeddingKeeley + Braden: Handmade Outdoor Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 1, 2017

Keeley and Braden’s story is one of missed connections; they would often meet at parties, but the timing never seemed right. Braden asked her on a date in the spring of 2011, which Keeley nearly missed due to car and phone troubles, but after that first date they knew they were right for each other.

The Proposal

Shortly after the couple moved back to Camrose, they celebrated Keeley’s birthday together. Braden made the same meal he did when he first cooked for Keeley, then proposed on a walk through the valley.

The Big Day

Friends and family put in hours of hard work to fulfill Keeley’s vision for a handmade outdoor wedding on her family’s land. Keeley’s mom and sister made her wedding gown, veil, bridesmaids’ dresses and getting-ready robes. Everything from the eclectic décor to the cookie bar was handmade—the bride and groom even made the patties for their gourmet burger dinner. Despite the cool and wet weather, everyone enjoyed dancing and clinking glasses of local craft beer served on tap.

Favourite Moments

The newlyweds obviously loved the moment Keeley walked down the aisle, but her sister’s hilarious speech was a close second; it finished with a video of friends and family from all over singing Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”

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Round Halo

First Dance

‘Northern Wind’ – City and Colour

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ – CCR 

Newlywed Advice

‘Go with the wedding you envision. Ours was challenging and a lot of work, but being able to see ourselves in all the details made it so worth it.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

With the hard work of wedding planning over, Keeley and Braden look forward to relaxing and traveling before starting a family.

Honeymoon

Maui, Hawaii

Acknowledgements

Guests: 225 | Location: Battle Lake, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride’s Family Land | Marriage Officiant: Verlyn Olson | Catering: Nan Dell’s Chickadee Catering Co. | Floral Design: Mickey’s Flowers | Photographer: Megan Kemshead Photography | Rentals: Big Top Rentals; Xtreme Holdings; Hoyme Refrigeration | Stationery: Greenvelope | Music: Mike Waller | Bridal Gown Designer: Bride’s Mom and Sister | Bridesmaid Designer: Bride’s Mom and Sister | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Hugo Boss | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lindsey Gurr and Katie Hauser | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Lindsey Gurr and Katie Hauser | Jeweler (Bride): Leduc Goldsmith | Jeweler (Groom): Leduc Goldsmith

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DIY Rustic WeddingDayna + Ryan: DIY Rustic Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 13, 2016

Ryan and Dayna met in the summer of 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. Ryan (from Dallas, Texas) and Dayna (from Calgary, Alberta) had both gone to Estonia on separate mission trip ventures, and their paths crossed at Christian kids camp that they were both volunteering at. They continued to meet every summer in Estonia since that year, became best friends, and fell in love in the process!

The Proposal

In December 2015, Dayna went to visit Ryan’s family in Texas. They planned a “Fake Christmas” to celebrate all together as Ryan and Dayna were going to be spending real Christmas in Canada. After all the gifts had been opened, Ryan said he had one last gift for Dayna. She opened it up to find a photo album filled with pictures of their whole journey of knowing each other with hand written notes from Ryan in the margins. When Dayna got to the last page, Ryan had written “I have a question for you…” and then he got down on one knee! Afterwards, a group of their closest friends showed up as a surprise and they all ate Christmas dinner together in Ryan’s family’s home. It was one of the best days they’ve ever had!

The Big Day

The wedding details were about as hands-on as you can get. There was no wedding planner, so the couple had to figure out everything for themselves! Dayna did the calligraphy for all of the stationery, working with Paper Panache to design and print the custom invitation. Dayna also hand wrote all of the place cards and the menu for the reception. Dayna and her mother collected eclectic jars, vases, bottles, crates, burlap, and other rustic items (some from her grandpa’s farm, some from her best friend’s wedding) for about half a year leading up to the wedding. All of the bunting was handmade by a family friend. They used a walnut stain for all of the wood signage, and Dayna hand painted all of the calligraphy to give a consistent feel throughout the venue. Dayna’s Maid of Honour and her mother put together all of the floral arrangements for the venue. Dayna’s cousin made and decorated the wedding cake from scratch: it was a David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey cake with homemade lemon buttercream icing and raspberry filling. The favours were handmade packages of Estonian tea to tie in Ryan and Dayna’s connection with Estonia. The couple admits it was risky doing everything themselves and a lot of work, but made things all the more special!

Favourite Moments

Dayna: “Saying a quick prayer with my dad and best friend right before walking down the aisle, squeezing Ryan’s hands in disbelief during the ceremony, looking around the reception at all of our favourite people in one place.”

Ryan:Watching Dayna walk down the aisle, after the ceremony realizing we were actually married, dancing with the ring bearer, doing a Fantasy Football draft in the morning with the groomsmen.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Cushion Halo

First Dance

‘Honeybee’ – Blake Shelton

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father/Daughter: ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ – Bryan Adams 

Newlywed Advice

“If there are ways for you to do things DIY, it is so worth it! Not only is it cheaper, but it adds a personal touch that can’t be replaced.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Never having to do long distance again! We have moved to Estonia together to start out our marriage where we fell in love and to work as missionaries. We are looking forward to travelling together, settling down, and establishing our own family traditions in years to come!”

Honeymoon

Great Exuma, Bahamas – Sandals Emerald Bay

Acknowledgements

Location: Cochrane | Guests: 130 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cochrane Ranchehouse | Marriage Officiant: Kevin Mimms | Wedding Planner: Bride | Cake: Rachele Bailey | Catering: Gourmet to Go | Floral Design: Wild Magnolia Floral | Photographer: Alyssa Marie Photography | Rentals: Chair Flair | Stationery: Bride, Paper Panache | Music: Lisa Aasen (Guitarist) & Meghan Carter (Violinist) | Bridal Gown Boutique: Deza’s Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Christina Wu | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Durand Bridal | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Alfred Angelo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Combatant Gentlemen | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Hair & Makeup: The Pretty HausBridesmaid(s) Hair & Makeup: The Pretty HausJeweler (Bride): Zales | Jeweler (Groom): King Will

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Traditional DIY WeddingJalene + Matt: Traditional DIY Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 15, 2016

Jalene and Matt first met in high school, but remained “just friends” for years. Despite both being interested in each other, the timing never seemed to work out. On a Wednesday night in 2009, Jalene ran into Matt while out with friends, and he ended up walking her home. They (finally!) shared a kiss on Jalene’s doorstep and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Matt proposed to Jalene one night on their walk home. Arriving at a park overlooking the river valley, a violinist was playing their favourite song. The pair’s dog Coco was tied up close by with the ring around his neck. Matt popped the question, Jalene said yes, some (possibly illegal) fireworks went off, and their family and friends emerged cheering from hiding spots close by!

The Big Day

There were so many aspects of a traditional wedding that the couple wanted to incorporate into their special day. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful historic McDougall United Church, where they took full advantage of the pipe organ and opted for classic wedding songs like the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March. Their reception was at a community hall where they shared a family style meal (including mac and cheese) with 200 of their family and friends and ended the night with a truly epic dance party. Halfway through the mother- son dance, the groom and his mom busted out into a fully choreographed Ukrainian dance, wowing the crowd with their impressive moves and setting the tone for the rest of the night. Most of the wedding day decor was DIY, from the floral table arrangements to the signage, none of which would have been possible without the help of family and friends. They also made sure to include their 15 year old rescue dog Coco where they could, having him there for the family photos.

Favourite Moments

Jalene:Everything about our ceremony was perfect. I really can’t put into words the amount of love and happiness I felt in the room with us, not just from Matt but every other person there!”

Matt:I can’t pick just one moment! The entire ceremony and all of the speeches from our family members were my favourite part of the day.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Vintage Round Cut

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Ingrid Michaelson

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Four Strong Winds’ – Neil Young

Newlywed Advice

“Everyone says this, but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. All of the little things we worried about were the things that nobody noticed or cared about in the end. And be present!!! The day goes by so fast, you will hardly remember it unless you take time to relax and enjoy the little moments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to enjoy our life together as we always have, but with much better kitchen appliances! We received an automatic coffee machine as a wedding gift and it has been pretty life changing as far as mornings go. We are also looking forward to (after 8 years of dating) being allowed to sleep in the same bed when we visit Matt’s parents over the holidays.”

Honeymoon

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Non-Traditional WeddingKristilee + Sam: A Non-Traditional Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 14, 2016

Kristilee and Sam met in high school but didn’t start dating until three years later, when they reconnected with a friend’s help. Sam’s romantic proposal took Kristilee on a journey of their relationship.

The Proposal

Sam planned a picnic date and had Kristilee guess the location–the park where he first told her he loved her. After dinner he asked her when their first date was. After a few wrong guesses, he produced the ticket from the improv show they went to. He had her turn around to guess what was for dessert, and when he started saying her full name Kristilee hugged him before he could finish asking the question. A hidden photographer caught their smiles and tears on camera.

The Big Day

Kristilee and Sam wanted their wedding to reflect their personalities: fun and relaxed. Kristilee handmade all of the decor with the help of friends and family, and the whole bridal party had a blast travelling in a school bus. To top things off, the couple treated guests to a sundae bar in lieu of a traditional cake.

Favourite Moments

Kristilee: “There were so many amazing, hilarious, fun and breath taking moments during are day. But my favourite one would have to be standing in front of all the people we love and care for and saying our personal vows to each other. There was a moment when we both just looked at each other and I whispered “Holy there is a lot of people here.” And there were, they were all there to support and cherish that very moment with us. It was an incredible moment.”

Sam: “After I picked my jaw up off the floor seeing Kristilee walk down the aisle, I looked at the crowd and there wasn’t a face in the crowd that wasn’t some mix of amazement and love. Kristilee is truly an amazing person and my favourite moment of the wedding was seeing her impact all 200+ people the same way she impacted me.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne

Newlywed Advice

“Do what you want, don’t get caught up with what other people are telling you. Stay off of Pinterest, as much as you want to check out all those beautiful weddings it is not realistic with everyones location/budget/etc. Travel with your bridal party – the drive on the school bus with our bridal parties was one of the top moments for us. And for all you brides out there remember – if your dress isn’t dirty, you didn’t have enough fun. Be fearless in your dress; climb fences, run through horse pastures, sit on gravel roads, you have one day to wear your dress so make the most of it.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to settling into their home, traveling the world and eventually having a family.

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 240 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Family Acreage | Reception Venue: Ellerslie Rugby Club | Marriage Officiant: Sheila Smyth | Planner: Bride | Design & Decor Coordinator: Bride | Catering: Ellerslie Rugby Club | Floral Design: Tickled Floral | Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography | Photo Booth + Video: Iakona Video | Rentals: Infinite Event Services | Stationery: Bride | Music: Newley Sound | Transportation: Graylo Enterprise | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids Boutique: Etsy | Bridesmaid Designer: The Dainty Yard | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Mckinley Herrington | Bridal Make Up Artist: Ella May Makeup | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Mckinley Herrington | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Ella May Makeup

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Elegant Wine Themed WeddingAshleigh + Jon: Elegant Wine Theme

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 10, 2015

Timing is everything which is especially true to Ashleigh and Jonathan as they only knew of each other in high school, shared the same circle of friends, yet connected four years after graduation which was when their love story began.

The Proposal

Florence, Italy, an incredibly romantic location, is where Jonathan planned an intimate and private proposal. From horseback riding through vineyards, to shopping and dinner, followed by music and candles under a gazebo, Jonathan asked Ashleigh to dance. Half way through the song he got down on one knee and asked Ashleigh to be his wife!

The Big Day

An elegant wine theme was chosen given their love for Italy and wine. To complement the theme the venue had wooden beams on the ceiling illustrating a romantic feel with cork decor and rustic barrels. The couple wanted their guests to enjoy wine tasting during cocktail hour and for dessert was a beautiful display of macarons. The Blatchford Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park was the perfect venue to fit all of their guests not to mention the sizeable dance floor that was filled the whole night!

Favourite Moments

Ashleigh’s favourite moment was after walking down the aisle as man and wife, she got to share a private moment and hug her husband.

Jonathan’s favourite moment was seeing Ashleigh walk through the doors. He was mesmerized by how beautiful she looked and couldn’t stop smiling.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Who I am With You’ – Chris Young

Newlywed Advice

“Our advice for newlyweds planning their wedding is to enjoy this journey. Sometimes it does get stressful but try to remember that at the end of the day it’s about the two of you and the only thing that matters is that you’re happy.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Their honeymoon and travelling together.

Honeymoon

Belize or Costa Rica

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