Disney Love StoryJustine + Robert: Disney Love Story

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 14, 2018

Robert noticed Justine long before they met. He noticed the quiet, cute and composed young lady on the bus, and was introduced to her by a friend on the same bus route he had first noticed her on. Initially Justine was not impressed by his attempts to make her laugh and they parted ways. He persisted along anyways, adding her on Facebook. One day she saw that he had an extra ticket to Mother Mother, and she offered to go see the show with him. That was the start of their friendship and within a few weeks, she fell for his silly jokes, sweet gestures, and adventurous approach to life.

The Proposal

Early on in the relationship, Robert had converted Justine to a love of Disney that could hardly rival his own. So he planned a trip to Disneyland – his favourite place on earth – that’s where he decided would be the perfect place to ask Justine to be his wife. Though initially planning to propose in front of Cinderella’s castle, Robert had to improvise when they took one step onto Main Street and saw the castle was under construction. After a morning packed with rides and a Cajun lunch at the Blue Bayou, Robert chose an unassuming moment after sharing a dole-whip in the afternoon sun to propose in the garden in front of the Walt and Mickey statue. He asked someone to take their picture and pretended he was looking for something in his bag. He got down on one knee, looked up at Justine with a knowing smile and asked her to marry him. She tearfully accepted after the initial shock. “You couldn’t have found a sappier pair of lovebirds in Disneyland for the rest of that day,” shared Justine.

The Big Day

The couple wanted a venue in or around Edmonton, with natural beauty in the space, that would accommodate their requested menu for Cajun food and beignets. They fell in love with the Freemason’s hall at first sight, with its 1930s appeal, beautiful architecture, and vintage ballroom. “The staff were friendly and ultimately went over and above to accommodate our requests for the wedding day. Jenn was a joy to work with leading up to the wedding day.”

Music played a special role in Justine and Richard’s day. From arranging epic Disney score music and theme songs to greet their guests in the entrance foyer to the reception, playing 1920s jazz, cajun, and zydeco music during their cajun cocktail hour and dinner service, to arranging a selection of classic and modern rock must haves for their dance – their wedding reflected their deep love of music. An impromptu decision to walk back to their room at the Fairmont Macdonald from the reception not only provided them with one of the most romantic memories of the day, but also an impromptu raucous round of applause from the post- concert crowd as they passed by The Starlight Room, one of our favourite venues to go see shows. “It was serendipitous, hilarious, and made for a wonderful memory for two avid rock fans,” shared the couple.

Favourite Moments

Justine: “Exchanging our marriage vows, our first moments together after the ceremony, and walking hand in hand to the hotel after the reception. Every sweet moment stolen away for the two of us was so precious to me.”

Robert: “My favorite moment was at the end of the night, walking to the hotel instead of cabbing it. Downtown Edmonton was magical! We walked by a concert being let out and were cheered wildly by the crowds, we were honked at encouragingly, perfect strangers connected to us in a way that truly made the city feel alive! The city smiled upon our good fortune having found each other and come together.”

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First Dance

“Simply Simple” – (Acoustic Version) by Mother Mother

Newlywed Advice

“Remember who you are as individuals and as a couple and plan an event that reflects what you want and who you are. Plan away, but remember what the experience is all about- your love. Plan together! Above all else, have a rule to not care about any detail once the day arrives, and just focus on the experience and savouring the moments you share!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to build our lives together, chasing our dreams, and every new adventure together!”

Honeymoon

Oahu, Hawaii

Acknowledgements

Ceremony Venue: Riverbend United Church | Reception Venue: Freemasons Hall of Edmonton | Marriage Officiant: Minister Tom Sawyer | Wedding Planner: Stephanie Howie | Design & Décor Coordinator: Bride, Howie Events, Elyse Colman | Cake: Triple L Cakes | Catering: Cajun Menu by Matt Lucas of Cornerstone BBQ | Dessert Styling: Passion de France, Cornerstone BBQ | Floral Design: Funky Petals, Sherwood Park | Photographer: Eternal Reflections | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, ABC Rentals, Long & McQuade | Stationery: Rayacom | Music (DJ or Live): DJ-Marc St. Jean | Transportation: Urban Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: ASOS | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Tip Top Tailors | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Blush Artistry | Bride Hair and Make Up: Blush Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Hair and Make up: Blush Artistry |  Jeweler: Mappins | Travel (Agency): Dreamaker Vacations

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Classic Luxe WeddingMelanie + Terry: Classic Luxe Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 10, 2017

Classic. Timeless. Elegant. These three words describe everything about Melanie and Terry’s September wedding, from the proposal to their honeymoon.

The pair met through Melanie’s uncle, who was coincidentally Terry’s neighbour and good friend.

The Proposal

While celebrating Melanie’s birthday at Hardware Grill, Terry got down on one knee and surprised her with a custom ring made in Italy.

The Big Day

Melanie and Terry chose the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald not only for its stunning rooms, but also for the quality of food and service. They dressed the Wedgwood Room in soft shades of white, blush and lavender for the ceremony, and exchanged rings under a lush floral canopy. For the reception they added dramatic pops of berry, pink, purple and green into the floral décor and drenched the tables in gold and champagne tones for a luxe garden vibe. Melanie changed out of her exquisite lace gown into a light and whimsical dress to dance the night away. A live band and DJ alternated sets on separate stages to keep the party going.

Favourite Moments

Melanie’s favourite moment was seeing Terry and all of their family and close friends while walking down the aisle, while Terry’s was landing in Turks and Caicos to have his wife all to himself for two weeks.

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’—Elvis Presley + Haley Reinhart Compilation

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘ I Loved Her First’ – Heartland

Newlywed Advice

Terry:“We were glad that we hired Jennifer Bergman Weddings. It was huge in making our wedding stress free.”

Melanie:“Hiring a good photographer like Carey Nash made the photos go smoothly and we were very happy with the results!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They look forward to traveling through life together as both best friends and husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Turks & Caicos

Wedding Film/Video

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Classic Fairmont WeddingJade + Jeremy: Classic Fairmont Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 29, 2017

Jade and Jeremy grew up in the same town, but didn’t start dating until they moved to the city to study at the University of Alberta. From there it took ten years and a trip across the globe for Jeremy to propose.

The Proposal

The couple were on a private sunset safari in Kenya and stopped at a picturesque spot to stretch and enjoy a glass of wine. Jeremy asked the guides to take a picture of them, grabbed Jade’s hand and got down on one knee. “The entire world stopped,” says Jade. They were greeted back at camp with champagne and a private dinner.

The Big Day

Finding their reception venue was easy; Jade and Jeremy loved the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s elegant Empire Ballroom at first sight. Finding the dress, however, wasn’t; Jade tried on nearly 50 understated gowns that she thought fit her vision, then unexpectedly found “the one” when she tried on an elaborate Allure gown.

Favourite Moments

Jade took Jeremy’s breath away during their first look, then they read letters containing their vows to each other. “It was very emotional and really special because it was the only moment that day that was shared between just the two of us. We will never forget it,” says Jade.

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First Dance

“Home”—Cover by Luca Fogale

Newlywed Advice

“Try to get everything done by the weekend prior to your wedding. We had everything done by the Sunday before the wedding. It was nice to have the week to relax and just be excited to get married!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to filling the pages of their passports together, starting with their honeymoon in Maui and Japan.

Honeymoon

Japan + Maui

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Outdoor Edmonton WeddingTiffiney + Jeff: Outdoor Edmonton Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 16, 2017

Tiffiney and Jeff met working together at Ikea.  Five years after their first bump in, Ikea held a summer party. After the party, Tiffiney asked him for a ride home and the rest is history!

The Proposal

Jeff proposed to Tiffiney in London, England on the London Eye Ferris Wheel. Tiffiney had a feeling he was going to propose on the trip but played along until the proposal.

The Big Day

Tiffiney and Jeff tied the knot and celebrated in two unique venues. Their calm ceremony was at the Devonian Botanic Garden and their reception party was at the Edmonton Country Club (ps. you don’t need to be a member to host your wedding there). Jeff and his dad love classic cars, his father has a Chevy Nova that the couple were able to use for photos and for an alone time spin.

Music and dancing was one of the couples priorities and highlights. They walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar playing ‘First Day of my Life and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky.” The couple love hip-hop and R&B music so it was really important that they hired a DJ that would help them throw a party to remember. They arranged for their dance floor to be outdoors and hired DJ Kwake to play their favourite tracks. The newlyweds and their guests were on the dance floor the entire night.

Favourite Moments

Tiffiney: “Our vows, it took a lot for Jeff and I to write our own vows but I thought it was important. I think Jeff made everyone cry and I was really proud of him for writing them and expressing himself that way. They were touching and funny at the same time, and everything I hoped they would be.”

Jeff: “Our first dance, it was really amazing to have my cousins sing for us. We are very family orientated and that was just a special moment for the two of us. My cousins are also very talented, they live in California so not many of our friends in Edmonton have heard them sing so it was a treat to share that with our guests.”

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First Dance

Christina Perri – “Arms” sung by Jeff’s cousins band – Brightenner

Newlywed Advice

1) Hire a day of coordinator to handle all the details and vendor calls the day of the wedding. 2) Have your beauty team come to you so you can relax in your own space. 3) Plan some alone time with your partner, your wedding day is so high paced and goes by really fast.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are looking forward to relaxing in each others company and supporting each other through life.”

Honeymoon

Iceland, Amsterdam, Nice and Paris

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 110 | Ceremony Venue: Devonian Botanical Gardens | Reception Venue: Edmonton Country Club | Marriage Officiant: Debra Parr |  Day of Coordinator: Cocktails and Details  | Design & Décor Coordinator: Bride | Cake: Jennifer and Val Bagnariol ( bride’s sister and mom) | Catering: Edmonton Country Club | Floral Design: Fabloomosity | Photographer: Life Dot Style | Photo Booth: Ready Set Booth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ): DJ Kwake | Transportation: Baseline Limo | Video/Cinema: Eee and Bee | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Willow by Watters | Bridesmaid(s) Dress Designer: Mixed | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Jessica Tebby | Bridal Make Up Artist: Makeup Excuse  | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Jessica Tebby and Nikki Campion | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Maven Brow and Beauty and Makeup Excuse | Jeweler (Bride): Mother’s Jewlery Jeweler (Groom): Daniel Wellington Watch

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Stylish Fall WeddingLyndsey + Josh: Stylish Fall Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 13, 2017

Lyndsey and Josh met in the summer of 2006, just before starting their last year of high school. After 10 years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, Lyndsey and Josh made it official with a stylish wedding full of warmth and romance—despite an unexpected snowfall. “At first we were a little disappointed but the snow actually made the day more magical,” says Lyndsey.

The Proposal

The couple were in Canmore for a relay race, and at the last minute Josh convinced her to stay an extra day. He woke her up early for a “hike”, which was really a helicopter tour and picnic on top of Heart Mountain, where Josh popped the question.

The Big Day

They wanted to personalize their wedding and enlisted friends and family to help; Lyndsey’s aunt and uncle made much of the décor to complement their palette of rose gold and cream, and a family friend drew the wedding party on the programs. They also had ping pong tables for guests to play on—one of which doubled as their guest book— and late night tacos courtesy of casa12doce food truck.

Favourite Moments

Both Lyndsey and Josh’s favorite moment was their first look, which “was pretty emotional and a special moment for both of us that we’ll never forget.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘You and Me’ – Rose Ave.

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father Daughter/Mother Son Dance: ‘Not Even A King’ – Alicia Keys

Newlywed Advice

‘Enjoy every minute of it and don’t stress out! I was so worried beforehand about all the little details but when the day came I just sat back and soaked up every minute.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited to start their next chapter, and love calling each other husband and wife.

Honeymoon

Scotland

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 140 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Magrath Mansion | Reception Venue: U of A Faculty Club | Marriage Officiant: Neil Muth | Planner: Cocktails and Details | Design & Decor Coordinator: Deb Forest (aunt) | Cake: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Catering: U of A Faculty Club | Floral Design: Tickled Floral | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Photo Booth: Neat Photobooth | Rentals: Chic Boutique | Stationery: Minted | Music: Harman B Entertainment | Food Truck: Casa12Doce | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander Signature | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Vera Wang Collection | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Hair by Kat Daddie | Bridal Make Up Artist: Beauty by J Hodinski | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Hair by Kat Daddie | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Makeup by Sophie Marie

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