Elegant Floral WeddingJulia + Ben: Elegant Floral Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 8, 2017

Ben and Julia went on their first date in 2002 and have been inseparable ever since. After being together for 12 years, they began to discuss wedding details — and even set a date before getting engaged!

The Proposal

They picked out a ring together, but night after night it sat on the nightstand until Ben finally got one on knee and officially asked Julia to be his wife.

The Big Day

For the wedding decor, Julia knew she wanted something very elegant and romantic, so she dreamed up a vision incorporating greys, golds, pinks, and a lot of fresh florals and greenery. Flowers filled their venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton, but the most stunning piece was the floral canopy with a crystal chandelier hanging from the centre.

Another great statement piece was the seating chart designed by the couple’s event planner, Samantha. It was designed to look like a larger version of the wedding invitations, complete with their monogram!

Favourite Moments

Ben’s favourite moment of the day was watching his wife-to-be walk down the aisle, and recalls the surreal feeling knowing the day had finally arrived. Julia will always remember trying to hold back her tears while listening to the thoughtful, funny and sweet vows Ben had written for her.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘I Want To Grow Old With You’ – Adam Sandler

Newlywed Advice

Enjoy the day as much as possible. It goes by so fast! Make sure to spend some quality time with your spouse as well. Step out for a quick break and relish in the moment. Also, try not to stress out too much about the small details. No one will notice, and it will just end up driving you insane.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The Luu’s are excited for the future and are eager to start a family.

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 320 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton | Marriage Officiant: Tammy Banting | Design & Décor Coordinator: J’Adore Design and Events | Cake & Dessert Styling: Cakes By CiCi | Floral Design: J’Adore Design and Events | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Photo Booth: Market Sound | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Dress My Day, ABC Weddings | Food Truck: Orbit Food Truck | Stationery: David Nguyen, Uppercase Press | Seating Chart & Calligraphy: Lovella Invitations and Stationary | Music: DJ: TJ De Villa | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal House | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux: Zippers and Buttons Tailors | Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Zippers and Buttons Tailors | Bridal Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridal Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweller: Al-Brite Edmonton Jewellers

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Garden Calgary WeddingNancy + Ryan: Garden Calgary Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 19, 2017

It’s not too often a blind date ends in happily ever after, but that was exactly the case for Nancy and Ryan when their friends set them up!

The Proposal

The proposal happened at Nancy’s family farm out in Springbank, AB. Ryan had asked Nancy’s father for permission beforehand, and then lead her to the bench her grandfather made for her grandmother. Among the rose petals and champagne, she said yes!

The Big Day

As for the wedding day, Nancy and Ryan were focused on making sure they and their guests enjoyed a really fun day. They chose Rouge as the venue because they both wanted to put an emphasis on a great meal and great wine, plus they got to take over the entire house and garden! They had MBF playing music with a four person string band, Monogram serving coffee, and lots of dancing and drinks. Another special touch for the couple was having Ryan’s best friend officiate the ceremony!

Favourite Moments

While there were too many amazing moments to pick just one, Nancy will always remember Ryan’s face as she was walking down the aisle, and the father-daughter dance to Graceland. Ryan’s highlight was simply marrying Nancy in the rain during a meaningful and personal ceremony.

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘Follow’ – Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter Dance: ‘Graceland’ – Paul Simon Cover 

Newlywed Advice

‘Enjoy the planning and days around the wedding with friends and family because the wedding day itself goes by so fast! Do what you want, not what you think you have to- it’s a day to celebrate with your family and friends, the rest is just details!’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

As a married couple, Nancy and Ryan are looking forward to everything that comes along with building a life together.

Honeymoon

San Fransisco and Napa Valley

Acknowledgements

Guests: 120 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rouge | Marriage Officiant: Doug Campbell w/Pam Davidson | Designer & Planner: Jill Gillis | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Heidrich Photography | Photo Booth: Sillybooth Photos | Stationery: Art and Alexander | Coffee Bar: Monogram Coffee | Music (DJ or Live): Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bisou Bridal (Vancouver) | Accessories : Pearl and Dot | Bridal Gown Designer: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Anthropologie | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Holt Renfrew | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Beach Beauty | Jeweller: Brinkhaus

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Nature Inspired WeddingJeanelle + Nicholas: Nature Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 17, 2017

When you grow up in small-town Alberta, everyone knows everyone. Jeanelle and Nic always knew who each other were, but never spoke until Jeanelle had to track him down for his missing volleyball jersey at school. They’ve been together ever since.

The Proposal

After being apart for five years while Jeanelle was at university, Nic knew he wanted to marry his best friend. On a perfect summer night he wrote Jeanelle a letter with instructions that led her to a meadow at sunset. As she approached she heard music, and then found Nic standing under a flowered archway surrounded by candles and lanterns. After dancing under the stars, Nic got down on one knee and proposed.

The Big Day

Jeanelle and Nic wanted to honour their rural roots at their wedding; they held the ceremony at the church they both attended growing up and hosted their reception at a hall surrounded by farmland. The simple elegance of nature inspired their décor of lush greenery, garden roses and antlers. Because Jeanelle’s parents both passed away when she was 15, she had her four older sisters walk her down the aisle and had them join in on a family dance in lieu of a father-daughter dance.

Favourite Moments

Jeanelle: “My favourite moment was walking out of the main doors of the church to the sound of the cathedral bells after the ceremony. It was my favourite because I knew I finally married my best friend and that this was a once in a lifetime kind of love.”

Nicholas:I had too many favourite moments to pick just one. Watching Jeanelle walk down the isle with her sister and celebrating all night with family and friend on a packed dance floor were some of my highlights.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Halo

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Haley Reinhart

Newlywed Advice

‘Invest in a great photographer and videographer. Let them capture your day while you enjoy every second of it.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

After such a beautiful and emotional day, Jeanelle and Nic now look forward to building their lives together and enjoying every moment.

Honeymoon

St. George’s, Grenada

Acknowledgements

Guests: 210 | Location: St. Paul, AB | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral | Reception Venue: Flat Lake Hall | Marriage Officiant: Father Girard Gauthier | Design & Decor Coordinator: Suzanne Dargis | Cake: Cinnamon Grove Bakery (Pie) | Catering: C’est La Vie Catering | Floral Design: Copper Creek Specialties | Photographer: Sharon Litchfield Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, The I Do Shop | Stationery: Wonderstruck Designs | Music: Speakerhead Entertainment | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm | Bridesmaids Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bridal & Tuxedo House | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Allure Men | Bridal Hair Stylist: Shay Myers | Bridal Make Up Artist: Suzanne Dargis | Jeweler: Spence Diamonds; Swarovski

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Modern AGA WeddingKara + Adam: Modern AGA Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 5, 2017

“Love at first sight does exist,” says newlyweds Kara and Adam. The pair were first introduced at a friends gathering after they had individually been asking about one another. Once the hello’s were said and a date set, their love story began to unfold.

The Proposal

The proposal was nothing short of a fairytale. Under the star filled sky in Paris, Adam proposed to Kara in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral along the Seine. This pair loves to travel, so deciding on forever in the city of love could only be described as picturesque …and amazing.

The Big Day

Having a non-traditional celebration after their nuptials in Jamaica was the perfect way to celebrate with their family and friends, and a modern and fun venue with incredible architecture was a must. The newlyweds love to visit different architectural marvels around the world and decided the Art Gallery of Alberta was the perfect spot right in their hometown of Edmonton.

Favourite Moments

Kara’s favourite moment of the day was having everyone she and her husband love together in one room, and locking eyes with Adam knowing that they were right where they were supposed to be. Adam’s favourite moment was being left speechless after seeing his gorgeous bride during their private first look.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Stepping Out’ (Chilled Out Mix) – Kaskade

Newlywed Advice

1. Be sure to hire a wedding planner! It takes away the stress of having to do everything. 2. Plan a regular work-out and healthy eating regime. 3. Take out time for ‘non-wedding’ conversations. 4. Remind yourself the meaning behind it all and to not get lost in the details. 5. Have fun!

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The couple is looking forward to turning the page in their love story and starting a new chapter as husband and wife.

Honeymoon

The Maldives | W Maldives

Acknowledgements

Guests: 130 | Ceremony Venue: Sandals Whitehouse Jamaica | Reception Venue: Art Gallery of Alberta | Wedding Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings and Bride | Design & Décor Coordinator: One West Event Design | Cake + Dessert Styling: The Art of Cake | Catering: Zinc Restaurant | Floral Design: Fabloomosity | Photographer: Eternal Reflections Photography | Photo Booth: Neat Photobooth Rentals | Rentals: One West Event Design, Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Pink Polka Design | Music: Johnathan Morris | Video/Cinema: A Love Story | Bridal Gown: Galia Lahav New York  | Bridesmaids Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Designer: Sorella Vita | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Suits by Curtis Eliot/ Tom Ford Holt Renfrew | Groomsmen Suit Shop: Zara | Bridal Hair Stylist: Janice Patterson of Kaleidoscope Hair | Bridal Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaids Hair: Janice Patterson of Kaleidoscope Hair | Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweller (Bride): Elsa Corsi | Jeweller (Groom): Links of London | Travel: Uniglobe Travel | Calligraphy: Justine Ma Hand Lettering and Design | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Dance Floor: Dance Floor Decor

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Modern Romance WeddingIoana + Patrick: Modern Romance Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 25, 2016

Ioana and Patrick first met as kids while attending middle school in the Middle East. Ioana knew Patrick as her friends annoying older brother. After a few years, Patrick and his family moved to England while Ioana and her family moved to Canada the following year. Through the magic of Facebook the two reconnected in 2007 and began exchanging long messages and phone calls. Ioana’s trip to Paris the following summer presented a great opportunity for the two to meet up and spend some time in the most romantic city in the world. From their first day in Paris, touring the city and drinking wine, they knew their connection was special and worth pursuing. After a year of long distance, Patrick moved to Canada to start a life with Ioana. 

The Proposal

Nearly seven years into their relationship, Ioana and Patrick were visiting Spain with Ioana’s family. As big Game of Thrones fans they spent an entire day touring various filming locations of the show throughout Seville. Under a blistering hot sun, in the magical and lush gardens of the Alcazar Palace, Patrick got down on one knee and finally asked Ioana to marry him. With her whole family watching and tears in her eyes, Ioana said yes.

The Big Day

Their wedding can be best described as a unique blend of romance and elegance with a modern edgy twist. As a nod to the city where they met, subtle Paris influences were seen throughout, from the macaron favours and Parisian desserts, to the painting that decorated the guestbook table – one of Patrick’s treasured gifts to Ioana over the years. 

The wedding took place at Azuridge Estate Hotel, a stunning unique property nestled in the hills of Priddis. From the first time they visited the venue they instantly knew it was the perfect backdrop for their special day. Being able to have an exclusive rental of the entire property was very important, they had the flexibility of using the various spaces to create an interactive experience for their guests that travelled from all corners of the world. Having their friends and family stay overnight and join the newlyweds for breakfast the next morning was another bonus that they appreciated.

From the very beginning of the process, Ioana knew that a traditional white wedding dress was not part of the vision. She chose a unique alabaster coloured Hayley Paige gown with a crystal bodice and horse hair flounced skirt, knowing that it was the perfect blend of edginess and femininity she was looking for.

Favourite Moments

Ioana: “The long walk down the aisle. It gave me time to focus on keeping calm and to truly take in and appreciate the space, the decorations, the guests’ smiling faces, and right at the end, to lock eyes with Patrick and see the surprise and joy in his face.”

Patrick: “Walking down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. Rain was threatening to ruin the ceremony and I wanted our day to be perfect, and that moment was an affirmation that our ceremony turned out the way we envisioned and I was honoured and fortunate to finally marry Ioana.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

‘Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ – The Script 

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘My Wish’ – Rascal Flatts

Newlywed Advice

Focus on the guest experience. 

Be prepared to make a lot of decisions, and fast!

Accept help – from friends, family, and most importantly a professional. Our day-of coordinator was the biggest help we could ever get, and our day would have not run smoothly without her.

Hire a planner unless you know exactly what you want and how to achieve it. Having worked a few weddings in the past, Ioana was already familiar with a lot of what needed to be done and how to do it, but still had to call up on the experts for certain advice. 

Guys – be patient, compromise and always support her decision providing minimal criticism.

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Growing old together with many adventures by each other’s side, and starting a family in the near future….and the Honeymoon!”

Honeymoon

Bali, Indonesia

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 70 | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Azuridge Estate Hotel | Marriage Officiant: Julie Ann Derer | Wedding Planner: Julianne Young Weddings – Aimsley LeeceCake: Modern Bake YYC | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Abby Plus Dave | Photo Booth: CheeZee Fotos Photobooth | Rentals: Gathered Table Supply and Special Event RentalsStationery: Bride | Music (DJ or Live): Quests End Mobile DJ | Video/Cinema: Strawberry Films Forever  | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal BoutiqueBridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Cameo & Cufflinks | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Vera Wang | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Moores  | Bride + Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: The Rose Room – Terri Ciavardini  | Bride + Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Trena Laine | Jeweler (Bride): Charm Diamond Centres, Blue Nile | Jeweler (Groom): Wedding Bands Emporium | Favours: Whippt Desserts & Catering 

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