Kelowna Farm WeddingMaxine + Theron: Kelowna Farm Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 16, 2017

Despite sharing many mutual friends while living in Calgary, Maxine and Theron didn’t meet until seven years after moving to the city. When their stars finally aligned, their relationship quickly progressed; they packed up their lives and moved across the planet together the following year.

The Proposal

During their two years living in Australia it became obvious they were meant for each other. Theron proposed during a weekend of hiking, picnicking and riding in a hot air balloon in the Gold Coast Hinterlands. “It was beautiful, simple and private,” says Maxine.

The Big Day

The couple wanted a naturally beautiful outdoor wedding and Bottega Farm Inn & Studio in Kelowna provided the perfect inspiration. The forest served as the backdrop for their ceremony and the spacious great hall was decorated with crisp white linens, lush greenery and subtle hints of gold for the reception. Blush bridesmaid dresses and navy suits complemented their wedding palette.

Favourite Moments

Theron was awestruck when he first saw Maxine; her headpiece and jewelry shimmered in the sunlight as she walked down the aisle. The highlight for Maxine was having friends and family from all over the world join them to celebrate their marriage. “It was very special for us and we felt very loved and supported,” she says.

First Dance

“Crazy Love”—Van Morrison

Newlywed Advice

‘Don’t forget to have fun during the process. Planning your wedding is not a checklist or tedious tasks to complete. Also, make your guests feel comfortable and welcomed — they are there to celebrate with you!’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Maxine and Theron are looking forward to the next big chapter in their lives together—becoming parents in summer of 2017!

Honeymoon

New York City, NY

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 150 | Location: Kelowna, B.C | Ceremony Venue: Bottega Farm Inn & Studio | Reception Venue: Bottega Farm Inn & Studio | Marriage Officiant: Matthew Koleba | Catering and Dessert: Okanagan Street Food | Floral Design: Lavender and Lace Floral Farm | Photographer: Heidrich Photography | Photo Booth: Heidrich Photography | Music: DJ Krucial K | Bridal Gown Boutique: Grace Loves Lace | Bridal Gown Designer: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaids Boutique: Aritzia | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Ensemble Style | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Ensemble Style | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Elya Sunduk | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Shimmer and Gloss by Melanie Feeny | Jeweler (Bride): Tacori; Samantha Mills

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Sunshine Coast WeddingTrinh + Menashe: Sunshine Coast Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on May 8, 2017

Trinh and Menashe’s story is a true travel love story. Trinh traveled to Las Vegas from Vancouver and was at the same club as Menashe. The two were even at the same table but were not formally introduced that night. Fast forward seven months, Trinh took a spontaneous trip to Miami and was reconnected with Menashe through mutual friends. Sparks flew immediately and from that day on, the couple spent two years travelling to see one another.

The Proposal

The couple were on a trip in the breathtaking Maldives staying in an over water bungalow. Menashe arranged a romantic candlelit dinner alone on the beach. They were the only table under the moonlight and sparkling stars when Menashe proposed. Trinh reminisces,”it was an unforgettably romantic perfect night!”

The Big Day

Trinh and Menashe wanted to host an intimate outdoor reception and dinner somewhere with a beautiful view. So they were thrilled when they found a beautiful estate in Gibsons, B.C – on the Sunshine Coast overlooking the ocean. The venue was large enough for their 40 guests to stay for the entire weekend. It was extra special because Menashe’s family and closest friends flew all the way in from Israel – it was the first time their families were all meeting.

Favourite Moments

“When we lit the huge white lanterns at nightfall. It was so special to see all those lights floating up into the sky! It was so romantic! And I love that all our guests were involved too, they still tell us how much fun they had lighting them!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Emerald

Newlywed Advice

“Stay true to the vision you have for your special day. Don’t let guilt or pressure from others turn your wedding into what you think you have to do out of respect. You will regret not having your perfect day just to make others happy. Eventually people understand and just be happy for you – once they see how happy you are having your perfect day as you see it.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Everything!! Every single moment together. I somehow already wake up happier everyday, than I was the day before.”- Trinh

Honeymoon

France and Italy

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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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