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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Untraditional Stylish WeddingMarcy + Greg: Untraditional Stylish Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 21, 2016

It’s no secret that we are currently dating in the age of the internet. Like many couples Marcy and Greg met online through Match.com.

The Proposal

It was April 17th, one year to the day from their first date. Greg tricked Marcy  into thinking he had gone to work that day but he had actually stayed home to organize his proposal. She came home that afternoon to champagne and a letter that said “read me”. He was video taping her and she thought it was a kind gesture to celebrate a year of being together and to kick off their holiday to the Dominican Republic. Greg has always been the romantic type so this did not seem out of the ordinary for Marcy. Their favourite songs were playing in the background, a trail of rose petals and ribbon led to the second “read me” letter which lead to another, and another (12 in total)  – one for every month they had been together. The last letter instructed Marcy to pull the ribbon that was hanging down from the upper corner of the ceiling in their bedroom. She pulled it down and a ring box slid right into her hands. Marcy turned to look at him and Greg was down on one knee. From there, they went to Famoso where they had their first date to get some dinner before heading to the airport 

The Big Day

Marcy and Greg booked the Prince of Wales Armouries for their ceremony for the style and convenience. They were allowed to bring in our own chairs and set up a day in advance. The Governors Room features original wood floors, gold light fixtures and beautiful detail on the walls and ceiling. All the couple added were gold chiavari chairs, clear vases and white pillar candles to line the aisle. The backdrop was a labor of love crafted by the brides mother and Greg.

For their reception, the couple chose Parlour Kitchen + Bar for it’s beautiful space and quality of food. They were envisioning a unique and classy evening, both felt that Parlour was the perfect place for it. Greg handmade Marcy a memory box, painted gold with Mrs.Ferrari cut into the top of it. It was filled with post it notes with cute messages on them, a letter he had written, a necklace and earrings from Hillberg & Berk, and even her wedding shoes (which he had sneakily taken from her to write a message on the bottom). 

The couple opted out of a lot of traditional details; no cake, no bouquet and garter toss, no formal speeches or agenda, no kids, no chicken dance or cadillac ranch. Their celebration was a true reflection of them.

Favourite Moments

Marcy: “Our first dance”

Greg:Seeing her for the first time when she walked down the aisle.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Pear

First Dance

If I Aint Got You ‘ – Alicia Keys & Usher

Newlywed Advice

“Make your own rules, Do what YOU want. If you want a big traditional wedding, then do that! If you want a small intimate wedding, do that! If you want to elope, then (unapologetically) elope! Don’t stray from what you want because at the end of the day, its about the two of you and not anyone else. Soak it all up, you only do it once!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Everything! Endless love, support, companionship. Having our own family. Simply just doing life as a team.”

Honeymoon

Italy (Rome, Florence, Sorrento)

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Ceremony Venue: The Governor’s Room at Prince of Wales Armouries & Heritage Centre | Reception Venue: Parlour Kitchen & Bar | Marriage Officiant: Linda Balt of Storycatcher Ceremonies | Wedding Planner: Bride | Setup and Takedown: Nicole of TR Event Management | Catering: Parlour Kitchen & Bar | Floral Design: Tickled FloralPhotographer: Wild Love Photos Rentals: River City Events |  Music (DJ): Happy Wife Happy Life Entertainment | Transportation: Last Minute Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Sottero & Midgley | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Davids Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: J.Lindeberg | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Bridal Hair Stylist: Hair by MJ  | Bridal Make Up Artist: MakeUp & Meg | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Tricho Hair Design| Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: MakeUp & Meg | Jeweler (Bride): Spence | Jeweler (Groom): AlBrite

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Intimate Fairmont WeddingJaclyn + Jonathan: Intimate Fairmont Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 9, 2016

Online dating often results in hours of profile searching and numerous lacklustre first dates before—if you’re lucky—you really connect with someone. When Jaclyn and Jonathan were matched on Tinder, theirs was the first and last date either of them went on using the app. A few years later they celebrated their wedding with the hashtag #RamSwipedRight.

The Proposal

The couple love cooking, so Jonathan popped the question one evening while they were preparing dinner at his place. They celebrated their engagement later that evening with friends and family, and couldn’t wait to celebrate again—their engagement was only five months!

The Big Day

Jaclyn and Jonathan wanted a reception venue that was visually appealing and full of character, so when they discovered that the Wedgwood Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald was available for their date, they jumped on it. Instead of a photo booth, they hired a cartoonist to sketch fun pictures of guests as superheroes. They served their favourite cocktail, the Moscow Mule, in traditional copper cups, which they gave away as wedding favours.

Favourite Moments

Jonathan loved relaxing and having fun with the bridal party during photos, while Jaclyn’s favourite part was “seeing the whole day come together and making a wonderful memory with my husband, friends and family.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Forever”—Ben Harper

Newlywed Advice

“It all works out! Also, some people say if you want to save money, do it on the cake—but I disagree! Eating delicious leftover cake for a week after was my favourite part!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are now starting their lifelong adventure together in Dallas, Texas.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon Destination: Bali | Honeymoon Resort: Bisma Eight

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 110 | Location: Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Grace Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald | Marriage Officiant: Curtis Boehm | Day-of-Coordinator: Simply Perfect Events | Cake: Art of Cake | Floral Design: faBLOOMosity | Photographer: Bespoke Photography | Cartoonist: Clarkature | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Music: DJ Fozzy | Transportation: Blue Sky Limos | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut | Bridal Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: SEN Studios | Bridal Make Up Artist: SEN Studios| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Edmonton Makeup Artists | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Edmonton Makeup Artists | Jeweller (Bride): Crowleys Jewellers | Jeweller (Groom): Blue Nile

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