Winter Banff WeddingLindsay + Tommy: Winter Banff Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 6, 2018

Tommy first met Lindsay while interning at a sports medicine clinic in Minnesota. Lindsay’s dream of playing pro tennis would soon take her to Florida, but she moved back a year later. When their paths crossed again, Tommy knew he wanted to share life’s adventures with her.

The Proposal

While visiting Lindsay’s family in Palm Springs, Tommy planned a hike for the morning of Thanksgiving. When they reached a clearing, a group of their friends and family popped out from behind a boulder. Lindsay’s confusion turned to elation when she turned around and saw Tommy on one knee.

The Big Day

Their sights were set on a winter wedding in Banff, but they wanted a venue that could accommodate the ceremony, reception and their guests. They decided on the Fairmont Banff Springs as soon as they stepped into Mt. Stephen’s Hall and saw the stunning snow-capped mountains in the background. They imagined sparkling white snow falling during their nuptials, and their dream came true just moments before the ceremony. “It felt like we were in a snow globe!”

Favourite Moments

They exchanged their own written vows, which was Tommy’s single favourite part of their day. For Lindsay, the memory she’ll cherish most is the sweet moment when Tommy became emotional during their first look. “I feel incredible fortunate to have Tommy by my side for all of life’s adventures!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Square Halo

First Dance

“Tenerife Sea”—Ed Sheeran

Newlywed Advice

“Be patient and be present. Patience is not easy, but you owe it to each other to work as a team. Be present with each other through the process, especially on your wedding day.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“I know it sounds cliche, but I am most looking forward to continue building a life together and starting a family. I know Tommy will be the most incredible father and I’m excited to see him in this role.”

Honeymoon

Banff & Lake Louise | Honeymoon Resort: Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 130 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mt. Stephen’s Hall at Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Patrick Smiley | Planner: Poppati Weddings & Events | Design & Decor Coordinator: Poppati Weddings & Events | Cake: Cake Rhapsody | Dessert Styling: Cake Rhapsody | Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs | Floral Design: Forget Me Not Flowers | Photographer: Barbara Rahal Photography | Videographer: Jordan Craig Wedding Cinematography | Stationery: Poppati Weddings & Events | Music: Paul Woida (live); Patrick Smiley (DJ)| Bridal Gown Boutique: Posh, Minneapolis | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Nordstrom | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Hart Schaffner Marx | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Nordstrom | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Mountain Beauties| Bridal Make Up Artist: Mountain Beauties| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Mountain Beauties| Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Mountain Beauties | Jeweler (Bride): Continental Diamond, Minneapolis| Jeweler (Groom): Continental Diamond, Minneapolis

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Winter Lake Louise WeddingSara + Tommy: Winter Lake Louise Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 4, 2018

Tommy had a crush on Sara the moment they were paired up in a CPR class in university, but they didn’t become more than acquaintances until Sara moved to his hometown for medical school. He offered to show her around and they started dating shortly after.

The Proposal

On one of their many trips to Canmore, they planned a hike up Tent Ridge in Kananaskis. Sara attributed his nervousness to the recent bear activity in the area and had no idea he was carrying his grandmother’s ring, which he had remade for her. Tommy planned to propose at the summit but when they found a clearing full of wildflowers and spectacular views of the valley, he found his perfect moment.

The Big Day

Since Sara grew up in Canmore and they had shared so many special moments in the Rockies, the couple wanted to have a mountain wedding that would also feel like a mini-vacation for their guests. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise combined incredible food and service with a picturesque winter landscape.

Favourite Moments

While playing hockey with his friends before the ceremony was certainly a highlight for Tommy, it didn’t compare to the anticipation of waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle. Sara’s favorite moment was walking into the reception hall for the first time as husband and wife, with all of their family and friends toasting to their favorite song! “It was an overwhelming moment that was so full of love.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion

First Dance

“The Book of Love”—Gavin James

Newlywed Advice

“We would advise people to hire a day-of planner! It helps alleviate the stress of the day so that you can just go with the flow and enjoy it.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

While the whole day was incredible, Sara and Tommy are excited to never have to answer the question “how is wedding planning going?” ever again.

Honeymoon

Portugal

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Summer Jasper WeddingKailey + David: Summer Jasper Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 30, 2018

While studying medicine, Kailey feigned an interest in orthopaedic surgery just to meet Dave for a coffee. She asked him out for a drink later that day and they spent their first official date skating at Hawrelak Park.

The Proposal

While living in Ottawa, the pair rode bikes along the Rideau Canal, over the Love Lock Bridge and into Gatineau. As they were sitting down to a sunset picnic, Dave popped the question.

The Big Day

Kailey and Dave exchanged vows in front of the grand fireplace at the Jasper Park Lodge—a place they had shared many memories together and with their families. Kailey’s brother performed a hand-fasting ceremony to honour her Scottish heritage. The newlyweds then drove off in her dad’s Triumph TR-6 convertible to have some fun moments alone before the big party.

Varying shades of blue, grey, gold and pops of deep red complemented the late-summer colours of the Rockies. The reception room featured décor they found while living in France, framed family wedding photos, and Kailey’s dad’s vintage skis as a guest book. The sweet-toothed couple created a French Pâtisserie-inspired dessert bar and used their initials to come up with the ultimate midnight snack—deluxe “KD” Mac n’ Cheese.

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

‘And I Love Her’—Passenger

Newlywed Advice

“We were initially on the fence about doing videography and we were so happy we did it in the end. It captures the feeling of the day so well and we’ll be watching it for years to come. The grandparents that couldn’t travel to the wedding also really appreciated it.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The pair have recently moved to Victoria, BC, and are excited to explore the island, advance their careers, and start a family together.

Honeymoon

Kauai, HI | Resort: The St. Regis in Princeville; The Koa Kea in Poi’pu

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 120 | Location: Jasper, AB | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Reception Venue: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Marriage Officiant: Gloria Kongsrud | Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Decor Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Dessert Styling: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Catering: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Photographer: Nicole Ashley Photography | Videographer: Juan & Angie Photo & Video | Photo Booth: DropItModern (backdrop) | Rentals: Great Events Rentals; Special Events Rentals | Stationery: Minted Weddings; Justine Ma | Music: DJ Harman B of Premiere DJs by Urban Metropolis | Bridal Gown Boutique: White Toronto | Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Designer: The Reformation | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Giorgio Armani| Bridal Hair and Make Up: Behind the Blush| Bridesmaid(s) Hair and Make Up: Behind the Blush | Jeweler (Bride): Davidson’s Jewellers | Jeweler (Groom): Simon G

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Fairy-Tale Mountain WeddingNatasha + Matt: Fairy-Tale Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 28, 2018

A snowstorm nearly kept Natasha home from her friend’s Christmas party, but she braved the weather and met Matthew at the cocktail reception. They talked throughout the evening and went on their first date a few days later.

The Proposal

They spent nearly every weekend together in the mountains, so Natasha didn’t think twice when one morning Matt asked if they could hike alone instead of with their friends. As they neared the peak, Matt found the perfect spot for “lunch”. When Natasha turned to grab a sandwich from her bag, she found Matt on one knee, asking her to make him the happiest man alive.

The Big Day

The Rocky Mountains had been the backdrop for their entire relationship, so there was no question about celebrating their love anywhere else. Natasha and Matt wanted an “elegant, romantic, fairy-tale wedding,” and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel provided the perfect setting. In the weeks leading up to their nuptials they worried they would have to move the ceremony indoors due to smoke from wildfires, but on the big day they woke up to sunny, clear skies that lasted until just after photos. When Matt took her hands at the altar, Natasha’s nervousness dissipated and she realized she was marrying her best friend

Favourite Moments

Natasha: “My favorite moment was when Matt and I were able to join hands during the ceremony. I was very nervous in front of all of our family and friends that I just needed to hold onto him. Once he grabbed by hand, all the nervousness went away. I was able to relax and i realized I was marrying by best friend.”

Matt: “Finally being able to see Natasha”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval Baguette

First Dance

“In Case You Didn’t Know”—Brett Young

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy being engaged and enjoy every moment with each other the day of your wedding; it goes by quickly. Laugh, dance and take a moment to realize that you both put so much time and effort to make this happen!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to their honeymoon, starting a family, and “not answering any more wedding emails!”

Honeymoon

Greece

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 100 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Robin White | Planner: Reflections Weddings & Events | Design & Decor Coordinator: Reflections Weddings & Events | Cake: Pretty Sweet Company | Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs | Floral Design: Amborella Flower Studio | Photographer: Kristyn Harder Photography | Videographer: Toth Film | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Bella Linens | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Paper Panache | Music: DJ Willy Snypes of Fun Factory DJ Services | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique Calgary | Bridal Gown Designer: Essense of Australia | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Holt Renfrew | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Armani | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lindsay Larsen of HedKandi Salon | Bridal Make Up Artist: Permanent Beauty by Robin | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Lindsay Larsen of HedKandi Salon | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Permanent Beauty by Robin | Jeweler (Bride): Alberta Diamond Exchange | Jeweler (Groom): Alberta Diamond Exchange

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Outdoor Mountain WeddingMonika + Jeremy: Outdoor Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 7, 2018

Monika and Jeremy’s journey down the aisle started over ten years ago in the hallways of their residence at Copenhagen Business School while they were on a university exchange.

The Proposal

The charming Brit fell for the Alberta girl at first sight, and he brought her back to the scene of their first meeting for a weekend getaway to supposedly celebrate her new job. They snuck into the residence and he proposed outside their old rooms. They spent the rest of the day visiting their favourite spots in Copenhagen reminiscing about the past and planning for their future together.

The Big Day

With half of their guests coming from the UK and elsewhere abroad, Monika and Jeremy wanted an outdoor ceremony site to showcase the best of her home province. They chose Banff for its gorgeous Rocky Mountain views, but also because it was one of the first places they went on holiday together. They added a few personal touches to their wedding day, including a candy bar with a variety of British and Polish sweets to reflect their heritages, a cheese wheel cake in addition to a traditional cake, and a homemade photo booth with a polaroid camera.

Favourite Moments

Monika: “It was incredibly special to have all of our closest friends and family altogether in one place. The wedding speeches and MCs were all wonderful, and walking back down the aisle with Jeremy as husband and wife!”

Jeremy: “Too many to mention really, but seeing Monika in her dress for the first time and watching her walk down the “aisle” with her Dad; our mothers’ reading during the ceremony and all the fantastic speeches are all very special memories.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Strawberry Swing”—Coldplay

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter Dance “I wish you love” by Dean Martin

Newlywed Advice

“It was wonderful to have Jessica coordinating all of the events and vendors on the wedding day; it meant we didn’t need to worry about anything and could just enjoy ourselves!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to “spending the rest of their lives together doing what we enjoy most: eating and drinking our way around the world!”

Honeymoon

Spain and France

Wedding Film/Video

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 80 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony Venue: Tunnel Mountain | Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs | Marriage Officiant: Mountain Marriages by John Stutz | Planner: Kismet & Clover | Design & Decor: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Bake My Day | Cheese Wheel Cake: Springbank Cheese Co. | Dessert Styling: Kismet & Clover | Floral Design: Fern & Frond | Photographer: Heart & Sparrow | Videographer: Parfait Productions | Rentals: Special Event Rentals – Banff, Modern Luxe Rentals | Stationery: Modern Pulp Design Studio | Music: Amante Duo, Class Act DJ | Transportation: Canada Coach Lines, Alpine Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Mews Bridal, London | Bridal Gown Designer: Rime Arodaky | Bridesmaids Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: REISS, UK | Hair and Makeup : The Pretty Haus |

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