Fall Jasper WeddingAmanda + Neil: Fall Jasper Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 18, 2017

Ice and fire seem to be a motif running through Amanda and Neil’s relationship; the pair met at a friend’s bonfire party, then years later walked down the aisle together on a snowy October day in Jasper. Neil even made Amanda play Hot/Cold on Christmas morning to find her gift hidden in the tree—a diamond engagement ring and her groom-to-be on one knee.

The Big Day

The decision to get married in Jasper was easy for Amanda and Neil.  The park has long been their favourite getaway place to explore the great outdoors by foot or canoe, or even to indulge at the town’s restaurants and spas. Choosing a venue was more difficult as both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Pyramid Lake Resort boast extraordinary views and cozy, rustic atmospheres. Instead of choosing between the two venues they decided to split the ceremony and reception between them to get the best of both.

Favourite Moments

As much as they love Jasper in all it’s beauty, it’s clear that Amanda and Neil cherish their family above all else. Amanda’s favourite moment was walking down the aisle with her dad; “he said some of the sweetest things I’ll never forget,” she says. Neil will always remember watching their daughter come down the aisle and giving him a kiss before sitting with her grandmother.

Engagement Ring Cut

Brilliant Round

First Dance

‘Give in to Me” – Country Strong

Newlywed Advice

“Stay calm; it all really does come together in the end. There are bound to be things that don’t end up the way you had envisioned, but in the grand scheme of things they always turn out to be so minor you don’t even remember.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They now look forward to growing their family even more.

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Pyramid Lake Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 65 | Location: Jasper, AB | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Reception Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort | Marriage Officiant: Beryl Cahill |Cake: Hey Cupcake | Dessert Styling: Hey Cupcake | Catering: Pyramid Lake Resort | Floral Design: Weddings by Whitney | Photographer: Megan Kemshead Photography | Stationery: Zazzle.ca | Music: Jasper Alpine Music | Transportation: Jasper Limo | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: The Tuxedo House | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: The Tuxedo House | Bridal Hair Stylist: Wild Orchid Salon & Spa | Bridal Make Up Artist: Wild Orchid Salon & Spa | Jeweler (Bride): Hillberg and Berk

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Lake Louise WeddingKatrina + Mike: Lake Louise Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 3, 2017

Mike first set eyes on Katrina at his sister’s med school graduation when his brother-in-law pointed her out and said, “There is your future wife.” It turned out that the joke was more of a prophecy, as they started dating a few weeks later. Katrina knew Mike would be her future husband by their second date when she heard his impressive vocals at a local piano bar.

The Big Day

Since Mike proposed to Katrina at the top of a mountain in Canmore, they knew they wanted to have a mountain wedding but needed a venue that could accommodate 130 guests. They were absolutely floored when they stepped into the Victoria Ballroom at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. “The views of Lake Louise were breathtaking and the service was impeccable throughout the entire wedding weekend,” says Katrina.
Their two-month-old puppy, Kona, walked down the aisle as a guest-of-honour then fell asleep at the groomsmen’s feet while Katrina and Mike said their vows.

Favourite Moments

During cocktail hour their planners surprised them with a private viewing of the ballroom; they danced to their favourite music and goofed around in the photo booth. Mike treasures those moments most, while Katrina says the best part was reminiscing about their perfect day while hiking the West Coast Trail the week after.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Tenerife Sea’—Ed Sheeran

Newlywed Advice

“DIY fun projects add a personal touch to the day and help you stick to your budget. We were lucky to have lots of help from our family members from both sides and we enjoyed the time spent together during the whole process.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The next adventure for Mike and Katrina is parenthood! They’re expecting their first baby in July.

Honeymoon

West Coast Trail and Bora Bora | St. Regis Bora Bora

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Emerald Lake WeddingJessica + Steven: Emerald Lake Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 21, 2017

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but there’s something undeniably attractive about a man who can cook. Jessica met Steven at one of his famous dinner parties and soon discovered they shared interests in food, wine and travel. They ended up cooking together and trading recipes, which eventually led to a tropical engagement.

The Proposal

The couple booked an overnight catamaran expedition during their trip to St. Maarten, and Steven used the opportunity to propose on the deck under the twinkling stars. They celebrated with champagne and were serenaded by the gentle lapping of waves and the sound of terrible karaoke drifting over the bay.

The Big Day

Jessica and Steven chose to host their wedding at Emerald Lake not just for the spectacular setting, but also for sentimental reasons; when they first started dating they stayed at Emerald Lake Lodge on the recommendation of a friend who worked as an apprentice chef there, and Jessica had fond memories of camping at Yoho National Park as a child. After a beautiful day full of laughter and tears and an evening full of food and dancing, the groomsmen swapped their tuxes for their birthday suits and jumped into the frigid lake.

Favourite Moments

Jessica:“My favourite moment was walking down the isle hand in hand with my soon to be husband.”

Steven:“The first look. It was nice to see each other and bring some calmness to the day before the big moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Pear

First Dance

‘Higher Love’ Steve Winwood

Newlywed Advice

“Do what is right for the both of you, don’t worry so much about what everyone else thinks you should do and hire the right vendors! It was wonderful to have Julianne Young Weddings help us with all the planning and the staff at Emerald Lake Lodge were so accommodating. We worked with them to create three wonderful hors d’oeuvres for cocktail hour and they were a big hit with the guests – along with the east coast oyster bar, and the late night poutine take-out containers.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to exploring new destinations around the globe together.

Honeymoon

Osoyoos, B.C | Resort: Watermark Beach Resort

Acknowledgements

Guests: 55 | Location: Emerald Lake, B.C | Ceremony Venue: Cilantro on the Lake | Reception Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge | Marriage Officiant: Kim Chapman | Planner & Designer: Julianne Young Weddings | Cake & Dessert Styling: Handmade Cake Company | Catering: Emerald Lake Lodge | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: The Nickersons | Stationery: Bloom Invites | Music: Pez Productions | Ukelele Player: PM Gigs | Rentals: Bella Linens, Gathered Table Supply, Special Events Rentals | Bridal Gown Boutique: Chester & Felicity Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair Stylist: The Pretty Haus | Bridal Make Up Artist: The Pretty Haus | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: The Pretty Haus | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: The Pretty Haus

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Luxe Mountain WeddingChristina + Greg: Luxe Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 28, 2017

Greg met Christina during his residency at a hospital in New Jersey in 2010. The Canadian physician and American nurse discovered they lived in the same neighbourhood and started walking their dogs together. Their walks led to a first date, and eventually to a surprise engagement in the Rockies.

The Proposal

Greg took Christina on a trip home to celebrate his grandparents 60th anniversary in the BC Interior. They flew to Calgary and planned a scenic drive through the mountains with a stop at Moraine Lake, where Greg pulled Christina off the trail and got down on one knee. They celebrated their engagement with dinner and an overnight stay at the Moraine Lake Lodge.

The Big Day

“We knew no matter where we had the wedding, half the family was going to have to travel.” Christina and Greg chose the Banff Springs Hotel partly for convenience—it was within driving distance for Greg’s family and Christina’s family could get direct flights to Calgary—but also for its spectacular beauty.

Most of Christina’s family experienced the Canadian Rockies for the first time, but unfortunately her 94-year-old grandmother couldn’t travel. She watched the ceremony over Skype and even had her hair done for the occasion.

Favourite Moments

Christina:“The first look and getting offsite photos done before the ceremony. It was nice to see each other alone, spend time together and settle the nerves a bit. It really relaxed us for the ceremony and the rest of the day. It also allowed us to partake in the cocktail hour and not be rushed after the ceremony.”

Greg: “Sitting at the sweetheart table with my bride at my side, looking out at all our favorite people in one place and all there for us!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Green Eyes’—Coldplay

Newlywed Advice

“Make time for each other; it’s your day. Do a first look, go to the cocktail hour and eat the food, do a sweetheart table and eat dinner together.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Christina and Greg are excited to have each other every day. They look forward to travelling, buying a new house and starting a family.

Honeymoon

St. Lucia

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 95 | Location: Banff, AB | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Marriage Officiant: Carl J. Shields | Designer & Planner: Lynn Fletcher Weddings – Stephanie La Grange and Jody McBeath | Cake & Dessert Styling: Whippt Desserts & Catering | Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Photographer: Orange Girl | Photo Booth: Xpressbooth | Stationery: William Arthur; The Social Page Design Studio | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Music Mosaic | Reception Music: Pez Productions | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Garden (US) | Bridal Gown Designer: Wtoo by Watters | Bridesmaids Boutique: Bridal Garden (US)| Bridesmaid Designer: Hayley Paige | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Indochino | Bridal Hair & Makeup Stylist: Avenue Beauty | Bridesmaid(s) Hair & Makeup: Avenue Beauty | Jeweler: Safian & Rudolph Jewelers

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Mountain Backdrop WeddingMegan + JP: Mountain Backdrop Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 12, 2017

For some women, it’s a guy’s smile or sense of humour that attracts them. For Megan, it was the breakdancing moves J.P busted out at a party that sealed the deal.

The Proposal

After a few years of dating, J.P surprised Megan with a weekend trip to Vancouver for her birthday. By this time Megan had given up all hopes of getting engaged, so she was completely shocked when J.P proposed during a walk along the Seawall.

The Big Day

The fun-loving couple wanted a venue in the mountains that would also deliver the most bang for their buck. They loved the cabin-style charm of Cornerstone Theatre in Canmore, and how it was neutral enough to work with any colour scheme. After sealing their vows with a kiss, they concluded their outdoor ceremony with a fist pump from Megan and a thumbs up from J.P. “I loved that we were able to share our personalities with everyone at that moment,” says J.P. The newlyweds enjoyed some quiet moments together during photos to reflect on the ceremony and share some laughs, then arrived at their reception on top of the limo to kick off the party.

Favourite Moments

Megan: “During photos we were taken to a location where the wedding parties stayed in the limo and it was just us with the photographer. Having that time to reflect on the ceremony, share our excitement, and have some laughs was amazing. Many people told us before the wedding that we should try to take a minute or two just be together and take in the day, this part of the photo shooting allowed us to have 15 or 20.”

John Paul: My favourite moment was seeing Megan walk down the aisle. She had the biggest smile on her face and I could tell how excited she was to be walking towards me. After our first kiss as husband and wife, and in our true style, we turned to our families, Megan pumped her fist and I gave a thumbs up. I loved that we were able to share our personalities with everyone at that moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Sweetest Love’ – Robin Thicke

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘God Only Knows’ – Beach Boys

Newlywed Advice

‘Knowing what you want to do, what you can afford to do, and starting early made everything leading up to our wedding day go smoothly.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Given that we have been together for nearly eight years and lived together for five, we knew long before the wedding that we would be spending our lives together. At this point, we are looking forward to our honeymoon in spring 2017 then starting a family.”

Honeymoon

Europe

Acknowledgements

Guests: 150  Location: Canmore, AB | Ceremony: Rundleview Parkette  | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Theatre Marriage Officiant: Tamara Jones  | Marriage Officiant: Tamara Jones | Designer + Planner: Kismet & Clover | Cake: Kake Custom Cake Shoppe | Catering: Cornerstone Theatre | Floral Design: Rhosyn Floral | Photographer: Brittany Esther Photography | Videographer: 12twelve Productions | Photo Booth: Cornerstone Theatre | Rentals: Special Event Rentals, Kismet & Clover, Gathered Table Supply Co. | Stationery: Kismet & Clover | Music: Amante Duo (Ceremony), DJ Thirddegree | Transportation: Ambassador Limousine | Wedding Favours: Pretty Sweet Co. | Bridal Gown Boutique: Ette | Bridal Gown Designer: Reem Acra | Bridesmaids Boutique: Frocks Modern Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Designer: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Huey Lam | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lorie Bernardo | Bridal Make Up Artist: Lorie Bernardo | Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Laura Forsyth | Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Lorie Bernardo | Jeweler (Bride & Groom): Bravin Jewellers

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