Valley Mountain WeddingKatie + Austin: Valley Mountain Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 17, 2018

Katie and Austin met on the lake in Vernon, B.C one summer, and although they never stopped thinking about each other they didn’t start dating until two years later

The Proposal

Austin planned a romantic mountain getaway for their third anniversary and wanted to kick it off with an early morning hike before checking into their hotel. A heavy downpour derailed their plan—and Austin’s proposal—so they decided to check in early. When they arrived in their room, Austin noted that there was supposed to be champagne waiting for them. Katie hugged and thanked him for planning such a special anniversary, and suddenly Austin was on one knee asking her to marry him.

The Big Day

Katie and Austin chose to get married in the same area where they met and spend time every summer, and found Silver Sage Stables—a rustic venue nestled in a quiet mountain valley. They also wanted their wedding to be a big party and reflect who they are as a couple: unconventional and relaxed. They skipped the formal dinner and seating charts for a more social atmosphere, including a bohemian parlour in the grass. During the reception, Austin surprised Katie with his guitar and sang “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thomson Square.

Favourite Moments

Katie: “It’s hard to choose one favourite moment when the entire day went so perfectly. Probably when Austin surprised me by getting up in front of everyone with his guitar to sing “Are you gonna kiss me or not.” I could hardly believe just how lucky I am to have a (new) husband that would do something like that for me.”

Austin: “The moment Katie walked down the aisle toward me, accompanied by her mom and dad. It felt like everything was meant to be and our lives had always been connected.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Solitaire

First Dance

“Coming Home”—Leon Bridges

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daugther: ‘Lost in the Light’ – ‘Bahamas’

Newlywed Advice

“Definitely take the time early on to secure the vendors you want. It made all the difference to have an amazing team to help orchestrate the wedding.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited for all the adventures to come, including a long trip through Australia.

Honeymoon

Olympic National Park, Washington State

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 105 | Location: Vernon, B.C | Ceremony Venue: Silver Stage Stables | Reception Venue: Silver Stage Stables | Day Of Coordinator: Kaitlyn Ellis Events | Design & Decor Coordinator: Vintage Origami | Donuts: Sweet Caroline’s Bakery | Dessert Styling: Vintage Origami | Catering: The Chef Instead | Floral Design: Petal & Vow | Photographer: Jenna Hill Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Rentals, Vintage Orgami | Music: Alex Bird | Bridal Gown Boutique: Pearl & Dot | Bridesmaids Boutique: Aritzia | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay; Lululemon | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: The Bay; Lululemon | Bridal Hair Stylist: B Jolie Artistry | Bridal Make Up Artist: B Jolie Artistry | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: B Jolie Artistry

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Alberta Cabin WeddingBreanne + Luke: Alberta Cabin Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 31, 2017

The West Coast played a huge recurring role in Breanne and Luke’s relationship, so it’s no wonder their DIY wedding had a laid-back vibe. They met during a hiking trip on the West Coast Trail, and Luke proposed in Sloquet near Whistler.

The Proposal

When he dropped Breanne off at the airport for a girls’ winter camping trip, he was the last person she expected to see in the mountains. After they arrived at their campsite, Breanne’s friend convinced her to hike to the river for a photo. Breanne got the surprise of her life when Luke managed to appear in the middle of nowhere and propose with his grandmother’s vintage ring. It turned out he hid in the backseat of her friend’s car for three hours!

The Big Day

They held their intimate wedding at Breanne’s family cabin to share the special place with close friends and family. The bride and groom shared a quiet moment during their first look, which put Breanne at ease and reminded her what the day was really about. She then walked past her childhood playhouse to the deck where she and Luke enjoy their morning coffee, then said “I do” over the glimmering lake. They wrote their vows separately, but they mirrored each other beautifully. “It was a symbolic reminder of how much we truly complement one another,” says Luke.

Engagement Ring Cut

Three Stone

First Dance

“Sea of Love”—Phil Phillips

Newlywed Advice

“We’d recommend hiring a week of or day or wedding planner. Taking on too much can cause unneeded stress on your wedding day.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Starting our life together as partners.”

Honeymoon

Vancouver Island

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 75 | Location: Crane Lake, AB | Ceremony Venue: Family Cabin | Reception Venue: Family Cabin | Cake: Chantal Fournier—groom’s sister | Floral Design: Funky Petals | Photographer: Talia Unger Photography | Videographer: Blake Sodvi | Rentals: Big Top Rentals; The Tent Guys; Knotwood Event Rentals | Stationery: Vistaprint; BHLDN | Bridal Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown Designer: Tara Keely| Bridesmaid Designer: ASOS; BHLDN; Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Simons | Bridal Hair Stylist: Hair by Simone | Bridal Make Up Artist: Karissa Brynn Makeup| Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Hair by Simone | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Karissa Brynn Makeup | Jeweler (Bride): Alexis Bittar; Twigs & Honey

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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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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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