Fancy Farm WeddingChristine + Adam: Fancy Farm Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 24, 2017

Christine and Adam met in 2008 while both in school studying engineering. Since then they’ve taken on the world together through graduation, moving in together, traveling, acquiring two cats, and a lot of laughing along the way.

The Proposal

This pair got engaged on the most unlikely of days, April Fools Day! Adam fooled Christine into thinking he had no special plans, but when he whipped out a Ring Pop candy, she wasn’t sure what to think. When she opened it up, she found a beautiful (real) antique ring inside!

The Big Day

As for the wedding day, Adam and Christine knew they wanted the day to be fun but still fancy. The venue was the farm Adam grew up on, which meant they had full control over everything and there was no rush to get out at the end of the night. Each guest received personalized notes along with some plantable seed paper confetti, and a donation in their name to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. From the decorations to the alter, Christine and Adam made nearly everything by hand.

Favourite Moments

Christine’s favourite moment was giggling with Adam at the sweetheart table, and Adam’s was all of the hilarious and kind words their best friends and parents shared during the speeches.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Bezel

First Dance

‘When the Night Comes’ – Dan Auerbach

Newlywed Advice

‘Oh boy, it’s not a new epiphany, but we were still blindsided by how quickly it all went by after months of planning, so we would say take as many moments together (even just goofy glances) on the day as possible, don’t fret about forgotten details, or not spending as much time with everyone as you’d hope for, and hire a day-of-coordinator to take care of all the inevitable hiccups that occur throughout the day.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are most excited to be “official” best friends and take on life as a team.

Honeymoon

Panama

Acknowledgements

Guests: 160 | Location: Gibbons, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Prin’s Farm | Marriage Officiant: Peter Dukovac | Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Décor: Bride and Family | Cake: Rebecca Tucker – Bride’s Sister | Catering: A Capella Catering | Dessert Styling: Rebecca Tucker | Floral (Bouquets/Alter Garland): Fabloomosity | Photographer: Jill Coursen Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Bride | Music: Ceremony Guitar – Jonathan Tucker, Ipod playlists | Live Band: Cold Cruisers | Transportation: Bus | Bridal Gown Boutique: Once Wed | Bridal Gown Designer: Vera Wang White | Bridesmaids Boutique: Various | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Simons | Bridal Hair Stylist: Fluid Hair | Bridal Make Up Artist: Jasmine Ma | Bridesmaids Hair Stylist: Fluid Hair | Bridesmaids Make Up Artist: Jasmine Ma | Jeweller (Bride): Antique | Jeweller (Groom): Groom Custom Made His Ring

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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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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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Elegant Garden WeddingElyse + Brent: Elegant Garden Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 10, 2017

The holiday season brought Elyse and Brent together in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the pair got engaged.

The Proposal

Brent planned on proposing to Elyse on their vacation in Bali and kept the ring hidden in his luggage until the perfect moment arrived on the beach at sunset. The moments that followed were full of happy tears and celebration!

The Big Day

Elyse and Brent were inspired by the great Alberta outdoors while planning their wedding. They wanted a beautiful, elegant garden party where their guests would have an exceptional experience – it was all about the atmosphere. From the signing table that was scattered with photographs of ‘those who couldn’t be here’ to the ring warming before the ceremony, their wedding day at Birchwood Meadows was filled with emotional moments. Their parents also performed a hand fastening ceremony in honour of their Irish heritage! It was important for Brent and Elyse to give back on their big day, so in lieu of gifts they asked their guests to make a donation to their favourite charities. It was also important to include meaningful items such as Elyse’s hankie and bouquet tie made from her mother’s wedding dress, and the pocket watch Brent inherited from his Grandfather. A fun twist was also a must, so they incorporated their love of dinosaurs with mix-matched dinosaur cake toppers and an inflatable dinosaur on the dance floor.

Favourite Moments

The highlights of the day for the couple included the exchanging of their personal vows, a surprise firework show, and a magical slow dance in the rain.

Engagement Ring Cut

Square Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

Newlywed Advice

‘Invest in quality vendors, when you hire professionals who really understand the business they are natural problem solvers and will make sure that your day runs smoothly. Enjoying your day should be a high priority, so structuring your day to eliminate stress is a must. A wedding coordinator is also a must-have investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind on your wedding day. Oh – and a massage the night before won’t hurt.’

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are most looking forward to our honeymoon. Due to heavy work hours in the summer we decided to wait a few months until we jet off to Costa Rica.”

Honeymoon

Costa Rica | El Castillo Boutique Luxury Hotel

Acknowledgements

Guests: 90 | Location: Sturgeon County, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Birchwood Meadows | Marriage Officiant: Sheila Smyth | Wedding Planner: Elyse Colman | Catering: Stir Catering | Floral Design: Cory Christopher | Photographer: Kristin Zabos Photography | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Music (DJ or Live): DJ TK Ohhh | Video/Cinema: Studio Thirteen Productions | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: The Helm Clothing | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Spa | Jeweller (Bride): Rosados Box

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Countryside Alberta WeddingChloe + Faris: Countryside Alberta Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 4, 2016

Chloe’s father resides in Dubai, so she took a few months off from her work and life in Vancouver to visit him and catch a break. Near the end of her trip, Chloe’s father threw his annual Rugby kick-off party and encouraged Chloe to invite her friends. Chloe reached out to her friends, who also brought guests of their own. Lo and behold one of her friends brought Faris to the party and the rest was history!

The Proposal

Faris surprised Chloe with a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey. When they arrived, there was a table set for two with traditional Turkish breakfast, coffee, a bottle of champagne and flowers. Chloe felt that he was up to something. Faris’ “cue” for the hotel staff was him taking his jacket off. Chloe was standing in a separate area taking photos and when Faris gave the signal, a violin started playing. Chloe turned to Faris, he was on his knee, trembling and that is when she realized that it was happening. He had also hired a local photographer to capture it all on camera. “It was such a unique moment and so special” Chloe shares. To top off the proposal trip, Faris then surprised Chloe with tickets to Portugal! So they flew to Istanbul for a night and then went to Portugal for 10 days. 

The Big Day

The couple held a stunning natural wedding at Chloe’s family’s horse ranch in Millarville, AB. It’s a place that has been her oasis since she was a little girl. Most of their guests traveled from all over the world. Chloe rode in with her parents in a horse carriage, a magical experience in itself. The food was incredible, organic and farm-to-table, Chloe is a natural food chef and holistic nutritionist, so the expectations were very high.

They offered carriage rides for all of their guests and as favors left memory cards that Chloe and Faris’s caricature that her best friend and maid of honour made especially for them.

Favourite Moments

Faris:When the clouds cleared as Chloe arrived to the ceremony site and the sun literally shined down on everyone we know and love.”

Chloe:Moments before we arrived at the ceremony location, at the top of a hill where Faris and everyone awaited. It was as if everything had come to this moment – the question of whether or not we would get poured on. I remember, sitting there, in the carriage, which was pulled by two beautifully gentle horses, in between my parents- and feeling that “bridal moment” that you always hope to feel. Anticipation, wonder, disbelief, excitement, butterflies, love, light, transformation…all of it, in one breath. Right before the carriage driver asked “where would you like for us to pull up to, Chloe” and I answered with “right at the barrels please”. And the clouds parted just for the ceremony. Just in time for my entrance.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

Save Tonight’ – Eagle Eye Cherry

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘She’s the One’ – Robbie Williams

‘Wonderful Tonight’ – Eric Clapton 

Newlywed Advice

Trust your original instinct. To put it in perspective our first thought, when we sat on the edge of Portugal, on the coastline, drinking bottles of wine and watching the sunset- we knew it would take place on the ranch. However, we then started to follow stories of fear, worry and anxiety- and went into fantasyland. So, we went castle hunting in England for a prim n’ proper British affair for a week. I distinctly remember, after a long day of driving around the Cotswolds, we sat in a pub, eating fish and chips, and feeling SO disheartened.

When we gave ourselves space from this, and reconnected to what we love- we realized that we had to follow our hearts.

We ended up at the Calgary Stampede with country music on blast, with a beautiful rehearsal dinner/welcome party at River Cafe and ending with a picturesque ranch ceremony and saloon party. 

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Creating a beautiful home that reflects our visions, light and love. Growing and evolving together. Waking up and falling asleep in a big and beautifully comfortable bed that is ours, together.  Working and moving through all of the rises and falls of life together. Hanging up some of our favourite wedding photos on the wall.”

Honeymoon

Deciding between New Zealand, Japan or Africa.

Acknowledgements

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Square Butte Ranch, Millarville | Marriage Officiant: Pat La Touche | Designer & Planner: Simply Sisters | Catering & Dessert Table: Our Daily Brett | Floral Design: Amborella Floral | Photographer: The Apartment Photography | Photo Booth: Simply SIsters | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Custom Signage: Chalkboards & Co | Music (DJ or Live): Resounding Band | Transportation: Success with Horses | Bridal Gown Boutique & Designer: Truvelle Bridal | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: BHLDN | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Suit Supply | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Suit Supply | Bridal Hair Stylist: Jehnna Mahoney | Bridal Make Up Artist: Beauty Reawakened | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Jehnna Mahoney | Jeweler (Bride): Linda Michaud (Cat’s Eye Jewelry Design) & Mala Collective | Jeweler (Groom): Mala Collective 

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