Spring Lake House WeddingSacha + Colin: Spring Lake House Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 22, 2018

Sacha and Colin—who met through a mutual friend—drove to the mountains for a day of hiking but had to change plans when they couldn’t access their intended trail. They stopped at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise and decided to take a walk along the river. They were sitting on the bank talking about the future over a beer when Colin asked Sacha to marry him. He completed the surprise with a champagne dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

The Big Day

They wanted a wedding venue that could accommodate their large guest list for both the ceremony and reception yet still feel intimate. They were immediately sold on the gorgeous lake views, beautiful interior, and incredible food at The Lake House. “It was the perfect blend of rustic elegance.”

They describe their wedding as a day of pure joy that set them up beautifully for their life together as husband and wife, and they hope to grow their family.

Favourite Moments

Sacha’s favourite moment was seeing Colin at their first look in Fish Creek Park; she felt all her nerves just melt away. Colin remembers looking across the room during dinner and seeing all their family and friends laughing together. “The outpouring of love that we felt from everyone that day made it truly unforgettable.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“More of You”—Chris Stapleton

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy the process and don’t lose sight of what is important on your big day: marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Trust your gut with your vendors and pick the ones who fit you and your partner’s personalities.”

Honeymoon

Lake Louise & Canmore

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 155 | Location: Calgary, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Lake House | Marriage Officiant: Pam Davidson | Planner: Lynn Fletcher Weddings | Design & Decor Coordinator: Lynn Fletcher Weddings | Dessert Styling: The Lake House | Catering: The Lake House | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Photographer: Sarah Vaughan Photography | Photo Booth: The Local Booth | Rentals: Lynn Fletcher Weddings | Stationery: Bliss Paper Boutique | Music: Bel Canto Strings (ceremony); Local DJ (reception) | Transportation: Ambassador Limousine Service | Bridal Gown Boutique: Pearl & Dot | Bridal Gown Designer: Made with Love Bridal | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal| Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Harry Rosen | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Giorgio Armani| Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Various | Bridal Hair Stylist: Top Knot Brides | Bridal Make Up Artist: Beauty by Kylie | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Top Knot Brides | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Beauty by Kylie | Jeweler (Bride): Diamond Group Inc.; Alberta Diamond Exchange | Jeweler (Groom): Banvari Jewelry

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Rustic Barn WeddingKristine + Reese: Rustic Barn Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 23, 2018

Reese knew of Kristine through some mutual friends he played hockey with, but he never set eyes on her until he stared a little too hard at an Oilers game. Kristine teased him through a Facebook message the next day and they finally met over coffee at the library.

The Proposal

After nine years of dating, Kristine didn’t think it was possible for Reese to plan a surprise proposal. They took their dog to Kristine’s family acreage to play and Reese laid out a blanket in front of the old barn. He casually opened the barn door to reveal a picnic setting for two complete with wine, flowers and a little red ring box.

The Big Day

The same barn formed the rustic backdrop for their intimate ceremony in front of a small group of family members. Their videographer edited a short video for all the other guests to watch the key moments. Many of the wedding details revolved around family: Reese wore his granddad’s 50th anniversary ring as his wedding band; they had their siblings make speeches instead of the bridal party; they included five empty seats at the ceremony in memory of their late grandparents and released balloons in their honour; and Kristine’s dance family, the Viter Ukrainian Dancers, performed during the reception.

Favourite Moments

Bride: “The amazing speeches from my parents and siblings and the song my little brother performed on the video and the fact that our dog Tucker could be part of the whole day.”

Groom: “Our first look – seeing Kristine in her wedding dress for the first time was much more overwhelming than I expected, she looked so elegant and naturally beautiful; I will never forget the feeling of that moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

“Die a Happy Man”—Thomas Rhett

Newlywed Advice

“Decision-making is hard! Reach out to newlyweds who have had experience with your prospective vendors to get honest feedback.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are moving to the acreage and look forward to starting their own family traditions.

Honeymoon

Netherlands, Spain and Italy

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 150 | Location: Sherwood Park, AB | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Family Acreage | Marriage Officiant: Mike McCaffery | Planner: Nadine Samycia | Design & Decor Coordinator: Cory Christopher | Cake: Brianne Gabrielle Cakes | Catering: Mercer’s Catering | Floral Design: Cory Christopher | Photographer: Nathan Walker | Videographer: Cheng Zheng Productions | Photo Booth: In the Box Photobooth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Stationery: Chalk Hop Boogie | Music: Paul Woida (Ceremony); The Retro Fitz (Reception) | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Bridesmaids Boutique: The Bay | Bridesmaid Designer: Ralph Lauren | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Lardini | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Suit Supply| Bridal Hair Stylist: Styles and the City | Bridal Make Up Artist: Makeupexcuse | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Styles and the City | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Makeupexcuse | Jeweler (Bride): Jedco

 

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Medalta Potteries WeddingChloe + Travis: Medalta Potteries Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 7, 2017

Chloe and Travis met on her first day in Lethbridge, AB after she moved there for school. He was friends with her cousin who invited them both out for dinner. Travis later posted a picture on his Instagram and tagged Chloe to ask her out on a date because he didn’t have her phone number. She hesitantly accepted and they have been together ever since.

The Proposal

Travis planned an amazing proposal! After a busy day of nursing school she came home to find her floor covered in rose petals and a sweet note saying to be ready for six o’clock. At six o’clock the doorbell rang and a limo was there to pick her up. It drove her to a local art gallery where Travis had an incredible display set up with flowers and letter blocks spelling out ‘Will You Marry Me?’ All Chloe remembers was crying throughout the entire proposal. Travis also planned for a good friend of theirs who is a Photographer to be there and capture the entire thing.

The Big Day

The couple attended a good friends wedding at Medalta (an innovative industrial museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery, and community hub) shortly after they got engaged and fell in love with the space.  They opted for a first look before their ceremony even though Travis was against the idea – he wanted the big shock and surprise as Chloe walked down the aisle. She really pushed for the first look, knowing how nervous she’d be. In the end, they were both really glad they did the first look, “it was such an intimate moment for just the two of us. We also got some of our favourite pictures from it.”

Favourite Moments

Chloe: “Its so hard to choose! I truly enjoyed the whole day but I think my absolute favourite part was after the ceremony right before we started pictures when Travis and I just took five minutes together to soak everything in and realize that we were finally married!”

Travis: “Seeing Chloe in her dress for the first time. I cried like a baby.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ – Frank Sinatra

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a Wedding Planner! And vendors that you are comfortable with and trust! It will take so much stress away from your day knowing that you can count on all the people that you are working with.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Just enjoying our time together, Setting up our home and starting a family!”

Honeymoon

Big Fork, Montana – Marina Cay Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 200 | Location: Medicine Hat, AB | Ceremony Venue: Medalta Potteries | Reception Venue: Medalta Potteries | Marriage Officiant: Wendy Klassen | Wedding Planner: Weatherwood Events -Kim Friesen | Design & Décor Coordinator: Weatherwood Events -Kim Friesen | Cake: Envision Cakes and Cupcakes | Catering: Riverside Catering | Dessert Styling: Cupcakes & Candy Bar | Floral Design: Willow Cottage | Photographer: Schae Photography | Rentals: Grand Rental Station | Stationery: Vista Print | Music (DJ or Live): Reel Reflection Studios | Bridal Gown Boutique: The White Room | Bridal Gown Designer: Stella York | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: The White Room | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Sorella Vita | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Custom Made | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Ed Williams Mens Wear | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Tommy Hilfiger | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moores | Bridal Hair Stylist: Plush Salon -Jenna Engel | Bridal Make Up Artist: Kaitie Jalbert Makeup Artist | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Plush Salon | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Kaitie Jalbert Makeup Artist | Jeweler (Bride): Tompkins Jewellers

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DIY Rustic WeddingDayna + Ryan: DIY Rustic Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 13, 2016

Ryan and Dayna met in the summer of 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. Ryan (from Dallas, Texas) and Dayna (from Calgary, Alberta) had both gone to Estonia on separate mission trip ventures, and their paths crossed at Christian kids camp that they were both volunteering at. They continued to meet every summer in Estonia since that year, became best friends, and fell in love in the process!

The Proposal

In December 2015, Dayna went to visit Ryan’s family in Texas. They planned a “Fake Christmas” to celebrate all together as Ryan and Dayna were going to be spending real Christmas in Canada. After all the gifts had been opened, Ryan said he had one last gift for Dayna. She opened it up to find a photo album filled with pictures of their whole journey of knowing each other with hand written notes from Ryan in the margins. When Dayna got to the last page, Ryan had written “I have a question for you…” and then he got down on one knee! Afterwards, a group of their closest friends showed up as a surprise and they all ate Christmas dinner together in Ryan’s family’s home. It was one of the best days they’ve ever had!

The Big Day

The wedding details were about as hands-on as you can get. There was no wedding planner, so the couple had to figure out everything for themselves! Dayna did the calligraphy for all of the stationery, working with Paper Panache to design and print the custom invitation. Dayna also hand wrote all of the place cards and the menu for the reception. Dayna and her mother collected eclectic jars, vases, bottles, crates, burlap, and other rustic items (some from her grandpa’s farm, some from her best friend’s wedding) for about half a year leading up to the wedding. All of the bunting was handmade by a family friend. They used a walnut stain for all of the wood signage, and Dayna hand painted all of the calligraphy to give a consistent feel throughout the venue. Dayna’s Maid of Honour and her mother put together all of the floral arrangements for the venue. Dayna’s cousin made and decorated the wedding cake from scratch: it was a David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey cake with homemade lemon buttercream icing and raspberry filling. The favours were handmade packages of Estonian tea to tie in Ryan and Dayna’s connection with Estonia. The couple admits it was risky doing everything themselves and a lot of work, but made things all the more special!

Favourite Moments

Dayna: “Saying a quick prayer with my dad and best friend right before walking down the aisle, squeezing Ryan’s hands in disbelief during the ceremony, looking around the reception at all of our favourite people in one place.”

Ryan:Watching Dayna walk down the aisle, after the ceremony realizing we were actually married, dancing with the ring bearer, doing a Fantasy Football draft in the morning with the groomsmen.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Cushion Halo

First Dance

‘Honeybee’ – Blake Shelton

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father/Daughter: ‘Everything I Do, I Do It For You’ – Bryan Adams 

Newlywed Advice

“If there are ways for you to do things DIY, it is so worth it! Not only is it cheaper, but it adds a personal touch that can’t be replaced.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Never having to do long distance again! We have moved to Estonia together to start out our marriage where we fell in love and to work as missionaries. We are looking forward to travelling together, settling down, and establishing our own family traditions in years to come!”

Honeymoon

Great Exuma, Bahamas – Sandals Emerald Bay

Acknowledgements

Location: Cochrane | Guests: 130 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cochrane Ranchehouse | Marriage Officiant: Kevin Mimms | Wedding Planner: Bride | Cake: Rachele Bailey | Catering: Gourmet to Go | Floral Design: Wild Magnolia Floral | Photographer: Alyssa Marie Photography | Rentals: Chair Flair | Stationery: Bride, Paper Panache | Music: Lisa Aasen (Guitarist) & Meghan Carter (Violinist) | Bridal Gown Boutique: Deza’s Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Christina Wu | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Durand Bridal | Bridesmaid(s) Designer: Alfred Angelo | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Combatant Gentlemen | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Hair & Makeup: The Pretty HausBridesmaid(s) Hair & Makeup: The Pretty HausJeweler (Bride): Zales | Jeweler (Groom): King Will

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European Inspired Rustic WeddingAlex + Franky: European Inspired Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on December 9, 2016

Like many people, Alex and Franky met at work while they were both working at Earls.

The Proposal

It was a warm day in April. Alex and Franky went for brunch at Sugarbowl because Alex had been craving chicken and waffles for a long time. After lunch he asked if he could show her something and they went for a drive to Cloverdale Hill. From the top of the hill he pointed out spots that were meaningful to them. He pointed out one of the locations and asked Alex what it made her think of and she responded “well, it’s where it all began”. Franky was standing behind Alex the entire time, when she turned around he was down on one knee proposing. 

The Big Day

The couple were in search of an old European style church for their wedding day and something rustic for the reception. The grooms family has used the Goretti Centre several times for events and when they met to discuss their vision for their wedding they were extremely helpful. The inside of the Goretti Centre fit what they had envisioned perfectly, adorned with beautiful chandeliers and crown moulding. To add some personal touches the bride and her mother in law made individual tiramisu for each guest and the bride and her mother made her grandmas butter tarts for dessert. Also, the couch used in some photos was the groom’s grandmothers.

Favourite Moments

Alex:When I walked through the doors and saw Franky standing at the front and saw how many people came to celebrate our wedding with us.”

Franky: “The second I saw Alex standing at the back of the church.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

‘Remind Me’ – Conrad Sewell

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘My Little Girl’- Tim McGraw

‘Never Alone’- Lady Antebellum

Newlywed Advice

“Hire a wedding planner, even if its just for the month/day of. It will save you so much stress and grief.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We haven’t lived together before so we’re most excited to finally moving into our house together and be able to wake up next to each other every day and go to bed next to each other every night. As cheesy as that sounds”

Honeymoon

Barbados – Sandals Resort

Acknowledgements

Ceremony Venue: St. Josephs Basilica | Reception Venue: Santa Maria Goretti Centre | Marriage Officiant: Father Martin Carroll | Wedding Planner: Tessa Labbe ‘Unbreakable Vows’ | Design & Décor Coordinator: A Chair to RememberCake: The Art of Cake Catering: Santa Maria Goretti Centre | Floral Design: FabloomosityPhotographer: BettiJane | Rentals: A Chair to Remember | Backdrop: The Paper Wedding | Stationery: Glossie Invitations | Music (DJ or Live): Revolution DJ | Transportation: Last Minute Limousines | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal House | Bridal Gown Designer: Casablanca | Bridesmaid(s) Boutique: Novelle Bridal ShopBridesmaid(s) Designer: Dessy Collection | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Canali | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Jones New York | Groomsment Suit/Tux Shop: Tip Top Tailors | Bridal Hair Stylist: Salon and Spa Roxx, Amanda Collier | Bridal Make Up Artist: Salon and Spa Roxx- Danielle Figeat | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Salon and Spa Roxx,| Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Salon and Spa Roxx | Jeweler: Giancarlo Bruni Bossio

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