Traditional Meets ContemporaryBrianna + Anthony: Traditional x Contemporary

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 12, 2017

For Brianna and Anthony, life is truly an adventure! They started dating after they met while volunteering at the University of Alberta Orientation.

The Proposal

A few years later after a day of mishaps trying to get to Anthony’s family cabin on Pierce Lake, the couple took a moment to relax on the dock at sunset. As the crystal waters reflected the golden sky, Anthony got down on one knee and asked Brianna to join him on a trip down the aisle.

The Big Day

Brianna and Anthony combined traditional and contemporary elements for their unique fall wedding. They were the third generation to be married at the quaint Josephburg Community Church. As the church doors opened, Brianna took an extra moment to savour the details and people that brought so much joy to the day—particularly her smiling groom. The jewel-toned sculptured floral arrangements and Brianna’s two-piece gown with a golden blush skirt and long-sleeved lace top transitioned beautifully from the country ceremony to the urban reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta. After a whole day of celebrating with family and friends, the newlyweds took some time for themselves and headed to the mountains for a stunning post-wedding photo shoot.

Favourite Moments

Brianna: “When the church sanctuary doors opened, and before walking down the aisle, I took an extra moment to capture the joy of my wedding day. I looked at the flowers, our guests, my parents and most importantly the adoring gaze and smile of my groom.”Anthony: “The Whole Day! Celebrating and sharing our wedding day with all of our family and friends’

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

Newlywed Advice

“Invest in a wedding planner who can see your vision and has the resources and team to create it. Hiring a planner also allows family and friends to enjoy the day with you.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

Now they are excited to experience more of life’s adventures together, including a honeymoon to the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest.

Honeymoon

Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 135 | Location: Josephburg & Edmonton, AB | Ceremony Venue: Josephburg Community Church | Reception Venue: Art Gallery of Alberta | Marriage Officiant: Pastor Norm Backhouse | Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Design & Decor Coordinator: Jennifer Bergman Weddings | Cake & Dessert Styling: The Art of Cake | Catering: Zinc | Floral Design: faBLOOMosity | Photographer: Carey Nash | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Drapery: Site 6 Events | Lighting: Production Lighting | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Live Music: Diane Stabel (Ceremony) | DJ: Premiere DJs by Urban Metropolis | Transportation: Esquire Limousine | Bridal Gown Boutique: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids Boutique: Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Designer: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Henry Singer | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: Coppley | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Moore’s | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: Calvin Klein | Bridal Hair Stylist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridal Make Up Artist: Lauriane Rutberg | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Sen Studios | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Sen Studios | Jeweler: Mark Katzeff | Travel Agency: Paull Travel |

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Classic Fairmont WeddingJade + Jeremy: Classic Fairmont Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 29, 2017

Jade and Jeremy grew up in the same town, but didn’t start dating until they moved to the city to study at the University of Alberta. From there it took ten years and a trip across the globe for Jeremy to propose.

The Proposal

The couple were on a private sunset safari in Kenya and stopped at a picturesque spot to stretch and enjoy a glass of wine. Jeremy asked the guides to take a picture of them, grabbed Jade’s hand and got down on one knee. “The entire world stopped,” says Jade. They were greeted back at camp with champagne and a private dinner.

The Big Day

Finding their reception venue was easy; Jade and Jeremy loved the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s elegant Empire Ballroom at first sight. Finding the dress, however, wasn’t; Jade tried on nearly 50 understated gowns that she thought fit her vision, then unexpectedly found “the one” when she tried on an elaborate Allure gown.

Favourite Moments

Jade took Jeremy’s breath away during their first look, then they read letters containing their vows to each other. “It was very emotional and really special because it was the only moment that day that was shared between just the two of us. We will never forget it,” says Jade.

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

“Home”—Cover by Luca Fogale

Newlywed Advice

“Try to get everything done by the weekend prior to your wedding. We had everything done by the Sunday before the wedding. It was nice to have the week to relax and just be excited to get married!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds look forward to filling the pages of their passports together, starting with their honeymoon in Maui and Japan.

Honeymoon

Japan + Maui

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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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Traditional DIY WeddingJalene + Matt: Traditional DIY Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on November 15, 2016

Jalene and Matt first met in high school, but remained “just friends” for years. Despite both being interested in each other, the timing never seemed to work out. On a Wednesday night in 2009, Jalene ran into Matt while out with friends, and he ended up walking her home. They (finally!) shared a kiss on Jalene’s doorstep and the rest is history.

The Proposal

Matt proposed to Jalene one night on their walk home. Arriving at a park overlooking the river valley, a violinist was playing their favourite song. The pair’s dog Coco was tied up close by with the ring around his neck. Matt popped the question, Jalene said yes, some (possibly illegal) fireworks went off, and their family and friends emerged cheering from hiding spots close by!

The Big Day

There were so many aspects of a traditional wedding that the couple wanted to incorporate into their special day. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful historic McDougall United Church, where they took full advantage of the pipe organ and opted for classic wedding songs like the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March. Their reception was at a community hall where they shared a family style meal (including mac and cheese) with 200 of their family and friends and ended the night with a truly epic dance party. Halfway through the mother- son dance, the groom and his mom busted out into a fully choreographed Ukrainian dance, wowing the crowd with their impressive moves and setting the tone for the rest of the night. Most of the wedding day decor was DIY, from the floral table arrangements to the signage, none of which would have been possible without the help of family and friends. They also made sure to include their 15 year old rescue dog Coco where they could, having him there for the family photos.

Favourite Moments

Jalene:Everything about our ceremony was perfect. I really can’t put into words the amount of love and happiness I felt in the room with us, not just from Matt but every other person there!”

Matt:I can’t pick just one moment! The entire ceremony and all of the speeches from our family members were my favourite part of the day.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Vintage Round Cut

First Dance

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ – Ingrid Michaelson

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Four Strong Winds’ – Neil Young

Newlywed Advice

“Everyone says this, but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. All of the little things we worried about were the things that nobody noticed or cared about in the end. And be present!!! The day goes by so fast, you will hardly remember it unless you take time to relax and enjoy the little moments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Continuing to enjoy our life together as we always have, but with much better kitchen appliances! We received an automatic coffee machine as a wedding gift and it has been pretty life changing as far as mornings go. We are also looking forward to (after 8 years of dating) being allowed to sleep in the same bed when we visit Matt’s parents over the holidays.”

Honeymoon

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Champagne Rosette WeddingMadison + Shay: Champagne Rosette Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 21, 2016

Everything came up roses for Madison and Shay. A mutual friend thought they would be perfect for each other and introduced them at a Halloween party, which led to a romantic proposal and a beautiful floral-themed wedding.

The Proposal

When the couple decided to move in together, Shay spent his spare time in the garage building furniture for their new home. One night, Shay showed Madison his final project: a beautiful desk. “I remember touching the wood and thinking how this desk would probably be in our family forever,” says Madison. She was so impressed with the workmanship that at first she didn’t notice the little blue box sitting in the drawer. When she realized what was happening, Shay was down on one knee.

The Big Day

Madison didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but wanted their wedding to feel romantic and intimate despite their guest list of 155. A champagne rosette tablecloth sparked inspiration, and the floral motif carried on throughout the Empire Ballroom in shades of blush and pink. An ivory and pink candy bar painstakingly put together by Madison and her bridesmaids finished the look.

Favourite Moments

Madison’s favourite moment was walking down the aisle past all her friends and family, while Shay fondly remembers reciting their vows with tears and laughter. “There was just so much happiness in the room, it couldn’t have been a more perfect moment.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round with Halo

First Dance

‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ cover by Sleeping at Last

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Aisle Walk: Beethoven’s ‘5 Secrets’ by The Piano Guys

Newlywed Advice

“It’s okay for your decor to change and evolve as you plan, but try to have a general idea of what you want the room to feel like before you start to make big purchases and commitments.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Relaxing together and getting back to normal life after a big year of planning! We’re excited to be moving in to a new house sometime next year and maybe start thinking about babies after that!”

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Jasper Park Lodge

Wedding Film/Video

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