Featured Wedding: August 16, 2014Jessica & Aleem's Cosmopolitan Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 23, 2015

A mutual friend introduced Jessica and Aleem at a Halloween party. Although they each attended the party with a group of friends, the two ended up talking the whole night! Shortly thereafter, Aleem took Jessica on a date and they have been inseparable ever since.

The Proposal

When the time came to propose, Aleem’s elaborate plan took Jessica by surprise. He whisked her away on an adventure filled vacation to Seattle where he got down on one knee at the top of a majestic mountain in front of a grand waterfall.

The Big Day

In planning their dream wedding, the couple aimed to pay homage to their traditional East Indian roots while also incorporating their modern style. “The new Edmonton Airport Renaissance Hotel was the perfect venue to achieve this goal,” says Jessica, “every detail of the hotel was very cosmopolitan and we were excited to be the first wedding!”

Jessica and Aleem created a unique and edgy atmosphere by blending traditional elements with contemporary flair. The interfaith ceremony included time-honored practices from each religion juxtaposed by a harpist playing modern songs such as “Titanium” and “Marry Me”, while traditional Indian hors d’oeuvres and a live Instagram feed on big screens were reception components.

Favourite Moments

1. “One of our good friends was able to perform our first dance song live with an acoustic guitar. It added a special touch that added a unique experience for us.”

2. “Traditionally, the harp is a classical instrument, but walking down the aisle to songs you hear on the radio today added a special feeling that we were taken away to a magical place.”

3. “We were able to incorporate traditional ceremonies from both of our religions which made the ceremony unique and different.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Square

First Dance

‘Spectrum’ – Zedd feat Matthew Koma performed by a friend.

Newlywed Advice

“Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. At first, we felt that we needed to do everything ourselves. We started to give tasks to our family and friends, because there was so much to do. In fact, many people had contacts and talents which ended up being very helpful in the end. Giving your friends and family tasks makes the whole process easier.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Since we never lived together prior to getting married, we are in the process of getting to know each other on a completely different level. Whether it’s living together, buying household items, or going on vacation; it’s all new and exciting – and we get to do it all together. Now our adventure begins.”

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Featured Wedding: June 21, 2014Mariah & Mark's Persian Boho Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 10, 2015

Mariah and Mark unexpectedly found love by way of their best friends. The young couple met in their late teenage years and haven’t looked back since.

The Proposal

When the time came to propose, Mark threw Mariah for a loop. He didn’t propose on their trip to Hawaii, where family and friends thought he would propose—instead, Mark took Mariah to Elk Island Nation Park shortly after their return. The couple enjoyed a lovely walk that, unbeknownst to Mariah, was about to get even better. On their way back to the car Mark asked Mariah if she would drive home. Mariah replied with a firm “no” only to renounce her decision when Mark asked again. Without hesitation, he tossed her the keys, which had a special attachment—Mariah’s dream ring! Over the moon excited, the two spent the drive home planning their future.

The Big Day

A relaxed, airy outdoor wedding was always a mutual vision that came to life in Mark’s parents’ backyard. Aside from hosting the ceremony and reception on family property, other personal elements included the celebration of Mark’s Persian culture by exchanging vows on a Persian rug and Mariah wearing her grandmother’s vintage wedding ring that she admired since she was a little girl. The big day was stress free leaving the blissful couple with many sweet memories to treasure forever.

Favourite Moments

Mariah: “Sitting with Mark at our sweetheart table and looking around at everyone we love! The moments right after the ceremony were surreal.”

Mark: “Marrying my wife and the delicious food.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘Take Care’ – Beach House

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

Father-Daughter: ‘You Are My Sunshine’ – Johnny Cash

Newlywed Advice

“Get a wedding planner! Seriously… even if you are organized and have flawless style, wedding planners (especially my wedding planner) are magical. They help relieve stress before the wedding day and definitely on the wedding day itself. And don’t sweat the small stuff. If you and your fiancé are arguing, you need to take a step back and look at what really matters – the actual wedding! not the designer shoes you’ve been dying to purchase for your big day.”

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Featured Wedding: August 17, 2014Fatima & Hisham's Middle Eastern Flare

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on February 2, 2015

A chance encounter at Heathrow Airport turned out to be a life changing moment for Fatima and Hisham. They were both at Terminal 3 waiting on a flight to Edmonton. He was returning home from visiting friends in Germany and she was returning home from visiting family in Lebanon.

When Hisham saw Fatima he felt compelled to strike a conversation. Fatima ended up sitting next to Hisham and he asked if they were at the gate boarding to Edmonton. Fatima responded, “I was going to ask you the same thing.” From that point, they chatted until their boarding call. Once they landed and went their separate ways, Fatima was disappointed contact information wasn’t exchanged. To her surprise, a few hours later Hisham sent her a Facebook friend request and five days later they went on a date. The rest is history.

The Proposal

A traditional arabic proposal, Hisham and his family asked Fatima’s family for her hand in marriage.

The Big Day

There was no question the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald was their venue of choice. Once Fatima and Hisham had completed the tour they were set on The Wedgwood Room to create the romantic ambiance for their wedding day. Fatima and Hisham opted for an intimate wedding interlaced with unique details such as Arabic desserts served in lieu of a wedding cake and classical Arabic music played by Hisham’s father and his friends before the arabic DJ played dance music. Additionally, Fatima incorporated a family heirloom in her wedding day ensemble—antique gloves and a clutch that was a gift from Fatima’s late grandfather to her mother.

Favourite Moments

Fatima: “The first look because the day felt like a production but I had to see Hisham to feel normal again.”

Hisham: “After dinner when the party started, I was relieved of all the nerves after the speeches.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘At Last’ – Etta James

Newlywed Advice

“Focus on the marriage not the wedding”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Travelling the world together”

Honeymoon

Italy & Sweden

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Featured Wedding: January 4, 2014Jessica & Brad's Traditional Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 8, 2014

A friend and very special member of Jessica & Brad’s bridal party is solely responsible for introducing the two. Who knew romance could blossom over salt and pepper chicken wings in their first years of university?

The Proposal

On a snowy November night the couple enjoyed a beautiful meal in downtown Edmonton. As they stepped out to enjoy the freshly placed Christmas lights, Jessica attempted to rush to the vehicle in efforts to escape the cold. Brad pulled her back and she turned around to find him on one knee.

The Big Day

Jessica and Brad tied the knot on a frigid winter day—but despite the chilly weather, the celebration was warm filled with joyous family and friends, special traditions and love.

Incorporating cultural traditions into the wedding celebration was important to Jessica and Brad. They had two wedding cakes, each a representation of their heritage. Brad’s Danish culture was displayed in a tower like cake called kransekage and Jessica’s Ukrainian decent was portrayed in a round bread cake covered in doves called korovai.

Additionally, Jessica had the distinct honor of walking down the aisle in her grandmother’s wedding gown that was handmade in Mundare, Alberta in 1948. The brocade satin gown made a second public appearance when Jessica’s aunt wore it down the aisle in 1999, and after almost losing the family heirloom in a house fire, Jessica expressed she considers herself incredibly fortunate to share in this special family tradition. “I was able to marry the man of my dreams in a dress that is so important to my family,” she said.

Favourite Moments

Jessica:Enjoying the excitement and the calm before the ceremony while having our first look photos taken.We cheated, we got to wear our wedding bands for the pictures!”

Brad: “Enjoying our first of many dances together.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Triple Halo Round

First Dance

“For Once In My Life’-Frank Sinatra

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy the time planning your big day by not rushing your engagement. Don’t get too worked up, the day goes much too quickly to have any broken relationships.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Getting back to our normal life.”

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Featured Wedding: June 15, 2013Stefania & Paul's Garden Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on June 15, 2013

If it were not for the persistence of one of Stefania and Paul’s mutual friends, they would have never met. Although he is from England, Paul had spent some time living in Edmonton, where he had made a good impression on a friend who was determined to play matchmaker. Paul returned to England, yet the friend persisted and was intent on setting him up with her friend Stefania. Much to the friend’s dismay, Stefania and Paul each rejected any suggestion of a set up. After all, neither of them had any interest in pursuing a relationship with someone who lived on a different continent.

After a twist of fate, Paul returned to Edmonton which only resulted in the friend’s insistence to play the role of matchmaker. Still, Stefania and Paul were adamant that they were not interested in meeting the other. Perhaps their friend knew best, so with a bit of a nudge, a meeting finally occurred—only, it was a surprise. Stefania and Paul each thought that they were going out with their friend individually, but once they arrived, they learned it was a setup. With a little laugh, the pair share that the “first meeting wasn’t good!” The matchmaker continued to persevere. A few weeks later Stefania finally made a deal with her friend. If she promised to let it go, if she at least made the effort to call Paul, then Stefania would do so. The phone call lasted three hours.

Stefania and Paul got along more than they anticipated and, out of respect for their friend, decided to try. What started as an agreement to simply indulge their friend, slowly turned into something more. A friendship was beginning to evolve. They learned that they got along and that they had things in common. Eventually, feelings began to develop and Stefania recalls that it “wasn’t logical.” She remembers “I felt in my heart that something felt right.”

The Proposal

A modest proposal, Paul proposed to Stefania on one knee, with a ring in hand. Seven years into a friendship that blossomed into a relationship, the pair were wed.

The Big Day

The planning of their wedding brought their families, with different cultural backgrounds, together. Stefania and Paul wanted their wedding to be reminiscent of their European backgrounds—hers Italian, his English. From their venues to their English garden style reception, no detail was overlooked. Above all else, their ceremony is the moment that the newlyweds cherish most—Stefania and Paul recall the priest’s homily, before they said their vows. Stefania’s favourite part of the ceremony: “the special moment of saying our vows—we were finally getting married!” A moment that Paul will always remember is when his beautiful bride walked down the aisle: “she looked so lovely.” What he loves most about marriage though is “saying ‘my wife,’ it’s a proud thing for me.

 

Favourite Moments

Above all else, their ceremony is the moment that the newlyweds cherish most—Stefania and Paul recall the priest’s homily, before they said their vows. Stefania’s favourite part of the ceremony: “the special moment of saying our vows—we were finally getting married!” A moment that Paul will always remember is when his beautiful bride walked down the aisle: “she looked so lovely.” What he loves most about marriage though is “saying ‘my wife,’ it’s a proud thing for me.

First Dance

Coldplay: “Proof”

Newlywed Advice

Take some time out on the wedding day to have a quiet moment together. The day goes by so quickly and there is so much going on around you. It’s important to remember each other.

Honeymoon

Hawaii

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