Featured Wedding: September 20, 2014Tamara & Phil's Croatian Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on March 4, 2015

Tamara and Phil officially met in Vegas on New Years day January 1, 2011, at a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel—but ironically a few days prior, they laid eyes on each other at West Edmonton Mall. After their initial passing at the mall, they discovered the next morning they were on the same flight to Vegas and exchanged numbers to meet up for a concert. The night of the concert Tamara knew Phil was her soul mate—it was a love at first sight moment.

The Proposal

The storybook encounter was later accompanied by a romantic proposal on a Mediterranean cruise where Phil asked Tamara to marry him on a balcony overlooking the vast sea off the shores of Croatia. Phil’s long awaited desire to take Tamara to Croatia to share his heritage with her made the magical life altering occasion extra special.

The Big Day

The couple wasted no time planning their wedding incorporating unique elements such as a shot table for guests when they arrived at the reception and booking a Croatian band alongside a DJ for entertainment.

Favourite Moments

Tamara: “Seeing Phil smiling at the alter while walking down the isle.”

Phil: “Our first kiss at the ceremony”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round

First Dance

‘Cant Help Falling in Love’ – Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

‘Over the Rainbow’ – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Newlywed Advice

“It is never too early to start panning and purchasing items for your wedding. If you start planning early it gives you the chance to book your first choice vendors.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are excited to start a family.”

Honeymoon

St. Lucia-Sandals Grande

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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.”

Honeymoon

Hong Kong

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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.”

Honeymoon

Camping on Vancouver Island

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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

Wedding Film/Video

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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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