Fall Jasper WeddingAmanda + Neil: Fall Jasper Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 18, 2017

Ice and fire seem to be a motif running through Amanda and Neil’s relationship; the pair met at a friend’s bonfire party, then years later walked down the aisle together on a snowy October day in Jasper. Neil even made Amanda play Hot/Cold on Christmas morning to find her gift hidden in the tree—a diamond engagement ring and her groom-to-be on one knee.

The Big Day

The decision to get married in Jasper was easy for Amanda and Neil.  The park has long been their favourite getaway place to explore the great outdoors by foot or canoe, or even to indulge at the town’s restaurants and spas. Choosing a venue was more difficult as both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Pyramid Lake Resort boast extraordinary views and cozy, rustic atmospheres. Instead of choosing between the two venues they decided to split the ceremony and reception between them to get the best of both.

Favourite Moments

As much as they love Jasper in all it’s beauty, it’s clear that Amanda and Neil cherish their family above all else. Amanda’s favourite moment was walking down the aisle with her dad; “he said some of the sweetest things I’ll never forget,” she says. Neil will always remember watching their daughter come down the aisle and giving him a kiss before sitting with her grandmother.

Engagement Ring Cut

Brilliant Round

First Dance

‘Give in to Me” – Country Strong

Newlywed Advice

“Stay calm; it all really does come together in the end. There are bound to be things that don’t end up the way you had envisioned, but in the grand scheme of things they always turn out to be so minor you don’t even remember.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

They now look forward to growing their family even more.

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Pyramid Lake Resort

Acknowledgements

Number of Guests: 65 | Location: Jasper, AB | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Reception Venue: Pyramid Lake Resort | Marriage Officiant: Beryl Cahill |Cake: Hey Cupcake | Dessert Styling: Hey Cupcake | Catering: Pyramid Lake Resort | Floral Design: Weddings by Whitney | Photographer: Megan Kemshead Photography | Stationery: Zazzle.ca | Music: Jasper Alpine Music | Transportation: Jasper Limo | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Suit/Tux Designer: The Tuxedo House | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Designer: The Tuxedo House | Bridal Hair Stylist: Wild Orchid Salon & Spa | Bridal Make Up Artist: Wild Orchid Salon & Spa | Jeweler (Bride): Hillberg and Berk

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Classic Winter WeddingLeah + Chad: Classic Winter Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on September 13, 2016

After surviving breast cancer at 23, five-foot-tall firecracker Leah started volunteering for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. At one event, another volunteer offered to help her carry a large box of t-shirts upstairs. Leah made a smart-ass comment about being more than capable, took a few steps and dropped the box. Despite Leah’s sassiness, Chad helped her pick up the shirts and carried them up three flights. “We’ve been together ever since, and he still has to put up with my sass,” says Leah.

The Proposal

One Friday night after a dinner of chicken fingers and fries (Leah refused Chad’s suggestions for fancy restaurants), Chad drove Leah to the Citadel Theatre, where they are season ticket holders. They always toss change into the fountain and make silent wishes, but this time Chad asked Leah if she wanted to know what he wished for. He got down on one knee and didn’t even have time to pop the question before Leah started crying and said “yes.”

The Big Day

The couple chose the Wedgwood Room at the Hotel Macdonald for its soft colours and classic lines for their small winter wedding. As a unique touch, Chad and Leah made a wine-capsule to commemorate their day. They exchanged letters and sealed them in a wooden box with a bottle of wine, only to be opened on a momentous occasion or when they need a reminder of why they married each other.

Favourite Moments

Leah:My favourite moment of the wedding was right after the ceremony. Chad and I went to a separate room and it was just the two of us for about 5 minutes. It was right then that I realized that we had just done a very big thing and that I get to spend the rest of my life with my perfect person.”

Chad:“Seeing Leah walk down the aisle.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Oval

First Dance

”If I Had a Gun…” – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Father-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance(s)

“Grace, Too” – Tragically Hip cover by Justin Rutledge

Newlywed Advice

“Get a wedding planner! A wedding planner will help you to cut down the amount of bickering you do about the wedding. Planning a wedding is stressful, and even though you know you’re being crazy and unreasonable, sometimes you can’t help but take it out on the one person you shouldn’t: your fiancé. Our wedding planner was a saving grace”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“We are most looking forward to all the adventures we will have together and expanding our little family.”

Honeymoon

Moorea, French Polynesia; San Diego, California

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New Years Eve Fairmont WeddingErica + James: New Years Eve at the Fairmont

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 29, 2016

James and Erica met after both receiving last minute calls to join the cast on the Norwegian Jade cruise ship. Through their travels, James, a professional singer, and Erica, a professional dancer and aerialist, developed a deep connection.

The Proposal

James took Erica to a boutique hotel in New York City with views of the Empire State Building. He placed the ring in an oak box he had hand made and presented it to her when they woke up Sunday morning overlooking an amazing view. The meaning of the oak box was the sweetest gesture Erica had ever been given and she knew. They spent the rest of the day enjoying all that NYC has to offer, brunch, shopping, dinner at their favourite restaurant and of course calling all of their loved ones to share the wonderful news!

The Big Day

When it came time to say “I do”, the couple wanted a classic and elegant wedding. The Wedgewood room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offered the perfect setting!

The day went off without a hitch, Erica had such a great time that her bustle broke while busting moves on the dance floor! James will never forget the loving and humorous speech made by his mother and the personal gift his bride gave him; a bottle of bourbon suitably aged at sea.

Since it was a destination wedding for James family, traveling from the states, the couple had welcome Canadian gift bags consisting of Hudson Bay Mittens and Tim Hortons Gift Cards for the Americans to feel welcomed.

Another memorable moment was when the couple’s wedding coordinator Monica heard them mention in passing that they really enjoyed a traditional Filipino dessert cake called Ensemada, and took it upon herself to go to the only Filipino bakery in Edmonton and have two of the delicious treats waiting in their room at the end of the night.

Favourite Moments

Erica: “It was the most incredible day and picking a favourite moment seems impossible. Something last minute and unexpected was taking a last minute selfie with my dad and bridesmaids as I waited to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend!”

James:Listening to all the speeches from our family and friends was truly wonderful, but I will always remember my Mother’s speech to us on our first day as a married couple. She is a speech writer by trade and her personal, humorous, slightly embarrassing and loving affirmation of both her love for me and her approval of and excitement for this new chapter in my life was just the best.”

Engagement Ring Cut

Round Brilliant

First Dance

‘For Once In My Life’ – Frank Sinatra

Newlywed Advice

Do what makes YOU happy and stay true to yourselves as a couple. It will all come together even when it feels like it might not and on your wedding day let it all go and just enjoy yourself!

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds are excited to share their adventures together on land, in the air, at sea and wherever their journeys may take them!

Honeymoon

Jasper, AB | Jasper Park Lodge

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New Year’s Eve Vermillion WeddingReanne + Ryan: NYE Vermillion Wedding

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on August 25, 2016

Reanne and Ryan first met through mutual friends at Laurier Lake, then reconnected several years later when Reanne commented on Ryan’s Facebook photo of his new snowmobile.

The Proposal

The couple eventually built a home at the same lake where they met, and Ryan proposed to Reanne on the same sled; he got down on one knee, told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and asked her to marry him. An ecstatic Reanne said “yes!”

The Big Day

The bride and groom wanted to have all of their friends and family celebrate with them, so they held their New Year’s Eve wedding in Reanne’s hometown of Vermilion, AB. They decked the hall in blush, gold and sequins to evoke an era of vintage glamour. A boutique lounge area created with antique furniture made for fun indoor photos, and guests indulged in a champagne bar. Reanne wore her dream dress, Monroe by Hailey Paige, which she fell in love with after seeing it featured in Blush Magazine.

Favourite Moments

Reanne’s favourite moment was when Ryan sang her down the aisle to “Never Stop” by SafetySuit. Ryan’s favourite moment was, of course, seeing his beautiful bride for the first time.

Engagement Ring Cut

Princess

First Dance

“It Goes Like This”- Thomas Rhett

Newlywed Advice

“Enjoy every moment of your day and take some time to cherish it and take it all in together. And of course, hire a day-of-coordinator!”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

The newlyweds now look forward to starting a family and seeing what the future has in store for them.

Honeymoon

Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba | Warwick Cayo Santa Maria Beach Resort

Acknowledgements

Writer: Carmen Green | Number of Guests: 250 | Location: Vermilion, AB | Ceremony Venue: Vermilion First United Church | Reception Venue: Vermilion Regional Centre | Marriage Officiant: Rev. Andrew Kinoti Lairenge | Day of Coordinator: Joyous Occasions | Design & Decor: Piece of Cake Wedding | Cake: Robin’s Cakes | Catering: Mrs. J’s Catering | Floral Design: Vivian Williams | Photographer: Michelle Larmand Photography | Photo Booth: Piece of Cake Wedding | Rentals: Piece of Cake Wedding, Elegant Touches, Stagecoach Design & Event Rentals | Stationery: Michelle Larmand Photography | Music: Shane Larmand Music | Transportation: Len’s Party Bus | Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal | Bridal Gown Designer: Hailey Paige | Bridesmaids Boutique: Modern Vintage Boutique | Groom’s Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Groomsmen Suit/Tux Shop: Derks | Bridal Hair Stylist: Shear Stylin’ | Bridal Make Up Artist: Hair & Makeup by Lise | Bridesmaid(s) Hair Stylist: Beauty by Mel C | Bridesmaid(s) Make Up Artist: Hair & Makeup by Lise | Jeweller (Bride): Wainwright Jewellers | Jeweller (Groom): Wainwright Jeweller

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Rustic Lake House WeddingLake House Calgary Wedding: Lauren + Greg

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on October 16, 2015

Lauren and Greg met through an online dating site and casually dated for a month or two before going their separate ways because neither of them was interested in anything serious. Fast-forward two years—Laruen and Greg bumped into each other by chance and sparks flew. “It really goes to show that timing is everything,” says Laruen, “we were the perfect match once we were both ready.”

The Proposal

A surprise birthday escape to San Francisco with a vineyard proposal overlooking the most exquisite view of Northern California’s wine country, left Lauren speechless. She notes it was special, romantic and unforgettable.

The Big Day

Getting married just two days after Christmas, the couple avoided a holiday theme celebration and opted for a rustic, romantic elegance—a motif beautifully captured by large antler chandeliers, handsome wood floors and tables, and a gigantic cozy fireplace at The Lake House. The instant the couple walked into The Lake House they both knew that it was the perfect venue. It offers a small private room, which was perfect for their intimate ceremony. The main room overlooking the frozen lake was picturesque for a winter wedding and perfect for hosting a larger gathering. Aside from the look and feel of the space itself, they wanted to offer their guests an unbelievable meal and great wine. The Lake House is renowned for quality and service so that decision was very easy for Lauren and Greg to make. Each guest left with half a dozen homemade cookies baked by the bride’s mother which added a homey charm to the evening’s end.

Favourite Moments

Lauren:My favourite moment of the day was the “first look” photo. We decided to do our photos earlier in the day so that we could move seamlessly from ceremony to reception. The first look took place on a staircase at the Kensington Inn, where the girls had been getting ready. I had been a bundle of nerves all morning but the instant I saw Greg’s face I knew that it was going to be an amazing day and was so excited to marry him! It was really nice to have those quiet moments together and enjoy the moment – the rest of the night flew by!”

Greg: “Lauren and I each picked a close friend to “co-MC” the wedding. We decided that they would each say a few words about us as part of the program and then our parents would be the only other speeches. As part of his bit, my friend Danny had written a hilarious, fully rhyming poem about me that had the whole crowd roaring. Lauren and I loved the poem so much that we had it printed and framed – it still makes us laugh every time we look at it!”

Engagement Ring Cut

Cushion Cut

First Dance

‘At Last’ – Etta James

Newlywed Advice

“The best advice we can give is to compromise! Pick the items that really, truly are a “must have” for each partner and then be willing to be flexible on everything else. In the end, the day should be a reflection of both of you. We would also highly recommend using a decor planner or day of coordinator.”

Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married

“Prior to getting married we both knew that we were excited to start a family quite quickly. Now we’re happy to say that we are expecting our first baby in November and we can’t wait to start our own little family and traditions together!”

Honeymoon

Mini Moon Destination: Radium, BC

Mini Moon Lodging: Cobblestone Creek

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