High Culture: Weddings & Special Eventshttp://highculture.myfotojournal.com/Most recent blog posts from highculture.myfotojournal.comen-usMon, 14 Feb 2011 19:33:00 +0000Love Story Contesthttp://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2011/feb/14/love-story-contest/<p>Love Story Contest with <a href="http://www.highculture.ca">High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special Events</a>, <a href="http://www.jillcoursenphotography.com">Jill Coursen Photography</a>, <a href="http://www.theartofcake.ca">The Art of Cake</a>, and Dominique Rivera- Koshuta <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Jennifer Rivera-Preston of <a href="http://www.riveramakeup.ca/">Rivera Makeup Artistry</a> in honour of Valentine&#8217;s&nbsp;Day!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2011/02/14/large_Love+Story+Contest.1.jpg" alt="Love Story Contest.1.jpg" title="Love Story Contest.1.jpg" /></p> <p>We <span class="caps">LOVE</span> weddings and we <span class="caps">LOVE</span> <span class="caps">LOVE</span> stories so in honour of this <span class="caps">LOVE</span> and in celebration of Valentine&#8217;s day, we have a little contest for the ultimate wedding give-away. Do you and your fianc&eacute;(&eacute;) share a unique and powerful love story? If so, we want to hear about it. All you have to do is e-mail us at high.culture@me.com sharing the following details: give us a glimpse into your story, tell us why you are the most deserving couple, answer how your wedding will be unique, and share with us your favourite photo of the two of&nbsp;you.</p> <p>The lucky couple will win the&nbsp;following:</p> <p>An Engagement Session compliments of Jill Coursen Photography<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>a value of $250 plus $100 print&nbsp;credit</p> <p>Hair <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Makeup trials compliments of Rivera Makeup Artistry<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>a value of&nbsp;$150</p> <p>A six-inch buttercream cake compliments of The Art of Cake&nbsp;<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>a value of&nbsp;$75</p> <p>Your choice of either &#8216;Planning Basics&#8217; or &#8216;Design Consultation&#8217; compliments of High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special&nbsp;Events</p> <p><span class="quo">&#8216;</span>Planning Basics&#8217; - a complimentary two-hour consultation with Rebecca to converse about the initial steps to planning the perfect wedding. During this meeting, we will work to create an understanding of your wedding vision, style, and budget. We will discuss your plans thus far and those ahead of you while providing you with a personalized planning checklist and the occasion to discuss any wedding-related questions.&nbsp;<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>a value of&nbsp;$300</p> <p><span class="quo">&#8216;</span>Design Consultation&#8217; - &nbsp;a complimentary two-hour consultation with Rebecca to converse about your vision. During this meeting, we will work to create a cohesive wedding design to suit your wedding vision. In consideration of your venue(s) and budget, we will begin to design a concept and provide you with some suggestions of suitable service providers. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>a value of&nbsp;$400</p> <p>The finer details:&nbsp;<br />* Current clients of any of the above cannot enter<br />* Contest is closed to those who are already working with a photographer, hairstylist, makeup artist, cake designer, and/or<br />wedding coordinator<br />* Wedding must take place in Edmonton and its surrounding area in order for all services to be&nbsp;relevant.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contest closes: February 28,&nbsp;2011</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/highculture/photos/2011/02/14/medium_Love%20Story%20Contest.1.jpg" /></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:33:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2011/feb/14/love-story-contest/The Final Week {Edmonton Engagement Photos}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/07/final-week-edmonton-engagement-photos-edmonton-wedding/<p>After a year and a half of being engaged and seven years of dating, my friends Michelle and Andy are finally tying the knot next weekend! I have had the pleasure of working with them and assisting them on aspects of their wedding and will also have the honour of standing at their sides on their wedding day.&nbsp;I am looking forward to their wedding and wish for them a fabulous day and a beautiful&nbsp;marriage.</p> <p>We&#8217;ll be decorating the venue (where they first met!) on Friday and I cannot wait to share with you some detail shots. Their wedding colours are the bride&#8217;s favourite - pink and chocolate brown which will compliment each other very nicely. Obviously with it being a summer wedding, the richness of the chocolate brown alone would be a little too dark so adding touches of pink and white have made the d&eacute;cor a little more Summery and fun. Lighting is also a fabulous way to dramatically transform a venue in order to make it suit your d&eacute;cor, style, and create a spectacular atmosphere. I am a huge fan of playing with lighting so I am thrilled that when I introduced the idea, Michelle chose to run with it. We&#8217;re using pink lighting and I cannot wait to show you what it looks&nbsp;like!</p> <p>In the meantime, here are some of their engagement photos by Leah of <a href="http://leahraephotography.myfotojournal.com/" title="Leah Rae Photography">Leah Rae Photography</a>. I am really looking forward to seeing all of what I know will be stunning photos from their special&nbsp;day.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8966.jpg" alt="_MG_8966.jpg" title="_MG_8966.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8693.jpg" alt="_MG_8693.jpg" title="_MG_8693.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8861.jpg" alt="_MG_8861.jpg" title="_MG_8861.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8828.jpg" alt="_MG_8828.jpg" title="_MG_8828.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8936.jpg" alt="_MG_8936.jpg" title="_MG_8936.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/10/large__MG_8847.jpg" alt="_MG_8847.jpg" title="_MG_8847.jpg" /></p> <p>Photographer: Leah of&nbsp;<a href="http://leahraephotography.myfotojournal.com/" title="Leah Rae Photography">Leah Rae&nbsp;Photography</a></p> Sat, 07 Aug 2010 22:27:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/07/final-week-edmonton-engagement-photos-edmonton-wedding/Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz {Celebrity Wedding}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/02/alicia-keys-swizz-beatz/<p>Chelsea Clinton wasn&#8217;t the only celebrity to wed this weekend or wear a gown by Vera Wang. Family and close friends were present at singer Alicia Keys and her now husband Swizz Beatz&#8217; private ceremony on the Mediterranean Sea. The setting was beautiful and the bride looked absolutely stunning in her Grecian-inspired gown and updo. The purple calla lillies in Alicia&#8217;s bouquet also added a nice hint of&nbsp;colour!&nbsp;</p> <p>So far, only one photo has been shared with the public from this private&nbsp;wedding.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/03/large_people-magazine-alicia-keys-wedding-1.jpg" alt="people-magazine-alicia-keys-wedding-1.jpg" title="people-magazine-alicia-keys-wedding-1.jpg" /></p> <p>A few details about the wedding:<br />. Attire: <br />&nbsp;. Bride: a Grecian-inspired gown - designed by <a href="http://www.verawang.com/" title="Vera Wang">Vera Wang</a><br />&nbsp;. Groom: a tuxedo with a crisp white jacket - designed by Tom&nbsp;Ford</p> <p>Photo courtesy of: <a href="http://www.people.com/people/" title="People Magazine">People.com</a></p> <p>Warmest wishes to the&nbsp;newlyweds!</p> Mon, 02 Aug 2010 06:37:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/02/alicia-keys-swizz-beatz/Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky {Celebrity Wedding}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/02/celebrity-wedding/<p style="text-align: left;">There was wedding fever in Rhinebeck, New York yesterday as the&nbsp;highly anticipated Clinton/Mezvinsky wedding took place at the stately neo-classical building and estate, Astor Courts. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the venue itself is absolutely&nbsp;breathtaking.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-4.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-4.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-4.jpg" /><br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-6.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-6.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-6.jpg" /><br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-7.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-7.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-7.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Chelsea had asked that her wedding be kept private but already, only a day after the wedding, there are already tons of photos that have been&nbsp;shared.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-3.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-3.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-3.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Chelsea is Methodist and Marc is Jewish so rather than either of them converting their religions and beliefs, they shared an interfaith wedding ceremony which was conducted by both a Reverend and a Rabbi. Blending elements from both cultural traditions is a beautiful way to truly make a wedding day unique in such a way that it speaks of who the couple are. It was commented that although the bride and groom are well known and bear celebrity status, the wedding was not about celebrity but was clearly about the bride and&nbsp;groom.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-1.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-1.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-1.jpg" /><br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-2.jpg" alt="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-2.jpg" title="today-chelsea-clinton-wedding-2.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">A few details about the wedding:&nbsp;<br />. Guest attendance: 400<br />. Attire: <br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>.&nbsp;Bride:&nbsp;a strapless gown, beaded at the waist - designed by guest, <a href="http://www.verawang.com/" title="Vera Wang">Vera Wang</a>&nbsp;<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>.&nbsp;Groom: a Burberry tuxedo - designed by Burberry&#8217;s creative director, Christopher Bailey<br /><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>.&nbsp;Mother of the Bride: a fuschia coloured gown - designed by <a href="http://www.oscardelarenta.com/" title="Oscar de la Renta">Oscar de la&nbsp;Renta</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/08/02/large_new-york-times-chelsea-clinton-wedding.jpg" alt="new-york-times-chelsea-clinton-wedding.jpg" title="new-york-times-chelsea-clinton-wedding.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Photos courtesy of: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/nyregion/01chelsea.html?_r=1&amp;ref=todayspaper" title="The New York Times">The New York Times</a> <span class="amp">&amp;</span> <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38500111/ns/today-today_weddings/" title="Today">Today</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Warmest wishes to the&nbsp;newlyweds!</p> Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:55:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/aug/02/celebrity-wedding/Project Wedding: Talia {Edmonton Wedding Consultant}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jul/19/project-wedding-talia-edmonton-wedding-consultant/<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">As always, my brilliant &#8216;Project Wedding&#8217; team had a fabulous and successful shoot last week! It has been an absolute pleasure working with these talented women:&nbsp;<a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill">Jill Coursen</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.parkerrae.ca/" title="Lindsay">Lindsay Collinson</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dominique">Dominique Rivera</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Jennifer Rivera-Preston</a>. Together, we have had an incredible time with successful planning and collaborating - it has been a truly enjoyable experience. At the beginning of my collaboration with Jill Coursen, we expected to do a few shoots together; however, because we have enjoyed working together so much as well as with our team, we have decided to continue on our collaboration with &#8216;Project Wedding.&#8217; Please visit regularly to see what we have to&nbsp;share!&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">Our last model and ex-bride for &#8216;Project Wedding: Brides&#8217; was Talia whom I am proud to call my friend. Talia is stunning and I am so happy that she agreed to be one of our models! She and her husband celebrated their one year wedding anniversary yesterday -&nbsp;congratulations!&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">As a bride-to-be, Talia experienced&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/" title="Kleinfeld">Kleinfeld</a>&nbsp;and bought her breathtaking dress at the shop from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=Say-Yes-To-The-Dress" title="Say Yes to the Dress">&#8216;Say Yes to the Dress!&#8217;</a>&nbsp;How cool is that?! Read on to hear about her wedding dress shopping&nbsp;experience!&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t9blog.jpg" alt="t9blog.jpg" title="t9blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Everything! I loved deciding on the flowers. I loved picking out all of the details for my reception: from candles to vases, to tablecloths and napkins - I loved it! Of course, I <span class="caps">LOVED</span> flying to New York City to pick out my wedding dress from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/" title="Kleinfeld">Kleinfeld</a>!&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t6blog.jpg" alt="t6blog.jpg" title="t6blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>Looking back, what is your favourite thing about your wedding day?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Oh my goodness!!! Everything - I loved <span class="caps">EVERYTHING</span>! However, if I had to narrow it down, it would have to be my ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful! I had the Ukrainian Men&#8217;s Choir sing and they sounded heavenly. I cherished every single part of my ceremony because it was truly the most important part of the day. I love being Ukrainian and being able to experience traditions that have been with this culture for centuries; getting our hands tied with the rushnick and walking around the tetropod three times and being crowned King and Queen of our own family. My ceremony truly went above and beyond all of my&nbsp;expectations.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t14blog.jpg" alt="t14blog.jpg" title="t14blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>What is your favourite thing about being married?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Where do I begin?! My favourite thing <span class="caps">IS</span> my husband! Every day is a wonderful dream - I never expected life to be so&nbsp;magnificent.</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t19blog.jpg" alt="t19blog.jpg" title="t19blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>Tell us about your wedding dress shopping experience&#8230; how did you know it was the one?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">My wedding dress shopping was indeed a unique experience! I started looking here in Edmonton and in Sherwood Park but I couldn&#8217;t find anything I really&nbsp;liked.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">My sister lives in Manhattan so my mother and I thought it would be fun to &#8216;just look&#8217; at some of the wedding shops there. I made a few appointments with some of the little fine boutiques and of course an appointment with the infamous&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/" title="Kleinfeld">Kleinfeld</a>! The little boutiques had beautiful, unique dresses that I have never seen before due to the fact that certain designers will only design for a particular store; however, they were very much out of my price point. I could not rationalize paying $8,000 for a dress that I would only wear for 12&nbsp;hours.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">When we went to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/" title="Kleinfeld">Kleinfeld</a>, it was a truly magical experience. They treat everyone like a princess, no matter what your budget is. When I went dress shopping at home, I found it to be very overwhelming which was the opposite to my visit to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/" title="Kleinfeld">Kleinfeld</a>. They sit you in a room and talk to you one on one about your &#8216;big day.&#8217; Then, they ask you what you like and don&#8217;t like and of course, how much you want to spend. After you go through all of the details, your assistant leaves and returns with a few different types of dresses (within your budget) that you can try&nbsp;on.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">My dress was the third or fourth dress that she had pulled out. I <span class="caps">LOVED</span> it!!! The colour was unique (oyster with rhinestones and delicate beading) and it had a long train. It was very different to anything else that I had tried on and that&#8217;s how I knew that it was &#8216;the&nbsp;one!&#8217;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong>Did your husband see your dress before your wedding?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="caps">NO</span>! I didn&#8217;t want him to see it and he had no interest in seeing it before we got&nbsp;married.&nbsp;</span></strong></span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t23blog.jpg" alt="t23blog.jpg" title="t23blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>After not having a wedding planner, why would you recommend that couples hire one? We&#8217;ve chatted about this since your wedding. For example, in the past you&#8217;ve mentioned the benefit if not for the entire planning process to hire a coordinator for the day so as to ensure that everything is perfect and no one else has to do anything. I recall you saying that a wedding planner would think of things on your wedding day that you wouldn&#8217;t think about because you&#8217;re too busy!<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Exactly what you just said! I didn&#8217;t need help planning the wedding; however, I <span class="caps">DID</span> need someone besides my relatives to do miscellaneous jobs. Looking back on it, I really wish that I had someone for the week prior and the day of - I&#8217;m not just saying that&nbsp;either!&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t27blog.jpg" alt="t27blog.jpg" title="t27blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>Do you have any tips for current brides?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Relax - it&#8217;s only one day! As I look back on my perfect and wonderful wedding a year later, it was a really good time in my life; however, I know that the best is yet to&nbsp;come.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/20/large_t24blog.jpg" alt="t24blog.jpg" title="t24blog.jpg" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><span class="quo" style="outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><span class="quo">&lsquo;</span></span>Project Wedding&rsquo; team:&nbsp;<br />Project Coordinator: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke of <a href="http://web.mac.com/high.culture/iWeb/High%20Culture%3A%20Weddings%20%26%20Special%20Events%20Incorporated/Home.html" title="High Culture">High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special Events</a><br />Photographer: Jill Coursen of <a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill Coursen">Jill Coursen Photography</a><br />Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Rivera Makeup">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Hair Stylist: Jennifer Rivera-Preston of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Rivera Makeup">Rivera Make-Up Artistry</a> <br />Second Shooter: Lindsay Collinson of <a href="http://www.parkerrae.ca/" title="Parker Rae Photography">Parker Rae&nbsp;Photography </a></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; padding: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">As always, there&#8217;s much more to come from &#8216;Project Wedding.&#8217;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:10:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jul/19/project-wedding-talia-edmonton-wedding-consultant/Antique Romance Wedding {Edmonton Day of Coordinator}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jul/06/antique-romance-wedding-edmonton-day-coordinator/<p>I first told you about Meghan and Ian&#8217;s Antique Romance wedding with the details of <a href="http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/11/greatest-compliment/" title="Greatest Compliment">how they found me</a>&nbsp;and then,&nbsp;on their one month anniversary, I&nbsp;shared a few of my self taken <a href="http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/15/congratulations-one-month-anniversary/" title="Day of Coordinator">photos</a> from their wedding. Shortly after, you saw a little more of Meghan&nbsp;in her <a href="http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-meghan-edmonton-wedding-planner/" title="Project Wedding">shoot for &#8216;Project&nbsp;Wedding.&#8217;</a></p> <p>I had so much fun working with Meghan and Ian during the final month leading to their wedding day and on their wedding day itself as their day of coordinator. They had a small, intimate, romantic wedding and shared their special day with their closest family and friends. The entire day was enjoyed by all. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to play a role in your special day!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Always eager to travel,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/Ria.Hansen.Photography" title="Ria Hansen">Ria Hansen</a>, a Canadian photographer who travels the country and the world shooting weddings came to Edmonton to shoot Meghan and Ian&#8217;s wedding. At the time, Ria was based in Montr&eacute;al and is now located out West in British Columbia. Here are a few&nbsp;detail and action shots - thank you, Ria!&nbsp;<br /><br />Here are some of Ria&#8217;s beautiful photos from Meghan and Ian&#8217;s wedding day:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-11-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-11-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-11-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-12-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-12-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-12-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-26-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-26-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-26-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-63-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-63-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-63-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-124-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-124-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-124-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-126-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-126-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-126-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-32-lowres.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-32-lowres.jpg" title="M&amp;I-32-lowres.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-Rebecca.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-Rebecca.jpg" title="M&amp;I-Rebecca.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/06/large_M%26I-Rebecca2.jpg" alt="M&amp;I-Rebecca2.jpg" title="M&amp;I-Rebecca2.jpg" /></p> Tue, 06 Jul 2010 07:27:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jul/06/antique-romance-wedding-edmonton-day-coordinator/Details: Bridal Shower D├ęcor {Edmonton Wedding & Special Event Decorator}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/30/details-bridal-shower-dcor-edmonton-wedding-special-event-decorator/<p>There&#8217;s nothing like working under pressure!<br /> <br />On Sunday, I attended a friend&#8217;s bridal shower as a friend, a bridesmaid, and a decorator. After being invited to the shower a few months ago, I had offered my services to decorate the venue or assist where necessary; however, I did not receive confirmation until a few days before the event! In the matter of about four days, I managed to come up with a concept (simple and pink - one of her wedding colours). Coming up with the initial idea wasn&#8217;t very difficult but figuring out what materials I had to work with was a little tricky. I knew that I wanted to work with pink linens, have three complimentary cakes (different sizes and different flavours with a pink and white colour scheme), and play around with some materials that I had readily available. I wanted to create a simple, fresh, and clean look which I think I successfully achieved through the use of fresh flowers and trees, crisp white linens along with accents of pink linens, and mirrors and&nbsp;candles.</p> <p>The newest banquet room at the <a href="http://www.chateaulouis.com/" title="Chateau Louis">Chateau Louis Conference Centre</a>, the Leland, also has beautiful natural light which was perfect for an afternoon shower. If you&#8217;re having a smaller, intimate function, this new setting is perfect - the service, food, and venue are&nbsp;fabulous!&nbsp;</p> <p>As a wedding <span class="amp">&amp;</span> special event coordinator, I am so fortunate to have built strong relationships with many fantastic service providers in Edmonton - my mom, a former pastry chef made three beautiful (and delicious!) cakes, as always, Sheldon and Gloria from <a href="http://www.infiniteeventservices.com/" title="Infinite">Infinite Event Services</a> pulled through and let me raid their warehouse (most of their linens and other items had been shipped out for other events so I had to play around with the selection in stock), and Ryan of <a href="http://www.ryanandbeth.ca/" title="Ryan + Beth">Ryan + Beth Photographers!</a> came out to take some great detail shots. A huge thank you to you all for making it possible to do my&nbsp;job!&nbsp;</p> <p>I love planning every aspect of a wedding or event but to me, d&eacute;cor is one of the best parts&#8230; and cake&#8230; I love&nbsp;cake!&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of Ryan&#8217;s detail&nbsp;shots:&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize01.jpg" alt="blogsize01.jpg" title="blogsize01.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize12.jpg" alt="blogsize12.jpg" title="blogsize12.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize10.jpg" alt="blogsize10.jpg" title="blogsize10.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize07.jpg" alt="blogsize07.jpg" title="blogsize07.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize18.jpg" alt="blogsize18.jpg" title="blogsize18.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize17.jpg" alt="blogsize17.jpg" title="blogsize17.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize19.jpg" alt="blogsize19.jpg" title="blogsize19.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize13.jpg" alt="blogsize13.jpg" title="blogsize13.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize04.jpg" alt="blogsize04.jpg" title="blogsize04.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize09.jpg" alt="blogsize09.jpg" title="blogsize09.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/07/01/large_blogsize20.jpg" alt="blogsize20.jpg" title="blogsize20.jpg" /></p> <p>Photographer:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ryanandbeth.ca/" title="Ryan + Beth">Ryan + Beth&nbsp;Photographers!</a></p> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 06:55:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/30/details-bridal-shower-dcor-edmonton-wedding-special-event-decorator/Project Wedding: Meghan {Edmonton Day of Coordinator}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-meghan-edmonton-wedding-planner/<p>Meghan was a stunning bride as well as now ex-bride whose wedding was my first of the year! Married for about a month and a half, Meghan is my most recent bride and I was so pleased that she agreed to join us for our second shoot. Her wedding theme and inspiration was &#8216;Antique Romance&#8217; which was really well put together. It started with a very unique, beautiful, vintage inspired dress - which I absolutely adore! None of the details were overlooked - everything matched perfectly: from the invitations to the seating chart to the favours and the table name signs. I wish that I had been hired as their wedding planner earlier in the planning process because Meghan and her now husband Ian were an absolute pleasure to work with! It was a privilege to play a role in their special day as their &#8216;Day of&nbsp;Coordinator&#8217;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>For Meghan&#8217;s shoot, I was very much inspired by her beautiful dress so I asked Dominique to create a vintage inspired makeup look with bold red lips and Jennifer to do a 1940s pinup hairstyle - which, luckily in spite of all of the wind we faced, seemed to hold up well! Lindsay also owns some awesome vintage cameras so I asked her to bring those out too. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you very much, Meghan, for providing me with the honour of briefly working with you as your &#8216;Day of Coordinator&#8217; as well as joining us in &#8216;Project&nbsp;Wedding.&#8217;&nbsp;</p> <p>I asked Meghan a few questions about her wedding&nbsp;experience&#8230;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-12.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-12.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-12.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">I&#8217;d have to say that my favourite part was probably planning the decor with my sister, Caity. Around Thanksgiving time last year, we came up with the theme &#8216;Antique Romance&#8217; and things just kind of fell into place after that. Thankfully, my sister is very creative and talented when it comes to design and decor because it&#8217;s definitely not my forte. She did an amazing job with the invitations, the favours, the decorations, and the seating chart. </span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-3.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-3.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-3.jpg" />Looking back, what is your favourite thing about your wedding day?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">My favourite part of the day was during the reception after the dinner and all of the speeches were complete&#8230; I was able to let loose and had a fabulous time dancing with and visiting with all of my wonderful friends and family.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-1.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-1.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-1.jpg" /><strong>What is your favourite thing about being married?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Being able to spend everyday with my best&nbsp;friend.&nbsp;</span></strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-7.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-7.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-7.jpg" /></span></strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong>Tell us about your wedding dress shopping experience&#8230; how did you know it was the one?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">I went dress shopping last Thanksgiving weekend with my mom, my sister, and my sister-in-law&#8230; I had so much fun that day trying on different dresses. I knew that I wanted something with a vintage or antique look and initially had an all-lace dress in mind. The salesgirl at the shop picked out the dress that I ended up buying&#8230; once I put it on, I knew that it was the one, it was so beautiful and unique.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> </strong></p> <p><strong>Did your husband see your dress before your wedding?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">No&#8230; it lay on our spare bed in it&#8217;s bag for several weeks before the wedding and as far as I know, he didn&#8217;t sneak a peek.</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-4.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-4.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-4.jpg" /></p> </strong></p> <p><strong>After having a wedding planner, why would you recommend that couples hire one?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Well, I hired Rebecca to help me with all of the last-minute details the month before the wedding and to be in charge of things running smoothly the day of the event. The month before is such a busy and hectic time and it was wonderful having someone else who was organized and efficient to help keep me on track. Having Rebecca help us the day of the wedding was a lifesaver&#8230; I knew that I wanted to just be able to relax and enjoy my day and I wanted the same for my friends and family as well. I didn&#8217;t want my friends or family to have to do any set up or take down or worry about any problems that arose and that&#8217;s exactly how it turned out.&nbsp;</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-9.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-9.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-9.jpg" /><span style="font-weight: normal;"><strong>Do you have any tips for current brides? </strong>&nbsp;<br />My one piece of advice would be to relax and enjoy your day. Don&#8217;t stress about all of the little details&#8230; no matter what, things will never go exactly as planned and in the end, those little things are so insignificant.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-megh-11.jpg" alt="project-wedding-megh-11.jpg" title="project-wedding-megh-11.jpg" /></p> <p><span class="quo">&#8216;</span>Project Wedding&#8217; team:&nbsp;<br />Project Coordinator: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke of <a href="http://web.mac.com/high.culture/iWeb/High%20Culture%3A%20Weddings%20%26%20Special%20Events%20Incorporated/Home.html" title="High Culture">High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special Events</a><br />Photographer: Jill Coursen of <a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill">Jill Coursen Photography</a><br />Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Hair Stylist: Jennifer Rivera-Preston of&nbsp;<a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Second Shooter: Lindsay Collinson of <a href="http://www.parkerrae.ca/" title="Linsday">Parker Rae&nbsp;Photography</a></p> <p>As always, there&#8217;s much more to come from &#8216;Project&nbsp;Wedding.&#8217;</p> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:58:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-meghan-edmonton-wedding-planner/Project Wedding: Megan {Edmonton Wedding Planner}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-megan-edmonton-wedding-planner/<p>Megan was such a fun bride to work with and definitely one of the sweetest - I actually had to tell her to try to become a bridezilla at one point! While the rest of the planning was successful, the area that is supposed to be the most joyous and the most fun for a bride was a sour point for Megan. Unfortunately, she was given the biggest headache getting her beautiful wedding dress - the one she had fallen in love with. As we came closer to her wedding day, Megan almost had to buy a new dress but she persisted as did a team to ensure that she had the dress of her dreams. With one week before her wedding day, Megan finally received her wedding dress and she was able to live happily ever&nbsp;after.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Megan&#8217;s shoot, I was very much inspired by her fun and carefree attitude. She has such a great personality so I wanted to bring to the shoot that playfulness and really capture it. We even brought out some bubbles! I asked Dominique to create a golden makeup look to compliment the beautiful colours of her hair and Jennifer to do a natural&nbsp;hairstyle.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you very much, Megan, for providing me with the opportunity to work with such a sweet bride throughout your entire planning process. I never thought I&#8217;d say it but sometimes, turning into a bridezilla is&nbsp;necessary!&nbsp;</p> <p>I asked Megan a few questions about her wedding&nbsp;experience&#8230;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-10.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-10.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-10.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Everything! I can&#8217;t pin point just one.</span>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-2.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-2.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-2.jpg" />Looking back, what is your favourite thing about your wedding day?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Just being with Travis&#8230; and the&nbsp;dancing.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-8.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-8.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-8.jpg" /><strong>What is your favourite thing about being married?&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">It doesn&#8217;t really feel much different except for the fact we can just share our feelings with our families. </span>&nbsp;</strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-3.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-3.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-3.jpg" /></p> </strong></p> <p><strong>Tell us about your wedding dress shopping experience&#8230; how did you know it was the one?&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Well, it was a horrible experience but I got it! It just felt like me when I tried it&nbsp;on.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Did your husband see your dress before your wedding?<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Nope.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> </span></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-7.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-7.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-7.jpg" /></p> </strong></p> <p><strong>After having a wedding planner, why would you recommend that couples hire one?&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Yes, hire one! Especially more for those who are not organized and if not for the whole thing, at least for the day of. It was really nice having someone else there to turn to for advice, ideas, and having someone know what to ask the venues. We were also very happy with the contacts you gave&nbsp;us.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-9.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-9.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-9.jpg" /><strong>Do you have any tips for current brides?&nbsp;<br /><span style="font-weight: normal;">Give a fake wedding date when buying your dress and keep calling to be updated on where it is now and then. Other than that, have fun while you plan! You don&#8217;t realize how fast everything is&nbsp;over.&nbsp;</span></strong></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;"> </span></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-meg-5.jpg" alt="project-wedding-meg-5.jpg" title="project-wedding-meg-5.jpg" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span class="quo">&#8216;</span>Project Wedding&#8217; team:&nbsp;<br />Project Coordinator: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke of <a href="http://web.mac.com/high.culture/iWeb/High%20Culture%3A%20Weddings%20%26%20Special%20Events%20Incorporated/Home.html" title="High Culture">High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special Events</a><br />Photographer: Jill Coursen of <a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill">Jill Coursen Photography</a><br />Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Hair Stylist: Jennifer Rivera-Preston of&nbsp;<a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Second Shooter: Lindsay Collinson of <a href="http://www.parkerrae.ca/" title="Lindsay">Parker Rae Photography</a>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: normal;">As always, there&#8217;s much more to come from &#8216;Project&nbsp;Wedding.&#8217;</span></p> </strong></p> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:45:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-megan-edmonton-wedding-planner/Project Wedding: Second Shoot {sneak peek}http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-second-shoot-sneak-peek/<p>On Friday evening, my&nbsp;incredible team, specially put together for &#8216;Project Wedding&#8217; got together for yet another successful shoot! It was an evening&nbsp;full of fun, laughter, smiles, and an absolutely wonderful time. Thank you to Jill Coursen of <a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill ">Jill Coursen Photography</a>, Dominique Rivera of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Makeup</a>, Lindsay Collinson of <a href="http://www.parkerrae.ca/" title="Lindsay">Parker Rae Photography</a>, and Jennifer Rivera-Preston - I admire the talent that you all&nbsp;possess.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second shoot for &#8216;Project Wedding&#8217; was filled with tons of fun - I got to spend the evening with my fabulous team and two of my ex-brides from two very special weddings. I thoroughly enjoyed the honour to work with both of my brides on their weddings and it was fantastic to spend another evening with both of the&nbsp;Megan/Meghan&#8217;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>These sneak peek photos are behind the scenes shots taken by our second shooter, Lindsay Collinson. It has been awesome having Lindsay on our team and she has taken so many wonderful behind the scenes shots - some of which I will be sharing with you in a special&nbsp;post!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-behind-the-scenes.jpg" alt="project-wedding-behind-the-scenes.jpg" title="project-wedding-behind-the-scenes.jpg" /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="http://media.myfotojournal.com:80/blogs/highculture/photos/2010/06/28/large_project-wedding-rebecca-and-brides.jpg" alt="project-wedding-rebecca-and-brides.jpg" title="project-wedding-rebecca-and-brides.jpg" /></p> <p><span class="quo">&#8216;</span>Project Wedding&#8217; team:<br />Project Coordinator: Rebecca of <a href="http://web.mac.com/high.culture/iWeb/High%20Culture%3A%20Weddings%20%26%20Special%20Events%20Incorporated/Home.html" title="High Culture">High Culture: Weddings <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Special Events</a><br />Photographer: Jill Coursen of <a href="http://jillcoursen.myfotojournal.com/" title="Jill ">Jill Coursen Photography</a><br />Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Hair Stylist: Jennifer Rivera-Preston of <a href="http://riveramakeup.ca/" title="Dom">Rivera Make-up Artistry</a><br />Second Shooter: Lindsay Collinson of <a href="http://parkerrae.ca/" title="Lindsay">Parker Rae&nbsp;Photography</a></p> <p>As always, there&#8217;s much more to come from &#8216;Project&nbsp;Wedding.&#8217;</p> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 04:55:00 +0000http://highculture.myfotojournal.com/2010/jun/28/project-wedding-second-shoot-sneak-peek/