I have been passionate about events for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was often found straightening cutlery, folding napkins, setting the table with my mother’s best china, and generally obsessing over every detail before guests arrived for a party.
Once I grew up, even though I was in jobs that didn’t involve event planning, I naturally gravitated toward taking the lead in various kinds of events both personally and through my community. From weddings to family parties, corporate Christmas parties to summer camps, charity events and even community festivals, I’ve had many opportunities to plan and participate in many different kinds of events over the years.
After meeting Jonathan, the love of my life and planning our own wedding in 2011, I realized that being a wedding planner was my calling. However, like many dreams, it got pushed to the back burner by life. Shortly after getting married, Jonathan and I relocated from just outside Toronto to Edmonton for work, and then we fell into the routine of working, and settling into life in a new city and a new community.
However in 2014, my entire world was changed. I unexpectedly lost my dad and one of my best friends two weeks apart from each other. As I spent the next year grieving the loss of two of the most important people in my life, it was then that I realized that life was too short to let my dreams pass me by, and that it was up to me to make the decision to pursue them and build a life of joy and passion in the process.
So in 2015, I was certified by the Wedding Planner’s Institute of Canada as a wedding coordinator and destination wedding planner, and shortly thereafter Your Personal Fairy Tale was born.
In the time since I’ve been certified, I have had a number of wonderful opportunities to plan events and weddings. I spent time working on the team that plans and delivers events for the public at Fort Edmonton Park, such as Spooktacular and Christmas Reflections, which was a fantastic experience, and part of 2018 producing fundraising events for a local charity. This is in addition to helping several couples plan their weddings. However, my heart was decidedly drawn back to weddings, and so in December 2018, I made the decision to quit my job and focus full-time on building my business and following my dreams.
I love being a wedding planner because of the relationships that I get to build with my clients as we put together the details of their special day. It is a relationship that requires trust, honesty and, mutual respect, and it’s a relationship I take very seriously.
When I plan a wedding for my clients, I see my role as one of educator, influencer and manager. I empower my clients to make the decisions that are right for them and their wedding by educating them on the options available, providing my honest opinion based on my experience, facilitate their decision, and then oversee and execute all those decisions at their wedding.
I’m also like crazy detailed-oriented. I pay attention to the details both big and small to take the dreams of my couples and make them reality. This also means not just paying attention to the design, but to all the logistics that make a wedding day happen.
I love creating personalized designs. I find my inspiration from so many different things, both inside and outside the wedding and event world. From nature to interior design, architecture, fashion and technology, inspiration is all around us. I truly believe we are only limited by our imaginations.
It is my greatest desire for each and every one of my clients to not only have a fabulous wedding that is truly all about them, but to be able to enjoy the entire planning process and have a fabulous engagement.
For me wedding planning is more than just a vocation, it is a part of my soul. It is my passion and the reason I get up in the morning.
I would be honoured to work with you on planning your wedding. I look forward to hearing from you.