#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

If there was one word to describe what Alison Dumenko (formerly Alison Rannelli) wanted her wedding to look like, it was “Sparkle”. This bride is a long time-Boom friend (and an event-industry native) and so her affection for all things bling was well-known to us. Her then-fiance, Mike Dumenko, preferred earthy colours and woodsy textures (though most of all, he seemed to prefer a happy Alison). Our goal became the seamless merge of these two themes, so as to honour both sides of this couples’ vision: sparkle meets cedar, bling meets backwoods. Our inspiration was the couple themselves- if they could bring these two worlds together with such harmony, we reasoned, so could we.   *All photos by Alan Maudie Photography   The wedding venue clearly met the groom’s wishes- Silvertip Resort is a gorgeous, spacious retreat, nestled in the Rockies, overlooking Canmore. With its soaring wood ceilings, stone fireplace, and warm, comforting colour scheme, we had the perfect backdrop to create an upscale, naturally inspired wedding. To bring in Alison’s vision, Designing on the Edge created a mesmerizing decor plan. Wood textured centrepieces dripped with crystals, set on rose and silver hued tables; metallic lanterns glowed warmly along runners; and clean, white florals stood elegantly against heavily textured, sparkling linens. To keep guests warm and dry in case of inclement weather, we decided to host the ceremony and reception inside, in the Pavillion Room. This meant a space-flip part way through the day, which would take place while guests enjoyed cocktails and breath-taking vistas of the resort. Through a flurry of hard work and creativity, the transformation of the...
Design in Review: Mediterranean Summer Dinner, as featured in Luxe

Design in Review: Mediterranean Summer Dinner, as featured in Luxe

I am all for traditional summer table settings, gingham and I are basically best friends. But sometimes you have to be inspired by far away places and the unexpected.   And that is exactly what happened when we collaborated with Sarah Mayerson Design and Fuller Edge Photography for our Provencale feature in Luxe by Calgary Bride’s 2014 Inspiration Issue. I will be honest this came together quick, last minute, and as I was unearthing treasures at Crate & Barrel. But for design projects like this the discovery is what brings out the best results.  There is no time to second guess, just go with your gut design instinct.  This table came together as an apologetically approachable gathering place. Inspired by the simple pleasure of breaking bread with loved ones. We contrasted high end service ware with rustic elements like the nautical textiles, a rich earthy colour palate, old world glassware, organic centerpieces, terrariums and a fresh fish (looks divine, smell is acquired). Edibles were used in place of the typical florals and the simple shapes and textures against the planks of weathered antique wood are reminiscent of a day at the beach. What really gets me excited is sourcing decor elements from wide range of suppliers Red Events Design Inc., Great Event Rentals, Crate & Barrel, And Uniquites Architectural Antiques to make a cohesive look and tone.  Creating a modern Mediterranean landscape that was authentic came down to the details, the snail shell against the striped napkin is my favourite (We decided that this last minute addition was like the earrings on the look).     Photography & Location: Fuller...
3 Signs that your Creative Collaboration is Working

3 Signs that your Creative Collaboration is Working

In an era of  the reality television of American Idol and Project Runway, do you ever notice that the “group project” is the demise of many competitors?  The flaming tempers, blame gaming, and emotional warfare are all  group dynamics that usually result in either an  off key melody or a bellbottom revival gone horribly wrong. These collaborations are dramatic and great for the ratings, but the work almost always suffers. Although I feel like I am on reality television at times, the reality of it is that I am in the business of collaborating, so Heidi Klum saying good bye to me in German is not an option! In my day to day life I have been able to recognize 3 clear signs that a collaboration is going to result in creative gold. Improv Rules Apply!   The brainstorm phase is SO important and is time well spent.  We have all heard “no idea is a bad idea”, but I like to take this a littler further by following the first three rules of improvisations: 1) Say “yes’and!” – encourage free fall brainstorming 2) Add new information – extend the idea if you can 3) Don’t block – don’t think about the challenges of execution during this stage If  you find your notebook is full of sketches and scribbles your collaboration is working. Big Concept to Concrete Idea The brainstorming is over and now you need to have a consensus.  Sounds simple, but this is usually where it can get tense.  You need to take the ideas and match them up with project objective, if an idea is not aligned then shelf...