#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...
#EventInReview: The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding

#EventInReview: The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding

When Jillian Wyne came into the Boom office to talk about her ideas for her August wedding, we knew immediately that planning her wedding day would be almost as much fun for us as we planned to make it for her. Upon meeting her then-fiance, Sean Godfrey, our suspicions were confirmed; this couple embodies everything we love about wedding planning: humour, heart, and a deep commitment to keeping one another at the centre of their lives, and their big day.     Moody skies played backdrop throughout the day, making the ceremony’s soft greens, creams, and mixed wood accents feel warm, comforting, and cozy- just what you want on a rainy day. Family and friends were greeted by a neat line of valets, all equipped with umbrellas, quickly guiding them from their vehicles into Uniquities, the enchanting antique and salvage shop within the larger Foundry building that would play host to the ceremony. As the couple said their “I do’s” under the soaring warehouse ceilings, guests were flanked by antique English putti planters, 19th century French bronze statues, and dozens of Italian pots and vases, all adding to the unique charm of the space.     To bring up the energy for the reception, our design partners, One West Events and Designing on the Edge transformed the wedding from the ceremony’s soft and vaguely Grecian feel to a bespoke jazz aesthetic. Thick, velvet red drape encapsulated the bar lounge, blue and purple lighting washed the grey brick walls, and a dozen glittering chandeliers lit the dancers below. For those who wanted a bit of a quiet reprieve, there was even...
LOOK2016: A Sneak Peek (And Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Out)

LOOK2016: A Sneak Peek (And Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Out)

The LOOK series for Contemporary Calgary has been widely acclaimed as one of Canada’s hottest events (Globe and Mail, 2015), and LOOK2016 is well on its way to dazzling Calgarians once more and adding to the event’s impressive pedigree. Not sure what to expect? We’ve given you an exclusive sneak peak into the inner workings of LOOK2016 and what guests can look forward to experiencing night-of!   A One Night Only Pop Up Restaurant, Curated by Brett McDermott VIP Plus guests will be treated to a one night only, pop up restaurant, created by one of Calgary’s top chefs and owner of Our Daily Brett, Brett McDermott. Guests will enjoy a plated, highly crafted, sumptuous three course meal, inspired by the spirit and creative verve of the art and artists featured at LOOK2016.     Canada’s Largest Contemporary Art Auction and Interactive Installations Everyone knows from past LOOK’s that the art and art installations end up stealing the show. As Canada’s largest contemporary and modern art auction, LOOK2016 will expose guests to the work of some of our nation’s most talked-about artists and give them a chance to take home a piece of creative history. Additionally, attendees will actively participate in ‘art-work’ as they interact with pieces by Dave Dyment, Sasha Foster, and Natural Real Supreme. To view the auction online, go to: LOOK2016AUCTION.COM     The Factory Party The Factory Party was introduced to Calgary in 2008 as a revival of Andy Warhol’s infamous NYC parties at his Manhattan studio named “The Factory”. Known for curating some of Calgary’s most exceptional visual artists and live music acts in one...
Boom Goes Out: Diner en Blanc 2016

Boom Goes Out: Diner en Blanc 2016

It’s a rare treat when, as event producers, we get to attend an event and just… attend. The Boom team looks forward to Diner en Blanc every year for just this opportunity. This headline stealing event is an annual, multi-continent spanning pique-nique en plein air. All over the world, guests are invited to attend this pop-up dinner under the guidelines of a strict dress code which mandates party-goers come attired purely in white, with white tables, linens, chairs, and any other accroutements they might wish to bring also devoid of colour. The result is a jaw-droppingly beautiful spectacle, as hundreds of people gather for an old fashioned pic-nic, with a modern, elegant twist. At this year’s Diner en Blanc, the Boom team, in conjunction with Rocket House, were pleased to host a few of good friends at our table. And while we may have had good intentions to simply relax as guests at this event, our inner over-achievers couldn’t be stopped… The Boom table, all 18 feet of it, was covered by a custom-made draped top (courtesy of Designing on the Edge), which not only looked beautiful, but provided shelter for our guests through a short drizzle part-way through the evening. Delicate, ivory flowers bloomed from the corners of the table, breaking up the severity that can occur in a monochromatic scheme. In addition to style the table, Boom’s very own Italian, Lori D’Agostino, and Colleen Smith of Theatre Calgary provided the nibbles, in the form of a multi-course, Mediterranean inspired meal.           What can we say? Nobody knows how to enjoy a party quite like event producers. As...
Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Our beautiful country will be 149 years old. Global TV Calgary invited us to talk DIY Canada Day party hosting, so Boom’s Jessica Tkachuk dropped by with some ideas and inspiration. Three elements of successful party hosting: Hospitality Food & Beverage Decor & Entertainment Hospitality We’ll start with hospitality. Canadians are known for it, and for good reason! The most important thing to remember: your guests want to enjoy YOU. Being a good host means doing all the prep ahead of time so you can enjoy their company and be present. To make sure you can do that, follow these tips: Be clear with your invite: remove the guess work for your guests by being clear in the invite when they should arrive, what they should wear, if children/guests are welcome, and if they should bring anything. Big one: ask in advance if there are any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. Enlist some help: you cannot be everywhere at once, but small jobs spread around make the work more pleasurable and the party more inclusive. Assign someone to door/coat/shoe duty, someone to making sure glasses remain full, someone to bus/refresh dishes, etc. Know your audience: Do the guests all know each other or will introductions be required? Are kids coming? Are there allergies you can prep for? A little research up front will limit surprises! Food & Beverage We went for a coast-to-coast Canada Day menu (and all around the city!), including colourful and easy-to-eat kabobs using Alberta beef and fresh veggies from the Calgary Farmer’s Market. When it comes to event food, we’re...
Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Boom Goes Out: Dinner x Design 2016

Last night, 500 guests gathered at ACAD to celebrate design and the designers whose chops are putting Calgary on the map. Dinner x Design came to town this week, giving 9 designers/agencies the chance to create unique table-scapes that demonstrate their creativity and personality. The event concludes this evening with a special dining event that invites guests to enjoy the tables and a meal with the people who created it. Funds raised will support Contemporary Calgary and ACAD. Bravo #Calgary – the work in this room is outstanding. These are just a few peaks, more tomorrow! #dxdyyc #dxdcgy #dinnerxdesign #yyc #yycdesign #yycevents A video posted by Boom Goes The Drum (@boomgoesthedrum) on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:58pm PDT Present at the event were: Alykhan Velji Design ID Bohemia WW Design Studio Sarah Ward Interiors e=mc2 events LeAnne Bunnell Interioros Nyla Free Designs Corea Satropa Designs Amanda Hamilton Design Rochelle Cote Design There were also drinks and treats throughout the event, and lots of fashionable friends! A warm room filled with eye candy.  Spoke with one designer who said that they approached this event with complete freedom creatively. She said she took the opportunity to create something just for them – no clients or briefs or restrictions. We loved that. How rare is it to be given a stage to express whatever story it is you want to tell to room full of people who want to listen. Bravo!  Tonight, Boom’s Derek Macdonald will join Amanda Hamilton (Amanda Hamilton Design) at her table – a modern, Calgary-centric souk – to take part in a discussion the love affair between art, design,...