BOOM: It’s Valentine’s Day

BOOM: It’s Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Boom Goes the Drum has been fascinated by the creativity and detail that happens when people are working for a ‘labour of love’. So, three members from our team shared their favourite engagement stories, and what it was that made them so special. General consensus? It doesn’t matter if you are using a colour-coordinated flash mob, or a series of thoughtful notes, a truly amazing love story is all about the details. DEREK I would just like to preface my pick for best wedding proposal by stating that I am a sucker for all wedding proposals. But this one stood out for me for a few reasons: First of all, how did they get Home Depot to agree to let them do this in the lumber section? I will admit it is probably the section that gets the least traffic, but I usually can’t get someone at Home Depot to tell me where the light bulbs are. At the :50 mark you can tell that this goes from amusing to amazing for this guy How did they get access to the giant “Employees Only” step ladder?! Note the use of solid colors on the dancers that I assume is their group of friends. It’s all in the details. You can tell that these guys (and their Family and Friends) just really love each other. And that is, I think, the best reason to do something totally ridiculous and amazing in the middle of a Home Depot.    JESSICA Sometimes, it’s the little things. Even the most stone-hearted Valentine critic will be holding back the...
Finding Your Wedding Style

Finding Your Wedding Style

This weekend I was invited by Ette to be part of the Inbal Dror Couture 2015 Brunch & Fashion Show. We were talking wedding style and I wanted to put pen to paper on how we at Boom Goes The Drum approach a couple’s wedding style and building it into the vision of what their special day will look and feel like. When I say ‘style’ I don’t mean your personal style, although it is an important influence.  The style that I am talking about is all of the decisions you make in your planning process and how they will translate into the more subtle aesthetics of your wedding.   Call it your aesthetic, your design, or vibe, however you describe it is, it is all the little details that create the memories of your wedding for you and your guests. The things that resonate long after your wedding. I am going to give you a snapshot of some of the steps we use in our creative process.  Our design team develops a quite a few documents and the reason is to get all of the information out of your head and into documents that then drive the process.  We compile a: • Design Brief • Story Board of the design • Mock ups and sketches and samples • Style guide (for your Bridal Party/Guests) • Floor plans, logistics docs, production schedule, etc The most important starting point is the Design Brief and it usually is only a sentence, maybe two, and it speaks directly to what we are trying to achieve from a design standpoint. It is basically a...
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...
Boom Goes The Drum featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

Boom Goes The Drum featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

We are usually pretty calm at Boom, but this weekend we went a little bananas (air fist punches to be exact). This was the instigator: Emily and Brett’s Wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings !!! Event in Review: Ever the gracious dinner party hosts; Emily and Brett wanted their wedding day to possess all the endearing attributes of a homegrown dinner party. Set in an antique store and fashion warehouse we created a relaxed, yet elegant scene full of natural weathered textures, vibrant botanicals, and sleek modern touches. Antique European wooden table tops unadorned except for the table décor of hops, herbs, and foliage all from the couples own garden came together to create a comforting, refined experience. True to the couple’s lifestyle, this dinner party exuded the values of family, intimacy, and the elegance of simplicity. A huge thanks to Emily & Brett for having a vision and allowing us to be a part of your magical day. The benefits of collaboration just don’t quit. This wedding was also nominated at the this year’s Canadian Event Industry Star Awards for Best Wedding Creative with Designing on the Edge. Phil Crozier, you nailed it. Photo Credit: Phil...
Event in Review: French Laundry Inspired Wedding

Event in Review: French Laundry Inspired Wedding

Every once in a while we get the opportunity to collaborate with a couple to create something truly special. That is exactly what happened last year when we worked with Brynne and Tom to bring their vision to life. Brynne and Tom came to Boom Goes The Drum with a clear sense of what they were looking for in terms of aesthetic. We focused in on Brynne’s impeccable sense of style to create a day that reflected her traditional sensibilities blended with a well-traveled, polished, modern approach. The starting point for the day was the lush late summer garden at Rouge located on the banks of the Bow River in Calgary’s historic Inglewood neighborhood. One of the challenges of an outdoor venue is that it requires a lot of imagination; to stand in a space and picture what it will look like once the snow has melted and mother nature has delivered her own floral arrangements. This is exactly what we did: Working closely  with Brynne, we quickly landed on a creative direction that we dubbed French Laundry, in homage to the three star Michelin restaurant located in Yountville, The French Laundry.  This restaurant design is quaint, yet sophisticated and just happens to be in the midst of  wine country.  Yountville (the heart of Napa Valley) and French Laundry design embodied Brynne’s chic style, old world charm, outdoor living, and delectable food and wine.  With the charm of a century old historic house already built into our design, we went about creating a floor plan which included a tent, food stations and casual seating that invited guests to meander...