Category Archives: Miscellaneous

04/22/13

Meet the JBW Team: Kelsey Otto

Kelsey joined Jennifer Bergman Weddings in 2012 as one of our amazing interns, and quickly demonstrated she has what it takes to roll up her sleeves and make a wedding come to life!

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Edmonton Wedding PlannersQuick – give us your best Tweetography (tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less)!

I am an elementary teacher who is passionate about teaching and who loves my family, friends and weddings!

What drew you into the world of wedding coordination?

I would have to say I caught the wedding planning bug five years ago when I was helping one of my best friends plan her wedding. I have always enjoyed planning events: dinner parties, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and I’m often perusing Pinterest and wedding blogs for ideas during my free time. It is something I truly enjoy and when I found out that I was teaching part-time this year, I thought I would use my extra time to pursue my second passion. I had heard about The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Wedding Coordinator Certification Course and decided to take a leap of faith and register. After completing the course, I got in touch with Jennifer and the rest is history.

Who or what inspires you?

The women in my family inspire me. I always say that I grew up with four mother figures and they happen to all be very strong, independent and successful women. My mother raised me and did everything she could to make sure that I had every opportunity in front of me. I was also lucky enough to grow up down the alley from my grandmother and my twin aunts and I spent just as much time there as I did at my own home. They have all played a huge role in my life and have inspired me and supported me every step of the way.

What is your favourite venue in Edmonton?

I am hoping that working as an Assistant Coordinator with Jennifer Bergman Weddings will allow me the chance to see many more Edmonton venues. As of right now, I would say the Blatchford Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park. It is a big blank canvas and there is something so wonderful and romantic about being able to open those huge hangar doors at night and have the stars and the outdoors as part of the décor.

What is your favourite wedding moment?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hopeless romantic, which speaks to my choices. I couldn’t pick just one. One of my favourite moments is watching the groom as his bride is walking down the aisle. I love to watch their facial expressions and the love in their eyes and I always get a little teary eyed if the groom tears up. The other is right after the bride and groom have their first kiss and then they turn to the guests before walking back down the aisle. It is an exciting and joyful moment as the couple have just become husband and wife and they are starting their lives together.

What are your top 3 strengths?

I have always had an eye for detail. I notice the little things, which makes them important to me in my work as a teacher and now in the wedding planning field. Organization also plays a strong role in my life. I love office supplies, lists, and excel spreadsheets and I only feel completely at ease when everything is in its place. I am a very emotional and caring person and I put everything into the things that I am passionate about. My students mean the world to me and I want to make sure that I am the best teacher to them that I can be. When helping to plan a wedding, you want to do the best job you can and help the bride and groom’s ideas come to life. It is such an important day in their lives and you want everything to be perfect for them.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

I would want Emma Stone to play me in a movie. She is a fellow redhead and I could only hope to be as funny as she is.

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

 

04/19/13

Meet the JBW Team: Krista Furey

Krista Furey joined Jennifer Bergman Weddings back in 2009 as our first official employee – I’m so very glad she’s still with us!  Krista’s relaxed demeanor brings a sense of calm to our hectic wedding days.

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Edmonton Wedding PlannersQuick – give us your best Tweetography (tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less)!

I’m a funeral director by trade and I have been with JBW since the tail end of 2009 loving every minute! I relish the chance to celebrate love and the union of two families. I look forward to the coming season with our lucky couples!

What drew you into the world of wedding coordination?

The world of weddings is something that I wanted to be in for a few years. I love flowers, photography, fashion and design – so having a creative outlet, the opportunity to work with many wonderful vendors, and the skills to give our couples their dream wedding day is more than I could’ve asked for.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by nature. I love weddings with a theme of the natural world. Outdoor ceremonies are lovely because the receptions that follow bring the outdoors in. I find those natural themes invigorating.

What is your favourite venue in Edmonton?

I’m not sure if I have a favourite venue. There are so many venues and they are each unique. The architecture of the Hotel Macdonald or the AGA, the modernity of the Matrix Hotel, the versatility of the Fort Edmonton Hangar and the Muttart Conservatory are all enjoyable.

What is your favourite wedding moment?

My favourite moment of a wedding is when the last bridesmaid and groomsman walk down the aisle, we close the doors and the bride and her father are ready to make their way in. As soon as we open the doors and everyone smiles, the couple’s first look at each other – there is so much joy in that moment. It feels great.

What are your top 3 strengths?

I’m relaxed, organized, and adaptable.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Marion Cottilard. She’s stunning and a very talented artist.

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

 

 

04/17/13

Meet the JBW Team: Jessica Ireland

We have an amazing team here at Jennifer Bergman Weddings, and with wedding season fast approaching we thought it was a great time to introduce you to the people who will be making your wedding dreams come to life! First up – the lovely and talented Ms. Jessica Ireland.

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Quick – give us your best Tweetography (tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less)!

I’m 22 years old and a student in my last year at the Alberta School of Business. I’m adventurous driven, and I love to travel! #understatement

Edmonton Wedding PlannersWhat drew you into the world of wedding coordination?

When I started my Bachelor of Commerce at the U of A I really started to think about the type of career I would be interested in. I began thinking of the things I already enjoyed. I love making people happy and organizing events. So I paired my love for weddings along with my major in Management and Organization and realized it was something I really wanted to do. After I joined JBW, I knew for sure that wedding coordination and this company was right for me.

Who or what inspires you?

I take inspiration from many places however, what inspires me most are the people involved. The clients’ personalities both individually and together really mould the wedding and what it expresses. Jennifer Bergman has also acted as a constant source of inspiration for me since she is continuously coming up with new ideas and designs while encouraging creativity to match the clients’ needs.

What is your favourite venue in Edmonton?

My favourite venue in Edmonton has to be the Art Gallery of Alberta. It is an easy choice for me because this modern venue is so versatile. It can act as a blank canvas where a lot of décor can be added throughout the space and transformed anyway imaginable or its architecture and simplicity can speak for itself. It has multiple rooms and levels and is in the heart of downtown which definitely adds to the modern ambiance.

Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day?

This is a tough one. Although I would have to say my favourite parts of the wedding day have to be the first kiss and the first dance. These two moments truly exemplify the couple’s love and excitement for each other in the sincerest of ways.

What are your top 3 strengths?

Organized, Caring, Adaptable.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Sandra Bullock. Slight age difference but she’s funny, strong and usually gets a happy ending.

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Jennifer + Team | Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Edmonton Wedding Planning + Design

06/1/12

Wedding Shoe Inspiration

What woman doesn’t love shoes? They can make you feel like a million bucks, and your wedding is probably the best excuse to splurge on your dream pair. Here’s a collection of some of our past brides’ amazing shoes.

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First up, it’s all about the sparkle. Warning: you may need sunglasses to look at some of these beauties!

Edmonton Wedding Planner

Christian Louboutin Wedding Shoes

Sparkly Wedding Shoes

Sparkly Wedding Shoes

What better way to incorporate your ‘something blue’ than with a pair of gorgeous blue heels?

Edmonton Wedding Planner

Edmonton Wedding Planner

Studio Jellyfish will create a custom design to reflect your relationship and wedding, then hand-paint the design on to a pair of shoes. Perfect for the bold bride who wants to make a statement on her big day!

Painted Wedding Shoes

These hot pink Kate Spade shoes add a playful punch of colour to an elegant bridal look.

Pink Wedding Shoes

Those famous red soles make Christian Louboutins the most coveted bridal shoe. Our brides have rocked Louboutins in all different styles, from nude patent pumps to ruffled lace stilettos.

Nude Wedding Shoes

Christian Louboutin Wedding Shoes

For the classic bride, white rosette heels by Cole Haan add just the right amount of fancy to your feet.

White Rosette Wedding Shoes

White Rosette Wedding Shoes

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner + Designer

Photo Credits: JDS Photography, Alicia Price Photography, Carey Nash Photography, Sharon Litchfield Photography, Katch Studios, Sharon Litchfield Photography, Julie Williams Photography, Katch Studios, Paperheart Photography, C.J. Scott Photography, Sam Ng Photography, Eric Daigle Photography, Eric Daigle Photography.

12/31/11

Happy New Year!

The last day of 2011 has arrived! It has been an outstanding year full of beautiful weddings and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you

  • Thank you to our amazing clients for letting us be a part of such a special time in your lives.
  • Thank you to the talented wedding professionals that we have the pleasure of collaborating with.
  • Thank you to the hardworking JBW staff for your commitment and dedication to making every event perfect.

Here’s a recap video of some of our 2011 weddings – from Edmonton to the Rocky Mountains, Mexico to Pender Island – it has truly been a wonderful year!

See you in 2012!

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

Photo Credits: Julie Williams Photography, PHOTOPHILCRO, Mark Eleven Photography, Carey Nash Photography, JDS Photography, Night and Day Photography, Sharon Litchfield Photography, C.J. Scott Photography, Tye Carson Weddings, Moments in Digital, Katch Studios.

 

09/2/11

Edmonton Wedding Time Lapse

Earlier this summer we had the pleasure of designing and coordinating two events to celebrate Aanchal + Rajat’s marriage. I hope to share some gorgeous photos with you soon but for now here’s something new that we had fun experimenting with. We setup a time lapse camera at Edmonton’s Oasis Conference Centre to capture some of  what goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an event. The video also captures the entire ceremony, so if you’ve never been to an East Indian wedding this is a must-see!

The speedy teams in the video include Jennifer Bergman Weddings, QSD Event Services, La Piazza Dasee and the Oasis staff. Décor from Elegant Touches and Special Event Rentals helped complete the gorgeous design of the event.

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

 

04/22/11

Royal Wedding Predictions: The Cake

It was recently announced that Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have chosen Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns to create their wedding cake.

Which wedding cake design do you think the Royal Couple will serve at their wedding reception next week? Leave a comment below with your vote!

1: Traditional Tiers
2: Fancy Floral
3: Victorian Detailing
4: Modern Royal

Royal Wedding Cake

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

Photo Credits: Unique Wedding Ideas, Sylvia Weinstock, Sweet Southern Ladies Designer Cakes, The Caketress.

04/15/11

Royal Wedding Predictions: The Centrepieces

Following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the Royal Couple are hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for over 600 esteemed guests.

Which gorgeous style of centrepiece will Kate + Will choose to adorn the tables? Leave a comment with your top pick!

1: Chic and Modern – Cascading Orchids
2: Traditional – Romantic Roses
3: Whimsical – Crystal Trees
4: Royally Unique – Candle/Floral Tablescape

Royal Wedding Reception Buckingham Palace

Jennifer
Edmonton Wedding Planner

Photo Credits: Fleurs Bella (via Bollea), The Knot, David Tutera, Jeff Leatham (via Casa Sugar).