• Melanie LeBlanc

Vendor Spotlight - Opal & Oak Occasions

Say hello to Ashley & Jess - The lovely ladies behind Opal & Oak Occasions, wedding planners (and nurses on the frontline!) who are a part of our little Alberta Wedding Social Community!

I asked the ladies to answer some important questions about Opal & Oak, and what sets them apart in a time when the market is so oversaturated with planners. They've also shared some images from some of their favorite weddings and styled shoots. Enjoy!

Image: Jackie Kalch Photography

Tell us what drew you to becoming wedding planners?

A&J: Both of us being nurses love to plan and be organized, so we both felt like wedding & event planning was calling our name! We love being social, designing elegant and beautiful spaces as well as hosting families & friends so it felt very natural to take the steps into the event industry. We both absolutely love weddings so it feels like we're right where we are meant to be, when we get to celebrate these special moments with all of our clients.

What has been one of the highlights of your career(s) thusfar?

A&J: So far one of the highlights of our career has been this last year and figuring out how to pivot and work with our clients and other vendors to get through the pandemic in this industry. We focused a lot on building our ties within the community and of course ensuring our clients always felt looked after at all times. We loved all the special and intimate celebrations that happened over the last year that may not have occurred otherwise.

Images: Havilah Heger Photography

Describe your favorite parts about planning a wedding, elopement or styled shoot.

A&J: Our favorite parts about planning any type of event is honestly when it all comes together and we get to see the vision come to life. It is such a special moment when clients get to see the final result of all the hard work and finally celebrate! We also absolutely love during styled shoots when vendors are all able to collaborate to create such beautiful & stylish editorials. It feels so amazing to be helping build networks while also providing inspiration for upcoming couples.

What sets you apart from other wedding planners in the industry?

A&J: We think what sets us apart from other wedding planners in the industry is that we wholeheartedly want to be friends with our couples and get to know who they really are so that our events can truly be tailored to them. We want working with us to be an un-intimidating experience and want to do everything we can so our clients our comfortable every step of the way. We are always transparent, flexible and our goal is to create an occasion for them to remember every single time! We also really prioritize sourcing & supporting local businesses whenever possible for all of our occasions!

Image: Jalisse Photography

What would be your dream wedding or elopement to plan?

A&J: Our dream wedding/ elopement to plan would probably be any tropical beachy destination! We might be planning a wedding in Greece in 2022 for one of our team members and we're very excited about that. We are thinking a romantic, floral and natural vibe to showcase the beautiful country. But honestly we love planning all weddings whether its an elopement, big/small or destination wedding! There's so much room for creativity for any event and we're here for it! :)

Image: Grey Lily Photography

Tell us a funny or unusual experience/moment you've had at a wedding!

A&J: A funny moment at one of our weddings this past summer was when our couple was leaving to go take some sunset pics and they hopped into their little green utility vehicle (picture John Deere mini truck) on their family property. They drove off into the sunset with their just married sign and tin cans trailing behind them with their photographer in the back all ready to take some pictures. It was very comical & fun and we LOVED it!

Lastly, share something about yourselves that you would like potential clients reading this to know about you :)

A&J: If you're a potential client and you're reading this, we want you to know that no matter how you want your wedding to look, we're on your side and we've got your backs! We will do everything in our power to give you the wedding of your dreams and be there for you for all the ups and downs of wedding planning. We're always in your corner!

Here are just a few of the beautiful weddings and styled shoots Ashley & Jess have planned and styled!

Images: Pine & Peak Photography

Images: Jackie Kalch Photography

Images: Jalisse Photography

Images: Grey Lily Photography

To find out more about these talented ladies visit their website: www.opalandoakoccasions.com

And on our site: www.albertaweddingsocial.com/opal-and-oak-occasions

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