How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

emilyexonphotonewFor most people, getting married is a once in a lifetime event. It is an experience that the couple will surely remember forever. One of the best ways in remembering the wedding celebration is through photos, thus the importance of getting a wedding photographer that will cover the momentous event. Since the wedding photographer will be the one capturing some of the most important aspects of the event, it is crucial that the wedding photographer you hire is well-experienced. If you know of any photojournalist in calgary you know and are assured that they are knowledgeable, well-experienced, and seasoned in the art of taking wedding photography.

When looking for a photographer, these days, thanks to the internet, you can always rely on search engines to find them. If a professional wedding photographer does not have his/her own website, they will at least have a Facebook Page where you can look at some of the shots they have done. When choosing a wedding photographer, it is vital that they would at least have covered a few weddings and have managed to get great results so far as. A great work will most likely be shown or published in their website or page to showcase how good they are. If not, it is likely that they are trying to hide some flaws of their work.

Price is often a determining factor when hiring a wedding photographer. However, it is crucial that you do not cheap out on this one as the photographs that will be taken on the event will become some of your cherished memories. This is why it is crucial that you do not settle for newbie or inexperienced wedding photographers.

A professional wedding photographer will offer packages. This will include prenuptial photo shoot, pre-wedding and wedding coverage, after-wedding photo shoot, video coverage of the event, and other types of additional. Once you have chosen a prospective photographer and have chosen a package you like, make sure that the photographer is insured with public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance as this serves as your overall protection as a client.

Aside from insurance, it is in your best interest that the photographer you are hiring does not have any other scheduled shoots during your day of the wedding as this may conflict his time with that of your wedding schedule. If they cover more than one wedding per day, it is better to walk away and choose another wedding photographer.

Why Basement Development Is Necessary For Some Households

When you are living in a home that has become quite small and cramped due to the increased number of family members attempting to occupy different spaces of the home, you will begin to demand for home improvement and renovation work that involves creating new areas or expanding the home to create new spaces that can be used for whatever it is that the homeowner want or needs.  The problem with this plan is if there is not enough property space that can accommodate the creation of new spaces.

If there is no room to expand sideward, backward, or to the front of the home structure, then the only way to create the needed breathing space for the cramped household is either upwards or downwards.  Most two-storey homes will usually have basement areas that are used as utility rooms.  However, through the process of basement development, the basement area can be turned into a desirable space that helps increase the much needed living area for the home.

To properly utilize the floor space of the home’s basement floor, major rework and renovation processes needs to be done.  This will include relocating some of the home’s utility appliances and hookups.  Once that has been done and enough floor space has been reclaimed from the basement floor, your chosen renovation contractor can begin to develop the basement space.  There are a number of things that can be done when developing the basement floor area.  Depending on what the household needs or what the homeowner and home’s decision maker wants, developing the basement area can easily be accomplished.

If the house lacks bedrooms that will allow the kids to have their own bedroom, it can be accomplished through basement development.  If the home requires an entertainment area, a home office, a billiards room, or anything that can be accomplished through basement development, literally any can be accomplished provided that you have the finances to support the whole project.

There is really no better feeling than being able to accomplish what you have planned to achieve.  If you are able to get a basement area that is seriously aesthetically pleasing, then there is no doubt that you were able to get what you want, something that is well-worth your investment.  In fact, the added living space that the developed basement creates actually aids in increasing the overall value of the property.

How Interior Design Helps In Increasing Aesthetics

Being able to be proud of your home can be a great feeling.  We all know that the overall design pleasantry of the interior space of the home is not a matter of how big the home is and how expensive the appliances, equipment, furniture, and other design elements are, but that it is all a matter of proper execution of interior design.  Home improvement dictates that designing the home’s interior into something classy and aesthetically pleasing is not something that is simple to do.

The complexity of interior design and decoration is all a matter of artistic imagination as to how combining different elements, materials, and colors can result into something that shouts sophistication.  Interior design is an art which is why those who have no artistic quotient in their body and have tried their hands on interior decoration have all failed miserably.  Even if you study this aspect of home improvement and attend different seminars and trainings about it, if you do not know the art, then it is likely the design value of your creation will not be somewhere near aesthetically pleasing.

The use of matching colors as opposed to the use of contrasting colors is all a matter of personal preference by the interior designer.  While the calming effect of matching design colors may appeal to some, there are others who prefer bright and contrasting colors due to the lively effect it brings out.  If you need to hire an interior designer, make it a point to state not just the things you like, but also the things that you do not like, especially things you would not want to see inside your home.

There are actually some people who claim that you can actually do interior design by yourself.  While this may be partly true, the thing is that there is really no replacement for experience and skill in the trade.  Well-known interior decorators will not only have an established reputation for being really good at what they do, but they will also have a source of materials that you literally could not find anywhere.  The uniqueness of some of the items they bring with them which will now act as a design element for your home is not only impressive, but may also prove invaluable to the overall aesthetic value.  The design effect that unique items can bring helps to create attractive centerpieces that you will hardly find anywhere.

Home Improvement – Simple Projects For Your Home

Whether you love your home or not, there are still certain aspects you can do for your home to help make it better. Such improvements can be made to accommodate and tailored to your needs.  Home improvement is a manner of customizing certain aspects or areas of your home.  These improvements can be got aesthetics value, storage improvement, equipment upgrade, security, repairs and maintenance, or simply for convenience and ease of use.

The thing is that no matter how much you say you hate your home, it’s not like you have not done any home improvement thingies to it before.  In fact, the simple installation of hooks in your bathroom and/or kitchen can be considered as home improvement already as this falls under the category of convenience and ease of use.  There are many cases wherein we do home improvement on our own but are not fully aware that what we did is already classified as home improvement.

Home improvement projects can fall from the expensive to the not so expensive.  There are simple projects and there are also complex ones, the likes of which may require comprehensive knowledge over the matter being installed or improved upon.  However, for most households, they usually are not equipped to handle complex home improvement projects so it is best to just leave those to the professionals.  On the other hand, homeowners can still do simple projects that they can actually do in very little time yet can create light subtle impact.

Greenery – avoid using plastic ornamental plants and flowers inside the home.  Although they may add color to the overall aesthetics of the home, still there is no substitute for real plants and flowers.  This is because not only do real plants and flowers possess pleasant scents, but they also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, thus giving the home a more pleasant feel due to the fresh air released by the plants.

Lighting – if your home comes with old style lighting, try replacing some of the fixtures to create that modern and sophisticated look.  Lighting fixtures are actually very easy to replace as all you need is usually a Phillips screwdriver and basic electrical knowhow.  The use of standing lighting fixtures and lamp shades can also do wonders in the aspect of aesthetics.

Security – replace old door locks and knobs with more secure and robust modern door lock system.  Doing this will not only increase your home’s overall security, but you will also have peace of mind knowing that criminals will not be able to easily break and enter your premises.

How To Hire Contractors For Basement Renovation

Space is an important part of any home.  Those who live in fairly large estates and manor homes would not understand just how important space is, especially when there is a large family occupying a regular-sized home.  A lot of homes constructed in the States and Canada are built with both an attic and a basement area.  The basement is originally intended by the home builder as sort of the home’s utility room since this is where many of the home’s utility equipment and hookups are installed.

Although the basement area is actually part of the home’s square footage floor area, it is not really something that you can claim as part of the home’s living space.  These days, there is actually a hype called basement renovations.  A fairly good number of homeowners, with homes that have basement spaces that are not being fully put to good use, have undergone the process of having their basement area developed through basement renovations.  This type of home improvement requires a major overhaul of the basement area and thus will require a renovation contractor who will do the construction and renovation work for you.

Basement development for homes with unused basement spaces can be considered as hype right now.  However, this type of renovation work is still not mainstream which is why there are very few contractors you can hire that knows and understands the work involved in developing the basement area.  As with architects, engineers, and custom home builders, there are those who are slightly above the rest in terms of skills, techniques, and artistic vision.  If you want your basement space to be developed into a very aesthetically pleasing area, then you should find the right renovation contractors who will do the job right.

Here are a few simple tips on how to locate potentially good basement renovation contractors:

  1. Ask Around – this method cannot be underestimated since you will never know just who the people you know will recommend. Try asking your friends, family, or colleagues if they know of any basement developers that they can recommend.  If you have a neighbor who has already undergone the process of having their basement space developed, they may just be the right people to ask for recommendations.
  2. The Internet – the internet is filled with lots of advertisement from those who try to advertise their business. The advantage of advertising is that clients are able to search for the information they need which in turn may lead directly to the advertisers.  Although not many contractors will have their very own website which they can use for their online presence, there is a possibility though that they will at least have their very own Facebook Page which will allow you to locate and isolate the type of business you are looking for.
  3. Local Phonebook – while it may not be a means of advertising for the contractors, having their business name and work number posted on the local phone book creates the possibility as well as opportunity for them to be contacted by inquiring clients.


My mom loves carnations, but honestly I’ve never been a big fan of them. That was until I started to see them like this! Carnations can look amazing when grouped together in big bunches like in the photos attached. Best thing about carnations is they are very inexpensive and can look fantastic and elegant for a wedding or shower.

Little packages of love

One of my favorite parts about going to weddings is seeing all the unique ways Brides and Grooms thank their guests for sharing their special day with them. Yes, that’s right – the favors. We’ve moved away from little rounds of tulle filled with candy coated almonds to just about anything you can think of. Candy, popcorn, candles, CDs, home-made chocolates, salt and pepper shakers, and the list goes on and on. But half the fun of it can be the packaging it comes in!!

One of my favorite stores in the city is Creative Packaging, which I’ve blogged about before. But today I accidentally landed on The Container Store. Usuallywhen I find these fun sites, they never seem to ship to Canada, so when I saw the little Canadian flag that said “now shipping to Canada” – you can only imagine how happy that made me!
One of my favorites is the Birch Veneer Wine Bottle Cylinder. What a unique way to present a host/hostess or a wedding guest with a bottle of wine. You could jazz it up with a monogram stamp or some colorful ribbon.
The Clear Handled Cases would be perfect to fill up with fun shades of OPI nail polish to present to all the ladies standing by your side as you plan your big day. Just think of how much fun it would be to be presented with a case full of fun colored nail polishes just in time for Spring and Summer!
Then there are all the different shapes, sizes and colors that the Amac boxes come in. You can find the perfect shape and color to package that special gift for your guests!

Off to Lake Louise!

It’s been a busy few days for us and we’ve been lacking on the blog posts! We’ll be back at it next week as we’re off to Lake Louise tomorrow for the weekend. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has invited us to tour the facility along with a select few other wedding planners from Calgary and Edmonton area. Then we’re off to Banff for the day on Sunday to do some additional touring of venues and vendor meetings.
We’ll be sure to share all the great photos and ideas once we’re back. Do you dream of a romantic mountain wedding? Be sure to contact us to start brainstorming some great ideas for your upcoming wedding, whether you’re planning a wedding here in Calgary, on the beach somewhere warm, or in the Banff, Canmore or Lake Louise area.
Happy Weekend everyone!