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Local Love: FO Photography


What happens when two Engineers/Photographers from the UK move to Edmonton? They start having the time of their lives capturing local engagements & weddings.

Husband-and-Wife team Adrian and Funmi Omotade-Tan were both covering engagements and weddings in England, but it really “clicked,” Adrian jokes, once they moved. Actually, their business took off before they even physically arrived, thanks to the internet.

Sarah-Ben-116“We launched our Canadian website in May of 2012, and started meeting people on Twitter and making appointments,”says Funmi. “Two weeks after we landed we had meetings with wedding vendors, whose network commissioned us for their engagements & weddings.”

The pair credit Edmonton’s welcoming social media scene with the success they’ve since experienced. Social media expert Linda Hoang, who was planning her own wedding with the help of Twitter was a valuable first connection.

“We ‘met’ really helpful people who were generous and welcoming,” Funmi says. “Other Photographers like Jill Coursen, Michel Feist, and Wedding Planner Jennifer Bergman were particularly good to us!”

Funmi and Adrian noticed that they could also import a UK Twitter trend with them and #yegweddinghour was born. Now every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. people around Edmonton gather online to trade ideas, ask questions, and find vendors for their weddings.

Of course, the couple are also happy to chat by phone, email, or in person at other times to see if they are the right fit for your wedding.

“We have a contemporary style,” Funmi notes. “We like capturing the vivid colours of the day and taking photos that aren’t too stylized.”

“We love getting a true record of what happened – it’s not always about making it perfect because life isn’t perfect, indeed, all emotions are beautiful – laughter, tears, and everything in between. ” she continues. For their part, clients love how the pair captures the characters of everyone at the wedding – and that they get two unique perspectives on their big day.

Sarah-Ben-151After a terrific year in Edmonton, Funmi and Adrian are grateful to their “amazing clients” & wonderful support they received from everyone and are looking forward to exciting engagements & weddings planned for 2014.

They also have great tips for brides and grooms looking to hire photographers:

  • If you’ve already hired other vendors (a Wedding Planner, for example), ask for a referral – they’ll have worked with the photographer the whole day and know his/her style and temperament.
  • Ask to see images from one or two whole weddings so that you get a true understanding of their photographic style and how different lighting and emotions are captured throughout the wedding day.
  • Ask to see printed – not just digital – samples of a photographer’s work, and examples of other products, such as albums and canvases to see the quality of the items.

For more information or to get in touch with Adrian and Funmi, please go to or contact them on Twitter @FO_Photography.

Local Love: Cerulean Boutique

ResortWearIn the land of eternal winter (i.e. Edmonton), it can be tricky to track down a great outfit for a destination wedding. But don’t despair: Kelsey Bulmer, co-owner and stylist at Cerulean Boutique in downtown St. Albert, is here to help!

“Women always ask – what should I wear?” says Kelsey. “It’s important for me to know the dress code and where the wedding will be – Hawaii in the winter isn’t as warm as Jamaica, for example.”

Any other details shoppers can share are useful too: how many people are attending? What will the mother of the bride or bridesmaids be wearing?

Last February, for example, a customer came in and told Kelsey the bride strongly suggested flip flops be worn because the ceremony was right on the beach. “That’s important to know!” says Kelsey.

In general, she leans toward maxi dresses for destination weddings. “There’s a simple elegance about them, and you can wear them with a flip flop and still feel dressed up. This year we’re seeing them in neons and neutrals as well as pastels for spring. I’m also seeing jumpsuits for evening quite a bit.”

Kelsey notes that brighter colours are right on trend, in both solids and patterns. “Stripes, geometric prints, and florals are huge again. And this year we’re seeing bold colours mixing with neutrals.”

In terms of fabrics, she recommends light, breathable ones such as modal blends – manmade silk blended with spandex or pima cotton. Customers can zero in on these fabrics and pieces at Cerulean by looking for designers like Alice & Trixie, Tart collection, and Hale Bob, in particular.

One perk of buying for a destination wedding this winter is you’ll be ahead of the game when warm weather returns. “Resort wear will be a lead-in to spring,” says Kelsey. “There are lots of purples, greens, and soft-blues. You’ll be able to carry the piece forward to summer dinners out or different events around town.”


“When you’re back here, you can also throw it on with a jean jacket to make it a bit more everyday casual.”

In terms of accessories for your outfit, Kelsey says that statement pieces are still hot. “Definitely heavier necklaces or earrings are popular,” she says. “And stacked bracelets or one large cuff are great, something with some substance.” Gold and rose gold continue to be popular metals as well.

Having trouble deciding what works or how to put it all together? Cerulean is happy to help with that as well. They do in-home wardrobe consultations (think Stacey on What Not to Wear? but nicer), and personal shopping too. “We teach women how to get more out of their closet,” says Kelsey. “And maybe step out of their comfort zone.”

“People can make an appointment and bring in a few of their own items to build off,” Kelsey says. “Then we can find clothes or accessories here to make a complete outfit.”

“At the end of it all, comfort is really key so you can enjoy yourself,” says Kelsey. “And if you get lots of compliments, I know I’ve done my job!”

For more details on the store and the designers it carries, please visit

*Please note: Cerulean does not sell bathing suits, but they would be more than happy to recommend great stores that do!

Local Love: Fresh Look Events


When Jennifer Kinal, Owner of Fresh Look Events in Edmonton, switched from graphic design to event planning, she kept her eye for detail. “I’m a perfectionist so I want everything to be stunning,” Kinal says. “I want the couple and the guests to be in awe of what’s been done.”

1450081_732805666732863_26964078_nSince 2007, when she opened Fresh Look Events, this has certainly been the case. In fact, this year one of her clients nominated her for the Best Wedding Planner in Canada – and she won.  She was also named Top Event Planner in Edmonton 2013 through the Top Choice Awards, and is on the cover of next month’s Edmonton Woman Magazine.

“There’s a section on holiday decor,” she says. “I and some other local vendors put together a tablescape – it looks really amazing!”

As these achievements suggest, Fresh Look Events can design anything from kids’ birthdays to corporate affairs, but Jennifer loves doing distinctive weddings.

“My favourite is the decor,” says Kinal. “I love getting to use different textures and colours, and it’s fun to customize it for my clients.”

Two recent weddings she put on at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in downtown Edmonton reflect her aesthetic.

For the first wedding, we left the room – which is gorgeous – as is for the ceremony. Then we transformed it using soft blues and purples and white hydrangeas for the reception. For the second, it was almost all white with hints of blush and we up-lit the walls.”

Kinal notes that she has a very elegant and classic style, and that it tends to be couples with this vision for their big day who seek her out. She can work with any client to design their dream wedding, though.

“It helps if they know what they want out of their wedding,” she says. “I love it when they come in with photos. Then it’s my job to personalize the ideas to each couple.”

Fresh Look Events also offers packages that range from helping you design your decor to completely producing and executing your event.  “They are just a starting point,” she says.  “Every wedding is different.”

And with Fresh Look Events, every wedding is also beautiful.

For more information on Fresh Look Event Management please visit  You can also find great wedding tips each week on Jennifer’s blog,


Local Love: Diamond Cake Photography


As it says on their website, Diamond Cake photographers Kelsie Romans and Christina Russo “love your love”.

“At weddings everyone’s there for a happy occasion,” Christina says. “Clients are super excited and that helps us to get inspired.”

24920_110175789008020_5615224_n“You get to be creative and do those editorial-style shots, but with real motions and real people,” adds Kelsie. “It fulfills everything we’re looking for photography-wise.”

The Edmonton-based duo has been in business since 2009, and best friends since meeting in the MacEwan University Design Program. And you can be confident the two will be as committed to your big day as you are: after all, they both have (matching) Diamond Cake and camera tattoos.

“We always knew we’d do something together,” says Christina. “We’d each shot weddings on our own and then were asked to do one together. We loved shooting together and so it just kind of happened.”

They have always been in sync, and this became even more apparent when they began shooting as a team.

“We know where the other person is going to be so we can get out of her shot,” Kelsie says. “We fill in each other’s blanks – it’s second nature.”

Just as they’re so comfortable working with each other, they recommend couples find photographers they like being around.

“We’re sometimes with the bride or the groom more than they are with each other,” says Kelsie. “So it’s important they get along with their photographers.”

They stress good communication is key to good photos, and the two pride themselves on being able to read people well to get the right angle and vibe. They also note that what sets them apart is when clients book them they are working with two lead photographers – not one lead and an assistant as is often the case.

“Either of us can take the lead or handle a situation that arises,” Christina says. “Also, one can shoot the bridesmaids while the other shoots the groomsmen – we can be in two places at once!”


They can also travel to distant lands to shoot your destination wedding or honeymoon.

“We’re just getting ready to leave for Palm Springs, California for a wedding,” Christina says.

Perhaps their most memorable destination wedding to date was in Panama. “While we were there we also took photos during a surprise proposal to one of the bridesmaids at a waterfall,” Christina says. “Her fiancé-to-be tipped us off! Just getting to be part of such an amazing moment was incredible.”

To see their work,  visit their website,, Twitter @theDIAMONDcake or Facebook page

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