I'm so happy you're here! Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Megan, owner and sole operator of Opal & Oak Events. I've been married to my hubby since 2019, and we just welcomed our first baby boy to our family in November of 2022. We also have two cats, Lily and Pickles, and a dog named Oakley. Fun fact: his name was part of the inspiration behind Opal & Oak (and if you couldn't guess, my birthstone is the opal!) I live off of coffee (especially these days with a three-month-old!) I love a good true crime podcast, crafting, and all things interior decorating. I'm an East Coast gal from New Brunswick but I've called Alberta home since 2012.
After planning my own wedding and loving every minute of it, I thought "hey, maybe I could do this for other people too?!" So I began researching the process to become a certified wedding planner. That's where I came across the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPIC) who certify wedding and event planners all over the world! I decided to enroll in their three-month Wedding Planner, Consultant and Coordinator course and became certified in January of 2020. After about a month of website and logo designing, I officially launched Opal & Oak Events around the middle of February, and well we all know what happened in March of 2020... Needless to say my first year in business wasn't super fruitful, but I did plan a few smaller birthday parties and a baby shower, and I got to coordinate my first wedding that summer. In the meantime, I decided to further my education in the industry and enrolled in WPIC's Wedding and Event Design course and gained a more in-depth understanding of colour theory, tablescaping, floral installations, and lighting design- to name a few. This allowed me to feel like I had a rounded understanding and could truly offer my clients a complete experience!
I was finally able to put my knowledge to use in March of 2021 and planned my sister in laws wedding, during the peak of pandemic restrictions when indoor gatherings were limited to 10 people. We transformed my mother in laws living room into the tiniest ceremony venue, and my husband became a temporary marriage commissioner. We had parents, siblings, and the photographer present and live streamed the event to everyone else. Given the circumstances, I'd say it went as well as it could have. It was the definition of intimate, and it gave me a new appreciation for micro weddings.
Luckily in the years since then, weddings have come back in full force and I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing couples along the way! I am so grateful to get to do what I love and be a small part of so many love stories.
If you've made it this far, thanks for sticking around and getting to know a bit about me. I'm new to the whole blogging thing, but my goal is to not only write about my past weddings but also provide my readers with helpful tips and tricks for planning your perfect wedding day. Whether you're a current client of mine, or just checking things out, welcome!
- Xo, Megan