Updated: May 19
Three years ago we participated in our first Union Wedding Show, when our dear friend Cristie, of Umbrella Events, invited us to be a part of it. We couldn't pass up an opportunity to support our friend and the amazing LGBT+ community. Along with her friend Belle, the two created this super fun, inclusive and inviting show to help any couple plan their wedding day! We are so excited for this years show on Saturday November 16 at Heritage Hall on Main St. In anticipation we are featuring the amazing gems behind the Union Wedding Show!
Meet Cristie Rosling & Belle Ancell:
DESCRIBE YOURSELVES &/OR THE UNION SHOW IN FIVE WORDS?
Cristie: Inclusive, Fun, Fabulous, Cool and Queer.
HOW DID YOU TWO MEET / HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?
Cristie: Belle and I were introduced by a mutual friend and we went on a coffee date - Belle at the time was hosting other meetings like this and calling them Coffee and Conversation... (Belle, please confirm that name! Lol.) I got in to the wedding industry after taking Wedding and Event Planning courses at VCC and starting my own company! I just forced my way in. Belle once did Wedding Photography and now focuses on family photography.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR STARTING THE UNION SHOW?
Cristie: We wanted to create an inclusive space for LGBT+ folks to do their wedding planning, knowing that the vendors they are speaking with are either LGBT+ or strong allies to the community.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE SHOW?
Cristie: The amazing vendors that come together every year to support us and help put this on! We have such a talented roster of vendors and we are so grateful for this!
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE CURRENT TRENDS? OR MOST OVERPLAYED?
Cristie: My favourite current trend is ditching wedding traditions! Lots of clients are opting to do things in non-traditional ways and the creativity is fun to see. The most overplayed trends are anything rustic! Mason jars, greenery with white and pink flowers, burlap! Time to move on from this!
WHATS YOUR BEST ADVICE TO COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?
Cristie: As always, hire a wedding planner! Or at least a coordinator. You don't want to be working or worrying on your wedding day and hiring someone to oversee all of your plans ensures you won't have to!
DREAM LOCATION/JOB/EVENT/CLIENT (choose whichever apply)?
Cristie: My dream location would be anywhere outside of Canada! I would love to incorporate traveling with this job.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES IN 5YRS?
Cristie: Planning events! It takes a certain kind of crazy to do this job, and I love it!
WHATS THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU ON THE JOB?
Cristie: The computer we were using to run a slideshow at a wedding had a virus on it and a provocative pop-up ad appeared in front of everyone! We were able to close it quickly, but everyone was hysterical! So grateful we had a fun crowd at that wedding.
Come meet us all at this years Union Wedding Show!
Buy your tickets for the show HERE!
Check out Cristie's Umbrella Events!
Check out Belle's Photography!