I had the pleasure of meeting celebrity bridal stylist and star of the hit show Brides of Beverly Hills, Renee Struass and Youngsong Martin (Wildflower Linen) a few months ago when I was invited to dinner by my friend Donald at the Park Hyatt. I couldn’t resist the invite because I had seen her speak at Wedding MBA in Vegas and she was so much fun. It turned out to be an intimate soiree with a handful of Toronto’s top wedding planners in attendance. We chatted away for a few hours getting to know each other and I learned that Renee is more than a reality TV star. She is a shrewd business woman and a lovely person.

It was rather serendipitous that not long after that I was presented with the opportunity to bring her back to Canada for Canadian Special Events during “Canada Meet Week”. Together with Danielle and Tracey, co-founders of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, Paras Mehta (event designer extraordinaire), and Greg Bell from Decor and More we are teaming up to create a hub of wedding activity for wedding pros of all levels this year at the Canadian Special Events LIVE trade show on April 15’14. I will also be speaking on April 14’15 at 1:30pm. Planners can register for a free trade show pass at http://wwww.live.canadianspecialevents.com.

We are also having a contest for a chance to have dinner with Renee Strauss, Youngsong Martin and a few of Canada’s leading wedding pros, including me, Paras Mehta, Danielle Andrews-Sunkel, and Tracey Manailescu. To enter the contest, simply Tweet/Post the picture below to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #weddinglounge2015 OR go to our Insta, Facebook or Twitter page and, like, comment, share, to be entered in the contest.

The Winner will be announced tomorrow, April 12, 2015. Stay tuned to our social channels for the announcements.