THAT TIME I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO START A BLOG….
Oh…Well, Hello There. For those of you who know where you are, thanks for stopping by! For those of you who are lost and made your way to this site, stay a while!
Since this is technically my first post, I figured I should start at the beginning. So here I am! My name is Kelly, and I’m the Owner and Principal Planner of Halcyon Events. That’s right, I plan the Fun! Based in beautiful BC, I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of working with some of the best Clients, Vendors and Venues.
My meandering story begins while I was in University, studying Art history and Communications (apparently, I was always in love with visually pretty things!). I had an opportunity to work with a local Festival (something I had NEVER done before), and found that I liked it. A lot! It was wildly gratifying to see all the careful planning come to fruition, with a week long festival that brought joy to a lot of little faces. After graduation, I even came back to work for them again. This was the same year that my best friend was getting married, and I was her go-to leading up to the day. That summer opened up my eyes to a very different kind of event. Weddings. They say if you can do weddings, you can do any event! Preach! I saw it from the perspective of the lost Client who had no idea what to do, and now see it from the side of the seasoned Professional who knows how to guide my clients on what to do. You can’t teach until you know, amirite!?
TRAVEL. FOOD. ART. AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
People always ask me where I get my inspiration for my events, and I like to say all around me.
I’ve been blessed to have traveled as much as I have, and can’t wait to pack my bags for the next trip (legit, just got back from Mexico in November!). When I finished University (go SFU!), I backpacked for 2 months throughout Europe. By myself. Yeah….Mom was nervous about it, but I was packed with a carefully laid out travel itinerary (because apparently I was always a ‘Type A’ personality), lots of toilet paper (because you never know!), and a bit of Portuguese Ingenuity. When you travel by yourself, you grow as a person. You have to meet people and make friends, you learn to enjoy the local fare (herring in Amsterdam…um!), and learn to enjoy the silence. Eating alone at a restaurant in Florence still stands out in my mind almost 10 years later. Gnocchi, Vino, journal, the Arno….Bravery!
Which leads me to food. Which I LOVE. The more events I do, the more it is so obvious that food and fun go hand in hand. While traveling, I was able to see and taste some of the most beautiful food (with the simplest ingredients). And let’s not forget the importance of the presentation of that food! There are so many effortless ways to impress your guests with beautiful food, by giving it that extra WOW factor. And guys, I am all about the wow-i-ness!
And nothing says wow-y like beautiful works of art. Provocative Art. Delicate Art. Art in a Gallery, Art outside. Anything that makes you think. Anything that gets the creative juices flowing. One of the highlights of Florence: standing in front of the *real* David, by Michelangelo. I remember my Art History Prof once said that Michelangelo always felt the masterpiece was inside the marble, it just had to be released. I see empty event spaces the same way. With the “look” of the event already there, it just needs to be enhanced.
When I came back from Europe, and after helping my Friend with her special day, I decided the best way to get into this amazing industry was to learn as much as I could. And because I’m a nerd for school, I enrolled in the Event Management program at the Art Institute of Vancouver. While this industry is truly based on hands-on experience, I also firmly believe you need to have a proper foundation as well. So, back to school I went, while meeting some lifelong friends along the way. From there, you pay your dues and work with as many experts in the field as you can!
While I have lots to say, I won’t bore you with the rest. But let’s just say when the universe gives you that ‘lemon’, you take it and make the most amazing sparkling lemonade!!
So I did, and Halcyon was born.
The real Kelly. I giggle and laugh at my own jokes, cuz my Mom thinks I’m funny. Special thanks to Talia at Commonheart Photography for making me look legit.
Looking out to that horizon of opportunity…or Central park. Whatevs.
Licking my chops at the MadHatters Tea in London, UK. They even had tiny bottles with little hand-written tags that said “Drink Me”. It’s all in the details, peeps!
Detailed shot of Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, at the Met Museum. Lil Sis had to pull me out of this place.
Inspiration. The peace and quiet of an English countryside. The history of the field I’m walking through. The stunning colours that just don’t translate in a photo. And don’t forget this epic hair flip. Slay girl!