Every day is pretty exciting here at SMP, but Saturdays have a little something extra special that never fails to get our hearts a racin’.  It’s a little something we like to call “the world’s greatest meet and greet” and it features a plethora of fabulous vendors, aka, the wonderful new advertisers joining our SMP family.  So sit back, relax and get to know Lani Elias Photography, Prelude to a Kiss Wedding Stylists and Anaid Productions.  They’re amazing.

We can obsess over photography like it’s no one’s business, and when it comes to spending our entire day swooning over beautiful images, Lani Elias has us hook, line and sinker.  An oh-so-talented photog raised in New Zealand, she captured our attention from the very second we laid our eyes on her amazing portfolio of work.  Need proof?  Check out the gorgeous images below and then head over to her website for even more inspiration… and to say hello.  You’re going to love her.

From Lani Elias PhotographyI was first introduced to photography at a young age. Growing up with a dad as a photographer, our home was filled with beautiful photographs, each holding a unique story. I was raised in New Zealand where my fondest memories embody the simplicity of nature and its rich light and colour. From the pastel hues of the ocean, to the green rolling hills and tussock covered mountains, my work is very much influenced by nature and light, relationships and love.

It is my absolute blessing to capture the stories of many couples, families and individuals. My simple, honest approach to photography focuses on celebrating the essence of love and life found in front of my lens.

I am based in Manitoba, available throughout Canada and worldwide.

You’ve been dreaming of your big day since before you were even engaged, and now that it’s time to start planning, you want to make sure your wedding is just the way you always dreamt it to be.  Enter Prelude to a Kiss Wedding Stylists, a boutique planning firm that knows just how to turn your life-long vision into an absolute reality.  Led by the amazing Kasia Juras-Azcurra, you can be rest assured that every detail and every moment is being cared for… stress-free.  Can’t wait to meet this talented bunch?  Head on over to their website for even more pretty.

From Prelude to a Kiss Wedding StylistsPrelude to a Kiss Wedding Stylists is a full service planning firm specializing in event styling and tailored event packages. They service events of all sizes and design needs, from sleek and modern galas of 400+ to intimate homespun affairs. Their signature mark is to work with clients to infuse a sense of personal style and fashion into every aspect of the planning journey and event design, resulting in a one of a kind event for each couple.

Since being established in January 2007, Prelude has serviced countless weddings and events and continues to grow and expand, taking on new and exciting ventures. (All wedding related of course!) What remains, and always will, is the personal service received by each one of their clients directly from the company founder and principle stylist, Kasia Juras-Azcurra. Working closely with each couple from start to finish ensures the planning process is nothing but enjoyable. Guided by years of experience, couples have the pleasure of being involved every step of the way without the stress and time commitment of the typical wedding planning process. Limiting the amount of weddings she takes on yearly allows Kasia to ensure she has the time required to give each couple and event the attention it deserves, ensuring no detail is missed.

And don’t forget: Prelude to a Kiss is offering 10% off a full planning package* to SMP readers! *Package minimum applies. Max value of $500. Mention this SMP post when contacting for booking.

Photography: Mugshots Photography + Taylor Jackson Photography

We have a pretty diverse group of lovely ladies (+ gentlemen) here at SMP, but one thing we can most definitely agree on?  We love reality TV.  So, when we had the chance to introduce you to the amazing Anaid Productions, the talented team behind some of your all-time favorite shows, we got a tad bit (read: a lot bit) happy.  Especially when they told us they were looking for their next big stars right here in the pages of SMP.  So, if you love reality programming and think you have what it takes to light up the small screen, check out the info below.  Good luck, lovelies! xoxo

From Anaid ProductionsTruly, madly, deeply in love… but against all odds?

Anaid Productions is casting for a new reality TV series and we are looking for recently engaged, dynamic couples that come from two very different backgrounds. Be it cultural, ethnic, age, religious, or other undeniable differences – we want to hear your story!

Interested couples should e-mail a photo of themselves along with a short bio to casting@anaid.com by Friday, May 31st. Please include the story of how you met and some of the challenges you face in making it to the big day.

Want to know more about the series?

NEW REALITY SERIES HIGHLIGHTS THE GROWING SOCIAL TREND OF MIXED-UNION MARRIAGES IN CANADA

For interfaith, cross-cultural and multi-ethnic couples, wedding planning can be a time for uncomfortable conversations: When should our parents meet?  How will the ceremony honour our family traditions?  Will God be mentioned — and if so, whose?

The new reality show will tackle these questions, while sharing stories on how different cultures can blend: the quirkiness, the compromises, the highs and lows… and, of course, the romance.

Mandy Quon, a 29 year-old Chinese born Canadian, and Ajit Nakhwa, a 33 year-old Hindu East Indian, are among Canada’s growing number of multicultural couples. The Edmonton lovebirds, who will tie the knot in August, knew right away that it would be a challenge to plan a spiritually and culturally balanced wedding.

“Our families are very different in just about every way. Wedding traditions, religious practices, beliefs about family involvement, how they spend and save money. The process of planning a wedding that respects the traditions of both cultures has been a delicate process,” said Quon.

Anaïd Productions is currently looking for dynamic couples who are recently engaged, or about to be engaged, from different backgrounds – cultural, ethnic, generational, religious or other undeniable difference – for the development of the new reality series.

“We are exploring the unique stories and perspectives of couples as they face unexpected, sometimes hilarious, interesting challenges throughout their wedding preparations and their big day,” says Executive Producer, Margaret Mardirossian.

Interested couples are invited to send a photo and short bio to casting@anaid.com by Friday, May 31st.

About Anaid Productions:

Anaid Productions is a Canadian television production company that produces both non-fiction and drama series. It was established in 1993 and have offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta. Anaid Productions has produced the following: The Family Restaurant, Hail Mary, The Quon Dynasty, The Rig, Taking it Off, The Liquidator, The Tourist, X-Weighted and X-Weighted Families.

Welcome to the family Lani Elias Photography, Prelude to a Kiss Wedding Stylists and Anaid Productions! We are so happy to have you! xo

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