In 2009, Madeleine Kojakian, founder of Maddy K Wedding and Events Atelier, created Bridal Boudoir Affair. When it first began, the event looked more like a pop-up shop. Flash forward to 2013 and we find ourselves at the Hyatt Regency where all the city’s most elite vendors are gathered in one location, set-up and ready for brides and grooms to sample and choose for their big day.
“I didn’t plan it at all. It all happened so quickly and by complete fluke,” said Kojakian.
The wedding planner graduated in business from Concordia University and started working for Ocean Drive Magazine. They had an annual publication on wedding planner profiles and when she tried to find one, she realized that Montreal didn’t have any particularly reputable ones.
“There was no market for it. I saw an opportunity and seized it,” she said.
In 2003, Kojakian launched Maddy K, a wedding planning business like no other. Since she had been in the media industry, she had some key contacts, but through her talent and perseverance, her company kept growing.
“I work very closely with my vendors. I get dozens of emails a day from start-up businesses. I work with the ones that are unique and bring something different to the table,” she said.
Everyone needs a little inspiration, some drive – for Kojakian, it’s her job.
“I love what I do as a whole. From the designers to the marketing, I love it all, which inspires me every day.”
When it comes down to it, this wedding planner inspires herself. She loves what she does and it is reflected in her work. Bridal Boudoir Affair was the most exciting, lavish and enchanting event that I have ever been to.
The event kicked off with a brilliant fashion show that was put together by none other than Melissa Matos and Andrew Ly of TRUSST. Galleria Della Sposa showcased its beautiful gowns designed by Jenny Packham, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta and Reem Acra.
Each dress surpassed the next. Colours ranged from blush pink to ivory, varying in style from A-line to mermaid, from low-cut to backless – Galleria Della Sposa made sure to cater to every bride’s needs.
Allison McGill, editor-in-chief of Wedding Bells, explained that the it colour for the season is emerald green. Brides everywhere are accessorizing in this bright tone. Wedding invitations, bridesmaid dresses, ties, flowers, jewelry; a pop of this colour will be found in every trendy wedding.
Avanti Spa had their make-up artists on the scene, providing the brides-to-be with a fresh, fabulous and flawless look. Ally Zwonok Beauty brought their organic spray-tan booth, giving everyone a sun-kissed glow. Tres Chic Styling showcased some of their glamourous gowns and dressed hostesses Natasha Gargiulo from Virgin Radio and ET Canada, and DJ Abeille Gélinas.
Luluthia had a gorgeous set up of their flowers in an array of bright colours.
Since the wedding season is right around the corner, the number one thing to remember when planning your own wedding is not to make rash decisions because of lack of time. “Don’t fall for that, make an educated decision and don’t look back,” says Kojakian.
Although it may be tempting, once you’ve found your dress, don’t start flipping through magazines hoping to find something better. Trust your taste. After all, it is your taste that got you to the altar in the first place!
Whether you’re the bride-to-be, in the wedding party or a hopeless romantic, Bridal Boudoir Affair is the place to be for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
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