OWNER AND LEAD PLANNER
Melissa is the proud owner and lead wedding planner of Melissa Alison Events. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, she moved to Vancouver Island in 2009, before meeting her better half and making Calgary her home in 2015. Mel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Event and Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has worked in the event industry since 2004. She has a multitude of experience in managing events, including the Red Bull Air Race, local music festivals and city events, the City of Victoria Canada Day celebrations, think-tank collaboration conferences, and a local children's festival in Victoria.
Her close friends describe her as ambitious and organized, as well as bubbly and outgoing. Mel loves meeting new people, and working in the wedding industry has allowed her to meet and collaborate with the most wonderful couples and vendors. Happily married to her best friend Brendan, and a new mom to son Morrison, Mel spends most of her free time visiting Calgary’s local breweries in search of her favourite new stout, nerding out over Star Wars, travelling the world, or looking for the next dog to foster.
Alex started in the wedding industry as a setup/take down crew member back in 2017 and quickly fell in love with all things wedding! She has continued to be a part of various planner's teams since then and is excited to be part of the team at Melissa Alison Events. In her Monday-Friday job she has 10+ years' experience as an assistant and loves all things planning behind the scenes, and taking on all the stress so others can sit back and enjoy! Alex is looking forward to meeting all the amazing couples this year and being a part of such a special day. She just recently got married in July 2022 to her amazing hubby Ryan and together they share a 12-year-old son Caden, along with two small pups who she loves spending her free time with, enjoying the outdoors or playing games.
Alex's friends and family would describe her as outgoing, organized, a little OCD and a people pleaser - She will go out of her way and do anything in her power to ensure a seamless execution!
Barbra has worked in the event space for years - proudly leading and working local events as well as extending into the international market. Barbra grew up in Calgary as a performer with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and a curler with the Calgary Winter Club. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Calgary’s very own St Mary’s University in 2016. After a few years of working in arts curriculum development, she pursued her real estate license to join her family's 35 year real estate business. Through it all, she has maintained a love and loyalty toward event planning and coordination. Her career highlights have been talent coordination at the NBA All Star Games/weekend in Toronto and New Orleans and entertainment direction for Calgarys Snowflake Gala in support of Kids up Front Calgary. Barbra enjoys cooking, boating and solving sudoku puzzles. She prefers winter over summer and loves cozying up over an episode of Young Sheldon with her Fiancee.
Barbra’s friends and family would describe her as versatile, helpful and caring! She loves getting family and friends together and having all of her loved ones under one roof- with good food and good wine of course! Barbra cannot wait to put her best foot forward this season and meet all of the wonderful newlyweds to be.