Five Top Five – High Culture

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We’re so happy to introduce another one of Edmonton’s talented wedding and event planners to you with today’s Five Top Five. Read on for more about High Culture, plus owner Rebecca Koziak’s favourite things about her job, her takes on how to make a wedding unique, and her fave things about living in Edmonton. Enjoy!

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Image by Nathan Walker

High Culture is a company that provides accomplished event planning services for any variety and size of wedding or other occasion — personal or corporate. With a philosophy founded on the idea that all clients should receive a personalized and unique experience, High Culture maintains a boutique style ideology and takes on a limited number of commissions each year.

In addition to having a flourishing primary business as an event planning and design boutique, High Culture also offers professional styling and editorial services, including small business brand development. High Culture has been contracted for projects inclusive of designing and styling photo shoots for magazines, online publications, and photography workshops, styling couples and families for professional photo sessions, and designing vendor booths at trade shows throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Rebecca Koziak (née Fisher-Swarbrooke), the owner of High Culture, has also been commissioned for numerous speaking engagements to teach students of varying levels about the wedding industry and about the publishing industry as it pertains to the wedding industry.

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Image by Sharon Litchfield Photography

Top five things you love about your job…

– The great honour to be entrusted to be a member of a client’s dream team for their wedding or other special event.

– The opportunity to collaborate with many of Edmonton’s finest vendors to bring a client’s vision to fruition.

– The fact that every project is unique. Together, with a client’s inspiration and the collaborative efforts of the team we establish, I like to ensure that there are distinctive elements portrayed in each event. I believe that every wedding should be a reflection of the couple (read: no cookie cutter, catalogue weddings — while it’s okay to take inspiration from tradition, how can you make your event your own?).

– The possibility of alleviating a client’s unnecessary stress and wedding worries, because they know they have a professional, experienced team in place. Through procuring the right team for your event, you and your guests can relax and truly experience the day.

– The meticulous organization.

Image by Eee and Bee Photography

Image by Eee and Bee Photography

Top five ways to make a wedding unique…

– Ensure your wedding is a reflection of your love story. When your guests walk into the room, they should be able to say, “wow, this is so them” instead of being able to insert any other couple.

– Forgo the traditions that don’t mean anything to you.

– Incorporate family photos such as wedding photos from parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents to share your family’s legacy. Perhaps display engagement photos in a way other than a traditional slideshow.

– Include meaningful entertainment — perhaps hire dancers to perform a dance from your cultural background or from places you’ve traveled,  choose sentimental songs (are the lyrics relevant to you and your story?), or hire a live artist to paint during your reception so you have a unique wedding memento.

– If you’re a foodie, do you have a favourite restaurant, or favourite food items? See if they will cater your wedding, or if your caterer can design a custom menu based on the theme of your event. Perhaps include a wine pairing, or custom cocktails.

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Image by Carey Nash Photography

Top five career highlights so far…

– It is an honour and a huge compliment to be hired by colleagues to plan and design their events or to complete PR work and brand development, as well as to receive referrals from other vendors.

– For four years, I was the Creative Director and Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Blush Magazine (whose wedding I also planned and designed alongside a wonderful collaborative of exceptional vendors).

– While working with Blush, I had the opportunity to work directly with Preston Bailey at his studio in NYC.

– Throughout my career, I have been invited to be a preferred vendor of many venues, including The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald since 2012, and most recently The Royal Glenora Club.

– In the spring of 2011, High Culture collaborated with some of Edmonton’s finest wedding professionals to design and co-produce Edmonton’s Exclusive Royal Wedding Event — hosted at The Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre —in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Edmonton’s Food Bank. Together, the collaborative sponsored and produced Edmonton’s largest event celebrating the royal wedding.

Image by Kelly Redinger Photography

Image by Kelly Redinger Photography

Top five places to eat in Edmonton…

– Corso 32 and Bar Bricco — perfect for an intimate event

– Culina Millcreek — Culina Catering is an incredible option for clients hosting an event that requires an outside caterer

– Zinc — perfect for a private event, or, if you require a larger venue host your event in the Art Gallery of Alberta rather than in the restaurant directly

– Vi’s for Pies

– Piccolino

Image by Katch Studios

Image by Katch Studios

Top five best things about living in Edmonton…

– My family is here!

– It’s festival city! I LOVE attending so many of our great festivals, especially: Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival, Heritage Days, Symphony Under the Sky, and Interstellar Rodeo.

– The sunshine! Unlike our neighbours to the west who see a lot of grey skies, the sun shines in Edmonton throughout all of our seasons.

– Edmontonians are friendly! We have a great sense of community in Edmonton — through our festivals and independent businesses, people are very supportive of community initiatives. Which brings me to my next point…

– Culture! Edmonton embraces all cultures, people are interested in learning more about other people’s heritage, Edmontonians engage with the arts, we support living local, we are interested in living farm to table and visiting the many farmer’s markets throughout the city, we support independent business owners and artists… It’s sad to see so many shut down throughout the years, but it’s incredible to see such strong support of the independent businesses and artisans that are thriving — together, we are all making a difference in our community.

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Image by Jill Coursen Photography