Introducing Owner Michael Donovan to the Ottawa Wedding & Events world & Donovan Dream Designs at the Tie-The-Knot Wedding Show 2017

Hello Ottawa, Ontario, Canada! I’m beyond grateful and excited to have landed here in the National Capital Region. Let me finally introduce myself to you all and especially to the Ottawa Wedding and Event Professionals. My name is Michael Donovan and I’m the owner of my own company, Donovan Dream Designs.

I officially launched this February at the highly-anticipated Tie-The-Knot Wedding Show and am thrilled to have been accepted into that very intimate and principal vendor cast. It was such a great learning experience for myself and seeing the extreme talent all around me was so inspiring.

It also got my creativity flowing for future events and that confidence boost for myself that I’m on my way to doing great things. It was so lovely to finally meet the founders and organizers, Earleen & Cheryl of WellsGarbe Productions (WGP). They were fantastic hosts and obviously know how to produce a seamless production with their experience and expertise. Thanks again to you both for all the support and guidance.

Finally, I was thrilled I survived my first wedding show. Walking away thankful for the amazing turn out of future brides and grooms, wonderful vendor connections, and seeing my first wedding show booth come together just as I envisioned it.

Tie The Knot Wedding Show 2016

Now let me go back and explain how I ended up here and a little more about myself.

I’m a former professional figure skater who toured the world for nearly a decade with Disney On Ice. If you went to the show in Ottawa in February 2016 then you saw me preform!

I visited 5 continents and experienced unreal experiences that I’m forever grateful. While touring and performing I became the Men’s Senior Line Captain, which was a role of leadership, organization but also planning, being able to think on my feet (or in my case, my skates), and make quick decisions.

I also planned and organized company events such as cast and company parties as well as fun themed events and even simple wine and cheese gatherings.

This all got me thinking how I can continue performing after life on the road. After finishing my last tour and it feeling right for the start of something new, I hung up my skates and got my Wedding and Event Planning certification.

I’m excited for this next chapter in my life: setting up roots, having a supportive family, and friends around the world cheering me on. I’m excited to be a part of the Ottawa Wedding and Events world and can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me.

Please feel free to reach out and just say “Hey”, as I love meeting new friends, co-workers, and making connections. I am a strong believer in collaboration, rather than competition, to do what's best for the visions of my clients! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for April’s post on the Love is Proud Wedding Show.


-Michael "D"

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