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Meet our event planners

After planning and designing her own wedding in 2008 and creating unforgettable life memories, Fidan started helping family and friends plan their weddings, as well as other events.

With her love for beautiful weddings and passion for creativity, this very romantic by nature person was able to design weddings not only remembered by the bride and groom, but also by their guests.

With two Master’s degrees and extensive experience in Marketing and Event Management, Fidan successfully launched Designed Dream Wedding & Event Planning in 2010, with the firm belief that she could also help and support other people to make their dreams come true.

Pulling experience together from all over the world; having spent significant parts of her life in Europe, Asia, and North America, Fidan is able to include many intercultural aspects into her designs.

This gives her an advantage in understanding and working with various cultures, all while ensuring the most cherished traditions don’t get lost in modern wedding design, but underline it.

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Fidan Ismayilova

Founder, WPICC Certified Wedding Planner &
Destination Wedding Specialist

Mandy Li

Mandy Li

Lead Coordinator

Mandy joined the Designed Dream in 2018 January. She is a creative and stylish person who is full of enthusiasm for her event planning career. Her experience in-flight service and hospitality will come in handy when coordinating a wedding.

Through this experience, she has also gained the ability to maintain an outstanding and professional performance under pressure.

Mandy enjoyed designing and planning events and weddings from a young age, and she helped coordinate some events as a part-time job during her time in school. In November 2019, Mandy became a certified wedding planner with the Wedding Planner Institute of Canada. Mandy is pursuing a Destination Wedding Coordinator & Specialist Certificate.

Born and raised in China, Mandy speaks Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. Her background gives her an advantage in integrating Chinese traditional culture and Western elements. 

Mandy believes patience, mutual understanding and a positive attitude are important in this line of work.

Milena Zilitinkevitz joined design dream in 2016 with experience in hospitality and retail she knows how to communicate with people and understands how to make their desires a reality.

Milena fell in love with event planning a couple of years ago when her best friend got married and Milena was the one who helped with all of the planning of the wedding and the events around it.

After that Milena decided to pursue her new love and make it a career and got certified by QC Event Planning School.

She is an organized, keen to detail, friendly and romantic person who loves weddings and making a couple’s day the most special and perfect day ever.

Milena was born in Ukraine she speaks four languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish. Her motto is: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”– Paulo Coelho

Milena Zilitinkevitz

Lead Planner and Destination Wedding Specialist

Kimia Alemi

Assistant Coordinator

Kimia joined Designed Dream in February 2021 after completing a successful three-month internship with us. Kimia discovered her calling in event planning after organizing her family events as well as some weddings for friends.

In June 2022 she became a Certified Wedding Planner with the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada (WPICC), adding to her expertise in event planning with her passion for planning weddings. She graduated from Hospitality & Tourism from George Brown College followed by the Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

 After completing her study, Kimia has worked as a sales and catering coordinator at the various hotels in Toronto, managing corporate events. This educational  and professional background really helps her to understand the business side of  the wedding industry and to help our company not only by being an amazing Wedding Coordinator, but also a valuable Office and Administration Manager. 

With her attention to detail, organizational skills, and creative vision, Kimia is sure to make any event she plans a memorable and seamless experience for all involved.  Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Kimia is fluent in Farsi and English.

Karena Wu joined the Designed Dream team in 2019 as an assistant coordinator after having Designed Dream team plan her own wedding.

She experienced our company as a client and now as a team member. 

She always had a passion for design, florals and decorating. She is  a very detail oriented and well time management person.

Her patience and understanding makes fruitful relationships with our clients.

Karena born and raised in China, she is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She is familiar with Chinese wedding traditions as well as western cultures.

Karena WU

Assistant Coordinator

Amy Zhao

Assistant Coordinator

Like many brides, Amy experienced the “post-wedding blues” after planning and having her own wedding in 2019. She still felt the same excitement whenever a wedding post popped up on social media or when the topic of weddings was brought up in a conversation.

That’s when she knew she had a strong passion for weddings, and went on to become a Certified Wedding Coordinator with the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.

Amy continued to feed her passion through assisting friends and family plan and coordinate their big days and sharing her ideas and wedding advice with other brides-to-be on various platforms.  

Amy was born and raised in Toronto and loves this multicultural home city. She is heavily influenced by her Chinese heritage and can speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. In 2021, Amy had the opportunity to join the Designed Dream team. As a highly organized individual with over 8 years of experience in client services, she is ready and committed to helping more couples achieve their dream wedding!

Sharaf Malik

Assistant Coordinator

Sharaf joined Designed Dreams as an Assistant Coordinator in October 2021. Although she is a recent addition to the team, she discovered her passion for event planning many years ago, through helping her family and friends plan their weddings/events. 

She has also had exposure to the wedding industry as a dance instructor for the past 15 years.

She’s had the opportunity to work with many wedding couples and create memorable first dances for them.

These experiences allowed her to recognize her romantic nature and love of beautiful events/weddings and she finally decided to pursue her passion and in January 2022 became WPICC Certified Wedding Planner.   

With over four years of experience in team/business management combined with her creative experience as a professional dancer and dance instructor, Sharaf is certain she has the skills necessary to make your big day an unforgettable experience. 

Rachel Lui

Assistant Coordinator

Rachel found her passion in event planning after organizing a few events during university as well as her internship in marketing. She also has worked as an event coordinator at a church, planning and organizing events and rehearsals for weddings.

Given her previous experience in event planning, she became an organized and detail-oriented person. She has also greatly improved her interpersonal and communication skills.

After having assisted in coordinating weddings, she decided to step into wedding planning as she enjoys seeing people smile when their dreams turn into reality.

Rachel speaks fluently English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She believes that being creative 

Liz joined the Designed Dream team in 2019 to pursue her dream of becoming a wedding and event planner. She is an outgoing, organized, and detail-oriented person.

After planning and coordinating many events and conferences during university, she found her passion and decided to step into the wedding planning industry.

Her previous experience of event planning and studying at the University of Toronto has helped her improve her organizational, fast-learning and communication skills. 

Born and raised in China, she is fluent in English and Mandarin and is familiar with Chinese culture and traditions.

Liz believes that the key to planning and coordinating a memorable wedding is having a great relationship with the clients, and always being creative and hardworking. 

Liz Li

Assistant Coordinator

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