Michael was a competitive figure skater in his youth; a regional and national medalist in pairs and single events. Once he finished amateur competition he turned professional and toured the world for nearly a decade with Disney On Ice as a performer and senior line captain. He performed in thousands of ice shows, entertained tens of thousands of audience members, and portrayed many characters and roles. Touring the world taught him a lot about himself and opened his eyes to numerous cultures and lifestyles. This experience is something that he is forever grateful and it was a dream come true.
In 2016, he took his final bow under the spotlights, as it was time for the start of something new. He transitioned to life off the road and became a certified event and wedding planner. What a better way to use his organizational, can-do attitude, and "the show must go on" qualities than plan, coordinate, and execute weddings and events?
While he toured with Disney on Ice, he would plan and coordinate company events such as opening and closing night soirées, themed events, and even sightseeing adventures. One adventure he planned took himself and 9 friends to spend the night on the Great Wall of China. Yeah, no joke! It was an amazing adventure.
His planning, coordinating, and attention to detail qualities drove him to his next dream of being an Event & Wedding Planner. From this, Donovan Dream Designs was born with his supportive family and friends around the world cheering him on.
Donovan Dream Designs is a full service event and wedding planning company, based in Canada’s National Capital region, Ottawa, ON. Of course, just because he’s based out of Ottawa doesn’t limit him. He travels, plans, coordinates, and executes destination clients as well.
Michael walks you through any event planning process and helps guide you through any event. He pulls together a custom dream team of vendors tailored to each client and he enjoys getting to work with amazing couples and clients.
He is certified through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute, and a graduate of the QC Event School of Event and Wedding Planning. He continues his professional growth attending networking events, wedding shows, and other wedding and event seminars. He is always in touch with his trusted vendor base on the latest wedding and event trends. He also works in the industry at a local high end luxury rental company as the Event and Design Coordinator.
Michael is very exited to take his modern view, creativity, and unique experiences into the events world to create one-of-a-kind Dream events with you. He takes pride in taking his clients' vision and bringing it to life while surpassing all their expectations.
Always remember “The Dream is Real”! Now Let's Get Planning!
Fun Facts About Michael
Starbucks Obsessed: He has a mini Starbucks Bar in his home with over 70 Starbucks City mugs (all of which he has visited).
His go-to order: Trenta Iced Coffee, Skim Milk, unsweetened!
Starbucks Name: Mikey
He has been to 5 continents, over 30 countries, 6 of NEW 7 Wonders of the Worlds and over 40 US states. He still has some travels plans in the future but enjoys being in one place for a while now and calling Canada’s National Capital Region home.
He used to hate the taste of wine but after wine tours in Napa, France, Australia, and bike and wine tours in New Zealand, He can't get enough and loves a good wine and cheese gathering with friends.
Favourite Reds: Malbec & Shiraz
Favourite Whites: Pinto Grigio & Sauvignon Blanc
Summer Favourites: Rose & Bubbly
"I am, and always will be, a dreamer!"
"If your Dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough"
"Believe in your Dreams, they were given to you for a reason”
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