For the past 14 months or so, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best ladies in the state on a very special project. We have been planning the 2007 Association of Bridal Consultants' Annual Conference, which started today in Orlando. Our committee of 10 people from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Orlando has met monthly to make this year's conference a truly unique one, not to mention breaking last year's attendance by over 100 people! Today's activities started with the trade show, where I met lots of great people and learned about lots of exciting products and services - more about those later! Then it was on to the Welcome Reception, a true slice of Floridian flair! From the glowing palm trees to the yucca fries (yum!) to the pirate mingling with the crowd, it was a great start to the week. I always love re-connecting with old friends from around the country and making new connections, plus I got to chat for a few quiet minutes with celebrity wedding planner Mary Dann, who will be speaking to the group on Tuesday.