This week, I had the pleasure of working with my dear friends and fellow Master Wedding Planners Carmen Mesa of Carmen Mesa Events and Tammy Waterman of Special Moments Event Planning to produce a fabulous conference for wedding professionals. The Association of Bridal Consultants’ Florida State Conference is always a labor of love, but hearing each and every attendee walk away saying how much they had learned makes it all worth it! Here’s a little recap:
Saturday night, we treated our amazing speakers to a fun evening at Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails.
Sunday morning kicked off with brunch, where I got to tell everyone some interesting facts about Jacksonville. (#ILoveJax)
And then it was on to the poolside cocktail reception! The weather could not have been more amazing. As event planners, we always worry about the weather when planning outdoor events – especially in August in Florida! But there was not a drop of rain that day, and the breeze made the rooftop deck quite comfortable.
For Tuesday’s lunch, each speaker was assigned a table. Lauren from Ten23 Designs created these adorable signs with their names! She also made tons of other cute decor pieces that were used throughout the conference.
Monday’s educational sessions were just as amazing as Sunday’s:
Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting – Attaining Expert Status: How to Become on Expert Industry Leader
Susan Southerland, Just Marry! – Selling to Couples at Every Planning Phase
I’ve just returned from the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) conference – known as Experience! 2015 – in Scottsdale, AZ. I love going to conferences, and I think continuing education is crucial in our industry. Even though I have been doing weddings for 16 years, and I have owned my own company for 13 years, I learn something new at every single session I go to.
While I anticipated coming home with lots of great new knowledge, I didn’t anticipate coming home with this amazing award: 2014 Planner of the Year. Wow. I’m still in shock. Especially since I didn’t even know I was nominated!
Our NACE Northeast Florida Chapter President, Belinda Cottrell from the Marriott Sawgrass, secretly entered me into this category. I have no idea how much time she put into this process, but I’m sure it was many, many, many hours of digging. Having submitted awards entries for our chapter, I know how detailed and arduous the process is! So my eternal gratitude goes to Belinda and everyone else that helped her gather the information she needed.
So what is Planner of the Year? According to the pretty glass plaque (which I can’t get a decent close-up photo of), this award is given “for outstanding achievement in the overall planning and production of events, as well as contributions which have made significant impact on the catering and events industry.” Wow, again. That’s pretty heavy. And a lot to live up to! It amazes me that my industry colleagues think that description fits me. I am beyond humbled! It still hasn’t sunk in that the beautiful glass plaque with those words etched on it also contains my name.
When I earned my Master Bridal Consultant designation in 2011, I was so honored that a panel of my peers thought that I deserved to be in this amazing group of professionals. And now, to be selected for one of the top honors in our industry, I can’t believe that I get to do what I love every day and that people think I’m THIS good at it. Mind. Blown.
I have lots and lots of cool information to share that I learned at the conference, so stay tuned for more blog posts in the coming weeks. Cheers!
Last summer, I had the honor of working with Ann at Premier Bride Magazine to create a steampunk-themed photo shoot for their Winter/Spring 2015 issue. The magazine is out now, so we are finally able to share the photos with you! Not only did we get to shoot at my alma mater, Flagler College, our photographer is a fellow alum too.
We are excited to present a new stationery line to our clients! We have decided to partner with Simply Personal because we love the level of customization they offer. We can also provide chair signs, seating charts, favor tags and more! Schedule an appointment to view the collection at our office.
This weekend, we’ll be celebrating the wedding of one of our own! It’s time for Ashleigh and Charles to tie the knot, and we couldn’t be happier for them. Ashleigh has written some blog posts during her wedding planning journey, and I’m sure that after some down time she’ll share with us what she learned along the way!
I have gotten to witness three of our team members say “I do” – Emma, Melanie, and Lauren – and I’m so excited to add Ashleigh to that list. Best wishes to the happy couple!