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Spring 2015 Internship

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Does this look like fun?

We are currently seeking smart, professional and outgoing students to apply for our Spring 2015 internship! Interns must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s/Master’s program at an accredited college or university and provide documentation from their school stating they are able to receive academic credit for this internship. This unpaid internship will run from January through April or May, depending on your school’s calendar and/or requirements.

Intern Office Duties:

  • Assist with daily office operations
  • Email information to prospective clients
  • Follow up on inquiries and book appointments
  • Create blog entries
  • Work on marketing campaigns
  • Answer phones in a professional manner
  • Respond to emails in a timely manner
  • Work with the First Coast Weddings team to create new procedures, promotions, etc.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling at all times
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area
  • Other duties as needed

Internship Requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 hours in the office each week, and availability on weekends.
  • Dress in business casual attire while at the office, black suit on wedding days. Remember, first impressions are everything in this business!
  • Represent First Coast Weddings in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
  • Be pro-active and look for tasks to assist with when your assignments are complete
  • Willingness to sign a agreement stating that all paperwork, files, vendor information or client data is proprietary and confidential
  • Act as a team player
  • Failure to report for a scheduled shift without notice (no-show) will result in termination of the internship. If you cannot work your scheduled shift, you must notify the lead coordinator at least three hours prior to your scheduled start time.

Application:

To be considered for an internship, please complete the application by clicking here.

It’s Our 12th Anniversary!

Tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary for First Coast Weddings and Events, so we thought we’d share some ideas for 12th anniversary gifts!

The traditional gifts are silk and linen. What a great chance to do a little redecorating?

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Beautiful dupioni silk drapes from Pottery Barn

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Monogrammed linen tablecloth, also from Pottery Barn

The modern gift for a 12th anniversary is the pearl. A Southern favorite! What girl wouldn’t love a new pearl necklace or pair of earrings?

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Pearl and diamond earrings from Jared

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Pearl and diamond necklace, also from Jared

What would you like to receive on your anniversary?

ABC Florida Shine Conference 2014

I had such an amazing weekend last week! Not only did I get to attend the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Florida State Conference – shine – but I also got to speak at the event. Here are a few images from Day 1 of the conference, taken by fabulous photographer Claire Pacelli. If you’ve wondered what happens when a group of wedding planners get together for continuing education, here’s a little peek:

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My fellow speakers, along with the conference co-chairs:
Sharon Baragona, A Chair Affair; Kelly McWilliams, Weddings By Socialites; oh hey, that’s me!; Mark Kingsdorf, ABC Florida State Manager; Coach Jenn Lee; Brian Joyce and Richard Streitler, Flourish Floral Productions; Elisa Delgardio, A Flair For Affairs

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Oh, and did I mention, another fellow speaker: celebrity wedding planner Donnie Brown?

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There are so many more fabulous photos, but this one I think is my favorite:

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“The Speaker Selfie.”
This beauty was captured by Kelly McWilliams (and posted to Instagram)
after we posed for a more formal group photo. Love it!

If you work in this industry, and you aren’t attending conferences like this, you are missing out! And if you are a bride or groom, as your wedding professionals what they do for continuing education. It makes a huge difference!

As Seen In Destination Weddings Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine, featuring my Expert Picks for three of North Florida’s hottest wedding venues!

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ABC Business of Brides 2013

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Association of Bridal Consultants‘ annual conference, Business of Brides. It’s one of the highlights of my year to see friends from around the world, and learn and grow with them.

Association of Bridal Consultants Business of Brides Conference

I got to spend time with wedding planners from Latin America, Canada, Japan, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the list goes on and on. But even better was getting to spend four days with my direct competition. You read right, there were four wedding planners from Jacksonville attending the conference. And not only did I share a hotel room with one, I spent a total of eight hours in the car round trip with them.

I’m very proud that our town has such a great wedding community. While we are competitors, I see these wonderful ladies as allies. In fact, one of them, Tanya Hendricks of Southern Charm Events, and I did a presentation together. It was called “Playing Nice: Cultivating Alliances Not Animosity,” and focused on building relationships while focusing on your own business instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. It was a huge hit, and I met some terrific ladies that came up to share stories after the session.

I also got to spend time with Monica Bernhardt of To-Doers Event Planning, and my fellow Master Bridal Consultant Lisa Burnett of Elegant Weddings By Lisa. While we see each other at local networking events, we don’t often get to spend that much time together, and it’s always great getting to know these ladies a little bit better.

The conference theme, Palm Beach Chic, was inspired by Lilly Pulitzer, so lots of bright colors greeted us at each breakfast, lunch, and break. With the exception of one – The White Party, a welcome reception where everyone donned their white resort casual wear for a great cocktail party. The bar from Just Bars was an amazing focal point – I can wait to use one of these at an upcoming event!

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And the speakers – wow! Matthew Robbins of Matthew Robbins Design was our design speaker. As a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, he had lots of great insight on finding inspiration for an event theme. Plus he shared photos from his own wedding!

We also heard from Susan Southerland, who we are happy to have as a top-notch Florida wedding planner – she owns Just Marry! in Orlando. She is a phenomenal speaker, and all-around great person.

And lastly, we were reminded of our brilliance (his word, not mine) by Simon T. Bailey. If you haven’t read his books, go buy them now. I’ll wait. I think that all of us in that room have made changes (some significant) that will affect our lives forever. If you ever have the chance to hear Simon speak, don’t hesitate.

But in addition to these fabulous keynote addresses, there were over 25 amazing breakout sessions. I attended “Modern Jewish Weddings,” and “Are You Ready for the Storm? Disaster Preparedness for Wedding Professionals,” both of which gave me great information to bring back to our team.

I can’t say enough about how great it is to be in a room of 300+ wedding professionals from around the world. Every year, I come back energized and renewed, and ready to tackle the year ahead. If you are a wedding planner and aren’t an ABC member, or you are a member that doesn’t attend conference – call me! I’d love to share more about the experience.