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ABC Florida State Conference Recap #BeBoldABC

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.

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Sunday morning kicked off with brunch, where I got to tell everyone some interesting facts about Jacksonville. (#ILoveJax)

brunch collage(thanks to Rose of Sharon European Florist for the centerpieces, Beachview Event Rentals for the chairs, and PRI Productions for the super cool Jacksonville backdrop)

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After brunch, we went into our general session room for lots of great educational content:

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.

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Day 2 of the conference started with a casual breakfast. How cool are these centerpieces from Rose of Sharon European Florist?

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And the Omni Hotel Jacksonville staff created the letters “ABC” out of the parfaits!

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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.

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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
  • Charlene Shirk, C. Shirk Productions – Pitch Perfect: How to Deliver A Great Media Interview
  • Bryan Glynn, BGPictures – Critical Website & Internet Tips for Your Business and Making $$ with YouTube
  • Donnie Brown & Steve Kemble – Social Media As Your PR Consultant (Round Table)

Sadly, it was time to say good bye to all of our friends, new and old. These little snack packs had water, chips, and sweets for the drive/flight home.

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It was an amazing (and exhausting!) three days, and I am so thankful for everyone that attended. Want to see more photos? Check out the ABC Florida Facebook page.

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!

Breath of Fresh Art Fundraiser

Weddings aren’t all we do around here! I was happy to serve on the planning committee for the Breath of Fresh Art fundraiser last night. The event benefited Wish 2 Breathe, a National Foundation for Transplants’ campaign in support of Jacksonville resident Lindsey Miller. The campaign’s goal is to help raise money for expenses related to Lindsey’s double lung transplant and the lifelong care she will need as a result.

The fundraiser was held at one of Jacksonville’s newest event venues – The Fountain View Room. Several area restaurants and caterers donated food stations for the event, including Nippers Beach Grille, Davoli’s Catering, Renna’s Pizza, Red Elephant, Flippin’ Good Cookies, and Edgewood Bakery. PRP Wine International also offered wine tastings to the events’ guests.

The event also featured a silent auction (with some heated bidding at the end!) as well as an art exhibition by two local artists –  Mobarick Abdullah III and Adam Brett. It was a fun night for a great cause!

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Fun To Do This Weekend: One Spark

One Spark 2014

Looking for something fun (and FREE!) to do with your sweetie this weekend? Head to downtown Jacksonville for One Spark!

One Spark is the World’s Crowdfunding Festival, and it takes place right here in Jacksonville. Over 600 creators are on hand to showcase their ideas in the fields of art, innovation, science, technology and music. Held over 20 square blocks, you can also enjoy the food village and beer village, plus tons of live bands. And where else can you see a giant Goldfish (known as “Colonel Crackers”) floating in the Hemming Plaza fountain?!

The 5-day festival started on Wednesday with an estimate 40,000 people attending the first day. Free parking is available at the convention center parking lot, and then you can take the free Skyway (did you know Jacksonville has a Skyway? A lot of people don’t!). Or, you can park at EverBank Field and take the free shuttle bus.

You’re probably asking, what exactly is crowdfunding? Well, the concept is that great ideas can be found everywhere. But not everyone has the resources to find large-scale investments. So crowdfunding take little donations or investments ($5/$10/$50 etc.) and pools them together to make big things happen.

When you visit One Spark, you can vote for your favorite projects (known as “creators”), and the creators that get the most votes win a share of over $300,000 in prize money. Or, if you see a project you are passionate about, you can even contribute right on the spot.

One Spark is FREE to attend, so why not check it out? Plus, it’s a good chance to see how awesome Jacksonville is, in case you might forget. Visit http://www.beonespark.com for everything you need know!

A Girls’ Guide To The Super Bowl

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I was raised in the South, where football isn’t just a sport, it’s a religion. But I know not every girl is as lucky as me. So if you are newly engaged and find yourself invited to join your fiancé for The Super Bowl Party, here are some tips.

  1. Don’t talk during the game. Unless it’s “that was an awesome play!” or “can you believe that call?” Listen to what everyone else is saying, and play along if you don’t know what context those phrases would be used in!
  2. If you must talk, leave the room. The kitchen is usually a safe haven for those that aren’t hardcore fans to take a break and chit chat. Just don’t hide for too long – pop back to the big screen every 10 minutes or so, and no one will miss you!
  3. Be helpful. If you are heading to the kitchen for a break, offer to bring back beers for everyone, or replenish the bowls of chips and pretzels.
  4. Pay attention. Don’t play on your phone or tablet. At least not the whole time. Besides, everyone knows that the Super Bowl commercials are just as important as the game! You won’t want to miss seeing what everyone will be talking about at the office on Monday.
  5. Don’t ask questions. This is not the time for Football 101. If you have a few minutes this weekend, and truly no nothing about the game, check out the Girls’ Guide To Football to get the basics.

The most important thing to remember is to blend in. Don’t pout, or whine about how long the game is lasting, or constantly remind the group that you don’t know what’s going on. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to find a cute outfit in one of these color combos! (Ask your fiancé which team he’s rooting for if you don’t have a favorite yourself.)

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