Being in the industry that we’re in, we get invited to conferences all over the country. Many of these are just your standard, everyday wedding industry convention, but there’s one going on right now that we’ve been dying to attend…problem is, it’s right in the thick of our busy season!
Engage 12 brings together the industry’s key players to network, share ideas and just plain be inspired. And with guest speakers like jesGordon, Ed Libby, Randy Fenoli (Say Yes to the Dress), Sylvia Weinstock, Abby Larson, Carley Roney (plus 30 more!) how could you go wrong?! This week’s conference is being held at the Mandarin Oriental, one of the only 5-star hotels in Las Vegas, but the next one will be at The Breakers in Palm Beach…oh, and it’s in December…hmmm…maybe we’ll catch that one and come back with millions of brilliant new ideas!
December 28, 2011
The main idea behind the Lenox Wedding Planner Tour was to educate event planners from around the country about the Berkshires and put our beautiful region at the top of their minds when they make suggestions to their “destination” brides. So an integral part of our event was the Think Tank Luncheon, held at the Apple Tree Inn, which incorporated not only our committee and our guests, but also key members of our community (chamber members, journalists, members of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, etc.). This was where we could address questions the planners had about our region and listen to suggestions and ideas from them about how we could increase the destination wedding business in our area. Take a look at some of the photos below, by photographer Ogden Gigli, that show us hard at work (and still having fun!)…
December 20, 2011
Our final entry about the Table Design Challenge brings us images from Tricia McCormack Photography, beautiful tablescapes from five of our guest planners and two more wonderful Lenox venues–Gateways Inn and Seven Hills Inn. This “challenge” was so much fun…fun to see how each designer interpreted the inspiration invitations from Crane, fun to showcase the huge variety of linens, china, glassware, etc. that Classical Tents is able to provide and fun to see the clever use of other “found” design elements! We especially love when people use our new farmtop tables! Check out these images…we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
December 14, 2011
Back in November, we had so much fun seeing all of our hard work come to fruition with the very successful Lenox Wedding Planner Tour. (I posted some images from the Table Design Challenge last week.) The first night of the Tour kicked off with a welcome dinner at Blantyre…talk about service! I was SO impressed with the staff at Blantyre. Outstanding customer service is truly their number one priority! The estate is beautiful, the rooms–out of this world (in fact, there was one bathroom in particular that we all wanted to get lost in!), our glasses were NEVER empty, and the dinner simply melted in your mouth. All in all, the first night’s event was the perfect way to get things rolling! Many thanks to John Seakwood, who photographed the evening (see images, below).
December 8, 2011
One of the interesting things about this challenge, was seeing how each wedding planner was able to put her unique spin on the table design. We love the look of our new farmhouse table and benches in the elegant outdoor setting, as designed by Lauren Daversa. And the way Lisa Light incorporated old, vintage books with gorgeous cabbage roses. Books actually seemed to be a common theme, as Jessica Herberger of Experience Events not only used them for added height and dimension, but also as a very unique tool for the table numbers! We also love her use of wheat and cotton! All of the flowers were generously donated by Seagroatt Riccardi in Latham, NY, and the challenge was photographed at the various inns by three local photographers. Take a look at these amazing table scapes, as captured by Lisa Vollmer Photography.
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