June 30, 2009

engage!09 :: something blue | recap, part 1

I had the opportunity, once again, to work with the amazing Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts on designing materials and being an event staffer for engage!09 : a luxury wedding business summitt held June 21-24, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

This incredible industry event featured speakers Darcy Miller {Martha Stewart Weddings}, Preston Bailey {Preston Bailey Designs}, Marcy Blum {Eventiste}, Sylvia Weinstock {Sylvia Weinstock Cakes}, Millie Martini Bratten {BRIDE’S Magazine}, Antonia van der Meer {Modern Bride & Elegant Bride Magazines}, Susan Moynihan {Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine}, Lara Casey {Southern Weddings Magazine}, Michelle Rago {Michelle Rago, LTD}, Randy Fenoli {Kleinfeld Bridal & "Say Yes to the Dress"}, Sean Low {The Business of Being Creative}, Harmony Walton {The Bridal Bar}, Abby Larson {Style Me Pretty}, Laura Novak {Laura Novak Photography}, Liene Stevens {Think Splendid}, Alison Hotchkiss {alison events}, Thayer Allyson Gowdy {Thayer Photo}, Joanne Brown {Celebrations LTD} and Simon T. Bailey {“Release Your Brilliance”}.

{photo of monday's speaker signing via the bride's guide}

Just as impressive were the 135 attendees from 28 states and 9 countries. One of the major highlights of the event was being able to meet in person the many people I only knew via blogs, twitter, etc. I plan to do a couple more quick recaps of my engage!09 experience, but in the meantime, here are a few other great places to get caught up on the event:

• Bee Kim of WeddingBee did an amazing job live blogging the event on Monday

• A couple posts over on The Bride's Guide: part 1 and part 2

• Recaps by speakers Alison Hotchkiss and Thayer Gowdy and attendees Kristy Rice and Shane Melenbacker

• Amazing photo slideshow put together by Donna Von Bruening

• Twitter Search for #engage09

Coming up next: My top 9 engage!09 highlights

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