A couple of weeks ago, Shane and Lindsay boarded a plane to Las Vegas to document Engage!12, the luxury wedding business summit at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental. It's a wonderful community of fellow creative event professionals, and together we brainstormed, bonded and pow wowed about the wedding industry. We discussed how to be even better for our clients. It was amazing to have intimate conversations with some of the icons and leaders in the wedding industry - people we've looked up to, and admired for a long time. A big thank you to Kathryn and Rebecca for inviting us to document, and experience it all. We thought a couple of quotes from the amazing speakers, and new friends, would do a great job to sum up the whirlwind experience:
"It's not enough to launch a beautiful product, you have to do it with voice and panache and inspiration." - Anne Fulenwider, editor in Chief of Brides Magazine
The 23rd floor lobby of the Mandarin Oriental.
"Learn how to stop, be patient and find inspiration" - Matthew Robbins
"I don't take risks to chase dollars, I take risks for the love of life...I set new goals to stay interested" - Angela Desveraux
Synchronized swimmers from Cirque du Soleil at the Opening Party
A hotel employee takes a time out behind the scenes.
"be kind....kindness is free" - Elizabeth Messina
Two showgirls and the amazing Sylvia Weinstock with the former Mayor of Las Vegas.
Carly Rooney, founder and CEO of the Knot magazine
One of our new favorite people, Mindy Weiss. What a sense of passion, humor, and humbleness all rolled in together.
"People are paying you to think in ways that they are not capable of " - Peter Shallard
Our friends Tait and Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty
Sylvia and her sweet husband Ben take a moment before enjoying a dine around with the Engage crew at Mastros at Crystal's
The view from our hotel room
The lovely Rebecca and Kathryn, the powerhouse of inspiration, organization and movtivation behind the engage! series.
Boy band madness
"We are in the business of love, and if you can't laugh then you should get out of it!" - Mindy Weiss
The gala to wrap the week's events
Lindsay and Shane at the Gala on the last night.
Gifts for the Good Life gave us so many goodies to take home and remember all the magic of Engage!12.
You can see a couple of the recap posts on Style Me Pretty, The Breakers Palm Beach, Events Jubilee and so many more. Check out the hashtag #engage12 on Twitter for a little glimpse of all of the excitement, and the great recap below by new friends at I Do Films.