Hello again, wedding-verse! I’ve been behind on my blogging duties lately, but for good reason. For the past two months, I’ve been a part of the behind-the-scenes planning team of Wedding 360’s inaugural The Academy for Planners and Designers, one of the most ambitious educational conferences for wedding planners and designers out there. This project is the brainchild of Jean Marks and Jubilee Lau (I like to call them the J's), who have been amazing friends and supports ever since I entered into this beautiful industry 8 years ago. You can see a video of the Next Day Edit captured by Andrew of Studio MSV for a taste of the conference.
The J's vision was to produce a content rich program that would give experienced planners and designers the tools to take their businesses to the next level. They started by picking one of the most fabulous hotels in downtown San Francisco, the St Regis, as the conference home.
You know with my Ritz-Carlton background, I am not an easy person to please, but their staff was amazing, and I even recognized some familiar faces from my hotel days! The J's then recruited some of the most amazing industry elites, like David Beahm, Todd Fiscus, Rebecca Grinnals, Sean Low and Tara Guearerd (pronounced Taw-ra, not Ter-ra), whose portfolios and client lists, I have to say, are larger than life. Come on, meeting the wedding designer of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones? That’s only a tad bit intimidating. In real life though, they are all very humble, generous, gracious and, well, real.
Highlights: I got to meet some pretty amazing planners from all over the country, see one of my weddings presented in the photography forum by Catherine Hall, felt like a rock star at the Emerald Underworld and Museum of Petals parties designed by the uber-talented Gloria Wong, and was inspired by walking through the four designershowcases put together by Nancy Liu Chin, Jonathan and Linnae of Asiel Designs, Grant Rector and Tara Guerard.
Though I played just a small role in bringing this conference to life, I have to say, I feel like a proud mama! Everyone brought such great energy to the conference, and I overheard so many people saying the information they learned was crucial to catapulting their businesses forward. I’ll post more on content later, but for now, I’m going to reflect on what I learned, and how I can better serve my clients over the next year and beyond. I'll leave you with this quote from the amazing David Beahm, "If you create good and you allow good, your business can only be good."
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