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"You didn't come here to stay the same, did you? - Make it happen" - Lara Casey, Southern Weddings MagazineThe first evening we were treated to aÂ goodÂ southernÂ welcome at the Opening Party.Â We were encouraged to wear Boots & Bows to get in the down home spirit!Â No detail was spared at this gorgeous event- from the glorious clear, illuminated tent that was resurrected on the resort propety, to the delicous southern style food, it was an incredible way to kick off our Engage experience! Featured above center:Â Posing with my dear friends and in WHITE members, photographer, Carla Ten Eyck and stationer, Nicole Michel of Coral Phesant Stationery WhenÂ we registered at the beginning of Engage,Â we picked a card at random that assigned usÂ to a dine-around dinner to take place on the second evening.Â Guests are escorted to local area restaraunts whereÂ we dined with 8 Engage attendees andÂ our tableÂ was hosted by someone who is a leader in the wedding industry.Â My dine around was led by the uber talented and absolutely hysterical, Tara Guerard from Charleston, South Carolina.Â If you are not familiar with Tara's work, you must check out her site!Â She recently planned the wedding of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively that you will be able to readÂ about in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, due to hit newstands on December 24th!Â The dine-around was truly the highlight of my Engage experience.Â My table was filled with such talents that I instantly bonded with.Â We had a raucous evening and created memories and friendships that will last forever! After dinner, we were escorted back to the hotel and treated to a Winter Wonderland themed desert party, complete with ice sculptures, dancing Rockets, and even snow!Â - in Florida!! Featured center left:Â Myself, with an old friend that I met at a previous Engage, Kasey Conyers of Bliss Events, and a new friend, Colin Cowie.Â Center right: Being sparkly with KellyÂ McWilliams, founder of Weddings by Socialites.Â Bottom farÂ right:Â More friends that IÂ met at previous Engage's-Â Photographer, Sarah Natasha Horowitz, andÂ my fellow fashionista and the king of impromptu posing, Elan Villamor, producer for I Do Films (the talented filmakers that created the Day 1 and 2 recaps that we will post tomorrow). EachÂ detail was immaculate- including every coffee and lunch break.Â As were in WestÂ Palm Beach, we hadÂ aÂ coffee break and luncheon designed with a Lilly Pulitzer flair- which of course, I could notÂ get enough of! FeaturedÂ top center:Â Myself and Nichole of Coral Phesant enjoying aÂ red velevet encrusted deep-friendÂ Oreo that was served at a circus themed break.Â This one of my favorite images from Engage, captured by Sarah Natasha. Â Bottom center- these adorable fabric flowers doubled as our seating assigments for a fabulous Palm- Beach inspired luncheon.Â It was such a clever detail!
The final evening we celebrated with a Gala event that was awe-inspiring.Â When were escorted into a ballroom in The BreakersÂ swatched in glorious light and bursting with gorgeous blooms. The piece de resistance was a choirÂ singing "In the Name of Love", by U2.Â There were goosebumps and damp eyes all around!!Â After the most divine meal, we were brought into another ballroom that had been transformed into a Miami-style club, complete with a DJ suspended from a second story scaffolding tower, a 21 piece band by Elan Artists and painted dancers on pedestrals.Â It was an incredible evening!Â
Featured Top Center: With two of my favorite girls, Kasey Conyers and Nichole Michel,Â Middle Left: Nichole and I with my friend Anthony Luscia, editorÂ for Martha Stweart Weddings, Middle Right:Â We were surprised with a visit by Randy Fenoli, who had just flown in from hosting an episode of Randy to the Rescue with my friends at Anna Be in Denver.Â He took the always inspiring, cake diva, Sylvia Weinstock for a spin on the dancefloor and they exchanged glasses as a goof!Â Bottom Center:Â From left- Kym Bychon of The Breakers who was responsible for the lovely evening, Sarah Natasha Horowtiz, myself, Nichole Michel and Carla Ten Eyck.
Thank you to Rebecca and Kathryn for creating Engage and providing all of us the opportunity to connect and to be inspired by each other.Â I can't wait for the next one!Â To get the full feel of the Engage experience, be sure to watch this recap video by Cloud 9 Creative.