Highlights from Engage12 Opening Session

Here are some photos from the Opening Session of Engage12 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Rebecca Grinnals and Kathy Arce Engage12Abby Larson and Tam AshworthLaura Grier Engage12 Las VegasCeci New York Melissa PaulCarley Roney of The Knot Engage12Amanda NewlywishMarva Munroe Chic Bahama WeddingsAmber GustafsonEd Libby Events

Juliet Douglas

Jasmine Star

Ben WeinstockEngage12 signature drinkAll images courtesy of Scott Clark Photography and ReadyLuck


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Highlights from Engage!12 Las Vegas Day One Registration

I absolutely LOVE the Engage conferences put on by Engaging Concepts.  It is a luxury wedding summit that attracts the creme de la creme of the wedding industry.  Speakers include industry power players such as Sean Low, Carley Roney, Randy Fenoli, Mindy Weiss, and many others.  I have had the privilege of attending several of them but I couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this time around.  Rebecca Grinnals was kind enough to include me by having me pin the conference for them.  I am beyond honored to be able to take part in this amazing conference from home.  Missing my friends that are there and enjoying the gorgeous photos that are pouring in.  Follow along on the Engage!12 pinterest board for the most amazing photos!

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All photos courtesy of Scott Clark Photography and Ready Luck

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Fun Tech Gadgets and Pretty iPhone iPad Cases

I love tech gadgets and have been known to stop at nothing to get oh, say, the first iPhone, the first iPad, and such when they first came out.  I’m such a geek and love that I’m married to a nerdy geek as well.  Anyways, I came across these gadgets, and absolutely adore them.  The first one goes without saying how cool it is – to have a phone handset attached to your iPhone or iPad that allows you to chat via Skype, FaceTime, Google Talk, and other web based communications.  What is old is definitely new again!


Then there’s the cute iPhone and iPad cases that are a little bit different, but would make a nice addition to anyone’s case collection.  By the way, these would make a great graduation gift.  Which is your favorite?


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Happy Memorial Day!

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Thank you to all of you who serve our country so that we may live with so many freedoms.

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Beaucoup Pinterest Party! Win a Gift Card Worth up to $250!

Create a Pinterest Board and enter to win a Gift Certificate to Beau-coup. If you love planning every detail of the perfect party, this is your chance to express your personal creativity. They are giving away three gift certificates for the most creative themed birthday party boards on Pinterest. Show your themed birthday party ideas for a chance to win up to $250 so you can throw the ultimate themed birthday party! Just click on the image below to find out all the details.

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While you are there, check out their graduation party favors and summer wedding favorsBeau-coup has party favors for all occasions, helping you celebrate life, one event at a time. Good luck!

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Claire Pettibone’s Sky Between the Branches Wedding Gown

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Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan this weekend.  For her surprise wedding, she chose a very simple and beautiful gown by Claire Pettibone. Known as the “Sky Between the Branches” gown, it features an ivory laser-cut floral dress adorned with matte sequins lined in silk. The gown displayed subtle cutouts in the overlay, with an illusion jewel neckline, sheer back and chapel-length train.  We “like.”




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A Gorgeous Citrus Themed Orchard Wedding

When I saw this shoot, it was like a breath of fresh air.  Perfection was in every single photo from the flowers to the lighting.  I love all of Jaclyne’s work – she’s an amazing floral designer and has an eye for combining flowers in such a beautiful way.  Take a look at this gorgeous wedding shoot and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it is just plain dreamy.


Jaclyne tells the story behind this shoot the best:  ”This shoot still makes my citrus orchard loving heart soar… My vision was a preppy, elegant wedding reception set in the middle of an orange orchard. We took this look in a different direction than rustic and vintage, instead we wanted something fresh yet classic. This table design was also featured in the 2011 edition of Bride and Bloom Magazine.


Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance is by far one of my favorite photographers. Her eye for design and detail is impeccable. She is warm, friendly and extremely talented. I am always in awe of her work and giving heart. She and her husband Isaac also helped us bring a table and all of our pieces out into the middle of an orchard. This shoot really would not have been possible without these two amazing people. They were also the genius photography team behind our Spanish photo shoot. Last year Isaac and Stephanie were dealt a huge blow when Isaac was diagnosed with a brain tumor… to read more about their story and to donate, please visit Help Heal Isaac. If you have found any inspiration from these pictures, or just want to pay it forward, please consider even donating $5 to help Isaac along his path to recovery.”

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Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms

Cake: Sweet and Saucy

Paper Goods:  Posh Paperie

Photography:  This Modern Romance

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One King’s Lane A Day of Weddings Flash Sale

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One King’s Lane is one of my favorite places on the web for all gorgeous things for my home.  But, once in a while, they have special sales geared towards events in our lives. This week, they’re focusing on weddings.  We all know how expensive weddings can be – they have some pretty amazing deals on luxury items for bottom dollars.  Some examples of what they have available include – a Sylvia Weinstock cake that serves 100 guests for only $499!!  Seriously.  Click on over as fast as you can and see what is available.  And yes, you have to be a member (it’s free to join) to see the sales.   With items up to 75% off, you can’t afford not to!  Here are some of our favorite finds!

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silver plated octagonal tray

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Vintage Parisian Circus Soiree Baby Shower

This stunning baby shower held in New Orleans had a vintage Parisian circus theme to it and Vanessa at Alchemy Fine Events did an amazing job at bringing the eccentric 1900′s Parisian circus to life.  From a stilt walker whose job was to greet the guests to the gorgeous Patisserie installation that they had built for the shower, the details were incredible.  This theme can easily be translated for weddings or birthday parties as well.


I love how they hung parasols upside down from the ceiling as decor.

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They carried the circus theme throughout the party – each little dessert has the number of tickets required for redemption.

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So many beautiful details were thoughtfully incorporated such as this vintage Eiffel Tower backdrop for photos.

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Vendor Credits:

EVENT DESIGN & PLANNING:  Alchemy Fine Events

STATIONERY DESIGN: Alchemy Fine Events

VENUE: Vintage Uptown

LINENS: Wildflower Linens

ENTERTAINMENT: Carl Mack Presents

FLORIST: Diane with Fat Cat Flowers


UMBRELLAS: Bella Umbrella

• Toulousse Gourmet
• Stephanie with Food Art
• Chef Will – (crawfish, corn bisque, chicken drumlets)

DJ: DJ Hektik


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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Swimsuits by Shabby Apple

I absolutely adore this new swimsuit collection from Shabby Apple.  They’ve done a fantastic job at creating a sense of nostalgia and I’m going to have a hard time deciding which one to get.  Through May 21, 2012, they are offering free shipping and a 10% discount on any purchase with the code:  MAY.

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