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Engage! in Vegas

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.

Shane with Jes Gordon, Ceci Johnson.

Boy band madness

Adoring fans!

"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.


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Beth and Andy: CMYK D.I.Y.

I was honored to photograph Beth and Andy's wedding in Philadelphia last fall. Their live/work relationship is a true partnership of love, respect and mutual admiration; they co-own Beth Blinebury Designs, an innovative fully charged design company . A talented and skilled couple in print/web design, video, photography and everything in between, their art museum D.I.Y. wedding was a multi-sensory experience. 


Beth infused her unique style into her dress, shoes and bouquet choices. "I love NY-based shoe designer Kathryn Amberleigh. While browsing her website, I discovered the amazing 4.5” black heels and thought they might just be perfect. During the dress research I spotted a Lazaro gown in a wedding magazine and fell in love with the idea of an extremely sculptural skirt. In Photoshop I created a new version of the dress using a vintage shape and the more modern Lazaro texture. Knowing I’d need the dress to be made, I found Ardmore-based designer Janice Martin. Janice is a couture designer so every element was carefully thought-out. She first created a muslin pattern for my exact shape - an experience that every woman should have! I constructed my bouquet with the help of my maid-of-honor. The bouquet included my own personal brooches and family brooches from my aunts and a close friend of my Mom."


Their love and artistry went hand in hand throughout the CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black, a four color printing process) themed day, and everyone enjoyed a piece of their creativity and love including music, food, drink, music and party favors! "Since we are both designers, and love technology, Andy and I worked together on everything for the wedding!"


 "Being total nerds, Andy and I wanted to incorporate technical elements wherever we could. Andy and I love to perform together and we couldn’t imagine not singing together at our wedding. We have amazing friends who agreed to play some songs with us. Our faux wedding band was called ‘The BlineGowan Sound.’  Just before Andy and I were introduced into the reception, we screened our Wedding “Montage” Movie complete with a fake commercial we made for our wedding beer - GingerBury Ale. Throughout the reception, our guests danced below a flickering reel of dance scenes from our favorite movies."


Creativity was abundant througout all of the details. All of the guests (many being artists themselves), were so excited to indulge in the colorful experience crafted by the couple." I started the general design of the invitations and he completed the design adding the finishing touches and making final decisions on color and typography. I created an animation based on our invitation that was projected above our “altar” throughout the ceremony."


Floral Designer:  Chrissy's Flowers
Invitation and Stylist:  Beth Blinebury Design
Dress Designer:  Janice Martin Couture
Bakery:  Sweet Lucy's, Splendora Cake and Tea
Museum:  The Galleries of Moore College of Art and Design