Engage13! at the Montelucia - The Luxury Wedding Summit Recap

cc6789150c7789b9e195817e_650x433 Since starting my business I have been watching the tweets, facebook posts, and instagram pics when fellow wedding industry folks head out to Engage each December and June. Shortly after having my daughter I decided it was time to call myself out, pull the trigger and register to attend. On December 9th with my great friend Jessica Ulrich from Jessica Haley Photography we headed off to the AMAZING Montelucia in Scottsdale. This year Engage13! hit a huge milestone by making this the 12th go round of this luxury wedding business summit.

Chellise Michael Photography

To my friends, clients and industry friends it the Maserati of wedding industry events and attending it makes you feel like you just graduated from Harvard with an MBA in Wedding! Engage13! was filled with great speakers, incredible networking, so much information you feel like you are brain could explode at any given moment with all the hair brained crazy ideas floating thru your head!  The event is limited to the first 300 wedding professionals and it truly challenges its attendees to think outside the box and  provide new and exciting ways to give value to your clients.

Chellise Michael Photography

I would be giving away some of the new things coming to Stacie Shea Events in 2014 and 2015 if I told you everything I was able to walk away from this conference with.I will tell you that what started as a small world cab ride with the Brides Magazine Real Weddings Editor paved the road for a pretty amazing event. Then lead to a pretty amazing seat right next to Sean Low during the Opening day, a small group dinner and business analysis from Sean, an amazing walk back to my hotel room after the first night with Marcy Blum, a breakfast with Silvia Weinstock, and a Gala seat next to Ed Libby's business partner.  Engage13! provided speaker panels,small group experiences, FAB parties, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the wedding industry’s best of the best.

Scott Clark Photography

Here are some of our my favorite shots from the course of the 3 days and a a few video recaps that would make anyone not want to miss out on the next Engage14!

Scott Clark Photography

Scott Clark Photography

Scott Clark Photography

Chellise Michael Photography

Scott Clark Photography

Chellise Michael Photography

engage!13 | The Montelucia from I Do Films on Vimeo.

engage!13 | Montelucia - Days 2 & 3 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Engage 13 at Montelucia // High Energy Recap from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

A special THANK YOU to Chellise Michael Photography + Scott Clark Photography + I Do Films + Elysium Productions for the videos and photos seen here. Last but not least thank you, thank you, thank you to Engaging Concepts for all your hardwork and time spent on this event. I cannot wait to see you all again at Engage14! in December!

 

 

Happy Friday + Engage13!

Happy Friday everyone! I leave you on this gloomy and rainy friday in Connecticut with this amazing picture from a wedding Stacie Shea Events had this past September at the Riverside Yacht Club in Greenwich. A special special thanks to the fabulous Charlotte Jenks Lewis for this beauty! Photo by Charlotte Jenks Lewis

Early Monday morning this Mama hops on a jet plane and heads to the fabulous Montelucia in Phoenix with Jessica Haley Photography. To say that I am excited would not even begin to explain how I am feeling. Nervous, excited, scared, worried...but most of all ready to submerse myself and my business in the talents of the best of the best in the Wedding Industry.

I have spent the better part of this week gathering clothes, shopping, trying on outfits and creating packing spreadsheets. Come on I'm a wedding planner what do you expect. I have more outfits than days that the actual conference is going on. I am nervous that I won't be dressed up enough or that I will be overdressed. HECK YEAH I AM!

I am so ready to take my business to a new level this year and I know that Engage13! is going to be a great tool to help me get there. To my clients looking for me the next couple of days I will be soaking up some knowledge and meeting some wedding folks I have been dying to meet in person like Hey Gorgeous EventsEvery Last Detail, Todd Fiscus, Kristin Banta and all the amazing folks here!

So for now off to finish up my packing and get my house ready for this Mama to take a few much needed days away in AZ!