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I’m back today with a little more love from my time at Engage!12 at The Breakers in Palm Beach… I can usually be seen sketching the incredible decor and details and love to share the results!

I had a little fun sketching some of the Engage!12 speakers…just a little.  These each take about 2 minutes are meant to be pretty rough and whimsical… Here we have The Party Goddess, Cindy Novotny, Shira Savada and Mindy Weiss!

I’ve started a new tradition at each conference where I begin sketching an original pattern to see what evolves as the event does….This pattern evokes the immense vibrancy and spirit of the speakers, attendees and of course decor that greeted me at every turn!

Next was Harriette Rose Katz, Darcy Miller and Keija Minor

And lastly, the iconic Sylvia Weinstock!

One simple statement is ringing in my ears from this particular experience.  I furiously scribbled Cindy Novotny’s words into my sketchbook.  “Faster, Higher, Stronger”  After Friday’s events my interpretation of these words are a bit changed…I’m inspired to Forgive Faster, Rise Higher, and Love Stronger.  Amen.

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I’m back from Engage!12 for nearly a week now and it’s impact is just starting to soak in.  As my business grows older and hopefully a bit wiser I realize the ever increasing value in making real, face to face connections.  I’ve been a Twitter fanatic for nearly 5 years and can tell you countless stories of how my business has been changed by tweets and online conversations.  Facebook updates have brought fabulous couples into my life and Instagram has proven to be a powerful way to curate and communicate my style.  Add face-time to the social media mix and your world opens up, your life changes, you become a real person behind the curtain. This is what Engage! does for our industry…it makes things real, very real. Thank you to Rebecca and Kathryn of Engaging Concepts for keeping Engage! alive, relevant and so very real, for so long.

So, I’ve been sketching as you might expect.   Each speaker had their own flair and message and well I tried to capture it all…

Christy from Junebug Weddings is always a sight.  This time around those sunny shoes were magnetic.  She is super smart and sweet too. XO  Jes Gordon captivated the audience with her spice and sass, eclectic style and energizing spirit.  Next time we are in the same city I’m buying her a few cocktails to say thank you, thank you, omg thank you.

Marcy Blum made industry predictions that had us at the edge of seats.  Think Holograms everyone…  Spunky, southern grace epitomize Tara Guerard’s presence.  She takes only 8 weddings a year and family comes first.  Think on that for a moment. Powerful.

Sharon Sacks reminded us that we are “dream makers”.  Liene Stevens educated us on the habits of Millenials…thank goodness!

Anne Fulenwider, the new Editor in Chief of BRIDES shared with Engagees, the story behind their new aesthetic and direction.  She spoke of fresh editorials with a real edge; less pomp more purpose.  Bravo!  I just had to create a new sketched logo and the splashy nature of my watercolor brushstrokes seems to interpret BRIDES new face just perfectly.

And lastly, Sylvia Weinstock, always my favorite to sketch.  I can’t imagine why ?!?!?!?

Thanks everyone for reading along and for always being so supportive of all my colorful “notes”.  Keep in touch!! XO

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Every year, twice a year I head off to some lovely location to mingle with industry friends at the legendary wedding symposiums called Engage!  The experience of Engage! goes far beyond mingling, to a higher place where like-minded artists get to let their hair down, speak freely and get to the heart of what it is we do everyday…tell love stories.

So a little peek at all the fun to start from Lori and Matt of I Do Films in Chicago…Look closely, you get to see me painting a bit in here!

Don’t let the artful decor and brilliantly branded swag be all that you see…This symposium is serious stuff and is the springboard for many innovations.   At any moment you can hear the ammunition of big ideas gearing up.  Small conversations by the pool, big groups laughing and dreaming up their next partnership; it all happens at Engage!, the fun of life, the beauty of life and yes the big ideas that make this life so worth it.

Mind-Blowing gifting and swag by Gifts for the Good Life

Every year I sketch Engage!  I never need to look far to get inspired.  This year the team at Bob Gail Events designed the stage where all the speaker magic happened.  Chevron stripes, delicious patterns, texture made with succulents all wrapped up into an innovative design to catch my eye again and again.  This year I went beyond the fleeting sketch, and whipped out my full palette and brushes.  Each day I began I painting inspired by whatever caught my attention first.

Opening Session – Instantly enamored by the painted succulents I created a quick study…

Day 2 – Powerful words from Sharon Sacks inspired a richly colored study of the signature Engage!12 patterns and watercolor textures.  Sharon remind us that we are “dream makers”.  Love.

Day 3 – All about gold.  The signature Engage!12 burst became my muse as I interpreted each and every detail in quirky ink and paint.

I’m not asleep here, promise.  But seriously just had to share this shot.  I never get to see myself painting!

Thanks to Readyluck Photography and Scott Clark Photography for this shot and all the others.  XO

More to come!

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