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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 today with more from Engage!11 in Grand Cayman!  With all the fabulous inspiration it is difficult to choose what to share.  We created a suite of custom stationery pieces using the gorgeous papers of Envelopments in addition to some uncommon materials too!  The event itinerary was printed on canvas, imparting a luxe texture that was heaven to the touch.  A watercolor coral pattern set the stage for our SKETCHED logo featuring a sassy starfish illustration.  Thick ivory and gold inks were  hand painted into each creature with a swooshy wash of tan watercolor across the words Grand Cayman!

Photos by the incredible Donna Von Breuning

Okay, now onto the sketches of the super smart and of course incredibly dressed speakers.  First up are the brilliant Bryan Rafanelli and Todd Fiscus.  Bryan gave us some key words, I like to call them POWER words to think about:  Spunk, valor, intuition, heart, bravery, moxie and spirit!

Marcy Blum is always looking incredible but this time around especially in her wow dress full of color and texture!  Carley Roney from The Knot was possibly my favorite sketch of the week, she looked so graceful…

Barabara Corcoran from The Shark Tank took the stage by storm in a whirlwind of yellow.  She spoke of the The Power of Fun in our businesses.  The Party Goddess is gorgeous  in turquoise teal!

Ceci New York in her Diane Von Furstenberg and Tejani bling and Mindy Weiss looking lovely as always!

Spirited waves, roses, orchids and textures spun themselves into a new patten I am dying to see on a painted invitation.  Tucked between the sketched line-work are key words  that for me exemplify the speakers’ messages.  Experience, joy, conviction, trust, artistry, gratitude…

Stick around for a bit longer as tomorrow I am sharing gorgeous shots of the stationery pieces we created.  If you love tropical, beachy wedding inspiration you will adore what is coming next!


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