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Engage!20 Dubai : 3 Take Aways for Engaged Couples & Entrepreneurs

NOTE: I know that it can feel implausible or impossible to do anything but focus on the reality that is unfolding in front of us across the world right now, but I also know that through 9/11, 2008, hurricane after hurricane and so many other natural disasters, is that IN the face of a crisis, it is exactly the moment that we humans can band together and the importance of gathering, celebration is even more important.

Obviously right now we’re being asked to stay home, stay safe, and reduce the impact of Coronavirus. It is imperative that we minimize the impact that this has on each other, allowing us to rebound as soon as we can. I’m of the firm opinion that these set backs are actually huge opportunities to refine, re-calibrate, and reconnect — we always bounce back, and weddings are no different. We’re doing our part to evaluate the scene for our clients and colleagues, and am always here for anything anyone might need — in person or virtually. In the meantime, I’m going to keep eating my Cadbury mini-eggs and take a moment to consider some big(er) picture thoughts all the way from the deserts of the Engage!20 Dubai.

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Video by Derek Chan Films

Engage!2020 kicked off the year in Dubai last week, marking the 30th Engage! since it’s inception and I wanted to take a moment to share the 3 biggest take aways from my time there for both wedding professionals and couples and families planning weddings.

I recently attended my first Engage! this past December in Mexico at the Nizuc Resort in Playa del Carmen, and found myself signing up for the Dubai session this past March 3-5th, 2020. Out of the three options offered in 2020, Dubai called to me as it was being hosted at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper — a  blast the past as I spent 4 years in the marketing department at SOM, the architecture firm that designed it. I figured, what better time to see it in person? I also believe that experiencing cultures and places through travel is important for me to better understand the global world of destination weddings, as well as a huge source of creative inspiration.

A quick background: for those wondering, Engage! Conference was created by Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnels as a place for the wedding industry to come together to share, connect, and educate themselves across the board by some of the best in the industry. They host a 3-4 conferences each year, highlighting different properties around the world.

After spending a week sitting with the experience and reviewing my pages of notes from the general sessions, here are my biggest take aways:

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Round Up | Boston Bound

Austin Wedding Venue // The Nouveau RomanticsIt’s officially the end of the first week of September, and we’ve been busy driving up a storm to venues, ranches, and scoping out all the details for our fall and early 2014 weddings. The Texas highway in 104F heat is quite the sight, and the most recent death of our clutch + gear shift system in the VW thankfully happened after a ranch trip 2.5 hours away, rather than right in the middle of it! I’m Boston bound tomorrow for four days of family time with my in-laws, boat rides to Martha’s Vineyard, along with much needed runs along the Charles’ River, poking around Cambridge, and enjoying some R&R. [and some high 70sF weather! High five East Coast, you’re looking GOOD!]

Hannah and Caitlin are holding down the fort, keeping us all organized and on task, and it’s amazing to think back on exactly what and where I was this time last year, and where we are now. We have a fantastic group of ladies [and gentlemen] that help us out, and I’m grateful for all those that are now part of our little den of creatives. I’m almost most excited about getting the fall season rolling to see all our people again!

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Houston Zoo Wedding

Real Weddings // Houston Zoo wedding  // Florals by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design StudioNaomi, a talented florist in her own right, invited us down to Houston last spring to put together florals for her Houston Zoo wedding celebration with Rachel. She came to us with a clear idea of what she was looking for — a romantic and lush mix of creams, blush pink, with dusty miller and green foliage.  While it was a ‘warm’ Saturday in May, Jenn Huang‘s incredible images don’t even let on! And Naomi’s Ines di Santo dress was absolutely incredible!

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San Diego Oceanside Wedding

I’m good friends with the ladies over at Antiquaria, and was more than a little excited upon hearing that the lovely Bailey was engaged to her high school sweetheart. Wanting a small, intimate wedding, they opted for a small public park in La Jolla for the ceremony, and a nearby restaurant for celebrating. Their 30 person guest count kept it really special for their guests (including me!), and we appreciated the amount of thought and detail Bailey put into the day’s personal touches.

We helped with the florals, and stuck with simple bud vases lining the table in the mix of copper, golden yellow, dusty blue, and soft greens that Bailey had dreamt up. It was an eclectic mix that subtly refers to the sea without screaming “Shells! Starfish! Coral!”. For the bouquet, she let me loose, and I fashioned one of my favourite bouquets to date! I took advantage of the LA Flower Market and found some foxglove, local garden roses, astilbe for texture, and late in the season copper-gold ranunculus. I was also able to forage some foliage that was the perfect shade of plum. Tied tight with a gold metallic ribbon, it’s definitely a showstopper!

I’m always a fan of small gatherings — and we actually do quite a number of smaller weddings — as it really lets you invest in the small details that make it especially personal. It was  a treat to work on this for Bailey and Dominic, and especially lovely to be part of the celebration.

Finally, don’t miss out on the all the added details from the feature on Martha Stewart’s blog!

Real Weddings // By the Sea in San Diego // Florals by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

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Round Up!

Spring Wedding at The Wild Onion Ranch // Citrus and Chambray // Photo by The Nichols // Event Design + Florals by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

Let’s call this the “watermelon + summer day dreams edition” — which, here, might involve a lot of thinking about cool recipes (literally), cooler temperatures, swimming holes, and vacations out of the 103F Texas heat.

That being said, we’ve been busy this week! Check it out:

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