To say I'm #blessed to be a speaker at the engage!14 Luxury Wedding Business Summit would be a giant understatement.  Created by Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, engage! is like a big warm hug filled with industry friends..that has become more like a family.  Inspiration, sharing, laughing, learning, dancing, drinking...engaging with one another on a down to earth level...the only way to describe it is REDONKULOUS!

Gifts for the Good Life out did their creativity in the pre-engage care package..yes that is a USB mix tape! - Nothing makes me happier than a bed at the Ritz Carlton..seriously who needs the beach with a thread count like that?! - Beach bag-o-swag..will come in handy next summer when I'm smuggling a cooler of rum punch on to the beach

Jess Levin (aka Jess in the City) the dedicated wizard behind Carats & Cake is quite the multi-tasker - Carley Roneyco-founder of The Knot, and I share a jet-ski and a snorkel..not too nerve wracking - My two favorite princesses...Cinderella and Snow White (Rebecca and Kathryn) start the sessions talking about their balls - Amber Harrison of Wedding Paper Divas and I show off our killer jazz hands. (Jazz Hand Photo: Carla Ten Eyck)

Friends, (Industry) family and selfies everywhere!

Brian Leahy &  Amanda "Newlywish" Allen selfie - the ultimate "surf & turf" dine around - post-snorkel salty selfie - #prompose with my posse

Taking pre-session crowd photos has become a Print Media Panel tradition..I love to look at them after the fact and really see who was in the audience...all those smiling faces make me happy! (..way too many people to tag here..but you know who you are...and I heart you..)

The print media posse: Anja Winikka of The Knot, Erika Hueneke of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Emily Thomas of Southern Weddings Magazine, Kristi Drago-Price of Editor's Edge (aka me), Susan Moynihan of Modern Luxury Brides/South Florida & The Caribbean (and the The Honeymoonist), Angela Desveaux of WedLuxe, Jaimie Schoen of BRIDES magazine, and Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings.

For this go round I gave a crash course on the different types of print media (national vs regional) and gave the dirt on ad pages before going down the line of each editor's needs and moderating Q&A from attendees ...I may have also included a joke on marathon running Anja's toenails...or lack there of... 

photos: Melissa Wolfe

My homegirl of 15 years Melanie Nashan - Beach Blanket Bingo - Weight Watchers I'm nothing with out you...

 Photos By: the fun filled Sarah Natasha

I heart photographers because we really know how to ham it up when the tables are turned... Dennis Kwan and I working hard to own the #prompose - In the middle of a handsome photographer/filmmaker sandwich with Jose Villa and Joel Serrato - A gaggle of photo geeks at The Gala captured by Rebecca Davidson - The incredibly talented Carla Ten Eyck captures my smize for her amazing portrait project

I heart photographers because we really know how to ham it up when the tables are turned...

Dennis Kwan and I working hard to own the #prompose - In the middle of a handsome photographer/filmmaker sandwich with Jose Villa and Joel Serrato - A gaggle of photo geeks at The Gala captured by Rebecca Davidson - The incredibly talented Carla Ten Eyck captures my smize for her amazing portrait project

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