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intrigue_designs (2 of 2) The reality hit me that I had been attempting to flourish in the luxury wedding market without having any idea what luxury truly was. This thought continued to swirl in my mind as I primped for the evening's formal dinner/gala on the final night of the conference. The evening was designed by a woman who is known to exclusively focus on luxury weddings (Karen Tran). From the moment I arrived I was immersed in floral luxury in a way I could have never have imagined. Flowers framed the entrance and filled the tent with Gatsby inspired decor around every corner. It was an amazing evening that added to my "aha moment"
I returned home from the conference, and I could feel the change.  I immediately began researching luxury brands, I test drove a few luxury vehicles and visited a series of luxury hotels and spas.  This was certainly a fun way to get to know the luxury market.  To my amazement I had a lot to learn, and I studied intensely. This research helped grow my business in ways I would have never dreamed had I not made the investment in my business by attending the conference.
I am grateful for having been sitting in that green chair and hearing the wise words of an experienced wedding planner (even if I can't recall her name) This conference has become a staple in my life.  One that I come back to year after year as it infuses me with new energy and new excitement that continues to help propel my business.  I have attended a handful of other workshops, summits, classes and even conferences, and this is still the one that I connect most with for my business.  With so much continuing education in the floral, wedding, and creative industries there is a place for all of us. I encourage you to find the place that inspires you, educates you and helps propel your business. (Photo of Karen Tran's work at the Engage Summit's 2012 Gala)
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  •   jagpet I love this thread- I think as women I this industry we are always striving to find our muses and look for the definition of luxury. My ah ha moment was at the Alexander McQueen show at the met, looking at his original work, made by his own hands... My 'aha' was McQueen's handwork, seeing his stitching and pressing lines, the slight imperfection of a hand made garment that possess perfection in every way. I wish I could spend time in the work rooms of the masters- sneak peeks and intense research are the pearls that fuel my work as well!! @intrigue_designs and @marcyblum 4w
  •   weddingluxe @intrigue_designs love your testimonial. We never really talk about the learning process, don't we? It is funny how we get our inspiration from ️ it is all about sharing experiences 4w
  •   karentranevents Thank you so much for the kind words 4w
  •   jolasjoyfulevents That is on my goal list to attend @karentranevents conference, thanks for sharing truly inspirational 4w

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engagesummits Remembering this LOVE filled Gala in the Circle Ballroom @thebreakers for #engage12. Wishing all of our past and future engagees a very Happy Valentines Day! XOXO #engagemoments 3mon

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beccaroseatchison Found a old pic from over three years ago with today's special birthday gal, my incredible friend @nancyray. Remember this night at #engage12?! We made it out to the party just in time to see the NYC Rockettes perform! Also, didn't you spill red wine on my scarf that same trip? Or maybe it was you @erinmclean23? It's hard to believe how much can happen in 3 years, (including how much iPhone cameras can improve!) and I love how much our friendship has grown in that time. Nancy, I am so thankful for you and wish you the best birthday ever! 4mon
  •   lbroere awe!! Happy birthday, sweet, wonderful--amazing Nancy Ray! We love you and are so thankful for the beauty and vibrancy of your life @nancyray ! 4mon
  •   erinmclean23 This was such a fun night!!! Was it me? That doesn't sound improbable love you both and happy birthday dear friend! 4mon
  •   ironmantraining Cool shot 3mon

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victoriaangelaphoto It's hard to believe this was #engage12, when I'm still on a high from #engage15 and super excited to see everyone next June at #engage16!!! Thanks Facebook for the fun throwback in my newsfeed. 5mon

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engagesummits That's a wrap on a whirlwind two days in NYC for #bridalfashionweek - so wonderful to spend time and share hugs with so many #engage15 #engage16 #engage14 #engage13 #engage12 friends!! We will see many of you 5 weeks from today @fsorlando!!!! 7mon
  •   jen9159 You ladies are gorgeous! Inside and out! Weeping on my Buddha belly not to see you in November! Xoxoxo 7mon
  •   bobconti_ So glad you could make it ! Really fun seeing you both @engagesummits 7mon
  •   greenwed Cuties! 6mon

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beccaroseatchison Blast from the past! Came across this photo taken as we were boarding the plane for #engage12. That was such a bittersweet time in my life...only weeks before I lost my dad. But I loved spending time with these amazing women who all encouraged and prayed for me and helped me face it all with strength (much more so than they probably know). @nancyray @laracasey @emilyayerthomas @erinmmclean (Erin - why aren't you in this pic?! You must have been taking it!) miss you ladies. 8mon

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breakerswedding #ThrowbackThursday: Our favorite after party at #engage12's luxury wedding business summit. Wait till you see what we have planed for #engage16 at @thebreakers... #TBT #BreakersDesignStudio 8mon

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goodlifegabsue Another one of our fave engage #prearrivalgifts: Custom made gold metal luggage tags for #engage12 at @mo_lasvegas. Luggage tags become usable #collectibles. @engagesummits
#giftsforthegoodlife
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goodlifegabsue Day 2 of our favorite engage pre-arrivals (they are all our fave when we are working on them!): Printed shoebag and wardrobe tags with attire suggestions for #engage12 at @breakersweddings. Photo by @jeremiebarlow. Calligraphy by @deborahnadel. @engagesummits #engage15 #giftsforthegoodlife 12mon

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breakerswedding #ThrowbackThursday: Sharing some of our favorite tangerine tango-inspired treats from a special luxury wedding business summit event we hosted... #engage12 #TBT 1y

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c10ike Woke up to see the beautiful English countryside! So excited for the site tours tomorrow my wheels are on overdrive already! #c10travel #england @matt_idofilms 1y

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bibihayat_events Throwback. Last one for today. Lol. My nostalgia is in major emotional mode. Love this. #engage12 1y

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sqnevents Do you think these are appropriate work shoes for a #newyearsevewedding? #engage12 #chachaheels 1y

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Valencia ⠀⠀S A R A H ✧ N A T A S H A

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eventjubilee $1 hot dogs and beers with this lady! @aliphillips #engage11 #engage12 #engage13 2y

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breakerswedding #ThrowbackThursday: Incredible after hours party in the Mediterranean Ballroom during #engage12 at #TheBreakers. #tbt 2y

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