Italy Destination Wedding Gala Inspiration: Engage!16 Italy

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We’ve got one more magical event to share from the Engage!16: Europe wedding business summit I recently returned from.  Set in beautiful Puglia, Italy at the famed Borgo Egnazia property, on the final night, the team at Engage hosted a gala in full masquerade style.  The black tie party was dripping with deep red tones atop a neutral palette, giving the tent plenty of drama before even the first guest stepped inside.  But this party was more about the entertainment than even the flowers.  Elan Artists brought in bands to rock the night away, Italian opera singers to fit the setting, and even ballerinas to dance between courses!

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If you’re in the destination wedding business, going around the globe to one of the Engage Summits is the best investment you could make for your business (and your clients!).  And this is something you feel and know by the time the week ends and you get to celebrate together at the gala.  The decor is so special, but the people, the friends you’ve made and the business you’ve built is that much more special.

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This tented fete was the perfect blend of a little bit of country chic (the rustic twine and small details reflected the area we were in) paired with the grand centerpieces, well-dressed bars, and beautiful tent to remind us of the black tie affair we were a part of.

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And just like at the previous Engage parties this week, each guest was invited to partake in the fun and the theme by dressing the part.  As we entered the party, we were each given a lace mask to wear at the ball.  This is a great idea for a themed party when you want your guests to immediately immerse themselves in the experience!  And it makes for great photos too!

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These are our fabulous hosts, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, the brains behind the Engage Summits. They have been teaching us in the wedding industry for years to better ourselves, our brands, and our events to serve clients at the highest level possible.  If you’re in the wedding industry, this is an event not to be missed.  Any day now they will be announcing the 2017 lineup of dates and locations, so stay tuned as they sell out FAST and rumor has it, they’re going global again.  I know I’ll be there!  This trip to Italy was once in a lifetime and this event I will never forget.  Thank you to Kath and Rebecca for including me in such a magical experience and thanks to the entire Engage team for wowing us like I never thought possible, even for you!  To see who produced this incredible event, check out the vendor credits below.

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Linens: Nuage Designs, Floral Support: G Fresh, Roses: Meijer Roses

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Retro Beach Wedding Party: Engage!16 Italy

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Getting married on or overlooking the beach in Europe?  Then this retro beach party is for you!  The second of the spectacular parties hosted by Engage!16: Europe was one at the Borgo Egnazia beach club, just a few minutes bike ride from the main hotel compound.  And when in Rome, or in Puglia, Italy in this case, it was only fitting that a beach celebration with style was held over the lunch hour of this incredible wedding business conference.

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The event kicked off by getting every guest in the color palette, with beautiful silk scarves and matching sunglasses so we could all become part of the festive theme.

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Then fresh seafood stations could be found lining the boardwalk around the water’s edge, filled with a bounty of local selections from the sea.

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Even cars, bikes, and Vespas helped to complete the decor, making the perfect touch to fill the large grass area that we celebrated on.

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Elan Artists, the entertainment and music company for the event, brought in dancers in picture-perfect retro wardrobe to get the party started in full “swing.”  They brought over 100+ musicians, dancers, and entertainers for the Engage Summit in Italy and wow did it make an impact.  Wedding entertainment is no longer just about music, but professional dancers with that music to get the party started, to keep the party going, and even to entertain guests during dinner.  Try it, your audience will be dazzled like we were!

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Elan Artists even brought in synchronized swimmers whenever there was a place for them to dance in water!  This retro beach party at Engage!16: Europe was perfect for a post-wedding brunch, a wedding welcome kickoff party or even a big day abroad where you want to have a little cheeky fun.

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia– Cala Masciola Beach Club, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Bikes: Ecorent, Catering: Traetta Catering

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Picture Perfect Destination Wedding Dinner: Engage!16: Italy

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Earlier this fall I set off for Puglia, Italy to attend the first European Engage Summit, a luxury wedding business conference that takes place in a magical destination around the globe a few times a year.  This time it was held at the famous Borgo Egnazia, which was also the wedding location of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.  Each conference showcases talents in the region, shares new wedding trends, and teaches us to be better at our businesses for couples going through the wedding planning and destination wedding planning process.  And Engage!16: Europe showed us just how incredible a destination wedding in Italy can really be!

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With the best talents hand-picked from around the world, the parties were over-the-top, unbelievable, and frankly, down right magical.  Beginning with this spectacular opening night party in a piazza of the hotel, it was an open-air market-like party complete with hanging flowers flanking the long tables and candlelight just about everywhere.  The look from day to night was simply stunning!

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The detail in the decor of this party was unparralleled!  The design makes for a perfect destination wedding welcome event but also a fantastic wedding reception.  The feeling that you were in a local Italian market surrounded by the best of everything was overwhelming.  They did a fantastic job of weaving in the location, something you want to consider when hosting a wedding away from home.

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I’ve been to a lot of parties in my almost thirteen years in the wedding business, but this may have topped them all.  The pictures show you just how pretty it was, but the feeling we had being at such a special event could never be fully described.  Engage and the team left no detail undone, right down to the buckets of twinkling lights on the rooftops surrounding us!

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Boardering the dinner tables were oodles of interactive food and drink stations where guests got to engage with chefs who were making fresh mozzarella, tossing pizza, and dishing up gourmet gelato.  Talk about fresh!  The food was to-die-for!

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Then local dancers performed to entertain our audience before a finale of fireworks were set off overhead.

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What a way to kick off Engage!16: Europe!!  We’ll be sharing more amazing images from the week in Puglia in the coming days so stay tuned for more destination wedding inspiration to come.  And thank you to Engage and everyone on their team (vendor credits below) for creating such a special scene and setting for us to celebrate in!  This is a party and event I will never forget!

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Additional Entertainment: Terraross Entertainment, Marino Rana, Artists: Compagnia Stabile Di Alberobello, Wine: Coppi, Fireworks: Pirosud

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Incredible Cancun Wedding Location: Nizuc Resort & Spa

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Have you ever been in a hotel room that you just didn’t want to leave? I’ve been lucky enough a few times, but never in one that I loved so much I didn’t want to leave it the entire time I was at the hotel! Well, until now. Nizuc Resort and Spa, located just on the edge of Cancun, Mexico has plenty to keep you busy but the rooms are so spectacular, you don’t ever want to leave to do any of it!

I recently touched down into one of their Garden Pool Villas, and they are, as they sound, complete with a pool inside the walls of your villa! With glass walls that open up the bedroom into the exterior, outdoor living rooms and showers, and a private pool for each, this truly is indoor-outdoor living at it’s finest. There may have been an indoor shower too, but why use it when the outdoor rain shower is calling your name?! Turn on your tunes (your iPhone connects with the speaker system throughout the villa property) and soak in the tube drawn for you by your butler and life doesn’t get much better than that (especially for honeymooners).

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But Nizuc goes beyond just epic hotel rooms. The property is ideal for destination weddings too! With incredible infinity pools and decks perfect for private parties and a beach property fit for a fabulous Mexican fiesta, you can say “I do” indoors in their massive ballroom space overlooking the lagoon or outdoors in one of their iconic Caribbean wedding locations.

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And no matter which venue you opt for, you can count on the weddings staff taking exceptional care of you. You may stay up late celebrating, but I witnessed them staying up so much later, just to make sure every detail was absolutely perfect for the pair tying the knot.

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From a fabulous spa to a to-die-for daily breakfast buffet (complete with guacamole, of course), to complimentary paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking on its two beaches, Nizuc has it all. And once you’ve done it all, remember it also has oodles of romance with fire torches burning nightly, sunken lounges among the water installations, and the utmost of privacy in your villa, whether in the garden or overlooking the ocean from high above.  This might just be the sexiest hotel on earth!

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If you want a modern, sexy place to honeymoon or host a destination wedding, then look to the outskirts of Cancun to Nizuc Resort and Spa where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a place that couldn’t possibly be so easy to get to – just minutes from a major airport but miles from ordinary.

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For more information and to plan your wedding, check out Nizuc Resort & Spa.

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Tropical Wedding Inspiration Shoot in Miami

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Today’s tropical wedding inspiration comes to us from our friends at Alorè Event Firm who designed a tabletop look to share at The Walton House in Miami, Florida (where they have parrots to party with!).  These tropical wedding ideas work well in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, and even South and Central America where you’ll find oodles of parrots in the wild.  If you want a colorful big day, then consider this style as described by Alorè Event Firm.

This tropical oasis was created at The Walton House with the vision of Creative Director, Anna Noriega from Alorè Event Firm to embrace the true live nature component the venue had to offer. The use of palm leaves to cover tent poles was incorporated with draping to bring the outside in. The unique array of colors, succulents, summer blooms, tropical foliage, moss and not to mention mega Chandelier and Parrots gave the design an incredible “wow factor”.  

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Soul Echo Studios

Photo Shoot Team: Location + Parrots: The Walton House, Design and Florals: Alorè Event Firm, Linens: Nuage Linens, Tent and Draping: Rumbas Party Rental, Chandelier/Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting, Chairs & Table: Hitched Event Rentals, Parrots Courtesy of: Creature Features, Charger Plates: Atlas Party Rentals

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