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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Destination Wedding in Apulia, Italy

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Rosanna and Sabino wed in Polignano, Italy in a beautiful setting that friends and family were able to travel to and celebrate with them.  We chatted with the couple about their big day and what they experienced when saying I do!  “We chose to celebrate our wedding at Borgobianco because my husband and I decided get married in Polignano; the place was perfect for a two days party and to accommodate friends and family the day before the wedding. In addition, we loved the venue for the absolute simplicity, few details, and for the predominant color: white”

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The bride and groom handmade their stationery and paper goods for the big day!

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“With regard to the organization, there were no big problems. We can say that wedding requires meticulous care to detail and this requires attention, especially if some of the details are made by the bride and the groom, as favors, place cards, sweet’s table and the decorations. The greatest difficulty is the coordination of all parties.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments from their day.  “All was emotional and intense for us, but, what I remember in particular was the moment we arrived at the patio where everyone was already seated for dinner, and, before we started dinner, me and my husband have improvised a dance between the tables with a funny song by Domenico Modugno.”

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And Domenico Modugno was infused elsewhere in the reception as well!  The famous Italian singer from the 60’s was also the inspiration for the table names – each a song of his.

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The white color palette was the woven into all the reception details with muted tones and touches of brown on the napkin treatments.

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Then during dancing a vintage DJ booth spun tunes for all to enjoy!

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“Wedding is a very amazing moment, but you have to live it thinking that it’s your important day, without thinking to satisfy other people. The planning must be funny and creative, without frills. And at the end, having on your side a good photographer who knows how to capture the most beautiful moments without being intrusive, but at the same time being familiar and friendly as has made our Erica.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Les Amis Photo

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Borgobianco, Bridal Dress: Alberta Ferretti, Groom Attire: Tonello, Suspenders: Hackett, Stationary: the bride and the groom, Flowers: Marcello of “Ditelo con un fiore” Castellana Grotte, BA, Italy

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