Truth be told, my love of all things pretty began quite a long time ago. But, my admiration for Stacie and the staff at Inspire Smart Success - a wedding industry magazine - began a couple years back with an introduction from my experience with Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine's platinum list. The ISS publication is one more thing I have had the pleasure of adding to my 'list of pretty things'. And, in addition, I was thrilled to be included in their Summer 2012 publication in a piece that highlighted our first group styled shoot last May!
When I found out that they'd be bringing the ISS Experience to Chicago, you know I'd be there! In a heartbeat!
We spent the morning surrounded by new peers in an intimate setting. In fact, it was limited to about fifteen wedding industry professionals. So, I was thrilled to be a part! The setting... none other than The Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile; with fabulous views from the conference room as the snow fell slowly on my favorite city, how could we not be inspired?
Plus... there were super yummy treats provided by Liz at Fancy Candies - Custom Sweet Buffets! Serious distraction inspiration!
While we went around the circle and listened to each others' inspirations and goals for their own businesses, it was incredible to get to know their stories. Each one so different, but faced with common industry challenges. Since I adhere to the 'let's succeed together' mentality, it was rewarding to meet so many others who felt the same. So, we each walked away with new industry friends that day.
Special thanks to Donna Binbek for wielding the camera for everyone that afternoon. These two photos were provided by her. It's always so strange to be in front of the camera for once!
After a quick outfit spruce-up and some extra industry conversation (seriously... I lovelovelove being around other self-proclaimed 'wedding geeks'!), we scooted over to the upstairs lounge of the Michael Jordan Steak House to join the celebration announcing Inspire Smart Success' partnership with the NEW Bridal Style!
BRIDES! Think Pinterest... but geared locally for vendor search AND with ALL wedding inspiration... not to mention, you have incredible planning resources at your fingertips. You should definitely go take a look: The Bridal Style!
Special thanks to Sophistikz Photography for capturing the following photos that evening as we all partied it up over more yummy Fancy Candies details, MJSH appetizers, and beautiful signature event cocktails.
I'm still so glad to have met wedding industry guru Jane Heflin. She's all kinds of wonderful! And, I'm so thankful for the conversations we shared throughout the day. (Also, you'll see what I did with my own camera most of the evening here...ignored it! Poor thing... )
So pensive... so intense... photo proof that I was completely enthralled with Maria - who is an incredible event planner working events in Ohio + Chicago! This photo cracks.me.up. (!!!)
There's something so 'legit' about getting your photo taken in front of the event banner, right? Maybe I should get an event banner and bring it to every wedding! (Kidding.) But, seriously, it was so great to see long-time friends, as well as make new.
An incredible time hanging out with fabulous people for fabulous reasons on the Magnificent Mile!
But, before I go... I want to post my inspirations and goals set during the afternoon session of ISS Experience as a reminder to myself... continue reaching for dreams, providing great quality and value to each and every couple I meet, and continue to be incredibly happy in my passion. Be inspired!
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