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2016 Life Lessons from Engage!15: Four Seasons Orlando

Photo by Dave Noonan/C10 StudiosPhoto by Dave Noonan/C10 Studios

I have been lucky enough to be involved with Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summits from its inception, and can truly say that attending these conferences has changed my business, and my life. I’ve made dear friends, built incredible relationships with top event pros around the world, and garnered insight into life and business. And beyond all that, I’ve had a ridiculous amount of fun! The most recent Engage! took place in November 2015, at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Here are my key takeaways:
The Welcome Party: Take New Inspiration from an Old Classic.
The Engage! kick-off party took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. Alice is  …

The best, chic lightweight luggage

Salsa Air by Rimowa, cute light luggageSalsa Air by Rimowa, cute light luggage

Why does something so fun have to be so ugly? I’m talking luggage. I go through a suitcase every year or two, and each time I start shopping for a new one, it’s an ordeal. Most cases are either really plain, really expensive or designed for teenagers (if they’re in colors beyond basic black and blue). I figure I’m not the only one who has this issue, so I thought I’d show you my thought process behind this important shopping decision as I look for my summer suitcase.
Steamline Correspondent Stowaway

I’m a travel writer by trade, so the name Correspondent tugs at my heart  …

Globetrotter: Inside Mark Ingram’s Miami

Courtesy of Miami Convention and Visitors BureauCourtesy of Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

When it comes to style, few people have it like the dapper Mark Ingram, owner of Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. This exclusive bridal salon sells gorgeous, high-end gowns from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Inbal Dror and Zuhair Murad.
But Mark has another love beyond fashion: the city of Miami. Mark spends a lot of time there, and since purchasing a condo along the Venetian Causeway in 2010, considers it his second home.  We live in Florida so we know and live this city too. Here are his must-do’s when he heads south,  …

Meet Our Favorite Wedding Registry

Newlywish

One of the best parts about having a wedding (besides the whole “found your soulmate” part, of course) is doing your wedding registry. After all, when else in life do you get to choose what you really want and need in a gift? Our favorite wedding registry hands down is Newlywish whose well-curated offerings include gorgeous household items alongside cool experiences like cooking classes and African safaris.
We were thrilled when founder Amanda Allen asked us to create our dream registry, and had a ball going through their ever-expanding inventory. The results include some travel picks, of course, but also a gold-flecked vase that reminds us of coral reefs and the cutest  …

Globetrotter: Laura Grier on Guatemala

Courtesy of Laura Grier/Beautiful Day PhotographyCourtesy of Laura Grier/Beautiful Day Photography

Los Angeles-based photographer Laura Grier travels the world, shooting destination weddings with her company Beautiful Day Photography as well as doing custom travel photography and interacting with traditional artisans in partnership with NOVICA and National Geographic via her second company, Wanderlust. Here’s what she found on a recent trip.
Imagine having the opportunity to spend a few days and nights living among sixteenth century ruins. I had the chance to do this and so much more when I went to Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO Heritage site. As a photographer, this city was my absolute dream — it’s a watercolor palate  …

My New (Shoe) Obsession

Melissa Sweet Dreams shoe in pinkCourtesy of Melissa USA

For someone who travels as much as I do, you’d think I’d be a pro at it. But I’m not, and for that I primarily blame one thing: Shoes. I spend a lot of time in warm-weather locales and need shoes that are both comfortable and breathable (to stand up to humidity — and did I mention that I live in Florida?) as well as versatile, so I don’t have to pack a different pair for every occasion.
Which is why I love Brazilian shoe company Melissa. Remember those jelly shoes you loved and wore to death back in the  …