If you’re just joining us pull up a chair and get cozy! There’s so much more to share today from April’s Trouvaille!
The afternoon of Day Two at the workshop was full of goodness; things like chargers, linens, menus, rentals, candles, centerpieces and all of the other wonderful pieces that help create really stunning event tablescapes were aplenty. My favourite type of educational workshop is the kind that involves hands on learning and interaction with other creatives and professionals so the afternoon session (and truthfully most of the workshop itself) was completely designed around this foundation of learning. In small teams all the attendees were to built a complete tablescape starting with just a base foundation as inspiration, which in this case involved absolutely stellar couture linens from Nuage Designs.
The goal was to create four very unique tablescapes using predetermined items all at different price points which we then reviewed and discussed at length as one big group. I loved talking through pricing with the attendees, hearing from our rental expert Robyn Allison of The Rental Company on how a professional rental company operates, and of course see how the table design grew into something different from what I imagined once different creative forces came together. It truly takes a village to execute an event and this afternoon session illustrated that perfectly.
The incredible Laura of Laura Hooper Calligraphy penned all of the immaculate paper products used throughout the design sessions (spoiler alert, Laura may be making an appearance at Trouvaille this fall to teach the basics of hand lettering and calligraphy to the lucky attendees!) These sleek black menus with white ink calligraphy paired together with my favorite blush ruffle linen from Nuage Designs made for one gorgeous and totally feminine tablescape.
Here’s Robyn chatting a bit with the attendees about where her rentals come from, why they are priced the way they are and what we can do as planners, designers and florists to facilitate stronger vendor relationships. I just love Robyn. Not only is she a pleasure to work with but she really has some incredible inventory and competitive pricing.
I just love seeing all these amazing women in action. Everyone brought so much to the metaphorical table.
My sweet and very talented friend and Trouvaille Workshop speaker Alicia from Bows and Arrows helped me tackle the florals that afternoon and thank goodness she did; the tablescapes the girls created with the centerpieces Alicia whipped together were perfection. This navy and white Greek key linen paired together with the punchy gem tones was everyone’s favorite of the day. Bold colors and textures can be so good when done right don’t you think?
Once we were done with the design session for the afternoon, we headed back down to our session tables to listen to Robyn speak a bit more about the planner and rental company relationship. But first I had a little Hey Gorgeous Events experience to shower over these gals and I felt like I could burst if I had to wait any longer to do it. I brought out a little surprise Starbucks treat for each girl (I had gotten their drink orders ahead of time) complete with a monogrammed coffee sleeve made by my girl McKay over at Oatmeal Lace Design. I love treating myself to mid afternoon treats during my work day (whether it be an iced chai or a walk outside with Zoe) and I also love more than anything surprising people will small acts of joy and happiness so this was the perfect way to love on my attendees. Seeing their faces when I announced their drinks were ready for them was priceless.
So grateful for these photos! These epitomize the relationships I so want to have with not only my workshop attendees but my brides and grooms too. This here is my core, my purpose and the motivation behind all that I do.
Oh and McKay can pretty much monogram anything your little heart desires! How sweet are these sleeves?
There are still a limited amount of tickets left for Trouvaille and I’ve decided to honor the early bird price until August 1st! If you’re interested in coming to be a part of this intimate, comprehensive, personalized and hands on experience, then I would be delighted to have you this October! The new website for the Trouvaille Workshop will be launching in the next two weeks and there will be full details on the panel of speakers, the schedule of events, sponsors and suppliers and of course reviews from past attendees. And if you can’t wait until then you can snag your ticket here. Stay tuned for the third and final recap coming up later this week from Day Three!
Trouvaille Workshop Day One
Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Morning
Trouvaille Workshop Day Three (coming soon)
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Photography: Bradley James Photography / Venue: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel / Table concepts: Hey Gorgeous Events / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Linens, napkins and napkin accessories: Nuage Designs / Rentals and chiavari chairs: The Rental Company / Coffee sleeves: Oatmeal Lace Design / Hairbands: Plum Pretty Sugar / Floral execution: Bows and Arrows / Rhi’s skirt: Bel & Beau / Rhi’s shoes: Target