Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Afternoon

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I just love seeing all these amazing women in action. Everyone brought so much to the metaphorical table.

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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?

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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.

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Oh and McKay can pretty much monogram anything your little heart desires! How sweet are these sleeves?

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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!

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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

Amber Housely Inspired

Hello Friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about an incredible speaking engagement I have coming up this fall. In September I am off to Nashville to my dear friend and colleague’s Amber Housely Inspired, a retreat for creative business women across all realms. Amber has created a really awesome and unique itinerary of events that I can’t wait to be a part of; from breakout sessions (I’m sharing on the ideal client experience) with hands on learning opportunities (there may be one that involves me teaching about blooms!) and endless amounts of networking and connecting time with like-minded women, it’s a retreat experience and lifestyle summit for creative women you won’t want to miss.

 

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You can register now and save on the Early Bird Rate through to June 30th. Please feel free to use the code HEYGORG for a $200.00 discount applicable to your ticket. Registration is limited to only 30 people for close connections, relationship building and access to speakers and fellow attendees. Payment plans are also available if needed. You can email hello@amberyhousely.com to get more information. And check out this adorable inspiration board below for the retreat. I have the pleasure of designing a dinner based around this board, for all of the attendees to enjoy at Inspired.

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Can’t wait to see you there! Xoxo

Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Morning

If you’re just joining us now be sure to check out the Trouvaille Workshop Day One recap over here first!

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Day Two at Trouvaille was the first full day of workshop material and one that was jam packed with back end and front end information from pricing strategies, business ownership tips and tricks, styling 101, rentals and pricing. Believe me, there was a ton of good stuff and a ton of awesome swag for every attendee to take home with them. From our strolling breakfast bright and early on Monday morning, a morning packed with valuable industry speakers, a Tuscan inspired lunch back up in The Pinnacle Room and an afternoon full of florals, table designs, surprise Starbucks breaks;

It was a really good day!

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My dear friend Ashley Brooke of Ashley Brooke Designs supplied each attendee with a mug of their choice. Each gal was ale to snag a mug, use it that morning with breakfast and morning sessions, and then bring it home with them for later use. I had a strolling breakfast that day to encourage mingling but also to let people have a little personal space if they felt a little shy or tired that morning; I normally feel a little sleepy in the am and also am a bit of an introvert at social gatherings so this seemed like a happy medium. It also gave everyone a little sleep in time if needed!

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Almost time for sessions to start!

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The bright purple session tables were in the middle of one of the Amway’s ballrooms, front and center to the speaker’s stage. As the attendees came down from breakfast they were able to choose a seat, each placesetting filled with goodies from businesses I love and admire. Some of the goodies are photographed below for you to check out, along with proper credit at the bottom of this post. As a small business owner myself, I get so much joy out of supporting and sharing the love of others and was thrilled to include so many inspiring and creative professionals at the workshop.

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There was a ton of instagram action happening that week too; check out #trouvailleworkshop for more goodies!

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Michelle Loretta was our first speaker on Monday and man was that a good way to kick start the day. Money, money and more money. Michelle knows what she’s talking about and there’s no fluff with her. I’ve heard Michelle speak on a number of occasions and have hired her personally for money management within my own business. I love her so much she’s coming back to Trouvaille this October to dish on hiring, paying employees, knowing the right time to hire and all of the in betweens. It’s going to be really eye opening to business owners in the planning, design and floral realm.

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After Michelle, Heather Anne from Sweet Heather Anne spoke to the group. Heather is an incredible business woman with a brick and mortar boutique bakery in Ann Arbor. I’ve worked with her for numerous events and she always delivers. Her ability to run her business, still offer an unparalleled product, stand true as a boss to her employees with kindness and integrity is very inspiring. I actually had to pop out and set up for lunch during her presentation but I heard it was full of inspiration take aways. And speaking of lunch, I was upstairs getting that ready in my tulle skirt…

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It was a Tuscan inspired lunch with those KILLER Nuage Designs linens and wicker chargers from The Rental Co.

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I’m an advocate for the ‘You Are Enough’ movement. I’m a big believer that we are all enough. Caroline over at Paloma’s Nest created custom medallions for each attendee which sat at their napkin for when they sat down to lunch.

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Coming up later, the afternoon sessions from Day Two at Trouvaille! All photos by Bradley James Photography.

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Rhi’s skirt: Bel and Beau / Rhi’s necklace: Francesca’s / Chargers/chair rentals: The Rental Company / Monogrammed coffee sleeves: Oatmeal Lace Design / Prayer journals: Val Marie Paper / Gold coasters and notepad: Emily Ley / Foil print: Lara Casey / Lips shirt: Cake for Breakfast / Notebook and pencils: B is for Bonnie / Headbands: Plum Pretty Sugar / Initial necklaces: Bip and Bop / Vase rentals: Events by I Candy / Linens: Nuage Designs / Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne / Trouvaille logo creation: Molly Jacques Calligraphy / Mugs: Ashley Brooke Designs / Lunch menus: Lemon and Lavender

Trouvaille Workshop Day One

Guys! Yay! I can’t believe I get to share these photos finally. Welcome to the first post in the Trouvaille recap series!

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The first ever Trouvaille Workshop started on the very top level of The Amway Grand Plaza in the Pinnacle Room; an amazing space that has nearly 360 degree views of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. After greeting each gal individually, all 25 of the amazing attendees were able to grab a drink and a few chocolate covered strawberries before sitting down to their opening session tables. I wanted the space to feel airy and bright; so the girls could be comfortable and welcomed to Trouvaille with open arms and open hearts. The workshop’s color palette was one with lots of purple, white, pink and peach so I tried to incorporate those hues into a lot of the details and swag (more on all of the remarkable vendors who were a part of this below!) I’m not a huge fan of overly ‘hotel’-ish spaces so I hoped to make the space feel more comfortable and unique with small special touches. Here are a few details:

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I kicked off opening session with a jam packed presentation on Five Things I Know For Sure. From outsourcing tasks I don’t love to do, being kind to others and having a strong, authentic brand regardless of your business experience, I shared as much knowledge as I could with the group in an effort to get their wheels turning. Sweaty palms were included yes. But I felt like personally introducing everyone and letting them know about the foundation behind the workshop would be the best way to start the three days of material. It was so great! The attendees asked insightful questions, were incredible listeners and best of all made me feel so comfortable and at ease.

I love this room shot Bradley James Photography snagged for me. What a beautiful experience!

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Jodi Bos with Gwyneth Paige Letterpress was our amazing second guest speaker. She spoke to the group about women relationships in our industry and did an incredible job getting to the core of what’s important when working with others and sharing kindness and respect with your peers. Jodi has become a dear friend of mine and I look forward to having her back in October to share more on this same topic in addition to a breakout session on paper etiquette and pricing.

After opening sessions, it was time for our black and white themed welcome dinner celebration at San Chez Bistro.

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From passed sangria (the bistro’s signature drink) and a fixed menu featured seven of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, us gals (and one guy! Hi Brad!) dined, shared stories and laughed until late into the evening together. I’m not the biggest fan of the color orange but I loved how this meal’s design and theme came together so nicely in the bistro’s space. I’ll remember that dinner for a long time, guys. To look around the room and see everyone in their adorable outfits, involved in meaningful conversations, comfortable in their surroundings was exactly what I was looking to promote and foster at Trouvaille. Oh and those are caramel jar favors from The Caramel Jar at each attendee’s placesetting. Yum!

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Oh and can I tell you something incredible?

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At the end of the evening as everyone was leaving I started to tear down the small centerpieces and what not from dinner. Alicia, Carrie, Brad and Sam started to help too. Then one by one a good chunk of the attendees came back upstairs to the private room and started to help gather dirty napkins, throw away trash and wrap up decor with us. It was amazing to see these dolled up ladies pitching in to clean up with me (despite my begging to just go back to the hotel and rest). Truly, these women are changing the wedding industry one by one; they are hard working, down to earth and simply full of goodness.

Next up is Day Two of the Trouvaille Workshop! Sit tight, my friends xoxo
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Photography: Bradley James Photography / Florals, host, design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Linens: Nuage Designs / Chair rentals: The Rental Company / Vase Rental: Events by I Candy / Paper: Lemon and Lavender / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper / Clipboards: Idieh Design / Notebooks: B is for Bonnie / Caramel sauce favors: The Caramel Jar / Side table: Fancy Fray / Trouvaille logo: Molly Jacques Calligraphy

Pep Talk Tuesday {Today’s Potential for Happiness}

Do you ever dream so big your head – or heart – could burst? Or better yet, do you ever feel heavy with overwhelm?

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I’ve been on the verge of bursting lately. And today I woke up feeling a bit tired, not physically, but mentally because the hopes and the dreams inside this head of mine feel too big some days. It’s not a bad thing per say but it’s a little bit overwhelming when you have a hard time turning the brain off and being ok with just being in the now. I read something the other day about our purpose in life and how our purpose is really to just be in the moment, living the now, doing what’s in front of us. In theory this is simple and doable if you break the now (whatever that is for you) down into tangible steps. Think about that for a second; it’s simple!) But here we are (and I generalize when I say ‘we’) rushing around, panicked, stressed, sad even, trying to get to the next best thing, trying to out do ourselves, and trying not to feel like a disaster when the next best thing or the next level really, falls short of our grasp and worse our expectations. Raise your hand if this cycle feels real. I’m over here with both hands high up in the air mind you.

I took this past weekend off. Three days off. No work. No emails. No phone calls. No ‘let me sneak upstairs for an hour of work!’ or ‘let’s swing by Hobby Lobby for a few work related items.’ This hasn’t happened since probably last year. That was a hard pillow to swallow when I was able to realize how badly I needed a break. That the gift of time for myself isn’t something I’m able to give to myself. Those three days were full of the things my heart needed. Plain and simple rest and relaxation doing this things I love most with the people I love most. I’m fairly certain that in 10 or 20 or even 50 years, I’ll love back on these things, these days of rest filled with joy, and feel like it was worth my time to indulge instead of scurrying to achieve anything beyond myself and my capabilities. So today:

Be easy on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. That’s all you can do.

Take five minutes. Really. Go take 5 minutes. And do something for you.

Write down two things that you’ve done well recently. Write them here.

And remember tomorrow will come; but today is full of potential for happiness.

Go seize the day, friends! Xoxo

P.S. Trouvaille tickets are on sale at the early bird rate for four more days! Eeeek!