I am home from Camp! Well, not really. I never went to camp as a child, and from what I hear they frown upon serving red wine, and there are no caviar stations....But I am back from Engage! 16 at Sea Island, where I once again got to go off on an adventure with the coolest people on Earth. I enjoyed bonfires and waterfront dinners, I stayed up way past my bed time gabbing with my new besties from around the globe, I shared things, I learned, I may or may not have cried....And from what I hear, that's what happens at camp. So there.
Every Engage is a gift and an opportunity to learn something new from someone who specializes in something outside of what I do. It's an opportunity for me to work on my business, and not just in it. More than that, though, more than that...Engage is about connecting. It's about relationships.
Every single day I wake up and I know how lucky I am to be here. I have, hands down, the very best clients. My tribe of creatives and partners leave it all on the floor each and every day. And I am so deeply proud of the work we do, the awards and features we are given, and the lifestyle that this industry allows my family and I to have.
Still, with all of that, I remember every single day that I have built my business on the backs of those who came before me. I know without a shadow of a doubt that there are people in other places doing work that is beautiful and valuable, that they are telling stories and making connections, sharing memories and changing the lives of families and couples one celebration at a time.
In a boutique business, these people are my colleagues, my contemporaries, and - because of Engage - my friends. I have people that I care about throughout the world, and I know that they care back. My clients have the luxury of pulling talent from beyond the valley. As the world becomes smaller our combined contributions become greater.
To Katherine & Rebecca, the fearless founders of Engage who turned a small idea into an international movement, I thank you for changing not only my business, but my life. To my travel partner and Engaging bestie, Ashley Schnippel, we travel together like no others! And to my Engage friends and family - there are too many of you to mention, and I shudder at the idea of leaving even one of you out! You know who you are, and what you mean to me.
And this Sunday afternoon, that is enough...
Until next time...Check out some of the pro-pics mixed with my behind the scenes snaps!
BEHIND THE SCENES & PERSONAL PICS
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.
An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!
Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.