Andrea Eppolito3 Comments

Thoughts from Engage 16 Sea Island

Andrea Eppolito3 Comments
Thoughts from Engage 16 Sea Island

Hello Friends,

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!

Always...


DAY 1

Welcome to The Cloister at Sea Island.  Image by Gigi de Manio.  

Welcome to The Cloister at Sea Island.  Image by Gigi de Manio.  

The Cloister at Sea Island.  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

The Cloister at Sea Island.  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

Such wonderful architecture at The Cloister at Sea Island.  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

Such wonderful architecture at The Cloister at Sea Island.  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

Because there is always a Because swag makes people smile!  Engage takes branding to a whole new level, inspiring ideas for gifting and favors at weddings and events.  Photo by Laura Dee.  

Because there is always a Because swag makes people smile!  Engage takes branding to a whole new level, inspiring ideas for gifting and favors at weddings and events.  Photo by Laura Dee.  

Tassels are just fun!  When they carry wishes for joy, love, and luck they become a personal talisman.  Photo by Laura Dee.  

Tassels are just fun!  When they carry wishes for joy, love, and luck they become a personal talisman.  Photo by Laura Dee.  

When you've had just about every mixed drink imaginable, Engage! offers an H2O based drink!  Photo by Elisha Coleman.

When you've had just about every mixed drink imaginable, Engage! offers an H2O based drink!  Photo by Elisha Coleman.

A chapel in the woods is the absolute hight of charming and romantic.  Could you even imagine getting married here?  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck.

A chapel in the woods is the absolute hight of charming and romantic.  Could you even imagine getting married here?  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck.

Opening Session.  Photo by Gigi De Manio. Floral by The Vine. 

Opening Session.  Photo by Gigi De Manio. Floral by The Vine. 

Engage founders Katherine & Rebecca with motivational speaker and mentor Simon T. Bailey.  Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Engage founders Katherine & Rebecca with motivational speaker and mentor Simon T. Bailey.  Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Founder of The Knot Carly Rooney.  Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Founder of The Knot Carly Rooney.  Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss always draws a crowd and brings the laughs. Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss always draws a crowd and brings the laughs. Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

The legendary Marcy Blum and Sylvia Weinstock. Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

The legendary Marcy Blum and Sylvia Weinstock. Photo by Gigi de Manio. 

Breaks are better with Bubbles.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Breaks are better with Bubbles.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

No words for how I love the styling and colors of this space.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

No words for how I love the styling and colors of this space.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Sorbet for the win!  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Sorbet for the win!  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Woodsy, romantic little vignettes filled with good books, beautiful feathers, and the perfect lantern styling. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Woodsy, romantic little vignettes filled with good books, beautiful feathers, and the perfect lantern styling. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Party beneath the stars!  We spent our first night al fresco with a water-front mixer under bistro lights. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck.

Party beneath the stars!  We spent our first night al fresco with a water-front mixer under bistro lights. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck.

Such a sweet and feminine beer station!  Drinking from the can never looked so elegant!  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

Such a sweet and feminine beer station!  Drinking from the can never looked so elegant!  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

Beautiful boys!  Tommy  Murphy, Joel Callaway, Andy Cisick, and Brian Worley.  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Beautiful boys!  Tommy  Murphy, Joel Callaway, Andy Cisick, and Brian Worley.  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

With Cameron Clark.  When I drink, it's a red!  And we get silly! Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

With Cameron Clark.  When I drink, it's a red!  And we get silly! Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Why yes; that is a moon shine bar!  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Why yes; that is a moon shine bar!  Photo by Carla Ten Eyck. 

Late night parties are better with Velvet chairs and swanky lighting.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick.

Late night parties are better with Velvet chairs and swanky lighting.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick.

Post party silent disco!  Photo by Paul Morse. 

Post party silent disco!  Photo by Paul Morse. 

DJ's played music you could only hear through your headphones.  Sounds weird, but it is big fun!  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

DJ's played music you could only hear through your headphones.  Sounds weird, but it is big fun!  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 


DAY 2

Breakfast Buffets and Stations are always a good idea...Love the trees everywhere.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

Breakfast Buffets and Stations are always a good idea...Love the trees everywhere.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

High touch breakfast meetings before we deep dive into education.  How many marketing phrases can I stuff into this photo?  Image by Paul Morse. 

High touch breakfast meetings before we deep dive into education.  How many marketing phrases can I stuff into this photo?  Image by Paul Morse. 

Getting my love and cuddles in with Wedding Planner Brooke Palmer Kuhl.  Photo by Joel Calloway.  

Getting my love and cuddles in with Wedding Planner Brooke Palmer Kuhl.  Photo by Joel Calloway.  

Tented lunch, here I come!  Photo by John Cain Sargent.  

Tented lunch, here I come!  Photo by John Cain Sargent.  

Lazy Susan Lunches.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Lazy Susan Lunches.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Because a S'Mores tart feels so right.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Because a S'Mores tart feels so right.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Chatting with Sylvia Weinstock and Preston Bailey during dinner at The Georgian Room.  Photo by Gigi de Manio.

Chatting with Sylvia Weinstock and Preston Bailey during dinner at The Georgian Room.  Photo by Gigi de Manio.

At Engage, we celebrate birthdays!  Happy Birthday to Tifany of Gourmet Invitations.  Photo by Gigi di Manio.

At Engage, we celebrate birthdays!  Happy Birthday to Tifany of Gourmet Invitations.  Photo by Gigi di Manio.

The best eggs I have ever had...In the cutest presentation.  Photo by Gigi de Manio.

The best eggs I have ever had...In the cutest presentation.  Photo by Gigi de Manio.


DAY 3

That's me, deep in thought. Photo by Paul Morse.  

That's me, deep in thought. Photo by Paul Morse.  

My dear friend Matthew Myhrum.  A true artist.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

My dear friend Matthew Myhrum.  A true artist.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

Speaker Rishi Patel on design.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

Speaker Rishi Patel on design.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

Photographer Jose Villa.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Photographer Jose Villa.  Photo by Jennifer Domenick. 

Anja Winnika of The Knot.   Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Anja Winnika of The Knot.   Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

The Vine brought out the most inspiring set up for the escort card table!  Love these candles and the hand written love notes.  Plus that moss!  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

The Vine brought out the most inspiring set up for the escort card table!  Love these candles and the hand written love notes.  Plus that moss!  Photo by Elisha Coleman of Love Life Images. 

The Gala was done in shades of green and gold, with moss dripping from the ceiling and a mix of round and long banquet tables.  Decor by The Vine and Party Table Linen Rentals.  Photo by John Cain. 

The Gala was done in shades of green and gold, with moss dripping from the ceiling and a mix of round and long banquet tables.  Decor by The Vine and Party Table Linen Rentals.  Photo by John Cain. 

The dance floor was a map of Georgia.  Super high-gloss and customized piece!  Photo by John Cain Sargent.  

The dance floor was a map of Georgia.  Super high-gloss and customized piece!  Photo by John Cain Sargent.  

From afar, the dance floor almost looked like waves and water.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

From afar, the dance floor almost looked like waves and water.  Photo by John Cain Sargent. 

Place settings made a table!  These high gloss tables were textured with a brushed charger and heavy slate menu.  The pops of pink were a great touch.  Photo by Love Life Images. 

Place settings made a table!  These high gloss tables were textured with a brushed charger and heavy slate menu.  The pops of pink were a great touch.  Photo by Love Life Images. 

Engage is all about entertainment, and this speaking poet artist was fantastically moving!  Photo by Love Life Images. 

Engage is all about entertainment, and this speaking poet artist was fantastically moving!  Photo by Love Life Images. 

Singers rotated throughout the night singing everything from standards to boy band Top 4o hits.  Photo by Paul Morse.  

Singers rotated throughout the night singing everything from standards to boy band Top 4o hits.  Photo by Paul Morse.  


BEHIND THE SCENES & PERSONAL PICS

The Cloister at Sea Island is magical!  So charming with lush grounds, parks, and greenery everywhere.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.  

The Cloister at Sea Island is magical!  So charming with lush grounds, parks, and greenery everywhere.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.  

But the real magic of Engage are the people! On each other's side always.  Selfie by Andrea Eppolito.

But the real magic of Engage are the people! On each other's side always.  Selfie by Andrea Eppolito.

Because if you are going to silent disco, you do it with your friends!  Selfie by Andrea Eppolito.

Because if you are going to silent disco, you do it with your friends!  Selfie by Andrea Eppolito.

Ashley on a swing during a rare moment of downtime. 

Ashley on a swing during a rare moment of downtime. 

With Tifany of Gourmet Invitations.  

With Tifany of Gourmet Invitations.  

Sylvia Weinstock....She is a major inspiration!

Sylvia Weinstock....She is a major inspiration!

The best crew in town!  Tommy Murphy, Ashley Schnippel. and Matthew Myhrum.  

The best crew in town!  Tommy Murphy, Ashley Schnippel. and Matthew Myhrum.  

Cindy Novotny.  

Cindy Novotny.  

Getting Fancy!  Loved this dress so much!  And the light looks like a really bizarre crown on my head, but I'll take it!  

Getting Fancy!  Loved this dress so much!  And the light looks like a really bizarre crown on my head, but I'll take it!  

Who loves Caviar?!?!?  This girl does!  

Who loves Caviar?!?!?  This girl does!  

When your friend is the cameraman, he adds himself in post-production!  

When your friend is the cameraman, he adds himself in post-production!  

The ultimate iPhone pic - Also by our dearest friend, the talented Phillip Van Nordstand!

The ultimate iPhone pic - Also by our dearest friend, the talented Phillip Van Nordstand!

Victoria Angel and I never miss a chance to selfie it up when we are together!

Victoria Angel and I never miss a chance to selfie it up when we are together!

Brian Leahy will be coming to Las Vegas to shoot something special with me in the summer of 2018.  Yes...We book that far in advance!

Brian Leahy will be coming to Las Vegas to shoot something special with me in the summer of 2018.  Yes...We book that far in advance!

Susie has the world' greatest style and coolest job at The Knot! So lucky to work with her year after year!

Susie has the world' greatest style and coolest job at The Knot! So lucky to work with her year after year!

Girlfriends are the best friends!  Ashley and I with Jessica of Master Connections. 

Girlfriends are the best friends!  Ashley and I with Jessica of Master Connections. 

Ashley, Matthew, and Victoria. 

Ashley, Matthew, and Victoria. 

Some people you just adore. This is one of them.  

Some people you just adore. This is one of them.  

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.