Blogging Workshop Recap

Thursday, January 22, 2009

wedding blog workshop

Yesterday was the Winter 2009 Blogging Bootcamp for wedding professionals that I taught. It sold out at 23 attendees, and was the perfect size for fostering conversation and interaction.

The workshop was an all-day, six hour event and while I was preparing for it, I was worried I was going to run out of content. The opposite turned out to be true, and I had to speed through some things to ensure that some of the attendees could catch their flights back home in time.

wedding workshop

I was so excited that Jody Taylor-Smith from Good Taste Events in Seattle flew in for the workshop. I met Jody at Engage!08 last June and she is classy, fun and hilarious. We clicked instantly and it was such a treat to see her again:


Pictured here is Heather Tansill from Good Taste Events in Seattle, Dana Dunphy from Once a Bride in Colorado (with a brand new project in the works!), Keri Chantler from Twirl Boutique in Scottsdale and Jennifer Thinnes from Outstanding Occasions in Phoenix: 


Melissa Jill Hester from Melissa Jill Photography:


Cicely Rocha-Miller from Life Design Event Planning, me, and Kelly Ashworth of Kelly Ashworth Design (who was our guest expert last week here on The Smart Planner):


Loren Petrowski of I Do Monday Morning in San Diego, Mary Driscoll King from My Wedding Film (the person responsible for pushing me to really get this workshop off the ground) in the back row, and then Jody Taylor-Smith and Heather Tansill from Good Taste Events in the front:


Keri Chantler of Twirl Boutique - a shop that focuses specifically on bridesmaids. Keri and her business partner, Jenni Hailer, have created Boutique in a Box, an innovative concept that allows other women to license their own Twirl Boutique. If you're interested in the retail side of weddings, and want to be involved with an amazing company that services a niche market, you can get more information on their program here.


Kimberly Jarman of Kimberly Jarman Photography hosted us in her beautiful studio and totally saved me by working some Powerpoint magic when my computer wouldn't mesh with hers:


Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See Photography generously offered to be my "official workshop photographer" (I just made that title up - sounds important, doesn't it?) and I am so glad because it means that there are actually photos to share! Here is another group photo that Melissa Jill took so that Stuart could be in one of them - I'll let you pick him out of the crowd:


From left to right, back row: Melanie Little from Paper Mango, Darby Simon from My Wedding Film and Darby Elizabeth Photography, Heather Tansill from Good Taste Events, Kelly Ashworth from Kelly Ashworth Design, Cindy Wagner from Wagner Photographics, Dana Dunphy from Once a Bride, Jody Taylor-Smith from Good Taste Events. Middle row: Loren Petrowski from I Do Monday Morning, Debbie Orwat from Save the Date Events, Wendy Robinson from Sacred Moment Weddings, Jeanne Birmingham from White Poppy Floral, Cicely Rocha-Miller from Life Design Event Planning, me, Tammie Billey from Largo Photography, Keri Chantler from Twirl Boutique, Kim McDowell from The Event Essentials, Julie Gambrell from Classic Creations. First row: Kimberly Jarman from Kimberly Jarman Photography, Stuart Thurlkill from Eyes 2 See Photography, Carolyn Wells from Carolyn Wells Photography, Emily Edwards from Your Heart's Desire Weddings, Jennifer Thinnes from Outstanding Occasions, Heather Crabtree from Outstanding Occasions, and Mary Driscoll King from My Wedding Film

Thanks to everyone who came! I am totally flattered and humbled that you took an entire day out of your busy schedules to hear what I had to say.

{Photos by Eyes 2 See and Melissa Jill}

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