The B-List :: Wedding Blogger Conference

Monday, April 27, 2009

wedding blogger conference

After teaching two of the Blogging Bootcamps this past week - one on Tuesday in Chicago and one on Thursday in Seattle - I wrapped it up by taking a red-eye flight from Seattle to New York for an event called The B-List.  This was a small conference of about twenty-ish wedding bloggers and was hosted by Vane of Brooklyn Bride and Anne Chertoff of From I Will to I Do.  Vane and Anne put so much work into planning this and I was so impressed with how it all came together.  On top of that, it was a gorgeous weekend in New York, so that made it even better.

Saturday morning kicked off with all of us getting together and discussing how we've seen the wedding blogging industry grow over the past few years and some of the challenges that have come with this new bridal media outlet.  It's crazy to think that only a handful of bridal blogs existed when I started writing the Blue Orchid Designs blog in 2006 and now there are hundreds, if not thousands for engaged couples to choose from as they plan their weddings.

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The event was held at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.  It is a fun and funky venue and is great spot for a non-traditional wedding. I love the candles on the wall near the entrance:

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And the water in between each area or pod:

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Here is another fun shot with the cute shoes reflecting in the water below:

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After lunch, there was a vendor meet and greet that Vane and Anne had arranged, where we got to mix and mingle with some amazing wedding professionals.

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After that, we headed over to Michele Preli's (the editor-in-chief of Brides.com) home for a wine-tasting produced by Swirl Events.

From left to right: Bee from Weddingbee, me, Rebekah from Elizabeth Anne Designs, Maria from Ritzy Bee, Anne Chertoff of From I Will to I Do and Michelle Preli from Brides.com:

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More of the ladies during the wine tasting. Left to right: Luzel from iDIY, Emily from OnceWed, Jen from Green Wedding Shoes, Anne from Perfect Bound, and Rebekah from Elizabeth Anne Designs:

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Darci from With This Ring and Janie from The Bride's Cafe:

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Anne Chertoff, Maria from Ritzy Bee and me:

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And a final group shot of everyone with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background:

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not in order: Kristina from 100 Layer Cake, Vané from Brooklyn Bride, Ami and Rebekah from Elizabeth Anne Designs, Anne from From “I Will” to “I Do”, Jen from Green Wedding Shoes, Luzel from iDiY, Emily from Once Wed Blog, Anne from Perfect Bound, Kelly from Santa Barbara Wedding Chic, Janice from The Bridal Wishlist, Janie from The Bride’s Cafe, Courtney from The Little White Book, Amanda from Vintage Glam Weddings, Bee from Weddingbee, Christy from What Junebug Loves!, Darci from With This Ring, Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper, and Maria from {ritzy bee blog}.

Thanks again to Vane and Anne for spending so much time and energy pulling this off! I had such a great time and look forward to seeing how The B-List conference grows in the future.

I'll be recapping more of the event over the next few days on the Blue Orchid Designs blog, so be sure to check it out as I'll be sharing some cool products and services included in our swag bags that can help your clients.



Photos at the Galapagos Art Space and the group photo are by Jenny Ebert. I can't remember who shot the ones at the wine tasting, so please let me know so I can give proper credit! The B-List logo and graphics were designed by the uber talented Erica from Thoughtful Day.

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