Sea Island The Cloister at Sea Island
Our 19thEngage! event brought us for the first time to spectacular Sea Island Resort on the southeast coast of Georgia. Ooozing with authentic Southern Charm and decked to the nines for the upcoming holidays, Sea Island extended gracious and warm hospitality to 350 leading luxury wedding and special event professionals from around the world.
The nature infused color palette of grayed jade and soft seaglass tones, warm peach and rose gold metallics was inspired by the destination and was artfully woven throughout every aspect of the event.
Attendees were delighted to be welcomed to the event within an interactive Pop-Up Boutiquerie filled with many locally sourced gifting items and essentials to enhance their Engage! experience. Long-time Sea Island creative partners The Vine, Beachview Event Rentals and Party Tables Linens worked their combined magic to elevate the design and décor throughout the entire event, showcasing their broad range of talents.
Playful and fun themes for various parts of the event included a “Bubbles” Champagne break, a supper under the stars at Sea Island’s own Rainbow Island, complete with country line dancing. A surprise prohibition after party kept attendees dancing until the wee hours to a trio of dueling DJ’s with Elan Artists unique spin on a silent disco.
Over 45 leading speakers informed and inspired at every turn through general sessions and smaller format interactive sessions. A surprise “Classic Coca-Cola Christmas” break delighted guests with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and vintage clad singers.
Hearty southern fare was enjoyed by all through lavish breakfasts in the impressive Sea Island lobby to luncheons under the tented terrace.
The breathtaking final Gala saw the ballroom transformed into a live oak, spanish moss draped fantasy complete with cutting edge lighting and video mapping, a 30 piece gospel choir welcome, thousands of glass enclosed candles and electric performance artists, singers and dancers who wowe’d the discerning crowd from beginning to electric end.
For years we’ve heard of Engage! and made excuses for not going. Because of our experience at Engage! Sea Island we can honestly say we are committed, now more than ever, to provide the best version of ourselves to our clients and creative partners, to continue to grow and expand, to learn and relearn, to fall and get back up, again and again. We are inspired and enlightened to continue to elevate the bar and go the extra mile every time in our own business and in our community.
The best thing that I could have done for Lavin Label in 2016. What I thought might make me an outlier (not being in the wedding industry) proved to be an advantage. It opened my eyes to new best practices, business ideas and a network of talented and brilliant professionals that I can now call friends.
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.
Engage brings together the leaders in the luxury wedding industry which allows for inspiration, the sharing of ideas, the chance to learn from veterans such as Mindy Weiss, Preston Bailey, Bryan Raffanelli, Marcy Blum, Sylvia Weinstock (I could go on and on) and the opportunity to develop partnerships with the best event professionals in the world. The best part though? You put 350 or so event professionals together for 3 days it's a sure bet it's going to be a good time.
For years I have watched from afar as our wedding industry’s crème de la crème gathered in beautiful resorts all over the world to learn from one another, build new relationships and gain inspiration from some of the most beautiful parties. Engage! was everything I dreamed of and more. It was surreal as I was sitting beside and building friendships with those individuals that had inspired me for years. I was incredibly nervous to attend but I quickly discovered how unnecessary that was considering every person in that room started their business the same way I did… with some fears and a little self doubt, but also with plenty of determination, passion for the wedding industry and love for the couples we serve.
The relationships that I formed and the experience and insight that I gained will be with me forever.
You did it once more. Sea Island was AMAZING. That last evening, OMG was out of this world.
What an amazing experience that I wish didn’t have to end!
Words cannot describe how blown away I was by these last few days! What an amazing experience with an incredible group of people! It seriously was the most energizing, refreshing and inspiring "event" I have ever been to. I loved meeting everyone, and definitely made some great long lasting friendships.
My journey has been forever effected by the community that you've created. I've made lifelong friends and have worked with a number of people after each of the engages that I've been to. Being a part of this community of inclusion is priceless. There is no way to put an ROI on these relationships. It's been 10 fold for my business revenue and so so so much more for my life.
For those of you that have yet to attend, I cannot say enough about this community. While each experience has been consistently and uniquely rewarding, this past week stands out to me as one of the most inspiring to date.
What a phenomenal experience this Engage was for me! I LOVED it! The speakers completely brought their “A” game to their sessions. Each person had something very valuable to offer and contribute. The setting, the parties, and entertainment were over the top perfect.
You have created something so special and important to so many of us... the Engage! family.
Filled with lessons, relationships & jazz hand fun Engage! Summits is a feast for your business soul!