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Wedding & Event Heroes and we held our 3rd Annual “Hero” Event on April 19, 2016 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on a sunny, warm spring day.
We named our group Wedding & Event Heroes because we feel it’s important to be able to save the day and save the event in case any unusual circumstance arises. We believe in sharing best-in-class ideas about how to work together, plan and create a perfect event with our vendor colleagues.
This year’s theme was the “Wedding & Event Heroes Master Class” where we all shared keys to building a successful business in our industry. Our past events focused on saving the day during a particular event, but this year, we wanted to share how to build a wedding and event industry business successfully.
During the brunch our guests dined on scrumptious food prepared by Terranea’s excellent chef and catering staff, we had three mini breakout sessions where guests learned some new hands-on skills.
At Flower Duet’s breakout hands-on flower station, Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz teamed up with Ida Gardner to talk about the importance of teamwork – especially when oftentimes one works with new vendors every week for different events.
Dish Wish and Miki & Sonja Photography demonstrated to event planners how to style a table using a plethora of dish options to make Instagram-Worthy Tablescapes and how to shoot them with their phone cameras. Each guest had the opportunity to style their own mini table top design with dishes, napkins, glassware, sliver ware and flowers on the table.
And, when guests arrived, they learned how to take their event social with a viral photo booth by Smile Lounge Photo Booth.
During the presentation hour of the “Master Class” five of our WEHeroes presented key takeaways for our guests to help protect their businesses and help them grow.
From how to hire employees that fit your business model from VOX DJS, to how to evolve a partnership from Copper Willow Paper Studio. Made By Meg presented the essentials for food safety for on-location events and Design Visage explained the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. VIPS Entertainment talked about the importance of protecting your Intellectual Property to insure that what is yours, stays yours.
After the presentations, guests dined on more scrumptious desserts provided by one of our newest members, Vanilla Bake Shop.
Another new member, Impressive Creations, created a fabulous video from the event which you can watch below.
We were also grateful for linens were generously donated by Luxe Linens and chairs were donated by Chameleon Rentals and Classic Party Rentals.
And of course, we always truly appreciate the continued hosting and sponsorship of Destination Hotels, Terranea Resort and its wonderful catering team!
Here are our Wedding and Event Heroes Members:
- Jennifer Messerli – Terranea Resort
- Meg Hall – Made by Meg
- Ida Gardner – Ida Gardner Events
- KC Campbell – Vox DJs
- Caren Lazarus & Kelsey Connelly – Design Visage
- Miki & Sonja Rakicevic – Miki & Sonja Photography
- Casey Schwartz & Kit Wertz – Flower Duet
- Leora Mauck – Copper Willow Studios
- Lisa Oler – Smile Lounge Photo Booth
- Alistair Tober – The VIPs Entertainment Inc.
- Amy and Jeremy Berman – Vanilla Bake Shop
- Laura Clausen – Dish Wish
- Brian Press – Impressive Creations Videography
Impressive Creations created this video of the event that gives you a little taste of what each guest learned that day: