A full day of sitting and chatting and eating mixes well with an opportunity for moving your body, so come to Midday Movement with HanaKylefor a 30 minute stretch break. Breathing and stretching (aka yoga) engages a different part of the brain, and encourages circulation in the body, so you will feel refreshed and ready to continue to connect and create for the remainder of each day. Show up as you are; we’ll stand and/or sit in chairs. No need for a change of clothes or a fancy mat. Everyone is welcome!
PLEASE NOTE: Capacity is limited to the first 50 guests to sign up; arrive early for registration to secure a seat at the table.
Purslane will also be providing a grazing station at 501 Union, open to all. (So don't fret if you don't make the RSVP list or prefer to work through lunch!)
Creating an exceptional, consistent brand experience across all platforms for your business can be overwhelming. Branding intentionally will make the difference between just a pretty brand and one that grabs that ideal clients attention allowing you to stand out in a saturated market. One that speaks truly to who you are and gives you clarity in your message and confidence, all while attracting those clients you've been dreaming of.
Kristen is the Creative Director behind Kristen Poissant Studio LTD. and resides in Astoria, NY with her Corgi and Design Assistant Olive. She has 14+ years of experience formally working in the stationery & gift industry designing for a number different multi-million dollar brands such as Vera Bradley, Tiny Prints and Shutterfly. However, today her passion lies with spirited small businesses who have creative ideas and big goals! She values the power of branding and believes that a strong intentional visual strategy is what truly sets you apart from your competition. Kristen's goal is to support you in building a business you are confident with and excited to share with your community and followers.
Kris Mae Weiss is a career photographer and had been in the wedding industry for over 20 years. In that span of time, she has seen the industry change so much and has experienced many necessary “pivots” in her business and life. Pivoting Your Business After Hardship will be a much needed forum for those struggling with life and business balance. She will be discussing her own experiences and taking questions from attendees to offer advice and proactive solutions. Kris Mae lives in Hudson, NY with her husband George, 9 month old daughter Charlie, and baby #2 on the way.
Designing Modern Dried Floral Wreaths and Clouds with Rosewood Floral Co
Students will learn the tools needed to create a dried wreath arrangement and an ethereal dried floral "cloud" that will last all year. A curated selection of dried textures and florals, as well as silk ribbons will be provided for you to create your own unique design. Capacity is limited; sign up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday morning.
Hosting and hospitality are in Melissa McNeeley's blood, along with a love for flowers, cocktails, good food, all things vintage, setting a pretty table and obsessing over color palettes. In this workshop Melissa will walk us through a checklist for throwing a dinner party at home. It doesn't have to be stressful! With some prep, you can have as much fun as your guests. Melissa will cover tabletop decor, seating, guest list, playlist, a recipe for her favorite simple passed app and a classic punch (there will be samples!)
Join Melinda from Lion in the Sun as she walks us through the art of writing a thank you note, then write one to someone you met or were inspired by at the Love Union! Lion in the Sun will provide the stationery and we'll take care of mailing them for you.
Wedding Industry -- You're Crushing It Right Now! (A Reality Check) with Meg Keene of A Practical Weddin
Keynote: Wedding Industry -- You're Crushing It Right Now! (A Reality Check) with Meg Keene of A Practical Wedding
2017 has been such a grim ride, that it's easy to feel like it's all doom and gloom in weddings too. But if there is one thing that feels like a ray of hope right now, it's how much the wedding industry has changed for the better, and how their seems to be a new focus on doing the work to make more progress. As we close the Love Union with a discussion of the state of the industry, we'll talk about how we are both winning and failing at diversity, and how a few small changes in your business can open you up to a whole new market (while making the wedding industry a better place at the same time.) We'll also talk data. We've pulled information from our massive data trove on what readers want to see, what's getting clicks and bookings, and the surprising things our readers (and your clients) are looking for. We'll round out the talk with a whole lot of Q&A, plus some serious complementing each other on how cute our business cards (and shoes) are.