Weddings have long perpetuated the idea of perfection from the initial proposal expectations to the day-of hoopla around the dress, the bride, and those picture perfect photo moments. What does it mean for clients to enter into this world of perfection and what does it mean for vendors when things are, inevitably, not perfect? Let's have a discussion on the pitfalls of this perfectionism narrative - what can improve and how we can do a better job as active participants in the wedding industry. Let's get candid about the good, the bad, and the ugly of pinning one day on perfection - and the self-care that we all need to practice, too. Co-hosted by Modern Rebel Co Amy and Cait!
How to Address a Modern Envelope & other Etiquette Conundrum Tips with Laurel Hansen, Lion in the Sun
Join us for an etiquette workshop with Brooklyn Based calligrapher Laurel Hansen! There also will be calligraphy demonstrations throughout the day by Laurel at the Lion in the Sun love letter writing station. Pull up a seat and pen a love note to someone you love (maybe even someone you met at the Love Union!) We’ll take care of mailing for you; drop off at the front desk!
One of the fun things about the Love Union is we get to explore the intersections between our roles in the industry. And one of the most lively conversations last year featured vendors from all facets of the industry talking about some of the misconceptions people have about what they do. Although our goal is common (happy clients!), there can sometimes be overlap, conflict, and confusion that can be minimized with a better understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities. We are all in this together!
What do you wish other vendors knew about your services, pricing, pet peeves? Join MG Hair and Makeup Founder Megan Garmers for a lively discussion. All are welcome!
A Practical Wedding asked their readers for their biggest frustrations regarding hiring vendors, and their answers will surprise you. (Hint: We have the answer to the age old question of whether or not you should put your pricing on your website.) Join APW’s Director of Partnerships Keriann Kohler for a deep dive into some compelling data!
Launching your business can be a messy process, but once you're off the ground it's time to switch gears and polish things up. We'll cover general strategies and specific tools to put into place to take you from a wedding business to a wedding brand. Hosted by photographer Jon Lemon.
Join photographer Priyanca Rao for a guide to how EVERYONE can take better photos on their smartphones to showcase their best work, with minimum effort:
How can you make your photos stand out and look professional?
Why Priyanca feels it's totally okay to showcase images shot on your smartphones.
Practice taking properly exposed camera phone photos while making new friends at Love Union.
Editing like a pro with phone apps.
Cheats and tip for whatever your profession may be - planners, florists, decors, caters and photographers. Recommended for everyone!
PLEASE NOTE: Capacity is limited to the first 50 guests to sign up; arrive early for registration to secure a seat at the table.
Bonbite 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!)
Modern Rebel's Founder Amy Shackelford hosts a panel discussion with Justine from Together Events, Catherine from The Bayith, and Allison from Butter & Scotch on ways vendors across the wedding industry are partnering with local non-profits, intentionally investing in the future of their planet, and driving the industry forward with innovative giving back.
The Love Union happens to fall during Transgender Awareness Week, a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face. This year we're participating by showing a screening of Emmy-nominated documentary Transformation, followed by a Q&A with the film's subject Madin Lopez (also one half of today's styled shoot couple!), moderated by Kate Schaefer, founder of H&H Weddings.
TRANSFORMATION is a documentary about a group of transgender teens and young adults struggling to find the resources, safety, and confidence to express their gender identity. With 45% of young transgender people having reportedly attempted suicide in the United States alone, non-binary stylist Madin Lopez has made it their business to provide life-altering, gender-affirming makeovers. Afterwards, these individuals are hopefully able to be their true and best selves, looking on the outside how they’ve always felt on the inside.
Grab a bag of popcorn and a cocktail at the bar, then join us in 501 Union's main room for movie night!
A small talk discussing how we can balance our ambitions, client demands, and personal lives without sacrificing our physical, emotional or mental health. Join Alison Semmler of Lifestyle Maven Events and friends for a casual discussion with people in different stages of their lives/careers, touching on self-care, productivity hacks and more.
Join us at the Crafternoon table for a Mandala making workshop and meditation with the crew from Starling. Limited to first 15 sign-ups, register on site Wednesday AM.
Mandalas are used in meditation as a focal point to quiet the mind. They allow your creative mind to take a break from your analytical mind. You choose one that “speaks” to you - If you feel positive emotions you have chosen the right one. Before you meditate on your mandala- set your intention: something that is going on in your life, something you want to clearly understand, or ask for guidance. Begin your meditation by gazing into the mandala and letting go of all unwanted thoughts. Focus on here and now. Imagine you are floating into the mandala and allow yourself to absorb the wonder and beauty of the design and colors. Relax and stay focused.
Lawyer for creatives Marina Warner leads us through a workshop discussing wedding contract do’s and don’ts, options for handling non-paying clients, and essential clauses for wedding contracts. Even if you've been using the same contract for years, make sure you're buttoned up! Bring a copy of your contract and stick around for a chance to meet with Marina to ask general contract questions during her Office Hours from 4pm - 5pm.
Chellise Michael Photography has been going strong with a crew of 5 photographers for the past 5 years and boy have they learned a lot! Building their crew was hands down one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of their company. Ups and downs. Mostly ups if you do it right! Chellise will talk about creating a culture within your brand that photographers will be proud to shoot for, contracts, pay, usage of photos, coaching, and most importantly, preserving the brand that you spent years building. We will share our notes on who to hire, (there is a "type") when to grow, and when to let go when it’s time. So before you go from you to crew - ask yourself why. Mo' money? Mo' free time? (not!) Mo' status? Chellise is here to share the pros and cons because they do come hand in hand and baby, you're gonna need all the advice you can get. Use her!
Amber Gress is a widely published photographer, and was named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars in 2015. She was also named one of The Knot’s most inspiring wedding professionals in 2017. Amber earned her BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design in 2009, and has worked in various photo studios, and editorial teams, since graduating from ACD. Over her professional career, she has developed an eye for helping others improve their portfolio and develop a more cohesive brand. Portfolio reviews will include a 30-minute session with Amber, where you can go over aspects of what you are interested in improving. Advance sign up is required so Amber can go over everything you want to discuss in advance, allowing you to make the most out of your session. Visit Office Hours for more info.
Marketing Beyond Instagram: Navigating Wedding PR & Marketing with Natalie Denyse of In Good Company PR
Natalie Denyse, owner and founder of In Good Company PR, offers us a bit of insight into the the role PR can play in achieving greater brand awareness and qualified new business opportunities. Natalie will decode the mystery of media relations, answering questions such as: what's the difference between PR, marketing and advertising? When should a brand engage with a PR company? How your brand can generate new business leads from public relations and the kinds of investment that may come with hiring a PR firm.
Natalie's talk will be followed by complimentary 30-minute consultations where she can offer customized, actionable advice for your needs, and act as a soundboard to discuss your marketing goals. Availability is limited; sign up here!
Weddings are a joyous occasion to celebrate love & unity among family and friends. But many of us have endured inappropriate comments and actions from guests, clients, and even other vendors. This incredibly common experience by on-site vendors is rarely talked about. So, let's voice our experiences and hear from others about navigating the aftermath of a traumatic experience, ways to prevent it without taking on blame or victimhood, and finding ways to empower ourselves to challenge this industry to change.
Styled Shoot at the Green Building with Mikkel Paige, Color Pop Events, Taylor + Hov and Mae B. Films
Mikkel Mihlrad from Mikkel Paige Photography will be leading a group of photographers in a hands-on workshop at the Green Building about how to approach and photograph a styled shoot for both online and print. Photographers will move through the shoot in groups of 4 and each group will have 30 minutes with each scene (tablescape, details, couple, dessert table.) Leah Weinberg from Color Pop Events has created a fun and colorful concept for the shoot, which will feature Madin Lopez of Project Q and their partner Sabine Maxine of a Tribe Called Queer as models. Taylor + Hov Events + Design and Mae B. Films are also along for what's sure to be a fun and creative shoot! All time slots for the styled shoot are now booked. Thank you!