Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The ABCs

We're always tickled to get images published in a magazine. And this time, we've got pictures in a magazine made just for event professionals, Wedding Planner Magazine. It's a bi-monthly publication of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC - clever name right? :)

Last fall, Brittany and I photographed one day of the annual 3-day ABC Business of Brides Conference, organized by local planner Shelby Tuck-Horton and held in Baltimore at the Tremont Grand. We've shot a good number of weddings there over the years, but doing a conference packed with wedding planners was a totally different animal - and loads of fun.

Early in the day, we were honored to shoot the annual awards ceremony and make a group portrait of consultants who have achieved "Master" status in the ABC organization. This group of 12 men and women are at the top of their game - and came to Baltimore from all over the world - even from as far as Japan!

The rest of the day, we documented seminars, a trade show and a luncheon. Below, 2nd from the left, is one of Brittany's gorgeous details from the lunch decor.

The event finished up with the keynote speaker, Diann Valentine. Valentine is not only a well-known television personality - she's also inspiring and downright hilarious. We were both inspired by her success story and incredible business savvy.

Overall, it was a great day and we both learned a lot, even though we aren't wedding coordinators. Some known is universal.

And the biggest lesson of the day... well, we both already knew that. All brides should do themselves a solid and hire a professional wedding coordinator! It's the best gift you can hope for on your Big Day.

~ Rissa

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