From the moment the gates opened at Nizuc Resort, we knew we were in for an incredible Engage!17 experience, and boy were we right! We love attending Engage!17 Luxury Wedding Business Summit and are so honored to be a long-standing creative partner working to design the events with event professionals across the world. Did you see how everything came together at Engage!17 Cayman Islands? Scroll through and peek into what last week had in store…
We kicked off the day checking in at the Pop Up Mercado where Gifts for the Good Life dreamed up the most incredible experience for picking up a locally curated selection of swag like hand-woven tote bags and Mexican-themed ornaments (we scooped up a Frida Khalo one!).
Fast forward to Opening Session where we stepped into a room set for over 300 excited attendees! Our Pink Velluto dressed the tables for two days of back to back engaging speaker sessions. Each day we found new fun surprises at our seats, from Two Paper Dolls and Gifts for the Good Life, to help get our notes down.
Monday night’s welcome party was a festive fiesta-themed party! We snacked on delicious dishes while taking in some custom entertainment from Elan Artists; think glitter face painting, Lucha Libre wrestlers and a brilliant fireworks display. Welcome to Engage!17!
We went from general session to breakout sessions on Tuesday with a tropical lunch in between. We found the perfect place for an outdoor lunch at Nizuc’s Terra Nostra, where the tables were set in our Avocado Oxford, Petal Oxford and, introducing, our NEW Palm inspired linen (launching in 2018!). If you’re dreaming of summer weddings and brunches under the sun, this has just the vibe!
As Dine Arounds rolled around, we enjoyed the diverse cuisines on site at Nizuc before heading to the poolside Dessert Party, not knowing what Elan Artists had in store for the night! As we walked through the lush path to desserts, performers in Dia de los Muertos-inspired attire lead us to the fun. We danced with skeletons, took in some face painting and snapped photos in front of a hand-painted mural photo booth. And the after party? An intimate speakeasy in Nizuc’s Havana Room with Elan Artist’s musicians setting just the mood.
Before we knew it, Wednesday was here and it was countdown to the gala! We dropped in on breakout sessions all morning, from talks with Anja Winnika of The Knot to Sylvia Weinstock of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, there was much to listen to and take in.
And then there was the pool party! Hosted by Shutterfly, we kicked around in the water while enjoying poolside snacks paired with cool tequila palomas. Bringing more of the fun, Elan Artists had some synchronized swimmers in vintage-inspired garb to get the party started.
Onto the gala, a celestial inspired event that was well beyond our dreams! We stepped into the ballroom as aerial acrobats danced to music performed by a full band on a stage that was just glowing in the space. Talk about making a first impression! The room was set in an assortment of linens, from our Midnight Parker, to our Navy Sequin Taffeta and introducing our New Navy Lace Overlay (launching in 2018!). With galaxies projected on the walls, a constellation designed on the dance floor and performances coming down from the sky, it was truly out of this world!
We woke up Thursday with our hearts full (and admittedly our feet tired – all that dancing!). From meeting new friends, connecting with friends from across the world and watching the top wedding professionals come together to dream up another amazing Engage!, we can’t believe our stars. Will we be seeing you at any of the upcoming Engage!18 summits?
Photographers Gigi De Manio, John Cain Sargent, Paul Morse, Laura DeCarlo and Phillip Van Nostrand | Host Hotel Nizuc Resort | Design and florals Canteiro Weddings | Presentation Gifts + Event Branding Gifts for the Good Life | Graphic Designer + Show Director Trisha Hay | Agendas, escort cards and menus Two Paper Dolls | Lighting, Technical Production + Sound JSAV Mexico | MC + Music DJ Brian Offical | Entertainment Elan Artists | Artists in Residence| Mercantile | Fireworks Pyrotech | Linens Nuage Designs