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Engage!16 Sea Island: Southern Charm At Its Best

Photo courtesy of Genevieve de Manio Photography

Southern Charm, it’s your time to shine.

Wedding-obsessed industry professionals gathered at The Cloister Sea Island in Georgia for endless inspiration and the special opportunity to learn and connect with the industry’s best from across the globe.  The luxury wedding business summit – produced by Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts – brought in brilliant event partners to surprise and delight around every corner. Ahead, details from Engage!16 Sea Island.

The Destination

Photo courtesy of Genevieve de Manio Photography

Rooted 90 years deep in southern hospitality, Sea Island Resort invites guests to a tradition of family, friends, nature and impeccable luxury. From the Mediterranean-inspired Cloisters to the bright and airy Beach Club, different areas of the resort feel like different parts of the world. Sea Island is home to a myriad of restaurants and charming shops, and a full roster of activities including horseback riding, hunting, boating, golf, fishing, biking, children’s activities, spa and more. View all 28 photos

Boutiquerie Gift Lounge

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Gifts for the Good Life oversaw the concept, design and gift curation for the Boutiquerie, which included luxe gifts from their group, as well as One Love Organics, Mel Boteri, Lolli and Pops and Solemates. View all 93 photos

Rebecca and Kathyrn's Opening Session

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Pristine boxwood from The Vine and polished white chairs from Beachview Event Rentals framed the stage for the opening session, where attendees heard top industry pros share heartfelt deliveries of their year in review and insight into their world of weddings. Party Tables outfitted the ballroom in drapes and linens to coordinate with the conference palette and TPD fashioned the gold-foiled agenda. View all 84 photos.

Bubbles Break

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The host hotel gave attendees a proper Cloister break with butler-passed oyster shooters and Chandon champagne cocktails garnished with gold aloe leaves. View all 40 photos.

Welcome Party at Rainbow Island

Photo courtesy of Carla Ten Eyck

Set on Rainbow Island, this Southern Supper under the stars was a showstopping kick-off to the conference. Designed by Beachview Event Rentals (who provided the tables, chairs and furniture) and dressed up by Vine Garden Market (the floral) and Party Tables, Inc. (the linens, pillows and tree wrap.. Yes.. tree wrap), the island was abuzz with charmed guests. Elan Artists — which included dueling fiddlers —  crafted a lively set list and guests literally danced from food station to food station. A highlight? The hand-chiseled ice for Moonshine or Bourbon cocktails. View all 81 photos.

Speakeasy Silent Disco

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Sunday evenings in Georgia traditionally mean that the cocktails end early…but not for this group. Guests were whisked to a Speakeasy where Elan Artists fashioned party-goers with wireless headsets in a room with three DJs. Equally as fun? Guests were able to select from several custom cocktails and poured their own potions. View all 51 photos.

Breakfast Stations in the Colonial Lounge

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The Colonial Lounge offered styled breakfast stations, including Engage! branded bread, shrimp and grits in martini glasses and a colorful juice bar. View all 14 photos.

Morning Session

Photo courtesy of John Cain Photography

More than 2,000 stones were hand-tied to twine and expertly suspended (by the incomparable Vine Garden Market) behind the stage to bring the Engage! logo to life. Beachview Event Rentals provided the furniture, while Party Tables dressed the tables and the stage. Each attendee was greeted at their table by a quilled desk set, complete with the agenda, a petite aloe plant and desk organizer. View all 46 photos.

Coca-Cola Christmas Break

Photo courtesy of Joel Callaway Photography

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra welcomed guests in for a Winter Wonderland break, complete with custom Coca-Cola bottles for each attendee. Santa and the Mrs. posed for photos with the Open Air Photo Booth and guests noshed on Leopold’s ice cream floats, funnel cake fries and spiced nuts. View all 42 photos.

Elegant Tented Lunch

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Beachview Event Rentals and Party Tables crafted a pristinely branded luncheon tent on the Black Banks Terrace. View all 37 photos.

Dine Arounds

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The dine around affords attendees the opportunity to connect with other Engagees in an intimate dinner setting. View all 55 photos.

Dessert and Dance Party

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Following dinner, all of the guests met at the Beach Club for a dynamic dessert party. Simply Irresistible from East Coast Entertainment kept the custom dance floor packed, while sampling sweets presented on custom trays from Emily McCarthy. A southern rain shower closed out the evening, but ladies kept their shoes pristine thanks to the high-heeler from Solemates. View all 60 photos.

Media Lounge

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Attendees had an opportunity to get up close and personal with editors from major magazines and digital platforms. And because everything that happens at Engage is gorgeous, the lounge was furnished by Beachview Event Rentals with sleek gold lucite tables and barstools. View all 35 photos.

Relaxing Afternoon Break

Photo courtesy of John Cain Photography

So much engaging calls for quick recharging — this break included spa sorbets, mini-massages and power snacks. View all 17 photos.

Engage16! Sea Island Closing Night Gala

Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography

After three days of impeccable inspiration, Engage ended on the highest note. From champagne and caviar during the cocktail party and the angelic Gospel choir singing from the lobby balconies to the breathtaking decor in the Cloister ballroom, five-star cuisine and wine and jaw-dropping entertainment, the celebration was a joy for the senses. Guided by the Pantone collection for the conference — grayed jade, jade, eucalyptus and sea glass, the ballroom was transformed into a waltz of the island — including a hand-painted map of Sea Island on the dance floor and intoxicating Georgia moss suspended from the ceiling. View all 105 photos.