the start of 2014

Well, well, well! We are ten days into 2014 and this year has already been jam-packed-full of excitement, education, opportunities, and madness galore. Last weekend was the first of my 2014 weddings -- Laura & Michael's sweet nuptials at Loveless Barn. It was gorgeous, wonderful, delightful, fun and funny at times... just a lovely day. Then, on Sunday, I worked the Enchanted Brides bridal show at the Hutton Hotel on West End. As some of you may know, I am a contributing writer and editor for Enchanted Brides. {We actually got an article published about Kelly Dellinger Events in the most recent January 2014 issue of the magazine -- check it out at any of your local grocery stores or fun places like Target or wedding shops around town to see it in person!}

Laura & Michael's January wedding -- captured by Shannon Brasel.

Laura & Michael's January wedding -- captured by Shannon Brasel.

Then, without a break to gasp for air, Monday was a long day of setting up for The Special Event conference's Wedding Event at the Omni Hotel downtown. I volunteered with other members of the Nashville Wedding Planners Group throughout the week to help McBride Events and Mosaic set up for the massive event in the Omni's Broadway Ballroom. (Oh my gosh, can we say gorgeous?!)

Tuesday through Thursday was spent actually attending TSE - taking classes, talking with other planners, walking miles across Opryland Hotel's convention center and sprawling grounds, writing detailed notes, oohing over new ideas and stunning tablescapes, checking out the latest trends and up-and-coming businesses in the trade show... you get the picture. The two biggest takeaways from TSE for wedding planners were:  "Branding is everything" and "Charge what you're worth." My brain is still reeling from so much information, so much sensory overload, and dealing with challenging business subjects.

Thursday night I assisted and attended TSE's Wedding Event. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. While I was a little disappointed with the Wedding Galleries in Opryland's showrooms, The Wedding Event made up for that a million times over. Everything was beyond gorgeous. Not only was it beautiful (the draping! the chandeliers! the GOWNS!), it was innovative! I loved the living statues (gold-painted brides, anyone?), the layers and heights and  cohesive yet strikingly different tablescapes in the main ballroom. The suspended wedding cakes that were lowered down at the climax of the event. The brides that were chair-lifted up on massively large platforms to designate the transition from cocktails to dinner! There were definitely some gasps of excitement -- it's not surprising that we industry professionals LOVE to see the unexpected!

Saturday I'll be attending Esque Script's calligraphy class at Nashville Paper & Ink Arts in between meeting with potential clients and collaborative partners. Sunday I'm taking a well deserved day OFF from work, and then it's back to the grind.

We'll be unrolling some extremely exciting news here soon! Stay tuned! :)