'Blogging adventures with Anne' is a compilation of my time spent in the field collaborating and networking with other wedding vendors and industry friends. In other words, sometimes I need to just get out of the house and away from my computer, so here's how I spend some of my time. :)
Last week, I had the most amazing opportunity to join Lovesick Expo in Philly to showcase our She Riot wedding apparel line! The experience (presented by the ever fabulous Offbeat Bride) was like no other, catering specifically to offbeat couples, filled with unique wedding vendors from the area, at a local live music venue. Um, how bad ass is that? For the first time EVER, I actually felt like I was with MY kind of people. People that understood my style, my interests and the exact people that I would include in planning my OWN wedding! (You know, if I were to do it all over again, lol.) Since this expo is super one of a kind, I wanted to share with you what really sets them apart from the traditional (and boring, yeah I said it) wedding expos you may have attended in the past. If you love what you read, scroll to the bottom and check out which cities Lovesick will be visiting next. Enjoy!
Summertime is often synonymous with gardens and freshness and this cucumber delight is a perfect example of the delicious joy this sunny season has to offer. Back in June, I had the amazing opportunity to join my lovely friends of Heart & Dash (aka the Sarahs) in their first Harvest Dinner Series of 2015 - featuring the simple, yet refreshing element of cucumber. The event was created to showcase the wonderful talents of local vendors - from the stunning table floral design right down to the yummy catering and unique menu planning. Dinner attendees not only received a unique candlelit dinner on the beautifully decorated patio of Faunbrook, but they also received a list of potential wedding vendors who's abilities they witnessed first hand. Such a clever way to be inspired and 'test out' wedding ideas for your big day!
Back in April I joined forces with the lovely ladies of Toasted and participated in their AMAZING Brooklyn bash. Toasted is a uniquely fresh wedding event for savvy, free-spirited, indie-minded couples seeking a more personal, more unique, and more whimsical experience while planning their nuptials. Basically a refuge from traditional wedding shows, founders Dawn (of Dawn Mauberret Events) and Tara (of Dea + Bean Paperie) round up the absolute best independent artisans and vendors in the area, combine them with crafty food vendors, live music and flowing booze - creating a party-like atmosphere for both women AND men to enjoy. I wanted to share my experience with you (my readers) because events like these are revolutionizing the way weddings are being planned all over the world and is totally worth celebrating!
Trash(ed in) the Dress is a meetup group in the New York City area dedicated to the idea of re-wearing wedding gowns while attending fun events with friends. Founder Randi Bonica started the site a few years back because she loved her wedding dress so much, but couldn't bear to just watch it hang in her closet. For the amount of money spent on a gown, it defintely deserves to be worn multiple times. I truly loved the concept, so when Randi hit me up to participate in one of her events, I was totally game. One event eventually turn into many and I'm more than thrilled to brag about the mileage put on my very own wedding dress!
No Boredom. No Blathering. No Bullshit. That is the tagline for The Blogcademy, a two day blogging workshop I attended while visiting Brooklyn this past September. I find myself a fan of profanity based advertising and I knew immediately that these people were MY people.
My site started two years ago as an information site, giving brides unique ideas and inspiration for their wedding. While looking for new ways to expand my business I discovered The Blogcademy through Kat's blog, Rock n Roll Bride. Kat has an amazing online presence and I thought joining the workshop would be just what I needed to help incorporate my personality into my site.
I was so nervous to attend because of my irrational fear of being judged, but that immediately subsided because right off the bat I was welcomed with friendly faces and an amazingly awesome swag bag full of goodies to make any self starting blogger look glam and ready to learn! (The horseshoe necklace is now a permanent fixture in my jewelry rotation - absolutely love it!)
As most of you know from my past blogging adventures posts, Derek and I love to travel. We also love eat, trying local cuisine in every city we visit. So back in the summer of 2014, we decided to combine our love of delicious food with the wedding blog and create The Clever Cake Tour. Each time we travel to a new city, we research the very best wedding cake vendors with the criteria of fantastic reviews, unique designs and a high quality web presence. The final critique is our visit, when Derek and I taste the one of a kind flavors each business has to offer. We then present to our readers a review from our visit, flavor recommendations and favorite cake designs. Our goal is to help our fans find the most amazing cake vendors to assist in making their wedding day deliciously magical.