Early morning, Tuesday March 31st, I was making my way to the luxurious and historical Graydon Hall Manor.
The Business of Weddings was finally here!
With much anticipation I was looking forward to connecting with industry friends, and was honoured that The Wedding Opera had the opportunity to be one of the many amazing sponsors of the day.
We were greeted with an hour of early morning networking, then set to listen to a highly refined panel of accomplished and Internationally acclaimed industry experts.
We took our seats, pens and pencils ready to comb our papers with quotes and references, but I think we all left with something more profound and inspiring than we imagined.
We were reminded of why we do what we do. We were given advice on how to navigate our creative passions through our businesses. There was a certain air of unspoken grace that brought everyone together for these moments. We all took something away; and it was ours to take.
The stories all had a common thread of grace and ultimately human connection, this reminded us that we are not alone.
Everyone starts at the beginning – with an idea, a passion, and a creative vision. These beginnings are in-fact the start of journeys. Journeys that have no ending. We were encouraged to continue learning and evolving into the people and business professionals we essentially are, and are becoming. Persistence, integrity and constant evolution of one’s craft is a must.
Canadian DJ of the year, and producer of The Business of Weddings Michael Coombs started the morning sharing his story of becoming a renowned club DJ and morning radio show host. He had it all – the fame, the prestige, and the dream job he had aspired to. And then something happened – he lost it all within a week. Michael taught us that once you are at the top of your game it becomes even harder to maintain. You will be watched more closely, sometimes people waiting to see if you will fall. If you don’t position yourself and continue to grow your craft it may all be taken away from you.
Next, we were introduced to Angela Desveaux, founder, publisher and editor of Wedluxe magazine. Wedluxe is Canada’s most celebrated wedding publication, representing the luxury wedding market. There was a time when Wedluxe was barely covering their production and marketing costs. Angela was faced with a major decision after failing to produce a profit. Her vision was so strong and perseverance so present she now is celebrating her 10th year in some of her most successful years. She taught us to never determine your success on the opinion of others!
Ines Di Santo, a world-renowned couture gown designer came to Canada from Argentina with $10 in her pocket. After fixing a broken sewing machine she started fueling her dreams and launched her designs in 1984 in Toronto. With her humble and sincere story – she is living proof that dreams do come true. Her gowns have been worn on the red carpet and are some of the most sought after designs in the world.
We were also treated to Marcy Blum, one of New York City’s most celebrated wedding planners who has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show and recently planned Nate Berkus and Jerimah Brent’s weddings. Marcy taught us that everyone can fall into a slump and shared hilarious anecdotes of her experiences.
Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Wedding Bells, Xochitl Gonalez, Always a Blogsmaid and Rebecca Grinnals creator of Engage! shared extraordinary stories, inspirations and gave solid business advice based on their many years of experience and success.
We would like to thank Toronto photography company, Joee Wong Photography who captured the day beautifully.
We would also like to thank the generous local businesses who contributed to the swag bags. Mint Floral Co.,The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Toronto Popcorn Company, Fancy Puffs – Organic Cotton Candy, Honey & Tea, SOS Holistics, Pole Inc., St. Anne’s Spa, Province Apothecary, Deer Creek Golf Club, GotStyle – The Men’s Wear Store, and Elizabeth Arden Canada.
Did you attend The Business of Weddings? Who was your favourite speaker or part of the day? Do you have inspirational business insights which you would like to share with us?
We would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Swag Bags by The Wedding Opera with the generous support of the following local businesses: