We found ourselves daydreaming about our sunny days in Miami, Florida this past September as the weather got progressively more wintry, and we were in for a serendipitous surprise when we received the upcoming Inside Weddings 2015 Winter issue! I am excited to reveal to you the stunning feature on the Inner Circle Experience Event beautifully captured by Walt Shepard and Art Scangas over at Inside Weddings Magazine.  This sumptuous feature is glamorous, glossy and will hit shelves in a few days.

With the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort as the exquisite backdrop for our glimmering ensemble, I had no doubt that the images captured by our incredibly talented photographers would be absolutely extraordinary.  From awe-inspiring design delivered by the imaginative and insightful team at Jose Graterol Designs to the St. Regis Bal Harbour’s unparalleled service and hospitality, to our esteemed keynotes, to the fabulously-realized RedBliss Design invitation that started it all- I am overwhelmed by the exquisite contributions of a team that truly acts and creates as members of an elite Inner Circle.

Additionally, this past September, I was honored to be joined at the St. Regis Bal Harbour by some of the World’s greatest planners and designers who know just how to ‘wow’ for a living- you.  It was simply a desire of ours here at The Bridal Circle to give back to you, our Creative Partners, in some meaningful and edifying fashion.  It was our desire to create time and space for Industry leaders who are constantly giving of themselves to turn around and relax on a level of sophistication with which you would feel comfortable with and inspired by.  It was our goal to create a time of relaxation, regeneration, re-tooling and renewal.

By the end of ICE, it was my personal hope that every attendee, every partner- even every keynote at the event- would walk away with a new sense of imagination and inspiration sparking within them.  My experience and conversations within the luxury wedding industry had caused me to recognize that the Industry leaders- the truly gifted men and women who create amazing wedding experiences for their clients- wanted and needed an event that could bring together other successful leaders in the luxury market, but not solely from the wedding industry itself.  It was my goal to bring in leaders in luxury from outside of the wedding industry, helping to broaden perspectives about luxury within the industry.  I hoped that each individual would walk away with fresh ideas for their businesses and practical strategies to implement.  My desire was for attendees to be able to dream on a whole new level and to explore fresh strategies for success.  With the intention of making it simple to forge lasting and supportive industry relationships and cohesion, the Inner Circle Experience event was founded.

How fortunate and very blessed I have been to work with some of the most savvy creatives in the Industry, who have stood by me through it all and worked tirelessly to bring the ICE vision to life!  I could not have asked for a better hotel partner – St. Regis Bal Harbour was a dream to work with. The excellence behind the St.Regis Bal Harbour Resort brand is impeccable.  From the very beginning, St. Regis took my vision far beyond all expectations.  A special thanks to Victoria Chase for taking the time to listen to me.  A huge thank you to Angelica Lenox and Nancy Brenner – true rock stars till the end.  Thank you to the GM, Marco Salva, for trusting me! And I certainly could not forget to thank one of the most magnificent pastry chefs in the world, Chef AnontioBachour, who filled us with decadent dessert bites at every interlude.

The inspiration behind the Event’s decor was a collaboration between a couple of The Bridal Circle’s Creative Partners.  The floral designs, provided by Jose Graterol Designs, were inspired by the idea of the “Circle,” since this was the inaugural Inner Circle Event, attended by an elite group of partners, all members of the exclusive Bridal Circle.  All stationery was provided by RedBliss Design, and their approach to design was to emphasize the brand characteristics of the inaugural Inner Circle Experience through the use of luxury materials and avant-garde design treatments. Reflective surfaces, custom textiles and the creative use of light played a key role in creating elements for an environment that would inspire connection and exude inspiration.

Nüage Linens created all of the ICE Event’s custom décor furniture, and provided couture linens throughout the Event, while Connie Dos Santos of White Cakery Co. wowed us all with her decadent to-die-for dessert display during the Fête night.  Abbie Samuels of Blushing Beauty she gave us the first-class treatment in beauty & spa, making sure each attendee was powdered and manicured and properly glammed-up to dance the night away at the Inner Circle Experience Fête.  Ross Bielejeski and his team at Rock With U had ICE attendees on the dance floor the minute the ballroom doors were flung open, and couldn’t seem to keep the attendees off of the dance floor between courses at dinner– now that’s impressive!

Each partner truly did an amazing job, leaving us in awe of their technical prowess and originality of design and creativity.

I am grateful to my TEAM who always has my back. I could not have pulled this off without your endless support and loyalty: Lola, Curt, Kati, Lola, YewandeTammy, Ata, and Nathan – You ALL ROCK!!!!

Thank you everyone for making ICE 2014 a success- enjoy this gorgeous feature!

2015, Here we come!

Sade Awe