I get so excited when I talk about Relevant Workshop! I just never know where to begin! My co-captain in planning this event, Meg Simone and I just wrapped up year two of Relevant Workshop a few weeks ago and I have been trying to wrap my head around a blog post since that day. We created this workshop as a way to bring wedding businesses from our Maine and New Hampshire communities together for a day filled with learning, inspiration and engagement, and to be totally honest, had no clue if it was going to fly. You know that feeling you get when you put your creation out there? When you whole heartedly share that you think something is fantastic and important? And you hold your breath for just a second because you hope so deeply that everyone else thinks the same thing?!?! Well, that happened again this year and after holding my breath for just a second we saw the most fantastic group of speakers, sponsors and attendees make year two of Relevant Workshop even better than we could have imagined! I love this event, not just because Meg and I pour our energy into it in such a personal way, but because our community needs this. We all crave connecting in a more personal way. Sharing our ideas, our love for what we do and the struggles we ALL have in running our small businesses. Year two of Relevant Workshop filled me right up with all kinds of excitement for what lies ahead, not just for my own business but for this entire community! Can’t wait for next year! 🙂

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Relevant Workshop 2016

You know when you get an idea stuck in your head and you think it is a good one but you have that pause… that moment of wonder… will anyone else think this is as cool as I do?!?! Ya so, Relevant Workshop was that idea for us and it was an idea that totally came to life this past April. Meg Simone of Meg Simone Wedding Films and I have been talking about putting together an educational experience for our community of wedding professionals for a couple of years. We would talk about it, put it on the back burner, then revisit and so on. Until this year. Sometimes you just have to jump in and go for it… especially when it feels right!

We are both so lucky to have a strong network of colleagues and workshop opportunities and have heard time and time again that other wedding professionals wished they had the same thing for their crafts. So why not build that for our community? Why not create our own community for all wedding professionals?!!

So we created the Relevant Workshop. A place for wedding community members to come together for a day of inspiration, education, and engagement which would elevate our wedding industry and strive to keep us relevant in our craft.

We started to gather a dream team of speakers to cover content that would go back to the core of what Relevant Workshop is all about: staying relevant in our crafts, building our community and getting inspired. We found the perfect location at the Barn at Flanagan Farm where it would feel cozy, inviting and have space for people to feel at home. Meagan Gilpatrick and her team at Maine Seasons Events were there to cross the t’s and dot the i’s making the space everything we had hoped it would be for all who attended; who knew she’d create such an amazing back drop and sign?! She’s got some serious skills! The website was launched, registrations came in and then it happened. We sold out! To say we were blown away is a major understatement. In the end we registered about 70 people for the workshop! Had 10 awesome presenters, 4 hours of networking and 8 hours of relevant education!

You guys. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For having faith in what Meg and I created, in the education that our speakers offered up and for jumping in with both feet to build your businesses, your community and have a bit of fun doing it! The energy you all brought to the barn was something I had never experienced before.

We are both still digesting all that has happened with this idea that we brought to life and hope to have more Relevant Workshop events in the future (yes this is a plug so go sign up here to get e-mails about future happenings). Thank you to our amazing team of presenters, panel members, helpers and sponsors for making this day what it was, it wouldn’t have been this awesome without all of your efforts! Cheers to saying Relevant!

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