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Trouvaille Workshop Wedding Inspiration

M’dears, what you’re about to feast your wedding-loving eyes on is complete gorgeousness. And of course, it would be coming from our darling friend Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events. Her recent Trouvaille Workshop was an explosion of pretty to say the least… diving into every aspect of the wedding planning industry from biz advice and creating client relationships to styling, design & florals, it’s packed with more lovely than you can dream up, captured by Bradley James. And the best part? She’s hosting another this fall! See all the details below—if you can ever get through the loveliness!

From Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous EventsIn my nearly five years of business as the owner of Hey Gorgeous Events, I’ve found that conferences and workshops are some of the best ways to learn and network with colleagues and vendors. Early last year, I was searching around for a conference to attend here in the Midwest because most of the ones I’ve attended (and loved) involve a lot of travel. I had a list of three things I was looking for in my dream workshop and those things included; hands on learning and advice from industry professionals I could take home and apply to my business, an engaging and stylized environment where I could feel taken care of and even be treated to little gifts and offerings, and lastly I wanted more than anything a place where I could find intimacy with other like minded pro’s and a sense of community that felt genuine. When I couldn’t find what I was searching for I decided the workshop I so craved was something I would have to (and really wanted to!) create for OTHERS. This was my opportunity to give back. And with that the Trouvaille Workshop was born.

The workshop consisted of three content filled days designed to focus on the back and front end of a multi-faceted wedding planning and design business. From pricing strategies and learning to make a profit in this industry, legal advice and trademarks, and creating lasting relationships with your vendors and working as a team, notable speakers flew in from all over the US to touch on these subjects. Attendees were also able to focus on the front end of their business (and more creative side of their craft) with hands on styling, design, and floral sessions that weren’t just about the details but about the sourcing, planning, renting, designing and pricing of these items. On top of that the intimate group of nearly 30 attendees and speakers facilitated many amazing friendships and connections made amongst the plated meals, themed dinners, sweet gifts from some remarkable small businesses and exercises and opportunities infused to Trouvaille to drive home what I think we all need more of; love for not only what we do but for one another. It was a three day adventure that changed the way I view learning and inspiring in this industry, and one I hope I can host again and again for years to come.

*Please note many of the photos of floral arrangements held by the attendees are of their own creations!

Trouvaille Workshop 2.0
October 5–7, 2014
Register here!

The October Trouvaille Workshop 2.0 is set to offer the same hands on learning and intimate environment as the last with a slight twist on the speakers attending and the content being shared. It promises to be as wonderful and inspiring as the last. I can’t wait to meet the 30 new (and some returning!) attendees from all over the country who feel as passionate as I do about learning to better serve our deserving clients, and supporting and raising one another other up as powerful and purposeful business women. Registration for tickets can be found here. I will gladly extend the early bird rate to June 9th so SMP readers may have the chance to snag a spot! Check out the workshop hashtag on Instagram #trouvailleworkshop

Host/design/florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Bradley James Photography | Videography: Gorilla Pictures | Make Up: Rosana Machiela | Attendee Corsages: Pixel And Hank | Calligraphy/paper: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Clay Medallions:Paloma’s Nest | Clipboards: Idieh Design | Floral Assistance: Bows And Arrows | Gold Prints: Lara Casey| Headbands: Plum Pretty Sugar | Initial Necklaces: Bip And Bop | Linens/accessories: Nuage Designs | Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne | Mugs: Ashley Brooke Designs | Notebooks: B Is For Bonnie | Notepads/coasters: Emily Ley | Personalized Coffee Sleeves:Oatmeal Lace Design | Prayer Journals: Val Marie Paper | Rentals For Entire Event: The Rental Company| Shirts: Cake For Breakfast | Stationery : Lemon And Lavender | Vintage Furniture : Fancy Fray | Welcome Dinner: San Chez Bistro | Workshop Venue: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel | Workshop Logo Design: Molly Jacques

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Grand Rapids Wedding from K. Holly Photography

I hope you’re in the mood to get happy, because unless you click out of SMP right this very second, it’s happening. You can thank K. Holly Photography and her absolutely adorable couple for that. Their love and laughter is infectious and they are the kind of fun couple that I’m sure everyone just adores!


From the photographer… Allie and Dan had an incredible wedding day, the kind that most brides (and grooms!) dream of. The weather was phenomenal, the timeline was well thought out, the lush modern details were impeccable, and everyone was relaxed, excited and ready for a great time. The day was filled with love, friends, and family. Joy, happiness, and a little silliness. There is no one like Allie and Dan! They are beautiful inside and out. They both have huge hearts and a playful and positive outlook on life. It has been such a pleasure getting to know them, and we are excited for what their future holds!

The couple got ready and saw each other for the first time at a private residence on the Thornapple River. The Grand Rapids Trolley company took them to Park Congregational where they said their vows. From there, it was off to the JW Marriott downtown Grand Rapids for a celebration with live band Rumplestiltskin!

Photographer: Kristen Carlson, K. Holly Photography | Videographer: Bradley Productions | Wedding Planner: Dee Mitchell, Elements of Elegance | Ceremony Venue: Park Congregational Church of Grand Rapids | Reception Venue: JW Marriott, Downtown Grand Rapids | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Capelli Salon | Favors: Old World Olive Oil & Vinegar | Florals and Decor: Procedo Events | Invitations and Paper Goods: 6.25 Paper Studio | Reception Live Band: Rumplestiltskin | Transportation: Grand Rapids Trolley Company

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Grand Rapids Wedding from K. Holly Photography

As a true Michigan girl at heart, I love seeing beautiful images from my home state – but when they are from an extra fabulous wedding, it’s just lots more icing on the already stunning cake. K. Holly Photography knows how to capture it well – both my beloved state and gorgeous weddings like this one. It’s somewhat simple opulence (go with me here) has won over my heart a thousand times over. Click here to see what I mean in the gallery!

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The inspiration behind our wedding was entirely about the location. We wanted our friends and family to celebrate with us in the city we love so much: Grand Rapids. We chose downtown because we wanted that city feel. We were blown away by the Amway Grand and knew we had to have our wedding there (it helped it was right across the street from the bar where we met in college). I knew I wanted an elegant (but without being stuffy) wedding and I had always loved plush looking flowers and candlelight. After changing my mind several time on colors and design (my florist and fiance might have hated me) I finally chose blush pink, ivory, and grey to be the main colors. Our florist really pulled everything together. She knew how to convert my babble about flowers into something beautiful. I couldn’t believe how amazing it all looked when we finally walked in.

Our day was better than I could have imagined. My favorite memory was running in the rain with Jeff at the end of the night. However, getting ready with my best friends and my first look with my dad are at the top of my list too. At the end of the night we just kept smiling and talking about how much we loved everything and everyone that was involved in our wedding.

My tip for future brides would be to relax more than I did with the planning. Your day will be beautiful because it’s yours!

Photography: K. Holly Photography / Flowers: Modern Day Floral / Ceremony Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church / Reception Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel / Shoes: Ivanka Trump / Earrings: Windsor Jewlers / Dress: Casablanca / Bridemaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: JoS. A Bank / Groom and Groomsmen’s Ties: Calvin Klein / Hair: Hair by Erin Brown / Makeup: Julie Strating / Flower Girl Pomanders: Etsy / Table Numbers: Etsy / Dress Hanger: Etsy

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.