One of the best birthday presents I received last week was sitting in my inbox. The photos from the Anti-Networking Holiday Party from December! I was thrilled!
Well over a year and half ago, my friend Ryan, of Mixing Maryland and I had discussed put together an event…what kind? We had no idea. We threw around the idea of a giant New Years Party, a fundraiser… you get the point. Finally, I had an opportunity when I was talking with a venue about hosting an industry event to help them get the word out. I tossed the idea to Ryan if he wanted in on it and as we brainstormed, he came up with a genius concept- ‘Why not a anti-networking party? We are always talking shop so why not just have fun for once?’
This was when we agreed to host a ‘Anti-Networking Holiday Party’ for our fellow event industry friends. The entire point of this party was to for once just enjoy ourselves and not sweat about passing out business cards. The best part was the response from everyone & their excitement that made it all worth it! Plus, it didn’t hurt that the evening ended in a dance-off!
Ryan & I had a great time coming up with fun aspects to the evening such as a ‘Selfie Wall’, Holiday Cornhole, Ice Sculpture, Hot Chocolate Bar, and much more. Don’t you worry though! We are already working on the 2015 Anti-Networking Holiday Event to make it even better than the first!
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Over a year ago, I met with a college friend & his fiance to help them begin their wedding planning. Drew & I worked together in Student Government- he was the President & I, the event chair of a large fundraiser on campus. It was great to work together again after all these years, especially for such an important moment.
After our first meeting, it was quite obvious what these two wanted- classy but laid back & on the water. There aren’t too many venues directly on the water, so it was clear that Molly’s childhood home was the most ideal location for their big day.
The wedding day arrived, even with clouds in the sky, the weather held out and Drew & Molly were able to enjoy their dream wedding on the water.
Photographer | Kyle Bergner Photography
Hair & Make-Up | Kristen Foster Hair Artistry
Caterer | Bowl of Cherries Catering
Rentals | Rentals to Remember
Tent | Rental Works
Decor | 2 Hands Studio
Personal Flowers | Studio H Floral and Event Design
DJ | DJ Stylus from DJ D-Mac & Associates
Transportation | Atlantic Coast Charters
Restroom Trailer | Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers
For months now, I had planned a trip in March to visit close college friends in Raleigh, NC. My schedule and work load have been pretty daunting lately, so to say I was really looking forward to getting away would be an understatement.
The drive down went by quickly and I made it just in time to have lunch and catch up with my friend, Katelyn. Later Friday night, we were able to meet up with our friends Buddy and Zack. It was just like being back at ECU again, except today we live in the real world with jobs and actual responsibilities… minor details.
Katelyn made plans for the two of us to partake in a brewery tour around Raleigh on Saturday. The sun was shining while we sampled local beers at various breweries. . . life couldn’t get much better. During my entire stay, she took the reins and was the perfect hostess planning various activities and even cooked for me. I cannot recall the last time I was the ‘guest’ and not the hostess. It was great to have someone take control and be told to “sit back and relax”.
Before my trip, I made a promise to myself that I would not work at all, this meant not even sending or responding to e-mails. Over the past four days, I can honestly say I did not send one work-related email–it was certainly a challenge. The rest of the year is pretty crazy for me but who knows, maybe I’ll try to plan a few more work-free retreats.