Carly’s 2015 Networking Events Recap
One of my favorite things about working for Intelligent Lighting Design is the opportunity to meet, network, and connect with so many different people who share the same interest in the events industry as I do. What I love about networking with colleagues and professionals in the events industry is each of our innate creative trait that we all share. It does not hurt that this creativity and professionalism comes to life so fabulously at all of our carefully planned networking events that so many people work hard to make happen every month.
An excellent example of this is International Special Event Society‘s monthly Happy Hour, which takes place at a different -yet equally fabulous- venue each month. Can you say “networking with a skyline view”??? How can one not enjoy conversation over a glass of bubbly, Nate The Great’s balloon installations, delectable catered food, and a high vibration of creativity and enthusiasm about our industry!?
One of our Design Specialists, Michael McGuire, hanging out with industry colleagues at ISES Happy Hour at Clayworks this December. Here, with Jerry Hayes of Jerry Hayes Photography.
In addition to ISES’ reliable monthly community brainstorming sessions -I guess you could also call them networking events!- every month, one of my favorite opportunities to network in 2015 was Premiere Event‘s 15th anniversary party and awards ceremony in November. The event was held at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom on the 18th. The energy of luxe planning greeted you right at the doorway with over-the-top (literally, they were spilling over!) floral bouquets on either side of the entrance. The floral theme continued throughout the entire room and even acted as a “hanging” ceiling….of at least a couple hundred individual roses!
Photos of Carly Willaford under the hanging rose ceiling at Premiere Events’ 15 anniversary at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom in November.
The idea of the event was to showcase the many different design styles and skills that exist in our Austin area events services industry by featuring a different booth per business. Our booth, designed by Michael McGuire, featured our black Mirage chandelier, red uplights, and perfectly placed pinspots on the table setting within our booth. I loved this event because not only was the food great -roasted short rib and gnocchi, anyone??- but the community was so genuine and there was a true design factor to the event. Plus, what a reason to celebrate!
Intelligent Lighting Design’s design installation at Premiere Events’ 15 anniversary at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Governor’s Ballroom in November. Designed by: Michael McGuire. Services featured here: black Mirage chandelier, pinspots, red uplighting.
In 2016, I am personally looking forward to becoming more involved in the events industry and contributing to the greater good of our necessary creative community. 2016 will be a year of fabulous networking, I can feel it! Here are some photos of our team from various events throughout the latter half of 2015, including: ACGC, NEAWP, ISES, AYC, GEN, Premiere Events, ETC. . . . . . . . .