event production

Looking Back While Looking Forward

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As we launch into 2018, let us give gratitude for all of the positive ways events connect us to our world and bring people together for the good of humanity.

When I reflect on 2017 and the meaningful events that I had the opportunity to produce, there is one that stands out above the others.  Over the years I have worked with many non-profit organizations to help them raise money for their cause, but I’ve never had the chance to work on something that hit so close to home.  

Two years ago, one of my son’s best friends had an accident that would forever change his life.  While going down a slide into a pool, he broke his neck and is now a quadriplegic.   This past December, I had the rare opportunity to work with my son to produce a fund-raiser for Alex, which was one of the most rewarding events ever.

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It was an amazing night of giving, friendship and music, and I’m so appreciative for all of the people who helped make this event such a success.  It took a village (and beyond) to pull this together.   Working side-by-side with my son Chris, whose band Freaks of the Sea brought everyone together for an unforgettable evening, was one of the most rewarding experiences of the year for me, and I’m grateful for this.

EVENT RECAP: OREGON BRIDE'S URBAN UNVEILED

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Oregon Bride, the premiere wedding magazine of the Pacific Northwest, hosts Urban Unveiled, a one of a kind bridal show showcasing Portland's best wedding talent. Every year we are blown away by the creativity that our local wedding vendors showcase to the hundreds of prospective couples that attend the show. From the food and florals to the incredible fashion show, Urban Unveiled is a truly unique experience that we feel so grateful to be a part of! 

Event Theme: Enchanted Forest

Client Goal:  To showcase Portland's most elite wedding vendors while presenting the hottest trends in the wedding industry.

The Crowd: Newly engaged couples and their guests

 

Urban Unveiled took place at the breathtaking Montgomery Park, located in NW Portland. 

Urban Unveiled took place at the breathtaking Montgomery Park, located in NW Portland. 

DETAILS THAT POP

Unique bouquets and floral arrangements created on site by the most desired floral designers. 

Unique bouquets and floral arrangements created on site by the most desired floral designers. 

Delicious treats from elite caterers. 

Delicious treats from elite caterers. 

Enchanted desserts presented by the most talented bakeries in town. 

Enchanted desserts presented by the most talented bakeries in town. 

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Françoise Weeks created the most elegant jewelry and botanical couture for the fashion show. 

* All photos in this post are provided by Powers Photography Studios

SHOOT FROM THE HIP: Confessions of an Event Producer

Communication overload. 

I have to laugh.  The first major event I produced when I was in my twenties drew nearly one-half million people for the largest one-day event in Portland. The year was 1984.  No computers.  No cell phones. No FAX machines. No voice messaging systems.  Just a stack of pink “While You Were Out” notes with phone calls that needed to be returned.  How did we do it?  We just did.

We had planning meetings, and then everyone left and did what they said they would do.  A few phone calls and meetings, and that was it.  No going back and forth 20 times to review the smallest details.

I often miss those days.  Technology has certainly made things simpler in many respects, but it’s also made simple tasks more complicated.  Too often, people are offering up their opinions when not entirely necessary, but because of the computer, everyone gets copied on all emails when most people don’t even have time to think about one more thing.

The solution?  More concise and timely communication, and well-defined roles and responsibilities.  And how about just picking up the phone and solving a problem on the spot?  Now THERE’S an idea!