What a treat it was to photograph the NACE event last week! It is always wonderful to get together with our peers in the events industry and even more fun to photograph them. You can bet this crowd knows how to have a good time.


Our May meeting took place at the hip new W Hotel in downtown Boston. (By the way, I have heard amazing things about the Jean Georges restaurant on the ground floor- definitely worth checking out.) For our meeting we started in the prefunction lobby and then entered the great room. I love the feel of the lobby; it has floor to ceiling windows with fun funky views of the theater district.

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Plus the entrance is decked out with stone textured walls and light art, which bring you into a grand space with drapey lights.

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We can’t help but eat well at an event by and for catering executives.

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Mingling fun.

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The floral design was created by Tangerine Creations. I loved the varied shapes and colors- deep pinks were a great match for the grays of the hotel.

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CORT Event Furnishings brought along some fabulous furniture, including a purple lit table and leather couches. Felt like we had entered a swank nightclub.

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The program for the evening was a guest panel of some very talented event industry pros.

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Joe Toto of Groove Entertainment lead the discusion.

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Kupah James of Klass Universal Entertainment shared his story and thoughts on getting the party going. We saw him in action at Heather and Christian‘s wedding; I can’t speak highly enough about him. He was amazing!

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Amy Kimball of Amy Kimball Events spoke about how each client inspires her to bring something new to the table when designing an event. I absolutely connected with her on this; her words reflected how I feel about the uniqueness of our clients. How could we get bored or stale when each person we photograph brings us something new and fresh to consider?

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John LaRoche of Blue Guava shared how he invites his clients to think outside the box when creating their floral design, offering them flower ideas they may not have considered. He even told us about a Living Table he created for one wedding at Boston’s InterContinental Hotel. Sounded out of this world!

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Many thanks to the speakers for sharing their thoughts on our industry and to all of the sponsors who offered their services for this event.

Videography: Generations Cinemastories
Floral Design: Tangerine Creations
Rental furniture: CORT
Furniture sign design: MB Graphics
Music and Entertainment: DJ Raffi
Linens: Table Toppers
Food and event space: Amy Kern from The W Hotel