Engage!11 Conference : Cayman Islands

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ast Tuesday I had the immense honor of presenting at Engage!11 Conference in the Cayman Islands. I attended this conference for the first time last year and I walked away with a deeper appreciation for the wedding industry. This conference caters to wedding coordinators/designers, so when I was asked to speak, I wondered if I'd be able to connect in an impactful way. And, no, impactful isn't a word, but I use it all the time because I love it!

Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce--our gracious hosts--opened the doors to the Ritz Carlton and every detail was impeccably set, every color coordinated, and every hair in place. Each day was filled with speakers and I have a notebook brimming with inspiration and new ideas.


By the time it was my turn to take the stage, I nearly doubled over with nerves...no, really, I could've kissed my knees. I'm usually nervous before I speak, but standing in front of such an incredible group of people, I almost lost my marbles. What am I?! 80 years old? Who says that?! Anyway, I took a few deep breaths and started...then laughed my way through my presentation...


Just kidding. I tried to form coherent thoughts and deliver a speech on How to Build a Personal Brand...I've aimed to do this with my wedding photography, but the idea applies to almost any business.


Later that day everyone boarded a catamaran and sailed through the Cayman Islands. This was, by far, one of the most memorable experiences and will be a highlight of the year. I was incredibly thankful to sit back and reflect on the the past eleven months. I sat by myself for a bit and tried to memorize everything, if only for the briefest of moments.




We docked in Rum Bay (don't worry, mom, I drank the non-alcoholic rum!) and I was taken with the island beauty...


I'm incredibly thankful to Rebecca and Kathryn for their generous invitation...and their faith in me. I feel so blessed to have them as allies and friends.
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thilina vandabona - hey jasmine i'm really happy with your work don't whether you have a time to read this or not :) i just saw that rum island photo,(awesome) and i'm from SRI LANKA & i love photography... why don't you visit SRI LANKA !!   12.24.11 - 4:31am
mark - this looked like a fun event at a beautiful place.  12.08.11 - 2:46am
Derek - Beautiful!!  12.05.11 - 9:07pm
Jonni - How wonderful and how awesome of you for making your dreams come true Jasmine! Keep up the great work. It is truly a joy to watch you succeed! :) XOXOXO  12.05.11 - 5:50am
Beautiful Life Wedding Video and Photography - Very nice shots!! Loving the colours!!   11.30.11 - 1:43am
Tony Sale Photography - Congratulations on being asked to speak. Everyone is commenting on your dress I was wondering what the content of your talk was? (Actually I like the dress too!)  11.29.11 - 1:09am
Lacy Dagerath - You. Are. Beautiful. Thats all! :)  11.28.11 - 5:33pm
Leanna - LOOOVE LOVEEE the dress!! I have been looking everywhere for it after I saw a celebrity wear it! Care to share where you got it from? ;)  11.23.11 - 7:58pm
RoseAllen@ Hawaii Wedding - Nice location so heavenly. I love this place.  11.23.11 - 7:38am
feuza - LOVE THE dress and hair and oh Engaged details, wow  11.23.11 - 6:17am
Sara at Bella Notte - Your speech was fabulous and inspiring, Jasmine! And I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner together, too. Hope to see you at another Engage soon!   11.23.11 - 4:40am
Fotograf Lublin - congratulations!  11.23.11 - 2:54am
Matthew Kunce - Beautiful post & pictures as always. And impactful is a word if others understand the meaning you are trying to get across. And you always get your meaning across. :)  11.23.11 - 2:49am
Simon Partridge - Nice work if you can get it! Enjoying your blog. Great photos. Very impactful :)  11.23.11 - 1:39am
Life with Kaishon - I am glad you had a wonderful time : )   11.22.11 - 4:35pm
Jill Samter Photography - Looks and sounds like it was an amazing time. I'm sure your presentation was wonderful. Blessings for the year ahead! xoxo Happy Thanksgiving  11.22.11 - 3:43pm
Ashley Goodwin - Let's talk about this for a minute...non-alcoholic rum???  11.22.11 - 3:43pm
Marie - Your dress was so NOT orphan annie-ish. And that is my favorite Sri Lanka pole ever.   11.22.11 - 1:00pm
Katherine - Loved the last couple of photos :) Come to the Dominican Republic! It would be such a privilege to have you here (and you might just get the best beer in the world) hehe  11.22.11 - 12:07pm
Lindsay Vallas - Love the dress....wish you could come shopping with me! ha.  11.22.11 - 11:22am
Meredith Sledge - I wish I had been there!!! I've been to Cayman before and it was the greatest trip of my life. What a beautiful place!!!!  11.22.11 - 11:01am
Ashley B - I LOVE the dress! Who makes it?  11.22.11 - 10:57am
Kaley Gill - Super duper cute dress!  11.22.11 - 10:11am
kathryn @ atlas & elia - I love the photo of the dock...Calgon take me away! (Now who sounds like they're 80 years old?!?)  11.22.11 - 9:38am
Kailey Michelle {Events} - I bet your were incredible, Jasmine! You're such an inspiration when it comes to building a solid and authentic brand. Wished I could have been there this time around. I remember feeling those nerves when I went 09! encore at the Wynn and I was only attending!   11.22.11 - 9:19am
Jasmine* - Hahahaha! I'm definitely NOT preggo...the rum was a joke...apparently I'm not a comedian! ;)  11.22.11 - 9:18am
Schaffer Photography - How awesome to have a conference in the Caymans! It looks so beautiful and sunny there!!  11.22.11 - 9:03am
Carla Barnett - Wonderful photos! I wish I were there right now! It's cold in LA!  11.22.11 - 8:55am
Sarah G - Non-alcoholic rum....are you pregnant? Looks like a gorgeous spot!  11.22.11 - 8:47am
jesssica vidmar photography - You are gorgeous Jasmine, that dress is spectacular and those last couple shots are paradise...thanks for sharing!  11.22.11 - 8:39am
Shannon K. - I may not say "lost my marbles," but I do say "holy moly." I think that might mean I am closer to 85. Even with the simplest of posts...you continue to inspire.   11.22.11 - 8:39am
Carrie K - You didn't blow out your skies! lol. great shots:)   11.22.11 - 7:56am
LEOLAK - Girrlll is there nothing that doesn't look great on you?!? I mean really?!? You making it really hard to continue to like you, you know. LOL I kid I kid!!! LOL Glad you had a great time and I'm sure your presentation rocked...and oh to be out on the open sea like that - Love!!! You've had a great year I'd say...keep on rocking!   11.22.11 - 7:48am
laura - Why non-alc?! Are you preggo will a little j*?!  11.22.11 - 7:46am
Mandy Caudill - Jasmine- You are such an inspiration to me. This is kind of random but do you edit all of your pictures before blogging them or do you take them from camera to web?  11.22.11 - 7:44am
Sue Gauthier - I love the "perks" in this industry!!! My "boring-adventureous" Life!! LOL  11.22.11 - 7:12am
Whitney Dupuis - I love to see how you capture "vacations". I am enamored with your work!  11.22.11 - 6:55am
Tara - what an amazing opportunity! Beautiful pictures! Some day I would love to attend, and SPEAK at these! :)   11.22.11 - 6:26am
Sara Lando - At first glance the lace in your dressed looked like it was a similar pattern to the one on the cards and my mind was blown. Even if it is not the case, you're still insanely stylish!  11.22.11 - 6:19am
Suzy G - That dress is gorgeous. Love it. I wish I was on an island somewhere, drinking non-alcoholic rum, lol.   11.22.11 - 6:19am
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