Uptown girl :: Finding the dress

Posted by Sara Garcia in category Fashion, Things We Love

I recently got engaged and thus a whirlwind chain of events ensued! There were engagement photos to be taken, a venue to be chosen and of course a dress to be found!  Uptown Bridal and Boutique was the obvious choice to start with, I had been there a few times but always as a wedding planner, and never as a Bride. If you have ever taken a walk down Boston Street in Chandler, you probably noticed that on the corner of Arizona Ave and Boston St. are beautifully dressed windows featuring mannequins in gowns that sparkle! From the moment you walk into Uptown you feel like you’re at a Sunday brunch with girlfriends. Owners, Nicole and Tonia are sincere in their joy and enthusiasm for your big day and clearly experts in gorgeous gowns. The gowns are out and not wrapped in bags, and the show room can transform any little girl back to childhood memories of playing dress up.  From the detail in the ceiling to the lovely framed pictures of Uptown Brides on their special day, not a detail is missed.   upt2   My appointment was on a Thursday with Ali, she immediately wanted to know my love story, to which I of course obliged,  her genuine interest was refreshing and sweet.  As Ali and I chatted on, my Mom and Sister patiently waited as I walked out with the first dress on, the door opened, a silence and then gasps. I had found the one. How was it possible to find the “one” on the first try? Coincidentally Tim and I both agreed we fell in love at first sight, so maybe I was having a perfect fit at first dress moment? They say when you know, you know,  and I knew I found my dress. Just as everything else in the planning process, finding your dress for your wedding day should be an unforgettable experience and one that will you will always cherish, I know I will never forget that special Thursday in September when I put the dress on that turned me into a Bride. Thank you Ali!

With all that Life has to offer, Sara


Uptown Girl!

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Who will officiant your wedding? // Deciding between hiring or asking a friend

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Locations, Modern Union, MRSter Approved, New Tradition, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings, Scottsdale Venues, Vendors, Venues

It’s been a trend that we have seen for a bit to ask someone that the couple knows to officiate their wedding ceremony. I am ordained (originally planned as an emergency back up) and will be executing my second ceremony on Sunday for our soon to be wed and past intern, Sian.

What we have been hearing from couples is that some aren’t connected to a specific minister or church and understand the importance of the ceremony. With that being clear to them they felt awkward hiring a minister or someone ordained to administer their wedding nuptials.

Ceremony at Montelucia Omni Resort in Scottsdale produced by wedding planners at Life Design Event Planning

Ceremony at Montelucia Omni Resort in Scottsdale produced by wedding planners at Life Design Event Planning

What are your thoughts on it? To hire or not to hire?

With all that life has to offer,


Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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New Wedding Fashion Trends for the Upcoming 2015

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Fashion, MRSter Approved, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings

Trends differ from time to time and others really set off. A few trends that I’ve noticed are very unique for the upcoming spring. With off the shoulder necklines, new bold colors, and tulle overskirts, you can’t get anymore in style!

Picture courtesy of Sergio Photographer

I love, love, love the off the shoulder style! It shows your sweeter, more romantic side. Its also great for brides that want to wear sleeves but don’t want to be completely covered. Blues, grays, and even mint green colors have gotten in place of fall 2013’s blush and ivory. Just the subtle coloring is a big difference as just going with the traditional white. You can’t go wrong with a tulle overskirt. With one, you can give off a light and playful vibe. It makes me feel like I’m Barbie, to be honest.

All of these trends are very modern options. the trends are also beautiful and could work with pretty much anyone. They also capture different sides of the brides and what they want to imprint on their big day. Happy shopping!

With all that life has to offer,


Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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Real Weddings :: Laura + Mike

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Blue, Design, Event Ideas and Tips, Modern Union, Orange, Phoenix Venues, Purple, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings, Red, Wedding Colors

It is customary for us to ask our clients if they are exchanging gifts. I personally love this part of a wedding. It’s so cute to see the Best Man deliver a gift of the Maid of Honor deliver a gift to the wedding couple individually. When we ask most couples about this they immediately think it needs to be something expensive but on the contrary I encourage words…they are free and priceless.

For this couple a gift to the Groom from the Bride :: Custom-made Cufflinks

From the moment I met Laura and Mike they purged their color choices of an Arizona sunset. This was a major part of the design and thinking of the wedding. Fiori Floral Design assisted with conceptualizing the vision with this stunning bridal bouquet including all the colors Laura wanted.

Due to wind before the ceremony we tied these strung lanterns with the wedding escort cards to the tree so we didn’t obtain a picture with it as we wanted to present it but it looked so pretty when we were able to untie them. Just another creative way to display their guest table assignments.

Ceremony set. Musicians Playing. Bridal Party about to walk in. Beautiful setting at The Wrigley Mansion. It’s time.

A few items from home our couple brought to give it a homie (not in a gansta sort of way..lol) feeling. Warms the heart doesn’t it.

As a sign of remembrance the couple and their bridal party released balloons to remember the loved ones they lost. This was especially important to Laura due to her triumph against breast cancer…still a survivor and holding strong.

They did it. It was charming and overflowed with tears and love. Fantastic job to the officiant Dr. Jerry Law from This Day Forward for pulling together an outstanding original ceremony with lots of their personality. It was a blast!

This is a great repsentation of how much better of a picture the “signing of the license” can be if it has some decorative sense to it. Often times it’s shot in a boring ballroom or on some wooden random table. That document makes your marriage legals so think ahead where you’d like to sign it.

The Groom’s socks. I just love the hidden details.

Loving the ginormity of the balloons. Any time I hold one I feel like a child again and who doesn’t want to feel that way? SO carefree!!!

A nice room shot of the decor. The guests loved the hanging parasols from the ceiling of the reception space.


Vendor List

Balloons :: AZ Balloon Art

Cake Baker :: Let Them Eat Cake

Ceremony Music :: Applause Productions

Decor :: James Barnett

Entertainment :: Ray the DJ

Floral :: Fiori Floral Design

Hair and Makeup :: Salon Embellish

Officiant :: From This Day Forward

Paper Products :: The Invitation Lady

Photography :: Harley Bonham Photography

Rentals :: Creative Event Rentals

Speciality Services :: Self Portrait Station

Specialty Services :: Ali Ink

Venue :: Wrigley Mansion

Videographer :: Modern Wedding Scenes

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WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) // Networking + Presentation Event in Phoenix

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Event Professionals, In the Spotlight, Upcoming Events

So next week I have the pleasure of producing an event for WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association) and I couldn’t be more scared and excited. It’s basically my peers staring at me while I set up and execute an event that is sponsored by different vendors and in this case we have quite the army of them. I am thrilled to have been asked and I hope you attend not only to see the vision come to life but also to hear from the fantastic speaker Maria Bayer. I have signed up for her email series and I love what I have read so far. I am stoked to hear her words of wisdom and so should you.

Hope to see you there!

With all that LIFE has to offer,


Cicely Rocha.Miller // Event Producer + Modern Union Expert // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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Addicted to LOVE // Red and Black Wedding Reception Table Design

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Design, Gay and Lesbian Weddings, In the Spotlight, LGBT Weddings, Modern Union, MRSter Approved, Scottsdale Venues

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Love is all around us and is consequently the reason why we have the honor of designing, planning and executing events, especially weddings. The core of these celebrations is L-O-V-E.

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Photo by Foskett Creative

Photo by Foskett Creative

The trend presented in this imagery isn’t a trend at all. It’s about marriage equality. It’s about serving the needs of same sex couples and developing an experience that welcomes all couples to enjoy the planning process of their big day. This means being inclusive and thoughtful, engaging and open, supportive and excited. Its about looking at the industry’s professionals and their business models, reexamining their marketing and everyday communication to serve all communities better. Our gay and lesbian couples are new to this opportunity and will be many times looking to us to lead the way and introduce them to the modern union traditions as we develop them.

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Photo by Foskett Creative

The table designed here was conceptualized by ever-so-enthusiastic Cicely Rocha.Miller of Life Design Event Planning in partnership with BBJ Linen (chargers, linens, chair covers, napkins, napkin rings), Classic Party Rentals (chairs, flatware, stemware, plates), Ali-Ink Designs (all paper products), Lux Wedding Florist (all floral) and FireSky Resort and Spa (venue and table). You might notice that the table is a seamless flow of both masculine and feminine characteristics neither stronger or less impacting than the other. With the classic colors of red, black and white it gives a sense of tradition but has an edge due to the ornate golds and textured linens. The centerpiece particularly is a story of it’s own with the symbolism of the fact that out of every 10 youth, 1 identifies as an LGBTQ person. For every 10 deep red roses a white callalily is represented and embraced.

The bottom line and point of this design is that LOVE is growing, and the gay and lesbian community brings the wedding industry billions of dollars in revenue. For so many reason it makes sense but at the very least the opportunity for growth is just good for business. The overall design was based on the look of the Robert Palmer video, “Addicted to Love”.

Watch the video and dance around a bit.  Addicted to Love


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Guest Interviews at Weddings // To do or not to do?

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Event Ideas and Tips, New Tradition, Real Life Clients

Wedding Guest Interviews // Interview Booth

I gotta give a shout out to one of our awesome couples Jamie and Babak who got married at the beautiful Omni Resorts (Montelucia Resort and Spa) for this idea. They originally were thinking the cinematographer would interview the guests going table to table (too old school and awkward, right?) however Bright Bokeh set up an interview “booth” for guests and they captured the guests throughout the reception and it was a huge hit. I wish I would have had this at my wedding because it captures people’s reactions and best wishes for you to keep forever! Think how awesome it would be to have someone that you cherish on video at your wedding!?!

Wedding Guest Interviews // Interview Booth


What are your thoughts on this maybe new tradition?

With all that LIFE has to offer,


Cicely Rocha.Miller // Event Producer + Modern Union Expert // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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Leap Day Tradition

Posted by Sian Pill in category Popping The Question

While conversing over a bowl of pasta with my partner a couple of nights ago, we got on to the topic of unique proposal ideas that we had seen from sources such as Facebook and the rest of the web. This is when I brought up the leap day tradition, to which I got a puzzled gaze across the table from my other half…  He had NO idea what I was talking about! That’s when I thought that other people may not either, so it could be good thing to share!

Though the next leap year isn’t until 2016, I found it interesting that my American partner (I am British), had never even heard of this concept of a female being ‘allowed’ to propose on a certain day; once every four years on leap day. Although originating from the UK, I had no idea that this tradition was recognized more so there than in any other country.


Leap Day 2012” by Danielmoyle is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let me share these leap day folk tales with you…

For those of you who may not have heard of this tradition, it is believed to have been introduced in order to balance the traditional roles of men and women; in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

The origin of this leap day proposal tradition has been attributed to two historical figures in particular. The first is St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun. It is claimed that she asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage as she complained that women were having to wait too long for their suitors to propose to them. So St Patrick gave women a single day in a leap year in which they were allowed to propose; Leap day.

Another popular story is that of Queen Margaret of Scotland. It is said that in 1288, she brought in a law setting fines for men if they refused marriage proposals put by women on a leap year. Such compensation was deemed to be a single rose, £1, a pair of leather gloves and a kiss.


Single Rose” by Geishaboy500 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Quite surprisingly this tradition is still continuing, though rather than being viewed as simply the one day that women are ‘allowed’ to propose; it has now become more of a romantic gesture and a relatively popular phenomenon for ladies wanting to break the ‘social rule’ and be the one to propose. According to a survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation back in early February of 2012, more than a third of British women were thinking about popping the question on Leap Day 2012!


Street Proposal” by Prayitnophotography is licensed under CC BY 2.0

So what do you think ladies? Leap Day or not, would you propose to your man?


With all that Life has to offer,

Sian (pronounced Shawn)

Sian Pill // Apprentice Planner AKA The Intern // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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  • Deborah Spagnuolo said:

    I’ve never heard of this tradition. Very interesting! Although I don’t think I would ever want to be the one to propose!

    {February 5, 2014}
  • palm Beach Private Parties said:

    Wonderful post, great picture haha thats cute! I like your posts continue to write them.

    {February 5, 2014}


#RadiantOrchid :: Why I’m obsessed with this color of the year!

Posted by Sara Garcia in category Color, Iowa City Venues, Real Life Weddings, Things We Love, Uncategorized

If you scroll through your instagram and twitter feeds, and type in #RadiantOrchid, you will no doubt come across several pictures of this distinct shade of purple. Every year the folks at Pantone Color Institute announce what is known as the color of the year, and this year the chosen color is Radiant Orchid. For over 10 years they have helped influence and shape trends in home furnishings, fashion,  even the way companies package their product and much, much more! They do this through an extensive research process and the gathering of influences from all over the globe, they also take into consideration current trends, new textile offerings, influences from the entertainment industry, movies, environment surroundings, and this is just a tiny glimpse into how they determine the color.

I am obsessed with this color. The reason may surprise you, yes it’s stunning and if you ask any one of my close friends and family they will undoubtedly say that purple is my favorite color, but what I really love most about their selection is the way they describe the color they have chosen. It’s gracious how thoughtful they are in the adjectives they use. The way Pantone describes Radiant Orchid is borderline poetic. They bring it to life and give it a soul. And as I was reading the article in it’s entirety, it sounded as if they were describing someone’s beautiful big day! Read the direct quote below from their press release on how they describe what Radiant Orchid embodies and you’ll see what I mean!

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Joy, love and health, what else could you ask for not only on your special day, but for your life together! So how will you incorporate this gorgeous color into your event plans? Check out how  Life Design Event Planning clients Kelly + Koda  incorporated this pop of purple into their big day!

This patchwork pattern adds just the right amount of color to this unique ceremony lay out

This patchwork pattern adds just the right amount of color to this unique ceremony lay out

I love this smart and modern bouquet with the different shades of purples

I love this smart and modern bouquet with the different shades of purples



With all that Life has to offer,

Event Consultant//Life Design Event Planning//Phoenix + Minneapolis

All of the beautiful floral was done by Every Blooming Thing, the stunning images were captured by McClanahan Studio, and the Hotel Vetro served as host for this gorgeous event!

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Everyone is a Person First :: What I learned at the Engage 2013 Wedding Conference // Montelucia Resort and Spa, Scottsdale

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Adventures, Event Professionals, Networks, Something Personal

I am a social butterfly. Always have been. I got my first D in 3rd grade because I’d rather be talking to my classmate and hearing about their day then concentrating on math problems. So, I wasn’t a scholar but I did complete college with not a horrible GPA and am the first of my hispanic family and first of my siblings to graduate so I am no dummy.

Let me tell you a quick story.

When I was a young girl I remember being totally devastated and embarrassed in elementary school because I failed a test. I cried and cried and was totally dramatic explaining my horror to my Mom that evening and she looked me square in my eyes and said, “Cicely, teachers are people too.” I never knew what that meant truly until I became an adult (whenever that was!) but I somehow had the courage to talk to my 5th grade teacher and tell her how sorry I was for not applying myself and was wondering what I could do to make it up. Mrs. Manning looked up at me and had the pile of test papers on her desk. She grabbed the pile and ripped all of them in front of me in half then threw them in the trash. I could not believe my eyes and ears as she said to me, “Don’t worry about it. Everyone messes up sometimes.”

My mom was right. My teacher was a person, a human, she had feelings and compassion.

Fast forward to today.

I was basically peer pressured to go to the Engage 13 Luxury Wedding Business Summit. I had heard about it since the first one by a past bride of mine that worked at the resort it was kicking off at. “You have to come, Cicely. It’s going to be amazing and unlike anything in the industry.”

At that time I was a smaller company and the investment to the conference was something that wasn’t in my bank account not to mention the travel and accommodations, etc. Years passed and the Engage event repeated over and over and it’s popularity skyrocketed. I followed, learned about my peers going and frankly was torn between jealousy and not wanting to “follow the crowd”. I was resistant now and stubborn to going. Even a little bitter to be honest.

Then the news of Engage coming to Scottsdale came. Ugh. How could I miss it now? It was being hosted at one of my favorite resorts (that is the only one that requires a planner) so how could I not support them and go. Traci, who works at the Montelucia basically told me I was an idiot if I didn’t go.

Well, again..I am no dummy.

So I signed up.

My younger sisters wedding was the weekend before the summit so I literally kissed my family goodbye as I left the house headed to Montelucia. I was leaving my out of town guests that I was lucky to see once a year so this better be good, right?

I drove to the resort. Parked my car and took a deep breath. From one whirlwind to another. I was nervous. I walked in Castillo Lucena at the resort to register.


This picture captures what I was feeling like taking those first steps. Timid, curious, hopeful and nervous.



From registration I was instructed to head to the opening session.

Here I come!


Traci, kicked it off with a little introduction. She’s the one that pushed me to go the most. Yeah, she is the one that called me “the idiot” if I didn’t. It was all out of love I know.


Then the two geniuses behind this conference, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce took a few minutes to welcome all of us. What these ladies said in the first 2 minutes is the key element of what I took away from the entire 3-day experience. Basically, egos have been checked in with the baggage and we are all people first.

I didn’t quite understand this at first but not soon after I did. Like, really did.


I clutched on tightly to my roomie and industry homie, Jennifer Thye at first. She was my security blanket for a second because as outgoing as I am I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Soon after we vowed to “get out there” and kick some ass and make connections. Jenni and I knew each other and getting to know each other more wasn’t the point. We had to jump in feet first. We could save the bonding for late nights in our king bed.

We were then invited out to the lawn area to mingle and loosen up a bit before the first opening sessions took off.



Excited to see who from Phoenix was presenting like  my friends Melissa Jill and Amy Mancuso.


Super cool seeing legends like Ed Libby taking iphone pictures of the amazing view of Camelback Mountain that we take for granted often.


Don’t know how this happened but I guess us Mexi-Mix’s are drawn to each other.

Cicely meet mexi-jew, Sarah Natasha Horowitz. Sarah meet mexi-italian Cicely Rocha.Miller. Us beans gotta stick together. (not pc…i know). She begin to enthusiastically show me RAD pictures of a shoot she had just shot in Phoenix. Pretty cool chick and glad I met her.


Then back to the ballroom for some inspirational and relatable chats. I couldn’t write fast enough.


Now friend, Eddie Zaratsian spoke about his journey to where he is today and his partnership with Restoration Hardware.

He was so real, so raw and obviously nervous which made him someone to fall in love with fast. I caught him a bit later in a hallway alone where I had said he did a great job and you could see a sigh of relief. “You think so?? Thank you! I was so nervous!” Love me some Eddie.


Loved the moving chat with Carla Ten Eyck as she told a story of a recent tragic death of a fellow photographer. Tears flowed through her message as she also talked about her kids and family. Never to forget the camaraderie and reason for living.


Friend, Liene Stevens blew me away with her presentation about todays bride and our current client needs. Liene and I begin our careers in the same place at the same time and I am in awe by her successes. Go mami!


Darcy Miller spoke about upcoming trends and things to be on the look for. A lot of it was about reinventing. Cool.


Then it was party time. A few minutes to do a quick change into something warmer and we were off to the pool. Yes, the pool but it was filled with grub, music and tons of entertainment and booze. Which is alright by me!


The band was fantastic and the dancing seemed to be immediately insanely packed. Even the hora was done. I mean…COM MON! What a party to start the event off with!


So I then headed into the ballroom (a little tipsy) to get a sneak peak (sorry!) with fellow Arizona people and to specifically help out a fellow friendor and then for some reason got sucked into finding a steamer and steaming the couch on the stage. WTHeck! Whatever….it was my pleasure and a bonding experience. Kennedy you owe me one. ;) A double on the rocks too.


The next day we walked into the space ready to soak up the wisdom from rockstars in our industry such as Angela Desveaux, Anja Winikka, Brian Worley, Bryan Rafanelli, Jose Villa, Jamie Schoen, Kristin Banta, Marcy Blum, Michelle Rago, Matthew Robbins, Shira Savada, Tara Guerard and Todd Ficus plus many more.

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Love this picture of my friend, Ashley Robinson. She looks as if she is soaking up every word to grow and develop her business. I know she is.

Later than evening we were invited to be a part of a hosted dinner where I was excited to sit by Mr. Sean Low. It was fascinating speaking with him and learn more about his insight to a successful industry. Taught me to never apologize for my worth because I am worth it.

At the dinner I got to do a quick meet with this guy below.


I gotta give a shout out to myself because I am the one that snapped this image of Michael. He, Chellise and Scott were the masters behind all of the images from Engage (all images in this blog post too!) They were shooting the entire freaking time so I took the chance and snagged his camera not knowing anything but “look through the hole and press the button.” Not bad, eh?


The next day we were invited to have breakfast with Simon T. Bailey where he challenged us to think about our mistakes but to open our eyes to see the possibilities that lie ahead. What a charming man with a personality beyond words.


Then I had another a-ha moment to stop sitting on something that has been my “pot of gold” and he lit a fire under my ass. Thank you, Mr. Bailey and my tablemates.

At this breakfast is where we were given our Oprah moment. We were told there was going to be a gifting lounge. Holy Gezz-Us.

As we entered the area I felt just like this dude (below). SWEET!!!


Then a few break out sessions were a lot more ‘realness’ occurred. I was the big mouth that asked a few icons in our industry what their vulnerabilities were. It was pretty awesome to know that I am not the only one that feels like this is a crap load of work and cries and pulls hair out. It felt good to know that I wasn’t alone. Thank you for your honesty panel.

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The cool thing is we were rubbing elbows and networking with every type of industry professional. From the uber rad to the small rad. For instance I took my seat for one of the sessions and this charming tall slender woman that oozed something really good sat next to me. I sensed immediately that she was golden but until one of the presenters looked to her and said, “Remember when you photographed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, Gigi?” Then, my mouth dropped and I quickly swung my head around and she smiled so sweetly. Um, yeah, you are kinda a big deal. Then I begin to recount what a funny smart ass introduction I had made to her. Silly Cicely. I quickly wrote her a little note explaining my first impression of her and my awe. She was taken back by the note and had a huge grin on her face. She even asked to keep it. HA HA! She was awesome. Thanks, Gigi for making me feel like I was special too.

Then it was about the gala. THEE gala.


Custom walkways made with perfect spot lighting for a photo moment.


Fantastical cocktails mixed with love from the yummy The Grand Bevy. Right, Josh?


This wall of hydrangea was the most beautiful presentation of table escort “card” presentation I have ever seen. Look who jumps out at you Natalie Hall! ;)



Then I had the opportunity to bond a little with Randy Fenoli (pictured with the fantastic watercolored gentlemans jacket) and the dude to the far left who choked up several times explaining to me what his little baby girl had done recently with fundraising for by selling mistletoe. He was so damn proud. Moved me I tell ya! Steve, I want the world to hear about Stella!


Then it was time to open the doors to see the magic. See my face above (left). Yeah, mouth wide open in awe.


Her too.

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Todd designed and produced a gala that was breathtaking. “Birds of a Feather” he called it. Bravo, Todd and his badass team.


The level of detail was phenomenal. People, we had our menus printed on our napkins. I mean, really? YES!


The night immediately started and ended with a packed dance floor with the sickest band I have ever seen provided by West Coast Music. Let’s just say “Bel, Biv, Devoe” showed up and nailed it.


Anyhow, the experience had to come to an end and although I took pages of notes and walked away with a plethora of inspiration and advice I was able to truly get the meaning behind Engage for me.

It’s not about fame.

It’s  not about fortune.

It’s not about where you have gone.

Or where you are going.

It’s about humans. It’s about being real. It’s all about checking your ego, breaking down and being a person. Being relatable.

After all…Everyone is a person first.

So, if you haven’t gone before. Go. Don’t fight yourself about it again. Yes, it’s a lot of money to go but it’s worth it. Is it a good return on investment? That’s up to me and up to you. Take the people you have connected with and grow those connections. Engage is merely your matchmaker. Yenta. Yenta.

Thank you to those that MADE me go. Even as I kicked and screamed that I didn’t want to.

Now, I am planning to go at least once a year. It’s in our company’s budget starting this year.

Looking forward to receiving my second silver ball.

With all that LIFE has to offer,


Cicely Rocha.Miller // Event Consultant // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

All pictures in this post were taken by the super duper talented crew from Elan Artists. Thanks for the amazing pictures, ya’ll.

Oh, and I have to mention that I was beyond myself with the amount of swag we walked away with. Tremendous amounts of thought went into each piece. Like unimaginable. Click here to see a picture from my Instagram of all the stuff we came up carrying. WOW.

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  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Oh, Janet! We would have loved you there! Your smile is missed!!! It was an amazing experience!!!
    BTW….out of site doesn’t mean out of mind! You should come visit us! xxoo-Cicely

    {January 10, 2014}
  • Janet McDaniel said:

    Cicely, thanks for sharing all the excellent feedback, and the photos! What a fabulous opportunity to meet all the first-class wedding professionals. It is so important to network for your business needs and to strive to be the best with a lot of great, fresh wedding ideas. Engage!13 Luxury Wedding Conference would have been an event that I would have thoroughly enjoyed in my past career.

    {January 10, 2014}
  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Hi Laurie!
    Awe! Your words are so freaking nice and have totally humbled me. That post took a long ass time so I am so happy you enjoyed reading it. I’d totally be up for talking about Engage in more depth. I bet my fellow peers that also attended would be up for it to. Let me know what you are thinking and I am sure we can pull something together. Next time we are in the same room together come up and introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!!!

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Laurie Stricklin said:

    Cicely, Thank you for writing this detailed description from start to finish about your experience from start to finish at Engage 13….! I felt like I was there and you described all the beauty and wisdom and emotions so purely, so you. I don’t even know you, I have seen you at Nace meetings here and there but I new from the first time that I heard you speak about a table you designed that you have an “it” quality! Would you consider a mini engage 13 evening to further expand with the rest of us? Again, thank you for sharing! Laurie

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Glad you caught the post. XXOO! Love me some Natalie!

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Natalie Moreno-Hall said:

    Sister…you’re nothing short of AMAZING from the inside out! Thanks for the perfect recap on the “never to be forgotten, ah-ha moments”

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Thanks Sarah Hags! I heart you too! More than you know. Muah back!

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Sarah Hagerty said:

    I heart you Cicely! LOVED reading this! Muah!

    {January 9, 2014}
  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Nice, Carla! I knew I wanted to run up and squeeze you like my Nana does everytime I see her! Almost drown in her boobs every time. ha ha! See you very soon! Thanks for your light and love, Mami!

    {January 8, 2014}
  • carla ten eyck said:

    I’m a fellow Mexi-mix too!!! Beans unite!! Loved this post, it brought me back girl!!!! Here’s to keeping things grounded in love, reality and heart, always!! Hope to see you at the next Engage!! XOXO

    {January 8, 2014}
  • Cicely Rocha.Miller said:

    Oh Katrina! I am so glad you were able to experience it with me! I say we do it again together in 2014!!

    {January 8, 2014}
  • katrina wallace said:

    such a great summary of engage cicely! thanks for always being real and so sweet!

    {January 8, 2014}