If you follow us on twitter (which you should), you might know that two weekends ago we worked with an amazing couple, Becky & Duke, to execute their perfect day. And due to the immense organizational skills of the bride – it really was an amazing winter affair! Here is a sneak peak of photographer extraordinaire Leah Haydock’s shots from the wedding – to see more photos from the gorgeous ceremony at the WinterGarden Atrium and the delightful reception at Mistral, check out Leah’s blog!
In the spirit of the season of recognition, last week we designed and produced an awards dinner for one of our local clients. Guests arrived for the evening and entered into a foyer dressed to express the “chills of winter” with iridescent blue linens topped with glowing lanterns and washed in a crisp blue light. When it was time for dinner the guests found themselves in a room aglow with the “warmth of a fire.” Brown chivari chairs, crushed taffeta and cirque linens, menu cards and winter floral centerpieces enhanced the glowing room. Add to that stage decor and a great lighting company and guests were awarded in sophisticated CE style!
We are so excited! Last Tuesday we designed and produced a reception and seated dinner in the MFA’s brand new Shapiro Family Courtyard – and wow, were we impressed! Who knew that along with the terrific new Art of the America’s wing the MFA’s new addition would hold one of the city’s coolest new event spots? With over 12,000 square feet of space and 63 foot high soaring ceilings, the courtyard is enclosed by a glass and steel encasing. Designed as a light filled gathering space, the courtyard serves as the central annex between the Art of America’s Wing and the rest of the Museum. Interesting sculptures are dotted throughout the space and outdoor sculpture gardens can be seen through the glass along the perimeters of the room. Combine that with excellent service and it’s one of our new favorites!
Two weeks ago, Laura attended an informational Educational Program put on by MPI New England at the Back Bay Harvard Club. Speakers Beth Stehley of the GBVCB and Jessica Grace of the U.S. Travel Association engaged local MPI members with a discussion of the current and future state of the local and U.S. Travel and Tourism industry.
And what did we get out of it? Well to start with, some good news! Beth Stehley filled us in – last year was a great year for meetings in Boston and the outlook is optimistic for 2011. The occupancy rate in Boston increased by an estimated six percent from 2009 to 2010. And proof that Boston remains high on the travel list – in some instances throughout the year, hotels were at 100% occupancy with 100% of guests visiting Boston for leisure. Have you ever wondered from what industries Boston gets it’s business from? Associations (33%), Third-Parties (30%), Education (11%), Government (9%), Scientific/Engineering (9%), Technology (5%) and International Clients (3%) – Boston is the #1 international meeting destination in the U.S.!
Jessica Grace then spoke of the importance of face-to-face meetings and the efforts of the U.S. Travel Association to maintain the U.S. as a destination for those meetings. Through several travel initiatives, Jessica discussed why travel matters, international visitation and the process affiliated with travel.
Thank you so much to both speakers for sharing their wisdom with us! Based on their predictions, we’re looking forward to a year filled with meetings, events and incentives.