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From our Workshop Participants

Last February, Salt Harbor Designs implemented system of workshops for prospective event designers/planners.  We were all very excited about getting to work with other people from different places, but we never imagined a response all the way from England.  Vivienne and Ify, two wedding planners in England, wrote us and wanted to participate in a workshop together.  We organized the workshop around a weekend when we had both a wedding and an open house/bridal show.  They flew here and stayed with us for several days becoming a part of the Salt Harbor team.  Since then, they have both opened their own companies, Vivienne Tiger and Hannah Michael Weddings and Events.  They offered to share a bit of their experiences here at Salt Harbor.

From Vivienne of Vivienne Tiger

In February 2010, I came all the way from Birmingham United Kingdom to attend an Event Design Workshop run by the wonderful Jennifer Sandy Rose of Salt Harbor Designs.

The experience was mind blowing. Prior to the workshop, Jennifer had asked what I wanted to gain from it and I told her I wanted to understand the design process as well as see the end result come alive. I was given an opportunity to fully participate in the design and brainstorming for the Orton Garden Open House and see the design implemented.

Before the actual workshop in Wilmington, we (the workshop participants) worked together via emails and the internet to develop a design for the Orton Garden Open House. We worked and agreed on an inspiration board and created a computerized layout of the ceremony and reception spaces.

When we arrived in Wilmington for the actual workshop, we helped to choose the paper design, colours, flowers and lighting that worked best with our chosen design. I thoroughly enjoyed preparing the flowers and flower arrangements, working on menu cards and escort cards used in the final design. Jennifer also cleared her appointment for a day to enable us ask her any questions we had. We also got to sit in on a consultation with one of her brides.

Throughout our stay, Jennifer and her team made us feel like one of them. We were involved in the team meetings and got to see the entire aspects of organizing an event. We met a lot of wonderful vendors in the event industry, all willing to answer our questions.

I was in the process of launching my own events planning business in England when I came for the workshop. I left the workshop with a lot of confidence and knowledge required to launch my business in the right direction. You can read more of my Orton House experience when you visit my website

www.viviennetiger.com and click on blog.

I definitely recommend the workshop to event planners just starting out in the business and to experienced planners because I am definite that you will be able to learn something new from Jennifer and her amazing team.

From Ify of Hannah Michael Weddings & Events

After attending a number of Event Planning courses in London UK, I felt I had ‘gaps’ I needed to fill before launching  my own Event Planning business.  Jennifer had featured in Style Me Pretty blog, which led me to her website where my friend stumbled across the workshop she was organizing for Event/Wedding Planners.  I contacted Jennifer and confirmed my interest in the workshop and signed up.   

In February 2010, I flew to Wilmington NC from London UK to attend an Event Design Workshop at Salt Harbor Designs run by Jennifer Sandy-Rose and her lovely team.  Prior to the workshop, we identified what I wanted to achieve.  Prior to flying out to NC, I was given the opportunity to fully participate in the design and brainstorming for the Orton Garden Open House and we (workshop participants) saw our designs come to live.  We worked via emails, created Inspiration boards and a computerized layout of the ceremony and reception spaces – Visualizing an event beforehand was definitely something new to me.  Fully utilizing software in planning was also something new I learned from Jennifer before the workshop!

On arriving Wilmington, we were involved in every aspect of whatever was going on in SHD!  We had a schedule of who was doing what, at what time!  Jennifer involved us in the team meetings, in what was going on in the office, with designing flowers; she got us involved in everything.  I really loved that because I wanted to experience running an Event Planning business.  We observed her with her staff, sat in meetings/consultation with new and existing clients; we got to see the entire aspects of organizing an event and running a business.  We learned how to design wedding paper products, she gave us so many leads on how to grow/expand our services to our future clients – definitely more than we bargained for!  On the event days, we helped set up and direct at one of the weddings and Orton Open House.  Prepping and executing these events were fantastic and tiring – we really got a good taste of the life of an Event Planner & Designer.

I had believed that my trip to NC was going to be a good experience. I however, never bargained for what I got!  The entire experience was mind blowing to say the least.  Jennifer is a wonderful person, didn’t hold anything back in terms of sharing her experiences.   No question went unanswered and with every answer, she went an extra mile.  Jennifer introduced us to her vendors, everyone we met was welcoming and eager to answer any questions we had.  I had such a great time. 

I left the Workshop with so much information and knowledge and a ‘hunger’ to succeed in this industry.  I have launched my Event Planning business, Hannah Michael Weddings & Events.   Jennifer has continued to be a source of support.  Jennifer is excellent at what she does; she has a gift and a heart to share her knowledge.  Her style is amazing and her organization skills are exceptional.  I will definitely recommend her to Event Planners.

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