For Day 3 of the retreat, we were enlightened with powerful talks from Siri Eklund of Two Bright Lights, Jacqueline Nwobu, Eda Kalkay, Willie Jackson, Amanda Miller Littlejohn and a powerful tear-inducing talk from Chike Nwobu. Later in the evening, our Inaugural Awards Gala kicked off. With the expertise of ellyb Events and Botanica, the ballroom was transformed into a glamorous display of teal, blush, rose gold and silver. Our awards ceremony followed immediately after the cocktail hour. We were honored to present awards to Coterie Members making a huge impact, and the first Vanguard Award was awarded to Diann Valentine for her accomplishments in the wedding and event industry. Thanks to Kisha Kingston of Royale Amethyst for the gorgeous awards made of acrylic and gold foil accents. Congrats to all to all of the award recipients.
The Coterie Retreat Awards 2014
Visionary Award - Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events
Spirit Award - Lauren Atwaters of Ten 23 Designs
Collaborator of the Year Award - Kisha Kingston of Royale Amethyst
Munaluchi Advocate Award - Darryl Wilson of D'Concierge Events
Innovator of the Year - Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events
Mentor of the Year - Keith Cephus of Keith Cephus Photography
Hidden Treasure Award - Neil Freeman of Beaches Edge Anguilla
Jet Setter Award - Jide Alakija of Alakija Studios
Rising Star Award - Andrea Pitter of Pantora Bridal
Vanguard Award - Diann Valentine
Munaluchi Appreciation Awards
These members were awarded the appreciation award for hosting us in their city as part of our annual city-to-city tour.
Tara Melvin of Perfect Planning Events - DC Tour 2013, Lauren Beamon of Elle's Couture Events - NYC Tour 2013, Makini Brereton of Makini Regal Design - NYC Tour 2013, Chioma Nwogu of Dure Events - Houston Tour 2014, Andria Lewis of Andria Lewis Events - Memphis Tour 2014, Aaliyah Rajansingham of B3 Event Designs - Los Angeles Tour 2014, Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events, Atlanta Tour 2014, Atosha Barboza of Larger Than Life Events, South Carolina Tour 2014, Tiffany Chalk of Tiffany Chalk Events - Philadelphia Tour 2014.
In addition to the Awards Ceremony, some highlights included a super chic dessert table by Hands on Sweets, the almost addicting slow motion video booth provided by Bridges Cinema, (check out some slow motion video clips at the end of this post) and the non stop keep-you-on-the-dancefloor music provided by One Sound and Entertainment. We truly could not stay in our seats! But the biggest highlight of the night was the overwhelming feeling of camaraderie, comfort and joy. There was so much love and emotion in the room and ultimately, you can't put a price on that. Enjoy these images from the General Sessions and Gala provided by Amy Anaiz Photography and Joshua Dwain Photography.
We had to get the morning started with a little wobble:)
Chike gave a heartfelt and emotional talk about "Finding your Purpose" that left us all ready to take on our biggest challenges. There's really no way to describe how moved everyone in the room was. Just check out the pictures below to see for yourself!
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Thanks to our sponsors!
Videography - Inije Photography and Films
Cake - Hands on Sweets
Planning: Perfect Planning Events
Design - ellyb Events
Florals - Botanica Design Studio
Stationery - Papered Wonders
Awards design - Royale Amethyst
Custom items/decor - Ten23 Designs
Entertainment - One Sound and Entertainment
Makeup - Mia Farah Beautique
Slow motion video booth - Bridges Cinema
Awards - Royale Amethyst
Host venue - Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort
Gift basket- Indaba Spa
Beauty basket - Mizani
Dancefloor wrap - Showworks Inc.