Engage!11 Conference : Cayman Islands


Last 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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  1. Suzy G

    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    That dress is gorgeous. Love it. I wish I was on an island somewhere, drinking non-alcoholic rum, lol.

  2. Sara Lando

    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    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!

  3. Tara

    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    what an amazing opportunity! Beautiful pictures! Some day I would love to attend, and SPEAK at these! 🙂

  4. Whitney Dupuis

    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I love to see how you capture "vacations". I am enamored with your work!

  5. Sue Gauthier

    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love the "perks" in this industry!!!
    My "boring-adventureous" Life!! LOL

  6. Mandy Caudill

    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    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?

  7. laura

    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Why non-alc?! Are you preggo will a little j*?!


    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    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!

  9. Carrie K

    November 22nd, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    You didn’t blow out your skies! lol. great shots:)

  10. Shannon K.

    November 22nd, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    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. jesssica vidmar photography

    November 22nd, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    You are gorgeous Jasmine, that dress is spectacular and those last couple shots are paradise…thanks for sharing!

  12. Sarah G

    November 22nd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Non-alcoholic rum….are you pregnant? Looks like a gorgeous spot!

  13. Carla Barnett

    November 22nd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Wonderful photos! I wish I were there right now! It’s cold in LA!

  14. Schaffer Photography

    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    How awesome to have a conference in the Caymans! It looks so beautiful and sunny there!!

  15. Jasmine*

    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Hahahaha! I’m definitely NOT preggo…the rum was a joke…apparently I’m not a comedian! 😉

  16. Kailey Michelle {Events}

    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    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!

  17. kathryn @ atlas & elia

    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I love the photo of the dock…Calgon take me away! (Now who sounds like they’re 80 years old?!?)

  18. Kaley Gill

    November 22nd, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Super duper cute dress!

  19. Ashley B

    November 22nd, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I LOVE the dress! Who makes it?

  20. Meredith Sledge

    November 22nd, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    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!!!!

  21. Lindsay Vallas

    November 22nd, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Love the dress….wish you could come shopping with me! ha.

  22. Katherine

    November 22nd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    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

  23. Marie

    November 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Your dress was so NOT orphan annie-ish. And that is my favorite Sri Lanka pole ever.

  24. Ashley Goodwin

    November 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Let’s talk about this for a minute…non-alcoholic rum???

  25. Jill Samter Photography

    November 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Looks and sounds like it was an amazing time. I’m sure your presentation was wonderful.

    Blessings for the year ahead!
    xoxo Happy Thanksgiving

  26. Life with Kaishon

    November 23rd, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I am glad you had a wonderful time : )

  27. Simon Partridge

    November 23rd, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Nice work if you can get it! Enjoying your blog. Great photos. Very impactful 🙂

  28. Matthew Kunce

    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    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. 🙂

  29. Fotograf Lublin

    November 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 am


  30. Sara at Bella Notte

    November 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Your speech was fabulous and inspiring, Jasmine! And I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner together, too. Hope to see you at another Engage soon!

  31. feuza

    November 23rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    LOVE THE dress and hair and oh Engaged details, wow

  32. RoseAllen@ Hawaii Wedding

    November 23rd, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Nice location so heavenly. I love this place.

  33. Leanna

    November 24th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    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? 😉

  34. Lacy Dagerath

    November 29th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    You. Are. Beautiful. Thats all! 🙂

  35. Tony Sale Photography

    November 29th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    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!)

  36. Beautiful Life Wedding Video and Photography

    November 30th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Very nice shots!! Loving the colours!!

  37. Jonni

    December 5th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    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

  38. Derek

    December 6th, 2011 at 5:07 am


  39. mark

    December 8th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    this looked like a fun event at a beautiful place.

  40. thilina vandabona

    December 24th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    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 !!