A legitimate question every bride should ask a consultant they’re considering hiring is, “How do you keep up with the wedding industry?” OR “How do you maintain and upgrade your skills?”  One of the ways is by attending the Association of  Bridal Consultants’ Annual Conference.  This year “California Couture” was held at the Fairmont, Newport Beach, CA from November 9-11.  For Elise, as the Director of  Education, it was much more than participation as an attendee. She is also the conference coordinator, dealing with the complex task of organizing a conference for 350 wedding planners and professioals.  (That’s like a wedding with 350 bridezillas – a really tough group to please.)  She presented “College Course in an Hour,”  and facilitated a session for senior ABC members as well.  It was a very busy three days – not really time to celebrate her birthday on Saturday.  to tired to celebrate properly, dinner was cheese and crackers with a couple of glasses of wine with close friends Tammy and Bill Waterman.

One of the many highlights was meeting Colin Cowie.  Hope you enjoy a few pictures from the conference.