DC ISES Expo

8 12 2008

A few weeks ago, I attened the Expo for the DC chapter of the International Special Events Society. It a great trade show to meet new vendors, see the latest wares, and get reacquainted with old friends. Because I was volunteering to work registration, I had missed the educational seminars which provided discussions with expert panels on topics for the novice to expert event professionals.

This year’s expo was held at the Marriott Bethesda North and the theme was Cirque du Soleil, complete with aerial artists by Arachne Aerial Arts, an Obama impersonator by Cast of Thousands (click here for photo from Wish Special Events), and a talking robot named Sprockit provided by Wasthing Talent.

That's me in the black Expo staff t-shirt processing on-site registration. Photo courtesy of Event Digital Photography Inc for DC ISES.

That's me in the black Expo staff t-shirt processing on-site registration. Photo courtesy of Event Digital Photography Inc for DC ISES.

Sprockit the Robot chatting up one of the guests

Sprockit the Robot chatting up one of the guests. I got to chat with Sprockit, who is very funny!

Arachne Aerial Artists

Arachne Aerial Artists

Room Service Rentals

Room Service Rentals. For a while, Cort Furniture, I felt, corned the market on furniture rentals. I'm glad to see others have come into the market with more choices.





DC ISES Capital Awards Gala 2008

28 04 2008

I always try to volunteer at various events in order to learn more from seasoned professionals and see how different events are put together. So this year, after returning home the night before at 1:30am from a wedding and having no feeling in my feet, I got up early the next day to volunteer at the DC ISES Capital Awards Gala. I had a great time volunteering last year. Held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC (we were here in 2006 for a wedding), this is an annual event that recognizes the best in the special events industry in DC. This was a huge team effort to put the whole thing together. In some of the pictures, you can see lighting, sound, floral design, hotel staff, performers, volunteers all working at the same time in the same space. It was a huge undertaking! I had the pleasure of helping Janet Flowers with the tablescapes and Jodi Moraru‘s team with setting up the VIP reception and the awards portfolio room. Here are my photos. I’ll post the professional ones when they become available.

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