Learning from the best: The People & Places of Trouvaille Workshop 3.0

trou · vaille

\ troo ' vī \ a lucky find

Seriously, what a lucky find!


3.0, the workshop with heart, is one of my best finds in years! I could not be more thankful I was able to attend such professionally run and beautifully designed workshop! I could write a book about this wonderful workshop but instead I'll try to be short and to the point :) Each person and place was so incredibly special!! It's going to be hard not to go into detail on everything and everyone! 

Lodging & Workshop Locations


3.0 took place in Chicago, and while I didn't get to see a lot of the city, what I did see I absolutely LOVED! Who wouldn't love a city on a lake where they have neighborhoods that tell you that "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL"? Chicago, or at least the part I got to see, was pretty stinking cool :)

We stayed at the very awesome Guesthouse Hotel. Walking in, I immediately fell in love with the lobby and all that it contained! It was decorated perfectly! Everywhere you turned there was something to see or touch or enjoy! The lobby itself has several sitting areas, but the rooms also have them! Besides the ample areas to work and lounge, the hotel also comes fully equipped with a workout facility and yoga instructor you could have come to your room! You could easily stay at the Guesthouse for more than a short stay! You could be there for a long while! The service was great and the people were so warm and welcoming! They made us feel right at home! I couldn't get enough of it and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago! 

Of course I had a ton of work to keep up with in Chicago but upon arrival I had the immense pleasure of seeing one of my business coaches - Kathryn Duckett from Crème Brands. I LOVED getting to sit with her one-on-one in the corner above! She is so sweet and caring!! 

I wish I had taken photos of our suite, because it was SWEET! It was decorated perfectly and big enough for us to spread out and not feel like we were on top of each other. Couldn't ask for a better place to stay! 

By night we stayed at the luxury hotel, and by day we visited the most charming venue - Firehouse Chicago. It's a charming and perfectly styled vintage venue. So perfectly styled I wanted to take photos of the bathroom, but it might have looked weird to take my camera in the bathroom so you'll just have to take my word for it :) 

Workshop with Heart: Speakers that Share

Every day and every setting for this workshop was so well planned! Each speaker sat in front of us, a group of women that wanted to soak up as much as possible, and each speaker gave as much as she could. To help her speakers feel more comfortable, Rhiannon (Rhi) set up the most intimate and pretty space!  I loved this setting! 

Outside our "classroom" was an intimate courtyard where we shared breakfast, lunch and even dinner sometimes. Every meal came with so many visual treats and savory eats!!!

The setting provided the perfect atmosphere for us to get to know not just each other but the speakers as well. Rhi and herTrouvaille workshop are not just about curating and showcasing beautiful designs, but also about relationships and memories to last a lifetime! 

Fearless leader, Beautiful spirit, Giving Nature, Creative mind, Rhiannon Boss of Hey Gorgeous Events & The Trouvaille Workshop

Rhi is one of the most successful wedding planners & designers in the industry. She is creative and business savvy and she is unique. And while others may try to copy, there is only one of her. And that is one of the key messages I truly got from her. She does what she is good at, and that is what I have to do and what you have to do. You cannot copy other people. They are successful because of who they are. You have to be yourself and find your passion and be successful by doing what you do best. 

Every Last Detail blog editor & chief, Lauren Grove: "former bride and wedding planner" - her blog is "carefully curated to educate and inspire brides" 

RiverOaks Charleston, Marianne

Trouvaille isn't just about the swag or the education. It is called the "workshop with heart" for a reason. Each of the speakers truly shared pieces of their hearts and that is no less true for Marianne. She gave each of us a neatly wrapped present that contained smaller gifts to remind us of the characteristics and how we can better serve our clients & make their wedding day as special & meaningful as can be. 

  1. A small wooden spoon to remind us that we are here to serve others in our profession; 
  2. A fine art photograph representing the beautiful stories and memories we help create on the day of the event;
  3. A piece of wood to show the strength we must have in setting the pace for the event; 
  4. A tiny packet of salt to represent that something special, a seasoning that helps to set the tone and bring out the flavors of the event; 
  5. A piece of cloth linen that represents a sense of softness and reminds us to perform with the grace;
  6. A feather to remind us to tread lightly and be flexible when we are working with our clients and allow authentic moments to flow naturally when they are happening;
  7. Small, smooth rock representing the rock hard foundation a marriage should be built on and should be at the forefront of our planning; 
  8. A ribbon representing the bonds that tie a couple together and that while the ribbon may fray and come untied, it can be strengthened over and over again; and 
  9. A gathering of lavender to represent the sense of calmness and tranquility that should envelope this day so our clients remember what it is all about - their relationship, their marriage. 

Graceline - illustration & calligraphy, Jennie Sanders,calligrapher, designer, illustrator

Reveriemade, Kristin Polhemus

New Jersey wedding planner passionate about love & celebration who believes "hospitality is a the root of every successful soiree" 

Crème Brands, Kathryn Duckett

Personal, heat-to-heart Brand coaching Designer with a heart for celebrating love

I first "met" Kathryn through one of my favorite local planners, Valerie with Sapphire Events. I needed someone to help me define my business or my vision more clearly and Kathryn helped me do that. She helped me clearly articulate exactly why I do the things that I do. As a planner, and generally as person, through detailed planning and personal relationships I plan events and work to curate an atmosphere of a seamlessly executed day of event so my clients and those working the event are able to enjoy every minute of the day and leave with memories for a lifetime. I'm at my happiest, when those around me are at their happiest. 

As a brand coach, Kathryn reminded us to to hold on tight to who we are at heart, and to create brands that represents each of us in a classic and timeless ways so we can create TRUST. If you need some help figuring out how you want to best present yourself and your brand, Kathryn is definitely my first choice! 


Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress, Jodi Bos

Momma first, Savvy & Successful Business Woman

Creative at Heart 

"Grow slow!" Jodi had a hugely successful business and a beautiful family and was rolling! But along the way she lost sight of things and got off track of what truly mattered. She was so open about the pitfalls of being a business owner and mom and wanting to have it all. Her advice is to take it slow and take care of yourself and remember the important things in life (like your friends outside of your business). Her story is definitely one we can all relate to! Thank you Jodi!! xoxo


Sage Wedding Pros, Michelle Loretta

All about the numbers & helping wedding pros create financially & operationally sustainable businesses 

Before Michelle got to talk I was already wanting to talk to her! I know where I want to go and what I want to do, but things somehow got moving along the way and I forgot to look at my map and adjust my directions. Michelle is one of the first people in the wedding industry to talk about the business side of things. And as such she was and is someone who is highly respected. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it! Setting a good foundation is key to your future success!! 


Sinclair and Moore, Steve Moore who "focuses on design, florals and every last detail"  

Encourages us to "Take a leap of faith" and "be confident" in everything that we do!

Trouvaille was everything and more than I could have hoped for! There were a plethora of creative and educational ideas shared and warm hearts opened! Being around individuals who share the same soul searching goals and dreams to be a part of such a wonderful industry was so inspiring and brought so much clarity!! I walked away with my to-do list and an over flowing heart! So incredibly blessed to be around such inspiring people!! 


To find out more about the Trouvaille Workshop, contact Rhi via the Trouvaille page - https://www.facebook.com/trouvailleworkshop

Some of the Trouvaille 3.0 Sponsors:

Nuage Designs Inc

Smitten on Paper

Tablescapes Event Rentals

Hey Gorgeous Events

Oatmeallace Designs

Parris Chic Boutique

Laura Hooper Calligraphy 

Love, the Nelsons

Kate and Moose

Business vs Personal

I'm sure most of you have seen The Godfather...and if not that then you've definitely seen You've Got Mail, and heard the characters refer to business as not being "personal." In The Godfather Michael Corleone says, "It's not personal...it's strictly business." And in You've Got Mail Tom Hanks' character quotes it: The Godfather is the I Ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? 'Leave the gun, take the cannoli.' What day of the week is it? 'Maunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.' And the answer to your question is 'Go to the mattresses.' You're at war. 'It's not personal, it's business. It's not personal it's business.' 

But it is personal. It's personal to me. This is my business and these are my clients. It's Your Time Events is based on me, the owner, and the way I feel and live life and work with others. I've had vendors tell me to learn to focus more on the business, to separate my personal from my business, but I don't know how and I honestly don't know if I want to. 

I never wanted my clients to ever be just a number. I wanted relationships. I wanted to be there for my clients every step of the way. I want to get to know them and their families and those most important to them so the wedding day I can do my job! How am I going to do my job successfully if I don't form that relationship with my clients?  

I recently spent some time doing a lot of introspective analysis. Creme Brands was helping me to get to know myself and my clients better. Who am I and who is my business? Who is my ideal client and how do we work together? Where do I see myself and my business in several years. What do I want? What sets me apart from others in this very populated New Orleans wedding industry? I think I was pretty clear and it only confirmed what I already knew about myself and my business, it is personal. 

And when I try to act like it's not as personal, I may fool those who do not know me or my clients, but I am definitely not fooling myself or my client. We recently coordinated two weddings for one day. It was not originally planned that way, but it happened. And I have to say it was definitely a confirmation of who we are not. We are not a wedding planning company that just wants clients. We are not a company that just sees the numbers. We are not a two and three weddings in one day wedding planning company. We are not big and we are fancy, but we are personal and we are real and we do feel. This blog is a huge apology to some very special clients....you deserved more. 

I didn't get to see you walk down the aisle. I didn't get to see you get dressed or even help you get dressed. I didn't get to help bustle you. I didn't get to know your families and friends. And I don't know if you wanted that type of relationship, but it's what I want and it's what my business is based on and I was very disappointed with how I felt after executing both weddings on the same day.  

To the outside, and to many of the vendors, things looked great...I know, because I've gotten many compliments. But on the inside....to me, I know they weren't perfect on your day. I know, I did my "job" and it wasn't like things went horribly wrong or things weren't planned out completely or I didn't technically give you the hours you paid for. And I know both venues had absolutely wonderful venue coordinators to help and that Brandi and Rebecca did their jobs and made sure you were taken care of, but it wasn't me. What you didn't get was my undivided attention on your day. What you didn't get was that person you had in your corner every second of the day. What  you didn't get is what I absolutely love about my job, being there for you ever step of the way. 

To all of my clients, and especially to those who feel they didn't get the coordinator they signed up for, I am so incredibly sorry and I hope your days were and are all that you wanted them to be! I hope that whatever hiccups there may have been are dim in comparison to the brightness of the rest of the day. You are truly beautiful people and couples and I love working with each of you! 

I absolutely cannot wait to see what your photographers captured that I may have missed! I cannot wait to see the entire day unfold through those captured memories! Hugs to both of you ladies and to your husbands!

And to Creme Brands, thank you for helping us put into words, what we are truly all about!!