We handpicked the best of the best entrepreneurs in our industry to join us us for Bliss & Bespoke. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to learn from each of these incredibly talented speakers & special guests!
Marcy Blum | Owner + Designer, Marcy Blum

A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Marcy Blum has been creating magical and memorable events and weddings for over 28 years. Combining sanity, humor, innovation, and style in her approach to entertaining has made her an internationally sought after event planner as well as a keynote speaker on all aspects of events.

She has been a consultant for the launch of Disney Fairytale weddings for Sandals Hotels weddings initiatives and is currently consulting with Magritte Inc. on their several wedding properties in Japan. She is represented by Master Connections Associates for venue consulting projects.

Marcy and her team at Marcy Blum Associates Inc. have been featured in countless publications most notably People, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Women’s Wear Daily, and Vogue. Marcy has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and several Japanese TV shows where she has absolutely no idea what they talked about.

Recent Clients of MBA Inc. include Lebron and Savannah James, George Soros, The Rockefeller family, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Billy Joel, Katie Lee, and Andre and Christina Iguodala.

Visit Marcy / Marcy Blum

Calder Clark | Owner + Creative Director, Calder Clark

Named a top planner by Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar as well as one of the best planners in the country by Martha Stewart Weddings, Calder Clark has garnered a devoted following for her exquisite weddings and flawless logistics. Calder infuses events with her trademark Southern flair and warmth, developing a sensory experience by layering lush florals, nuanced colors, dressmaker details, and ambient lighting throughout her parties.

Nearly two decades of event design have established Clark and her firm as classicists. “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”, she says. “A curator’s approach, an editor’s eye, and a near-reverence for refinement are the hallmarks of great design.” The best parties are intricate behind the scenes, but effortless in their rollout: “ . . . leaving guests to wonder just how such a night came to be.”

From offices in Charleston, South Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina, the Calder Clark team plans a limited annual number of exclusive destination affairs on both a domestic and international level. Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as Veranda, Coastal Living, Town & Country, Elle Decor, and Southern Living. She is a regular contributor to Flower Magazine and Real Simple, as well as a national speaker and mentor.
At home in Charleston, Calder loves spending time with her husband and two babies, playing tennis, eating way too much ice cream, and re-learning the piano.

Visit Calder / Calder Clark

Lynn Easton | Founder + Creative Director, Easton Events

Touted as one of today’s leading event planners, Lynn and her talented team at Easton have produced major social events and luxury weddings for an impressive client roster – working both nationally and internationally. In addition, Easton has planned and executed many events for Fortune 400 corporations, which include Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Smith Barney, American Express, DaimlerChrysler, and Abbot Laboratories.

Lynn is inspired by what’s in vogue, but timeless classic design is at the foundation of her events. Lynn is known for her heightened attention to texture and patina, and by layering details she creates a one-of-a-kind experience for her brides and their guests.

Lynn and her husband, Dean Andrews, have built an array of successful enterprises, including Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville and Zero George St, a contemporary boutique hotel in Charleston. Pippin Hill Farm was named “Top 50 Most Romantic Wedding Venues” in the US by Brides Magazine. Zero George was included on 2013 Travel + Leisure “It List,” a definitive list of the coolest new hotels around the globe.

Visit Lynn / Easton Events

Jess Levin | Founder + CEO, Carats & Cake

A native of Laguna Beach, CA Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania following which she began her career at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes C. Wonder and Tory Burch, LLC. After earning her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Jess saw an opportunity in the wedding space to help empower the businesses at the top end of the market.  She founded Carats & Cake in 2013 in New York City.

Visit Jess / Carats & Cake

Flower Workshop Hosts
Heather Barrie | Founder + Creative Director, Gathering Events

Heather Barrie is founder and creative director of Gathering. Gathering floral + event design is a boutique design and planning company that specializes in creating extraordinary events with an effortless, organic elegance that has garnered the business national recognition and an avid following.

Heather has been in the wedding and event industry for 15 years. Primarily self taught, Heather grew up in the garden and kitchen with her mother and working on building projects with her father. Love of nature, engineering & logistics were instilled at a young age. Coming of age in the hospitality industry, she garnered a true understanding of the gracious art of hosting guests and what it means to truly shape their individual experiences. Drawing inspiration from natural environments, cuisine, wine, fashion, architecture and art, Heather has travelled around the world to Thailand and lived in much of Europe. Gathering is known for an intuitive designer-client relationship where one of a kind ideas take shape. Concepts are innovative and nurture the client’s unique sense of style. The results are awe-inspiring events that create harmony with the surrounding spaces and intimate backdrops for life’s most important & genuine moments.

Gathering’s work can be seen in recent features from Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Living, Brides, Flower Magazine, Grace Ormonde, Inside Weddings, Garden and Gun, The Knot, as well as many others. Her floral designs are also featured in the books “Southern Bouquets” and “Carolina Bride”. Heather is honored to be named
one of Martha Stewart’s top floral designers.

Visit Heather / Gathering Events + Charleston Flower Workshop

Anne Bowen Dabney | Owner, Stems + Cannon Green

Anne Dabney brings a fresh perspective to wedding and event flowers and decor- incorporating antique containers, unusual materials and the occasional vegetable into her arrangements. After several years of staging events from her kitchen sink and grueling renovation of a graffiti-covered building…Anne opened the Stems studio in downtown Charleston in February 2010.

Since its inception, Stems has produced over 200 weddings in all parts of the country. Their work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, Food & Wine, Charleston Weddings Magazine, Snippet & Ink, Southern Weddings, and more. The Stems team has encountered almost every scenario imaginable- rain, wind, heat, cold, humidity, and occasionally a monsoon or mini tornado; decorated tables, cakes, ceilings, chairs, gates… made lighted hanging centerpieces, custom head-height cake stands, magical floral hedges, oversized wreaths, and once even a topiary of a couple’s beloved pet miniature husky.

Stems was thrilled to be included in the Martha Stewart Weddings list of Top Floral Designers in the country.

Visit Anne / Stems +Cannon GreenCharleston Flower Workshop

Along with our headline speakers + workshop hosts, we’ll be meeting up with some other exciting special guests throughout the retreat!