Earlier this summer, our team had the amazing honor of partnering with Engaging Concepts to host engage!16, a luxury wedding business summit, at The Breakers.

We’ve shared a stunning peek inside the exclusive three-day event — see it again, here — and now, we’re sharing some of our behind-the-scenes inspiration as we go inside the final evening gala.

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

{Photos by John Cain Photography}

Our team took inspiration from the iconic galas held at the resort and dazzled attendees with an evening beyond their imagination. Step inside The Breakers’ Ball—the true culmination of the engage!16 conference…

The Vision: “Our original inspiration was to dine under a blanket of luxury crystal chandeliers,” shares Kym Bichon, Assistant Director of Event Sales. “Radiant crystals reflecting throughout the room on mirrored tables, candelabras with gold taper candles, warm amber tones and cream florals created an ambiance of sophistication at it finest.”

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

The Chandeliers: “In so many respects this was a labor of love and logistics,” Joy Smith, Director of Design Studio recalls. “We wanted this to be a truly regal and classic affair, with a nod to the history of Galas in Palm Beach and at The Breakers. We identified early on that we wanted to partner with Signature Chandeliers and fill the room with their magnificent chandeliers.”

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The Decor: “We also knew that gold would be the predominant color with flowers in neutral shades,” Smith adds. “The table top design needed to be simple as we didn’t want to compete with, but complement, the chandeliers. The design of the escort cards and menus were elegant with a touch of Palm Beach tropical.”

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

The Dinner: “I loved working with Executive Chef Jeff Simms to design a five-course gourmet tasting menu that continued the story of elegance,” Bichon shares.

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

The Entertainment: “Woven into the event, the pièce de résistance was Jimmy Vali’s 25-piece Vali Entertainment orchestra,” Bichon adds. “A special performance by Fernando Varela and the Palm Beach Color Guard’s patriotic presentation of flags made for a truly memorable evening.”

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

The Dance Floor: “The stage facade and dance floor by Event Effects Group were the perfect complement to Jimmy Vali and his team of extraordinary artists,” Smith shares. “Swag Decor did a phenomenal job accentuating the room with their gorgeous double-layer, crisscross draping around the entire perimeter. Zenith Lighting took great care to ensure that the chandeliers were magnificently lit to show their vibrancy and versatility.”

Inside The Breakers' Ball: Engage!16 Gala Inspiration

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Our team was honored to once again partner with the amazing Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts to host engage!16 at The Breakers this past June.

What happens at a luxury wedding business summit? Take a peek inside…

{Engage16 highlight film by our Blue Book Partner Ray Roman Films}

This exclusive event brought together the wedding planning industry’s elite for three days of inspiration, opportunity and excitement – and allowed our talented team to truly showcase all we can do. From florals to food, our Event Sales, Design Studio and Culinary teams collaborated at every level – leaving no detail untouched.

Inspiration From Engage16 The Breakers

By nature and intention, a wedding celebration at The Breakers Palm Beach is above-and-beyond and custom in every way… tailor-made to the couple’s dreams and the planner’s equally supreme expectations, exceedingly fabulous and fun.


Rave Reviews Are In…

With more than 3,000 posts to Instagram and Twitter and countless personal texts and emails, our team is just blushing. It’s been an honor and a privilege to host engage for an unprecedented third time…

Inspiration From Engage16 The Breakers

{Photo by Cameron Kelly Studio}

“I’ve attended 11 different Engage conferences over the last 5.5 years, so I can safely say I have lots of things to compare to Engage at The Breakers. The event you put together in conjunction with team Engage was outstanding in every facet. Every detail. Every nuance. Every incredibly beautiful square inch. Every delicious bite and every moment perfectly orchestrated and created…”
–Angela Desveaux, Founder + Publisher + Editor-in-Chief, WedLuxe Magazine

“I’ve been lucky enough to visit wonderful properties all over the world and I am still always so impressed with the service at The Breakers… THANK YOU, you nailed it.”
–Preston Bailey, Founder, Preston Bailey Designs

“Awesome, over the top, fab, gorg! Incredible job. Thank you for all your hard work!!”
–Todd Fiscus, Owner + Creative Director, Todd Events

“The Breakers should give hospitality classes, each and every touch messaged warmth and service, unfailing excellence.”
–Marcy Blum, President + Eventiste, Marcy Blum Associates

“Truly a labor of love and the best kind of collaboration! Thank you for making dreams come true!”
–Heather Arak Kanofsky, Gifts for the Good

“Can we all take a moment and give a huge round of applause for the culinary team at The Breakers! I actually hugged the head chef this morning after his banana French toast changed my entire life…”
–Jeremie Barlow, Jeremie Barlow Fine Art Photography

“The Breakers is the most beautiful hotel in America!”
Randy Fenoli, Fashion Director at Kleinfeld, Say Yes to the Dress TLC


We hope to see you back in Palm Beach paradise very soon! Until then, stay tuned for more inspiration from each incredibly engaging day…

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07 Jun 2016

Looking for a spectacular, wedding worthy new perfume?  We’re loving two exclusive new fragrance lines by Bruno Acampora and Guerlain. We think these special fragrances could become your new favorite — as well as your new husband’s…

Our new Spa was reimagined with an Italian influence, so it is no surprise the team has selected to showcase three essences from Italian born Bruno Acampora’s new handcrafted profumi line. Meet Prima T (with notes of galbanum, mandarine and lilium), Musc (with notes of rose, violet, vanilla and amber) and Blu (with notes of orange, sandalwood and clove).

Bruno Acampora Profumi at The Spa at The Breakers

Each of the three essences is available at The Spa, offered in 10ml and 20ml Pure Essence, Eau de Bruno Spray, Extrait Spray and Body Wash.


Guerlain’s Le Bouquet de la Mariée, a tailor-made floral fragrance designed exclusively for the bride, is a beautiful scent in a special keepsake bottle. Inspired by an orange blossom, the delicious scent includes notes of sweet almond, rose, angelica seeds, vanilla and pink peppercorn.

Guerlain Le Bouquet de la Mariée
Available at our Guerlain boutique at The Shops at The Breakers, this enchanted, exclusive collection scent comes in an iconic quadrilobé bottle, cut like a diamond and available in a generous 125ml size. Pristine lace gracefully envelops the glass like a bride’s elegant gossamer veil. A white floral ornament gently encircles the neck of the bottle.

Just like fine jewelry, which deserves a beautiful case, Le Bouquet de la Mariée comes in a white box embossed with the legendary Guerlain bees and adorned with an elegant white grosgrain bow.

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Weddings are full of emotions with tons of smiles, laughter and joy. For those truly sincere beautiful moments – gracefully dancing with your amazing father or listening to your hubby-to-be read his handwritten vows – there are bound to be some happy tears in the crowd.

We absolutely love this adorable tissue package a Breakers’ bride and groom gave to guests in their welcome bags…

Wedding Favors: Happy Tears

{Photo by Amy Hill Photography}

So, we must ask you… oh-la-love?

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