The Sketchbook Series for creative professionals is a workshop taught by Mary Phan, creative director of Very Mary Inspired. Mary has utilized her sketching skills in her former discipline in interior design, including
event design and planning. In The Sketchbook Series, you will learn the basics of sketching that are invaluable to any creative business skills that has become necessary for today’s top event designers, event planners, cake bakers, florists, or any creative individual needing visually communicate ideas. This class is fun, inspiring, fresh, and is an interactive way to meet industry professionals.
Mary Phan has always been drawn to the arts. After beginning her career as an interior designer, dabbling in fashion and staging model homes, Mary’s love of creating an atmosphere and a feeling in the spaces she entered inspired her to launch Very Merry Events in 2008. In addition to creating memorable experiences, Mary sent her clients’ home with physical mementos in the form of custom illustrations that became an indispensable part of her design process. In 2013, Mary took that love of illustration to the next level, launching The Sketchbook Series to help other event planners and designers learn a skill that had become a key way that she communicated with her clients. Very Merry Events became Very Mary Inspired, and although Mary no longer plans and designs events – she provides gorgeous hand illustrations and sketches for other designers when she’s not traveling from coast to coast for The Sketchbook Series classes, of course. The Sketchbook Series offers classes in Southern and Northern California, Dallas, New York City, Mexico, Maryland, and Washington DC. Be sure to check out their website to see when the class will be offered near you!
The Los Angeles workshop was planned and designed by our Luxe List Member Natalie Good of A Good Affair, and took place at the Long Beach landmark that has been reborn into a savvy event space. The space was a perfect backdrop for the beauty that A Good Affair, Nisie’s Enchanted Florist, Luxe Linen, and Found Vintage Rentals created. The neutral tones within the building made the pops of color on the chairs, linens, and hanging art really stand out! The florals by Luxe List Member Nisie’s Enchanted Florist consisted of bright peonies, peach ranunculus, bubblegum pink garden roses, and trailing garden greenery in tones of lime green to emerald green. The attendees used the pergola structure with vibrant hanging paint dipped swatches as their focal point for just one of their beautiful sketches.
Images by: Jessica Claire Photography
Other Players | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Venue: The Ebell Club of Long Beach | Cake and Desserts: Bottega Louie | Linens: Luxe Linen | Paper Goods: East Six | Catering: Tres LA Catering | National Sponsor: Aisle Planner | National Sponsor: Copic Marker