Intimate Retreat

Intimate Retreat

January 11, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  | 

Lara Casey was born in Washington DC.  She spent most of her youth growing up in the small beach community of Pensacola, Florida. Ms. Casey graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and studied art and design at Yale University. Lara is an avid fitness buff. Mrs. Casey has a wide array of successes including having been a celebrity personal trainer in Manhattan and a contributor to Shape Magazine. Lara is currently Publisher of Southern Weddings magazine, CEO of event design firm Bliss Event Group and just launched Lara Casey Reps, a luxury market wedding consulting firm. Lara has just begun a national tour of personal branding workshops called Making Things Happen: An Intensive Designed to Fire You Up!  She frequently speaks on the use of social media for business and is a self-confessed Wired magazine and Luna Bar addict.  Ms. Casey lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and loves to travel.


I got married in Vegas in a tiny chapel off the strip and then had a dinner afterward at The Wynn.  People always ask me if I would have a big wedding or vow renewal someday.  I’ve become somewhat disenchanted by big weddings because they tend to lose the sacred feel of just being surrounded by people who have really shared your life’s journey.


If I had to do another wedding, it would still be very small.  I’d go off to an island with the people I love, have a small ceremony and a 10 course meal afterward, filled with laughter and great conversation.  We’d take a midnight sail on the ocean and wake up to dip our toes in the aqua blue water.  What inspires me: Sunsets, succulents, ocean blue and sunrise yellow papers, fresh citrus, slate and wood grain textures, a sense of adventure and movement.  OK, after doing this, I’m ready for that vow renewal in the Maldives!


1. Flight of Fancy 2. Unknown source 3. W Hotel in Maldives 4. Dewey Nicks 5.&6. A Bryan Photo



  1. Love Love LOVE Lara! I’m surprised to hear she wouldn’t want the big to-do, but it’s kind of refreshing. 🙂 Love the color palette!

  2. Love what you do with very posting and the color palettes… it’s so important to have one and these that include vibrant colors make the reception really beautiful… congrats to the bride for having a wedding that meant something to her and had significance… 🙂

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