2019 Esprit Award Winners

Best Event Photography

Great Clips Biennial Convention
Joe Szurszewski, Joe Szurszewski Photography LLC

The Great Clips Biennial Convention brings together owners, franchisees, managers and stylists from their 4,000+ locations across the U.S. and Canada. Activities included a hair cutting competition and appearances by Bryce Kenny, driver of the Great Clips Monster Jam truck. I led a team of three photographers and an assistant in photographing the convention from start to finish and we delivered hundreds of photos that documented this amazing event.

Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral

UNVEILED - The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
Matthew Trettel, The Wedding Guys®

By creating a bold palette with striking visuals, two producers worked to grab attention, whether via a direct mail piece, double page print ad or on billboards. This design story would translate into a fuller picture at UNVEILED - The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event where the graphics would come to life in digital animations, through their incorporation on backlit displays and in important take-aways like the show program and stylized gift bags.

Best Event Design/Décor (Under $25,000 USD)

A Modern Twist on Tradition
Gretchen Culver, Rocket Science Events, and Lacie Dehn, BLOMMONSTER

When planning their wedding, Ellora and Ishan wanted to honor their Indian heritage while embracing their American lifestyle. Their modern wedding paid homage to their roots, but didn't adhere to tradition. We literally went halfway across the globe to source the perfect items and teamed up with local vendors to create a one-of-a-kind design.

Best Event Design/Décor ($25,000 - $75,000 USD)

Bullseye Bash
Ryan Hanson, CSEP, BeEvents

Bullseye’s Bash transformed the reception spaces of a local hospital specializing in treating children’s with disabilities into joy-filled winter wonderland. Patients and parents partook in this give-back brand activation sponsored by a local retail brand and professional baseball team. Snow, play, gifts, cocoa, cookies, candy and more than enough gingerbread combined to provide our guests with the perfect celebration for the holiday season.

Best Event Design/Décor (Over $75,000 USD)

UNVEILED - The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
Matthew Trettel, The Wedding Guys®

UNVEILED - the Ultimate Wedding Planning Event would set a new standard for bridal show design and decor. Utilizing strategic design, two event producers created a boutique department store style environment by breaking up a vast 100,000 square foot exhibit hall. Filling the space with luxury decor and retail-inspired fixtures the producers created an intimate shopping experience for couples to curate their dream weddings.

Best Public Event

UNVEILED - The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event
Matthew Trettel, The Wedding Guys®

Determined to shatter the mold of the traditional bridal show, two event producers set out to create the ultimate wedding planning event where wedding planning couples and the region's premier wedding businesses mixed and mingled in a retail-style environment. UNVEILED would transform the wedding shopping experience by offering a luxury destination with high-touch service, signature design and the best wedding related goods and services.

Best Wedding (Under $75,000 USD)

Leah Anderson, Entourage Events Group

Lightsabers. Storm Troopers. Ewoks. Elegance. Charm. Sophistication. These were the words given to us by our full of life, beautiful couple to describe the vision of their dream wedding day. A love built on connection and a common enthusiasm for the popular saga, our couple wanted to intertwine their love for Star Wars with a sophisticated theme. With the help of our designers, we were able to transform our mansion venue into a dream.