MPI Seattle’s “Strictly Social” June Event at Wine World

Last Thursday, MPI Washington held their monthly “Strictly Social” event at Wine World. This was a fabulous way to taste Washington wines and “wines of the world” while meeting some amazing fellow event professionals.

We started the night comparing various Washington whites to whites from Italy, France, and Germany. The best way to truly notice variations in wine is to drink them side by side. You quickly find the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle differences between the wines. Sommelier David LeClaire is the owner of Wine World and he was also on hand to guide the tasting and talk about the specific regions of wines that we would be tasting.

© Fire Eyes Photography 2012 ~ Wine World owner David LeClaire

As a first-time attendee at and MPI Seattle event, I really enjoyed meeting new colleagues and catching up with a few I had worked with for years. Being a part of the professional community in Seattle is phenomenal and one of my favorite activities is growing my event photography business in a personal and face-to-face way.

One of the first people I spoke with was Justin Ver Burg (@funny_dummy), a comedian, ventriloquist, and corporate entertainer with Funny Dummy.  He shared his experience with MPI over the last year and surprised me when he told me he had driven down from Bellingham to attend this event and usually does for MPI’s monthly events. This fact gave me a good indication as to how great the quality of MPI events and professionals must be.

© Fire Eyes Photography 2012

As we moved on to the pairing the Washington reds up against European powerhouse reds, I had a chance to catch up with Brianna Mark of SH Worldwide. She has been in her new position as a Meetings & Event Manager for just a few months and raved about how the job was a perfect fit for her. So many people in the events industry truly love their work and I feel the same way every time I hear this! It’s an industry of constant growth, challenge, and learning to keep life interesting and serve clients well.

© Fire Eyes Photography ~ MPI Seattle Chapter President Becky Williams speaking

Thank you to Becky Williams CMP, with Catering for McCormick & Schmick’s, for a great conversation and for taking the time to welcome me. MPI holds monthly meetings mainly in Seattle, but also periodically in other cities throughout Washington State. If you’re in the events industry, I encourage you to check out MPI … I know I’ll be back!

Also, special thanks to David LeClaire and Wine World! Another great thing about having ALL that wonderful wine in one place is … NOW they can have liquor on their shelves! Woohoo … check ’em out here! For me, Purple Teeth Cellars was a noteworthy red of the night and given the price point, it’s an affordable red to keep around all the time. Salud!

Written & photographed by Trishann Couvillion of Fire Eyes Photography (@fire_eyes)

© Fire Eyes Photography ~ Wine World & Spirits in Seattle’s Wallingford District

About Trishann Couvillion

Best corporate event photographer and business & headshots photographer in Seattle. Many top Seattle and Silicon Valley companies work with Trishann Couvillion of Fire Eyes Photography. Well-known individuals such as Bill Gates, Dennis Miller, Christopher Gardner, Michael Lewis and many others have been photographed by Ms. Couvillion. Check out her corporate website @
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