Toss the Bouquet Chicago – Reflections

I’m still curled up at the W in the “Windy City”, excited to fly home to my babies tonight but marinating in the joy that was being a part of this great collaboration. I missed seeing a few amazing former and present clients (love you, M.E.!) and my voice sounds like Katherine Hepburn with a stoma, but at least I’m still laughing over stories from last night’s dinner at Dillman’s with Kevin Weinstein, Debbie Geller, and Liene Stevens.

There’s something very Dead Poets Society about the exchange of ideas, hopes, and dreams at a boutique event such as this. One minute, you’re the teacher, the expert- expounding on topics like mine (blurred lines between designers and planners). The next minute, you’re the student, the grateful recipient- drinking in the wisdom of peers and new friends alike.

I truly enjoyed the intellectual takeaways from my fellows speakers at the inaugural Toss the Bouquet – Educate. Exchange. Elevate. :

Toss the Bouquet 2013 Speaker PanelI could elaborate, but it’s impossible to summarize. It’s best that you sign up for the next fantastic gathering hatched by Beth Bernstein of SQN Events! Beth’s private dinner at Sepia was not your normal Sunday night nosh- it was absolutely exquisite. I’d like to thank the über-generous sponsors: Art of Imagination, Carasco Photography, Courtney Callahan, Hello Darling, Private Label Linens, and the W City Center. Finally, sending a shout-out to new gal pals Kristina Taheri, Christine Noelle, Emily Vandevender, Whitney Harris, Shannon Braniff, Lauren Housley, and Alexandra Jusino, all of whom went out of their way to chat me up, squeeze a shoulder, gossip (kindly!) over champers, and connect in a meaningful way.





  1. Beth Bernstein

    Dearest Calder,

    I cannot thank you enough for being part of “Toss the Bouquet” and bringing your passion, expertise, and charm to Chicago. I look forward to many more collaborations together and continuing our friendship.


    • Calder Clark

      Ditto here, lady!! That was super fun and I can’t wait to see what you do with it next year!

    • Calder Clark

      Thanks for having me! Can’t wait to see what beautiful suites you produce in coming months!

  2. Cara Nava


    It was such a pleasure meeting you and hearing your perspective at “Toss the Bouquet” event. You are an inspiration and hope to connect with you again very soon. Cara

  3. Alexandra Jusino

    I had a wonderful time meeting you! Glad we got to finally meet face to face. I’ve been reading and glancing your work all day. I hope to stay in touch and I surely hope you come back to visit soon.