2017 Wedding MBA Speakers

  • Dhanusha Sivajee

    Dhanusha Sivajee

    Executive Vice President, Marketing & Editorial

    XO Group, Inc

    Dhanusha Sivajee

    As Executive Vice President of Marketing and Editorial, Dhanusha Sivajee is responsible for XO Group's brand and audience building strategies across all user segments - including engaged couples, parents, small business communities and other advertising partners. Prior to XO Group, Sivajee served at AOL as Chief Marketing Officer of the AOL Brand Group and was responsible for driving audience growth across AOL’s portfolio of digital brands. She has also held senior-level marketing and content development positions at Bloomberg and HBO, where she led all consumer and go-market strategies for Bloomberg's suite of mobile apps (including award-winning Bloomberg Businessweek & Bloomberg TV iPad apps) and HBO's industry-leading digital product - HBO GO. Sivajee received a BS in International Management from the University of Manchester, England and an MBA from Duke University.

  • Lauren Randolph

    Lauren Randolph

    Founder

    My Hotel Wedding

    Lauren Randolph

    Lauren Randolph founded My Hotel Wedding in 2012 based on her decade of experience as a wedding planner and catering manager for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at the world famous Beverly Wilshire. Her goal is to share everything she has learned from freelancing and working at a hotel with couples so they feel confident navigating their wedding planning. Working at the Beverly Wilshire I worked with wedding couples daily. What I learned is that most had no idea what to ask or how to go about the process. I realized that millennials are different than other generations. We’re curious and we want mentorship, organization and transparency. The couples I worked with didn’t need a wedding planner as much as a teammate or a mentor to interpret the hotel’s communication and help them make sure they got what they wanted. Since we started we’ve gained more than 640,000 unique visitors, proving that this is exactly the kind of information that millennial brides want and need. As a Catering Manager at the Beverly Wilshire she handled a 600+ guest fundraiser for President Obama and worked with celebrity planners like Mindy Weiss and Kevin Lee, Brides of Beverly Hills.

  • Sarah Ancalmo

    Sarah Ancalmo

    Brand Strategist and Creative Director

    Public Persona

    Sarah Ancalmo

    Sarah Ancalmo-Ashman is a seasoned Brand Strategist and Creative Director. With more than 15 years of brand building and madison advertising experience, she’s concepted and created award-winning campaigns for the likes of Ted Baker London, EsteéLauder, Mercedes Benz, Apple, Nike. Through her private brand consultancy, Public Persona, she now partners with incredible people to help them build businesses and brands around who they are. She works closely with her clients to (re)invent their brand from the inside out - no detail spared - from strategy to style, positioning to photography, messaging to marketing - she helps to build completely cohesive, incredibly unique brands that stand out - and stay out… from head-to-footnote, top to bottom-line

  • Amy Anaiz

    Amy Anaiz

    Owner

    Amy Anaiz Photography

    Amy Anaiz

    Amy Anaiz is a New York City-based intimate editorial wedding and portrait photographer. Her professional journey began as a talent agent for New York City’s top still-life and beauty photographers where she learned the ins-and-outs of advertising and commercial photography and was surrounded by beautiful images on a daily basis. While representing these top talent photographers, she masterfully integrated this knowledge and experience into her own business and refined her skills as a photographer. Amy is keen on creating beautiful, joyous and heartfelt imagery that tells a story. Her style is focused on connecting with her subjects and capturing the emotion and personality of everyone she works with while using beautiful, flattering light, paying close attention to detail, and ensuring the images are clean. She enjoys creating portraits of couples that have a visual impact because your eyes are drawn to their deep expressions and deliberate placement — similar to what you see in magazines. She loves to travel and lives her life by Paolo Coelho’s words: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting!” Her work has been featured in Inside Weddings, The New York Times, Brides, Huffington Post, NY Weddings Magazine, The Knot, VH1, E!, HBO Latino, TLC, Essence, Ebony, Munaluchi Bride, PopSugar, Grace Ormonde, and Style Me Pretty amongst others.

  • Danielle Andrews

    Danielle Andrews

    Co-Founder

    Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

    Danielle Andrews

    Danielle Andrews Sunkel is the co-founder of WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination). She certifies and trains independent wedding planners worldwide and the on-site wedding coordinators at Resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Palace, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection, and Atlantis in The Bahamas. She has trained the members of the Bahamas Bridal Association and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. She has produced the WPIC for the past 7 years and has produced conferences and seminars world wide. WPIC created the first Destination Wedding Certification program in the world, and is the most respected. As a Wedding Planner herself, she has coordinated Destination Weddings in Bali, Las Vegas, The Bahamas, a Caribbean Cruise, Dominican Republic, Panama, Italy, St. Lucia, and Mexico. She regularly speaks at events and is quoted by media all over the world

  • Ashley Backs

    Ashley Backs

    Owner

    Hello Lovely

    Ashley Backs

    Hello Lovely owner Ashley Backs is a Kansas City native and nationally award winning makeup artist with a knack for making people feel their most beautiful! She specializes in bridal, beauty, boudoir, private lessons and much more.

  • Lindsay Barrows

    Lindsay Barrows

    Owner

    Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints

    Lindsay Barrows

    Lindsay Barrows Ruggieri owns Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints, a wedding boutique specializing in wedding favors, planning, and invitations. Lindsay started Custom Love in 2010 originally as an Etsy shop, just for fun. The business has expanded to a full service wedding planning boutique open to the public, with a staff of 8. Custom Love has been featured on David Tutera's CELEBrations on WeTV, Style Me Pretty, DIY Weddings Magazine, Wedding Chicks, The Knot Magazine, and hundreds of other publications. Lindsay has a B.S. in Business Management, a Masters in Business Administration, and a second Masters in Industrial Relations. Lindsay resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband, daughter and cute little wedding shop. For more information, visit www.CustomLoveGifts.com.

  • Bernadette Baillie

    Bernadette Baillie

    Director, Sales Training & Educator

    The Knot

    Bernadette Baillie

    Bernadette M. Baillie has more than 20 years experience executing consumer and trade marketing for some of the world's top brands including MTV, Nickelodeon and Sony Music Entertainment. Bernadette has been a featured speaker at Wedding MBA, JCK, NACE and The Special Event. Bernadette earned her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Pepperdine University and attended NYU's Gallatin program focusing on International Relations & New Media. She is a mother of 4, lover of Dyson vacuums and foodie that likes to try regional cuisine wherever her travels take her. Bernadette lives in San Diego, California.

  • Debbi Ballard

    Debbi Ballard

    Co-Founder

    Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute

    Debbi Ballard

    Known for her warmth and dynamic personality, Cantor Debbi Ballard can be found performing Jewish & Interfaith weddings in South Florida, Mexico, and around the world. She has become known for her passion for serving the Interfaith community, in creating blended, inclusive, transformational wedding and Jewish lifecycle ceremonies. Debbi serves the unaffiliated communities in South Florida as a Cantor & Spiritual Leader, and is the co-founder of the Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute, offering wedding professionals an in depth educational program to enable them to serve the Interfaith client at the highest level. Debbi is a passionate speaker, celebrant, musician and Jewish-Spiritualista!

  • Eliana Baucicault

    Eliana Baucicault

    Owner

    ellyB Events

    Eliana Baucicault

    With nine years in event production under her belt, Eliana creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. Eliana's background in project management ensures that events go seamlessly while her eye for design creates memories that guests aren't soon to forget. Eliana takes the visions of her clients and magnificently amplifies them into extraordinarily unique experiences. She prides herself on connecting with her clients on a personal level and maintaining relationships long after their special event. Eliana's achievements have been spotted in publications such as The Knot, Munaluchi, Southern Bride, Inside Weddings, Essence Magazine and a host of others. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, her teenage son, and 4 adorable Yorkshire Terriers.

  • Heather Benge

    Heather Benge

    Professional Certified Event Planner

    Heather Benge Events

    Heather Benge

    Heather is a nationally recognized and professionally certified event planner who broke out in the wedding industry creating and planning weddings from Alaska to Alabama. Heather currently owns Heather Benge Events, an event planning boutique, is the creator of Pretty & Published, a styled shoot workshop and manages a luxury wedding venue in Houston, TX. Heather's work can be found on magazine covers across the country and every major blog in the industry. She is a big supporter of community over competition and loves to aide other creatives in expressing their ideas through design and inspirations.

  • Alan Berg

    Alan Berg

    Author/Professional Speaker/Business Consultant

    Alan Berg

    With more than 20 years in wedding related sales, sales management and marketing, Alan is considered to be North America’s Leading Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events. Alan is the author of the books If Your Website Was An Employee, Would You Fire It? and Your Attitude for Success, both in their 2nd editions and also in Spanish. Alan speaks to thousands of local business professionals every year through webinars, DVDs, MP3s, and live presentations, domestically and internationally. He is an in-demand professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, the leading organization for professional speakers.

  • Brit Bertino

    Brit Bertino

    Owner

    event excellence, Totty Belt and Simply Weddings Las Vegas

    Brit Bertino

    Brit Bertino, CSEP Since opening her own company in 2002, Brit Bertino has become one of the most sought after Wedding and Event producers. Planning spectacular events is just something Brit Bertino was born to do. When you bring together her experience, overall business knowledge, leadership skills, innovative ideas, unique solutions and comprehensive understanding and implementation of the countless details, you get one of a kind, amazing events that exceed expectations, each and every time. Brit Bertino began her career working for a broadcasting company producing concerts and events for elite musicians, then she moved on to producing weddings for cruise lines, traveling and planning exotic celebrations for her clientele. Ultimately she settled in Las Vegas and began Brit Bertino Event Excellence, never looking back and only looking forward! Currently, her business is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas and Santa Monica during peak seasons but also featuring Carmel, Napa/Sonoma Wine Country, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Miami, Mexico, and Hawaii. As she travels with her elite clientele to their exotic locations to wed, her business takes her across the globe, providing over-the-top, exceptional, one of a kind celebrations. She offers professional event management, destination management and design services for any event type or size of wedding. Her clients include an array of celebrities and socialites. Brit is sure to give you and your guests a breathtaking experience with memories that will last a lifetime. Current Events Brit Bertino is very proud of one of her latest projects, filming released in summer of 2014, for the wedding production and Same-Sex Celebrity Wedding for R and B Diva’s Television show, on TVOne channel. As she produced one of America’s most epic wedding celebrations for Monifah Carter and Terez Mychelle, she felt proud to be a part of an unforgettable and historical union between two special women. The wedding premier received the prestigious GLAAD award in 2015. Brit was honored to be a part of their moment and this special event. Accreditations, Certifications and Boards Her accreditations are the Certified Special Events Professional, (CSEP), the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. Brit and the entire team has also obtained their Certified Guest Service Professional certification (CGSP). She is also on the Advisory Board for the International School of Hospitality where she assists in creating cutting edge hospitality curriculum for aspiring wedding coordinators. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, CAL Poly and various industry related associations and conferences such as TSE, NACE Experience, WPPI, Wedding MBA, ISES, WIPA, NACE, and AFWPI. She is a current ILEA member (International Live Events Society, formally ISES) and is the Past President for the Las Vegas Chapter and she also serves on the International board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) as the immediate Past President. Brit has produced the CaterSource and Event Solutions Wedding Event for 2011 through 2015. She has partnered with the Knot to create several fabulous appreciation soiree’s for Wedding MBA attendees each fall. Currently her business is based in Las Vegas and Santa Monica during peak seasons but also featuring Carmel, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Miami, Mexico and Hawaii. As she travels with her elite clientele to their exotic locations to wed, her business takes her across the globe, providing over-the-top, exceptional, one of a kind celebrations. She offers professional event management, destination management and design services for any event type or size of wedding. Her clients include an array of celebrities and socialites. Brit is sure to give you and your guests a breathtaking experience with memories that will last a lifetime. Current Events Brit Bertino is very proud of one of her latest projects, filming released in summer of 2014, for the wedding production and Same-Sex Celebrity Wedding for R and B Diva’s Television show, on TVOne channel. As she produced one of America’s most epic wedding celebrations for Monifah Carter and Terez Mychelle, she felt proud to be a part of an unforgettable and historical union between two special women. Brit was honored to be a part of their moment and this special event! Accreditations, Certifications and Boards Her accreditations are the Certified Special Events Professional, (CSEP), the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. She is also on the Faculty for the International School of Hospitality where she teaches aspiring wedding coordinators. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, CAL Poly and various industry related associations and conferences such as TSE, NACE Experience, WPPI, Wedding MBA, ISES, WIPA, NACE and AFWPI. She is currently serves as a board member of ISES (International Special Events Society) as the Past President for the Las Vegas Chapter and she also serves on the national board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) as the Secretary. Brit has produced the CaterSource and Event Solutions Wedding Event for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She partners with the Knot to create a fabulous appreciation Gala for Wedding MBA attendees each fall. Brit Brands In addition to having a thriving Luxury Wedding Event business, Brit Bertino extended her brand to include the Totty Belt and Simply Weddings Las Vegas. Totty Belt (www.tottybelt.com) In the fall of 2011 Brit introduced to the event industry the Totty Belt, which is a sleek and trendy tool belt for all event professionals such as floral designers, producers, photographers, videographers and caterers. She continues to release new Totty products each season to cater to the needs of hospitality professionals everywhere. Simply Weddings Las Vegas (www.simplyweddingslv.com). Brit also owns and manages her Simply Weddings business which includes a senior team of thriving wedding coordinators in Las Vegas, producing spectacular events in an affordable manner. She created this business for those couples looking for a red carpet wedding celebration but keeping on budget. Simply Weddings offers an array of partial planning services to help you execute your special day with ease. Brit volunteers and co-produced charitable events and gala’s for the American Heart Association, Danny Gans Run for Life, Shade Tree and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. She enjoys working with her local associations to help make her local communities thrive. Outside of work Brit enjoys an array of festivals with good music. Her inner foodie comes out regularly and she enjoys cooking and pulling recipes from Pinterest and hosting friends and family over for dinner parties. If you receive an invitation from Brit for dinner, she may ask you to bring the desserts. She failed her Freshman year baking class since she could never get the measurements correct and her sweets always come out a tad bit crispy. Brit, will happily pair all prior courses with her favorite wines and beers. To work off all of her decadent food cravings Brit trains and competes in triathlons and she can be seen swimming in exotic locations around the world. List of Awards and Accomplishments: •Event Solutions Spotlight Award Nominee for Event Planner of the Year 2013 •Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice Award – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 •Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List – 2008, 2009 •The International Special Events Society Board Member since 2007 •Member and Las Vegas Board Member of the International Special Event Society President 2013 –2014, Past- President 2014-2015 •Member and Active National Board Member of the Wedding Industry Professional Association since 2010. Current Secretary •2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 The Knot Pick Best of Weddings Award •The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame 2014 •The International School of Hospitality, Advisory Board

  • Alison Bernstein

    Alison Bernstein

    VP Photography Marketplace

    XO Group, Inc

    Alison Bernstein

    Alison Bernstein is a new media executive with more than 20 years of experience in lifestyle, pregnancy, parenting, and weddings. She’s held positions in product, marketing, business development and content development. Alison is currently the Vice President of Photography Marketplace for XO Group, envisioning the role photography plays in a content-driven marketplace and building products that connect photos with the professional services featured in them. She is also the General Manager of Two Bright Lights, a network that connects photographers, event planners and vendors with over 500 publishers across the country and around the world. Prior to this role, Alison was the Vice President of Product for XO Group, leading business and product development for the $10 million fashion and jewelry vertical, charged with growing the business and continually developing cutting-edge products for the bridal consumer. Alison has overseen syndicated partnerships with MSN, Google, AOL, and Yahoo, and has launched award-winning integrated advertising programs for sponsors including Estee Lauder, Pantene, and Four Seasons. Alison has led traffic-driving efforts through content distribution that has translated to millions of new visitors discovering The Knot, The Nest, and The Bump over the past sixteen years. Additionally, she oversees brand development projects and opportunities in entertainment for XO Group. Alison has appeared numerous times on TODAY, CBS This Morning, MSNBC and local NBC, FOX and PIX news segments across the country. Alison graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Anthropology. She resides in Westchester with her husband, three kids, and various household animals

  • Peter Boruchowitz

    Peter Boruchowitz

    Owner

    Our Wedding Officiant NYC

    Peter Boruchowitz

    Peter has been an Officiant serving in the greater New York City area for eight years. He believes the perfect wedding starts with the perfect ceremony, and strives to create a distinctive, personalized ceremony for every couple. His amiable yet professional style has consistently earned him 5-Star Reviews on the major wedding websites. He was the Celebrant for all three weddings in Season 2 of the A&E hit docudrama “Married At First Sight”.

  • Jeremy Brech

    Jeremy Brech

    Jer Events & Lighting

    Jeremy Brech

    Jeremy Brech started his DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design at the age of 15. The name "DJ Jer" sounded cool for a 15 year old but as the company grew and the reputation became larger Jeremy was would only be known as DJ Jer so the company name carries on. In 2011 Jeremy Brech achieved the Wedding Entertainment Director credential and since then has traveled the country to inspire the industry. Jeremy is a writer for the Disc Jockey News, multi-award winning "The Best of the Knot", The Local Best Favorite, and Wedding Wires Brides Choice, and also selected as one of the top three tent wedding designs by Bridal Planner Magazine in 2012.

  • Mark Cade

    Mark Cade

    Owner

    Mountain Fresh Films

    Mark Cade

    Mark Daniel Cade is a Cinematographer, Producer and Actor. With his two production companies he produces Feature Films, Wedding Films, Special Interest Films and Corporate Films. Mark has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.

  • Meghan Brown

    Meghan Brown

    Manager

    Two Bright Lights

    Meghan Brown

    Meghan Stolar Brown, Manager of Two Bright Lights, is passionate about helping event professionals grow their brand and leads by connecting with publishers and other vendors. She has extensive marketing and event management experience and understands the challenges and opportunities creative entrepreneurs face. Growing up with a booking agent and a wedding band leader for parents, there is no doubt that marketing and events are in Meghan’s DNA. Her love for music and events grew from singing and playing piano as a toddler, to performing in recording studios and at weddings and events in the years since. Meghan holds a degree in Music Business from New York University, and lives in New York with her husband and (if everything goes her way) their future dog, “Chet”.

  • Stephanie Cain

    Stephanie Cain

    Real Weddings Editor

    The Knot

    Stephanie Cain

    Stephanie Cain is the Real Weddings Editor at The Knot, part of XO Group, where she oversees all real weddings coverage for the national magazine, 16 regional publications and TheKnot.com. She also contributes to fitness, wellness and travel content in the magazines and online. She holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and has written for several lifestyle publications, including Wine Spectator, Esquire, Brides, People, Elite Traveler, Prevention.com and SpecialtyFood.com. Additionally, she is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, volunteer with the New York Junior League, vice chair of a fundraiser for children's food education, avid traveler, culinary adventurer and sommelier. She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband, Vik.

  • Sarah Campbell

    Sarah Campbell

    Owner/Lead Designer

    Intrigue Design and Decor

    Sarah Campbell

    Sarah Campbell is a renowned wedding expert based out of Annapolis, Maryland. This dynamic designer is the owner of Intrigue Design & Décor, which has a focus on flowers for luxury weddings and social events up and down the East Coast. Sarah has become a leader in the industry being called upon by a variety of media sources such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX as well as a number of magazines, blogs and newspapers. Sarah’s excitement for weddings and her passion for design is apparent the moment you meet her. She openly shares her talent and knowledge teaches through a series of classes and workshops both in person and on-line.

  • Laura Cannon

    Laura Cannon

    Owner

    Ceremony Officiants

    Laura Cannon

    Laura Cannon has been a sought after and award-wedding officiant for over a decade, and has personally performed over 1,000 wedding ceremonies. She is the owner of Ceremony Officiants™, a large team of professional officiants serving 8 states on the East Coast, and the President of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO). A Professional Member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, her presentation style is informative, inspiring, and accessible. Laura is an author, coach, serial entrepreneur, officiant, and mom who is passionate about teaching others how to bring more love, balance, and mindfulness into their business and their lives.

  • David Caruso

    David Caruso

    President & Creative Director

    David Caruso Events

    David Caruso

    As a nationally celebrated event planner and designer, David Caruso is known for the creativity, elegance and attention to detail that is evident in every event he designs. Caruso is extremely well known for producing elegant and elaborate events over the past 14 years since he’s been in business. He has transformed ballrooms into fantasy lands and backyards of private estates into magical expressions of his client’s style and personalities. Recently, David has produced events in Wisconsin, Miami, Seattle, Scottsdale, San Diego, Puerto Rico and the West Indies. David has served two terms as the President of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and is often invited to speak as an industry expert at national and local conferences/meetings. His work has been featured in key print publications including the nation’s leading bridal magazine, BRIDES Magazine as well as Catering Magazine and others. In addition, David regularly appears on national and local television shows and radio stations as an industry expert. In 2014, David received three top national awards from NACE in the following categories: Best Table Production of the Year, Best Wedding of the Year—Budget Greater than $100,000.00, and the ultimate industry accolade, Event Planner of the Year. In July of 2013, David was awarded “Best Catered Wedding Event of the Year - Budget Greater than $75,000.00” from NACE. At the beginning of 2013, Special Events Magazine included David on their annual 30 Under 40 feature - a list of 30 young event professionals from around the globe gifted with both the talent and drive to take our industry to the next level. At the start of 2012, David was named by The Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s Forty Under 40 - featuring profiles of 40 Milwaukee-area individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. In the same year, he was named by M Magazine as one of 11 Milwaukeeans who make a chic statement through their personal style. Additionally, David is one of the producers of Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride Wedding Show which is Wisconsin’s premier wedding industry event of the year. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.DYNAMICEVENTSINC.COM OR CALL 414-283-0050.

  • Mark Chapman

    Mark Chapman

    CEO

    Everett Andrew Marketing

    Mark Chapman

    With over 10 years of pay-per-click (PPC) marketing experience in the world of small business, Mark marries results oriented strategy with actionable tasks that small business owners can implement to achieve greater success from their PPC campaigns. He got his start in PPC working for his family’s wedding photography studio, helping local brides discover their photography website faster on search engines. From these small local beginnings he has grown a leading PPC agency, serving clients across the country.”

  • Timothy	Chi

    Timothy Chi

    CEO

    WeddingWire

    Timothy Chi

    Timothy first developed the concept of WeddingWire shortly after getting married in 2005. As an experienced entrepreneur, Timothy sought out to assemble a team and build a technology that would help both engaged couples and vendors in the wedding industry. Prior to co-founding WeddingWire, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc (Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's products and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    Lindsey Conklin

    Co-Owner

    La-Reve Films

    Lindsey Conklin

    Lindsey Conklin is co-owner of Le Rêve Films, an award winning wedding film making duo based out of Southern California. With over a decade of experience shooting weddings, Lindsey and his wife Cherish, have enjoyed growing Le Rêve Films into a company with an excellent reputation for finding and telling their client's unique story. Le Rêve Films has had the privilege of working for celebrities and professional athletes and recently won a Trendsetter Award from the Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County. Lindsey is a FAA Certified Remote Pilot. As an experienced public speaker, He enjoys helping others and sharing his experience with them.

  • Rebecca Crumley

    Rebecca Crumley

    Weddings Photo Director

    The Knot

    Rebecca Crumley

    As Weddings Photo Director for The Knot/XO Group Inc., Rebecca Crumley’s role is always evolving while seeking out the world’s best inspiration in real weddings. Her ability to sift through hundreds of wedding submissions at a time keeps her in tune to local and national trends, relationships and how technology plays a part in the wedding industry. With a decade’s experience of reviewing weddings, she thoroughly knows local culture, talent, styles, and venue beats. Formally trained as a photographer, Rebecca understands the balance of photographic challenges and how they’re translated to editorial outlets. Rebecca is also helping develop Two Bright Lights as an editorial industry outlet for being published. Rebecca currently works in Chicago, IL.

  • Susan Davis

    Susan Davis

    Owner

    Fresh Designs Flora and Events

    Susan Davis

    I have been designing wedding and event flowers for almost 30 years. I started in 1988 designing faux flowers arrangements for the sets of QVC. After being approached by a major event company I started creating fresh flowers for large events in Philadelphia. My first fresh flower job was for President Jimmy Carter when he visited Philly and crossed my fingers that the 100 plus centerpieces would live through the night. I have created for thousands of brides since then and wedding and event design still makes my heart skip a beat!

  • Kevin Dennis

    Kevin Dennis

    Owner

    Fantasy Sound Event Services

    Kevin Dennis

    Kevin has a deep love and respect for education and seeks to develop a hub of information and opportunities for the industry as he embarks on his latest endeavor at WeddingIQ. As an event industry veteran and owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, Kevin takes pride in his leadership of and involvement in industry associations. He is the current chapter president of the Silicon Valley NACE as well as a past national president for WIPA. Recognizing a need for networking in his own region, Kevin founded the Tri Valley Wedding Professionals in 2010 and the association has now grown to a membership of nearly 700 pros. A respected thought leader and national speaker, Kevin was recently ranked as one of the top 3 speakers at the 2016 NACE Experience. He is an ongoing contributor to Catersource and SpecialEvents.com.

  • Doug Dunks

    Doug Dunks

    Primary Officiant

    Officiant Doug

    Doug Dunks

    Douglas Dunks, aka Officiant Doug is an Award Winning Professional Wedding Officiant serving both the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts of Florida. After serving 21 years in the US Army, Doug retired from Active Duty and began working in the Information Technology arena. Fast forward another 20 years and Doug was looking for something meaningful in his life and became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. It was during this period he identified his affiliation with couples and ensuring they have a great start in their married lives. Doug became a Humanist Celebrant and Florida Notary, beginning to provide Wedding Ceremonies for all couples. Doug is an avid supporter of marriage equality and performs over 200 ceremonies a year. Doug has a PhD from Northcentral University and a MEd from Northcentral University.

  • Katie Cotton

    Katie Cotton

    Owner & Principal Makeup Artist

    Cotton Rouge and Company

    Katie Cotton

    Katie Cotton is the owner and principal makeup artist of the makeup and hair team, Cotton Rouge and Company. Working as a professional makeup artist in Los Angeles first, she moved to South Carolina after the birth of her first child in 2006. She fell in love with making “everyday client” feel special like the Hollywood stars she worked with before. She quickly found the best way to do this was working with Bridal clients! She absolutely adored making them feel like the best version of themselves for their wedding but also like the superstar they should feel like on their big day! Her favorite quote and personal motto is a quote by Marilyn Monroe, “Everyone is a star and deserves the right to twinkle”. Through working with venues and vendors she loved, she quickly found that she couldn’t be everywhere at once, and began to build a team of fabulous artists that had the same passion as she did. Her team has now grown to 25 women that help make a brides day perfect in the beauty department! Collectively they serve over 600 brides a year! With her production background and a severe passion to make everything run smoothly for the bridal party, she and her entire team strive to work efficiently but in a relaxed and stress free environment truly making the bride feel like the Belle of the Ball! Her passion for timelines and efficiency has lead her to be a guest of The Wedding Insider podcast and also a mentor/workshop leader at her Alma Mater, Ball State University. She has also been asked to be an adjudicator for the America College Theatre Festival and herself plus her company won the title of Makeup Artist of the Year from the National Association of Catered Events, Appalachian Chapter.

  • Andy Ebon

    Andy Ebon

    Author/Founder

    The Wedding Marketing Network

    Andy Ebon

    Andy Ebon has been a wedding industry professional since 1977; an industry consultant and professional speaker since 1997, under his brand Wedding University. His primary business focus includes websites, blogs, SEO, sales and marketing strategy.

  • Meghan Ely

    Meghan Ely

    President

    OFD Consulting, WeddingWire Expert

    Meghan Ely

    Meghan is a sought after speaker on wedding marketing and wedding PR topics, and recently presented at The NACE Experience 2013, The Special Event 2013, The Business of Weddings Ireland and the Association of European Wedding Professional's inaugural wedding conference. She is an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations Writing and Branding.

  • Scott Faver

    Scott Faver

    Owner

    The Party Favers

    Scott Faver

    Scott Faver, is The Game Master. As owner of The Party Favers, and a professional DJ\entertainer since 1980, he has created fun, unique and interactive games for the young, old, famous and infamous - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise… Plus personal training for large DJ companies like Mike Walter \ Elite Entertainment. He writes for the Current Audition, shares his FREE weekly DJ Games & Marketing Tips to over 1,600 DJs worldwide, hosts Breakfast with the Game Master at TLVDJ Show, 2005\2006 presenter\performer for the DJ Cruise, now the Wedding & Event Professionals Cruise, and the 2013 recipient of the Peter Merry Leadership Award. Scott is also a professional networker, creator of the Event Ensemble, a group of over 600 celebration solutionists dedicated to the success of their client’s events.

  • Andrea Eppolito

    Andrea Eppolito

    Owner

    Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events

    Andrea Eppolito

    Armed with nearly two decades of event planning experience, numerous awards (including a Special Events Gala Award and Las Vegas Wedding Professional of the Year) and backed with a degree from the highly respected University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Andrea Eppolito's work has been featured nationwide in The New York Times, The LA Times, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Glamor Magazine and more. Renowned for designing weddings with soul, and called "vibrant, chic, and impeccably organized" by Junebug Weddings, Andrea prides herself on being an advocate for her clients. Her tireless dedication is a testament to her love of weddings, allowing her to bridge the gap between wedding planner and friend. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito was born in New York, and lived bi-coastally between New York and LA, before relocating to Las Vegas in 1994. After 20 years she considers herself "nearly a native" of the city she now resides in with her husband and children. Andrea Eppolito Events LLC is based in Las Vegas, and operates world wide.

  • Sonny Ganguly

    Sonny Ganguly

    CMO

    WeddingWire

    Sonny Ganguly

    Sonny leads WeddingWire's marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. During his tenure, his brands' reached record volume, revenue, and profitability levels. Sonny has structured partnerships with companies such as NBC, MTV, Conde Nast (Modern Bride and Brides magazines), Mattel, Universal, Dole, Reynolds, Costco, and Safeway.

  • Robin Garrison

    Robin Garrison

    Owner

    I Do Bridal

    Robin Garrison

    With 20 years in the Bridal Industry Robin is considered one of the premier bridal retailers in the Northwest. She serves on the Dallas Market “The One” board for bridal buyers and the Better Bridal Group board for retailers. After completing a degree in Fashion Merchandise and Design from Washington State University she opened her first store in Seattle in 1997. In 2014 she bought her own building and moved her Flagship store into the new, state of the art facility. This enabled her to open an outlet store in her previous location to sell off price goods to brides on a budget. With two different stores and clienteles she brings a unique and diverse perspective to the important relationships between manufacturers, retailers and brides. She has been Nationally recognized by her store features in VOWS magazine as a Stand out Retailer in 2008 & 2014. Her store has won the Best of Western Washington award for 5 years running as well as the Seattle Bride Best of Gown category on numerous occasions.

  • Dee	Gaubert

    Dee Gaubert

    Owner

    No Worries Event Planning

    Dee Gaubert

    Dee’s design vision and creativity was embraced in television production on shows such as “Party Planners” on the Food Network and HGTV programming. Starting her own company, No Worries Event Planning, in 2010 was a natural segue. Having been a bride herself, Dee wanted to utilize her expertise and passion to ease the stress that can be avoided when planning a wedding, and she wrote a book, The Five Biggest Wedding Planning Myths – An Event Planner Tells All: War Stories, Warning, and Top-notch Tips for Having the Wedding of your Dreams. The book is now printing its third edition and is available on Amazon. Dee has been featured in People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, US Weekly, CBS/KCAL 9 Los Angeles, Brides.com & Bridal.com to name a few. Dee’s company is based in Los Angeles, yet as a Wedding Destination Authority, Dee plans weddings worldwide. Be it Chicago or Paris, France, Dee has paramount relationships and her team delivers awe-inspiring weddings. Her knowledge assists couples in maximizing their wedding funds; with her proficient work and beneficial insight, Dee’s provides couples a worry-free wedding planning experience. In addition to her work as a planner, she presents workshops, coaches and is available as a consultant. Her workshops deliver informative skills that help wedding planning professionals succeed in developing profitable businesses.

  • Jewel Georgieff

    Jewel Georgieff

    Owner

    Pralique

    Jewel Georgieff

    Jewel Georgieff is a high-end, fashion forward International Wedding Event Designer, Speaker, and Wedding Educator based in the New York / New Jersey Metro Area. Since the launch of her company "Pralique", Jewel has proven herself as a detail-oriented multi-tasker who is passionate about creating luxurious experiences and building relationships. Uniquely, it is Jewel's innate love of fashion, luxury products, and attention to detail, which has been infused with her passion and eye for design that results in such a stylish and unsurpassed experience for her clients. Jewel's work has been widely featured in Glamour Magazine (both print and online) in the USA and Brazil. She has been recognized internationally, being published in Wedding Planner Magazine, The Burlington County Times, Colin Cowie Weddings, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Junebug Weddings, Constance Zahn Brazil and Vogue RG Brazil. Jewel has always dreamed ‘big' and she encourages this quality in others. The national motto of her homeland is, "Together we aspire, together we achieve", which has been the foundational philosophy of her life and business operations. Jewel's collaborative approach to relationships supports the careful execution of events. She believes it is through facilitating ‘collaboration and openness' with her clients, vendors, other designers, and planners that she feels most successful.

  • John Goolsby

    John Goolsby

    Award-Winning Filmmaker/Owner

    Godfather Films

    John Goolsby

    John Goolsby is an author, educator and award winning wedding film producer who has produced more than 3000 wedding films in 21 countries and 32 states and was named “One of the Top 25 Event Filmmakers in the World” Actors, Rock Stars and Professional Athletes have commissioned Godfather Films to film their weddings and events around the world. While his passion is wedding films, he has also produced storytelling films for businesses. His corporate client list includes Abbott Labs, Kaiser Permanente, Goya Foods, Costco, Penske Motorsports, Mobil Oil, B. F. Goodrich, U. S. Foodservice and the U. S. Army. John is the only Certified Professional Top 25 Event Videographer in the World and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the New York Professional Videographers Association and Professional Photographers of California and is one of very few to have been inducted into the Wedding Video Hall of Fame. His book “The Wedding Godfather – Advice You Can’t Refuse” is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and his website. www.GodfatherFilms.com John currently serves as the Association of Bridal Consultants State Manager for California, Nevada and Hawaii

  • Kathyrn Hamm

    Kathyrn Hamm

    Publisher

    GayWeddings.com

    Kathyrn Hamm

    Kathryn Hamm is the publisher of GayWeddings, the pioneering resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples since 1999, and an Education Expert for WeddingWire. She is also co-author of the groundbreaking book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography. A natural educator, Kathryn writes, speaks and consults with wedding professionals about same-sex wedding trends, best practices when serving today’s couples, and how to think ‘outside the box’ when considering the modern market. She has also provided expert analysis for a wide range of national on air, digital and print media, including MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the AP, and CNN.

  • Andreas Hauke

    Andreas Hauke

    Owner

    Hauke Films

    Andreas Hauke

    Andreas Hauke matriculated from Wilson High, New York and graduated from the Vienna Business School with Marketing as his Major. During his studies at the University of Economics, he started off as part of the Brand Team at General Motors in Vienna. Andreas moved to South Africa in 2004 studying Film at the Motion Picture Academy and 3D Animation at the Open Window School of Visual Arts. He took up employment as the Marketing Specialist for a Hotel Group and started his own company, Hauke Digital, which today produces high-end wedding films, corporate films, adverts and event productions with a branch in Johannesburg & Cape Town. Andreas has extensive experience in video, blogging and marketing. His company has also expanded to the design and development of websites. His company runs a few successful lifestyle blogs and organizes annual networking events for small creative businesses to improve their skills. Today, Andreas is an international keynote speaker focusing on video marketing and entrepreneurship.

  • Corrine Heck

    Corrine Heck

    CEO/Founder

    Details Flowers Software

    Corrine Heck

    Corrine Heck, Founder & CEO of Details Flowers, brings more than 20 years of experience to the flower & wedding industries. Details Flowers helps florists focus on their unique business operations, systems of management, and procurement of the worlds most beautiful blooms. With Details, our florists are sending professional contracts, booking more events, and providing unmatched service to their clientele.

  • Jason Hennessey

    Jason Hennessey

    Co-Founder

    Hennessey Consulting

    Jason Hennessey

    Jason Hennessey is a serial entrepreneur and internationally-known search engine optimization (SEO) expert, speaker and search marketing correspondent for The Washington Post, Fox Small Business, CNBC, Inc., and CBS News. For over 16 years, Jason has been a vigorous student/practitioner of search marketing – dissecting, testing, debunking, and reverse-engineering the major search algorithms. He has been speaking at the Wedding MBA for over 4 years and is a crowd favorite.

  • Selina Howard

    Selina Howard

    Creative Director / Stylist

    Vainglorious Brides

    Selina Howard

    Selina Howard, Creative Director/Stylist for Vainglorious Brides, is an internationally published bridal stylist for brides who crave a curated fashion experience for their wedding day and all surrounding events. Prior to launching Vainglorious Brides, Selina was a full-time educator who holds a B.S. in Health Education from Virginia State University and a M.S. in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University. Her career in weddings began with her boutique planning firm Selina Howard Events (SHE) in 2011. Although Vainglorious Brides was born under the SHE umbrella in 2012, Selina became passionate about working more intimately with brides as she helped to ensure one of the most important elements of the wedding—the dress—was chosen precisely and bustled to perfection (not to mention, the countless influential times she had to steam dresses as a planner). Clearly, there was need in the industry for a professional to oversee the fashion experience during the wedding process and provide a service for the busy professional bride who just does not have time to worry about finding the perfect dress. Considering Selina’s background in health education, she incorporated health and fitness into her consulting services, which encouraged her clients to not only look good but to feel good before, during, and after the wedding. No doubt it was an amazing opportunity to create and market services sorely lacking in the wedding industry. Today, as the CEO of Vainglorious Brides, Selina offers custom bridal shopping experiences, day of dressing services, editorial services, bridal fashion product styling, healthy bride consultations, creative direction, and bridal fashion event production. Selina has been featured in Munaluchi Bridal (Blog and Print), Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Green Wedding Shoes, Burnett Boards, Bella Naija, The Ruffled Blog, 100 Layer Cake Blog, Style Unveiled, Every Last Detail Blog, Mod Weddings, Mountainside Bride, and The Pretty Blog. Last spring she was featured on Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels as bridal stylist for Demetria Lucas. She was also seen on VH1 Love and Hip-Hop’s The Wedding ,dressing Yandy Smith for her wedding. Recently, she dressed Kristen Jarvis West, the former assistant to the FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Selina resides in Linden, NJ with her husband Andre and two children, Aniyah and Orlando.

  • Rex Huang

    Rex Huang

    Owner

    Mr. Smileys Photo Booth

    Rex Huang

    Rex Huang is an independent photo booth operator, designer, and consultant. As a photo booth designer, he is credited with the creation of the mailbox slot mount for convertible computers. As a veteran operator, he runs a successful multi op out of Los Angeles. He studied design at the Pasadena Art Center and has a BS from Cal Poly Pomona. During his down time, he enjoys rolling on the mats as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt. He has 3 children total, which include a set of fraternal twins.

  • Clint Hufft

    Clint Hufft

    Celebrity Officiant

    Clint Hufft

    Rev. Clint is a well–known and respected personality in the Wedding Industry. His career includes being an Entertainment Coordinator and Video Director for Restaurant Enterprise Inc. He has a Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting and graduated from the Sid and Marty Kroft Puppeteer School. He has appeared on TV many times and was the officiant for “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding on ABC-TV along with many other high-profile weddings. To Rev. Clint, a wedding ceremony is also a social and “theatrical” event. A Wedding Professional must listen to the dreams and needs of the bride and groom and then help to remove anything that might obstruct the realization of their Perfect Wedding Day. Rev. Clint believes he has the best job in the world.

  • Kira Hug

    Kira Hug

    Converstion Copywriter + Strategist

    Kira Hug Media

    Kira Hug

    Kira is a Brooklyn-based conversion copywriter + strategist at Kira Hug Media, Inc. She specializes in sales copy & lusts after the long-form sales page. When she's not writing in her copy cave, you might find her dressed up as one of her quirky characters or hanging out with her toddlers and partner.

  • Fred Jacob

    Fred Jacob

    CEO/Publisher and Producer

    The Pink Bride

    Fred Jacob

    Fred Jacob started publishing The Pink Bride magazines in Tennessee in 1990. Recognizing the invaluable foundation of personal interaction, in 2000, Mr. Jacob added Pink Wedding Shows. Jacob Marketing now publishes 5 regional Pink Bride magazines, which debut at the 12 annual Pink Wedding Shows, across the state of Tennessee. With over 2,000 blogs written by Pink Bride editorial staff, the website, www.ThePinkBride.com, garners unique attention from all over the world. Earlier this year, Mr. Jacob showcased "Bridescan", a free resource application, to electronically connect wedding show attendees with wedding professionals, while at the shows.

  • Vanessa Joy

    Vanessa Joy

    Owner

    Vanessa Joy Photography

    Vanessa Joy

    Vanessa Joy has been an influential wedding photographer in the photography community for years. Starting her photographic journey in 1998, she has since earned 5 college degrees, started her own business in 2008, and began teaching around the world in 2009. Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform in the industry such as CreativeLIVE, Clickin' Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest, Imaging USA Trade Show, PPA related conventions, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe. Recognized for her talent and more so her business sense, her clients love working with her and industry peers love to learn from her generous, informative and open-book style of teaching.

  • Alan Katz

    Alan Katz

    Owner

    Great Officiants

    Alan Katz

    Alan Katz is one of the top Wedding Officiants in the Country. His Company, Great Officiants, is the most successful and most respected Wedding Officiant companies in Southern California. With a team of 35 Officiants he dominates the market and they do over 1200 weddings per year. He owns a successful 24 hour Wedding Chapel in Long Beach and issues Marriage Licenses and also has a Beach Wedding Design Company. He has wont the best of the KNOT and Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire consistently year after year. His company has around 1500 online reviews. He serves on the Board of his local ABC Chapter where he was names trendsetter of the year.

  • Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Owner

    Keith Christopher Entertainment Group

    Keith "KC" KoKoruz

    Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz is the owner of the Chicago based Keith Christopher Entertainment Group, the Windy City Wedding Show and the Badger State Bridal Expo. He started DJing in 1988 in college and has been entertaining for a living ever since. His passion for entertaining and production is equally matched by his passion for marketing and business administration. In 2009 after having a falling out with his business partner he found himself being forced to start over again from scratch. Since then his new company has become one of the most popular entertainment companies in Chicago. In 2010, he started his bridal show businesses which has quickly become one of largest bridal show companies in the country producing 20 show per year currently. In 2014 he purchased Aberdeen’s Wedding Florists which has been in business in Chicago since 1958. In 2015 he purchased Fred Fox Studios which has been in business in Chicago since 1919. Each year his companies service over 1,000 happy couples. In the past 12 months his companies have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Daily Herald, Pro Mobile Dj, Dj Times, the American DJ Association’s Current Audition as well as local television channels WGN, FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC and WGN radio 720 AM. He is a contributing source for Dj Times Magazine, and a writer for Disc Jockey News. He has also spoken all of the country to various dj conferences, wedding associations, etc.

  • Renee Roberts Kopp

    Renee Roberts Kopp

    Wedding Planner/Florist/Bridal Show Producer

    Celebrations! and Best Wedding Showcase

    Renee Roberts Kopp

    Having been a consistent face in her wedding community for over 25 years, Renee Roberts Kopp is recognized as a top authority of “all things wedding” in the Central Pennsylvania region. She decorates and plans weddings with her company Celebrations!, and produces the Best Wedding Showcase bridal shows. Not only does Renee carry the titles of wedding planner, florist and event producer, but she has also worn the hat of retail shop owner, selling florals, gifts, balloon and event décor, and men’s formalwear rentals. As a mother of five boys, she likes to think she puts the extra care and energies in to each of her bride’s weddings because she has no daughters!

  • Dona Liston

    Dona Liston

    Owner

    Lambermont Events

    Dona Liston

    Dona Liston has been in the industry for over 25 years with over 1000 events under her belt. She started her business as Parties by Dona, organizing and entertaining at children's parties. Dona then added a retail party store into the mix. If that where not enough her customers began asking her to plan their weddings, and a Wedding Consultant business was born. She surrounded herself with the best of the best and was able to sell the business in 2010 and move to San Antonio, Texas where she is now the proud owner of Lambermont Events, a mansion built in 1894. Dona and her husband Pat spent 3 years restoring Lambermont back to it's grand state that it once was. Lambermont is now open for bookings for weddings, events and retreats. Dona serves as a board member of ILEA San Antonio chapter and is currently immediate Past President.

  • Brian Leahy

    Brian Leahy

    Owner

    Brian Leahy Photography

    Brian Leahy

    Brian Leahy is a different kind of photographer. A laid¬back California guy with a passion for people, travel, and business. Over the last seven years, Brian has grown a successful studio in Los Angeles, one of the most competitive markets in North America. His philosophy is simple: every great photo starts with connection—a connection with the couple & with their loved ones. It is this connection that he modeled his business and every day life after, leading him to be one of the most sought ¬after event photographers in California and the world. Brian's real world experience has been critical to his growth as a public speaker as he passes that knowledge onto event and business professionals nationwide.

  • Lynnette MacDonald

    Lynnette MacDonald

    Founder and Head Cake Deisgner

    SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts

    Lynnette MacDonald

    Lynnette’s passion for baking started at an early age: in her mom Marie’s kitchen where fresh baked bread and homemade kitty cat birthday cakes were a staple. It is here where Lynnette learned how to perfect and recreate recipes that had been in the family for generations. In 2002, Lynnette decided to convert passion to profession, and trained in the art of cake design and decorating. Lynnette proudly shares her family recipes today – with her discerning clientele who seek delicious desserts, perfectly decorated in SWIRL’s kitchen. SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts is more than just an outlet for creativity – it is another outlet to positively impact the lives of others. SWIRL is active in the Calgary community, encouraging young pastry chefs to pursue internships within our kitchen. SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts is active in charity work, sponsoring several charity events as well as the arts and entertainment scene in Calgary and surrounding area. A philanthropic approach to business is strong part of our business model and we encourage our staff to take part and give back to the Calgary community.

  • Tracey Manilescu

    Tracey Manilescu

    Co-Founder

    Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

    Tracey Manilescu

    Tracey Manailescu is the co-founder of WPIC Inc. (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination). She certifies and trains independent wedding planners worldwide and the on-site wedding coordinators at Resorts including Sandals, Beaches, Palace, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection, and Atlantis in The Bahamas. She has also trained the members of the Bahamas Bridal Association and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association. Tracey has produced the WPIC for the past 7 years and has arranged and produced conferences, seminars and learning trips all over the world. WPIC created the first Destination Wedding Certification program in the World. This program has trained Travel Agencies and independent Wedding Coordinators in Destination Weddings. She has coordinated Destination Weddings in Cuba, Florida, Las Vegas, Bahamas, Romania, Dominican Republic, Panama, Italy, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Mexico. She regularly speaks at event conferences and has been interviewed on TV and quoted in Media outlets all over the world.

  • Jeremy Martorano

    Jeremy Martorano

    Owner

    Karma Event Lighting & AV

    Jeremy Martorano

    After attending university for Theatrical Lighting Design and Communications, Jeremy put his talents to work in the special event industry including DJing Weddings & Clubs, Radio Mixshows, Event Lighting, Graphic & Video Design, Music Promotions & Production and more. As a DJ, Jeremy had an internationally syndicated radio mixshow, produced remixes with the Majik Boys team and was a Billboard Reporting DJ. Karma Event Lighting was created in 2012 when Jeremy and his wife Alicia realized there was a lack of quality and creative yet affordable event production in the Phoenix area. Since then they have won awards for Technical Production and Event Innovation for projection mapping and have established themselves as the go to event production company in Arizona. Jeremy has always been big on education and is a regular on Disc Jockey News TV, a ChauvetDJ product reviewer, Projectorgram designer and IDJNA education contributor. “Lighting should have a purpose but it should also be seamless and invisible at times. Most of our event guests won’t even know everything we did to make their event amazing, they’ll just feel it as soon as they walk in the room”.

  • Tabitha McCausland

    Tabitha McCausland

    Owner/Photographer

    Tab McCausland Photography

    Tabitha McCausland

    Tabitha McCausland O'Neill has photographed weddings for the last 17 years in 14 different countries. She has been featured in over 24 different wedding magazines, ranging from Grace Ormonde to Martha Stewart Weddings. Her photographs have graced the cover of 6 different magazines and her clients include numerous celebrities from NBA players, UFC Champions and TV Hosts. When she is not photographing weddings or helping her husband build one of the best DJ and Lighting production companies in Florida, she is known as the "Social Media Diva", and enjoys teaching wedding professionals how to grow their business profits using Social Media.

  • Marc McIntosh

    Marc McIntosh

    CEO

    The Wedding Experience

    Marc McIntosh

    Marc McIntosh is CEO of the Wedding Experience, producer of several of the country’s largest wedding shows. Prior to producing shows, Marc owned a wedding-focused business where he perfected his marketing strategies. This hands-on experience provided Marc with a unique perspective and understanding of the process of marketing to engaged couples. Marc is a professional speaker, writer and sales trainer, and has shared the keys of successful marketing with thousands of wedding professionals. Marc is the president of the National Association of Consumer Shows, an industry trade association, and the director of Wedding Show Pros, an international network of wedding show producers.

  • Shane McMurray

    Shane McMurray

    Founder

    The Wedding Report

    Shane McMurray

    Shane McMurray is the Founder of The Wedding Report, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration E-Business. He has 20 plus years' experience working with information and data. He helped build one of the first systems allowing doctors to exchange information across health plans. He helped build a large enterprise system for project management and is an Inventor on a patent for a subset of that work. He created a paper company with his wife in 2001 which evolved into The Wedding Report in 2005 and has collected over 300,000 survey samples since that time. His research has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and hundreds of other publications, magazines, books, and news articles worldwide. He has provided direct insight to eHarmony, Martha Stewart, Conde Nast, Blue Nile, Swarovski, and many other companies. A subset of his research is available in ProQuest and Ebscohost for universities, libraries, and schools to use.

  • Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer

    Owner

    The Slow Motion Booth

    Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer is a 12 year veteran of the wedding and event world. He started as a photographer and has now transitioned into running a national photo booth and slow motion booth company that operates in over 30 cities coast to coast servicing 1200+ events per year. Chris has a deep background in social media marketing and has been featured in publications such as the NY Times, LA Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, and was even featured in the Facebook IPO filing. Chris also consults dozens of small to mid sized companies in a variety of industries with a strong focus on marketing as well as operational efficiencies.

  • Brian Miller

    Brian Miller

    CEO

    LA Photo Party

    Brian Miller

    Brian Miller is the CEO and mad scientist behind LA Photo Party, an experiential photo entertainment company that specializes in events and manufactures photo booths and photo booth software. Since 2007, Brian has built relationships with some of the largest corporate and private event planners worldwide, constantly being challenged to develop the latest in immersive activations. In an effort to elevate the photo booth industry, he pioneered the first event photography sharing software, Photo Party Upload, in 2011 and has continued to release innovative products every year. His products include the world's first Underwater Photo Booth and the INFINITE booth, winner of 2016's and 2017's "Photo Booth of the Year." LA Photo Party now operates out of Los Angeles, New York City, and London. Brian’s two favorite company core values are “We Innovate Fearlessly” and “We Party.” Please direct all requests to me for this show.

  • Kathryn Null

    Kathryn Null

    Owner

    Enchanted Florist

    Kathryn Null

    Born at Sunrise Hospital Kathryn Null is a Las Vegas native through and through. Before she became the Floral Ninja Fairy at Enchanted Florist she completed 2 degrees at UNLV and taught for the Clark County School District for 6 years. In 2006 Kathryn purchased the long standing establishment of Enchanted Florist Inc. Along the way she has been the lead singer of The Dirty Panties, a swim coach, a girl scout, and a member of OLLV Ladies Guild.

  • DJ Staci Nichols

    DJ Staci Nichols

    Owner

    SanDiegoDJStaci.com & WeddingBizConsultant.com

    DJ Staci Nichols

    DJ Staci Nichols, based in San Diego, specializes in spinning "country fusion," Latin/Spanish, and mainstream music. She has performed everywhere from the Vegas strip to the Stagecoach Festival and for companies like Boost Mobile, LA Fitness, Marriott, and Baskin Robbins. Her wedding know-how has appeared in Book More Brides, "Mobile Beat" DJ magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, Offbeat Bride, and "Wedding Planner Magazine." She offers consulting and her "Rock My Wedding Biz" program at WeddingBizConsultant.com IG/FB/Pin/Twitter - SanDiegoDJStaci

  • Bethel Nathan

    Bethel Nathan

    Owner

    Elevate by Bethel

    Bethel Nathan

    Successful business owner and award-winning officiant, Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel, knows how to build and run a successful wedding industry business. After more than eight years and almost 800 weddings – and becoming known locally as a specialist on marriage equality – Bethel now also enjoys helping other wedding industry and special event businesses grow and prosper as a business coach and industry speaker. Combining her background in both small companies and very large companies – including at two global investment banks, living overseas for both – Bethel found the right way to build a business that fit her. She focused on not only being great at what she did for her clients, but also knowing her ideal client, developing relationships locally to support her and her business, and on finding the right marketing tools and methods to attract her ideal client, as well as focusing on the right systems and processes to best service them. Bethel now enjoys helping others to do the same. Bethel has an undergraduate degree in political science and Japanese from UC Berkeley, and an MBA in International Business and Japanese from Thunderbird. Her former chapters in life allowed her to live in Japan three times in addition to living in London, and to travel extensively globally. She is a long-time board member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and former board member for the San Diego affiliate for Komen for the Cure. She now lives in San Diego with her husband, Jason, and they enjoy traveling and scuba diving in exotic places whenever possible.

  • Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil

    Founder

    Stemcounter

    Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil and his lovely wife, Rachael, co-own Twisted Willow Design in St. Louis - a wedding and event floral design studio. They started the company from scratch and learned the hard way on how to price for a profit and work efficiently. He created Stemcounter.com as a quick solution to stem counting for their local shop. As other florists asked to use it, it began to develop into a floral studio management software that helps florists save up to 75% of their administrative time, book more brides, and ensure they are making the profit they deserve. The Stemcounter.com Blog "The Business of Flowers" has become a go-to source for no-fluff business advice on how to grow your floral business.

  • Kate Patay

    Kate Patay

    Chief Strategist

    Patay Consulting

    Kate Patay

    Kate Patay, CPCE, Chief Strategy Officer of Patay Consulting is an international speaker & consultant, SEPA Advisor and Lecturer at The International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas. She’s been a recognized industry professional and influencer for nearly 20 years in many facets of special events, and has served on the boards of numerous industry organizations. She currently speaks for and coaches some of the top leaders and companies in our industry and beyond. In 2015 she was honored with the coveted Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council (formerly the CIC) and an Esprit Award from ILEA for her work in the Green Sector of Events. In 2016 she received the Event Solutions Spotlight Award for Innovation and Special Events Magazine named her as one of the Top 20 Under 40. Smart Meetings named her as one of the Top Meeting Professionals of 2017 and she is consistently in the top ranks of #EventProfs in North America as ranked by Eventopedia. Kate has also been nominated as Nevada’s Saleswoman of the Year, Citizen of the Year and 2017 20 Under 40, in addition to being honored as not only the Most Influential Person In Northern Nevada by the Top 100 Influencers, but as the “Person to Know” by the Reno Gazette Journal. She is a frequent contributor and speaker for Smart Meetings, The Event Manager Blog, The National Association for Catering & Events, The Special Event, Catersource, The American Rental Association, Wedding International Professionals Association, The International Live Events Association, Meeting Professionals International, Wedding MBA, The Association of Bridal Consultants, The Event Planners Association and various other conferences, organizations and companies.

  • Roy Porter

    Roy Porter

    Activities Director

    Engage Works

    Roy Porter

    Roy Porter is the Activities Director at Engage Works, based in Los Alamitos, CA. An inspiring hospitality industry speaker for over five years with thought provoking standing room only lectures addressing a wide variety catering topics. Catersource Ambassador Bill Pannoff calls Roy, “The Professor.” His practical hands-on technique intensive sessions devoted to off-premise catering basics are known for helping caterers gain expertise, build confidence, and transfer the information learned to their staff. A catering industry veteran with experience spanning many intimate house parties, large group plated and buffet services - plus many high profile Hollywood events. He consults with off-premise caters and related hospitality businesses nationally on operations, marketing and staffing issues. Roy served as a Catersource Forum Moderator for several years. He is member of The Advisory Board for Long Beach City College Culinary School and is the Director of Production for the annual Golden State of Cocktails conference in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Jamie Quickert

    Jamie Quickert

    Corporate Director

    Lancer Hospitality

    Jamie Quickert

    As Lancer's Corporate Director of Catering, and newly acclaimed Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professional to Watch, Jamie leads, mentors, and supports Lancer's catering sales team in venues across the country. She stands on the principal that a cheerful attitude is contagious, first impressions last forever, and hard work inspires others. Her years in Hospitality have given her a love for fast-paced environments, details, and deadlines. Her experience recruiting and training volunteers and event staff, speaking at conferences around the country, leading high-profile events, and standing as the Vice President of the National Association of Catering Events has taught her how to communicate with diverse community groups and work with people at varied skill levels. This extensive experience has allowed her to lead the Lancer team in procuring many local awards, as well as our first national award. While she specializes in working on event budgets, contract negotiations, and profitability, she knows that to be truly effective at this job you need to believe in beauty, love, and a little bit of magic. When she is not working you will find her volunteering her time with local non-profit organizations, exploring the city, or watching sci-fi shows with her husband.

  • Ashley Riddle

    Ashley Riddle

    Owner

    Up Do's For I Do's

    Ashley Riddle

    Ashley Riddle was seeking on-site bridal beauty services for her wedding in 2005 and few such services existed. As a bride-to-be and a young hairstylist, she immediately recognized an unfulfilled demand. Combining her passion for hair styling and makeup artistry with enthusiasm for weddings, she launched her company, Up Do’s For I Do’s in 2004. Averaging over 400 weddings a year and meeting the demands of several different markets across the East Coast, her experience and talent is leading the company on a fast track for continued growth.

  • Wendy Rivera

    Wendy Rivera

    Bridal Shoppe Coach, Expert Bridal Stylist, Author, Speaker.

    Do You Speak Bride?

    Wendy Rivera

    Welcome to Bride Country!! If you don't know your way around yet, Wendy Rivera is the resident expert, with everything you need to know about starting , or re-energizing your bridal business! "Do You Speak Bride?" - Wendy's business consulting for bridal shoppes - combines her exhaustive knowledge of the bridal industry, her experience of starting Ava Laurénne Bride, and her background of communicating with ladies of all ages as a motivational speaker across the country. Wendy is a writer, theatre director, boutique owner, singer, speaker, wife and mother -- and she cannot wait to share with you and your staff all that you need to know to LOVE what you do in making brides' dreams come true!

  • Carley Roney

    Carley Roney

    Co-Founder

    The Knot

    Carley Roney

    Wedding and lifestyle expert Carley Roney is cofounder of The Knot, the nation’s leading wedding resource. Motivated by the excruciating process of planning her own wedding, Carley and her partners founded The Knot in 1996 and quickly took the wedding world by storm with a fresh voice, stylish ideas and up-to-date advice for modern nearly-weds. Today, The Knot reaches 8 in 10 U.S. brides annually with premium multi-media content offerings on mobile applications, the web, in magazines and books, and through social media. As today’s leading expert on real-world weddings and young married life, Roney frequently appears on television shows like TODAY, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, The View and CNN, and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, WWD, The Huffington Post, and People. She is the author of more than a dozen popular wedding, newlywed and baby books, and her syndicated advice column “Ask Carley” appears in newspapers nationwide. Carley lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children, and can be followed on Twitter at @carleyroney.

  • Ron Ruth

    Ron Ruth

    Owner

    RonRuth.com

    Ron Ruth

    Kansas City Wedding Entertainment Director® Ron Ruth, is an authority on producing exceptional wedding client experiences that exceed expectations. He is the owner of Ron Ruth Wedding Entertainment and has enjoyed nearly 25 years in the wedding business. Ron’s clients know him for his passionate and personal approach to creating extraordinarily memorable and fun wedding celebrations. In addition to being a respected industry leader, mentor and coach, Ron’s engaging and entertaining presentations have made him a popular speaker at educational conferences for wedding professionals and DJs including the Wedding MBA and MBLV. Ron serves on the WED Guild® Board of Advisors and is a writer for Disc Jockey News.

  • Paul Santiago

    Paul Santiago

    Owner

    Boffo Video

    Paul Santiago

    Paul Santiago has always been interested in filmmaking as a teen, and armed with his handycam he created fun videos with his friends who are always willing participants. Earning his stripes in TV post production and various gigs, Paul found his passion in capturing happy moments and started Boffo Video, one of the highest reviewed wedding videography companies in California. Established in 2010, Paul and his team have filmed over 450 weddings in just 7 years, wedding videos that are known for their fun yet moving storylines. Boffo Video's work are featured in various Blogs, Magazines, and TV Stations, and most recently Canon USA at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. Hundreds of 5 star reviews for Paul and the team citing excellent customer service & genuinely fun personalities; Boffo Video is considered the favorite wedding filmmaker of a lot of wedding photographers.

  • Rob	Schenk

    Rob Schenk

    Wedding Business Lawyer/Editor

    WeddingIndustryLaw.com

    Rob Schenk

    Rob Schenk is a trial attorney and editor of WeddingIndustryLaw.com, an online resource of news, information, and legal materials for wedding professionals.  Since 2012, Rob has become one of the country’s most prominent “Wedding Lawyers,” a special designation for trial lawyers representing wedding and event industry professionals. In 2015, he launched WedFormz.com, a database of downloadable contract templates for wedding and event businesses. As an author, Rob’s expertise has been featured in Time, Huffington Post Weddings, The Knot, Wedding Market Chat, Slate, PetaPixel, and Above the Law. He regularly speaks at wedding and event industry conferences nationwide. Rob is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, California, and New York, and maintains principal offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. 

  • Terrica Skaggs

    Terrica Skaggs

    Chief Event Planner & Designer

    Cocktails & Details

    Terrica Skaggs

    Spreading her metropolitan style throughout the low country, Terrica Skaggs has been creating exquisite weddings and events in the Golden Isles area for the past ten years. Specializing in modern Southern weddings, she believes in creating custom experiences inspired by her clients’ love stories while infusing technology and efficiency. Selected as Jekyll Island's Dream Wedding Planner for its Dream Wedding Giveaway, Terrica’s weddings and expertise have been featured in he Knot, Southern Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, HLN tv, Style Me Pretty and a host of others. Launching her new education system, "he Art of Wedding Coordination" in Spring 2017, Terrica is an ardent educator of those in the wedding industry, believing in the "each one, teach one" mindset. As an avid lover of cake and champagne, you'll ind her at home in the Golden Isles with her four “fabutots”, and when not entertaining family and friends, frequently binging on competition reality TV.

  • Susan Southerland

    Susan Southerland

    President

    Just Marry Events! Group, Inc.

    Susan Southerland

    Susan is the National Wedding Expert for Perfect Wedding Guide and is President of Just Marry!, a full-service wedding planning company in Orlando, Florida. Susan’s exceptional weddings have been featured numerous times on the Style Network's Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and TLC's A Wedding Story. Her cutting-edge advice has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Leisure, and The Orlando Business Journal. Susan has planned thousands of weddings around the world, and was honored as one of 30 A-List Destination Wedding Planners in the world by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine.

  • Sasha Souza

    Sasha Souza

    Celebrity Event Designer, Author

    Sasha Souza Events

    Sasha Souza

    Sasha Souza is an internationally recognized premiere event designer and top innovator in the wedding industry. She is one of only a handful of wedding designers who have been named a Master Bridal Consultant, the highest designation given by the Association of Bridal Consultants.

  • Stephen Spiegel

    Stephen Spiegel

    Co-Founder

    Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute

    Stephen Spiegel

    For the last five years, as a resident of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Rabbi Steve has officiated hundreds of Destination Weddings. He is the only modern progressive Rabbi living full time in Mexico and his name has become synonymous with not only Destination Weddings, but also with other life-cycle events such as Destination Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Destination Conversions as well. He has a background in marketing as well as business management in the not for profit sector, so his attention to detail as well as an ability to identify needs is fine tuned. Rabbi Steve brings his unique personality and sensitivity to each event gaining the respect and admiration of planners, coordinators, photographers and others. He is the co-founder of the Jewish and Interfaith Wedding Institute, granting certification through education to professionals in the wedding industry.

  • Michael Stavros

    Michael Stavros

    Director of Business Development

    M Culinary Concepts

    Michael Stavros

    The thing about catering and event production is that, once it gets INTO your system, you don't want to get it OUT of your system. Just ask Michael Stavros - it's been in his system for 18+ years. Stavros brings to his professional life a passion for expanding his culinary horizons matched by a desire to build lasting relationships - and love of a good time! Important qualities for a career in catering and event sales...a natural choice after studying Political Science and Chinese language in college. Cutting his teeth with one of the most respected catering companies in Arizona, Stavros went on to develop, launch and manage a boutique luxury brand for industry giant Aramark, working with clients throughout the country. With M Culinary Concepts since 2010, Stavros has led companywide sales and marketing efforts, developing long-term growth and outreach strategies that have strengthened relationships and community. Stavros and his team of "Sales Junkies" and Event Designers have grown M Culinary into the largest privately held catering company in the Southwest, with 2017 sales approaching $30 Million (up from $9.2 Million in 2009). In all things, Stavros and his team approach catering and events the same way they approach life: with integrity, irreverence, passion, and compassion.

  • Danielle Tate

    Danielle Tate

    Founder & CEO

    MissNowMrs.com

    Danielle Tate

    Danielle Tate is the founder and CEO of MissNowMrs.com, a multimillion dollar online name-change company. As a female founder in her 20s she noticed that few business guides offered step-by-step advice to smart but inexperienced entrepreneurial woman. This void inspired Danielle to author Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company to help other women find their place and flourish within the entrepreneurial world. Danielle is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, wife, mother, and name-change expert in her spare time.

  • Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan

    Owner and Lead Destination Planner

    Emily Sullivan Events

    Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan is the owner and lead destination planner of Emily Sullivan Events, specializing in extraordinary celebrations throughout the South. Emily's passion for New Orleans and entertaining make her an exceptional planner, but her candor and affability make her popular amongst couples and vendors alike. Eager to share her expertise, Emily is a regular on local television, as well the national conference circuit. Emily has been recognized by several wedding industry publications for her achievements, including The Knot, Weddings Unveiled, Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, and Catersource.

  • CeCe Todd

    CeCe Todd

    Owner

    CeCe Designs

    CeCe Todd

    Christy “CeCe” Todd prides herself on not being a “design and drop” floral designer. Working with CeCe is always a one of a kind experience. Known for her infectious personality and her insane attention to detail, her command of flawless event design is what makes her such a valued wedding and event vendor, mentor, and speaker. Winning several design and industry awards including three consecutive years of WeddingWire Couples Choice, Best of Borrowed and Blue, and features in National blogs lead to her becoming the go to designer for Live Nation. Her extensive client list includes Journey, Train, Def Leppard, Ariana Grande, and Kevin Hart. Her diverse design roster also includes non-profit Galas such as the Chris Hammond Foundation and Brides Against Breast Cancer, Grand Openings, and concept design for businesses. CeCe Designs work has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Southern Bride, B-Metro, & Alabama Weddings along with several features on National blogs like Style Me Pretty and Luxe Pearl. CeCe’s following on a variety of social media platforms is a result of her uplifting outlook and charismatic ways. CeCe comes from a long line of creative individuals. Her grandmother was a floral designer and her mother was an internationally known jewelry designer. Her mother is a founding partner in CeCe Designs and Events. This creative blood line lead CeCe to pursue a career as a professional singer. After realizing the end of that career dream, CeCe entered into the flower world in 2000 as a creative outlet. Working for a local florist, she quickly became the wedding director, buyer, and eventually store director for 5 years. Her love of vibrant colors and willingness to challenge herself with new design techniques, allowed CeCe to continue to grow in confidence and reputation. CeCe also owns a sister company that specializes in décor and prop rentals that she manages alongside her husband. She is also a founding partner in Create: A luxury wedding and special event collaborative workspace. All of these companies and interests give CeCe the flexibility to remain on the cutting edge of design and props. She is based in Birmingham, Alabama but travels the United States and Internationally. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Isabella, and her three “gift” sons: Daniel, Joshua, and Andrew. Her signature color is pink and is known for always having a flower in her hair.

  • Lori Tompos

    Lori Tompos

    Owner

    Edge Hair and Makeup

    Lori Tompos

    Lori is the owner, stylist, and makeup artist of Edge Hair and Makeup, Bend Oregon. Lori has been in the salon and wedding industry for 15 years. During that time she has owned her own salon, educated for Paul Mitchell, and now runs an elite wedding hair and makeup company in Central Oregon. Completing over 70 weddings a year, her work has been featured in People Magazine, Oregon Bride and Groom Magazine, Central Oregon Magazine, LaFleur Magazine, Northwest stylist magazine, and Martha Stewart weddings. She has also been featured on diy tv network, and hdtv. Lori was awarded top 3 for best wedding hair and makeup by Oregon Bride Magazine, 2013, 2015, and 2016

  • Jennifer Trotter

    Jennifer Trotter

    Owner

    Lip Service Consulting

    Jennifer Trotter

    Jennifer is the owner and principal artist behind Lip Service Makeup based in Dallas/Fort Worth. She specializes in luxury on-site bridal beauty as well as pro makeup artistry and styling for editorial, commercial, corporate and tv/film. With her dual background in beauty and PR/Marketing, Jennifer has been able to successful merge the ability to deliver flawless beauty with a highly client-focused approach that has resulted in her being voted one of the Top 5 Makeup Artists in her market. She’s deeply committed to the wedding community as a whole; she participates in local NACE and AACWP chapter events, and currently serves on the board of the Professional Wedding Guild in Fort Worth. And, after 25 years of experience and working with nearly 1,000 brides, Jennifer has become an established bridal beauty expert and regularly writes about weddings and beauty for Makeup.com, The Bridal Guide, SheKnows, and the Today Show. Her work can also be seen in publications such as BRIDES Magazine, 360West, Bella NY, and The Brides of North Texas as well as in marketing campaigns for Tostitos, The Girl Scouts of America, Omni Hotels, CycleBar, Starwood Motors, FedEx Office and more

  • Caroline Tucker

    Caroline Tucker

    Executive Director

    Vecoma at the Yellow River

    Caroline Tucker

    Caroline is the Executive Director of Vecoma at the Yellow River. Caroline and her mother, Judith Warren, built Vecoma in October 1996 and now Vecoma is one of the most popular wedding venues in Georgia. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Georgia Tech. This dynamic mom-and-daughter duo has spent over 20 years working in cost analysis and market research to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in wedding trends and technology. Their unique education and experience has helped them master the art of producing high end weddings and events at the best value to their clients- and they only get better every year!

  • Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood

    Vice President

    Wedding MBA

    Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood is the conference director of the Wedding MBA. She hires and trains all Wedding MBA speakers, designs the content for classes, and sells booths. When she is not emerged in planning the conference Wedding MBA you might find her with her wild and crazy kids (Paige and Grant) and husband of 12 years (Doug).

  • Jacqui Wadsworth

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Owner

    The Gilded Gown

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Jacqui Wadsworth, a Bridal Marketing Expert and featured speaker at many recent industry shows, has extensive experience within the garment industry. After years successfully negotiating thread, fabric and garment contracts with factories across the world, Jacqui was offered a deal on a lot of wholesale wedding gowns. That fateful deal produced the perfect dress for her own wedding and instilled in her a love of all things bridal. By 2008 she opened her brick and mortar bridal shop, The Gilded Gown. That award-winning boutique has grown into a hugely successful 6400 square foot emporium. Jacqui’s remarkable achievement is in large part to her genius marketing skills. She has a proven system for engaging brides and prom girls, for generating buzz online, and most importantly for driving those clients to stores. Jacqui and The Gilded Gown have been featured in Vows Magazine since 2013 due to her success with Facebook marketing. Jacqui offers her Facebook Ads & Management skills to the industry, from Bridal & Prom Stores to Dress Manufacturers to Jewelry Designers. She currently manages Facebook pages for formal wear companies such as Nina Canacci, and Romantic Bridals as well as for The Gilded Gown. Jacqui just launched a new bridal store branding business, BridalBoutqiues.US. If you are looking to increase your sales, promote your business and capture more clients year-round, contact Jacqui wa.jacqui@gmail.com or call her at 865-428-5250 today.

  • David Tutera

    David Tutera

    Lead Wedding & Entertaining Expert

    DavidTutera

    David Tutera

    Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business. Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David's impressive client list includes events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, the Official Post Grammy Parties, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Regan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites. Tutera has been on the board for the Prevent Cancer Foundation for more than ten years and has also designed events for the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David Tutera has been a fixture on WE tv for ten seasons with his popular hit shows; “My Fair Wedding,” “David Tutera: Unveiled” and now his newest and highest rated show, “David Tutera’s CELEBrations.” In every star-studded episode, David’s jaw-dropping work for his Hollywood clients takes center stage. From weddings to birthday parties and everything in between, viewers watched in droves as David planned rapper Lil Kim’s baby shower, an over-the-top wedding for former “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member, Taylor Armstrong, and events for R&B artists Brandy, her brother Ray J, “Mob Wives’” Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, Dennis Rodman, Holly Robinson Peete, Ice T and Coco, and many more. David is also a professional speaker hired to lecture on the topics of weddings, lifestyle, design and more, having conducted speaking appearances all over the world and has also penned seven popular books, currently in stores, which include: My Fair Wedding (Gallery Books), The Big White Book Of Weddings: The How-To Guide For The Savvy, Stylish Bride (St. Martins Press), Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (Disney Publishing), Big Birthdays (Bulfinch Press), The Party Planner (Bulfinch Press), America Entertains: A Year of Imaginative Parties (Stewart, Tabori and Chang) and A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining (Simon & Schuster). The David Tutera brand and products have appeared on the big screen in multiple feature films and television movies, including: Last Vegas starring Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas, The Came Together starring Amy Poehler, BET’s Christmas Wedding Baby, Hallmark’s A Perfect Wedding and more. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Queen Latifah and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work. Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David Tutera lives in Los Angeles with his daughter Cielo, husband Joey and their rescue dog, Lucy.

  • Bill Vahrenkamp

    Bill Vahrenkamp

    Co-Owner

    Albertex Photography

    Bill Vahrenkamp

    Bill Vahrenkamp is the co-owner with his wife Tanya of Albertex Photography providing wedding, portrait and event photography services in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In addition to his photography business, Bill is also Director of Technical Operations at Imaging Spectrum where he helps customers design and build the best printing systems to meet their needs and then provides training and technical support. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Photography from Sam Houston State University. He also has his Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas PPA. With over thirty years of photography experience, including photographing weddings for 35 years and owning a photobooth for 7 ½ years. He enjoys sharing his knowledge by teaching classes on printing on site including photo booth and event photography.

  • Mike Walter

    Mike Walter

    Owner

    Elite Entertainment

    Mike Walter

    Mike Walter is the proud owner of Elite Entertainment, a Multi-System DJ Company in New Jersey that has been selected by TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com as a top Entertainment company in the country. For over 25 years, he has MCed events from weddings to fashion shows and beauty pageants and his public speaking experience and acumen have served him well as a presenter. He began to offer seminars in 1998, at first specifically to the DJ Industry, then he expanded to speaking to event groups and finally to any and all audiences. His seminars are known for their fast pace, mix of information and entertainment and deft use of power point. Having sat through enough tedious seminars in his life, Mike vows to never bore an audience. Whether he is offering life changing advice, motivational challenges or hard-core information on how to grow and expand your business, Mike promises he will deliver a quick, concise, and nugget-filled presentation every time he speaks.

  • Curtis Whipple

    Curtis Whipple

    Vice President

    American DJ Association

    Curtis Whipple

    Born in San Francisco, Mother died when I was a baby. Raised in Winslow Arizona by an African American woman named Ruby Williams from Roxie, Mississippi. At age 7, my father re-married and we had a “Brady bunch” family except with 9 kids At age 9, started mowing neighborhood lawns and delivering newspapers and eventually I had routes with 3 different papers at once. At age 14, I quit the paper routes and worked through my high school years at the A&W Rootbeer stand on lunch hours, after school and on Saturdays. Also started career as a DJ that year by introducing a live remote appearance of Arizona TV legends Wallace and Ladmo… 38 years ago. As a teen, I traveled regularly with adult pastors to speak to several small Christian churches on the Navajo reservation. Local congregants translated sermons into Navajo or Hopi. Bought an electric piano at age 16 and started a rock band that lasted for two summers. We played the skating rinks, the church dances, the school dances and the grand openings across northern AZ. Started reinforcing steel company with older brother in 1987 and worked there for 18 years Full-time DJ/piano player since 2005. I’m the Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of the American DJ Association and a member of the National Advisory Board of the American DJ Association. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2009. Two sons, Javin (pronounced like Jason but with a V) age 26 in Los Angeles and Shaw age 16 in Eagle Mountain UT with his mamma. I enjoy piano, rare coins, writing, hiking, mountain biking, gardening, woodworking, good food, live theater and live music. I teach the adult Sunday School class at my church.

  • Kaleigh Wiese

    Kaleigh Wiese

    Founder

    Meldeen

    Kaleigh Wiese

    Kaleigh attended college at the tender age of sixteen. While in college, she launched The Modern Creative, a branding and creative studio for small businesses. In 2008, Méldeen launched out of The Modern Creative as a luxury wedding paper studio specializing in developing stationery out of unthinkable and unusual materials. Méldeen now focuses on partnerships with planners and other creative people in the luxury wedding world internationally. Last year, she & her husband launched Garment Exchange, the first community driven peer-to-peer clothing rental marketplace for women. They are currently scaling and growing the brand throughout North America. Méldeen has advanced in 2016 with PIXEL by Méldeen. One of the first location-based, custom Snapchat filter providers for social and business. Using Snapchat’s tools, PIXEL creates and deploys custom geo-filters nationwide. When Kaleigh isn’t leading Garment Exchange or Méldeen, you can find her on the lake, volunteering with various fashion organizations — and thinking about her next entrepreneurial adventure while encouraging young people to live their best life, and follow through with their ideas.

  • Lindsey Wilkerson

    Lindsey Wilkerson

    Owner

    Face Forward Hair & Makeup

    Lindsey Wilkerson

    Lindsey is the owner and dreamer behind Face Forward Hair & Makeup Design. She first went to school for aesthetics where she fell in love with how makeup could transform the way a woman looked at herself. After graduating she started to do wedding makeup for friends and they began to tell her how much they wished she could do their hair AND their makeup. So back to school Lindsey went to get her cosmetology license. Once out of school she began creating what is now Face Forward. She got the name for the company from something her mom used to say to her, “Always put your best face forward.” Lindsey and her team specialize in onsite hair and airbrush makeup taking their services directly to their bride. Their styles are described as soft, romantic, natural but up a notch. They have been featured in Trendy Bride, High Country Wedding Guide, and Southern Bride & Groom.

  • Anja Winikka

    Anja Winikka

    Director of Educations & Industry Innovation

    TheKnot.com

    Anja Winikka

    As Site Director of TheKnot.com, Anja Winikka combines her writing and editing skills with her weddings expertise to bring the most of-the-moment wedding trends to millions of engaged couples across the country. Anja immersed herself in the weddings industry at a young age, when she took a job as a weddings coordinator at a local reception space, helping to make hundreds of couples’ wedding days perfect. In addition to editing, researching and reporting on a variety of topics for the TheKnot.com, ranging in subject from getting engaged to planning tips and wedding style ideas, Anja can be found pouring over trending topics and conversation among the thousands of brides that are a part of TheKnot.com community. Anja has been a popular source for wedding trends, planning tips and advice and etiquette and has also served as an expert for the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, CNN Headline News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and local news segments across the country. Anja recently married her best friend on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Her favorite part about planning her wedding was traveling to Costa Rica to work with wedding dress designer Melissa Sweet on her own custom gown. Anja lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her new husband Ben and their dog and cat, Charlie and Bella

  • Stephanie Yun

    Stephanie Yun

    Owner & Lead Videographer

    Ace of Hearts Films

  • George Zimmer

    George Zimmer

    Chairman/Founder and CEO

    Generation Tux

    George Zimmer

    George Zimmer is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online rental platform for tuxedos and suits. He is also the founder and former CEO and Chairman of the Men’s Wearhouse - the largest retailer of men's tailored suit and dress casual clothing in the U.S. and Canada. A lifelong advocate of servant leadership as the most effective business management model, he is also an advocate for "conscious capitalism" to address income inequality and excessive CEO pay. He is the father of four children and self-described in his LinkedIn profile as a “Business Warrior Monk who roots for the underdog.” George serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the Oakland Zoo

  • Bill Zaruka

    Bill Zaruka

    President

    Wedgewood

    Bill Zaruka

    Bill Zaruka was only 14 years old when he started working in the family business at the highly successful Buenaventura Golf Course Food & Beverage Concession. Bill worked every position at the Bar & Grill serving golfers, as well as the Wedgewood Banquet Center, serving weddings and banquets. He performed all the service and accounting functions. His interest in the business led him to pursue a degree in Hotel Administration at Cornell University. At Cornell, Bill exhibited his leadership skills as President of his fraternity and Captain of the lightweight football team. He graduated in 1998. After graduation, Bill joined the food services division of Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA. As a multi-unit manager he was responsible for several of the park’s high-volume restaurants where he grew revenues, created budgets, wrote operating standards and training programs and led the installation of several point-of-sale systems. In 2002 he partnered with his mother and father in an effort to expand the family business. As President of Wedgewood, Bill is responsible for day-to-day operations, marketing, finance and business development. Under his leadership Wedgewood has grown from a single-unit family business in 2003 to a 36-venue nationwide wedding powerhouse. Wedgewood now performs more than 4000 weddings per year with their signature all-inclusive product offerings and trademark Valservenience™ (value-service-convenience). Throughout its strategic expansion Wedgewood has maintained its 5-star online reputation and best-in-class customer satisfaction scores. Bill is most passionate about making customers’ wedding planning and execution stress-free and affordable. With a brand platform that is customer-centric and budget-friendly, Wedgewood has become synonymous with weddings and is regarded by many as the nation’s wedding leader. Bill resides in Temecula CA. He has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2006, and they have four children together.

  • Mark Zucker

    Mark Zucker

    Founder & CEO

    Zookbinders

    Mark Zucker

    Mark Zucker is the Founder and CEO of Zookbinders Inc., a Chicago based company that provides albums and services to Professional Photographers. Originally known for delivering high quality products, they’ve developed innovative technology that simplifies the process of ordering albums, while helping photographers get the upsells they deserve. Mark thrives on helping pros find ways to prosper in a fast-paced digital industry. Mark will challenge the status quo, recommend sensible solutions, and motivate photographers to get the upsells they deserve. Note: the speaker is mindful of not delivering an infomercial for his company.

  • Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog

    Ms. Candy Blog is “where candy is always in vogue”! She is the first candy livestreamer, an award nominated YouTuber on the World of Wonder (“RuPaul's Drag Race”) network, and candy costume designer. With a degree in English, two in theatre and a background in corporate training, instructional design and community management, Ms. Candy Blog has worked for such brands as Google/YouTube, Yahoo!, J.P. Morgan and American Express. As a candy persona, she has partnered with such top brands as Hershey’s, Lindt, HSN, Epix, It'Sugar, Sour Patch Kids, Sugarpova, Just Born (Peeps/Mike & Ike), Jelly Belly, Torie & Howard, Adams & Brooks (Whirly Pop) and Dorval Trading Company (Sour Power). An energetic and inspiring speaker, Ms. Candy Blog has spoken at Summit Live (San Francisco), Digital. (Vancouver) and Cake Pop Con (Philadelphia) with a full calendar for 2017. She has served as a judge for Cake Pop Con and Werrk.com. Her award nominated YouTube channel is part of the World of Wonder network, having received a contract in less than a week of posting a review of the RuPaul candy bar. The first candy livestreamer, she was awarded a contract with Periscope’s first talent network, Lifestream Productions, and placed on 3 top Periscoper lists after her first week on the live streaming platform. She has trended on Periscope & Hype, has been featured on Live.Me, GhostCodes & MeVee, and honored by PeriUnion and the BoPoTribe. Ms. Candy Blog currently livestreams on multiple devices simultaneously with the distinction of having a new 7 device mount named and created specifically for her by the prestigious California tech company, Arkon Mounts.

  • Heather Waits

    Heather Waits

    Owner

    Bloomtastic

    Heather Waits

    Heather is passionate about helping the wedding industry grow! Her wedding floral business, Bloomtastic, located in Columbus, Ohio, went from designing 10 weddings a year to nearly 200 weddings every year! She books 90% of the brides she meets and now teaches her methods to other wedding pros through her coaching company, Profitable Weddings. Heather has been featured by The Knot, Columbus Weddings, Florists' Review and Floral Management, and is an active member of Society of American Florists. When she's not helping others create a profitable wedding business, she is enjoying life with her amazing twin girls and wonderful husband.