2019 Wedding MBA Speakers

  • Nadia S. Anderson, CPA, cGMA

    Nadia S. Anderson, CPA, cGMA

    Founder

    Virginia Grace

    Nadia S. Anderson, CPA, cGMA

    Nadia received her BS in Commerce and a MS in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Nadia received her CPA in 2000 and now owns a CPA firm that partners with small businesses to provide strategy and accountability. In 2015, Nadia completed a certification for wedding & event planning and founded Virginia Grace @vagraceevents, an event management company whose mission is to delight and inspire its clients with unmatched management services to create stress-free celebration memories. She loves to dance, read novels, and travel the world.

  • Will Hegarty

    Will Hegarty

    CEO

    Wedding MBA

    Will Hegarty

    Will Hegarty is the CEO of the Wedding MBA. Will oversees the operations of the conference and leads the team that produces the Wedding MBA. Will lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Patti.

  • 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

  • Donna Anello, CSEP

    Donna Anello, CSEP New

    President/CEO

    Donna Anello Signature Events

    Donna Anello, CSEP

    Donna in an Award Winning Wedding & Event Planner in the New York Metro area. She has been featured in media outlets such as The Knot, Manhattan Bride, and NY1. Donna is also a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) and is the current ILEA Northeast Regional Vice President.

  • Carrie Anton

    Carrie Anton New

    Founder

    Wonder: An Idea Studio

    Carrie Anton

    Carrie Anton worked as a full-time author and editor for American Girl Publications’ Advice & Activity line from 2005 through 2013, during which time she wrote several contemporary nonfiction books for 8-to-12-year-old girls. Anton left the cube life in 2013 to grow her creative consultancy and brainstorming business Wonder: An Idea Studio while girl-bossing as a freelance writer. In addition to national magazines such as Women’s Health, Family Circle, Oxygen, Draft, and Outside, Anton was a regular contributor to The Knot, How They Asked, and the regional bridal publications of Tiger Oak Media. Her newest nonfiction book title is Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo (Andrews McMeel, April 2019).

  • Elaine Ardizzone

    Elaine Ardizzone New

    Founder and Owner

    Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

    Elaine Ardizzone

    Elaine Palminteri Ardizozone, Founder and Owner of Sweet Cheeks Baking Co, is an established entrepreneur, certified sommelier, and award-winning baker whose sense of taste goes beyond cake – though her sense of cake is, of course, remarkable! As a graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and former restaurant owner, Elaine’s entrepreneurial journey began at age 19 in Long Island, New York as served a co-owner of Bikini Bow Beautifiers, where she cleaned boats for $20 an hour and all-you-can-eat lobster and beer. Realizing food and wine we her passion, she began cooking professionally and has been teaching wine and food classes ever since. After losing her mom to cancer, Elaine headed west for Telluride, Colorado where she opened and operated three successful restaurants. Her favorite part of the work was baking desserts, selecting wine lists, and hugging her regular patrons. It was in this extremely seasonal ski town that she realized the importance of building relationships as the cornerstone to business. In 2007, Elaine co-founded Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. with Chef Donna Cellere. Sweet Cheeks focuses on best product and service principles while adding healthful ingredients into recipes. Since 2007, Team Cheeks has designed cakes for LA rappers, True Blood stars, and former Presidents. Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. has been featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and Food Network’s Road Tasted with the Neelys and blew away the competitors in nearly every category on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Elaine attributes much of her success to being surrounded by skilled team players and receiving support from so many incredible friends in the wedding industry. When she’s not working, Elaine can be found at Pilates, beach cycling, paddling, wine tasting, or cooking dinners with great friends and family to keep her smiling.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Bouley

    Andrew Bouley New

    Director of Growth

    Caterease & Spacez

    Andrew Bouley

    Andrew Bouley is the Director of Growth at both Caterease and Spacez. Andrew’s extensive experience in Food and Beverage ranges from small catering startups to massive resorts such as The Greenbrier in West Virginia and Sea Island in Georgia. Andrew has led both front of house teams as well as full kitchens as an Executive Chef. After coming to Caterease Andrew earned a Masters in Media Design perfecting his skills in marketing & design. Andrew is now earning his doctorate in business so he can better help lead Caterease’s clients to a new level of success. Specifically, Andrew has been able to leverage social media, design & the latest in modern technologies to help event professionals grow and maximize their business potential. With his diverse background, Andrew has made the perfect spokesperson to deliver the most up-and-coming growth strategies for sales and marketing teams as well as the businesses behind them.

  • Jordan Bunch

    Jordan Bunch New

    Lumix Global

    Ambassador

    Jordan Bunch

    Jordan Bunch is commercial & wedding filmmaker, Lumix Global Ambassador and Host of the Film Mavericks show. He has a studio in Austin, Texas with 12 amazing artists on his team that produce hundreds of projects per year including web-series, documentaries, podcasts and weddings. He has made a name for himself teaching from coast to coast and interviewing guests for his audience of 25,000+ film-makers around the world on his weekly show. Jordan is also a husband to his wife Sara and daddy to his 2 girls Annabelle, Hattie Lou and their son Beckett.

  • Julie Bunkley

    Julie Bunkley New

    Owner and Creative Director

    Invision Events

    Julie Bunkley

    Know for her refined and tailored approach to wedding design, Julie Bunkley is the owner and creative director of Invision Events, a celebrated design and planning firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. Founded in 2006, Julie has been instrumental in growing a brand and client experience that has garnered both regional and national attention. Her work has been featured in People, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Bridal Guide, InStyle, Southern Weddings, and Style Me Pretty, among others; and was recently named by Southern Living as one of the South’s Best Wedding Planners.

  • Marie Burns - Holzer

    Marie Burns - Holzer

    Minister

    Let's Get Married SoCal

    Marie Burns - Holzer

    Marie Burns Holzer is a Southern California-based wedding officiant who has married 800+ awesome humans in love since 2011. In her previous life, she used her passion for tech and tendency to be an early adopter of social media platforms as a freelance writer and social media marketer for small businesses. She uses the skills she developed then to reach Millenials and the first of Gen Z as an officiant but also shares her tools and strategies as a business coach and international speaker.

  • Leah Faddis & Marcella Caldwell

    Leah Faddis & Marcella Caldwell

    Co-Owners

    Leah Marie Photography

    Leah Faddis & Marcella Caldwell

    Leah Faddis and Marcella Caldwell are co-owners of Leah Marie Photography Inc. based in Temecula, California. Since 2006, they have been breaking the mold by running a high-volume photography, videography & photo booth company. With over 35 team members, Leah and Marcella have mastered the art of replicating themselves through their streamlined associate program that allows them to service over 400 events per year. Their work can be seen in all of the top wedding blogs and publications such as Exquisite Weddings Magazine, Ceremony Magazine, The Knot, Carrots and Cake, Southern CA Bride and more. They are known for their expansion and branding strategies that often puts them speaking at networking groups, colleges and workshops.

  • KC Campbell

    KC Campbell New

    CEO

    VOX DJs

    KC Campbell

    VOX DJs CEO KC Campbell has an extensive background in entertainment and events. KC started DJing and MCing school events and High School proms at 14 years old with VOX DJs in Manhattan Beach, CA. KC then attended the University of Colorado and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Communication. After college, KC partnered with VOX DJs to supplement his acting career for over 8 years, performing as a Wedding DJ and MC every weekend. In 2008, KC purchased VOX DJs from the original owner with the purpose of growing and building the VOX DJs brand. As of 2019, VOX DJs continues to grow, on track to fulfill over 4,000 events in the areas of DJs and MCs, Event Lighting and Production, and Photo Booths. In his free time, KC enjoys surfing, getting shredded at the gym, and playing piano and guitar with his World Renowned band, “Party Wave”.

  • 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

    Founder & President

    Everett Andrew Marketing

    Mark Chapman

    Mark, and the team of digital marketing experts he leads, have become the premier agency for the wedding industry. His career experience as a wedding photographer (before founding his agency) gave him the perfect insight into exactly what is needed for success when marketing a wedding business. Mark and his team deliver powerful marketing campaigns for extraordinary wedding business growth.

  • Sal Cincotta

    Sal Cincotta

    Owner

    Salvatore Cincotta Photography

    Sal Cincotta

    Sal Cincotta is an international award-winning photographer, educator, author, Publisher of Shutter Magazine, and CEO of Creative Cinc, a St. Louis-based creative agency. Sal’s success is directly tied to the education he received while in business school. He graduated from Binghamton University, a Top 20 business school, and brings his decade of corporate experience, working for the likes of Procter & Gamble and Microsoft, to the photography business, where he continues to prove himself to be a leader and innovator. Cincotta & Co has been listed on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America 3 years in a row—2015, 2016, and 2017.

  • Jennifer Claire

    Jennifer Claire New

    Author, Award Winning Blogger, Speaker,

    Jennifer Claire

    Jennifer Claire is a best selling author, award winning blogger, speaker, multi-entrepreneur and a very sought-after wedding celebrant, officiating weddings across the UK and Europe. Jennifer is a judge for The Wedding Industry Awards, she is the Celebrant Success Coach focusing on business growth through her business Jennifer Claire Coaching and is the founder of the global directory site The Celebrant Directory, promoting and supporting hundreds of celebrants and officiants worldwide. Jennifer also runs a digital marketing and web design agency for wedding professionals, Jennifer Claire Media. Jennifer has 2 award-winning blogs and thousands of followers on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Jennifer runs a large and ever growing Facebook group named Modern Celebrant Connection focused on building celebrant and officiant businesses. Jennifer has a CIM digital marketing qualification with 11 years commercial experience raising multiple 6 figures for charities. She works hard to promote and grow the industry by running 121 and group programmes for officiants. Jennifer believes the industry as a whole needs modernising and valuing and that the potential for each and every officiant and celebrant is huge when they put modern marketing techniques into place. Jennifer’s mission is to support thousands of celebrants/officiants on this journey to business success.

  • 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.

  • Jennie Cook

    Jennie Cook New

    Owner & Executive Chef

    Jennie Cooks Catering & Plant Based Parties

    Jennie Cook

    Jennie and the Cook's have been creating a better world through celebration since 1985. As a caterer and previous restaurant owner, she pretty much knows everything there is to know about successful events and in-house lunches. Jennie takes great pride in being an entrepreneur and a food advocate, and she takes partying very seriously. Her Americana home-style cuisine is always heartwarming, delicious, and consciously prepared with great care. She’s constantly on the look-out for sustainable practices and pushes a plant-based agenda for a verdant future (and also makes delicious brisket). She spends her free time as community outreach director for WIPA, (Wedding International Professionals) and spreads joy as an ambassador for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. She hosts several community events each year at her local commissary, check out her website! She loves what she does and her appreciation for authentic hospitality is infectious! She’s a super proud mother of three and still adores her husband Johnny, of forty years.

  • 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.

  • Lynn Crandall

    Lynn Crandall New

    Owner

    The Bridal Collection

    Lynn Crandall

    Lynn grew up just south of Denver and attended Hastings College in Nebraska before coming home to Colorado for graduate school. While attending graduate school and working at a local bridal shop, Lynn discovered her passion for bridal fashion. With her Master’s degree in counseling, her strong-willed determination and the support of her husband and family, Lynn set out to create Colorado’s premier bridal and social occasion shopping destination. Lynn’s love for people and her genuine concern for the well-being of her staff and guests is reflected in every aspect of the business, making all who enter feel welcomed and valued. As a well-respected leader in the bridal industry, Lynn is now speaking, teaching, and privately coaching other store owners who wish to achieve success in their own bridal boutiques. Married with a son and daughter, Lynn enjoys going on Jeep adventures in Utah and Colorado, hiking and exploring the incredible Rocky Mountains. She also spends time volunteering with her children’s activities including musical theatre, robotics and engineering, and football.

  • Rich Cranston

    Rich Cranston New

    Founder

    Encore Events

    Rich Cranston

    Rich Cranston is a dj, business development mentor, and former police officer. An owner in several start-ups, he founded Encore Events in 1998 with the simple idea to break free from the "average." With an interactive, real-world approach, Rich focuses on the customer experience and creating systems that "WOW" clients, invigorate the team, and smash sales goals. His business experience, coupled with some cool police training & tactics will leave you with actionable knowledge to work into your strategy. He lives in Western NY with his wife, Aimee, and their five kids. When he's not in the hustle, he is avid in fitness as an international competitive athlete for Team USA in the World Police & Fire Olympic Games.

  • Alicia Crosby

    Alicia Crosby New

    Director of Events

    The Baltimore Museum of Art

    Alicia Crosby

    Alicia Crosby, CPCE, has worked in the catering and events industry in Baltimore for more than 19 years. Specializing in unique and historic venues, she is currently the Director of Events at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Having planned several weddings from start to finish over the years, the bulk of her experience is on the venue side of weddings and events. Alicia has been an active member of NACE since 2003, holding many board positions with the local Baltimore Chapter, including three terms as chapter president, as well as National committees, most recently as the chair of the Education Committee. In her spare time, she is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University, teaching everything from event management and wedding planning to pop culture and horror film classes. She is also working as a consultant helping design a hospitality degree program, with minor and certificate options. She has been teaching college courses at NDM since 2004.

  • Kellie Daab

    Kellie Daab New

    Founder

    Wedding Industry Education

    Kellie Daab

    Kellie Daab is the Founder of Wedding Industry Education and a Wedding Business Architect. Known as a thought leader and disruptor in the wedding industry, Kellie brings a digitally minded approach to clarity, strategy, and mastery in business. After 14 years in event planning, hospitality, venues, and catering - Kellie has worn the heels and carried the bus tubs. Described by industry peers as "a smack down delivered with a bouquet of roses", Kellie leads thousands of wedding industry professionals in a revolutionary movement to elevate and innovate the wedding industry.

  • Renee Dalo

    Renee Dalo

    CEO and Lead Planner

    Moxie Bright Events

    Renee Dalo

    Renée Dalo is the CEO and Lead Planner of Moxie Bright Events, a Southern California wedding planning company. Renee is also a Leader for the Los Angeles chapter of The Rising Tide Society and the Education Chair for the Association of Bridal Consultants, Greater Los Angeles. A champion of innovation and education within the wedding industry, she continues to be an outspoken proponent for going against the status-quo. A born and raised New Yorker, she now makes her home in Los Angeles with her handsome husband, two scruffy dogs, and one elegant cat. Before Renée became an event planner, she was a theatre producer, director, and actor. Her favorite events are the ones that marry (pun intended) all the pretty and the personal details with a flair for the dramatic. She can't say no to anything Kate Spade, a weekend getaway, or a well-made bellini.

  • 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!

  • Marla Diann

    Marla Diann New

    Success Coach & Business Stategist

    Marla Diann Mentoring International

    Marla Diann

    Marla Diann is an international success coach and business strategist for high achieving creative entrepreneurs and professionals who have a clear intuitive message to upgrade to the next level of life and business financially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Celebrating 11 years in business, Marla Diann Mentoring International brand speaks to women and men visionaries and thought leaders seeking to be change-makers in their industries making their own unique imprint on the world expressing their own masterpiece. She brings over 30+ years of entertainment PR & talent management, branding, entrepreneurship, mentoring, coaching, personal growth, professional development, and women/young girls philanthropy to her relationships.

  • Timeesha Duncan

    Timeesha Duncan New

    Branding & Marketing Expert and Educator

    Timeesha Duncan

    Timeesha is an International #1-Best-Selling Author, and award-winning Branding & Marketing Expert and Educator. She is best known for helping entrepreneurs create powerhouse brands and marketing funnels that captivate their target audience, build their tribe and impact millions with their brand message. She has coached over 2,000 students and clients in over 10 countries. She has been featured in prestigious platforms like Huffington Post, Amazon, and Forbes.com, and shares her expertise on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox news. She has high profile collaborations with million dollar brands, she co-hosts the acclaimed radio show, Making The Brand and serves on the Forbes Coaches Council. Timeesha is recognized as a trailblazer in her industry

  • Casey Eberhart

    Casey Eberhart

    Owner

    Networking Riches

    Casey Eberhart

    An internationally recognized speaker and trainer, Casey Eberhart has made it his mission over the years to collect and connect: he collects relationships and connects people so they can do business together. A successful entrepreneur most of his life, Casey has a special affinity for saving businesses time and making them more profitable. He is results-driven and completely focused on your success. You simply can't afford to miss the opportunity to connect with him!

  • Renee Edwards, Esq

    Renee Edwards, Esq

    Lawyer

    The Lawyer Bride And Legally Wed

    Renee Edwards, Esq

    A NJ/NY based lawyer, Renée A. Edwards has been unraveling wedding and special event contracts since, like forever! Well, really from 2005, when hiccups during her sister's "big day" caused the former prosecutor and Litigation Associate to jump into action, making the case for various breaches of contract - and winning! What began as a favor quickly became a passion and eventually morphed into Legally Wed (TM), the nation's first law firm specifically geared to the wedding industry. From drafting agreements to mediating disagreements, and everything in between, Renée has seen a lot, heard a lot and fixed a lot... She can be found everywhere @thelawyerbride

  • Victoria Elizabeth

    Victoria Elizabeth New

    CEO/Mast MUA

    Victoria Elizabeth Official

    Victoria Elizabeth

    Victoria Elizabeth Caroleo is CEO/Master MUA of Victoria Elizabeth Official, one of the leading luxury bridal companies, offering hair and makeup to the Tri-state area and worldwide. Victoria has worked with countless celebrated photographers, modeling agencies & beauty brands. Her knowledge of bridal posing & print makeup stems from over 10 years of experience in the bridal industry. Trained by world renowned celebrity MUA Scott Barnes, Victoria can transform any face to bring out the beauty within. Since 2014, Victoria has also been a brand ambassador for the elite company Tweezerman, with a spotlight in the brand’s makeup tutorials. She is also a brand ambassador for the airbrush makeup company Temptu, and is most known for her before and after bridal transformations. The artists emphasis on quality, talent, and customization for each bride, is what continues to differentiate the company in the bridal beauty industry.

  • Meghan Ely

    Meghan Ely

    President

    OFD Consulting, WeddingWire Education 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob Farrow

    Rob Farrow New

    Co-Founder

    Aisle Planner

    Rob Farrow

    A 25-year veteran of the event world, Rob’s experience in event design, planning and execution extends across the entire spectrum of event types, from high-budget intimate social gatherings to globally broadcast world championship sporting events. As part of the founding team at Active.com, a global online directory hosting nearly 300,000 sports and athletic events, Rob managed their global event production, sponsorship activations and corporate partnerships. Following his tenure at Active, he launched an experiential marketing agency specializing in large consumer event management, product launches, sponsorships and brand activations for a range of corporate clients including MLB, Nissimo (Nissan) and Adidas. While working in Hawaii for AIO, he met Christina and eventually found himself “blissfully” married into the wedding industry. For the next 13 years, he worked alongside her, helping to run the business as she took her clients’ visions and turned them into singular, spectacular events that earned them the respect and recognition as one of the most prestigious destination wedding design and planning companies in Hawaii. After selling the business in 2012, they founded Aisle Planner where Rob applies his collective business experiences to his role as CEO, keenly focused on maintaining a solid corporate foundation, developing its authentic brand DNA, and delivering the highest quality customer experience through best-in-class software products and services for the weddings and special events industry.

  • Rob Ferre

    Rob Ferre

    Founder

    Life of the Party Entertainment

    Rob Ferre

    Rob Ferre is wedding DJ, entertainer, and speaker from Salt Lake City, Utah. He founded Life of the Party Entertainment in 2007 after returning from a 3 year stint in Orlando Florida. His DJ company recently was awarded Best of State for Event DJ. He has presented for wedding professionals and at various DJ conventions throughout the country. Rob is the President of the Utah Chapter for American Disc Jockey Association and is a proud member of the National Speakers Association.

  • Caroline Fox

    Caroline Fox

    Principal, CJFox Law

    Founder, Engaged Legal Collective

    Caroline Fox

    Caroline is a Virginia attorney whose practice focuses on creative small- to medium-sized businesses and brands. A majority of her practice is dedicated to working with event professionals both at the local and luxury levels. As an attorney, she's helped companies both large and small incorporate, tighten up contracts, protect trademarks and copyrights, and resolve disputes. For the past three years, she's been named to Virginia's "Legal Elite" in the "Under 40" or "Intellectual Property" categories by a vote of fellow Virginia attorneys, and was recently named as a Superlawyers "Rising Star." Caroline is a frequent speaker and educator on legal topics relevant to small businesses, and travels around the world to teach wedding and event professionals.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Gilman, CPP, CR, M. Photog

    Jennifer Gilman, CPP, CR, M. Photog New

    President

    Flourish&Co

    Jennifer Gilman, CPP, CR, M. Photog

    Jennifer lives to blow things up! Whether it’s sales targets, client expectations or marketing goals, Jennifer coaches and empowers entrepreneurs and wedding pros with actionable ideas! Building on her 15+ years in the wedding industry as a high-end studio owner and Director of Marketing for multi-million dollar decor rental company, Jennifer has become an industry thought-leader, educator and speaker. She has been named a ‘Top 25 Women to Watch,’ is a Knot Pro Educator, and owner of Flourish&Co., a consulting agency exclusively created for wedding pros.

  • Stephen & Summer Gossett

    Stephen & Summer Gossett New

    Owners

    FamZing Studios & Noveli Photography

    Stephen & Summer Gossett

    Stephen & Summer Gossett have been wedding photographers for over 15 years and between their two studios have post processed and delivered over 2500 weddings to happy couples in the south east and beyond. Summer is a Black Belt in Six Sigma, as well as Certified in Lean Manufacturing and Service. Her background is in analyzing processes, breaking them down and leaning them out to add the most value to the customer. Stephen is fluent in Adobe applications and brings his extensive knowledge of photography, color theory, and process improvement to every class he teaches. Together they have achieved numerous recognitions and awards for their teaching and photography. They recently won Photographers of the Year for 2017 & 2018 by their local chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events).

  • Mark Allan Groleau

    Mark Allan Groleau New

    Founder

    Unboring!Wedding

    Mark Allan Groleau

    Mark Allan Groleau is a full-time professional wedding officiant and the founder of Unboring!Wedding. Through his online course Unboring!Officiant, he teaches wedding officiants all over the world how to craft riveting wedding ceremonies centred around the couple's love story. Mark recently moved from Toronto to New Brunswick with his wife and two young kids to enjoy life and officiate weddings by the sea.

  • Bron Hansboro

    Bron Hansboro

    Owner

    The Flower Guy Bron

    Bron Hansboro

    Fondly referred to as The Flower Guy, Bron Hansboro is the lead creative and floral designer at The Flower Guy Bron. A leader in his market, Bron provides bespoke design and styling experiences for weddings and events of all types. His famous motto, "We don't sell flowers, we sell experiences" describes the boutique business approach that is paradigm to his brand.

  • Andreas Hauke

    Andreas Hauke

    Owner

    Hauke Films

    Andreas Hauke

    Andreas Hauke matriculated in New York and graduated from the Vienna Business School with Marketing as his Major. He started off as part of the Brand Team at General Motors in Vienna. Andreas moved to South Africa in 2004 and worked as a Marketing Specialist and started his own company, Hauke Digital, which today produces high-end fashion style wedding films, corporate films, adverts and event productions with a branch in Gauteng & the Western Cape, South Africa. The company shoots wedding films all over the world. Andreas studied part time film at the Motion Picture Academy and attended 3D Animation at the Open Window School for Visual Arts. 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 success lifestyle blogs such as Wedding Friends, South Africa’s biggest wedding supplier network. Hauke Digital organizes annual networking events for small creative businesses in the Wedding industry to improve their busiens skills. Today, Andreas is an international keynote speaker focusing on video marketing. He has spoken at the Wedding MBA 2017 (Las Vegas), World Marketing Congress (Mumbai), B2B Marketing Exchange (Scottsdale, AZ), Lighthouse Studios (Dubai, UAE), Vienna Business School (Vienna, Austria), Photo & Film Expo (Johannesburg, South Africa), Marketing Exchange (Cape Town, South Africa), Digital Marketing Congress (London, UK).

  • 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.

  • Julia Henning-Silva

    Julia Henning-Silva New

    VP of Sales

    Wedgewood Weddings

    Julia Henning-Silva

    Julia Henning is the Vice President of Sales for Wedgewood Weddings, a nationwide wedding venue company specializing in all-inclusive wedding packages. It is her job to direct, coach and inspire Wedgewood’s team of over 100 sales people. She got her start in the event industry in 2006 in kitchens, working as cook for several off-site catering companies. In 2010 she graduated with a Masters of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University’s prestigious School of Hotel Administration and began working for Wedgewood. During her time with Wedgewood the company has had lots of growth, going from 10 to 36 weddings venues and expanding from California to 6 different states. Julia’s interests are music, comedy, food, data and excel spreadsheets.

  • Courtney Hopper & Dana Kadwell

    Courtney Hopper & Dana Kadwell New

    Co-Owners

    The Bradford, C and D Events

    Courtney Hopper & Dana Kadwell

    Courtney and Dana are co-owners of The Bradford, C and D Events, and Bushel and Peck Designs based out of Raleigh NC. They started their event planning company in 2006 and their Venue, The Bradford, in 2014. Utilizing their years of planning and design expertise, they designed a unique and desirable event space that is highly sought after in the Triangle market. Their venue has been featured in top wedding publications such as Style Me Pretty, Joy Wed, Green Wedding Shoes, Martha Weddings, and Every Last Detail

  • 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.

  • William Innes

    William Innes New

    Owner

    William Innes Photography

    William Innes

    William Innes became fascinated with photography at an early age, thanks to his father. It wasn’t his father’s skill, though, that inspired him. “My dad was not a very good photographer.” “We always joked how people in his photos would have plants or trees growing out of their heads.” “It was the camera that got me hooked,” William said. “I am definitely right brain/left brain. I loved all the controls on the camera and the way it felt in my hands. William works and lives in Santa Clarita, CA with his wife His favorite wedding venue in Southern California is the one he’s about to shoot. If you’d like to contact William about your photography needs, contact him via email at william@innesphotography.com or by phone at 323.639.3686.

  • 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.

  • Jason Jani

    Jason Jani New

    Founder

    SCE Event Group

    Jason Jani

    Jason Jani is trusted by some of the worlds most discerning client base and has become one of the most sought-after profile event DJs in the world. Catering to the social elite, in the VIP Event, Corporate Event and Private event space, he has toured the world providing the soundtrack for celebrities, companies, organizations, and industry professionals most sacred events. Described as the “DJ’s DJ,” he has appeared and been featured on countless television and radio programs, in magazines and industry books, as well as the headlining talent at numerous profile industry events. His resume boasts events that many DJs in the world can not even imagine. In addition to Jason's impressive profile performance event client base - he founded SCE Event Group in 2009 and has established an incredible resume not only as a performer but as a respected industry influencer. Since day one Jason Jani has harnessed innovation, pushed boundaries with modern out of the box event concepts, and has set the new standards in the private event entertainment world. He has coined terms like “event group” and “lightscaping”, while inspiring fellow DJs worldwide with his custom DJ booth presentations. What makes Jason Jani so unique is his ability to connect old to new while blurring the lines between nightlife and private entertainments worlds with a seamless fusion of god given talent, music programming knowledge, and mind-bending technical production. If you are planning an event anywhere in the world, and would like to consider Jason Jani to perform, host or assist in development, please complete the contact form on this site.

  • Stella Jones

    Stella Jones New

    Owner & Motivational Speaker

    Stella's Bridal

    Stella Jones

    Stella loves to live life outside of the box! With a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management from LIM in New York, she started her journey in bridal and opened Stella’s Bridal Boutique in 2011. As a premiere retailer, Stella has had to expand her store three times over the course of the past eight years, in order to accommodate her growing presence in the Western New York region. What drives Stella in this industry is her connection with women and her ability to open their eyes to see the true beauty that reigns within. In 2017 Stella began her Stella Talks seminars. Her motivational speeches have given her a platform to spread her love and energy to an even larger audience. Stella’s many accomplishments include being a four-year running recipient of the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award, Winner of the Women in Business Award and her most rewarding accomplishment thus far- being the Mommy to her one and only little boy, Diesel.

  • Vanessa Joy

    Vanessa Joy

    Owner

    Vanessa Joy, Owner Vanessay Joy Photography, Sponsored by Animoto & WeddingWire Expert

    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.

  • Nayri Kalayjian

    Nayri Kalayjian New

    Wedding Fashion Expert & Stylist, Best Selling Author

    CEO, Lovella Bridal

    Nayri Kalayjian

    Nayri is the Wedding Fashion Expert. Given today’s dynamic world, Nayri beautifully leverages technology to create a uniquely unforgettable customer experience. Her strategies have turned Lovella Bridal into the successful bridal brand it is today. From being a best selling author to styling celebrity brides, coaching and educating, Nayri specializes in creating a unique customer experience. This includes creating and overseeing the overall business strategy. From team building to implementing sales and marketing initiatives, her innovative strategies make her an industry leader and pioneer. She also advises world renowned designers, helping them refine and edit their collections. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Mario Lopez & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta, DC Cupcakes on TLC, Season 5 of David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding on WE Network, People.com styling Robert Herjavec’s wife Kym Johnson from DWTS and more! Nayri has styled celebrity brides including Ashley Iaconetti from The Bachelor, Zena Foster Babbs who married R&B Singer Tank and Jazmyn Simon from Ballers on HBO. Her best selling book, "I'm Getting Married & Have Nothing to Wear" is the ultimate guide to helping brides find their perfect wedding dress. It also serves as a training tool for store owners and bridal stylists. Most recently, Nayri released “Bridal Store Blueprint” an online course created based on industry feedback from her YouTube channel and Podcast. Designed for store owners, her online course shares a proven and tested business formula. When implemented, bridal salons can scale and thrive. Her favorite pastime includes enjoying quality time with family and traveling the world. She also enjoys competing and training with her Arabian horse named Time To Tango! It is rare to see Nayri without her French bulldog Nuff; at times he assists in styling brides as well!

  • 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.

  • Rich Lange

    Rich Lange

    Owner

    Remarkable Receptions

    Rich Lange

    Rich Lange has found the fun in many jobs; radio jock, concert promoter, writer, event producer, voice-over artist, trivia host, ride operator, event DJ, and professional salty-snack-taster. Rich earned his business-skill stripes as a Marketing and Sales Director at Procter & Gamble, building some of the world's biggest consumer brands. He made the world a better place as an award-winning Marketing and Event Director in radio broadcasting, creating events and promotions that simultaneously earned revenue for his bosses, and made life more fun for radio listeners. Today, Rich works in his wedding businesses as a Professional Master of Ceremonies, Entertainer, and serial Entrepreneur, AND on those businesses with expertise in Client Experience, Sales, and Marketing.

  • Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence New

    Business Consultant, Write and Speaker

    Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence is one of the foremost marketing experts in the wedding industry. Working closely with Alan Berg, his current company does websites and marketing for all categories of the wedding industry. He owned multiple stores that provided one-stop wedding shopping and also was the VP of a leading wholesale brand. Speaking at Wedding MBA for the 4th time, you may have seen Brian's marketing articles on the pro blogs of Wedding Wire, The Knot and Perfect Wedding Guide and as a columnist for Vows Magazine.

  • Melanie Little

    Melanie Little New

    Founder + CEO

    Brilliant Bridal

    Melanie Little

    Melanie Little is the founder + CEO of Brilliant Bridal. With a focus on bridal shows, social media and a fierce pursuit to provide an unforgettable bridal shopping experience, Melanie + her team have grown the business from one to five locations across the Southwest in just 8 years. She is passionate about bringing value to other small business owners by sharing her own "ah-ha" moments and lessons learned. In addition to her 5 business babies she has 2 human kiddos, a fur-baby, and the world’s best husband.

  • Tracey Manailescu

    Tracey Manailescu

    Co-Founder

    Wedding Planners Institute of Canada

    Tracey Manailescu

    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.

  • Valerie McCartney

    Valerie McCartney New

    Co-Founder

    Enticing Tables

    Valerie McCartney

    With a background in corporate marketing and franchise development, Valerie has held senior level positions at PepsiCo, Nestle, Tyson Foods, El Pollo Loco and Johnny Rockets. In 2010, she co-founded Enticing Tables, a specialty event decor business that designs, builds, rents and sells original decor made in their metal studio and workshop. Valerie's frustration with traditional event industry advertising coupled with her analytical approach to marketing and business development drove her to start Wedding Ads That Work in 2015. With multiple years of hands-on Facebook and Instagram advertising know-how, she uses her in-depth knowledge to teach other wedding and event pros how to reach their target audience. Her teaching style is practical, not theoretical, full of actual event and wedding industry examples and she makes a complicated subject understandable for even the least tech savvy.

  • 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.

  • Cassandra McClure

    Cassandra McClure New

    Owner

    CassandraMcClure.com & Lash Binder

    Cassandra McClure

    An internationally recognized, multi award-winning Clean Beauty makeup artist, entrepreneur and podcast host, Cassandra's work has been featured in bridal publications, on celebrities and tv shows. With over 10 years in the beauty industry as an elite destination wedding stylist Cassandra has an in-depth knowledge of complexions, bone structure, color utilization, clean product formulations, and ingredients. She is also a widely recognized educator and sought out for her role in the niche Clean Beauty space that is taking the beauty industry by storm.

  • Katelyn McCullough

    Katelyn McCullough New

    Co-Founder

    Elwynn + Cass

    Katelyn McCullough

    I am one of the co-founders of Elwynn + Cass. My mother is the other. I am originally from Las Vegas and attended the University of San Diego where I studied International Business. 6 months after graduating we started Elwynn + Cass which is a beauty concierge service with a focus on luxury beauty planning. We have been in the wedding industry for approximately 3 years and we’ve worked with 300+ couples in giving them the beauty experience they deserve. Aka, zero stress, zero guesswork and all with a personalized touch, because you are the only one there is and deserve an experience entirely your own.

  • 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.

  • Jove Meyer

    Jove Meyer New

    Owner + Creative Director

    Jove Myer Events

    Jove Meyer

    Jove Meyer Events was born after Jove planned and designed his best friend's wedding in the summer of 2008, and loved every minute of it! In the decade since, The Knot has called him a Wedding Wizard and listed him as one of the top 100 wedding pros! US Weekly has called him a Wedding Guru and Brides and Bizbash have named him a top planner in the USA. Jove and his work have been featured in publications worldwide, most notably The New York Times, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Bridal Guide, The Knot, BuzzFeed and many more. Jove has appeared multiple times on The Rachael Ray Show. Jove is a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and marriage equality. He co-taught the first LGBTQ+ wedding webinar in partnership with The Knot in 2015 and speaks passionately about inclusivity in the wedding space and working with LGBTQ+ couples around the world most recently at Engage, Destination Wedding Planners Congress and domestically at The Knot Workshops, Hustle and Flow, WIPA Chicago as well as ILEA Austin. Jove Meyer is the host of the popular podcast Weddings-ish with Jove! He is the creator of the “Totes Getting Married” tote bag and the founder of the Planners Dining Club.

  • JoAnn Moore

    JoAnn Moore

    Owner

    JoAnn Moore Weddings

    JoAnn Moore

    JoAnn Moore, Owner of JoAnn Moore Weddings has extensive experience in wedding planning and consulting. JoAnn specializes in destination wedding throughout the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado and Lake Tahoe Region of Northern California. JoAnn has designed weddings in areas where many would think it unlikely or impossible to hold a wedding celebration including ranches, mountain tops, remote forests, rustic cabins, and vineyards to name a few. Wherever her clients can picture themselves tying the knot, JoAnn has made it happen. JoAnn is a Master Wedding Planner (MWP) with ABC, Certified Professional Wedding Consultant (CWC) with ACPWC and is a Certified Green Wedding Planner (CGWP). JoAnn’s weddings and designs have been published in many industry periodicals and web sites and she has received numerous accolades including 2007 Wedding Planner of the Year” by Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine, Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice Award for 2010 - 2018 and The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2011, 2013 and 2014, 2015 and 2018 and Hall of Fame for 2016 from the Knot.com to name just a few. She has authored many articles for wedding publications as well. JoAnn was a featured speaker at the 2014 Association of Bridal Consultants International Wedding Industry conference at a Sandals, Whitehouse, Jamaica and most recently The Special Event conference in New Orleans, 2018, Wedding Track. She has been an expert panelist for Wedding Wire and other wedding educational experiences for wedding and event professionals.

  • 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 nine years and almost 900 weddings – and becoming known locally as a specialist on marriage equality – Bethel now also enjoys helping other wedding industry 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 really 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 honing in on the right systems, processes, and customer journey to best service them. This has all resulted in over 300 5-star reviews and a full wedding calendar for the past six years. 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 former board member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation and 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.

  • Audrey Nelson

    Audrey Nelson New

    VP of Marketing

    The Springs

    Audrey Nelson

    Audrey is the Vice President of Marketing at THE SPRINGS, a wedding venue company established in 2009 that has grown to 12 locations and 20 venues in Texas & Oklahoma. She joined the SPRINGS team in 2014 as a dual-venue manager in the Texas Hill Country. She set records in her first year in operations, exceeding the monthly high for events sold, taking that one venue from “last” to “first” as the highest grossing SPRINGS venue ever. She quickly moved up to a training position, where she wrote the 300-page venue manager training manual and has onboarded 9 new managers. She took over her role as marketing lead in 2015 to bring social media & marketing in-house; she has increased web conversions, leads, and tours ever since and grown the marketing team to a staff of six.

  • 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

  • Abigail Olaya

    Abigail Olaya

    Owner

    Venue at The Grove and Olaya Events & Company

    Abigail Olaya

    Abigail Olaya is CEO of Olaya Design & Company. After 10 years working in growing corporate divisions she pursued her entrepreneurial spirit and ventured off to start a wedding venue with her husband Edward. She has over 8 years of experience in establishing award winning venues from the ground up as well as creating an award-winning catering company. Abigail is passionate about helping wedding businesses grow and is sought after for working with venues and caterers to increase their sales, implement processes and systems, hire, manage and develop employees.

  • Casey O'Brien

    Casey O'Brien New

    Director Of Events

    23 City Blocks Hospitality Group

    Casey O'Brien

    Always knowing that events were her future, Casey grabbed on to every opportunity she could to learn about each facet of this crazy industry. Experience in each segment from experiential marketing to professional sports stadiums to luxury wedding planning, paired with her passionate work ethic and relationship-driven attitude, led to Casey’s growth from an inaugural member of the 23 City Blocks team as an event manger to her position as Director of Events today. Casey leans towards being the outside the boxer thinker in a group of logical minds or the reel-it-inner in a group of creatives, bridging the ingenious with the practical, which she contributes to why she fell in love with the catering world. The opportunity to imagine and to create is never ending, and there is no greater satisfaction than pulling off something others said wasn’t possible. As a firm believer in continuing education, Casey has taken every opportunity to continue to expand her knowledge in all aspects of the event world and leadership skills, attending conferences such as Engage Summits and training courses from Master Connection Associates. In 2015, she was nominated by fellow industry vendors as Rookie of the Year candidate. Casey sat on the Board of the International Live Event Association as the Director of Special Events from June 2016 to June of 2018. In her spare time, she also coaches a competitive youth soccer program, Ajax St. Louis, and has done so for the past five years.

  • Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil

    Founder

    Curate.co

    Ryan O'Neil

    Ryan O'Neil is a thought leader in the wedding and event industry and is keen to share all the potholes he hit along the way of building his companies. Ryan and his wonderfully-creative wife, Rachael, founded Twisted Willow Design in St. Louis as a wedding-focused floral company. From that experience, Ryan created Curate, an event software that automates the entire “wedding folder.” Ryan has personally spoken with thousands of florists since starting Curate and is a constant source of candid advice about the industry. He’s the lead contributor to The Business Of Events blog that shares all the details of how he and his wife started their shop and grew it into a lifestyle business.

  • Christie Osborne

    Christie Osborne New

    Owner

    Mountainside Media

    Christie Osborne

    Christie Osborne is the owner of Mountainside Media, a company that helps event industry professionals brands develop scalable marketing strategies that brings in more inquiries and leads. Christie is a national educator with recent speaking engagements at NACE Experience, WIPA and the ABC Conference. Christie regularly shares industry insight in her Cater source column, as well as on SpecialEvents.com, Wed Altered, WeddingIQ and NACE's industry blog.

  • Shelley Pearson

    Shelley Pearson New

    Owner

    Expressions of Love Florist

    Shelley Pearson

    I have been the owner and operator of Expressions of Love Florist for 19 years. I have a passion to see others succeed and feel that investing your time into building someone else up adds value to everyone. My business moto has alway been, ”Autograph your work with excellence!”

  • 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.

  • Angela Proffitt

    Angela Proffitt New

    Client & Communication Specialist

    Angela Proffitt, LLC

    Angela Proffitt

    Angela Proffitt is a serial entrepreneur that has become one of the most successful wedding & event planners by using her background in psychology and technology to manage a million details by operating her companies completely paperless, productive, and profitable. She will share how you can fast track your business the same way she did to maximize your output and sync your business clients.

  • Jamie Quickert

    Jamie Quickert

    Director Of Catering

    Detroit Institute Of Arts

    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.

  • Dan Quinn

    Dan Quinn New

    Founder

    DQB Entertainment

    Dan Quinn

    Dan Quinn is a DJ, Musician, MC, electronic music junkie, tech enthusiast, and founder of DQB Entertainment His unique multi-instrumental solo productions have led him to dive deep into music & event production technology in order to unlock as much functionality and efficiency as possible. Dan is a regular “Best of Weddings” winner on The Knot and has also been named one of The Knot’s Pro Educators for 2019. Outside of weddings and private events, Dan has been an active participant at The NAMM Show where he was an invited performer (2017) and TEC Track Speaker (2018) where he presented the technology focused “Raising the Bar for DJ Performances”. Dan also founded OontzKids DJ Academy in 2016, which teaches kids and teens how to DJ and produce music through summer camps and after school programs. Dan holds an Engineering degree from the University of Rochester and a Professional Certificate in Ableton Live from Berklee Online. He lives in Dallas with his wife Danielle and 4 kids.

  • Ian Ramirez

    Ian Ramirez New

    Venue Director

    Madera Estates

    Ian Ramirez

    Ian Ramirez is an internationally trained opera singer who has sung across the globe from Portland, Oregon to Stuttgart, Germany. He has sung with Opera Stuttgart, Portland Opera, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Musica Sacra of Cincinnati, among others. From opera to operations, Mr. Ramirez serves as the General Manager of Madera Estates, an award-winning Spanish and European inspired luxury wedding and event venue located in Conroe, TX. The architecturally-stunning and beauty that is Madera Estates, takes inspiration and visions from the historic town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, an artist’s haven and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An oasis of lush landscaping, guests are immediately transported from the piney woods of Southeastern Texas to the breathtaking and luscious highlands of Central Mexico. As a leader in his community, he operates a private voice studio, and serves on the boards of Interfaith Young Professionals and the International Live Events Association Houston Chapter, as well as the leadership team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Campaign in Montgomery County, TX. Mr. Ramirez graduated Summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. He has received awards from the National Opera Association and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. In 2018, Ian was named the Man of the Year through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign, as well as PR Luxury Media’s Do-Gooder of the Year. Most recently, he was named Houston Business Journal's 40 under 40.

  • 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!

  • Anthony Salas

    Anthony Salas New

    Owner

    Butlerz Event Rentals and Central Coast Bride

    Anthony Salas

    Anthony Salas started in the industry in 1994 DJing his high school dances and backyard parties. Since then he has started Epic Entertainment that currently has 22 employees. He also owns Butlerz Event Rentals (an event rental company) and Central Coast Bride (a wedding marketing firm). He has an insatiable passion for the wedding/event industry and streamlining business processes.

  • Laura Rybak

    Laura Rybak New

    Celebrity/High Fashion Makeup Artsit

    Laura Rybak

    Laura Rybak is an entrepreneur and celebrity/ high fashion makeup artist. She has spent over a decade working as a professional makeup artist for television, commercial productions, photography and weddings. Laura's work has been featured on Good Morning America, World News, This Week, 48 Hours and more. Brides enjoy Laura’s experiential focus, giving the pportunity for any individual to be treated like a celebrity for a day. She utilizes the professional techniques learned from working behind the camera to make every bride look and feel like the best version of herself. Laura has been professionally trained on more than 20 of the country's top brands including Smashbox, Makeup Forever, and IT. You can follow her journey on Instagram @lauramarieartistry or see her full portfolio at www.lauramarieartistry.com

  • Mia Saling

    Mia Saling

    Partner

    Sehgal & Sailing, P.C.

    Mia Saling

    Mia Saling, Esq. is an industry insider who provides a distinct perspective and refreshing voice for the ever-evolving hospitality community. She brings 25 years of experience in the industry as a classically trained chef, event planner/coordinator, and entrepreneur to her practice of hospitality and intellectual property law, and to the national conference stage. Mia is well versed in the conversation of event production and food & beverage from a business, culinary, agricultural, and consumer perspective. She has worked with event professionals, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, assisting them with their licensing, business, litigation, and trademark matters, and recently has worked with businesses in the cannabis industry. Mia is a member of the Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Employment Law sections of the San Diego County Bar Association. She serves as an adjunct faculty member of Art Institute of California-San Diego, instructing in law, hospitality, and culinary classes. Additionally, Mia is a volunteer for culinary fundraisers, conducts seminars for hospitality professionals, and is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), which provides direct assistance to foster children in San Diego.

  • Rachel Sheerin

    Rachel Sheerin New

    Speaker | Trainer | Coach

    Rachel Sheerin

    Rachel Sheerin is a keynote speaker and trainer focused on helping hospitality and event professionals sell more and be happy! Featured in Inc. Magazine for her unorthodox, high energy style and unorthodox keynotes, As a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Rachel is an advocate for authentic sales processes and helping individuals feel successful on their deepest levels. She has been a guest on awesome podcasts such as Weddings Unveiled, This Week in Weddings, Lodging Leaders. Beyond the Restaurant and more, sharing her humor-filled perspectives on sales, mindset, business development and happiness. Rachel's clients include caterers, executive leaders, hotel and hospitality sales teams, wedding professionals, event designers and more - if you serve the world, then she serves you! Rachel currently serves as Director of Education for WIPA, is a long time NACE member and takes her margaritas on the rocks.

  • Veronica Silva

    Veronica Silva New

    President

    Pawfect For You, Inc.

    Veronica Silva

    Project manager by trade and pet lover by nature, Veronica Silva discovered a niche in the wedding market for couples seeking to have their pets present on the Big Day. In 2016, she launched Pawfect for You, a NY-based company that specializes in the coordination, care and transportation of pets at special events. Since then, Pawfect for You has expanded throughout the northeast with the goal of reaching all four corners of the US, so all pet owners can enjoy a worry-free day with their furry friends. Pawfect for You has been featured in Brides, People Magazine and the Knot, among others. In her spare time, Veronica loves running, traveling, and spending time with her own rescue dog, JakeBear.

  • Terrica

    Terrica

    Chief Event Planner & Designer

    Cocktails & Details

    Terrica

    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.

  • Meryl Snow

    Meryl Snow

    Co-Founder

    Feastivities

    Meryl Snow

    Meryl wakes up each morning with a big smile on her face because she knows that her clients are crushing it! They’re using what she teaches to reach their goals and increase sales within a matter of weeks (often even days) with laser-focused training techniques. Meryl has spent 28 years in the special event & catering industry as co-founder of Feastivities Events, along with its subsidiaries OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia's Picnic Company. She also is the author of Booked It! , Cha Ching and three how-to Style & Design video

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 30 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 Keynote. 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. Mike has published three books, Running Your Multi-Op which is widely consider the most comprehensive book for anyone interested in expanding their DJ business, the self-help primer, Ten Things You Can Do to Have a Better Day and the music history compendium: On This Date in Music. He’s also released a number of education videos to help his fellow DJs and business owners. In 2014 he partnered with Joe Bunn to start the PhDJ Workshop and in 2017 the two began a weekly podcast called the PhDJ Podcast. For more information head to DJMikeWalter.com and OnThisDateInMusic.com

  • BB Webb

    BB Webb

    Speaker, Author, Business Coach

    WeddingDreamz.com

    BB Webb

    BB Webb is the ‘go to’ business/culture coach for owners and leaders in the Wedding Industry. She founded and ran one of Atlanta’s most successful venues, Carl House, muscling through a tough economy and numerous challenges. Her book, ‘Build Your Business’ has helped carve the way for not just venue owners and Wedding Pros, but business owners desiring to improve and grow their organizations with sustainable systems and superior culture. Learn about BB’s work through her website and social channels at www.bbwebb.net or call her today at 770-846-1308.

  • 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.

  • Caroline "Giggle" Winata

    Caroline "Giggle" Winata

    Owner

    Giggle and Riot Funbooths

    Caroline "Giggle" Winata

    Caroline of Giggle and Riot Funbooths is the creative, visual, branding and marketing maven behind the biz. She is a happy Instagram obsessed, foodie, digs design, will never eat a cute animal and is usually busting a righteous move on the dance floor. Armed with a keen eye for impeccable aesthetics, history in web and graphic design and training in art, she makes sure everything in her company looks rad and works amazingly

  • Courtney Wolf

    Courtney Wolf New

    Executive Planner

    Invision Events

    Courtney Wolf

    Courtney Wolf is an intuitive dreamer, doer and ultimately, wedding planner based in Birmingham, Alabama where she manages Invision Events' day to day operations in addition to spearheading their marketing, sales and public relations efforts. Armed with a degree in Marketing as well as her MBA, Courtney's "left brain" has served her well in the creative industry, establishing her niche as a vital sales resource and go-to wedding biz expert. Her innate ability to connect with and delight her clients is just one way Invision Events thrives and stands out among their peers in the luxury wedding and destination market.

  • Krysta York

    Krysta York New

    Owner

    Charlotte's Weddings

    Krysta York

    Krysta is the owner of Charlotte’s Weddings a bridal boutique that has been in business for over 25 years in Portland, Oregon. With a degree in Marketing and Advertising from Portland State University, Krysta began working at Charlotte’s in 2005 and purchased the store in 2007. She has spoken on the national level for VOWS, coaches bridal boutiques across the country, and is a Knot Pro Educator for 2019. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two young boys, traveling with friends and visiting family.

  • 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.

  • Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood

    VP

    Wedding MBA

    Shannon Underwood

    Shannon Underwood is the VP of the Wedding MBA. She recruits and trains new speakers, sells exhibit booths, and designs marketing materials for the convention. Shannon lives in Scottsdale Arizona with her husband and two children.