2020 Wedding MBA Speakers

  • Amber Anderson

    Amber Anderson New

    Founder

    Heavenly Day Events

    Amber Anderson

    After a decade in weddings and events, Amber Anderson, founder of Heavenly Day Events, pivoted her career into coaching others while maintaining a role in her planning company in Austin, Texas. As the host of Refine for Wedding Planners, Amber desires to coach and mentor new, aspiring and struggling planners via the largest Facebook group exclusively for wedding planners by offering a course, retreat and templates! As a Public Speaker, Amber is known for having radical honesty, often saying what most people are thinking but won’t say, striving to elevate the industry one conversation at a time.

  • 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.

  • Adrienne Brink

    Adrienne Brink New

    Founder

    Uncommon Camellia

    Adrienne Brink

    Adrienne is a licensed mental health therapist and founder of the thriving New Orleans wedding coordination company Uncommon Camellia. Influenced by her training and experience as a counselor, Adrienne’s approach to business is centered on strong alliances with clients, co-workers and colleagues.

  • Meghan Brown

    Meghan Brown

    Director

    The Knot Worldwide brands: Two Bright Lights + How They Asked

    Meghan Brown

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Timothy	Chi

    Timothy Chi

    CEO

    The Knot Worldwide

    Timothy Chi

    Tim Chi is a DC-based CEO and entrepreneur who founded WeddingWire out of his living room with three friends in 2007. Tim led the company from an internet start-up to a multimillion-dollar leader in the wedding planning industry. In 2018, WeddingWire and XO Group merged to form The Knot Worldwide, the largest global wedding planning company serving millions of engaged couples across 15 countries. Tim holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

  • Sal Cincotta

    Sal Cincotta

    Owner

    Creative Cinc

    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.

  • Anesha Collins

    Anesha Collins New

    Unashamed Imaging

    Anesha Collins

    Anesha Collins is a well recognized and award-winning Photographer, Cinematographer, and Video-Marketing strategist currently based in Orlando, Florida. She has spoken at several conferences, universities, summits, on several podcasts, and many other platforms desiring her knowledge and innovative guidance on video-marketing. She is the founder of LEARNWITHAC (an educational platform for Creative Entrepreneurs & Business Owners) where she consistently teaches on video-marketing, content planning, content distribution, leveraging organic reach (which helps to support paid ads),connecting with your target audience, and so much more.

  • Octavia Conner

    Octavia Conner New

    CEO

    Say Yes To Profits

    Octavia Conner

    As the CEO of Say Yes To Profits, a virtual accounting firm, Octavia Conner is an award-winning financial strategist, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping businesses grow between 30% and 350% within 12-months while saving over 55% in taxes. Her mission is to prevent the struggle of entrepreneurship and help businesses earn their first or next million dollars sooner than they think. Recently awarded one of the Top 50 Cloud Accountants in North American, Octavia strategically combines over 13 years of financial management with financial consulting to help her client say yes to profits. Octavia is a wife and mother of four who enjoy spending her spare time with family and watching action movies. For more information, visit sayyestoprofits.com

  • 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.

  • Scott Crumpton

    Scott Crumpton New

    Owner/Founder

    White Stone Marketing

    Scott Crumpton

    Scott’s love of marketing, public speaking and all things computing was kindled in his early high school years. He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California where he majored in Agricultural Business with a concentration in Marketing. While Agricultural Business may seem like an odd major for a hospitality professional, Scott found the practical education focused on small businesses much more applicable than corporate-centered classes frequently found in the business department majors. Scott and his wife Allison founded the first internet marketing agency solely dedicated to small lodging properties back in 1994 and today focus on taking great care of a small collection of highly successful properties and venues. Scott’s desire to achieve excellent results for his clients can be summed up in one of his favorite sayings for his team: “Take twice as long to do it twice as right!”

  • 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.

  • DJ Digital Dave

    DJ Digital Dave New

    Owner

    Digital Dave Music

    DJ Digital Dave

    DJ Digital Dave operates a full-service DJ company based out of Pittsburgh, PA with extensive experience in nightclubs, luxury weddings, corporate events, radio and professional sports. Dave is the in-game DJ for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Pitt Panthers (NCAA) football and men's basketball teams. He currently holds 5 nightclub residencies and has played at venues across the U.S. including LIV (Miami, FL), Heist (Washington, D.C.), The Ritz (Tampa, FL) and many more. Digital Dave's radio experience includes playing on The Jump Off Mix (Power 106, LA), live sets on Sirius XM's Sway in the Morning and an ongoing quarterly residency on the nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick morning show. On top of his nightclub, radio and professional sports schedule DJ Digital Dave plays 50+ luxury weddings and corporate events annually throughout the U.S. Considered an expert in his field Dave has been quoted by numerous major websites including BizBash, SB Nation, Wedding Wire, DJ Times & DJ Tech Tools and has traveled the country as both a public speaker and consultant.

  • Timeesha Duncan

    Timeesha Duncan

    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

  • Sara Dunn

    Sara Dunn New

    Owner

    SaraDoesSeo.com

    Sara Dunn

    With a background in digital marketing, Sara Dunn is a wedding SEO consultant at SaraDoesSEO.com, helping wedding planners, photographers, venues, florists, and more reach rockstar status on Google. Sara is a contributor to notable industry sites as Honeybook, Special Events, WeddingIQ, and WIPA.

  • Sheila Dunn

    Sheila Dunn New

    Producer

    Bridal Extravaganza & Texas Wedding Guide

    Sheila Dunn

    Sheila Dunn, Marketing Director for Texas Weddings, producer of the Bridal Extravaganza and the Texas Wedding Guide serving Central Texas, is passionate about helping wedding businesses succeed. Using more than 20 years of experience helping wedding professionals reach and sell to engaged couples, she has developed an outline to help any company improve the ROI for any wedding show, including booking at the show. In 2019, vendors at Texas Weddings’ Bridal Extravaganzas in Austin and San Antonio booked hundreds of thousands of dollars in business AT THE SHOW! Sheila also helps clients design effective advertising, signage, and other marketing materials.

  • Amanda Eggers

    Amanda Eggers New

    CWP

    Ivory & Lace Weddings

    Amanda Eggers

    Hello, I am Amanda of Ivory & Lace Creative Weddings. I come from a long history of event planners and have been in the industry for nearly a decade. I have innovatively organized thousands of events – from hands-on installation and design to full-scale production. But I haven’t always been in weddings. I have a degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University, with an emphasis on cultural customs, rituals, and superstitions. What drew me to the humanities side of anthropology was my love of traditions—whether it be respecting those of our past or creating new ones. What pulled me to the science side of anthropology was my perfectionism. I love taking care of all the little elements. It was my job to take a project and meticulously analyze it from every angle. Eventually, I continued my education; focusing specifically on events and weddings, I got certified as a Professional Wedding Planner at California State University, San Marcos. My scientifically trained attention to detail, my curated understanding of cultures as a whole, and my years of experience as a designer and producer make me the amazing planner that I am today.

  • 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.

  • Jordan Ensminger

    Jordan Ensminger New

    Creative Director

    The Bridal Collection

    Jordan Ensminger

    Jordan Ensminger started her career in the bridal field in 2004 in San Francisco, after two years of travel throughout Europe and Africa. Beginning as a stylist, her love and knowledge of the bridal industry grew quickly and she soon expanded into buying and coaching. When she left Northern California for Denver, she began work with one of the fastest growing bridal stores in the country, The Bridal Collection. The combination was a perfect match. While her role as Creative Director has given her the opportunity to take on more behind–the-scenes responsibilities including digital marketing, branding, merchandising, coaching and buying, most days you will find her working with brides to help them find their dream dress. In her spare time, Jordan, an avid outdoors person, loves to explore Colorado with her husband and spoil her two pugs.

  • 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.

  • Donna Forsyth

    Donna Forsyth New

    Owner

    Lehigh Valley Celebrants

    Donna Forsyth

    With 30 years of experience as an educator, Donna spent her career teaching in inner-city classrooms, as well as developing and implementing high-standards of curricula. Donna took a sabbatical in 2014 to earn her Masters in Leadership and Administration. That same year, Marriage Equality passed in her state of Pennsylvania. Within days of the lifting of the same-sex marriage ban, Donna officiated her first wedding, marrying two men in their 70’s. This prompted her to go through the Humanist Society to become endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant. That decision proved to be a life-changing event, leading Donna to retire from education to pursue her Humanist Celebrant business full-time. Donna has since officiated hundreds of ceremonies and built a full-time Celebrant business, Lehigh Valley Celebrants. Under her leadership, the business has grown to include six other working, Humanist Celebrants. Through mentorship-style learning, Donna and her team have become highly sought-after Celebrants in the region and are hired to reside over numerous life celebrations each year. Celebrant Academy is Donna's newest venture, and allows her to share her dedication to continuous learning with the skills that have made her a marketable Celebrant, such as her background in theater, public speaking, storytelling, marketing and writing. Through this six - eight month program of studies, she and the other award-winning instructors at Celebrant Academy, help others learn the art of Celebrancy so they graduate with all they need to be at the top of their field. Earnest and innovative, Donna keeps her finger on the pulse of wedding industry trends and collaborates with important creatives and thought leaders. She currently is Vice President of the Board of the Humanist Society and takes an active role with providing training opportunities for Humanist Celebrants nationwide.

  • 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

    President of Growth + International

    The Knot Worldwide

    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.

  • Megan Gillikin

    Megan Gillikin New

    Owner

    A Southern Soiree

    Megan Gillikin

    Megan Gillikin is a successful Wedding and Event Planning business owner at A Southern Soiree, Consultant to fellow event industry pros, Podcaster at Weddings For Real, and Mom to 3 girls under 7. Her two favorite meals are breakfast and dessert, and she loves dance parties in the living room with her husband and those 3 daughters!

    Megan graduated with her hospitality degree and her MBA. After graduation, she earned her stripes in the hotel industry by working for Marriott for almost 5 years on the event operations/planning side in roles that lead her to her love of events. In 2010, Megan left the hotel world and took over ownership of an existing wedding planning company in need of re-branding to remain relevant within the industry. After 10 years of growing A Southern Soiree, Megan has established it as one of the most sought after, highly regarded event planning companies in the southeast.

    She loves getting to know the inner workings of people’s personalities…so much so that she started a wedding industry podcast in 2018! That led to another passion, which is consulting with other industry vendors on growing their businesses purposefully! Megan has a love for providing real, insightful and tangible advice and wisdom on growing and sustaining a successful event business! If you’re Myers-Briggs fans she’s an ENFJ, and a solid 3 on the Enneagram. She’s ambitious, adaptable and enthusiastic and her love for this industry is contagious!

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • DJ Hapa

    DJ Hapa New

    DJ Hapa

    DJ HAPA is considered one of the best guides you could have on the musical journey he creates every night. Describing his sound as “#FeelGoodSound”, he is known for playing a multitude of genres and blending it all together to create a unique soundtrack. His list of accolades and clients includes such top brands as Ducati, Ferrari, Formula1, Microsoft, ESPN, Lululenon and The Grammys, just to name a few. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as his musical selection: Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, and Drake to Bruno Mars, Marshmello, and Chromeo. In 2016, Hapa created a new group called Phil N Good, where he is executive producing remixes and original tracks accompanied by live instruments. HAPA has a unique gift of being able to connect with people through a variety of forms. He is as comfortable in front of the camera, hosting live events or in a boardroom as he is in the DJ booth. This versatility has helped land him some pretty unique opportunities including being the first resident DJ on the Emmy award winning KTLA Morning Show in Los Angeles, a feature on The Ellen Show and the turntablist in the 10 piece Miles Electric Band.

  • Will Hegarty

    Will Hegarty

    President

    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.

  • Aleya Harris

    Aleya Harris New

    Owner

    Flourish Marketing

    Aleya Harris

    Most catering and events business owners fail at making money doing what they love because they don't know how to market themselves. Through her company, Flourish Marketing, Aleya offers marketing education, strategy, and tools that help wedding, catering, and events business owners stop staring at a blank calendar and start getting and keeping a consistent stream of clients. Aleya is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who also happens to be an award-winning, marketing strategist, brand manager, content developer, and storyteller. She has a background as a marketing executive on the leadership teams of large foodservice organizations and has also been a private chef and catering company owner. Aleya speaks your language and understands your challenges. She knows how important it is to work in your passion. That's why for the past 12 years, she has been focused on helping over 1,000 accounts, brands, and business owners to be successful. Aleya is a dynamic interpersonal communicator and presenter with the exceptional ability to inspire, motivate, and equip her audience. She loves opportunities to connect, help people develop, and create the space for her fellow entrepreneurs to see their visions manifest.

  • Natalie Harris

    Natalie Harris New

    Owner

    Renegade Bridal

    Natalie Harris

    Back in design school, I once took a personality evaluation to apply at Golden Corral. It said I had "issues with following the status quo". I was shocked! I did not get that job. Fast forward a couple decades, though... I still prefer to color outside the lines by putting prints on wedding gowns, embroidering skulls into lace, and encouraging renegade brides to forego tradition for the sake of itself in favor of hyper-personalizing. I wish every bride could have the fun "Easter eggs" we hide in our brides' gowns. I grew up on a farm in rural Indiana. I've been on a path to this career my whole life, starting from glueing Barbie clothes before Mom started teaching me to sew in third grade. I have crazy notions about how life and art intermingle. I think the gown you wear on your wedding day should be exactly the kind of craziness your spouse would expect from you. I think fashion should serve to convey your personality. Ironically, though, on my days off, you'll find me to be a supreme suburban cliche. Every morning I trip over Legos and teethers as I stumble to the kitchen for my caffeine fix. Nighttime makes my brain whirl with ideas. My family and tribe energize me to live this dream. We are Game of Thrones nerds, roadtrippers, and Boilermakers. In 2016, we spontaneously went to Hong Kong (with kids). We're experience maniacs. Maybe that's why I cherish weddings so gosh darn much.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rev. Dr. Rob Hundley

    Rev. Dr. Rob Hundley New

    Ordained Minister

    RevRob

    Rev. Dr. Rob Hundley

    Rev. Dr. Rob Hundley has been an ordained minister for over 30 years serving churches in Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Colorado. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching. He has performed hundreds of weddings, everything from big church shindigs to intimate backyard affairs. He is the author of We Do: Wedding Vows That Work (and keep you happily married)

  • Jason Jani

    Jason Jani

    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.

  • Andy Kushner

    Andy Kushner New

    CEO & Founder

    Kushner Entertainment

    Andy Kushner

    Celebrated as a Top 25 Trendsetter by Modern Bride, Andy Kushner exchanged corporate fame as National Account Representative of the Year for a Fortune 500 company to recreate the event music and entertainment industry through his passion-come-to-life, Kushner Entertainment. A gifted storyteller, Andy then leveraged his relationships with top event planners and designers by launching The Wedding Biz, the only podcast for wedding and events’ professionals that exclusively features business-transforming conversations with industry icons. Never one to rest on his laurels, Andy has recently taken his revolutionary approach to branding and marketing global via The Wedding Biz Podcast Network, podcast channels featuring the best in the wedding and event business.

  • Jackie Lacey, AAF,AIFD, PFCI, CFD

    Jackie Lacey, AAF,AIFD, PFCI, CFD New

    Director of Education and Industry Relation

    Floriology & BloomNet

    Jackie Lacey, AAF,AIFD, PFCI, CFD

    Jackie Lacey has over thirty years of experience in the retail floral market and floral education field. His portfolio includes an extensive background in the retail floral market and wedding/event design experience. Jackie now utilizes his experience to provide education and instructional design programs, market showroom set up, private retail consulting, product development as well as design and event planning. His current position as Director of Education and Industry Relations with Floriology, BloomNet and Napco and Senior Design Team Specialist and ongoing contributor for Floriology Magazine keep him on top of market trends, current design trends, industry education and retail marketing. Jackie has won numerous awards in floral design competitions in both multi state, national and local floral associations. Published articles have appeared on both his expertise and floral experience. His work has been published in Floriology Magazine, SAF, “Flowers &”, “Modern Bride”, “Inside Weddings” and many others. National Television exposure includes designing and participation for WE TV programs “Platinum Weddings” and “I Do Over” as a Celebrations.Com Floral Expert. Previous work for celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Diane Lane, Cheryl Ladd, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio have come easily through participation with floral design on several major motion pictures. Continuing education through numerous stage presentations for multi State Associations and national industry leaders such as SAF, AFE, Virgin Farms Direct, Smithers-Oasis, BloomNet, FTD, Fitz Design Team, Floral Strategies and John Henry Company allow Jackie to help the continued growth of the floral industry. Experience in floral design for the Tournament of Roses Parade floats, product development team for the largest Import/Export show in the world and set up and design for Gift Market showrooms only adds to the vast floral experience he can call on for every event. He has served as a leader in numerous industry associations to include current position as AIFD National President and member of the AIFD National Board of Directors, AIFD National Past Membership Committee Chairman, CFD Committee, International Committee and previous member of the Southern AIFD Board of Directors. His extensive travels across the country, Hong Kong, China and Europe afford many opportunities for him to interact with designers of all levels and share this extensive background and experience to florists everywhere.

  • Dona Liston

    Dona Liston New

    Dona Liston

    Dona Liston has been in the event industry for over 30 years with over 1000 events under her belt. She started her business as Parties by Dona, organizing and entertaining at children's parties. Dona then added a retail party store into the mix. If that where not enough, her customers began asking her to plan their weddings, and a Wedding Consultant business was born. She surrounded herself with the best of the best and was able to sell the business in 2010 and move to San Antonio, Texas where she is now the proud owner of Lambermont Events, a mansion built in 1894. Dona and her husband Pat spent 3 years restoring Lambermont back to it's grand state that it once was. Lambermont is now open for bookings for weddings, events and retreats.

  • Artem Lomaz

    Artem Lomaz New

    Owner

    NinetyThree Entertainment

    Artem Lomaz

    Awarded the honor of "Entertainer of the Year" for two consecutive years (2018, 2019), Artem Lomaz has developed a reputation as one of the industry's most meticulous and refined event entertainers. As a headliner Master of Ceremonies, Artem specializes in luxury weddings and corporate events, and is known for his ability to personalize each event and performance.

  • Sean Low

    Sean Low New

    Founder & President

    The Business of Being Creative

    Sean Low

    Sean Low is the Founder and President of The Business of Being Creative, a consulting firm focused on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative. Prior to founding The Business of Being Creative in August 2009, Sean spent six years as the President of Preston Bailey Design, Inc. representing Preston in his business endeavors around the world. Sean has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and, apart from working with amazing creative professionals, his business acumen is honed from his previous experience as a lawyer, investment banker, financial executive and small business owner. Sean’s client list includes the who’s who of creative business – from designers (interior, graphic, event and fashion), entertainment companies, photographers, florists, even Cordovans (shoemakers). Sean is passionate about challenging creative businesses to be the best versions of themselves, helping them set the foundation for growth and development and working along side creative business owners to take their businesses as far as they want them to go. You can read about Sean’s approach to managing creative businesses on his blog..

  • Sara Margulis

    Sara Margulis New

    CEO

    Honeyfund

    Sara Margulis

    Sara Margulis is co-founder and CEO of Honeyfund, the popular honeymoon registry and crowdfunding site. Sara's winning appearance on Shark Tank in 2014 propelled her into broadcast media and public speaking. She’s sought as an expert on a variety of topics including weddings and honeymoons, entrepreneurship, women in business, and personal development.

  • Tabitha McCausland

    Tabitha McCausland

    Owner/Photographer

    Tab McCausland Photography

    Tabitha McCausland

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

  • Marc McIntosh

    Marc McIntosh

    CEO

    The Wedding Experience

    Marc McIntosh

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Roy Porter

    Roy Porter

    Activities Director

    Engage Works

    Roy Porter

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

  • Jamie Quickert

    Jamie Quickert

    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

    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.

  • Kinsey Roberts, CWP

    Kinsey Roberts, CWP New

    Co-Owner

    Vista View Events

    Kinsey Roberts, CWP

    A deep-diving communicator by nature and digital marketer by trade, Kinsey knew for years she wanted to start a podcast (she even had a white Yeti mic sitting in a box waiting patiently for the moment). In 2016, after a decade-long tenure in the hospitality and marketing world, she found herself building her own wedding venue on a family ranch—and, through that new venture, had the opportunity to connect with fellow female wedding pros at the Creative Heart Conference in Colorado. Before the conference was over, it all clicked for Kinsey: she knew she wanted to finally put that microphone to use and build an empowering digital community for women entrepreneurs in the wedding industry. Within a month of attending that conference, She Creates Business was live on iTunes. Naturally curious and a true host at heart, Kinsey loves having thought-provoking, no-nonsense conversations with each of her guests. She focuses her interview questions on the meaningful over the mundane (no weather updates here)—and has a serious knack for getting guests to open up. Always looking to dig deep and connect on a genuine level, she never outsources her guest-booking, research, or communication process (a decision that’s led to some incredible content and lasting connections over the years). A wedding venue educator, marketer, co-owner of Vista View Events, and a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society, when Kinsey isn’t sitting down with brand-building women for She Creates Business, you can find her co-hosting The Venue Podcast, attending an industry conference, or helping wedding pros build their marketing efforts and content strategy. On the rare occasion she’s not immersed in the world of weddings, she’s likely wandering around her family ranch with her husband and two boys or hosting friends for a fun-filled, family-style dinner.

  • Rob Schenk

    Rob Schenk

    Trial Attorney & Editor of WeddingIndustryLaw.com

    Rob Schenk

    Rob Schenk is a trial attorney and editor of WeddingIndustryLaw.com, an online resource of news, information, and legal materials for wedding professionals. In 2016, he launched WedFormz.com, a database of downloadable contract templates for wedding and event businesses. Rob’s expertise has been featured in Time, Huffington Post Weddings, Yahoo News, Slate Magazine, The Knot, PetaPixel, and Above the Law. Rob is licensed to practice law in California, New York, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.

  • Jolinda Smithson

    Jolinda Smithson New

    Designer

    Shapes & Colors by Jolinda

    Jolinda Smithson

    Jolinda Smithson is the artist, designer and maker behind the brand Shapes & Colors, by Jolinda. As Host of CreativeMornings/Richmond, she leads a 200-person monthly breakfast lecture series designed to inspire creativity within her community. Jolinda has 20+ years of experience in Fortune 500 companies and within smaller design departments or agencies. She has helped numerous start-ups and maturing businesses create branding, websites and marketing materials that better reflect who they are, while reaching their ideal clients. She has worked as a designer and art director for a twice yearly magazine in which she helped create ads for wedding businesses and art directed layouts for articles and advertorials. In October 2019, Jolinda decided to leave the agency world to run her business full-time. Her passion is using visual communication to create an expression of what a business stands for. She takes that honor very seriously and strives to work in a collaborative and positive way with each of her clients. In life and in business, things don’t always go as we would like. Even in times of complication or struggle, she tries to work toward a solution, remaining respectful and helpful throughout the process. An adjunct professor at a top east coast art school, Virginia Commonwealth University, Jolinda has educated the next generation of designers on how to create strong work using the Adobe Creative Suite. She loves teaching business owners about branding, marketing and website design so that they feel comfortable and confident either going the DIY route or working with a professional. Jolinda was raised on a farm in rural southern Virginia and lives in Richmond, Virginia.

  • 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.

  • Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan

    Owner

    Emily Sullivan Events

    Emily Sullivan

    Emily Sullivan is the owner of Emily Sullivan Events, a boutique wedding and event-planning firm based in New Orleans, LA, that specializes in celebrations throughout the Southeast. With a passion for entertaining, she uses her intuition and attention to details to customize each and every wedding experience for her clients. She is a sought-after national speaker, with recent and upcoming engagements including The Special Event, NACE, WeddingWire World, and Wedding MBA. Emily was the inaugural chapter president for WIPA New Orleans, and now serves as the immediate past president.

  • Shannon Tarrant

    Shannon Tarrant New

    Founder

    Wedding Venue Map

    Shannon Tarrant

    Shannon Tarrant is on a mission to help event industry businesses shake things up. A professional go-getter, she has a distinctive 15-year background in developing companies into the top of their local market. As an off-site caterer and then venue manager, she developed both into local powerhouses by following the same system for success. Shannon is a highly regarded coach, working alongside vendors while running her own wedding business - WeddingVenueMap.com, a resource helping couples to find the perfect venue. Her successful system includes strategic planning, goal-oriented sales, outside-the-box marketing, and exceptional vendor relationships. Shannon has been featured on Catersource, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Special Events. No matter which hat she's wearing, her goal is simple - to empower companies to differentiate themselves and drive measurable results using a proven system of small changes with big impact. Shannon tells it like it is, whether you’re ready for it or not.

  • 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.

  • Heidi Thompson

    Heidi Thompson New

    Evolve Your Wedding Business

    Heidi Thompson

    Heidi Thompson is the best-selling author of Clone Your Best Clients and the founder of Evolve Your Wedding Business where she specializes in business and marketing strategy for wedding professionals. She helps wedding professionals grow their businesses and reach their goals without going crazy in the process. Her business & marketing expertise has been featured on several wedding and business outlets including The Huffington Post, Social Media Examiner, Wedding Business Magazine, Sprouting Photographer, Photo Biz Xposed, Honeybook, WeddingWire World & she’s an advisory board member for the UK Academy Of Wedding & Event Planning.

  • 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 Trotter is an award-winning bridal beauty expert with 20+ years of experience and an expansive and diverse portfolio. As a nationally recognized beauty expert, artist and writer, Jennifer's work and published articles have been featured in Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bustle, Consumer Report, The Bridal Guide, The Today Show, Bella New York, D Weddings, and countless other publications and media outlets. In addition to a roster of media and marketing clients, Jen and her team beautify over 150 DFW brides each year, and have been voted “Favorite Hair and Makeup” in DFW for the last 3 years. She has served as a board member of the Professional Wedding Guild as Director of Communications for the last 5 years, and also belongs to her local Society of Wedding Professionals and NACE Chapters. A former PR and Marketing executive, Corporate Trainer and Program Director for the Make a Wish Foundation, Jennifer is highly trained in conflict resolution and communication strategies. Jennifer has served on multiple expert panels and educational workshops for various professional organizations and works with private clients to help other business owners find fulfillment, sustainability and long-term success by mastering communication strategies with their clients and vendor partners. She also speaks locally and nationally about business communications strategies for wedding pros, including serving as a featured speaker at Wedding MBA in Las Vegas.

  • Jeffra Trumpower

    Jeffra Trumpower

    The Knot Worldwide

    Jeffra Trumpower

    As part of her role at The Knot Worldwide, Jeffra leverages her keen eye for detail and visual aesthetic to constantly identify how to market to engaged couples in the U.S. and around the globe. After almost a decade in the wedding industry, Jeffra is an invaluable resource for couples and vendors, providing perspective on the latest trends and unique ways couples can personalize their special days.Jeffra heads up the Creative Marketing team, driving success for the company through content and visual marketing efforts. Since joining WeddingWire in 2009 (now The Knot Worldwide), Jeffra has developed several brand strategies and executed on numerous campaigns to build awareness of the company's suite of brands and its services for couples and vendors. Her expertise lies in finding unique opportunities to showcase a brand in a personal way and drive business value through creative marketing initiatives.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jacqui Wadsworth

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Owner

    The Gilded Gown

    Jacqui Wadsworth

    Social media powerhouse Jacqui Wadsworth, has achieved remarkable success in the wedding industry. Her passion for all things bridal began back in her days as a textile broker for formal wear manufacturers. By 2005 she was wholesaling dresses out of her own warehouse. By 2008 she opened her boutique, The Gilded Gown. Determined to succeed and find creative ways to get brides in the door affordably, Jacqui began utilizing social media ads to micro-target local clients. She fine-tuned her marketing skills and revolutionized her business. Year after year, The Gilded Gown’s sales have grown exponentially. In an era of hard-times for brick and mortar, Jacqui’s store is thriving. She has a proven system for engaging brides, for generating a buzz online, and most importantly for driving customers into her store. A fierce advocate of the industry, Jacqui wants to help other store owners. These days she offers her Social Media Ads & Management skills through her bridal store branding business, BridalBoutiques.US. Jacqui has been featured in Vows Magazine regularly since 2013. She has written close to a million dollars in ads for countless stores and formal wear companies. She is a popular featured speaker on social Media Branding and Advertising at Better Bridal Group, Chicago Market, Atlanta’s Americas Mart, Steve Lang’s MCA and at the Wedding MBA.

  • 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

  • Chris Washburn

    Chris Washburn New

    Owner & DJ

    Washburn Entertainment

    Chris Washburn

    Chris Washburn is the owner of Washburn Entertainment, one of Central New York's most popular DJ and photo booth companies, which specializes in providing passionate and elite level entertainment to modern weddings, along with corporate and school events. Chris and his team perform in ways that showcase real emotions, advanced DJ and MC techniques, and a drive to deliver the "WOW" factor. He's also a regular nightclub DJ and often travels to Las Vegas to spin as a member of Soundbite Productions. Chris is a dedicated and contributing member of the DJ community and performs at industry conferences and offers consulting on a regular basis. He also speaks at colleges and other organizations on the topics of DJing, entrepreneurship, marketing, and social media. He loves helping others by sharing his passions and believes it's only right to give back and help the industry grow as a whole. Chris and his wife Megan share a special bond as they are both Korean adoptees that live in Ithaca, NY with their three cats.

  • Courtney Wetzel

    Courtney Wetzel New

    Owner

    Blush Bridal & Formal

    Courtney Wetzel

    Courtney is a passionate mom, driven leader, and a 9 year veteran of the bridal industry in Maine. A lifelong passion for people led her to purchase her first bridal and formal wear store at age 23. That same passion was the fuel for opening a second location, and purchasing and rebranding a third a few months later. Now a statewide brand, Courtney manages Blush Bridal & Formal without being needed for day to day operations and enjoys the freedom that drew her to entrepreneurship in the first place. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her 5 year old son, Jonah & Boston Terrier, Lucy.

  • 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.

  • Tim Wilbanks

    Tim Wilbanks New

    Pastor

    Covenant Presbyterian Church

    Tim Wilbanks

    Tim Wilbanks is the President of the Vail Religious Foundation and the Pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado. Tim has been a pastor for over 40 years and preformed 800+ weddings in a variety of settings. "I love being a pastor, and I especially love the wedding aspect of ministry."

  • 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

  • Jos & Tree

    Jos & Tree New

    Owners

    JOS Studios

    Jos & Tree

    Jos and Tree are a husband & wife team who have run their studio in Portland Oregon for 10+ years together. Named as 100 wedding photographers in the US by Fearless Photographers for several years, their creative lifestyle, wedding, and commercial photography has taken them all over the world and they have clients in love with their personalities, teamwork, communication style and creative award-winning photography. Their inspiration comes from their relationship, clients, travel, teaching and deep hunger to learn and grow themselves. As educators, they have spoke at medium to large conferences including WPPI and Mystic Seminars along with smaller localized events and are also ambassadors and educators for MagMod Light-Modifiers and SLR Lounge Education Platform. They host and teach their own Workshops called EVOLVE all over the US and beyond and love sharing all they know in an inclusive and supportive and fun environment.

  • Eddie Zaratsian

    Eddie Zaratsian New

    Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design

    Eddie Zaratsian

    Eddie Zaratsian is the visionary behind Eddie ZaratsianLifestyle and Design, a full-service event design and production studio based in Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years of experience, Eddie’s creativity and passion is evident in every aspect of his work, and his ability to imagine and actualize events is unparalleled. Named asone of the top five international florists by the London Financial Times, Zaratsian has built a reputation as a visionary artist, and his work has been celebrated and featured by Martha Stewart, Harper's Bazaar, Grace Ormonde,E! News and Glamour, among others. Now, throughguest lectures and classes globally, as well as private workshops in his spectacular LA Design Studio, Eddie generously shares his extensive business, design and floral expertise.

  • 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.