Carolina DJ Professionals
A sought-after DJ, speaker & coach, Troy Adams was named one of the 500 Most Influential Event Pros by BizBash in 2021. He’s also an elite WeddingPro educator and owns Carolina DJ Professionals, one of the most accomplished DJ companies in the US. Founder of the “Make Your Business Dance” development platform, Troy draws from his experience in multiple high-performance industries to fuel the F.I.R.E. of colleagues, clients & guests.
Refine for Wedding Planners
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.
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada
Danielle Andrews is the President and Co-Founder of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada Inc., an International leader in higher education for wedding professionals with over 8500 alumni from 32 different countries around the world. Danielle was named one of the “Top 20 Most Fascinating Women in Events” by Canadian Special Events Magazine, and has been designing and producing weddings and international events professionally, since 2000. She is also a licensed wedding officiant. She has planned weddings, events and conferences in North America, South America, all over the Caribbean, and Europe. With over 20 years of experience in the Wedding Industry, Danielle has a deep passion for sharing her knowledge and helping others to succeed in this wonderful business. You have seen her give expert wedding advice on television, in most wedding magazines and major newspapers in Canada, the United States and across the Caribbean. Danielle is also a regular on the stage at International Wedding and Event Industry conferences.
Michael Anthony Photography
Michael Anthony is a renowned, multi-award-winning portrait and wedding photographer based in Los Angeles, California. His photography style can be described as avant-garde, blending traditional photography, creative photojournalism, and modern fashion influenced portraiture. Michael is a gold-medalist in the world photographic cup for Team USA, and has earned over 200 international awards for his imagery.
Floral Luxe Production and Events Design
Christina Arcila is Founder, Co-Owner, Lead Designer and has established Floral Luxe Production and Events Design as Northern California’s Wine Country’s premier floral design company. She is most known for her romantic, modern, and creative designs installed at some of the world's top wedding venues. She is highly sought for her luxury designs by clients including professional athletes, politicians, and celebrities. Christina’s designs have been featured in publications such as Style Me Pretty, PopSugar, Wedding Chicks, and many more. With a background in Finance and Business, Christina paves the way as a female Latinx entrepreneur and currently sits as an active board member of Santa Rosa Junior College Floral Design Program. She believes in Community over Competition and thrives as a mentor, teacher and leader who is committed to sharing her business journey and love of floral design with her fellow event professionals.
Belle The Magazine and Bridal Boutiques
Editor, creative director, and social media obsessed. I am a digital marketing leader and the strategic growing force behind one of the world's most visited wedding blogs in the world, Belle The Magazine.
Custom Love Gifts
Lindsay Barrows Ruggieri lives in East Knoxville with her 3-year-old daughter and husband. Lindsay owns Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints, a company in the wedding industry offering Event Planning, Gourment Favors, and Wedding Stationery. Lindsay is co-owner of The Bride Link, which offers expert wedding planning advice, including a Youtube Channel and Podcast. Lindsay has Masters degrees from WVU in Industrial Relations as well as an MBA.
CSP, Global Speaking Fellow
Alan has been called “The Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”. He’s one of only 39 Global Speaking Fellows in the World, a Certified Speaking Professional and the author of 6 books on sales and the business of weddings. He’s presented in 14 countries, in 3 languages (English, Spanish and French). He does sales training, consulting, website reviews and speaking for businesses and associations like yours.
Autumn Harrison Photography
Meet Autumn Berrier of Autumn Harrison Photography, a Raleigh North Carolina based award-winning modern engagement + wedding photographer. Autumn has been in the wedding industry for more than 13 years and has photographed over 300 weddings. Her non-traditional, contemporary aesthetic captures the authentic bond of the couple on the other side of her lens. Several of her weddings have been published in local and national wedding and bridal publications. It is her personal mission to provide a safe and relaxed space for her couples to let down their hair and celebrate what brings them both together. Her photography knowledge and experience has translated into coaching and mentoring other wedding photographers who have gone on to achieve major booking rate success after learning Autumn’s core values and photography principles.
DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design
Jeremy Brech started his DJ Jer Events and Lighting Design at the age of 15. The name "DJ Jer" sounded cool for a 15 year old but as the company grew and the reputation became larger Jeremy was would only be known as DJ Jer so the company name carries on. In 2011 Jeremy Brech achieved the Wedding Entertainment Director credential and since then has traveled the country to inspire the industry. Jeremy is a writer for the Disc Jockey News, multi-award winning "The Best of the Knot", The Local Best Favorite, and Wedding Wires Brides Choice, and also selected as one of the top three tent wedding designs by Bridal Planner Magazine in 2012.
Fulshear Floral Design
As the co-owner of Fulshear Floral Design, Ace Berry has devoted his life to floral design by fulfilling orders with his labradoodle, Gus, teaching seminars across the U.S. and becoming the 2019 Texas Floral Designer of the Year.
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.
Bobbi Brinkman Consulting
Storytelling wedding photographer, motivational speaker and business coach for wedding industry go getters. Bobbi Brinkman has spent the last 40 years capturing authentic moments for fabbo couples wherever their love story is being told and is equally passionate about working with creative entrepreneurs empowering them to shift their mindset, step into their purpose and build a profitable, purposeful, and inclusive business they deserve while living their fullest authentic life. Whether it’s motivating audiences on a stage or 1:1 Coaching Fabbo-Chats, Bobbi's "you were meant for this" approach inspires wedding pros to serve with intention, build a CEO mindset and crush their business fears + goals and gain confidence in themselves and their business! Bobbi also hosts the Be Fabbo Podcast—episodes full of motivation and candid conversations with creatives sharing their stories that speak to truth of both struggles and wins in building a wedding career. Her mantra in business and in life is to BE FABBO, means using your purpose and gift to serve others with confidence. Believing you can make an impact in your biz, in your life, and knowing the world (and our industry) needs you just as you are. Always lead with kindness, and with your heart forward and encompasses her overall BE MORE philosophy …be more curious, adventurous, creative, caring, braver than you think and open to the possibilities of what being more can bring. She believes every wedding pro deserves a seat at the table for who they are what they bring to it. Our industry needs us all and we all have what to takes to make an impact in our industry and life by embracing what makes them fabbo. When she’s not mentoring wedding pros or documenting weddings, Bobbi enjoys spending time with her wife Tina, their Sassy Shorkiepoo Ellie Joy, and of course with a Diet Mountain Dew in hand.
CEO & Founder
Rainmaker Sales & Marketing Group
From over 15 years of loving and living the life of a results-driven Director of Sales, Margaret developed a sales program with a two-fold leadership approach, skill development and human development. The outcome was a team that was fed emotionally, and experienced exponential growth with over 600 weddings per year and $20M in annual revenue. Now as CEO & Founder of Rainmaker Sales & Marketing Group, her company is providing catering sales teams across America with the tools to attract ideal clients, teaching empathetic sales techniques designed to maximize revenue as well as highlight individual potential, and captivating their clients throughout the planning process using interactive marketing solutions. www.rainmakersalesmarketing.com
Will Cadena Photography
Will Cadena is a photographer who combines a modern, edgy look with traditional photography. His experience has given him the knowledge of traditional photography, and the skills to know when and how to break those traditional rules and deliver a whole new look to his images, without retouching. He has been a member of the Professional Photographers Association and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International for many years. He has been photographing clothing campaigns, high profile events, and much more for over a decade both here in the US and around the world.
Sarah Campbell is a renowned designer and master florist. She teaches hands-on and virtual floral workshop classes and tutorials. Sarah competed on NetFlix Design Competiton Show, The Big Flower Fight. She has become a leader in the industry, and her passion for design is apparent the moment you meet her.
National Bridal Retailers Association
After 10+ years in corporate marketing, I changed focus to helping brides look and feel beautiful for their wedding day. When we opened, Strut was the southwest's first wedding dress store specializing in brides size 12+. Our second location, in Long Beach, CA, opened Fall 2013. As a jack of all trades, I'm working in sales, marketing, inventory management, human resources, public relations and more. I also co-own 2 other niche bridal stores in California. In 2018 I helped launch the National Bridal Retailers Association and serve as Director.
International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO)
Rev. Laura C. Cannon is the President of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants (IAPWO). She has been a professional wedding officiant since 2003 and has performed thousands of weddings. She runs two successful wedding officiant companies that serve the Mid-Atlantic region of the US: Ceremony Officiants and DC Elopements. Laura is the author of The Conscious Entrepreneur; and when she is not officiating you will likely find her teaching meditation and conscious entrepreneurship through her consulting/coaching practice.
Sarah Chancey is the founder and wedding planner mentor behind Chancey Charm, a wedding planning & design firm with planners all across the US. Sarah is a firm believer that your business should pay you both financially and in personal freedom and flexibility. With over a decade of experience in the events industry, it’s become Sarah's passion to share the tips and tools she's collected along the way with aspiring planners and vendors. Celebrating eleven years, Chancey Charm operates coast-to-coast and abroad with a dedicated team of experienced planners. Chancey Charm has been published over 200 times, has served over 750 happy couples, and has been featured in publications like Martha Stewart, Southern Living, and Business Insider. Sarah also has the honor of championing over 6,000 new and experienced planners through her virtual academy.
The I Do Society
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Venue Profit Pro powered by Treasury Venue Collection
A proven Advertising Sales Director and Training Director in the Print and Internet media. Training, coaching, setting and following up on expectations is the key to my success. I have been responsible for $20 + million in revenue and up to 35 Account Executives and eight Administrative staff. I am passionate about the success of the company and its employees. I think out of the box to help achieve goals and I am not afraid to swing the bat to try for the home run.
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.
The Collins Off Main & Amy Grace Events
Celebrating 20 years of business ownership in April, Amy Collins has risen to one of the nation’s top event professionals. Respected in her industry for sharp business acumen, her honest approach and extreme attention to detail, she is one of Metro Detroit’s rising stars. The last decade of her career has been based in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, CA where she received multiple business honors including Young Professional of the Year finalist (2xs), Top 3 Event Planner (2xs), Minority Owned Business of the year and the prestigious 40 under 40 awarded by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Nationally, she has been interviewed as an expert with U.S. News and World Report, Value Penguin, KTLA and NAWBO One. Amy recently relocated back to Metro Detroit to be near family, expand her design practice Amy Grace Events, and open one of Metro Detroit’s hottest event Venues, The Collins off Main. Besides her extensive business experience, she is an avid philanthropist and volunteer for The National Association of Women Business owners and The Junior League of Ann Arbor. She has recently been nominated in Detroit Hour’s Top Wedding Venues for 2022 in their first year of business.
Events by Paulina
Hello, I am the Paulina in Events by Paulina. I am a first-generation Taiwanese American. I was born in Taiwan, and moved to the US when I was 12, along with my single mother and younger brother. My mother believed in the American dream and wanted us to have access to the best education the world had to offer. We left everything behind; baby photos, childhood toys, and most of our clothes. We had nothing when we moved to Las Vegas, not even enough money to buy a car. My mother worked as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant to put food on the table as a single parent. We lived motel to motel for years and would take the public bus to buy groceries from Walmart, which was 40 minutes away. To make learning English more fun, my mother encouraged us to try and read Harry Potter in English. Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m not sure that was the wisest decision considering all the made-up words! I ended up giving up my full scholarship to USC and attended Brown University on the east coast, studying International Relations with a focus on Economics. After college, I worked at J.P Morgan Private Bank for 8 years and paid off my student loans. This brings me to my current adventure and true passion, Events by Paulina. I love a good party. I love all special occasions. My friends would say that I love their birthdays more than they love their own. Seeing and knowing that people are having a great time makes every bone in my body happy. Maybe I’m making up for lost time, celebrating each occasion bigger and better because I didn’t get to celebrate them growing up. Who knows? All I know is, the events I bring to live are truly once-in-a-lifetime. Work with me because I’m just as obsessed with your special day as you are.
White Stone Marketing
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!”
Wedding Planner, Educator, Public Speaker & Pocast Host
Moxie Bright Events
Renee has over thirteen years of experience in the wedding industry and eight years running her boutique Wedding Planning company, Moxie Bright Events. In 2018, Renée turned her knowledge towards the advancement of the industry as a whole and launched her top-notch educational resources for event pros. In addition to her self-guided Wedding Management e-course, Wedding Management 101, Renée is also the founder and host of the popular B2B podcast, Talk with Renee Dalo. In 2020, Renee launched the Profitable Pro Bundle, an educational resource that brought 30+ educators together to support Wedding Pros with online education during the pandemic. Renée is recognized across the industry, having earned a coveted spot on Honeybook’s 20 On The Rise list, and was recently named one of the Top 500 Most Influential Wedding Pros in the United States by Biz Bash. She currently serves as the President of WIPA Southern California.
Zäni & Du Wayne Wedding Photography Artisans
Meet Zäni & Du Wayne, a world-renowned photography duo (husband & wife). Their calm and timeless approach to photography, results in a series of photographs that reflect your wedding day in clarity. In addition, their work has been published in a number of international publications, including Vogue India, Bride Vogue, Bentley Magazine, and The Society Diaries. Zani and Du Wayne is available to capture your dream wedding anywhere in the world.
Zäni & Du Wayne Wedding Photography Artisans
Meet Zäni & Du Wayne, a world-renowned photography duo (husband & wife). Their calm and timeless approach to photography, results in a series of photographs that reflect your wedding day in clarity. In addition, their work has been published in a number of international publications, including Vogue India, Bride Vogue, Bentley Magazine, and The Society Diaries. Zani and Du Wayne is available to capture your dream wedding anywhere in the world.
Digital Dave Music
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.
Braden Drake LLC
Braden is a California licensed attorney and tax professional, podcaster, educator, and author. Braden works primarily with service-based, creative small business owners through his signature program Profit Rx.
Founder & Editor-In-Chief
Brittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc., the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication, and host of Inclusively Yours, an LGBTQ-inclusive podcast highlighting wedding planning tips and love stories. Featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and more, she is known for her inclusive efforts, her wedding know-how, and her candid takes on the state of the industry at large.
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 Weddings & Events
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.
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.
Owner + Creative Director
Harmony Creative Studio
Margaux Fraise is the owner + creative director of Harmony Creative Studio, an award-winning boutique wedding firm in Los Angeles, CA. Since moving from retail consulting to events in 2011, her goal has been to design weddings with intention, infusing celebrations with her signature organic and minimal style yet still tailored to each couple. A Stage IV breast cancer survivor, she has a unique perspective on what is truly valuable in love, life and weddings – and brings that viewpoint to help her clients hone in on what matters to them. As a result, her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, and Green Wedding Shoes, among others. Margaux serves as a wedding business educator, frequent podcast guest and motivational speaker. Her meticulous onboarding, planning, design and execution procedures have also caught the attention of her peers, and she shares insight regularly on efficient systems for creatives.
Blush by Brandee Gaar, LLC
Brandee Gaar is a luxury Event Planner, Thought Leader, Educational Speaker and Host of the "She Who Dares" Podcast. As a lifelong lover of all things events, Brandee spent 7 years as a corporate event planner with the prestigious Gaylord Hotels brand before opening her own event consulting firm. Blush by Brandee Gaar and Eleven Events by Blush have quickly become known for their over the top events and high touch standard of customer service. Brandee is passionate about teaching new and aspiring entrepreneurs her exact strategies in growing two 6-figure businesses. She provides expert tools for those who are ready to make their side hustle into a full time passion. Her goal is to help new businesses beat the statistics by starting with a success-minded focus!
Prior to co-founding SuitShop, formerly The Groomsman Suit, Diana served as Chief Executive Officer for two different Boston based companies. She earned her degree in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan and graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Diana has served on the FedEx Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and Total Retail's Editorial Board. In 2019, she was named one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year and was named one of Forbes' Next 1000 in 2021.
Tamara Gibson Photography
I love to celebrate individuality, creativity, and all that comes with it. Therefore, I offer a customized experience to create unique portraits that showcase personality and what you are most passionate about. Family Sessions are based on play and connection. We'll explore, play games, snuggle, and create new memories - kind of like a family date! Kids can be kids. Your job is simply to enjoy each moment, whether we're in-home or outdoors. You'll come away with images that you'll return to forever, year after year.
Weddings for Real / The Planner's Vault
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 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.
FamZing Studios & Noveli Photography
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).
Chief Event Architect and Creative Planning Visionary
Brian is an award-winning event planner with over sixteen years of experience in the international events' industry. He is the Chief Event Architect and Creative Planning Visionary of By BrianGreen LLC based in Atlanta and Crown Events Inc in Barbados creating breathtaking events all across the globe. He is also a former Diplomat for the country of Barbados and in 2017, he was the featured guest expert on The Steve Harvey Show for their annual Wedding Hour to give great tips and advice on how to host the best wedding while avoiding the usual pitfalls (S5, Ep 168). Brian is a dynamic and engaging speaker who infuses his personal and professional experiences into his presentations, from working in a corporate environment to becoming an entrepreneur.
Mark Allan Groleau is the founder of Unboring!Wedding. He officiates weddings, and he’s helped thousands of emerging wedding officiants and celebrants all over the world craft ceremonies and launch businesses to rave reviews through his courses, coaching, videos, and writing.
The Flower Guy Bron
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, Coach, Educator
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.
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.
Details Flowers Software
Corrine Heck is the founder and CEO of Details Flowers Software, a subscription-based floral software service company located in Central Florida. The Details platform services florists throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. by streamlining proposals, offering design tools and documentation while also simplifying the payment process. The Details app captures proprietary information that can direct future growth opportunities from growers and wholesalers alike while benefiting the entire floral supply chain. Details profits through subscriptions, merchant processing and marketplace sales. Details has an Affinity Partnership with the Society of American Florists and featured within the pages of Floral Management Magazine and Floriology Magazine. In 2003 Corrine identified the need for such a tool for the floral industry and wrote the original code for what is now the Details Flowers app. Her experience in design and importing inspired her to create the Details software as a way for busy floral professionals to quickly manage client events and help to give their clients the ‘wow-experience’ from initial meeting to completed event. In addition to Corrine’s dedication to Details, she resides in Ormond Beach with her husband Gregory and their three wonderful children. In 2016 she was honored by winning the Rollins Crummer Business competition in Central Florida.
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.
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.
Founder + Mentor
Ben is a man who brings a lot to the table(s). His passion for the DJ industry began at the age of 13. That same passion has allowed him to plow through barriers beyond belief and get him to where he is now. By the mere age of 17 in his junior year of high school, Ben had launched his very own DJ business into the world. Once the company was founded, he never looked back. Ben has worked with some “big dogs” in the industry like Will Smith, Too Short, E40, Clinton Sparks, Red Man + Method Man of the Wutang Clan, Paul Wall and Mims just to name a few. He was voted the Best DJ of the North West Coast, as well as held weekly radio show residencies. Thousands of events later, his company has become one of the largest and most established DJ entertainment companies in Northern California.
Hustle + Gather
Courtney Hopper is the co-founder of, Hustle + Gather a training and consulting firm that is on a mission to inspire others to take big leaps, dream big dreams, and create amazing teams that grow profits and enjoyable (but productive) culture within business. Along with her sister Dana, they specialize in the hospitality industry and have coached and trained businesses to increase their profitability while creating a kick ass team along the way. Over the past 15 years, Courtney has built and operated three successful businesses in the Raleigh NC area, along with Dana. Starting off from ordinary, they paved their way by sheer grit and tenacity splashed with some therapy and coffee along the way. They are on a mission to inspire others to take big leaps, dream big dreams, and create amazing teams that grow profits and enjoyable (but productive) culture within your business.
Reverend 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.
Vanessa Joy Photography
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.
Wedding Fashion Expert & Stylist, Best Selling Author
CEO, Lovella Bridal
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 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.
A Good Day
I'm a maximalist designer with 15+ years of experience in advertising (website design, consumer research and user experience) who loves to supporting brands and bringing visions to life for events. A Good Day was founded in 2014 as a creative outlet that has blossomed into a multi-faceted business creating projects for clients globally. I draw inspiration from Fashion, Art, Architecture, Film & TV, and Interior Design - really blending a lot of different references throughout our work.
While growing up in the family business, I never expected to end up here. I'm passionate about creating a great place to work and empowering our team to be the best they can be! We are fortunate to cater more than 650 full service events each year and have an amazing team that makes it happen. I also love helping hospitality companies with intentional culture building and heart leadership through our sister company, MIBE Tribe.
Soirees by Lee
I absolutely adore weddings! Everything about them makes my heart flutter with excitement. My journey began in 2010 when a friend of mine asked me to serve as a Hostess for her wedding. She joked that I was the only person she could think of to rally everyone together and help keep the peace at the wedding. From that moment on I knew I'd be a planner. It was so much fun and I felt like part of the family. I was born in Miami, Florida and have lived in Virginia, Texas, North and South Carolina. Whew, that's a lot, but thankfully I've been blessed to reside in the good 'ole southern state of Georgia with my loving family. My love of weddings is coupled with charity work, scouring thrift stores for treasure, not so extreme couponing and planning family reunions (like my Granny used to do)!
Bryan helps bridal boutiques take on an extra 40-70 bridal appointments every 30 days. Even if its June or July or "slow season"
Wedding Planners Institute of Canada
Named one of the “Top 20 Most Fascinating Women in Events” by Canadian Special Events Magazine, Tracey has been coordinating, designing, and producing both large and small-scale weddings and events professionally since 2000. With her warmth, sense of humor and attention to detail, she strives to make everyone involved feel included and welcomed. In her role as Co-founder and Vice President of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, you have seen Tracey giving expert wedding advice across several platforms in North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. She has been quoted in several wedding and tourism articles around the globe, and her weddings and events are regularly featured in media outlets such as Wedding Chicks, Munaluchi Bride, Elegant Wedding Magazine, Aisle Planner and Today’s Bride. Tracey has planned weddings, events and conferences in Canada, Colombia, Mexico, The Bahamas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, the United States, Jamaica, Italy, and Ireland. Tracey is a big believer in giving back and is proud to volunteer and support charities that are close to her heart. In addition to planning weddings, teaching WPIC courses and planning learning events for WPIC Alumni, Tracey regularly speaks at Wedding and Event Industry conferences.
Karma Event Productions
After attending university for Communications and Theatrical Lighting Design, Jeremy put his talents to work in the special event industry including DJing Weddings & Clubs, Radio, Event Lighting, Graphic & Video Design, Music Promotions & Production and more. Jeremy has been a wedding DJ for over 10 years and knows weddings inside and out. Outside of work Jeremy has been involved with coaching Special Olympics and supporting his little brother’s endeavors in the National Kidney Transplant games.
Intrigue Teaches & Intrigue Designs
If you’ve seen Jordan Marx’s face before, you’ve likely watched The Big Flower Fight on Netflix, or have followed along with her adventures as Sarah Campbell’s right-hand lady at Intrigue Teaches and Intrigue Designs. A world traveler with a passion for marketing and communications, Jordan is always on-the-go helping Sarah from behind the computer screen as they host floral workshops, building wedding businesses, and grow a strong, positive community of flower-lovers focused on sharing knowledge and spreading joy through blooms.
Stunning and Brilliant Events
Sara McCall is a female entrepreneur, empowering other women by growing her company, Stunning & Brilliant Events into 9 successful franchise locations across the US. She has planned 1000+ weddings with her team over the last 11 years. Sara was born and raised in Denver, NC. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. She landed in the event planning business after booking her first wedding for just $450 and using her mom and friend as free labor! Since then she has had the privilege of learning from some of the best including David Tutera and Preston Bailey. From there she created a catchy name, designed a website with her signature chandelier and began marketing what has become the pinnacle of event planning. Stunning and Brilliant Events has been named best of The Knot weddings for over a decade now and grossing over 1.5 million a year as a company. We have been published in Southern Bride Magazine, Style Me Pretty and featured on NBC Sports. We have planned large corporate events, red carpet premieres, storybook weddings and intimate birthday celebrations including clients associated with Nascar, Waffle House, Dilmar Oil,Cheerwine, Tory Burch & Many Others.
CEO & Founder
Walter McClellan founded Toast Entertainment as a solo member DJ company in 2010 with less than $1,000 in savings. Within ten years of being CEO, Walter grew Toast into one of the country's largest and most respected multi-service operations specializing in DJ, Photo, Video, Photo Booth, and Coordination services. Walter oversees thousands of weddings annually at Toast's six corporate and franchise locations. As a leading expert in the event industry, he has personally trained hundreds of DJs and other wedding professionals on how to build their business from the ground up with little to no start-up resources during his career. Addicted to adventure, Walter spends most of his free time traveling the world with the love of his life, Liz, and their untamed toddler Benjamin.
Pretty Pear Bride
Shafonne Myers is a media mogul and body image coach for plus size brides and a launch coach for creative business owners. She built an internationally recognized, award-winning wedding publication, Pretty Pear Bride. It’s the only site in the world for plus size brides and has solidified her as THE plus size bridal expert. She also helps creative business owners sell online and launch wildly profitable digital products, so they have more income, impact and freedom in their business.
Elevate by Bethel
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.
SanDiegoDJStaci.com & WeddingBizConsultant.com
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, PFCI, is a thought leader in the floral 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, were the founders of Twisted Willow Design in St. Louis, Missouri as a wedding-focused floral company. From that experience, Ryan created Curate, a florist 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 a floral shop and grew it into a successful lifestyle business.
Jim (aka DJ Fyerfly) is the owner of Fyerfly Productions. He started his DJ journey at just 16 years old and started his own company at age 21. Jim specializes in luxury weddings and has expanded his company to include DJ, luxury lighting and special effects. Jims ability to combine high end lighting and special effects with custom music selections has made Fyerfly the most sought out entertainment experience in Florida.
Olaya Events & Company
Abigail Olaya knows what it's like to start a venue from the ground up since she started Venue at the Grove in 2009 with a $15,000 loan and has grown it into a multi-million dollar award winning business. She is CEO of Olaya Events & Company, a wedding venue, catering, and coaching company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Abigail was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal for her leadership and impact within the community. Aside from running a wedding business Abigail is CEO of Olaya Coaching where she gets to leverage her leadership expertise and years of experience leading, training, coaching, and developing her staff to a broader audience. She is passionate about helping women, leaders, and entrepreneurs 10x their lives. Abigail loves to travel with her husband and their 8-year-old triplet girls.
Hive Cake Shop
Rebekah Ontiveros is a self-taught baker who believes in combining exotic flavors and social media-worthy experiences with each bake- just browse her business social media if you need some drool-worthy inspiration for your next occasion!
Don’t get her wrong, she grew up on boxed cake mixes and frostings- but as a professional, now all her cakes are made- from-scratch and completely custom made for you! She made her first cake when she was four, maybe five years
old. Growing up in Anchorage, AK, she and her sister had a lot of time on her hands (especially in the winter). Since they were hooked on quintessential Food Network shows like ‘Iron Chef’ they quickly put their competitive edge to the test and challenged each other to frequent “bake offs” (thank you mom and dad for always handling the dishes).
Bekah has competed on two major televised baking competitions: Netflix’s Sugar Rush (2020) and Food Network’s
Holiday Wars (2021). You can find her bakes featured by:
- Better Homes and Gardens
-Northern Virginia Magazine
-The Scout Guide Hunt Country
- Loudoun Times Mirror
-Frederick News Post …and more!
Owner & Founder
Christie Osborne, proud data nerd, is the owner and founder of Mountainside Media, a consulting firm devoted to using market research, data, and analytics to support event professionals as they develop scalable marketing strategies to grow their business. Christie is dedicated to guiding the industry in a direction that ditches tired, old sales pitches and turns its focus on what really matters: turning data into dollars. Her penchant for all-things-digital and a knack for critical thinking have made Christie into the analytics master that she is today, always prepared to dig into web metrics and refine a marketing strategy based on its ROI. Her approach marries website stats with social media data for an effective one-two punch of real, concrete analytics that are invaluable to her clients. Beyond data-driven marketing analysis, Christie frequents the national speaker circuit where she shares her expertise onstage for organizations like NACE, Catersource, WIPA, and ABC. She is also a regular contributor to industry publications, including Special Events, Catersource, Sage Wedding Pros, and Wedding Business Magazine.
Co-Founder of Blue Elephant and Catering, BASH Wedding Marketplace, LA Blue Wedding Brokers, and Co-owner of Real Maine Weddings Magazine, Fausto began his career in catering and event planning 35 years ago in Philadelphia. He has an eye for detail and production and is passionate about creating high-quality memorable events for his wedding and corporate clients. Fausto was the 2019/2020 President of and currently sits on the board of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and is a member of the board of directors of the International Caterers Association and and a member of the Leading Caterers of America.
Lori and her husband Jeff are the co-owners and principal photographers of Indigosilver Studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. Lori runs the boudoir side of the business while Jeff concentrates on weddings and headshots. Through their education brand, Photo Insight, the Pooles offer private mentoring on the business of photography, marketing, and sales systems. Both Jeff and Lori are PPA Master Photographers and Photographic Craftsmen, and are dedicated to helping photographers grow profitable and successful businesses.
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.
Client & Communication Specialist
Angela Proffitt, LLC
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.
Ian Ramirez is an internationally trained opera singer who has sung across the globe from Portland, Oregon to Stuttgart, Germany. From opera to operations, Mr. Ramirez serves as the Co-Owner and Venue Director 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. 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.
CEO & Founder
Meet “The Flower CEO.” Liza Roeser disrupted the flower industry after completing a Peace Corps assignment in Ecuador—one of the world’s largest exporters of cut flowers—in the 1990s. She saw and seized the opportunity to export directly from farm to consumer and founded Farm Exports in 1998 and FiftyFlowers in 2003. More recently she launched FlowerFix, an online flower subscription delivery service. Today, Liza is an active champion of the flower industry and is a member of the board of The Society of American Florists, the Association for Wedding Professionals International, and NorCal Flower Association. Liza advocates for the industry on Capitol Hill annually as a lobbyist for the flower industry, working with lawmakers to make sure the voices of her peers are heard. She also serves on the Board of Entrepreneurs Organization and takes pride in mentoring budding entrepreneurs. Liza speaks at conferences and on stages around the world, sharing her knowledge and passion for flower sourcing, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment in business. She has been nominated as Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year (2019) and has been featured in Inc.com, Idaho Business Review, BRIDES, as the feature cover story of Greenbelt Magazine, and interviewed on many media outlets. Follow Liza on Instagram @TheFlowerCEO.
True Love Knots
Maria is the founder of True Love Knots, a company that is all about LOVE. As an ordained minister, she has performed over 4000 marriages! Also, she performs end of life celebration ceremonies, baptisms and house blessings. Maria coaches those looking for love later in life by helping with her personal experience in dating again. She is a highly sought-after professional speaker who shares the benefits of having Love in your business. And she has created a well-structured digital course on how to officiate wedding ceremonies. Beginning her life again, she found new paths to follow and started to rebuild. By putting herself out there again and facing the struggles with dating, True Love Knots was born. As a respected and praiseworthy minister, Maria brings love and happiness into the lives of many couples.
Ceo & Co-Founder
JULIE IS THE CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF PARTYSLATE, a photo-rich website where leading event professionals share their work and build their brand. With over 20 years of digital marketing experience with some of the biggest brands in the world, Julie is excited to bring this expertise to the events industry.
Renée’s lifelong love affair with weddings started out as a high school dream that quickly evolved as she pursued a career in the industry throughout college and beyond. From rentals to planning to catering, her diverse experience has touched every corner of the industry and has led to her role as a multifaceted thought leader for event professionals everywhere. Inspired to start her own business, Renée received her MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship and quickly put her degree to work when she launched Urban Soirée® in 2017. Today, her award-winning company delivers elevated and romantic celebrations through full-service wedding planning and design for couples on the East Coast and destinations worldwide. Renée’s success with Urban Soirée® has earned her and her company numerous accolades, including being named as the Best of Boston® 2020 - Best IRL Wedding Planner by Boston Magazine. She was also recognized as ILEA Boston’s Top Planner in 2019 and has ranked in WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards for three consecutive years since opening her doors.
Trial Attorney & Editor of WeddingIndustryLaw.com
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.
Catering by Design
Syd is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in Catering, Food & Beverage, Luxury Goods, Hotel Management, and Hospitality Industry. She is a strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston.
With over 18 years running award-winning planning firm, Bridal Bliss, founder Nora Sheils possesses an intimate grasp on the ins and outs of the wedding industry. In her time working with countless couples and leading a team of 30+ women, she recognized a need for a more effective, streamlined approach to the often-daunting contract and invoice process. Thus, in 2018, Rock Paper Coin was born in partnership with her sister-in-law, Elizabeth, and the two have been committed to bringing together event professionals and couples ever since. Nora’s industry experience has led her to become a thought leader in the way of project management, operational efficiency, business expansion, and team dynamics. Her expertise extends to event professionals who discover increased productivity through Rock Paper Coin, as well as those who hear her speak onstage. As a well-known and sought-after speaker in her local speaker circuit, including with associations like ILEA Portland and Seattle Business Babes, Nora is always prepared to share her favorite strategies for simplifying, refining, and refreshing business workflows. In her spare time, Nora can be found spending quality time with her family, often over a long family-style spread of food and a glass of great sparkling wine. She also appreciate the chance to explore the vibrant culture and food scene of the Pacific Northwest, particularly in her beloved hometown of Portland.
Wedding Venue Map
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.
Chief Event Planner & Designer
Cocktails & Details
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.
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.
Owner | Chief Analyst
GT Marketing and Consulting
Greg brings a vast knowledge and a proven record of success. His varied background in marketing, sales, and leadership allow him to relate and understand the pressures of small business owners, wedding creatives, and marketing teams. Ultimately, Greg sees his role as a partner with each client. He works diligently to ensure that customers reach their personal goals by offering content marketing, brand development, and social media integration and optimization. He is also a passionate coach that helps entrepreneurs streamline their business practices. He is an avid proponent of creating systems to allow you to work on your business rather than always working in it. Greg is a devoted husband, father of four, and lover of Presidential history. You can find him helping his beautiful wife on weekends with their wedding and event design business. On a rare day off, look for him on a golf course!
Lip Service Makeup
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.
Lead Wedding & Entertaining Expert
David Tutera Experience
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.
Vice President, Conference Director
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.
The Gilded Gown
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.
Owner & DJ
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.
Visual Brand Strategist
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.
Co-Founder & CMO
Anja is Co-founder and CMO of Maroo, which is modernizing money for the wedding world–starting with our payments platform tailored to the weddings & events space. We're saving businesses money on processing fees and time collecting payments. Maroo also offers the first-ever Buy Now Pay Later option that allows couples to pay for their wedding invoices via predictable monthly installments at 0% APR. Previously the editor of TheKnot.com Named "The Knot’s Chief Innovator" by Ad Week for connecting local business owners with a social savvy audience. National TV appearances include the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox Business News, VH1 Morning Buzz, CNN, E!, Access Hollywood, Katie, Meredith Vieira, and Anderson Cooper.
Floral Underground is a boutique floral studio located in Traverse City Michigan, specializing in DIY floral experiences, workshops, and specialty designs for local delivery.
Charlotte's Weddings & More
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.