February 2017

 

All Things Weddings

I have to start off with WOW! WOW! WOW!

You have all elected an incredible group of chapter presidents. We all met in Long Beach for our retreat, and went over the legalities, SOP's bylaws and goals for the upcoming year. I was so inspired by the enthusiasm of the new chapter presidents and their representatives. As we expand exponentially and bring the message of wedding excellence, professionalism, and fair business practices to more parts of the country, I rest easy knowing that the dynamic group I met in Long Beach will be at the helms of our chapters.

It was an honour to be in the room with our amazing past president Brit, and two founding sponsors of WIPA, Paulene Perry and Paula Lascal- without these ladies, among others, none of this would be possible. We are also grateful to have Therese and Nahid spearheading efforts on our active advisory board. You will get to hear some of what they have been working on soon. I can only say THANK YOU to them because they are working diligently and using their charm and finesse to create miracles.

I look forward to attending the meetings throughout our WIPA family and meet other Board Members, WIPA members, and attendees. I am incredibly excited to be part of WIPA this year as I have always been, and I hope you all share the excitement with non WIPA members and help us effect a positive change on our growing industry.

Welcome to WIPA 2017, LET'S ROLL!

~Rrivre


Catersource, the Show for Catering and Event Professionals, is heading to New Orleans March 12 - 15, 2017, for an industry experience like never before! Discover new trends, ideas, business concepts, products and services in this lively, culture-filled city as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this industry-leading event. 


Visit conference.catersource.com for more details about this year's education, events, networking, and more and 
save $50 with code 17WIPA 
on the Catersource Connect or Catersource Conference & Tradeshow packages. 

  We'll see you in New Orleans! 


 

We're excited to partner with HoneyBook to give you less work— and more life: Members save an average of 3 weeks a year on admin tasks! 
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Is time-saving one of your goals for 2017? If so, our newest WIPA Partnership will be right up your alley!
WIPA is thrilled to have an exclusive partnership with Where Will They Stay?, a unique service offering custom hotel room block procurement for wedding and event planners. Their free service means that you, or your clients, save the time and hassle of reaching out to hotels for a discounted room block, and their shared revenue model means that their industry partners earn commissions on every referral.

WIPA members will exclusively receive a 20% commission for every referred block. Visit www.wherewilltheystay.com to learn more about their services today!  


WIPA would like to welcome & thank our newest members for joining and supporting our organization as we continue to expand across the nation! Please be sure to reach out and welcome these new members.  

Atlanta Chapter New Members

Sirmantha Ellison
From Sir With Love
welcome@fromsirwithlove.com
www.fromsirwithlove.com
404.482.0777

Custom Gifts + Favors + Stationery

Kaitlynne Grice
LowCountry Catering
kaitlynne@lowcountrycatering.net
www.lowcountrycatering.net
404.835.5343

Full service catering

 

Colorado Chapter New Members

Madison Allen
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
madison.allen@ritzcarlton.com
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/colorado/bachelor-gulch
970.343.1191

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is the parent company to the luxury hotel chain, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Ritz-Carlton operates 91 luxury hotels and resorts in cities around the world and resorts in 30 countries and territories. 

Patrick Anderson
Under the Sky Event Rental
patrick@undertheskyeventrental.com
www.undertheskyeventrental.com
720.320.3449

We provide unique tipi style tents for weddings and events. We are the first in the USA to offer these luxury tipis for rent and have a wealth of expertise and experience under our belt. 

Molly Furtado
The Charter at Beaver Creek
molly.furtado@wynvr.com
970.845.3163

The Charter at Beaver Creek by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Jessica Gillespie
White Birch Weddings & Events
jessica@whitebirchweddingsandevents.com
970.471.5467

Wedding Planning

Nicole Landeck
poppy & pine flower company
nicole@poppyandpinefloral.com
www.poppyandpinefloral.com
303.859.3059

We are a full service floral design shop dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality and unique florals for all the special events in their lives. 


Stacie Lee
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Stacie.lee@ritzcarlton.com
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/colorado/bachelor-gulch
970.343.1169

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is the parent company to the luxury hotel chain, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels. Ritz-Carlton operates 91 luxury hotels and resorts in cities around the world and resorts in 30 countries and territories. 

Brynn Swanson
First Look Events
brynn@firstlookevents.net
www.firstlookevents.net
303.910.4139

We are a boutique wedding and special event planning firm based in Denver, Colorado. Our passion lies in telling our clients story through artfully designed and carefully executed events. By combining our expansive industry experience in wedding planning, social, corporate and non-profit events with our distinctive design style and crafted planning approach, we can successfully produce any type of event.

Las Vegas Chapter New Members

Stephanie Case
Lush Event Productions
stephaniecase@lusheventproductions.com 

Karly Lambeth
Border Grill Las Vegas
karly.lambeth@bordergrill.com
702.632.6940

Nikki Mindorff
Border Grill Las Vegas
nikki.mindorff@bordergrill.com
www.bordergrill.com/locations/las-vegas/bglvmb/
702.947.4164

With two unique venues conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and The Forum Shops at Caesars, Border Grill is the perfect choice for your celebration. Featuring vibrant, flexible private dining rooms, indoor/outdoor options, and a variety of menus to accommodate both elegant and casual gatherings - from sit-down dinners and festive buffets to cocktail parties with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres – we’ll help you celebrate in style with bold flavors and a festive vibe. Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger are co-owners/chefs of Border Grill in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

New York Chapter New Members 

Dawn Celovsky
State of the Art Enteprises, Inc.
dc@stateoftheartnyc.com
www.stateoftheartnyc.com
212.317.1421

Hospitality driven, boutique firm that specializes in creating, managaing and planning high end events.

Hunter Janoff
Crystal Plaza Group
hunter@crystalplazagroup.com
www.crystalplazagroup.com
973.992.8100

Luxury Catering & Event Production

Robin Selden
Marcia Selden Catering and Events
robin@marciaselden.com
www.marciaselden.com
203.353.8000

Luxury Boutique Caterer in NYC and CT 

Diana Then
Diana La Mere Events
Diana@dianalamere.com
www.dianalamere.com
646.359.0313

A Boutique event planning firm dedicated to custom designing and coordinating memorable events

Meg Walhimer
The St. Regis New York
meg.walhimer@stregis.com
212.339.6732 

Other/At Large Members

Matthew Myhrum
Matthew Myhrum Event Visualization, Inc.
matt@matthewmyhrum.com
www.matthewmyhrum.com
917.362.2678

3D Visualization Services for the Luxury Wedding and Event Industry

Phoenix Chapter New Members  

Ryan Field
Hotel Valley Ho
rfield@hotelvalleyho.com
480.421.7950 

Sally Mackesy
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
sally.mackesy@westin.com
kierlandresort.com
480.624.1326

Resort & Spa 

Dawn Peterson
Phoenix Bride and Groom
dp@phoenixbrideandgroom.com
www.phoenixbrideandgroom.com
602.740.8313

Phoenix Bride & Groom is a complete wedding guide, providing inspiration, guidance, as well as referrals to the most qualified wedding vendors.

Teagan Tudor
Hotel Valley Ho
ttudor@hotelvalleyho.com
hotelvalleyho.com
480.421.7801

An Icon of 1950s Modernism in Downtown Scottsdale From an intimate celebration to a glittering gala, Hotel Valley Ho is the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Choose from fabulous settings, menus and services for every part of your wedding, the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, honeymoon, rooms for guests and day-after brunch, as well as packages offering all the special details for your ceremony and a bridal party getaway.

 

San Francisco Chapter New Members

Cindy Danbom
Bella Notte Events
cindy@bellanotte-events.com
www.bellanotte-events.com
415.652.6770

Boutique wedding design and coordination

Kristen Seaholm
Solage
kristen.seaholm@aubergeresorts.com
www.solage.aubergeresorts.com/
707.226.0813

Award winning napa valley resort, michelin star rated restaurant, award winning spa


CHECK OUT WIPA'S RECENT EVENTS!  

Atlanta Chapter

Thank you to Legendary Events for hosting WIPA Atlanta at Flourish. Special thanks to all the hardworking sponsors: Active Production and Design, Inc, Collection Event Furnishings, Event Drapery, Inc, I Do Linens, Yvonne Monet Events, Julie Anne Photography and Paper Daisies Stationery.

 


Heartsweet Cakes was featured in BRIDES for creating an intricate, Gatsby-inspired wedding cake for Mr. and Mrs. Michael Phelps.  The cake was also featured in People.  

Blueprint Studios is Launching their Napa Showroom on January 31st!  The address is 955 Vintage Ave, St. Helena 94574.

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting will be speaking at this year's WeddingWire World in both Anaheim, CA in May and Washington, DC in August. She has also been selected as a speaker at the Be Sage Conference this December in Hilton Head, SC. She was recently published on Social Tables and WeddingWire EDU.  

Hotel Valley Ho has been featured in a styled wedding shoot on Borrowed and Blue.

I Do linens is excited to announce they have moved to a bigger, brighter and better space January 1st 2017. The new address is 1810 Plymouth Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318. They would love to give tours in their new space and show you what they have been up too. 

Tara Federico of Scheme Events is the new Director of Membership for the WIPA Las Vegas Chapter! She is thrilled to be an ambassador of the WIPA brand. 

Forget Me Knot Flowers was featured in an SNJToday segment for the work they are doing in recycling flowers from weddings and events. They were also featured in Philly in Love BlogNJPen , and  Retrospect. Lastly, a Vendor Spotlight with BG Productions, Photography & Videography.

Vibiana was featured on Grace Ormonde Blog for a beautiful, modern wedding and Ceremony Magazine Blog for a romantic, all white wedding. Vibiana will also be hosting the I Do! Bridal Show on January 27th with Fancy That! Event. 

Amy Green of Where Will They Stay? was happy to be a part of the Work Smarter, Not Harder: Creating New Revenue Streams for Your Event Business, at The Special Event in Long Beach, CA. 

Got Light was named a Best of 2017 Winner for Best Sound & Lighting on the premiere online wedding resource, Borrowed and Blue.  In national news, they were also named Special Events 2017 Gala Awards Winners for Best Use of Lighting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Opening Gala, their second consecutive win!

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ was recently announced as a speaker at the 2017 WeddingWire World in Anaheim, CA in May. His company, Fantasy Sound Event Services were also the recipients of 5 NACE Silicon Valley Best of Industry Awards, including Best of Videography. Recently published articles include CatersourceSocial Tables, and Timeline Genius

Three Tomatoes Catering was featured in The Salonniere for their expert advice in hosting and entertaining. They offered up a few new items from their spring and summer menu for 2017. They were quoted amongst some other fine “entertainers” like, Victoria Hentrich and Thomas Bui.    

POPPY & PINE was featured in the Denver Post for the opening of their first brick and mortar shop in the Stanley Marketplace. Their designs were also showcased in fall style shoot in Colorado Couture and at 5280 Dines. They added 5 new team members in December including a new floral designer and event coordinator, Suzanna Healy.

Naakiti Floral Design has expanded its company with a new & inspiring store, Cork & ThornCork& Thorn debuted its grand opening mid-January & has an inspired following already! Cork & Thorn is a premiere floral shop that uniquely infuses a first-person floral design experience with the enjoyment of a wonderful glass of wine or champagne.
Scott Cummings Music and Luxury DJ's are excited to announce that they have combined forces to create Luxury Entertainment Group. The exciting new company offers a full spectrum of entertainment including Bands, DJs, Lighting, AV, Dancers and Silent Disco.

UPCOMING MEETINGS 

Colorado Chapter

 

Please save the date of March 7-8 for our WIPA first Quarter Event at the Broadmoor!  

3/7 - Estate House Open House (wedding coordinators only; invite only from the Broadmoor) from 3 – 6 pm

3/8 WIPA luncheon

11:30 cocktails 

12:30 speaker

1:30 Lunch

The Broadmoor will be offering a discounted rate for the nights of 3/7 and 3/8 of $99 per night with the code: WEDDING.

More details on our speaker and Sponsors will be forthcoming! Stay tuned!! This will be an event you won’t want to miss! 

 

Philadelphia Chapter

 

San Francisco Chapter

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