April, 2018 

In This Issue

May Webinar

Member Benefits

New Members


Wedding Industry Forms 




Send your submission to your local Chapter's Director of Communication or [email protected] 


Our mission is to provide industry-leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. Our founding board worked with a diverse group of WIPA members to develop the professional conduct and code of ethics to achieve the highest standards of excellence.



Save the Date for #NACEEXP18


Registration for the 2018 NACE Experience Conference is now open!!! 
Get our exclusive $50 #WIPA discount when you register for an all-inclusive package by using the code  WIPA50
Offer expires 06/30/2018.  We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs! 



We are pleased to announce the  David Tutera Event Planning Symposium is currently accepting registrations. 

For further information and details go to https://www.davidtuterasymposium.com/

There's nothing off-limits to discuss at the Symposium, and best of all he'll get into the business of events and wedding planning with all of the glamorous and not so glamorous parts that come along with it.  

David Tutera is a world-renowned wedding planner and event designer, and is excited to pull back the curtain to unveil his 30+ years of knowledge and insight of building a successful business and brand in the event industry and is sharing it with YOU!  David is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the Events and Lifestyle arena.



   WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

 This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at WIPA.org with your personal username and password to access previous webinars. Also listed are the upcoming webinars scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. So plan to take advantage of the expert presenters that are available to you at no charge. When the registration link is emailed it only takes a moment to register.

 Upcoming Webinars: 

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 

The WIPA Programs and Education committee is always open to ideas for sessions you would like to suggest so if you have ideas, please email your suggestions to Chairman JP Reynolds, [email protected]


 Wedding Industry Forms 

 AVAILABLE FOR WIPA MEMBERS -- Log into your online WIPA account and download an array of Wedding Industry Forms

 Thanks to the WIPA Advisory Board, Immediate Past President Brit Bertino has completed an effort to provide standard forms for many of the Wedding industry disciplines, AND, here is the best part, as a member of WIPA there is no charge for accessing the forms and using them whenever you need to find one for your business use!  So please take a look at this valuable member benefit by logging in to the Members Only section of www.WIPA.org  with your email and password. There under the Resource tab, you will scroll down to the Member Library and can download any of these forms for your use.

 Here is the list of forms:

 Band/DJ Checklist

 Wedding Stationery Checklist

 Day-Of-Wedding Party Sample Schedule

 Floral Checklist

 Hotel Room Block

 Videographer Checklist

 Photography Checklist

Wedding Day Production Schedule

 Wedding Day Don't Forget Checklist

 Wedding Guest RSVP


New Members

Atlanta Chapter


Roy Arriaga

Unique Event Elements­­­­

[email protected] | www.uniqueeventelements.com | 404.367.4700

 Unique Event Elements provides luxury drape, event lighting and acrylic rentals such as tables & pedestals. UEE also will build custom furniture for each event. UEE customizes each event based on the client's vision.


Shawne Jacobs

Anne Barge

[email protected] | www.annebarge.com | 404.873.8070

 Anne Barge is renowned for timeless style with a contemporary twist. Inspired by vintage couture, the Anne Barge Couture collection combines the best of classic design and modern trends, using the finest fabrics, embellishments, and embroidery sourced throughout the world.


Erin Krut

Anne Barge

[email protected] | www.annebarge.com | 404.873.8070 ext. 1

 Design House and Flagship Store renowned for timeless style with a contemporary twist. Inspired by vintage couture, the Anne Barge Couture collection combines the best of classic design and modern trends, using the finest fabrics, embellishments, and embroidery sourced throughout the world.


Krystin O'Mara

Krystin O'Mara, classical guitarist

[email protected] | www.krystinomara.com | 440.665.7047

 We provide classical guitar music for ceremonies, cocktail hour, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.


Chicago Chapter


Sarah Deeke

Cheers! Chicago, Inc.

[email protected] | www.cheerschicagoevents.com | 630.776.8962

Cheers! Chicago is a full-service event planning firm providing exemplary customer service based on professional quality, treating our clients like family, and truly caring about our couples beyond their wedding day.


Vanessa Hurr

Temerity Photography

[email protected] | www.temerityphotography.com | 978.435.1112

Temerity Photography is a Madison-based wedding, engagement, and lifestyle portrait studio. Documenting lovebirds in the Midwest and around the globe since 2007.


Kaleigh Kamphuis

Sound Investment AV

[email protected] | www.soundinvestmentav.com | 312.733.6288

Full Service and Custom Audio, Visual, Lighting and production services for all special events.


Janet Mathews

Dish & Decor Vintage Rental

[email protected] | www.dishanddecorvintagerental.com | 815.444.1710

We are a boutique vintage rental company specializing in mismatched vintage china, glassware, flatware and vintage decor.


Abby McKinney

Heirloom Event Co.

[email protected] | www.heirloomeventco.com | 443.416.1781

Heirloom is a boutique studio offering wedding planning, wedding floral & design with a thoughtful approach to vendors and logistics for the modern, timeless couple. Excelling at estate style weddings and serving Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and the Midwest.


Rachel Razowsky

Blue Plate Catering

[email protected] | blueplatechicago.com  | 312.239.2845

Full-Service Custom Caterer


Lauren Smith


[email protected] | www.chez-chicago.com | 312.255.0288

Modern loft venue just off Michigan Avenue


Ann Straus

Letters Ink

[email protected] | www.letters-ink.com | 847.343.3232

Letters-Ink is a digital calligrapher and custom invitation designer.   Letters-Ink can provide your event with everything in print, from invitation and Save the dates, to table and place cards, menus, programs, signage, anything you can imagine, we can do.


Stephanie Widman

Sweet 'thing Shop

[email protected] | 312.952.3672

Sweet 'thing is a boutique baking company that specials in all things cookies.  We provide unique products packaged in a variety of ways form favors to trays.

Colorado Chapter


Melanie Jannicelli

Kimberly Rose Events

[email protected] | wwww.kimberlyroseevents.com | 303.506.2279

Kimberly Rose embodies the idea that we spend special events with the people we care about, and our goal is to capture those moments and feelings with design, originality, and a little magic. We are a full-service upscale wedding planning company, with day-of coordination, partial planning, and full-service planning packages available. I started this company in 2013 finally fulfilling a childhood dream, and I couldn't feel more blessed to be able to do what I love.

Whitney Meister

Beaver Creek Resort

[email protected] | www.beavercreek.com | 970.754.5785

Resort offering venues and lodging


Katherine Pollock

Beaver Creek Resort

[email protected] | www.beavercreek.com | 970.754.5780

Our resort offers wedding venues and lodging 


Rachel Schrepel 

Rachel Schrepel, Wedding Photographer

[email protected] | www.rachelschrepel.com | 303.345.3063

Sentimental Wedding Photographer for Independent and Sophisticated Couples


Las Vegas Chapter

Matthew Gucu

New Moon Entertainment

[email protected] | www.newmoonentertainment.net | 702.339.1765

Bands, Musicians, DJ's, Specialty Acts, Sound Production


Ashley Thompson

Ashley Creative Weddings & Events

[email protected] | ashleycreativeevents.com | 702.994-=.9957

Wedding designer & planner for the trendiest of couples


New Orleans Chapter

Elizabeth Lauer

Omni Royal Orleans

[email protected] | www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-orleans-royal-orleans| 504.529.7022

 4-Diamond hotel in the heart of the French Quarter


Melanie Spencer

New Orleans Bride

[email protected] |504.828.1380

Publishing company


Carson Thrash

Carson Thrash, Inc.

[email protected] |601.818.1220

I am in a transition period. I am a graphic designer, turned retail store owner, eventually plan to turn wedding planner.


New York Chapter


Amanda DiUglio

Great Performances

[email protected] | 212.337.6089



Jeanenne La Bella

La Bella Planners, LLC

[email protected] | 516.767.1984


Victoria Laughton

Patina Group

[email protected]


Jonathan Lemon

JC Lemon Photography

[email protected] | www.jclemon.com | 917.740.9104

JC Lemon Photography is an award-winning wedding photography studio based in New York City. We specialize in artistically documenting kick-ass, down-to-earth, big city weddings -- no matter the guest count.


Debra Morris


[email protected] | www.eventsful.com | 212.682.8405

Eventsful is a full-service event management firm specializing in creating extraordinary and original events, on-time, on budget, and unparalleled. Founded in 1993 by Debra Morris, Eventsful soon became known as one of the most creative event producers in Manhattan. Eventsful's trademark energy, creativity, style, and attention to detail is reflected in each event and tailored to each client's needs. Client discretion is always a priority, so our clientele are often our best-kept secrets.


Jessica Petrini

Great Performances

[email protected]  | 212.337.4345



Emily Piuggi

Patina Group

[email protected]


Anthony Vazquez

Anthony Vazquez Photography

[email protected] | 212.920.6082


Philadephia Chapter 


Magdalena Kernan

Magdalena Studios

[email protected] | www.magdalenastudios.com | 609.970.4737

Organic and timeless imagery for the sentimental and soulful


San Francisco


AnneMarie Austin

TPC Stonebrae Country Club

[email protected] | www.stonebraecc.com | 510.728.7957

Country Club - Weddings & Events Venue


Crystal Lequang

Amazae Events

[email protected] | www.amazae.com | 408.249.2184

Amazae Events is an experienced production company dedicated to providing boutique designing, planning and coordinating services for weddings, corporate and social events of all occasions. Our philosophy is to provide simple and trend-setting style, while creating something unique for each of their clients with flawless execution.


Lee Anne Rees

Merchants Exchange Productions/Julia Morgan Ballroom

[email protected] | www.juliamorganballroom.com | 415.513.5533

Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Club, Credo Events


Southern California


Andrea Abel

Events By Abel

[email protected] | www.eventsbyabel.com


Robert Arthur

Invisible Touch Events

[email protected] | www.invisibletouchevents.com | 949.450.9950

DJ and Event Production


Kayla Brill

Brilliant Wedding Co.

[email protected] | 541.280.3962

Brilliant Wedding Co. is a Los Angeles based destination event planning company, with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in bringing your vision to life, our team of visionaries serves the entire west coast. We love the beauty behind very small detail that composes the most important day of your life.


Michelle Garibay

Michelle Garibay Events

[email protected] | www.michellegaribayevents.com | 808.228.3591

Michelle Garibay Events offers design, planning and coordination in Temecula, Palm Springs, San Diego, Hawaii and Mexico. We specialize in destination weddings.


Laila Ibrahim

XO Bloom

[email protected] | www.xobloom.com | 805.230.1010

 XO Bloom is a floral and event design studio servicing Southern California


Amanda Mendez

Blue Lotus Insights

[email protected] | bluelotusinsights.com | 562.304.6788

 Wedding & Event Design and Coordination


Alyssa Ruiz

b.spoke Formal Wear

[email protected] | www.bspokestyle.com | 714.884.3722

 Custom menswear - suit/tux formal wear


Neha Shah

Blue Lotus Insights

[email protected] | bluelotusinsights.com | 562.822.3048

Wedding & Event Design and Coordination


Karen Sieger

Blissfully Styled

[email protected] | www.blissfullystyled.com | 714.624.7830

 Wedding and event planning, design and coordination


Alistair Tober

VIPs Entertainment LLC

[email protected] | www.vipsentertaiment.com | 888.901.8825

 Live entertianment for weddings and events


Amy Ulkutekin

First Comes Love

[email protected] | firstcomeslovesd.com | 619.501.1695

La Jolla based wedding planner and designer, servicing Southern California and beyond.


Sarah Z

XO Bloom

[email protected] | www.xobloom.com | 805.230.1010

 Floral and Design Studio for Wedding and Special Events




New York Chapter


On March 26th, WIPA’s New York Chapter held their first meeting of 2018 at The Glasshouses, one of NYC’s finest event spaces with magnificent views of the iconic skyline. Before opening the doors to the attendees, members took advantage of a private Meet & Greet with Guest Speaker Jess Levin, Founder, and CEO of Carats & Cakes. Once the evening was officially underway, guests took in the gorgeous sunset over the Hudson River and enjoyed the delicious catering of Elegant Affairs and music from a talented harp and vocal duo from Jarrell Entertainment. ProSho Sound provided top-notch audio and visual equipment and the presentation went flawlessly. Jess Levin focused on “The Business of Diversification” and gave lessons from her four-year journey of building Carats & Cakes.  Afterward, guests enjoyed a lively after party for the ages.


Venue: The Glasshouses | Speaker: Jess Levin from Carats & Cake  | Catering:Elegant.Affairs | Florals:Bastille Flowers Nyc | Furniture & Tablecloths: Party Rental Ltd | Entertainment:Jarrell Entertainment | Sound & AV:Prosho | Video Production:Milk & Honey Productions | Photography: Gruber Photographers | Check In: Allseated



Member News 

 Bespoke Edge provided Professional Groom Styling services for a September 2017 wedding that was published in Wedding Chicks on March 19th.  

Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona is happy to welcome Addison Bigelow as our new Private Events Coordinator.  Formerly a strong leader in our restaurant, Addison will direct all of her energies on weddings and corporate events and manage all of the details that make our events exceptional.   Addison accepted this position as a natural step toward her career as a meeting planner.  We are thrilled to add her to our Operations Team.

My Wedding Songs was recently awarded Emerging Small Business Certification from the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development. ESB certification is only available for Nevada small businesses which meet a rigorous set of qualifications, and all certified organizations are included in the directory on DiversifyNevada.com.

Rachel Havel was featured in Wedding Chicks for a beautiful, lush wedding at Crooked Willow Farms. She was also highlighted in The Hybrid Altelier and Carats & Cake for a Modern Aspen Wedding and a Gorgeous Lakeside Wedding.

The Perfect Petal was voted Best Event/Decor Florist by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine 2018!!

They were featured in BRIDES magazine, Colorado Couture and CaratsandCake blogs
In January, The Perfect Petal outpost at The Maven Hotel in the Dairy Block opened its doors. 

Jan Levie, CEO and Creative Director of Handy Entertainment spoke to the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta on "What You Don’t Say—How Non-Verbal Communication Affects Your Relationships and Business.” Jan was also a featured speaker for the third consecutive semester for a course on Event Planning at Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality, on the topic of "Events + Entertainment—Useful Information that Every Event Pro Needs to Know.

Rebecca Stebbins, Weddings Manager of The Venetian | The Palazzo and our President of the Las Vegas WIPA Chapter, was recognized and honored with the Annual BRAVO Award in Leadership for The Venetian | The Palazzo. 

CEO of FUN, Jodi Harris of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce was featured on the Disc Jockey News Network on DJ-ing and Producing Events in Las Vegas.  

LUXE Linen is proud to announce Cindy Celis, Director of Sales, is now the Vice President and Director of Education of WIPA SoCal. 

Cindy Celis of LUXE Linen spoke at the 2018 ABC Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks Kickoff Meeting at Four Seasons Westlake. The panel topic was "Trends and Trendsetters" and included experts   Cindy Celis of Luxe Linen, Matt Gudis of Who's That DJ?, Star Hansen of Star Hansen Events, Aparna Herrault of Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Diana Lansleen of Emily Rose Papers, Ricardo Luna of Luna Gardens, Jenny Quicksall of Jenny Quicksall Photography, Robert Schwieger of Robert Michael Films, and moderated by Deborah James of Bella Vita Events. 

LUXE Linen was also featured in WedLuxe and Inside Weddings. 

By Design Collective won the Colorado Meetings and Events 2018 Best Of - Best Caterer in Denver Metro - Catering by Design 

By Design Collective won the International Caterers Association CATIE Award - Signature Caterer for Best Multi-Day Event - Camp Eclipse
Denise Smith was hired as By Design Collective's new Director of Sales and Marketing.
On March 20, 2018, the Bently Reserve hosted the biggest events industry party, Entire Production’s “Vernal Equinox.” This interactive celebration showcased the most cutting-edge trends in the event planning business, from live performances to creative beverages and food. 
Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern has created a special cocktail named after the prestigious special events venue, the Bently Reserve, consisting of Wild Turkey Rye, allspice dram, Benedictine, and sweet vermouth.  
Clover Events was featured in the March/April issue of Wedding Planner Magazine, in an article about the study of color in weddings.  They were also featured in The Everygirl.
A lot happening at Great Officiants. A new milestone was hit 500 Reviews on YELP. This makes them the most reviewed Officiants on the west coast. They Just added 2 new officiants to their team. Who Al-x will be Issuing Marriage Licenses and Performing ceremonies in English, Japanese and Tagalog and Michelle who will be doing them in English and Vietnamese. Their Officiant Stacey just did a bit on the TV Show Love and Hip Hop.
On April 5th, Bella Design & Planning produced a “70s Glam Jam” as the annual fundraiser for the Lindsey Vonn Foundation at the Four Seasons Vail. Bella founder Emily Campbell serves on the organization’s advisory council. On April 12th, the Bella team produced the 2018 Hope Awards for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Emily Sullivan, president of Emily Sullivan Events was featured on Catersource discussing event management in the virtual world, as well as on AllSeated talking about the importance of vendor timelines.
Heather Jones of Wente Vineyards was recently featured on Catersource for their picks on food & beverage trends for 2018. Wente was also featured on Martha Stewart Weddings in an article where chefs revealed the biggest wedding food mistakes that couples make.

Sandy Hammer, co-founder and CEO of AllSeated was featured on Thrive Global sharing her top lessons learned from her experiences. She was also featured on Sage Wedding Pros with her tips on how to scale your business with technology. 

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ was recently featured on WeddingWire EDU where he wrote an article on branding considerations for newly-diversified services. He was also quoted in Special Events where he spoke on the do's and don'ts of communicating with event professionals.
Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design was featured this month on OffbeatBride.com in a real wedding article that was inspired by the style of New Orleans. She was also featured on Catersource for her advice on balancing a creative personality with owning a business.
Meghan Ely, principal of OFD Consulting will be speaking at the ENGAGE!18 Summit at Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada in June.

Premiere Party Rents is featured on BizBash for their role in the 2018 Luxe LaunchPremiere Party Rents is featured on Style Me Pretty for a Blushing Alfresco WeddingPremiere Party Rents is also highlighted on Ruffled Blog for a Wintery Vineyard Wedding. 
Good Gracious! Events is featured on BizBash for 12 Wet and Wild Ideas from a Mermaid MuseumGood Gracious! EventsVice President, Joanne Purnell recently hosted a class at Catersouce titled, "You are going to want to eat your veggies! Plant-based perfection.
Solage, an Auberge Resort, was featured in NBC Bay Area for our upcoming 5th annual Calistoga Food & Wine Event, taking place Mother's Day Weekend. Solage has also been included in a Sunset article titled "12 Luxury Spa Resorts Worth the Splurge
Solage was featured in California Wedding DaySeattle Bride, as well as Oregon Bride, all of which focused on Northern California wedding venues post the October 2017 fires. 

On March 26th, WIPA’s New York Chapter held their first meeting of 2018 at The Glasshouses, one of NYC’s finest event spaces with magnificent views of the iconic skyline. Before opening the doors to the attendees, members took advantage of a private Meet & Greet with Guest Speaker Jess Levin, Founder and CEO of Carats & Cakes. Once the evening was officially underway, guests took in the gorgeous sunset over the Hudson River and enjoyed the delicious catering of Elegant Affairs and music from a talented harp and vocal duo from Jarrell Entertainment. ProSho Sound provided top-notch audio and visual equipment and the presentation went flawlessly. Jess Levin focused on “The Business of Diversification” and gave lessons from her four-year journey of building Carats & Cakes.  Afterwards, guests enjoyed a lively after party for the ages.

Upcoming Events  

Colorado Chapter 



Las Vegas Chapter

New Orleans


New York Chapter


Philadelphia Chapter



Phoenix Chapter 

May 22th, 2018 (Morning)
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Registration will open in late April



September 4th, 2018 (Evening)
Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa
Registration will open in August



Southern California Chapter 

Wedding International Professionals Association
8711 E Pinnacle Peak Rd #227
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
United States
844 - 444 - 9300