December 2016


All Things Weddings

Seasons Greetings Everyone!

It's been a productive year for WIPA- from new chapters and record membership numbers to exciting new partnerships in the industry.

Our Director of Programs and Education is also working steadily on the launch of a new virtual education opportunity, which will allow you to benefit from insight from some of the industry's top leaders.

We're particularly excited for WIPA's new website, which will serve our membership, prospects and sponsors well. Special thanks to Corinne and Vicki for guiding us through the process.

Additionally, the Special Event 2017 is fast approaching and it won't be too long before we meet in Long Beach. We'll have a presence at the tradeshow so please be sure to come by and say hello.

And finally, as we take one last moment to reflect on 2016, we're particularly thankfully to our president Brit Bertino, who brought her vision for the association to life while elevating WIPA to new heights.

Happy holidays to all- we'll see you in 2017!


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WIPA is proud to announce 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.

We're thrilled to share that WIPA members will exclusively receive a 20% commission for every referred block.Visit or e-mail Amy Green at [email protected] 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. 

Colorado Chapter New Members 

John Sargent
John Cain Photography
[email protected]

Texas-Colorado-Destination Wedding Photographer

Kara Sargent
[email protected]

Custom Event Design working with clients from all over the country in locations throughout Colorado and other states.

Las Vegas Chapter New Members

JCristina Gonzalez, CGSP
Simply Weddings Las Vegas
[email protected]

Shai Peri
Next Level Sounds Inc.
[email protected]

Premier Mobile DJ Entertainment

New York Chapter New Members

Angela Gregory
The Riverside Church
[email protected]

The Riverside Church is a Gothic landmark on the uooer west side of Manhattan. Its 20-story tower offers stunning views of the Hudson River and the opportunity for both Ceremony and Reception. Riverside is an opening and affirming church that welcomes interfaith, intercultural and same-sex couples.

Philadelphia Chapter New Members

Robyn Platoni
Chick Invitations
[email protected]

We are a custom stationery studio in Philadelphia. We specialize in great graphic design, beautiful typography and premium printing techniques & paper. Whether designing for a black tie gala or backyard BBQ, our design expertise will help you create the paper products for your day.

Rian Winther
Eventions Productions
[email protected]

Phoenix Chapter New Members

Annie Artenian
Wekopa Resort & Conference Center
[email protected]

Wekopa is a four diamond resort located in Fountain Hills among the Sonoran Desert and Four Peaks Mountain. Our indoor and outdoor venues offer some of the most unforgettable views in the Valley and are an ideal location for all your celebration needs.

Traci Mead
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
[email protected]

The Omni Montelucia is a luxury resort in the Scottsdale area and destination to many luxurious weddings.

Courtney Townsend
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
[email protected]

The Omni Montelucia is a luxury resort in the Scottsdale area and destination to many luxurious weddings.

San Francisco Chapter New Members

Sage McRae
Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel
[email protected]

Weddings are elevated at Loews Regency San Francisco. We host ceremonies on our 40th floor Sky Deck, the highest outdoor event space in the city. Spectacular views are carried throughout, with elegant ballrooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Our guest rooms are the highest in California! 

Southern California Chapter New Members

Nicki Kanne
Manhattan Country Club
[email protected]
310.546.5656 ext 217

Manhattan Beach Country Club offers the flexibility of a major venue with the care and exclusivity of a Private Club in the stylishly renovated facilities.



Atlanta Chapter

The Atlanta WIPA Chapter held our Members Table Fall Luncheon at South City Kitchen Buckhead on November 9th. The food and company were fantastic. It was the perfect way to end the year! Stay tuned for more Member's Only events in the coming year. Thanks to Julie Anne Fine Art Photography for the photos! 


Colorado Chapter 

The St. Regis Aspen hosted a memorable year end bash for the Colorado WIPA community. Kicking off the night was a Kir Royal cocktail hour with vodka tasting by local Marble Distilling Company. Guests were invited to a presentation by creative business consultant, Sean Low. Sean challenged our group to rethink how we are the sherpas to our clients. How do we help them reach the summit healthy and happy? After we were properly inspired, guests were invited to dinner stations of Togarashi spiked beef, sesame seed crusted halibut and loads of Asian inspired salads and sides. The Jordan Kahn Orchestra of 11 incredible musicians drove up from Dallas to entertain our crew for the evening. They were so good that at the end of the night no one would leave the dance floor. A mild rebellion could have ensued if they hadn’t graciously extended a DJ set :) The creative partners who participated were beyond generous with their products, resources and creativity, and the WIPA Colorado couldn’t be more thankful to them or our quickly growing membership. We are a lucky group of people out here in Colorado.

Brit Bertino President of WIPA was also in attendance to conduct the official swearing in of the Colorado Chapter.

Venue: St. Regis Aspen
Photography: Sarah Roshan
Planning and Design: Bella Design & Planning
Decor: Eclectic Hive
Florals: Aspen Branch
Linens: Luxe Linens
Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Stationery: Richard’s Notebook


Southern California Chapter

WIPA SoCal's October 4th event at The Line Hotel featured wonderful autumn inspired florals, aromatic hot coffee, and fabulous desserts. Attendees had the amazing opportunity to learn from Justin Lin of Lin and Jirsa Photography on how he's overcome issues and planned for growth opportunities by scaling his business.

A special thank you to our talented and generous event sponsors:



Jessica Lauren Events was awarded The Knot Best of Weddings 2017. 

Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound was recently a guest on the Timeline Genius Podcast talking about building valuable relationships with vendors. He will also be a guest on Honeybook's educational webinar series on December 14th covering top tech apps in the industry. Check out his recent feature on Bridal Guide here

Kathy A. Newby, CERP, National Director of Chapter Development for WIPA has accepted the position of Sales Manager with Abbey Party Rents in Daly City, California.

The Styled Bride was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings for their planning of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine's Editor Carrie Denny Whitcraft's NYE celebration. 

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting will be speaking at The Special Event on the topics of Crafting Your Personal Brand as an Event Professional and Work Smarter, Not Harder: Creating New Revenue Streams For Your Event Business. She was also a recent guest on the Timeline Genius Podcast talking about wedding PR do's and dont's and The Photo Spark Show discussing how to get published as a photographer.

LVL Weddings & Events Owner, Lindsay Longacre, will be speaking at the upcoming Inpsire Smart Success Maui on December 6-9 at Montage Kapaula. They were also recently featured on Carats & Cake with a sweet SoCal garden fete as well as a fall-hued styled shoot Inspired by This with The Grovers Photography at The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, Ca. 

Vibiana was named the California Wedding Day Best of 2016 Winner for Best LA Indoor Venue! The venue was also featured online at Reverie Gallery for a beautiful, bold wedding and on Style Me Pretty for a modern, gothic wedding inspiration shoot.

Where Will They Stay? is excited to be a new partner with WIPA offering members a 20% commission rate for referral booking. They were also a guest on the Bridechilla Podcast last month discussing the ins and outs of hotel blocks.

Scott Cummings Music proudly welcomes Steve "Uncle Steve" Rosenblatt as it's new Client Relations Manager. Steve has formerly worked as VP of Sales for Capitol Records where he worked closely with Radiohead, Paul McCartney, the Beastie Boys and many others.  Scott Cummings Music also recently won Entertainer of Excellence by the Wedding International Professionals Association as well as Best Music Orange County by California Wedding Day.

Suzanne Reinhard and her husband Kris Reinhard will be speaking at Engage Summit in Sea Island in December.

Aspen was listed in Brides as one of the Top 100 Honeymoon Destinations for 2017 in addition to a Winter Wedding feature. Aspen was also highlighted in Country Living and Southern Bride.
Great Officiants has announced that it will be offering free weddings to any couple who feels that their rights may be taken away by the new administration. This includes LGBTQ couples, couples who feel that they may be deported or that their religious views will not be respected by the incoming administration or for any other reason. The weddings will take place on the first three Wednesdays of January, and will be from 3pm to 7pm. They will take place at the Cute Little Chapel in Long Beach. No Appointments will be required but recommended.



Atlanta Chapter

Save the Day! Legendary Events presents Cindy Novotny at Flourish on January 17, 2017. Kick off the new year with a great day of learning!


Phoenix Chapter


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