December  2017

WIPA Awards of Excellence

Jonathan and Kaye



Wente Vineyards


Keep Memory Alive Event Center



Fantasy Sound Event Services


Beke Beau


Christina Currie Events, Inc.


Premiere Party Rents


M Place Productions


   WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

In case you missed the recent WIPA Members Only Webinar presented by Melanie Marconi called the BOUTIQUE GUEST EXPERIENCE it’s not too late. All programs are archived so you can view at your convenience. Just go to

This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at with your personal username and password to access these four 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. 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 Carolee Higashino  [email protected]


 Upcoming Webinars: 

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018- TBA 

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 - How to Gain Publicity for Your Business by Sasha Vasilyuk of I DO PR 


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  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


 Exclusive Offer for WIPA Members


Join us in Las Vegas for a full lineup of Catersource activities! Plan to arrive on Saturday, February 17 and depart after 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Find us on the Trade Show Floor. Use Promo Code: WIPA18 for a $50 discount at registration.




Join Us in New Orleans!

At The Special Event (TSE), the industry’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals, you’ll connect with over 5,000 event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. We hope to see you on the exhibit hall floor, we’ll be in booth #1310.

Register with discount code WIPA for special pricing or a free exhibit hall pass!



President – Rrivre Davies             

Vice President – Kevin Dennis

Treasurer – Jordan Kahn

Secretary – Paula Laskelle

Programs & Education – JP Reynolds     

Membership – Julie Novack          

Professional Development – Gabriella Cote      

Communications  – Rhonda Couchigian                 

Chapter Development – Paul Rumohr

Past President  – Brit Bertino



President – J Wilbur Smith

Secretary – Hannah Barber

Treasurer – Gabrielle Mecca

Director – Lindsay Sims

Director  – Jordon Flowers

Director – Nora Burrell



President  – Beth Bernstein

Vice President  – Amy Allen

Secretary – Alana Gudopp

Treasurer – Rachel Fersten

Assistant Treasurer – Linda Alpert

Membership – Natalie Madonia

Communications – Jordyn Vignolo

Programs – Lauren Carter

Education – Rebecca Ickes

Marketing  – Andrea Antoniou



PresIdent – Emily Campbell

Vice President – Brittany Dosdall

Programs – Rebecca Steffen

Education – Brynn Swanson

Communications – Sarah Roshan

Member at Large – Brittney Shami

Membership –  Kelly Karli

Past President – Jill Livingston




President  – Rebecca Stebbins

Vice President – Lucia Tovalin

Treasurer – Courtney Broadbent-Everard

Secretary – Cristina Gonzále

Communications – McKenzi Taylor          

Marketing – Kristen Hansen

Education – Amelia Cooper

Membership – Tara Federico

Member Retention – Keri Keep

Programs – Lydia Pierce                

Sponsorship – Ashley Schnippel

Community Relations – Amberly Collins

Past President – Gabriella Cote



President – Jeffrey Selden

Vice President – Sandy Hammer

Treasurer – Adam Leffel

Secretary  – Dina De La Vega

Director – Daniela Grafman

Director  – Elasea Douglas

Director  – Leah Hoos

Director – Elizabeth Priya Kumar

Director  – Marianne Bennet



President – Emily Sullivan

Vice president – Ashley Brodie

Communications – Corine Tran

Programs – Kim Sayatovic

 Secretary – Stephanie Jones

 Treasurer  – Taylor Quintini

 Community service – Rob Verdi

Membership – Angela Watson



President – Katie Easley

Vice President  – Katrina Wallace

Secretary – Laura McDonald

Treasurer – Charity Maurer

Membership – Ziena Reinboldt

Programs – Natalie Hall

Education  – Matiana Mitchell

Communications – Ashley Allen

Director  – Stephanie Antoinette

Director – Malone Sinclair



President – Diana Cardenas

Vice President – Sarah Hagerty

Treasurer – Kim Nelson

Secretary – Sandy Tijero

Membership – Kristen Seaholm

Programs – Cindy Danbom

Communications – Victoria Vaden

Education – Stephanie Hevezi

Past President  – Heather Jones



President – Jennifer Dawson

Vice President – Jessica Sukert

Secretary – Sharon Gonzalez

Treasurer – Cherish Conklin

Membership – David Krieger

Education/Programs – Cindy Celis

Communications – Vanessa Martinez

Director – Jennie Cook

Director  – Jackie Hanson

Past President – Scott Cummings




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 New Members

Caris Hannah

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]


Chicago Chapter in Formation


Amy Allen

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]


Multi-Media Company


Kelly Broz

ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine & Website

[email protected]

847.584.2626 x 105

Wedding Planning Magazine & Website 


Jennifer Gaudreau

Jennifer Kathryn Photography

[email protected]


Jennifer Kathryn Photography is a wedding, lifestyle and brand photography studio with over 10 years in the industry. Based in Chicago and available for travel, she specializes in authentic wedding photography and environmental portraiture that reflects your personality.


Sophie Whorf

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]



Colorado New Members


Brett Omara

Oncue Entertainment

[email protected]


Hawaii New Members

Lee Anderson

Sugar Beach - Venue and Catering

[email protected]


Venue and Full Catering Service Onsite and Offsite



Las Vegas Members

Lindsey Hull

Magic Mike Live

[email protected]


Magic Mike Live at The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas


Donna Murray

Quest Drape / A&D Scenery

[email protected]


Quest Events is the premier nationwide provider of pipe and drape with scenic options and in select regions, event furniture options. From intimate settings to conferences across the U.S., Quest Events is bringing product consolidation to the event rental industry, all while maintaining the genesis of the company: The Best Drape. The Best Service.



Pete Starzyk


[email protected]


Performs wedding ceremonies


New Orleans Members


Michael Beck

Party Rentals Delivered

[email protected]


Party Rentals


 Nicole Chauvin

Iris Floral + Event Design Studio

[email protected]


 Custom Wedding Florals


Philadelphia Members

Marian Conicella

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]



Dave Williams

CinemaCake Filmmakers

[email protected]


We are storytellers, telling the story of your life and business. From weddings to social events, branding sizzle reels to corporate identity films, CinemaCake's award-winning films will create lasting impressions for a lifetime and make sure that your company's message sticks.




Phoenix New Members


Steven Levine

Jose Graterol Designs

[email protected]



Sophisticated, Custom, and Uniquely Personal Floral, Wedding, Event & Gala Design and Production in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami, and anywhere in USA or destinations where high design and perfection-in-execution are necessities!  We designed and produced the 2017 Heart Ball, November 18, 2017, at The Phoenician Hotel!


Lauren Ryan

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

[email protected]




Courtney Townsend

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

[email protected]




San Francisco Bay New Members

Kiana Noble

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected] 


Southern California New Members 

KC Campbell

VOX Dj's

[email protected]


Jessica Cline

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]


Chris Gialanella

Modern Luxury Weddings

[email protected]


Fernanda Jaime

The Resort at Pelican Hill

[email protected]



Andrew Trego


[email protected]


DJs, Lighting, Photo Booths, Live Musicians and Production



Las Vegas Chapter

 WIPA Awards 

A special thanks to all of our sponsors!

Colorado Chapter 

4th Quarter Event 



Thanks to all of our event sponsors! 




Atlanta Holiday Party 



Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors! 


Southern California Brunch Event


Thanks to all of our sponsors! 


NOLA Friendsorgiving


 Thanks to all our sponsors! 

Phoenix Chapter 



 Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!




Stella Harper Events was named The Knot Best of Weddings 2018.  This is the sixth year the SHE team has had this honor.  

The Moxie Band Atlanta just hired keyboard player and vocalist Tom Grose! Tom spent the last 21 years with The Rupert's Orchestra, and toured extensively with his own band, Tom Grose and The Varsity, in the 80s and 90s!

Phillip Van Nostrand's company La Rousse was featured in Time Out New York's Christmas Gift Guide. Time Out used a La Rousse photo as the banner picture for the article!

Amelia C & Co was awarded Best of Weddings by the knot for the eighth year in a row. 

Rachel Dalton, formerly President of Premier Parties in New York, has recently rebranded.  The company is now called: Rachel Dalton.  Please note the new email address: [email protected] and new website:   Rachel is an attorney who specializes in securing and producing celebrity entertainment for all types of events worldwide, and creates unique gift experiences as well (providing fabulous entertainment and gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season - such as dinner with your favorite rock star or athlete).

LUXE Linen was proud to be a finalist for the 2017 WIPA Awards of Excellence. LUXE Linen is highlighted for gorgeous weddings they were part of in the latest issues of Ceremony Magazine and California Wedding Day, as well as online at Strictly Weddings


The Chicago Wipa Chapter has reached 30 members and is having their first official Chicago event! Taking place December 18th 2017 at the Park Hyatt. Andrea Eppolito will be the speaker for the event.

J. La Plante Photo was honored to receive two awards in the latest Wedding Photojournalist Association photo contest in the categories of Ring Details and Getting Ready.


Larkspur Events & Dining has won The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2018 Award for wedding venues.

Moody florals at Zephyr Lodge, an Iconic Weddings destination, take the front cover of Real Weddings magazine! Featuring a 10 foot tall floral wreath and vintage furnishings, this dramatic styled shoot is sure to inspire couples for 2018 and beyond.  

Bespoke Edge was proud to support the inaugural Ray's Awareness Steak Dinner in Denver on November 6th. Shane Ray is a linebacker for the Denver Broncos and Bespoke Edge donated a custom dress shirt as part of his silent auction to raise money for underprivileged children in the Denver and Kansas City areas.  

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events recently shared more about her favorite entertaining book with InStyle Weddings. She is also scheduled to present X Files- When an Untested Wedding Pro is thrown at you for the AllSeated webinar series. 
Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ discussed how to thrive in a visual industry with WeddingWire EDU, while also sharing tips for mountain weddings with
Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design's article on the top ways to infuse personal style was recently published on Modern Jewish Wedding. She also shared insight on how to throw a whimsical winter wedding with InStyle Weddings.  

Meghan Ely, of OFD Consulting, was featured as a guest writer in the recent issue of Wedding Planner Magazine sharing how you can wow your clients with the right presentation. She also recently added former Richmond Bride editor Kate Andrews to the team. Kate will oversee real wedding submissions, in addition to supporting the OFD Collective. 

Jose Graterol Designs designed and produced the 58th annual Heart Ball Gala at The Phoenician Hotel on November 18, 2017.  It was said to be one of the most beautiful ballrooms ever!  Here are links to the Gala photos and descriptions. Jose Graterol Designs is now available to produce luxury weddings, events, and galas: 520-329-2567 or 305-788-0562.

Scheme Events teamed up with a list of Las Vegas WIPA members including MEET Las VegasNorina Kaye PhotographyAdam TrujilloDivine EventsFresh Wata and Amelia C & Co. for an incredible modern wedding style with a bold contrasting color palette that was featured in Every Last Detail.  
On November 8, Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Neal Fraser spoke at the WIPA Power Couples Brunch Event.  
Redbird | Vibiana Bar Director Tobin Shea introduces his Silk Road Cocktail Collection. Initially inspired by Chef Neal Fraser’s eclectic approach to cooking and, specifically, the Lamb Belly dish, Shea’s 18 cocktails are concocted with herbs, spices and liqueurs inspired by the stories and flavors along the trade route between China and the capital of the Roman Empire that connected the East and the West during the Ancient and Middle Ages. 
WIPA Member Emma L. Seitz just launched a new company, CAKE Creative, which will specialize in planning, florals, decor and event rentals.






New Orleans Chapter 


Chicago Chapter 




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