Member News - February 2020

As always, a big shout out to our members that have made the news. Below you'll find members that have been highlighted or otherwise recognized. Thank you to those that submitted news this month and thank you to our members that continue to push the outside of the envelope in some way. 

Kim Deimling, the owner of Park City, Utah's Big Shot Photo Group, was the photo booth provider for the new Will Farrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus film, “Downhill.”  The directors and cast stopped into their Sundance Film Festival pop-up lounge for a few pictures.  Local CBS affiliate featured her pictures and GIF in their article

Jordan Fatheree of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently transferred from Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to Rosewood Baha Mar as the ultra-luxury resort’s Wedding Specialist.  Gracing a beautiful stretch of pristine white-sand coastline along Nassau’s Cable Beach in The Bahamas, Rosewood Baha Mar is located within the stunning Baha Mar resort enclave.  This sanctuary of exclusivity is the height of island refinement---a spectacular backdrop for a dream wedding.  Please feel free to contact Jordan directly for assistance with crafting an unforgettable wedding celebration in Paradise for your clients looking for a unique sunny destination.  Jordan is a member of the Dallas WIPA Chapter.

Dave McQueen of Amari Productions had his work with a famous YouTuber trending #1 on all of YouTube. His own BTS vlog of their wedding got 1 million views in less than 3 days. In response, he's launched a project to find a couple suffering hardship, and throw them the wedding of their dreams. Help is needed, though! The only vendors currently covered are photo, video, and planning. If you or any vendor you know in the SoCal area would like to join this journey, please contact us at [email protected]!

Rebecca Grant of New Creations Weddings based out of Seattle was a featured contributor on talking about what the most important factors to consider when choosing a venue for an event.   She also had a featured wedding on Wedding Wire’s real weddings.

Deniz King and Jessica Gonzales of Amethyst Event Productions were featured in VegWorld Magazine's Jan/Feb issue (pages 25-27), which highlighted their vegan and sustainable table design at the world's first vegan wedding show. They were also key speakers on a panel regarding waste reduction and sustainability in weddings. 

Desiree Kelly of The Makery Cake Co was recently featured in Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine (page 56) Cake: It's in her DNA. From Biology to Cake Decorating, Desiree Kelly Proves There's Little She Can't Do. 

Alan Katz of Great Officiants was featured on the front page of the Daily 49er Newspaper for a wedding ceremony he performed as a dying wish for this man suffering a terminal illness. The organization Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation reached out to Alan to perform the ceremony and he was delighted to create a memorable and joyful ceremony for this couple. Alan has donated his services multiple times to another great organization Wish Upon A Wedding. He also gives away free weddings to anyone he can who is suffering or in need. As a cancer survivor himself he always eager to gives back to those in need. Alan was also featured in a story on page 12 in the Gazette Newspaper about Doing Same Sex Weddings. Alan Have been an advocate of marriage equality long before it was legal. Also a wedding for Disney Fairytale weddings he performed was featured in PopSugar. Check out the cool Art piece the couple did during the ceremony.

Kinsey Roberts of She Creates Business was named one of the WeddingPro Educator of 2020. Kinsey also has a new podcast episode on auditing your wedding business to prepare for the new year. Most recently, Kinsey was announced as a speaker for Wedding MBA 2020.

Heather Jones of Wente Vineyards was featured on 7X7 Weddings for ‘Wedding Inspiration: Wine Country met Taiwanese heritage at Wente Vineyards.’  Heather was also featured on Love & Lavender for ‘Stunning Fall Wedding Outdoors.’

Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros was included in  The Wedding Academy’s ‘International Trend Report 2020.’ Michelle was also featured on Mountainside Media sharing her insight on ‘4 Wedding Business Trends to Level Up Your Company in 2020.’ 


Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media was published on The Rising Tide Society for ‘The Secret to a Digital Detox for Entrepreneurs.’ Christie was also featured on WeddingIQ for ‘Setting New Marking Goals for the Year Ahead.’

Oleta Collins, Founder and Owner of Flourishing Art Design Studio gave insight to Martha Stewart Weddings on ‘Common Terms and Phrases You'll Hear When Working with Your Wedding Florist, Explained.’ Oleta also gave WeddingIQ tips on ‘Expanding Your Service Area’.

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events gave insight to for ‘2019's Guide to the Best Wedding Registries.’ Emily was also featured in an ‘Elegant New Orleans Wedding at Maison Montegut’ on Elizabeth Ann Designs.

José Rolón of José Rolón Events was listed on The Wedding Academy’s ‘International Trend Report 2020’.

Reneé Dalo of Moxie Bright Events was featured on SheFinds for ‘9 Bridesmaids Trends That Are OUT for 2020.’ She is also slated as a speaker for The Bridal Masterclass Experience in Los Angeles on May 19, 2020. 

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ was featured on Special Events for ‘A Look At 2020 Lighting Trends.’ Kevin also gave advice on Catersource for ‘Setting Your Business Up for Expansion in 2020.’

Jennifer Taylor of Jennifer Taylor Consulting was listed on The Wedding Academy’s ‘International Trend Report 2020.’ Jennifer was also featured on NACE for her article on ‘Time to Grow: A Guide to Hiring Interns, Assistants and More.’


Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting discussed with Wedding Planner Magazine ‘The Benefits of Virtual Assistants for Your Business’ in the Winter 2020 Issue. She was also was named one of the WeddingPro Educator of 2020.

Elwynn + Cass was recently featured in Hey Wedding Lady for a styled shoot at The London West Hollywood.

Manor Vail Lodge was named as one of the Top 10 “Best Ski Hotels” in North America by USA TODAY Reader’s Choice Awards 2019, and received The Knot’s  “Best of Weddings 2020” badge.

B Worley Productions was recently featured on Harpers Bazaar - BAZAAR Bride's Little Black Book: The Top Wedding & Event Designers in the World, providing expert advice when it comes to planning your big day.

B Worley Productions was recently featured on where they designed a stunning destination wedding and the groom sang an original song to the bride in Mexico.

Phillip Van Nostrand of Phillipvn Photography was published in the New York Times in print on Sunday, February 2nd, in the weddings section, in an article titled Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Moments (also online).

Phillip Van Nostrand of Phillipvn Photography was published in Boho Weddings featuring an "Art Nouveau" themed wedding in Manhattan.

Phillip Van Nostrand of Phillipvn Photography was published in Carats & Cake in an article titled How to Plan a Big Grand Wedding.

Michelle Garibay, the Director of Education for the SoCal chapter weighed in on a controversial law in California that has a negative impact on the event industry.

Main Street Station Breckenridge has won best of Wedding Spot 2020! 

Preoccupied Bride won WeddingWire's 2020 Couples’ Choice Award for the second year in a row and was featured on PartySlate for a boho, whimsical wedding they managed in September of last year.    

Radiant Events is excited to announce the grand opening of Colorado’s newest outdoor wedding venue, Creekside Canyon for the 2020 wedding season! Nestled in the mountains and only a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver, Creekside Canyon is the idyllic spot for any couple looking to capture the charm of a Colorado mountain wedding while still being accessible for guests. We have many summer dates still available, so don’t wait to come and see the space! We sincerely can’t wait to celebrate with you.

The Assistants are so excited to have joined WIPA at the end of January. Jennifer Bohlman the owner of The Assistants is looking forward to the year ahead and getting to connect with the best of the best in the industry.  The Assistants are a day of best friend! We help with everything from delivering welcome bags to the hotel for guests to making sure the guests are getting where they need to be within the timeline the bride and groom have set. The Assistants as well work with vendors as far as helping with the set up at venues and well as the break down  at the end of the evening. Cheers to a wonderful 2020!

PartySlate recently launched in New Orleans with an après-ski cocktail party at Southern Hotel, planned by Sapphire Events. This marks the platform's 17th city launch, with more growth planned in 2020. PartySlate is also thrilled to announce that the platform now features over 10,000 top venues, planners, photographers, caterers, and more event professionals. 

LUXE Linen was recently featured on Equally Wed for a Gorgeous Boho Styled Shoot! They were also featured on Inside Weddings for a beautiful Ocean View Ceremony and Classic Reception with Soft Blue Color Theme

Sarah Nickens of SG3 Events recently launched a new website and blog showcasing her new brand! She is looking forward to exhibiting at the Washingtonian Unveiled Wedding Showcase in Washington DC on Feb 9th, and speaking on their Wedding Planning 101 Panel. Sarah also completed a Feature Interview for where she shared some realities she faced with starting a business!

Marc Weber, founder & owner of ONTHEMARC Catered Events, was the commencement speaker at The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park's graduation on January 24th, 2020. Link for speech HERE. 

Have you seen the new 2020 edition of The Stylist Magazine from Friar Tux?   

Engaged couples and wedding industry experts turn to The Stylist Magazine to see the latest fashion trends across a range of styles, fabrics, colors, sizes and accessories in the context of some of the most breathtaking and eclectic settings where I-Do’s take place. Friar Tux is kicking off February with a blog post about the latest trend: mixed gender bridal parties. See how couples style a bestie, cousin, friend or co-worker, no matter which side of the bridal party they stand with for the big day.

Kathryn Kalabokes has joined the Julia Morgan Ballroom as the Director of Weddings and Social Events.

Premiere Party Rents was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings for this incredibly detailed Cielo Farms weddingPremiere Party Rents was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes for this colorful Saddlerock Ranch wedding.

Good Gracious! Events' Pauline Parry was featured on this PartySlate article focusing on the 10 Creative Wedding Food Ideas for Your Memorable CelebrationGood Gracious! Events was also featured in The Special Events Winter 2020 Magazine. 

This month, BreLuxe Beauty is pleased to be featured twice in the annual issue of South Asian Bridal Magazine.  The inside cover is a Sangeet look and pages 140-143 is a Wedding and Reception look. 

BreLuxe is also featured in the latest issue of California Wedding Day Magazine for both the Wedding Beauty Bar and Wedding Dapper Bar, concepts that are designed for the Guests and Gentlemen of the event.

BreLuxe Beauty's founder, Tara Bre, has proudly joined the WIPA Board, serving as the Director of Communications for the Southern California Chapter.


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