July 2017


A Letter From our President, Rrivre Davies:

As I watch the talent and creativity, innovation and insight of all of our local chapters and their boards, I am inspired by what I see and experience.  Beyond the wonderful participation of the event sponsors and speakers, I am inspired by the innovative and positive directions that the local chapters are pushing their community, and the International Board.

While visiting the chapters I have had the pleasure of sitting down with the local board members and working out some creative new ways to support our members and create an even stronger community. This pool of talent grows and grows as we add more Chapters.  We are super excited to welcome New Orleans to the WIPA family, and soon we will be welcoming Chicago!  We can officially say from sea to shining sea, and from the Gulf to the Great Lakes WIPA is a resource for this magical Industry.  In just 8 short years you all have helped create the first non profit wedding association in the United States, and have helped grow it to encompass the entire country. 
But it goes beyond that.  We have professionals asking for our assistance to open chapters in several European Countries and in Latin America and the Caribbean.  
This is truly an exciting time for WIPA and an amazing time to be in this magical profession of bringing dreams to life.  If you haven't considered it before, I would encourage you to consider the exciting opportunities of sitting on your local or International WIPA board.  It is an amazing way to contribute, give back, and grow your professional knowledge and network.  It was something I had never considered but was nudged into, and it has been an amazingly rewarding experience.


                                                                WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

If you missed the recent WIPA Members Only Webinar presented by Bethel L. Nathan on The Power of Reviews and Testimonials it’s not too late. All programs are archived so you can view at your convenience. Just go to https://wipa.memberclicks.net/education.

This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at WIPA.org with your personal user name and password to access these three 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]

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 --  Speakers Melanie Marconi & Amy Green,  Where Will They Stay? 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Speaker Kevin Dennis,  Fantasy Sound Event Services 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Wedding BIZ Law, Speaker Caroline Fox,  The Law Office of Caroline J. Fox 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Market Research/Advertising ROI, Speaker Christie Osborn, Mountainside Media 
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST



 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


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 Exclusive Offer for WIPA Members

A discounted rate of $1600 to all WIPA members to attend Be Sage Conference with use of the code “WIPA” upon registration at:  www.besageconference.com . This is $200 off the regular rate.

Sage Wedding Pros is dedicated to creating financially and operationally sustainable businesses in the wedding industry.

We hope to see you at Be Sage, December 4-7! 


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!  

Wedding MBA 2017


       NACE EXPERIENCE - JULY 16-19, 2017


Join the WIPA National Board on July 16-19, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. You’ll find education at every turn during this experiential, in-person event, including innovative meal presentations, award winning national keynote speakers, and specialized education that focuses on catering, events and business operations. 

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 

  Thomas Brown

Thomas Vision Films

[email protected] | www.ThomasVisionFilms.com | 678.591.3683

Providing Wedding Videography Services 

 Emily Hoffman-Smalling

Stella Harper Events 

[email protected] | www.stellaharperevents.com | 678.824.4802

We offer day of coordination, planning and design services.

Tia Young

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

[email protected] | 770.698.6434 x 3207


Las Vegas Chapter New Members

Afeisha James-Kipps


[email protected] | 702.472.9444

 Marine Nunez

Marine Nunez Photography

[email protected] | www.marinenunez.com | 702.888.4302

Photography style is romantic & modern

Joy Villanueva

Clique Hospitality

[email protected] | cliquehospitality.com | 702.489.2129

Boutique Hospitality Company comprised of restaurants and lounges


New Orleans Chapter-In-Formation New Members

 Elizabeth Broekman

GoGo Booth

[email protected] | www.gogo-booth.com | 504.224.9801

Entertainment Photo Experience

 Gabrielle Champion

Montoto Productions

[email protected] | www.montotoproductions.com | 225.302.8023

Local & Destination wedding videographers specializing in emotional cinematic storytelling. 

Chad Dyle

Dyle Films

[email protected] | www.dylefilms.com | 504.813.4183

Wedding Videography 

Lisa LaFrance

Luminous Events

[email protected] | www.luminouseventsnola.com | 504.324.6441

Candle and specialty decor, custom fabrications, event design

 Laura Ponoroff

Luminous Events New Orleans

[email protected] | www.luminouseventsnola.com | 504.324.6441

Luminous Events is a full service decor rental, design and production company with a hands on approach! We specialize in weddings, corporate & special events.

 Taylor Quintini

Weddings Taylor Made

[email protected] | www.weddingstaylormade.com | 504.289.1490

Planning, Coordination & Design 

Cheryl Scripter

Bittersweet Confections | [email protected] | 504.523.2626 

Michael Taylor

Phunky Monkeys

 [email protected] | 504.307.9124 

Angela Watson

Gulf Coast Tent Rentals

[email protected] | www.gulfcoast-tent.com | 504.468.8368

We are a full service event rental company with a focus on tents of all sizes along with tables, chairs, linens, and lighting.


Mandy Wienhusen

Town & Country Bridal

[email protected] | www.townandcountrybridal.com | 504.523.7027

Town & Country Bridal is a nearly century old upscale bridal boutique in the Garden District of New Orleans catering to brides, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, flower girls, Mardi Gras krewes, special events and debutantes.


New York Chapter New Members 

Brian B

DJ Brian B Official

[email protected] | www.djbrianbofficial.com | 212.804.7704

DJ/MC with a focus on destination luxury events 


Phoenix Chapter New Members

Amanda Chernauskas

Vintage Chic Rentals

[email protected] | www.rentvintagechic.com | 480.254.4470

Furniture and Decor Rentals


San Francisco Bay Area Chapter New Members

Galen Ducey

Galen Ducey Photography

[email protected] | galenducey.com | 925.400.8245

Professional, fun, sincere, beautiful ... my focus is with wedding photography.

Stephanie Havezi

Black Tie Transportation

[email protected] | www.blacktietrans.com | 925.847.0747

Black Tie Transportation provides world class customer service experiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world.

 Todd McCollough

Verducci Event Production

[email protected] | www.verduccies.com | 510.398.1702

Verducci Event Productions provides clients with DJ/MC, Lighting, Audio Visual, Photo booth, and Decor needs 

Bill Wheeler 

Black Tie Transportation

[email protected] | www.blacktietrans.com | 925.847.0747

Black Tie Transportation provides world class customer service experiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world.

Helen Wu 

Presidio Trust

[email protected] | www.presidio.gov/venues | 415.561.5386

The Presidio is a magnificent place to gather. Intimate chapels, elegant reception sites, and conference facilities provide beautiful backdrops for weddings, celebrations, meetings, and retreats. The Presidio offers a complete event experience that includes catering from Bay Area Chef Traci Des Jardins, overnight accommodations at the Inn at the Presidio, and amenities and recreational opportunities all around the park.


Southern California Chapter New Members 

Jeannine Kenworthy

Jeannine Luke

[email protected] | www.jmluke.com | 949.306.2639

Providing painted portraits of the wedding cake - on site or after from photographs

Brian Leahy

Brian Leahy Photography

[email protected] | www.brianleahyphoto.com | 323.250.3213

SoCal-based Luxury & Destination Wedding Photographer



On June 14, more than 400 Los Angeles VIP event professionals, celebrity planners and event industry insiders, celebrated the launch of PartySlate LA with a show-stopping launch party at industrial chic venue “At The P.”

The creative team was comprised primarily of WIPA members, who wowed the crowd with their innovative designs, food and entertainment. 

PartySlate is a new website for people planning large-scale events, from corporate parties to weddings to milestone birthdays. After a successful launch in Chicago, PartySlate is now focused on helping leading LA venues, planners, decor and floral companies, caterers, and photographers share their portfolio to build their business.

Read more about the event HERE.

Hosted by: Partyslate | Photographer: Brian Leahy Photography | Venue: At The P | Decor/Design: Rrivre Works | Caterer: Good Gracious! Events | Decor/Florist: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Beverages: Scarlette Bartending | Entertainment (Bands): Luxury Entertainment Group | Lighting Design: Luxury Entertainment Group  | Event Partner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Rentals: Signature Event Rentals | Videographer: Hoo Films | Photo Booth: SocialLight Photos Blush Up Station: Blushington | Cappuccino Station: Cappuccino Man | Social Agency: Brand Knew | Dancing Waitstaff: Any Case Events | Valet: Beverly Hills Valet | PR: Rayce PR | Projection: Pacific Event Services


Atlanta Chapter


Calligrapher: Kate Turner Studio | Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden 


Colorado Chapter

We had such an amazing group of creative partners contribute to our Q2 Event! The day was fun and festive, and we loved hearing from the fabulous Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings!


Venue: McNichols Building | Speaker: Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings & Events | Catering: Catering by Design | Décor + Lighting Design: Amora Event Group | Paper: Details Delivered | Floral: poppy & pine | Entertainment:  Hipster Mama Productions | Photography:  Danielle DeFiore Photography | Videography: Seven 5 Films LLC | Alcohol: Don Sebastiani & Sons | Linens:  La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Allwell Rents | Chairs:  Charming Chairs | Wedding Dresses: Anna Be Bridal | Hair: Clementine's Salon | Media Partner: Rocky Mountain Bride

Las Vegas Chapter


Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals | Florals: Cultivate Goods | Catering: FED Las Vegas


Lunch On The Lawn

Kicking off our summer with an event full of color and fun! Guests were greeted at the Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa complete with luxurious gift bags highlighting all the relaxation the spa has to offer. We all joined around the pool which was decorated with fun green hedge furniture, brightly patterned high boys, with complementing floral. Sangria and an upbeat duo had the group ready to get the event started. After our mixing and mingling, we moved into a multicolored decorated ballroom where Brian Leahy proceeded to expand our knowledge on how to build a professional network with clever ideas, tips, and tricks.

After learning about how the WIPA Las Vegas Chapter will be partnering with Noah's Animal House during all our upcoming events, we headed to the lawn for lunch. A cool breeze helped on our first day of the summer. Lawn games, a Volkswagon photobooth bus, and live tunes were savored in the sun while sipping on our Prosecco Popsicles. Lunch was delightful and the desserts were tasty.  





Photographer: Adam Frazier Photography | Venue: Green Valley Ranch | Venue: Green Valley Ranch Spa | Food & Beverage: Green Valley Ranch | Linen & Chairs: RSVP | Decor: AFR | Floral: Once Upon An Iris | Cocktail Hour & Reception Entertainment: Frequency Entertainment |  Lawn Games: AGR | Videographer: NewFly Films | Photobooth: Snapbus | A/V: Encore | Speaker: Brian Leahy Photography


New Orleans Chapter 

We organized our local chapter at our inaugural meeting, "Lunch and Learn." We had a tasty lunch, introduced the board members who have joined us so far and heard from Meghan Ely, from OFD Consulting who presented "How to Craft Your Personal Brand as a Wedding Professional!"


Florals: The Crystal Vase Flowers | Linens: Lovestruck Linens | Venue: Marche New Orleans | Photography: Studio Tran Photography

San Francisco Chapter

   Thank you to all our Sponsors for our May 1, 2017 Meeting. Thanks to Cindy Novotny for your wonderful presence!!






Speaker: Cindy Novotny | Florals: Enchantment Floral | Planner: Bella Notte SF | Venue: Julia Morgan Ballroom | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Cake Pops: Tickled Pink Cake Pops | Beverages: Crafty Beverages | Production: OYE Productions | Rentals: Sweet Springs Rentals 


Southern California Chapter  

WIPA Socal Hosted a Members-Only Mixer at the stunning House Of Blues in Anaheim. A great night was had by all! 


   Venue:  House of Blues Anaheim | Coordinator/Rentals: BEL Event Productions  | Entertainment: Dan Sistos | Photography: Three 16 Photography | Photo Booth: Viral Booth OC | Dessert: Pacific Patisserie | Program Stationery: Elizabeth King Design  

Cristina González, Simply Weddings' Lead Cordinator and Managing Partner was aknowledged as one of the 25 Young Event Pros to Watch 2017 by Special Events.

Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services magazine under their new publisher, Diane Ursprunger, recently debuted a brand new fresh look for the publication with the release of their June cover. The team is excited to share the new design features, including a newly designed modern logo and revised graphics throughout the magazine.

Alan Katz of Great Officiants will be the Featured Wedding Officiants on the New TLC Series “Spouse House” The series starts on July 9th at 10pm on TLC and goes 8 episodes. They put a group of marriage minded singles in a house and see what happens, It should be a fun series! Alan was also recently the Officiant season finale of 90 Day Fiancé on TLC. 

Balloonzilla is now a Certified Balloon Artist(CBA) company. They have also been nominated for the Women in Business, Family Owned Business and Business of the year in Greater Irvine Chamber awards. Balloonzilla also gave a fast pitch in the Asian Business Association Orange Counties(ABAOC) Small Business Developed day and was featured in The Knot SoCal Mixer Event in June 24, in San Diego. This month Balloonzilla celebrates their one year anniversary in their new shop and the company continues to grow. The following is their list of new hires:   

Brandon Daniels - Production / Delivery

Yael Galindo - Production / Delivery
Joshua Gonzalez - Digital Marketing Analyst
Carey Greiner - Trade Marketing Associate
Daniel Marin - Pre Production
Joel Navarro - Customer Service Representative
Nitzie Nunez - Production / Delivery
Jacob Sawyer - Customer Service Representative
Stephanie Wigley - Customer Service Representative    

Barnsley Resort in Georgia was recently featured on Southern Bride for its fun, new "Burying the Bourbon” offering for couples getting married at the resort. Additionally, the resort’s Inn and Georgian Hall expansion is on track to open in early 2018, offering 55 additional rooms and more than 9,000 square feet of indoor space, respectively.

LUXE Linen is continuing to receive coverage from their LUXE Launch 2017 at Vibiana with print features in the latest issue of Trendy Bride Magazine. Various weddings and styled shoots have been featured in Ceremony MagazineStyle Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks.

idieh design, a wedding stationery & brand styling boutique for the ridiculously rad & creatively, launched their NEW WEBSITE! Along with their new site, they also released their brand video, which can be found on their homepage. Check it out!

Take a look at Rayce PR's newest client press on their press page

PartySlate hosted their LA launch party earlier this month for over 400 to event professionals at new venue "At The P". Many of WIPA’s talented board members where event partners for this incredible event, including Pauline Parry (Good Gracious! Events), Rrivre Davies (Rrivre Works), and Rich Martinez/Scott Cummings (Luxury Entertainment).  Shawna Yamamoto Event Design and Scarlet Bartending also collaborated to make this an evening that LA's top event professionals are still buzzing about.

Vibiana hosted the  Good Food Gala for The Los Angeles Food Policy Council  this June. This biannual fundraiser supports the LAFPC mission of improving public school food options, promoting urban farms, and fighting ‘food desert’ conditions and food insecurity facing many low-income Angelenos On June 25 Vibiana also hosted the BET Awards Afterparty. The BET Awards ceremony celebrated achievements in entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and movies. Vibiana was recently featured on Novelty Brides for the  LUXE Launch 2017 event. 

Wedspire was featured on EPN discussing Innovation in a Traditional Industry. 
Afeisha James - Kipps, CEO and Co- Founder of Wedspire is now a guest writer for SWAAY with her first write up discussing innovative wedding solutions. 
Laurel Mungo was interviewed and featured on The Bridal Council for a Retail Spotlight in 10 questions with Laurel Mungo, CEO of Mon Amie Bridal Salon
M Place Productions has announced their first full time employee, Adam! 
Premiere Party Rents was featured in California Wedding Day for Stephanie + Drew's gorgeous wedding at Saddlerock Ranch

                                                                                    UPCOMING MEETINGS 

New York Chapter 


San Francisco Bay Area Chapter



Las Vegas Chapter

  Phoenix Chapter


Philadelphia Chapter



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Cristina González, Simply Weddings' Lead Cordinator and Managing Partner was aknowledged as one of the 25 Young Event Pros to Watch 2017 by Special Events.