June 2017


Welcome to June, WIPA members! 

Take a look at our latest news, updates, and exciting opportunitites for you...


 WIPA and NACE are joining to create the first ever wedding luncheon at the NACE Experience conference.

                                                         East Meets West, The Karma Connection

Chairperson Therese Cole-Hubbs, Electric Karma International Co-chair Gary P. Baumann, CPCE, Omni Houston Hotel

Click here to proceed to the NACE Registration Site

While the event is taking place during NACE Experience, tickets are available individually as well. If you are registering to attend the conference, you'll have the opportunity to add the ticket during registration. If you are not attending NACE Experience, simply select "A La Carte Registration" at the bottom of the registration page and enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase. Tickets are $95/person. 

                                                Invitation Design by Azure Couture Event Stationery

                                                               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


We're excited to partner with HoneyBook to give you less work— and more life: Members save an average of 3 weeks a year on admin tasks! 
HoneyBook's easy online client management system was designed just for creatives. You can create, send, and store proposals, contracts, and invoices all in one place, which means you stay organized, and your clients enjoy a modern, professional experience. 
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*Offer is only available for the first year of service, and to current WIPA members.

 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  

Naomi Badhwa

Atlanta Botanical Garden

[email protected] | 404.591.1554

Nora Burrell

Barnsley Resort

[email protected] | 770.773.7480

Kim Castelo

Atlanta Botanical Garden

[email protected] | 404.591.1580

The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.  The Garden is an urban oasis located in the heart of midtown offering a variety of rental spaces both indoor and outdoor. Beautiful blooms and the natural beauty that is constantly evolving provide the perfect backdrop and venue to host your event.

Kathy Heilman

Barnsley Resort

[email protected] | 770.773.2458

Corinne Zucallo

Ray's on the River

[email protected] | 770.952.4209

Ray's on the River is an Atlanta landmark with over 30 years of world-class dining and events experience. Our team includes award-winning chefs, a highly-trained service staff and a dedicated events management team that will work with you every step of the way as you plan your event. All of our private and semi-private rooms have a wonderful view of the Chattahoochee River.

Colorado Chapter New Members 

Christine Ashburn

The Soiree Studio

[email protected] | 720.232.6952

Sarah Siegel

Eventique Productions

[email protected] | 303.349.1534

We are a Vail Colorado based Wedding and Event planner and designers.

Yan Volodarsky

Elite Entertainment

[email protected] | 303.422.3218 

Elite Entertainment is one of the most highly-accredited and reviewed event services and production companies in the Denver Metro area, as well as the entire state of Colorado. With equipment and event services that consist of everything from MCs and DJs, lighting and event decor, photo and slow-motion video booths. Elite Entertainment makes planning your party or event that much easier, convenient, and downright fun by having everything you could possibly need or imagine.

Las Vegas Chapter New Members

Rodney Arnett, Jr.

Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce

[email protected] | 818.235.9953

To enhance Las Vegas' reputation as a premier wedding tourism destination by expanding the Las Vegas brand to mean quality, romance, passion and fun! To work closely with the Clerk's office to promote quality wedding and special event vendors who provide excellent service and enhance the word-of-mouth reputation of Las Vegas as the leading destination in wedding-related tourism by developing a business resource link for the Clerk’s Wedding Tourism website.

Traci Keefer

FWR Rental Haus

[email protected]www.fwrental.com | 702.982.0242

Luxury and custom event rentals

Kathryn Maraj

California Pizza Kitchen The Park @ MGM

[email protected] | www.cpk.com | 702.749.0180

California Pizza Kitchen The Park at MGM is a fully licensed Restaurant, Bar and Catering Company

New Orleans Chapter-In-Formation New Members

Dee Vu

Bella Blooms Floral

[email protected] | Bellabloomsfloral.com | 504.957.3670

Weddings and Event florist


New York Chapter New Members 

Carl Bambina

High Style Rentals

[email protected] | 917.751.3902

Michael Cerbelli

Cerbelli Creative

[email protected]www.cerbellicreative.com | 212.256.1518

Creative Agency / Specializing in Design & Entertainment

Cecilia DeAngelis

JW Marriott Essex House New York

[email protected] | www.jwmarriottessexhousenewyork.com | 212.484.4501

Luxury hotel/wedding venue

Kaitlin Donaldson

Freelance Event Producer

[email protected] | 914.582.3927

Recent college graduate; Bachelor's of Science degree in Hospitality and Event Management

Diana Gould

Diana Gould Ltd.

[email protected] | www.dianagouldltd.com | 914.347.7134

Floral and Event Decor

Jennifer Gould

Diana Gould LTD

[email protected] | www.dianagouldltd.com | 914.347.7134

Floral and Event Decor 

Philadelphia Chapter New Members

Jordan Sanders

Hollowsands Luxury Limousine 

[email protected] |  www.hollowsands.com | 215.863.1910

We are a Philadelphia based luxury limousine company


Phoenix Chapter New Members

Christie Cline

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

[email protected] | www.kierlandresort.com | 480.624.1328

Nicolette Latka

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

[email protected] | www.latavolalinen.com | 480.421.2333

La Tavola is a fine linen rental company based in Napa, California providing beautiful linens for events nationwide.

Melissa Madden

Keith & Melissa Photographers

[email protected] | www.keithmelissa.com | 480.747.2747

We Bring Our Heart To Every Wedding. Real, organic, soulful moments as they unfold on a wedding day, together we anticipate these moments.

Rachel Napolitano

Event Rents

[email protected] | eventrents.net | 602.516.1000

Event Rents - A premier party rental provider offering the highest level of services to our clients

Keith Pitts

Keith & Melissa Photographers

[email protected] | www.keithmelissa.com | 480.747.2747

Wedding Photographers

Zeina Reinboldt

Mountain Shadows

[email protected] | www.mountainshadows.com | 480.624.5416

Mountain Shadows is the benchmark for desert luxury and distinctive design. Sitting below Camelback Mountain in the prestigious town of Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, the resort's indefinable energy draws you in and invites you to discover a truly unique destination.

Alison Trombla

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

[email protected]



La Tavola is a fine linen rental company based in Napa, California providing beautiful linens for events nationwide.

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter New Members

Haley Brantley

Hornblower Cruises & Events

[email protected] | 415.438.8347

Private Events on Yachts

Kismat Dhanoa

Bright Event Rentals

[email protected] | www.brightrentals.com | 415.404.0800

Full-service event rentals company

Hilary Popeck

Hornblower Cruises & Events

[email protected] | www.hornblower.com | 415.635.2270

Holly Thach

Bright Event Rentals

[email protected] | www.brightrentals.com | 415.850.6589

Full-service rental company

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 

Masha Berenboym

SLS Hotel

[email protected] | www.slshotels.com | 310.246.2064 

Luxury Hotel Property in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.

Marla Borokoff


[email protected] | 949.427.0155

Balloonzilla specializes in Balloon Decor for B2B and B2C Events.  We offer creative designers for our special custom design service, top quality product, convenience, and a unique and a fun solution to event decor. We are able to provide custom vinyl printing tailored to any company's logo.

Hasan Hasan

Kismet Events

[email protected] | Kismeteventdesign.com | 888.512.8802

We custom design, make, and deliver curated events.

Lori Manby

24 Carrots Catering and Events 

[email protected] | www.24Carrots.com | 800.717.1545

Catering & Special Events

Tania Velasco

A Touch of Light Weddings & Events

[email protected] | 714.595.5543

A Full production company, we do event planning, floral design, boutique rentals & staffing. 



Phoenix Chapter

Wanderlust Adventure  

Planner: Jennifer Starr, LLC Speaker: Dane Sanders Venue: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa Stationary: Posh Invitations Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography Florist: Butterfly Petals Photography: Andrew Jade Photography Furniture Rentals: Glamour and Woods Hand lettering: Freed Hands Event Lighting: Karma Event Lighting & AV Linens: Southwick Linens Braid Bar: Linda Valenzuela Entertainment: Desert House Productions Inc. Coffee Bar: GypsyCup Photo Bus: Cruisin' - A Photo Booth Bus

New York Chapter

All About Design Trends 

Colorado Chapter

Pictures to come from their May 24th event!

 Venue: McNichols Building 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  Media Partner : Rocky Mountain Bride

Southern California Chapter 

WIPA SoCal's Design Challenge 

Catering/Venue: Mr. C Beverly Hills Florist: Flower Duet Rentals: Premiere Party Rents Photography: Lucero Photography Videography: Godfather Films Linens: Luxe Linen DJ/Emcee/Audio Visual: VOX DJs Program Stationary: Simply Stated Stationery Photobooth/Dessert: Rebel City Doughnut Co Coffee: New Frontier Coffee "

California Dreaming" Design Teams  Hollywood Glam Dapper Events by Lizzy Liz Florist: Oceanic Flowers Stationary: dtn.tech Wine Country Golden Poppy Events Florist: Wisteria Lane Lettering: Fawn Lettering Cake: The Butter End California Coastal Events by Robin Florist: Keith J. Laverty...Floral and Event Design Studio Stationary: Honey Crisp Designs Desert Hot Springs Hall Occasions Wedding and Event Planning Simply Classic Events Florist: Organic Flora Stationary: Meldeen Ink Pacific Coast Ranges TGIS Catering L'Chaim Kosher Catering and Events


JP Reynolds has published his latest wedding book, "How To Write Your Vows: Giving Voice To What Is Deep Your Heart", a comprehensive guide that helps a couple find the words for their most personal moment. 

Alan Katz of Great Officiants will be back as a speaker at Wedding MBA for the 4th year in a row. His topics will be how to incorporate children into a wedding ceremony, and How to get better quality reviews. Alan will also be speaking at the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals meeting on June 6th. The topic will be on how to get amazing reviews. Our South Asian Officiant and Staff member, Suvin Mehta, has been promoted to Operations Manager of the company.

The Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel was rated one of the top ten wedding venues with an incredible view by Here Comes the Guide.

Engage A Bride is excited to announce that the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is moving to Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree for their August 13, 2017 bridal event. Brides will be inspired by the latest trends and meet Atlanta's top wedding professionals at the south's most beautiful bridal show.

LUXE Linen was named "Best Rentals" in Los Angeles by California Wedding Day's Best of 2017 AwardsLUXE Linen was recently featured in the latest print issues of California Wedding Day and Grace Ormonde for their gorgeous weddings and styled shoots.

Bridal Spectacular Events of Las Vegas was recently honored to receive three Star Awards from Bridal Show Producers International at their recent conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Categories they won top honors in were: Bridal Fashion Show, Bride Advertising & Marketing Media, and The Gold Standard Award which represents they received the highest scores in 3 categories.  Debra Hansen and Laura Covington were present to receive the award. 

Phillip Van Nostrand was featured in Rangefinder Magazine's Photo of the Day article online and in print for his famous camera toss.

Looking for a rooftop bar in San Francisco? The Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel now features “Spirits in the Sky,” open Fridays & Saturdays from 4:30pm-8pm. The dates may vary and this is open to the public as well as hotel guests.

True Event is featured on the cover of Martha Stewart. The article online is here.

Proof of the Pudding was featured in the Buckhaven Lifestyle Magazine as the recipient of the BEST CATERING Award. They were also featured in BizBash for their live action “Fireside Slider Bar” station, featuring live torching of slider toppings for guests to be wowed!

Proof of the Pudding has promoted Josalyn Holmes to Executive Chef at the Douglasville Conference Center, Ron Horgan to Executive Chef at the Carter Center and Lawrence Morrow to General Manager of CulinAero by Proof of the Pudding at the Georgia International Convention Center. They have also hired Jimmy Petracci as the new Executive Sous Chef for the Off-Premise Division.

Lastly, Proof of the Pudding is preparing for a large expansion of their corporate offices to 36,000 sq. feet in a state-of-the art industrial chic facility featuring communal meeting spaces, a 10,000 sq. foot commercial kitchen, rooftop herb, fruit and vegetable garden, multiple Chefs’ table hosting rooms and much more. They are due to re-locate in mid-July 2017.

Looking for new opportunities to network? Check out their Rayce PR and Marketing networking page.

Eddie Zaratsian of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design releases new DIY floral video tutorials every week.  Eddie Zaratsian was named "Best Florist" for Los Angeles by California Wedding Day's Best of 2017 Awards.

OFD Consulting was recently honored by the Public Relations Society of America at the Virginia PR Awards. The team was awarded the Commonwealth Award of Excellence for Issues Management and the Capitol Award of Merit for a Feature they wrote for Catersource Magazine.

Dubgypsy Entertainment and DJ Patrick Belton were featured in the 2017 Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings as the DJ entertainment for Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli's (Orange Is The New Black) weddingThe article showcased some great dance floor shots as well as wedding details and some of the featured music. 

Ali Trombla (sales) & Nicolette Latka (showroom consultant) recently joined the La Tavola Fine Linen Rental Team in Scottsdale, AZ! Ali is a Midwest-native and just moved to Arizona from the busy city of Las Vegas. She has seven years of experience in the events industry and is passionate about client experience and unique design visions. She can’t wait to meet you and collaborate on your next soiree! Nicolette just graduated from Arizona State University with a Business degree and has experience in the wedding industry as well as a passion for design. She is so excited to be a part of the Scottsdale team and looks forward to creating beautiful designs with all of you.

idieh design, a wedding stationery, brand styling, apparel and office accessories boutique for the ridiculously rad & creatively chic, just launched their new website! Outside of their new website, they also released their new brand video!

Premiere Party Rents is featured in California Wedding Day for Stephanie + Drew's gorgeous wedding at Saddlerock RanchPremiere Party Rents was also a 2017 California Wedding Day Best of Finalist for “Best Rentals” in the Los Angeles region.

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ is slated to return to WeddingWire World this August in Washington DC. Kevin also spoke on top wedding songs with Reader’s Digest and shared insight on unforeseen challenges with acquisitions on Catersource.

Rachel Havel was featured along with Ashley Nicole Events online in BRIDES for a flower-filled fall wedding at the Broadmoor. 

Elite Entertainment had the opportunity to donate their DJ, Photo Booth, Lighting and Decor services to the 2017 Wedding Pink Charity. This will be featured on Channel 7 news. Elite is excited to welcome the newest member of the sales team Jason Green. Jason is a veteran DJ/MC for the company and a great addition to this growing team. Elite is happy to announce they now have 7 Photo Booths. Elite has received the Wedding Wire Couples Choice awards from 2011-2017 as well as the Best of The Knot Weddings from 2010-2017.

Vibiana was named "Best Indoor Venue" in Los Angeles by California Wedding Day's Best of 2017 AwardsVibiana was recently featured in the latest issues of Modern Luxury Weddings and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. 

                                     UPCOMING MEETINGS 

Atlanta Chapter


San Francisco Bay Area Chapter


Las Vegas Chapter

Save The Date: September 7 + November 29

  Phoenix Chapter

Philadelphia Chapter 



NOLA Chapter-In-Formation




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