March 2017


All Things Weddings

Hello WIPA Members! 

2017 is off to a wonderful and productive start for our chapters and members! We're thrilled to share our latest industry news below. Have an exciting new project or event happening? Share it with us to be featured in next month's newsletter! 

Catersource, the Show for Catering and Event Professionals, is heading to New Orleans March 12 - 15, 2017, for an industry experience like never before! Discover new trends, ideas, business concepts, products and services in this lively, culture-filled city as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this industry-leading event. 

Visit for more details about this year's education, events, networking, and more and 
save $50 with code 17WIPA 
on the Catersource Connect or Catersource Conference & Tradeshow packages. 

  We'll see you in New Orleans! 


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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

Rawan Asad Elite Pour
La Vie 
[email protected] 
  High-end couture bridal and evening gowns. Designers like Zuhair Murad, Berta, and Marchesa.
Carolina Smith Woodruff Arts Center 
[email protected] 
High Museum of Art and Memorial Arts Building venues at the Woodruff Center 

Colorado Chapter New Members

Emily Campbell
Bella Design and Planning
[email protected]
Destination Event Planner - book worldwide Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Vail, Aspen Steamboat Springs.  Bella Design and Planning is a full-service luxury event company based in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Kirstie Lovelace
Lion Square Lodge
[email protected]
Hotel and venue

New York Chapter New Members

Rupali Amin
Starr Catering Group
[email protected]
646.293.9932 x532
Laura Bass
Starr Catering Group
[email protected]
Marianne Bennett
Element Music
[email protected]
Beth Clifford
Starr Catering Group
[email protected]
Michael Davis
Cloth Connection
[email protected]
Linen Decor and Rentals
Lauren Fishman
Lauren Fishman
[email protected]


Lauren Fishman Events is an all inclusive boutique event agency that focuses on offering a personalized, dedicated service to a broad spectrum of clients. LFE is flawless at planning and successfully executing small, medium and large scale events.

Margo Gallagher
Smith Party Rentals
[email protected]
Serving the Tristate area with high-quality & unique rental products that are delivered with unsurpassed customer service.
John Garone
Starr Catering Group
[email protected]
David Hechler
Hechler Photographers
[email protected]
Wedding and Event Photography
Jamie Karlin
JKP Photographers
[email protected]
Wedding, Mitzvah, Family and Corporate Events

Vikram Panicker
Elegant Affairs Inc
[email protected]
Event Design/Decor

Michael Stelluti
Smith Party Rentals
[email protected]
Serving the Tristate area with high-quality & unique rental products that are delivered with unsurpassed customer service

Seth Stern
Something Different Party Rental
[email protected]
Party Rental Equipment, Decor, Tableware, Seating, etc.

Jeff Stillwell
Stillwell Events
[email protected]
A full service luxury event planning company based in New York City, offering a wide range of services tailored to meet any needs
Shaivi Sukhadia
Sukhadia Caterers
[email protected]
Premium wedding caterer servicing South Asian weddings and specializing in traditional Gujarati, North Indian, and fusion cuisine.
Jennifer Thompson
NST Pictures
[email protected]
We are passionate about creating gorgeous, artistic wedding films that capture the atmosphere and emotion of one of the most important days in a family’s history.
Sarah True
true event
[email protected]
Event Planning/Design
Lance York
Smith Party Rentals
[email protected]
Serving the Tristate area with high-quality & unique rental products that are delivered with unsurpassed customer service

Phoenix Chapter New Members

Lara Jacobs
Laki Events and Design
[email protected]
We provide full service wedding planning/ event coordination as well as boutique style furniture rentals.

San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter New Members

Tesha Laurente
Entire Productions
[email protected]
Entire Productions is an entertainment production and experience design company providing talent of all genres and disciplines for exciting corporate and special events.
Cherry Levin
cherry's very vintage rentals
[email protected]
Rachel Murch
Bently Reserve
[email protected]
Wedding and event venue
Sarah Williams
Berkeley City Club
[email protected]

Southern California Chapter New Members 

Emily Anderson
Jay's Catering
[email protected]
Full-service catering company serving Orange County and Los Angeles since 1967.

Tobey Dodge, CSEP
[email protected]


Philadelphia Chapter


New York Chapter

February was a wonderful month for WIPA-NYC. It started with an insightful event held at one of the Garment District’s chicest event spaces, SECOND Floor. Some of the best in the wedding industry were in attendance along with several luxury boutique vendors. Guests enjoyed wonderful cocktails provided by Gin Lane, Magic Moments Vodka and Rampur Single Malt to name a few. The culinary art of The Vine & L'Amico delighted the taste buds of all awaiting the evening’s presentation. Samantha Roberts, the social media expert who built The Knot's award-winning Instagram, did not disappoint. She discussed how to take our social media to heart in an informative, witty and captivating manner. The event ended with a post reception party featuring fabulous individual mini wedding cakes by Cake Alchemy. Entertainment by the Lion and Tiger Band and the aerial magic of Cirque Central ensured that the event ended in an exciting and memorable fashion. February ended even better as WIPA-NYC increased the number of members, officially became a chapter and of course, launched its very own Instagram and Facebook Profiles in order to take its social media to heart!


Toast Events was awarded a Diamond Award during the inaugural awards gala for their impeccable escort card display at a recent American Spirit Works wedding. They are also under consideration for two Allie Awards honoring their teamwork with vendors and creative use of an event venue."

Colorado Wedding Company, LLC has been nominated for a 2017 People’s Choice ICON Award in the category of Best Wedding over $75,000. Winners will be announced on March 3.

Desert House Productions was awarded "Best DJ or DJ Booking Agency 2017 - Vendor Voted Gold Medal - Phoenix, AZ" in Borrowed & Blue’s “Best of B&B” 2017 Awards.  

Desert House Productions was awarded WeddingWire’s 2017 Couple’s Choice Award.  

Desert House Productions was named “Best of 2017” by The Knot.  

One of Paula Laskelle’s weddings at The Resort at Pelican Hill was featured by California Wedding Day as one of the 16 Best Weddings of the Year, ranking number 3 among them.

Alan Katz of Great Officiants has opened up a new division called Joint Vows.  With the laws changing in California making cannabis legal, Alan decided to be the first one out of the shoot to provide a team of officiants who were understanding of a couples desire to infuse their ceremony. His team of herbally trained officiants will take the ceremony to new highs. Note: The officiants do not provide or indulge in any substance before during or after the ceremony.  

"Belle of the Ball Events has officially rebranded to Eva Clark Events!   Their Spring, 2016, Amalfi Coast wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake and their Spring, 2016, Florida wedding was featured in Southern Bride Magazine."

Here Comes The Guide’s Director of Media & Communications, Jolene Rae Harrington, was quoted extensively in a recent online article, “Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding.”  Her tips covered eco-chic bridal fashion, food and flower donations and socially conscious registry advice.

SocialLight SoCal was featured in the first LGBT friendly Wedding Magazine in California, Love Wins California Weddings.

SocialLight SoCal has 2 new additions to the team. Michael Bernard will manage the Temecula Wine Country area and Maria Leggio is now in charge of Orange County.

The 10th on Vail Mountain was featured in Rocky Mountain Bride for Kaeliegh and Jon’s fairytale mountain wedding. From yoga at the base of the gondola to the rain stopping just in time for the iconic mountain top ceremony, the entire weekend was beyond perfection.”

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ has been announced as a speaker this year for Wedding MBA in Las Vegas this fall. He also recently shared insight on global wedding traditions with the Travel Channel.

Amy and Melanie of Where Will They Stay? recently discussed diversifying your services with Sage Wedding Pros, as well as innovative ways to boost your bottom line with Special Events.

Meghan Ely has been selected as NACE National’s 2017 Conference Planning Team Leader. She is also scheduled to speak at WIPA Philly April 19, and will be presenting to WIPA San Francisco this July in Livermore.

WIPA NYC had an insightful event at SECOND Floor. Samantha Roberts, the social media expert who built The Knot's award-winning Instagram, did not disappoint. he discussed how to take our social media to heart in an informative, witty and captivating manner.

Entire Productions' President and Chief Experience Designer, Natasha Miller, has been selected to be part of "The Knot Wed 100 ". This group of influencers encompass the most inspiring people in the weddings industry for 2017 . #theknotwed100

On February 2, the Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel partnered with “Modern Luxury Weddings California” magazine to celebrate two fantastic new additions to the world of weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area: the launch of the magazine’s Spring/Summer 2017 issue and the hotel’s newly remodeled space! Close to 100 attendees were carefully chosen to receive an invitation to “The Big Reveal,” and arrived to celebrate in style as they chatted up new contacts and existing “friendors” for a much-deserved night of treats.

Forbes Travel Guide has again bestowed The Broadmoor with its coveted Five Star Award. For a record-breaking 57 consecutive years, the iconic Colorado Springs destination has been recognized for its commitment to helping guests “Discover Adventure” within an authentic and elegant western atmosphere.  

The Penrose Room restaurant, and The Spa at The Broadmoor, each received Forbes Five Star awards for the eighth consecutive year, making The Broadmoor the only triple Five Star award-winning property in Colorado.

Premiere Party Rents has been announced as a finalist for Best Rental Company - Los Angeles in the California Wedding Day Best of 2017 Awards. They are also thrilled to be providing rentals for celebrity wedding planner and fashion designer David Tutera’s upcoming wedding rehearsal at the end of March.

Vibiana is looking forward to hosting California Wedding Day's Best of 2017 in May. The venue recently hosted Beefsteak 2017 and the 2017 I Do! Bridal Show with Fancy That! Events and was published in Luxury Weddings and Style Magazine and Signature Luxury Travel and Style Magazine

Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design is thrilled to have spoken at Wedding Week Hawaii thanks to WIPA. He shared his design process to many wedding professionals of all industries in attendance. 

Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Chapter

Meghan Ely will be speaking on April 19th

Las Vegas Chapter

Save the dates! - June 1st 2017, September 7th 2017, & November 29th 2017

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Meghan Ely will be presenting this July in Livermore

Phoenix Chapter

Save the Date - WIPA 2017 kick-off event at Sassi Scottsdale

SoCal Chapter

Wednesday March 22, 2017, at Balboa Bay and Resort

New York Chapter

May 11th – at ABOVE 12  6:00 – 9:00pm

247 West 38th Street – 13th floor

Ron Ben Israel – Ron Ben Israel Cakes

Ed Libby – Ed Libby Designs and Floral Creations

Christine Traulich – Red Bliss Designs


New Orleans 


And More!

Catersource is coming up soon! March 12 - 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Get your ticket today!

Exciting news for our WIPA members: Use code "WIPA2017" for $100 off of your ticket to WeddingWire World DC or LA! There is no expiration date



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