May 2017


All Things Weddings

It seems that in a blink of an eye, we are in May of 2017!

Our chapters and members have continued to grow in success and entrepreneurship! Thank you for sharing your exciting news with us! We encourage you to get involved with your chapter and our national board and make the most out of WIPA.


 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 
East meets West is nothing more than a spectacular infusion event where you will truly understand the spirit and Karma of an indian event, and see how even in the west, the east can have a huge impact on our events.  Experience our traditional baraat procession, unique culinary stations, enchanting entertainment, and spectacular decor.  You do not want to miss this innovative kick off to the 2017 NACE Conference. Be sure to join us on July 16th!

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. 
It has never been easier to get up and running! WIPA members save 20% off an annual plan,* plus complimentary account setup. Click here to schedule a personalized demo and start your free 14-day trial. 
*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: . 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 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 

Rebecca Dey - Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree

[email protected]

Wedding Venue


Heather Jones - Tulip

[email protected]

Tulip is an Atlanta-based floral and event design company founded by Eva Phillips and Heather Jones who bring beauty into the most special of occasions with gorgeous flowers and imaginative decor elements. Their creativity coupled with their combined 20+ years of experience allows them to concept custom floral and design creations that delight their clients in unexpected ways beyond their wildest imagination.


Eva Phillips - Tulip

[email protected]

Tulip is an Atlanta-based floral and event design company founded by Eva Phillips and Heather Jones who bring beauty into the most special of occasions with gorgeous flowers and imaginative decor elements. Their creativity coupled with their combined 20+ years of experience allows them to concept custom floral and design creations that delight their clients in unexpected ways beyond their wildest imagination.


Topher Taylor - Radial Entertainment

[email protected]

Event Entertainment Specialists offering DJs, Musicians, Sound, Lighting, and A/V services. 


Colorado Chapter New Members 

Ali Horner - Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers

[email protected]

Romantic wedding photographers for the adventurous couple.


Amy Lilyquist - Sonnenalp Hotel

[email protected]

Event space as well as on-site lodging


Penny McGoey - Becoming Images

[email protected]

Fine Art Weddings & Intimate Portraiture


Amir Razi - Morgan Lynn Photography

[email protected] - 303.570.4961


Wedding and Portrait Photography Studio - Morgan Razi

Morgan Lynn Photography

[email protected]


Wedding and Portrait Photography Studio


Las Vegas New Members

Ashley Arnal  - Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

[email protected] 702.567.4753


Emily Grace Julaton - Emily Grace Events

[email protected]  702.981.6256

Emily Grace Events caters to most couple who are looking for a creative and personalized planner for their stylized wedding inspiration.


Melodee Lamb - Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop Beer Park and Hexx Kitchen

[email protected]



Amanda Martinez - Green Valley Ranch Resort

[email protected]



Lindsay Wolf - Green Valley Ranch Resort

[email protected] - 702.617.7699


New Orleans Chapter-In-Formation New Members

Stephanie Jones - Marché Wedding and Events Venue

[email protected] - 504.586.1155

Wedding Venue and Catering


Elizabeth Lauer - Broussards Restaurant

[email protected]


Rob Verdi - Southern Hospitality Event Rentals

[email protected] - 985.294.9295

Provide Rental Equipment for Weddings & events


New York Chapter New Members 

Terry Gruber - Gruber Photographers

[email protected] - 212.262.9777

New York City photography studio that pioneered the shift to photojournalistic, documentary-style wedding and event photography. We are an innovative, modern studio that pushes the field forward while respecting and preserving the unique beauty and authenticity of traditional forms and textures.  Distinguished by a unique, cinematic approach and a storyteller’s eye for detail, we have always been inspired by one simple truth: life’s great moments are defined not only by their subjects, but also by the effect they have on those who share them.


Valerie Perez  - espace

[email protected] - 347.783.6915

Midtown Location easily accessible for your guests.Perfect backdrop to make your event truly one of a kind. Where modern and elegant ideas meet.


Phillip Van Nostrand - Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

[email protected]  - 805.637.6982

Phillip Van Nostrand is based in New York and California.With a strong background in weddings, commercial and editorial projects, he is an expert in capturing bright, cinematic lifestyle. He travels abroad once a year and has photographed 30+ countries. Published in the New York Times, Dwell Magazine, San Diego Style Weddings, Huffington Post, Master Class speaker at WPPI in 2016 and 2017.


Philadelphia Chapter New Members

Nick Desiderio - AFR Event Furnishings

[email protected] - 856.406.1200

Furniture Rental


Southern California Chapter New Members

Selina Grande - BEL Event Productions

[email protected] - 714.469.0374

Specializes in Rental, Coordination, Decor & Foral


Sue Vannasing - Rrivre Works, Inc.

[email protected] - 213.293.8010

Event Design and Rental Studio 

Other / At Large

Julie Novack - PartySlate

[email protected] - 312.543.3028

PartySlate is a digital marketing platform for event professionals to showcase their work and for party hosts and couples to find inspiration and book the professionals to bring their event to life.



Atlanta Chapter

Atlanta WIPA had a fabulous meeting on April 19th at The Commerce Club! We enjoyed networking and learning from a fantastic panel of local lighting experts: Heath Alan Ray from Jackson Durham Events, Spencer Clark of Anna and Spencer Photography, Matt Clauser of Active Production and John Scroggins with MAGNUM. 

Special thanks to our sponsors The Commerce ClubJackson Durham EventsThe MAGNUM Companies Ltd.Laura Burchfield EventsEvent Rentals UnlimitedKate Turner StudioXoXo by CortniJonathan and Kaye and Collection Event Furnishings


Colorado Chapter

We had a wonderful first quarter meeting! Thank you to everyone that attended and made it possible! 


Photography: Rachel Havel PhotographyPlanning: Ashley Nicole Events LLCVenue: The BroadmoorChairs: Charming Chairs, Rentals Event Rents, Design: DesignWorks, Rugs: Yonder Floral + Decor House, Gifts: Give Lovely, Calligraphy: Ink & Root, Paper Goods: Pier 9 Design


Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is proud to announce their recognition on the Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2017 Hot List, highly-coveted list of the world’s best new hotels that have opened within the last year. The resort made the editor-curated list of just 22 properties in the United States and 75 worldwide.

LVL Weddings & Events is thrilled to welcome Principal Planner, Kayley Summers to the LVL team! Kayley comes to us with a well-rounded perspective of what it takes to plan and execute a flawless event via her experience in catering management, non-profit events and the hospitality industry. Learn more about Kayley here!

Founder & Partner, Lindsay, will be speaking at the upcoming Wedding Wire World 2017 Conference at the end of July. Learn from industry experts, business leaders and top performing weddings pros to leave with actionable ways to set your business up for your most successful year yet. To hear Lindsay and other amazing top industry leaders, save your spot today!

Rayce PR and Marketing has launched their new website. Take a look at their blog and networking pages, where they share the latest weddng and event industry news.  

Occasions Catering expanded and re-designed their décor looks, with over 200 new items. They hosted a three-day open house event in April to show clients and industry partners their new displays and décor selections. The “Sip and See” was a huge success, featuring Occasions’ four new event looks to over 115 guests.

Eddie Zaratsian of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design releases new DIY floral video tutorials every week. Start creating today.

The Berkeley City Club invites all wedding professionals and couples to our “Big Reception” on June 15th. Our in-house catering team will provide tasty bites and drinks while you explore our event spaces and displays from our creative partners.The Berkeley City Club is a picturesque hotel, venue, restaurant, and private social club in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. Designed and built in 1929 by the world-renowned architect, Julia Morgan, the Berkeley City Club is filled with incredible details and one-of-a-kind design.

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ is thrilled to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website, featuring updated images from WIPA member Sarah Hagerty of Hagerty Photography. He is also looking forward to speaking at NACE Experience 2017 on the topic, Let's Get Technical: Top Apps for Streamlining Your Company in 2017. Kevin was excited to be featured on, speaking about his hometown, Livermore, as an unexpected honeymoon destination, and Special Events, where he breaks down diversifying your business.

An internationally recognized leader in the events and catering industry for thirty years, Good Gracious Events celebrates its anniversary with exciting changes. Laying the groundwork for the future, Pauline Parry, founder and company president, has set a course for focused and sustainable growth to take Good Gracious into its next thirty years. At the leading edge is a new business model and direction which builds upon the company’s culinary heritage. We are pleased to announce a new Chef de Cuisine, a Vice President role for Chef de Cuisine Emeritus Joanne Purnell, along with rejuvenated branding and a distinctively refreshed web site.

Las Alcobas Napa Valley was featured in Departures Magazine in anticipation of their Opening on March 30th, and was also featured in Robb Report and U.S. News & World Report.

OFD Consulting owner Meghan Ely will be speaking in July at NACE Experience 2017 on the topic, The Art of "Surprise and Delight" and Implementing it into your Event Career. In April, she contributed guest articles to Special Events on responding to bad reviews, Catersource on post-conference networking, and dove into the topic of content creation as a wedding professional for  WeddingWire EDU

Pigéon Caterers is happy to announce that they have a new venue in New Orleans! Feel free to contact us to find out more about The Monastery – a premiere French Quarter space with ample indoor and outdoor areas.

NST Pictures was awarded Best of Borrowed & Blue Vendor 2017 in Brooklyn and Gold Coast markets. They were also awarded Two Bright Lights 2017 Editors’ Choice.

Engage A Bride is excited to announce a new location for the August 13, 2017 and January 28, 2018 Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. The south's most beautiful wedding design-trend event will be held at the beautiful and historic Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree

Breluxe Beauty is the newest member of the Wedding Store 24.  The diverse team of Wedding Beauty Specialists is excited to further specialize in South Asian Hair and MakeUp services for large wedding parties. 
Engage A Bride welcomes Bailee Ivey to their social media and pr team. Bailee will be responsible for blogging about all things wedding and social media content for Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta.

Earlier this year, NST Pictures became a member of LoveStories TV Filmmaker Council and will also be filming the wedding video for Instagram celebrity Girl with No Job.

The new Le Méridien Denver Downtown hotel has been recognized by US Travel News as one of the “12 Most Anticipated US Hotel Openings in 2017.”  They have also hired their Executive Chef, Mr. Tobias Burkhalter, who has over 20-years of international  experience within the culinary industry, most recently with the Westin Denver Downtown and St. Regis Aspen Resort.  The hotel has also hired their Director of Catering, Mrs. Jessica Walker, who brings over 10 years of Wedding and event experience, most recently with the Denver Marriott South after spending 7 years with a Marriott resort in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

NST Pictures filmed a wedding planner’s wedding which was featured on Style Me Pretty as well as Say Yes to the Dress.

Premiere Party Rents was featured on Inside Weddings for its role in an inspirational engagement party held at the Triunfo Creek Vineyards.  Premiere Party Rents was also featured on The Knot for its part at David Tutera's opulent, black-tie wedding at Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles.   Premiere Party Rents is a 2017 California Wedding Day Best of Finalist for “Best Rentals” in the Los Angeles region.  

 LUXE Linen launched their new 2017 collection at the LUXE Launch held at Vibiana. "Le Grand Mariage" or "The Sophisticated Wedding" is a collection of carefully curated upscale fabrics available in the most popular wedding colors - blush, cream, champagne, silver and gold. Brides will fall in love with these elegant and sophisticated fabrics with a unique twist.   LUXE Linen was recently featured on Style Me Pretty and in the spring issues of Inside Weddings and Exquisite Weddings Magazine

In conjunction with WeddingWire, NST Pictures provided drone footage for Good Morning America’s segment on 2017 Wedding Trends.

A gorgeous Oahu wedding from our Hawaii team was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. This is the first feature for LVL Coordinator, Chelsea, and we couldn't be more excited for her! Take a peek at all of the pretty details: Style Me Pretty Feature

Vibiana was featured on Style Me Pretty for a European-inspired pastel shoot.  California Wedding Day Best of 2017 will also be held at Vibiana on May 23, 2017. 



Colorado Chapter

May 24, 2017 - WIPA Colorado 2nd Quarter Event! 

11 AM | Registration 

11:15 - 11:45 | Networking Activity

11:45-1 PM | Luncheon

1-2 PM | Speaker

2 PM | Q&A + Networking


Venue: McNichols Building

Speaker: Lindsay Longacre of LVL Weddings

Catering and Decor: Amora Group

Paper: Details Delivered

Floral: Poppy Pine

Entertainment: Hipster Mama Productions

Photography: Danielle Defiore

Videography: Seven 5 Films

Learn how to grow your team and build a sustainable business model. Registration and more details to come! You can attend one WIPA Colorado event as a Non-Member. 

New York Chapter

WIPA NYC will be hosting their next event on May 11th at Above 12, 247 West 38th Street 13th floor, from 6:00PM– 9:00 PM. The event will include discussions about design trends with insight from some of the top luxury designers in the New York City.   The panel will include Ron Ben-Israel of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, Ed Libby of Ed Libby Designs & Floral Creations and Christine Traulich of Red Bliss Designs.  The moderator will be announced at a later date.  

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter


Las Vegas Chapter

Save The Date: June 1, September 7, November 29


Phoenix Chapter

Save the date for our next event, "A Morning Of Wanderlust Adventure" on May 10.

WIPA Phoenix May Event Sponsors, Planner: Jennifer Starr, LLC, Speaker: Dane Sanders
Venue: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and SpaStationary: 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

Email [email protected] with any news, images, and social media squares for international promotion! 

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