Member News – June 2022

Member News - June 2022

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.

Do your clients ever ask you to coordinate their invitations, event signage, or book an experiential artist? We’re excited to announce the launch of Nibtique, a new directory of professional calligraphy and engraving artists ready to work with you. Spearheaded by WIPA member, Kestrel Montes, Nibtique is the result of artists coming together to solve the problem of sites like the Knot and Wedding Wire where artists are lumped into one category called Invitations. Nibtique makes it easy for you to find exactly what you need by offering a more detailed filter of services such as: Invitation Design, Live Event Engraving, Event Signage, Monograms & Crests, Day of Event Calligraphy, Vows & Quotes, Certificates, Venue Sketches, and more! You, as the client, pay no commission or booking fee to Nibtique. Browse the Nibtique artist portfolios and connect directly with the artist that best fits your needs.

Cooper Brown just launched his hybrid band and DJ experience at the grand opening of a brand new luxury venue called Siempre located about 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City, Utah. This hybrid band consists of a saxophone player, drummer, and an electric guitar player who all improvise to the music that Cooper is DJing. It adds a very nice elegant touch during background music and it also adds the energy of a party band during dancing.

Mallory McClure of Mallory McClure Photography launches a fresh and evoking nationwide fine art portrait series elevating women through feminine portraiture and a therapeutic tailored experience. While individual destination experiences are ongoing, her first group experience will occur on July 7, 2022 at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, SC.

In March the Irish wedding industry gathered at a gala dinner celebration in the Mullingar Park Hotel to announce the winners of the highly coveted Weddings Online awards for 2022. The K Club was delighted to be nominated for two awards at the event in two categories, venue co-ordinator of the year Leinster and wedding venue of the year Leinster. Amongst the winners on the night was The K Club’s wedding executive Rachael O’Brien who took home the esteemed prize for venue co-ordinator of the year Leinster.

Wine Meats Cheese is proud to announce the addition of William Douillet to the team as VP of Operations. Will gained notoriety in the hospitality industry during an illustrious career leading some of the nation’s top restaurants. Working with the most well-known chefs in America, from Grant Achatz at Alinea in Chicago, to Daniel Boulud in New York and Las Vegas, to José Andrés in Los Angeles, Will’s Sommelier background combined with his operations experience provides a unique opportunity for Wine Meats Cheese to continue to evolve. Will’s charge as VP of Operations is to continue to elevate WMC’s beverage catering service, to be the industry’s national go-to luxury option, and apply the standards of Michelin star restaurants to our catering platform. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Will directly at for any national gifting needs, beverage catering or sommelier event needs.

HipMaps, designer of innovative custom maps for wedding & events, was featured in Wedding Chicks article ‘5 Reasons You’ll Want a Custom Wedding Map for Your Wedding Weekend’

Andrew Alwert, Founder of Andrew Alwert Studios based in New Orleans, has been recognized on “The Masters of Wedding Photography” blog for his recent New Years Eve wedding at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans and Latrobe’s on Royal. 

Celebrity Wedding Officiant Alan Katz of Great Officiants Wins Best Officiant award from California Wedding Day Magazine annual Gala Extravaganza on May 17. Vendors in all the wedding categories were awarded top honors that night. Alan is pictured her with his award and some chicken. So the old saying “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” is now a real thing.

Rebecca Grant, owner of New Creations Weddings and President of the WIPA Seattle chapter, was the featured speaker for Seattle NACE discussing “How to be a Vendors’ Vendor.” The presentation was received with rave reviews as NACE’s best attended event of 2022. Rebecca was also a featured guest on the “Paper Talk Podcast” talking about longevity in the wedding industry & the power of networking. Rebecca was also interviewed by King 5 television about the 2022 wedding boom, a story which will be airing later in May.

New Moon Entertainment has acquired 40 battery operated LED uplights for your next wedding! We also have 8 pin spots in inventory for spotlighting guest sign-in areas, cake tables, etc,

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ shared with WIPA how to ‘Take Advantage of Tech in 2022.’

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting rounds up experts for her articles, ‘The Ins and Outs of Wedding Tipping‘ on Storyboard Wedding and ‘Communicating Effectively with Your Partner During the Planning Process‘ on Popped! Blog. She also gives insight on Catersource on ‘Fixing Your Time Management Strategies with Multiple Brands.’

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting sits down with The Rising Tide Greenville to discuss ‘How to Balance the Core Areas of Your Business.’

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media reveals how to ‘Maximize Your Conference Experience with a 3-Step Measurement Plan‘ on Special Events.

Renee Sabo of Urban Soiree is thrilled to announce she will be speaking at NACE Experience 2022 this July in Orlando, on the topic Creating Emotional Marketing to Attract Luxury Clientele.

Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events will be speaking this July in Orlando at NACE Experience 2022 on the topic Hospitality Redefined; Where do we go from here?

Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events will be presenting Changing Your Money Mindset: Creating a Healthy Relationship with your Finances at NACE Experience 2022 this July in Orlando.


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