Member News – March 2022

Member News - March 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.

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LP Creative Events welcomed Ashley Cunningham, BOD member for Colorado, as a full-time employee. Loni Peterson, Owner of LP Creative Events, is currently teaching Non-Profit Special Event Planning at the University of Denver in the graduate school for the winter quarter and Strategic Communication Campaigns Capstone course at the University of Colorado Boulder for the spring semester. She has taught at both universities for the last 4 years.

Celebrity Wedding Officiant Alan Katz owner of Great Officiants made the news again on for his $14 Valentine’s Day wedding ceremonies special at his Wedding Chapel. The Helpful Honda people were there and gave out 2 $2500 honeymoons to his couples. This was captured on Channel 7 news. Alan Also booked a speaking engagement for the New Orleans chapter of WIPA on April 21st. He will be taking about is favorite topic “How to Get 5 Star Reviews. Alan will also set a company record for the most weddings done in one day. On 2-22-22, he and his officiants will have done over 50 weddings on that single day.

Act 3 Catering has been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination. This is the 6th year ACT 3 has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting rounds up experts for her articles, ‘Vendor Communication for Event Layout Changes’ on Allseated and ‘Navigating Omicron: What You Need to Know for Your 2022 Wedding’ on Love Inc. She also shares the ‘First 10 Must Do’s for a 2022 Wedding’ on Popped! and ‘Professionals’ Best Tips for Collecting Wedding Inspiration’ on Storyboard Wedding

Photo: Glorious Moments Photography

Gloria Schulz, Secretary of the WIPA Atlanta Chapter and Owner and Lead Planner of Gloria Schulz Events is pleased to announce that she has been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Best of The Knot, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families, and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination.

Gloria Schulz, Secretary of the Atlanta WIPA Chapter and Owner and Lead Planner at Gloria Schulz Events was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.

Fierce Productions is excited to announce they are producing live events again!! They proudly present “Witches, Bitches, and Divas!” at Untitled Supper Club in Chicago IL. Join us on International Women’s Day Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm in the beautiful Cabaret Theater to celebrate the Witches, Bitches, and Divas we all LOVE! Doors open at 6pm.

This is a Musical night of cross-over comedy, magic, desserts and cocktails you do NOT want to miss. Celebrate iconic female roles from Musical Theater, Jazz, Opera both onstage and off, but beware…this program is sure to put a spell on you! You will be enchanted by songs from Carmen, Wicked, and your favorite pop tunes such as Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey and My Future by Billie Eilish!

The Performers: Christina Pecce- Singer, Casey Cross – piano, Jim Cox – bass, Jeff Handley – percussion, Rebecca Spectre – Magician extraordinaire.

For more information, and to purchase tickets click here.

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Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media discusses ‘Three Core Analytics to Track This Season—Whether You’re Busy or Not’ on Special Events. 

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Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio is hosting the Wedding Summit Series from March 7-11. Join Margaux and other WIPA members for this free 5-day online summit for wedding pros. This round is the Client Experience Edition, so if you’re looking to ensure less stress in your business, gain back time for your family + life, and make more $$$ with a rave-worthy client experience – grab your ticket at!

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Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting sits down and chats with The Venue Rx Podcast about systems and The Confetti Hour Podcast about teams this past month. She also gives insight on ‘How to Level Up Your Networking Strategy in 2022’ on Timeline Genius.

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Gene & Georgetti, Chicago’s original steakhouse since 1941 is celebrating. “We are celebrating making it this far through this pandemic, we are celebrating our team and all of the tireless work that they have done the last year and a half, and we are celebrating reaching 80 years of business this year,” says Michelle Durpetti, third-generation and daughter of owners, Marion & Tony Durpetti.

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Both Moira and Jesse La Plante of J. La Plante Photo were named in the Top 50 Best Wedding Photographers by the international photography organization Fearless Photographers. Additionally, J. La Plante Photo ranked in the Top 10 Photographers by the Wedding Photojournalism Association’s Artistic Guild and in the Top 100 by the International Society for Professional Wedding Photographers for 2021.

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Gene and Georgetti voted one of
The Most Romantic Restaurants in Chicago by Eater Chicago

Gene & Georgetti’s old-school atmosphere is the real thing: it’s been serving steak and chops and red-sauce Italian classics in its wood-paneled dining room in River North for more than 80 years. There’s probably no better restaurant in Chicago to re-create the spaghetti-slurping scene from Lady and the Tramp.

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Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events is included in a roundup of experts in Special Events on ‘Everything to Know About How Omicron Will Affect Your Clients’ and The Knot’s Star Wars Wedding Ideas.’ Leah also makes an appearance in Martha Stewart’s article on ‘Four Essential Etiquette Tips to Keep in Mind as You Create Your Wedding Seating Chart.’ 

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Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ contributed to an AP News’s article on ‘More Couples Embracing Weekday Weddings.