Member News – May 2022

Member News - May 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.

Take time to get one-on-one with your inner self, give yourself a chance to heal, and an opportunity to nurture your body. If you enjoy good wine or bubbles with a group of cool people after your yoga workout, this is the retreat for you! Laughter and learning mixed with some Zen friends. Two-day, all-day retreat, plus a pre-retreat meet-n-greet. Limited to 20 guests. $350 per person for the full weekend. Friday, June 10th: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Meet-n-greet and wine tasting. Saturday, June 11th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – yoga classes, wine tasting & education. Breakfast and lunch will be catered. Sunday, June 12th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – yoga classes, wine tasting & education. Breakfast and lunch will be catered. Click here for ticket purchase.

HollyOaks on the Marsh, a luxury private estate venue in Savannah Georgia, was pleased to host Ashley HomeStores for their national “Spring Boldly” campaign. Ashley, a national furniture retailer, set the scene for spring and invited guests at an intimate brunch for 75 national content creators and influencers including Andrea Serrano, Kat Stickler, Niki Blackwell, and Jasmine Monroe. Designed to celebrate the floral-filled season by showcasing the brand’s outdoor living sets and home accessories, the event included with an over-the-top spread, vibrant floral accents and a showcase of Ashley’s spring collection. Click here to read more about this fantastic event.

Andrew Alwert Studios has received two Fearless Photographer Photos of the Week, four Editor Selected Photos by Masters of Photography, four World of Wedding Photographers Photos of the Day, as well as eight Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits, and one True Love Captured Award from the Wedding Photojournalists Association. The studio is continuing to expand its reach by connecting with wedding planners, photographers, and vendors from all over the country. Andrew Alwert, the founder and lead photographer, has been giving back to the community by educating children that are interested in the art of photography through seminars at Upturn Arts in New Orleans. Andrew has also signed up for the Engage Summit that will be coming to New Orleans in early June and is excited to meet other industry professionals.

Cooper Brown from One Above Entertainment just received two Best of State awards. One for Best Event DJ and the other for Best Event Entertainment. Cooper also just launched his new updated website –

BBJ La Tavola has launched a new collection, De Mariée. This timelessly romantic collection features French garden inspired embroidered fabrics and woven prints, making it the perfect addition to any event. View the new collection lookbook HERE.

Hello my name is Ernest Noy. We are in charge of creating a TV station called Chicago TV The TV channel will be added to Roku, Apple TV, & Amazon Fire’s install lineup. I was hoping you would consider submitting episodes about your business on a regular basis. There’s no cost. The TV station will be reaching a large audience in Chicago and around the country. Please give me a call direct at (844) 644-4465.

Brian Franklin of Vows & Speeches (which assists with writing and practicing custom wedding vows, wedding speeches, and ceremony scripts) was featured in two separate articles in The Knot, on writing vows as well as writing ceremony scripts. Additionally, he appeared on Desirée Adams’ Ask the Planner Podcast.

Aaron & Deborah Masterson of Masterson Media were recently named Best New Wedding Videographer in LoveStoriesTV’s 2022 Wedding Film Awards. 

Kenect, the text messaging platform used by thousands of businesses, is launching a new Broadcast Messaging feature. It allows businesses to send text messages to a group within their contact list, rather than sending out individual texts. Businesses who use Kenect will now be able to message large groups of customers all at once! This will dramatically change the way businesses communicate important information and cut down on the time employees spend on customer interactions. This new product was created after getting feedback from businesses who use Kenect. The main idea is to have a tool that is fast, simple, and would help streamline costs. If you would like to get more information about this product, click here. You can also sign up for a free demonstration, and one of our team members can walk you through what it looks like for your business.

Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events shared ideas on how to ‘Honor Your Pets On Your Big Day’ on So This Is Love.

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting rounds up experts for her articles, ‘Warm Weather Event Trends’ on Allseated and ‘10 Tips For An Amazing Wedding Day Morning’ on Hey Wedding Lady. She also gives insight on Special Events on ‘Internal Organization’ and Creative Ways TO Maximize Productivity’ on Catersource.

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting dives into ‘Three Common Blunders That Lose Event Pros Time & Money’ on Catersource.

Rachel LeRoy of HipMaps was recently featured in the Wedding Chicks blog “5 Reasons You’ll Want a Custom Wedding Map for Your Wedding Weekend.”