Member News – October 2021

Member News - October 2021

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.

Meredith Ryncarz of The Restart Specialist recently spoke in Waco at the Reset Conference and in St. Louis at Shutterfest on Brand Alignment and offering luxury products to your clients.

Bobbi Brinkman, Owner of Bobbi Brinkman Photography, Motivational Speaker, Coach + Educator  recently participated as Speaker and co-leader for WPGA (Wedding Pros Guide To Abundance) at their 2 day retreat in Nashville. She was also a speaker at the St. Augustine Wedding and Event Association in St. Augustine, FL and honored to be a speaker at the Central Florida Wedding Association Summit, held in Orlando, FL.

Check out Ideaction’s new project, Own Your Business: A business podcast for wedding pros. Hosted by Sam Jacobson, these weekly and quick-listen 20-minute episodes will cover general business, copywriting, website best practices, and sales and pricing to help you take back and “own” your business. Listen to the first three episodes HERE!

Tatiana Valerie of ArtVesta Studio was named #3 out of 10 Best Wedding Photographers in the United Stated by OneEyeLand. OneEyeLand is an annual international photography competition featuring several categories such as Landscape, Fine Art, Black and White, and Weddings. The international board of judges includes renowned photographers from The US, France, Peru, Denmark, The UK, Australia, India, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and Singapore.

A newly-opened Buddha Bar New York, represented by a photo that was taken by Tatiana Valerie, was featured inArchitectural Digest Magazine as one of the Chic New Restaurants With an Eye on Design.

Jennifer Chahoud has officially launched her rebrand of Jennifer Mary Events, formerly known as Events by Jenny. After 6 months of designing and perfecting, New Generation Digital created a new website and rebrand that reflects Jennifer’s aesthetic and personality. The team is also growing as Jennifer has hired an assistant and lead coordinator, Monica Landaverde. Get to know more about the team here.

Holy Crepe is proud to have catered 77 movie sets in Georgia (Marvel, Netflix, HBO, Disney are among its dear clients). All this happened through referrals and word of mouth which are the best advocates of its excellence of service, food, discretion, and quality of catering. Holy Crepe slowly moved toward catering and just created a new three courses Menu Chic for upscale weddings and events.  Menu Chic

Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events gives insight on Martha Stewart with ‘Hosting Your Very First Gathering? Bookmark These Entertaining Tips for First-Time Hosts’. She is also featured Medium on ‘How To Grow Your Business or Brand By Writing A Book.’ On WeddingWire, Leah shares ‘Exactly What To Do if You’re Dissatisfied With a Wedding Vendor’.

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media addresses the question ‘Is Something Missing in Your Marketing Strategy? Using your analytics to find and fix marketing issues’ on Special Events.

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting gives tips on how to ‘Find Brand Ambassadors in Your Existing Community’ on Rising Tide and how to ‘Diagnose and Solve Systematic Problems With Your Workflows’ on Special Events. She was also featured on Catersource, speaking on ‘How to Set (and Enforce) Boundaries with Clients and Colleagues.’

Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events made an appearance on Wedding CEO Club Podcast to chat about ‘Growing Your Business by Embracing Your Competitors.’ Reneé was also included in a roundup of experts to give industry insight on ‘How to Get Legally Married in California and Plan Your CA Wedding’ on The Knot.

Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio chatted with The Venue RX on ‘How do Wedding Business Owners On-Board New Clients?’. She also shared her knowledge on ‘How to Get Legally Married in California and Plan Your CA Wedding’ on The Knot.

Elizabeth Sheils of Rock Paper Coin reveals ‘5 Qualities That Make A Great Leader In The Event Industry’ on NACE and ‘What You Need To Know Before Expanding In A New Market’ on WIPA. She was also featured on Catersource, speaking to ‘How Leaders Can Cultivate an Impressive Team, Inside and Out.’

Dixie Bagley of The Farm contributes her expertise to Rising Tide Society on the ‘Conversations You Don’t Want to Have With Your Clients But Should.’ She also gives WeddingIQ ‘Top Tips For Venue Upkeep During A Busy Holiday Season.’

Meghan Ely and the OFD Consulting team were recently honored by the Public Relations Society of Virginia. They received the Award of Merit for their 2020 Wedding Industry Speakers Virtual Kit, and top honors as the Award of Excellence for Meghan’s 2020 Wedding PR during COVID presentation.

HollyOaks on the Marsh, a private estate venue in Savannah, GA, has opened its Fall 2022 calendar to planners and distinguished clients for pre-booking. HollyOaks hosts just 10 custom weddings annually with its exquisite views overlooking the marsh and rivers. Events at HollyOaks on the Marsh have a refined Lowcountry aesthetic that speaks of grandeur and relaxed luxury. The manor home, built in 1941, was the scene of many social soirées in the 50’s and 60’s, and the estate has undergone extensive renovations with the most recent being the 1,000 sf Estate Pool Patio. Additional locations feature beautiful heirloom gardens and covered spaces to host intimate ceremonies, cocktail parties, brunches, and private receptions. HollyOaks on the Marsh invites your inquiry before our calendar opens to the public on October 30th.

We would like to introduce Upper Larimer Event Center; Upper Larimer is  conveniently located just blocks from Downtown Denver in the heart of the amazing River North Arts district (RiNo). Upper Larimer Event Center TM was built in 1908 and was recently renovated to highlight its original beauty. Upper Larimer is a unique event and performance venue that has a guest capacity of 340 people seated and is approximately 6,100 square feet in size with a classic ballroom style layout. This historic venue has beautifully exposed brick walls and timber beams throughout. Additionally, we offer the adjacent furnished Victorian style house that is 950 square feet. This stunning building was built in 1888 and was also newly restored. This space can be packaged onto your rental and used as executive suite. We recently completed expansion of our venue with a 2400 square foot outdoor patio that can host up to 220 guests. Upper Larimer Event Center just reopened their doors in early August and are available to host public and private events. Please email Pablo Zacarias (General Manager) @ for booking information.

Everything about the classy, modern aesthetics from this  Wedding Chicks feature will lure you in, and the fresh white tux with black shawl lapel from Friar Tux is there for all of it! Two bright and bold looks from Friar Tux and Stitch & Tie took center stage in this Mrs. & Mrs. shoot featured in Equally Wed. Join Friar Tux in Italy and watch every romantic photo unfold in this whimsical and dreamy shoot on Style Me Pretty. Please visit Friar Tux and if you are interested in joining either of our programs dedicated to wedding industry professionals.

David McAuley of (and a WIPA Ireland member has recently received a Business All-Star Accreditation as  Thought Leader 3D Immersive Photography by The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF)  This accreditation is an outstanding achievement and recognizes the hard work and dedication in providing a best in class service to all our customers.  Business All-Star accredited companies are defined as; progressive, indigenous Irish businesses which meet the highest standards of verified Performance, Trust and Customer centricity. In achieving this accreditation David joins a unique group of businesses from all business sectors and will continue to demonstrate his  commitment to improving  services to his clients in the provision of immersive 3D walkthroughs.