December Newsletter

December  2018 


Happy Holidays!

We're excited for 2019 and honored to announce the

2019 Slate for the International Board


Kevin Dennis - President

Meghan Ely – Vice President

Rhonda Couchigian - Secretary

Jordan Kahn - Treasurer

Rrivre Davies – Immediate Past President


Sandy Hammer- Membership - beginning a two-year term

Brynn Swanson - Chapter Liaison - beginning a two-year term

Rachel Sheerin - Director of Education - beginning a two-year term

Julie Novack – Communications - continuing for one year on a two-year term

Jason Rhee – Sponsorship - continuing for one year on a two-year term

Paul Rumohr - Chapter Development - continuing for one year on a two-year term

Gabriella Cote - Awards - continuing for one year on a two-year term

Jennie Cook – Community Relations - continuing for one year on a two-year term

JP Reynolds - Student Development - continuing for one year on a two-year term


Atlanta - 2019 Slate

J.Wilbur Smith, President

Gillian Marto, Vice-President

Hannah Baber, Secretary

Sirmantha Ellison, Treasurer (new)

Allison Schultz, Immediate Past President

Doug Vincent, Director of Membership

Jordan Flowers, Director of Communications

Lindsay Sims, Director of Education

Laura Maddox, Director of Programs (new)

Hester Parks, Director of Community Service

Chicago - 2019 Slate

President: Beth Bernstein, SQN Events**

Vice President: Lauren Carter, Curate Plan Style

Treasurer: Rachel Fersten, Windy City Linen**

Assistant Treasurer: Linda Alpert, Affairs by Linda

Secretary: Allison Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali*

Director of Education: Rebecca Ickes, Rebecca Marie Photography**

Director of Membership: Natalie Madonia, Galleria Marchetti**

Director of Marketing & Communications: Ashley Balber, Manifest Makeup*

Co-Directors of Programs: Frank Andonoplas, Frank Event Design* / Abby McKinney, Heirloom Event Co.*

Director at Large: Jordyn Vignolo, Bliss Weddings & Events

Director at Large: Amy Allen, Modern Luxury

* New Board members

** 2nd year of 2-year term

Colorado – 2019 Slate

Brittany Dosdall, President

Lindsey Dienstbach, Vice President

Brittany Shami, Secretary

Leorah Young, Treasurer

Emily Campbell, Immediate Past President

Kelly Karli, Director of Membership

Liz Cluley, Director of Education

Sarah Roshan, Director of Communications

Rebecca Steffen, Director of Programs

Frances Marron, Director at Large

McCory James, Director at Large (new)

Michelle Gillette, Programs Committee (new)

Jessica Reed, Membership Committee | New Member Concierge (new)

Bradley Herbst, Membership Committee (new)

Dana Wield, Communications Committee (new)

Las Vegas - 2019 Slate

President - Rebecca Stebbins

Vice President - Amelia Cooper

Treasurer - Brittany Pfeffer

Secretary - Mikaela Swanson

Immediate Past President - Gabriella Cote

Director Of Membership - Christina Gonzalez

Director Of Membership Retention  - Tara Federico

Director Of Education  - Lucia Tovalin

Director Of Sponsorship - Ashley Thompson

Director Of Programs - Lydia Pierce

Director Of Marketing - Kristen Hanson

Director Of Communications - Mckenzi Taylor

Director Of Community Relations - Amberly Collins

 New Orleans – 2019 Slate

Immediate Past President – Emily Sullivan, Emily Sullivan Events (will act as President)

Vice President – Stephanie Jones, Marche (new)

Secretary – Elizabeth Lauer, Omni (new)

Treasurer – Leah Berhanu, Pigeon Catering

Programs – Maria Maginnis, InNOLA

Education – Isaac Garrison, Riverview Room (new)

Communications – Barbara DeWitt, Almond & Bloom (new)

Director of Membership (Member Growth) – Christie Chopin, Mis En Place

Membership Retention – Ashley Brodie, Brennan’s

Community Service – Melanie Spencer, New Orleans Bride

 New York - 2019 Slate

President - Leah Hoos

Vice President - Daniela Grafman

Treasurer - Adam Leffel

Secretary - Beth Clifford

Immediate Past President - Jeffrey Selden

Director Of Membership - Philip Van Nostrand

Director Of Education  - Elizabeth Priya Kumar

Director Of Programs - Andrea Freeman

Director Of Marketing  - Jeanenne La Bella

Director Of Communications  - Dina De La Vega

Director At Large  - Marianne Bennett

Phoenix – 2019 Slate

President- Ashley Allan (new)

Past President- Katie Easley

Vice President- Charity Maurer (new)

Treasurer-   Stacey Poterson (new)

Secretary- Tasha Miller(new)

Director of Membership- Zeina Reinboldt

Director of Programs- Jessica  McQueary (new)

Director of Education- Matiana Mitchell

Director of Communications- Katrina Wallace (new)

SOCAL -- 2019 Slate

President - Cindy Celis - La Tavola Fine Linen

VP - Renee Dalo -- Moxie Bright Events –

Treasurer - Cherish Conklin -- - Le Reve Film

Secretary- Lauren Montgomery, Collective Rentals

Past President Jen Dawson – LVL Events

Director of Education - David Krieger – Krieger Entertainment

Director of Membership - Joshua Baca -- Hotel Figueroa

Director of Communications - Kari Mendez -- City House Social Market

Director at Large, Communications-Michael Reese -- MJ Entertainment

Director of Programs - Percy Sales, Percy Sales Events

Director at Large, Programs - Cynthia Alexander -- Cynthia Alexander Events

Director of Community Service & Outreach - Sharon Gonzalez Sweetest Love Events

 SFBA  - 2019 Slate

Past President- Diana Cardenas


Vice President-Kristen Seaholm

Treasurer-Rachel Murch


Director of Programs-

Director of Membership-Heather Schneider (new)

Director of Education-

Director of Communications-Victoria Vaden

Director of Community Service-Cindy Danbom

Utah - 2019 Slate

President  Chris Lavoie Silver Summit Event Design

Vice President Mara Marian  Fuse Weddings and Events

Secretary Kellie Jackstien Artisan Bloom

Treasurer  Ann Jager Ann Elizabeth Print Studio

Director of Education Flavia CarolinaVersa Artistry

Director of Programs Rachael Masten, La Caille

Director of Community Relations Meghann Griggs Diamond Event and Tent

Director of Membership Jennie Peterson Grand America Hotel

Director of Communications Nicole Thomas, Gateway Bridal

Director of Membership Pepper Nix Pepper,  Nix Photography

Philadelphia - To Be Announced


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Advice yours for the Asking

If you were not lucky enough to experience the Awards of Excellence featuring speaker  Kathy Romero’s keynote address in Atlanta, take some time to log in to and listen to her great advice for wedding professionals as you look ahead in 2019.

 Another insightful presentation was contributed by the SFBA  Chapter and features Michelle Walker on Phonetography with great advice for capturing the magic on your phone to expand your promotional images. 

All examples of the great advice available in our video presentation archive to your as a WIPA member. 


The WIPA office will be closed from Noon on December 21 until January 2.  

The staff will be monitoring emails periodically and should you need immediate attention, please leave a message on the voice mail. 

Happy New Year!

Welcome New Members


Matthew Kelly
Atlanta Dance Floor
[email protected]
Portable Dance Floor Rentals

Allison Schultz
Little Gardens
[email protected]
Little Gardens is a full-service special events venue is nestled on 3 acres in Gwinnett County and part of the Magic Moments family of properties.  Serviced by A Divine Event for catering and design, the mansion and ballroom space is ideal for both business and weddings!


Christine Cossette
The Dalcy (Lettuce Entertain You)
[email protected]
Rustic Elegant Event Space in the Heart of Fulton Market

Rosie Sowell
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
[email protected]
Downtown Chicago Hotel and Wedding Venue


Casarae Clark
[email protected]
EKS EVENTS is a premier event and wedding planning firm based in Aspen, Colorado, specializing in event design, production and branding. With loyal clients and an intimate knowledge of Aspen and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley, EKS EVENTS has enjoyed over fifteen years in the hospitality industry coordinating events locally in and around Aspen, as well as all around the world.


Jen Hartley
Aspen Event Solutions
[email protected]
Luxury event logistics manager, production partner, event planning and vendor relations.

Suze Harvat
Gray Duck Gifts
[email protected]

Jordan Linit
Great Family Reunion Inc
[email protected]
Bands of many styles/sizes and full audio and lighting production

Elizabeth Slossberg
[email protected]
EKS EVENTS is a premier event and wedding planning firm based in Aspen, Colorado, specializing in event design, production and branding. With loyal clients and intimate knowledge of Aspen and the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley, EKS EVENTS has enjoyed over fifteen years in the hospitality industry coordinating events locally in and around Aspen, as well as all around the world.

Abbie Turner
Flower to the People
[email protected]
Fine art floral design focusing on lush, organic style designs.

Jennifer Winkeller
Jen Winkeller Photography
[email protected]


Angela Morgan
Ritz Carlton Dallas
[email protected]
Hotel - Sales & Marketing Department

Travis Threlkeld
Jordan Kahn Music Company
[email protected]
Luxury Live Entertainment Company

New York
Maureen Farley
Park Hyatt New York Hotel
[email protected]
5 Star / 5 Diamond Hotel Within Hyatt Corporation Brand

Jonathan Huvard
Great Family Reunion Inc
[email protected]

San Francisco Bay Area

Jennifer Loman
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
[email protected]

Dayne Nicholls
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
[email protected]
Museum Venue

South Florida

Nora Iglesias
Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design
[email protected]
Culinary& Event Design

Alina Isambert
Thierry Isambert Culinary & Event Design
[email protected]

Culinary & Event Design
Pilar Pava
Pilar Pava Events
[email protected]
Wedding Planning

Gabriela Sousa
Gabriela Sousa Events
[email protected]
Central & South Florida Wedding Planning and Coordination

Southern California

Kate Kernutt
Kate Noelle Photography
[email protected]
Wedding Photography

Lisa Newberry
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
[email protected]

Rob Pausmith
Tres LA Group
[email protected]
Los Angeles Hospitality Group

Megan Tupper
Tres LA Group
[email protected]


Claudia Agudo
La Clau Events & Weddings
[email protected]
Wedding & Event Management

Elisa Bellido
Flors I Plantes Bertran
[email protected]
Flower  And Plants Decoration For Venues And Flowershop

Carole Bipat
Marry Me in Spain
[email protected]
Destination wedding planner in Barcelona - Spain

Ferran Corredoira
Splendid Events
[email protected]
Audiovisual Services, Music & Dj's for Weddings & Events

Marta Cors
Las Bodas De Anna Y Marta, S.L. (Sophie Kors Weddings)
[email protected]
Wedding Planner
Betsaida Gomez
The Experialist
[email protected]
Event and Wedding Planner and Stylist specialized in Destination Weddings.

Sergi Garcia
Garciflors Floristes - Barcelona
[email protected]
floral designer
Empresa Familiar con  mas de 18 años de experiencia en el sectro bodas, campeones de España de Arte Floal.

Claudia Gonzalez
A-Tipica Global, S.L
[email protected]
Organizacion Integral De Bodas Y Eventos Y Tienda De Decoracion

Anna Hernandez
Las Bodas De Anna Y Marta, S.L. (Sophie Kors Weddings)
[email protected]

Carla Mazzeo Miraglia
Tucco Weddings & Unique affairs
[email protected]
We are a wedding planning company that planned unique weddings for clients who are coming from all over the world!

Gemma Sala
Your Barcelona Wedding
[email protected]
Wedding planner in Barcelona for international couples

Carolina Solari
[email protected]
Wedding & event planner & designer

Anna Winward
Just Married Barcelona
[email protected]
Just Married Barcelona specializes in organizing personalized weddings and events, taking care of you and your loved ones, we will make your wedding exceptional. We cater for both destination and local weddings.


Stephaney Campbell
Inspired Weddings and Events
[email protected]
Eco friendly wedding

Carly Hackert
Platinum Events Group
[email protected]
Full-service luxury wedding planning company located in Toronto

Andrea Marchant
As It Happens Photography Inc. & Coach House Weddings
[email protected]
As It Happens Photography Inc. & Coach House Weddings

Chris Romano
Bongo & B Entertainment
[email protected]
905 660 0069
Bongo & B Entertainment provides Clients with incredible 5 Star Live Entertainment. With 85+ Acts & Showcases We have one of the largest and most multicultural diverse rosters in Ontario. 13+ years in the Live Entertainment Corporate/Social Industry, We've made a name for ourselves by understanding our customer with face to face meetings, walking through the events festivities in details, while providing fresh and innovative creative directive with our amazing talent roster. Through our consult, we then educate on how we execute this Live Entertainment. Ask us why we have so many happy clients – They will say it’s our custom consultative approach that really makes the difference.

Washington DC Area

David Fletcher
New York /  Washington Best Musicians, Photo & Video
[email protected]
We provide musicians, photographers and videographers for private events.

Cara Weiss
Save the Date, LLC
[email protected]
We are a family owned business started in 1994 by Cara and Joel Weiss of Montgomery County. The latest in a long line of awards we have won include winning Best of Bethesda for 2012 and 2017, and nominated/runner-up every year in between.  Most recently, Best of Rockville for 2017, and Best Event Planning Company in Potomac for 2017. SAVE The DATE offers affordable planning options including day-of-coordination, discounted invitations, favors, decor and so much more. ​We put our clients in control of their own destiny while teaching them how to plan their event their way with the exact assistance that they personally need along with way.  The idea for our company started on a napkin trying to imagine a new concept in event planning. From that napkin, we built a business that is respected throughout Montgomery County and has been creating fantastic events for the past 25 years.

Chapter Events

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Member News 

Rayce PR & Marketing has welcomed leading flower wholesaler, FiftyFlowers  to their roster of clients for 2019. FiftyFlowers provides fresh flowers directly to DIY brides or in bulk for Special Events. Rayce PR and Marketing is focused on the Luxury Wedding, Special Event and Small Business Markets and will serve as the official social media sponsor at TSE 2019 in San Diego. 
Premiere Party Rents is featured on Style Me Pretty for this Tuscan inspired Malibu weddingPremiere Party Rents is also featured on Ceremony Magazine for this California Chic wedding.
Good Gracious! Events is a nominee for the Special Events Awards under the category, "Best Off-Premise Catered Event." Good Gracious! Events'Chef Joanne is presenting "You're Going to Want To Eat Your Veggies!" at Catersource
Alan Katz from has been named Trendsetter Chairman of the ABC Orange County 10th annual awards ball. Alan, a past Trendsetter of the Year recipient, plans on designing an amazing event that will take place Dec 2019. 
River Bottoms Ranch in Midway, Utah is officially complete.  The dust has settled and the parties have begun. The first few events were a huge success beginning with the spectacular Grand Opening. Details of this event will be featured in an upcoming issue of Salt Lake Magazine. 

Frank J. Andonoplas, Master Wedding Planner of Frank Event Design in Chicago, Illinois was featured on the WGN morning news giving tips for setting an over the top Holiday Tablescape and Dining Etiquette.  

Daniela Grafman CSEP of Vision Event Co will be speaking at the upcoming Special Event Conference in San Diego January 8th and 9th on maximizing your conference experience and on creating efficient wedding timelines. 
The Bridal Collection is pleased to announce that  Sareh Nouri Bridal will be available exclusively in Colorado at our starting in 2019.  Handmade in North America, Sareh’s dresses have been featured in publications including PeopleUS Weekly, Brides Magazine and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine.  The Bridal Collection is hosting a launch party on January 11th & 12th.  For more information, visit TBC's blog.
Flower to the People is moving into a new studio space! Their creative studio will provide a meeting area for clients, and plenty of space to host fun workshops, events, and more. Flower to the People is hoping to open their doors to the public after the New Year!
Elevate Photography recently opened a second location in Avon, Colorado to offer their photography and videography services to the Vail Valley and Colorado mountain clients.

Wente Vineyards was featured in Catering Magazine this month, discussing wedding trends for 2019. A recent blush wedding was also published on  Artfully Wed

 With the goal of driving innovation further in the event industry, AllSeated recently welcomed David Anderman and Sean Kauppinen to their Advisory Board. This month, CMO Sandy Hammer was also a guest on the podcast Weddings Unveiled on the Ins and Outs of the Application Revolution.

 Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media shared how to tackle negative reviews on WeddingIQ this month. You can also find her on GoodShuffle giving tips on how to churn out fresh blog content in the offseason. 

 Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ was featured on WeddingWire EDU discussing how to hire the right people for your team. You can also find him on the NACE blog tackling the challenge of boosting productivity as an event professional. 

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events discussed how to find the right passion for your personality on the Weddings Unveiled podcast. With HelloGiggles she shared thoughtful, timely details on how to make your holiday gathering feel warmer. 

OFD Consulting's Meghan Ely offered industry insight regarding the David's Bridal bankruptcy with the Washington Post this month. You can also find her over at Vox discussing the controversy of sponsored celebrity weddings

Kelly Karli Weddings and Events welcomes their new Lead Event Producer, Bethany. A former Atlanta native, Brittany moved to Colorado in 2001, she fell in love with the majestic mountains of Vail and decided to make it her permanent place to call home in 2008. She began her successful career, 10 years ago in the hotel industry, with a Luxury Collection property in the Vail Valley. During her tenure and most recently as the Director of Catering and Conference Services, Brittany oversaw the events department while producing and executing elegant weddings, events and corporate retreats for VIP clients. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating luxurious experiences, no idea is too extravagant! Brittany’s ability to connect and listen to her clients in combination with her calm and positive demeanor allows her to create unforgettable memories. Her experience brings a level of professionalism and exceptional service that is the hallmark of Kelly Karli Weddings and Events. Brittany will be working alongside Kelly, joining her team as Lead Event Producer and taking clients for 2020! On a more personal note, she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband, Bryant and golden retriever, Bentley.

Rachel Sheerin has been selected as the morning keynote speaker for the 2019 Event Services Professional Association National Conference being held at The Westin in Charlotte, NC. Rachel will be presenting her "F This S: How to Come Back to Work You Love" talk to over 1,000 attendees!

Kate Noelle Photography’s work was published in a book entitled “Real Life Dinners” by New York Times Best Selling author Rachel Hollis  Kate Noelle’s work was also published in a book entitled “Take the Leap” by another New York Times Bestselling author Sara Bliss, and was featured in Ceremony Magazine.

Larkspur Events & Dining was featured in Vail-Beavercreek Magazine for their annual New Year’s Eve bash. They were also highlighted in The Know - Denver Post for their après ski programming as well as Honest Cooking for their pumpkin soufflé recipe.  

Paper Daisies Stationery now has a premium holiday card line featured on  

Sophie Kors weddings ends this wedding season with a Christmas wedding on Saturday 15th of December at w hotel barcelona

The Kevin Osborne Band will headline at the Rainbow Room’s sold out New Year’s Eve bash with a DJ in Bar Sixty Five.

 The Steve Delisi Band will be the headliner at a high roller party at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on New Year’s Eve.

 Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and E Street Band Drummer Max Weinberg lead “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox,” where guests choose the setlist in real time, at a corporate holiday party in December at The Pierre. All entertainment booked and produced by Hank Lane Music.

The opening act was MCA Records Nashville recording artist Clare Dunn. With DJ Allison Kinney and dancers from MTM Events.

 Hank Lane Music booked “The Holiday Seasons” featuring current and past members of the hit Broadway show “Jersey Boys” for multiple performances throughout December. The group entertained lobby guests at The Peninsula Hotel performing holiday songs in the style of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

 Hank Lane Music booked a fun evening of Disco artists including the Village People, The Trammps and Musique at a corporate holiday party in December at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar along with the Estrella band for even more dance music.

 The Michael Hart Band will ring in 2019 at the Mandarin Oriental’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

 Jenna Wynne will lead her band at the storied Algonquin hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Gateway Bridal & Prom; home of the LatterDayBride Collection, launched their rebrand in early November 2018. By going back to their original roots, they now offer multiple collections for different tastes and occasions under one name and home, LatterDayBride For Weddings & Occasions. 
Echo Talent flagship band "Gold Standard" could be seen performing for OC Tanner's Holiday party this month for the 5th consecutive year.  They also found themselves in San Francisco entertaining Expedia and Thumbtack's year-end festivities, and are flirting with a residency at the Wynn Vegas following a recent performance at Encore Beach Club.   Gold Standard is at The Aria ringing in the New Year, while other Echo band Lunar Soul celebrates at Amangani Jackson Hole
Creative Coverings hired Lauren Bergenholtz as their new Northern California Business Development Manager.Laurenin based in Sacramento, CA. 
Creative Coverings' Southern California Business Development Manager, Kelly Dalisa, was awarded the "Inspirational Member of the Year" by San Diego NACE and the "New Member of the Year" by Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals.
Bryan Lipman was brought on as General Manager and lead consultant at Great Family Reunion. Charles Mertens was also brought on as their music director and programmer. Both hires come with extensive music industry experience in event production, planning, and performance. 
Rachel Dalton was recently featured for her work, securing and producing celebrity talent for a “Dreamworks” Bat Mitzvah at The Core Club in NYC, as featured in the December 20th Party Slate Newsletter
The Bently Reserve, a world-class special event and meeting venue in downtown San Francisco, was nominated for the “Best Event Venue” in Special Event’s 2019 Gala Awards, the oldest and most prestigious award in events. The announcement of the winner will be on January 10, 2019 at The Special Event in San Diego, California. 

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