February 2019 Newsletter


WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand for WIPA Members

The following dates, times and speakers are confirmed for our 2019 Webinars:

MARCH  - 3/6/19
How to be Genuine with Your LGBTQ Marketing
Brittny Drye of Love Inc.

APRIL - 4/3/19 
The Power of Podcasting- the sexiest medium in town
Aleisha McCormack of Bridechilla Podcast

MAY - 5/1/19 
How to Hire a Million Dollar Salesperson
Meryl Snow of Snowstorm Productions

JUNE  - 6/5/19 
SEO Basics for Your Wedding Business
Sara Dunn of Sara Dunn SEO 

This is a “members only” resource so you must be logged in at WIPA.org with your personal username and password to access previous webinars. Also listed are the upcoming webinars scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. So plan to take advantage of the expert presenters that are available to you at no charge.

When the registration link is emailed it only takes a moment to register. 

Welcome New Members

 Please welcome the following members who joined WIPA in January 2019.


Rebecca Cerasani
Rebecca Cerasani
[email protected]
Luxury Wedding Photographer

Erin Martin
ECBG Cake Studio
[email protected]
ECBG Cake Studio is a specialty and custom dessert company that caters to all events surrounding weddings and celebrations.

Katie Rosenberg
Three Sisters Catering
[email protected]
Full Service Off Premise Caterer 

Desirey Virgin
The Whitley Hotel
[email protected]


Natalie Gudel
Odyssey Cruises
[email protected]
Just picture your day, brought to life on the water with a stunning backdrop. Distinctive dining, exceptional service, and magnificent views are only the beginning of what makes an Odyssey wedding remarkable. Our expert planners and crew are ready to make your vision a reality.

Rachel Rosario
Odyssey Cruises
[email protected]

Amy Yassinger
Yazz Jazz Music & Productions
[email protected]
Full.service music company specializing in providing party bands (we have 2), small ensembles with strings and Jazz groups, DJ's/Emcees and more


Crystal Cisco
[email protected]
Cuvee owns and curates a rare collection of ultra-luxury villas and chalets in celebrated global destinations.

Brittany Davenport
[email protected]
Cuvee owns and curates a rare collection of ultra-luxury villas and chalets in celebrated global destinations.

Kasha Dunne
Keystone Group Sales
[email protected]
Keystone Resort - Vail Resorts INC

Cristy Fernandez
Lucky Onion
[email protected]
Fine Art Stationery, Event Branding, Graphic Design and Printing 

Stephanie French
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
[email protected]
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is a luxury hotel providing event space, inspired food and beverage, accomodations, full service wedding planning and a full spa.

Cat Galletti
Cat Murphy Photography
[email protected]
Fine Art Wedding Photographer

Nina Larsen Reed
Larsen Photo Co.
[email protected]
Wedding photographer for outdoor lovers. 

Nicole Lowery
Hey! Party Collective
[email protected]
Modern Wedding Planning and Design

Moriah Tulier
Wildflower Cakes
[email protected]
Wildflower Cakes is a custom cake boutique specializing in luxury wedding and event cakes.

Brittany Velez
Sage Hotels Collection
[email protected]
3 Unique boutique properties in the heart of the city providing our guests the ultimate Denver experience


Beth Albright
Food Glorious Food
[email protected]

Maura Jones
D Weddings
[email protected]
Bi-annual wedding publication

Brynn Richardson
Arlington Hall
[email protected]


Shawn Alexander
Alexander Wong Floral & Decor
[email protected]
Floral and Decor

Margaret Capili
[email protected]

Shannon Sigley
Parlor Photo Booths
[email protected]
Photo Booth Rental Company

Stella Vittorio
[email protected]

Amy Wong
Alexander Wong Floral & Decor
[email protected]
www. Alexanderwonglv.com
Floral and Decor


Victoria Angela
Victoria Angela Photography
[email protected]
Social and Corporate Photography 

Nina Dolin
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester
[email protected]
Hotel Venue 

Victoria Dubin
Victoria Dubin Events
[email protected]
Wedding Planning and Design Company

Ellen Futterman
Proper Notice
[email protected]
invitation designer

Monika Pernal
Victoria Dubin Events
[email protected]
Wedding Planning and Design Company

Erica Taylor Haskins
[email protected]
Tinsel Experiential Design (formerly Tinsel & Twine) is a NYC-based event design and production agency committed to redefining luxury weddings & events. Named as BizBash Rising Stars and seen in Vogue, NY Mag, Brides & Forbes.


Mark Addington
AG Productions
[email protected]
AG Productions serves the West Coast with all event production needs. We provide everything from DJs and MCs to any sound/stage/lighting essentials to make your event a success. While specializing in weddings, Mitzvahs, and corporate events, AG Productions is the premiere event entertainment company to help make any event a lasting memory.

Jim Vetter
Jim Vetter Photography
[email protected]
Wedding Photography 


Jessenia Gonzalez
La Vie Studios
[email protected]
We created La Vie Studios on the promise that we’ll put our clients first . always. Great service is our top priority and we want to make sure you get nothing but the best from the moment you get in touch.

Jose Mena Diaz
La Vie Studio
[email protected]
We created La Vie Studios on the promise that we’ll put our clients first - always. Great service is our top priority and we want to make sure you get nothing but the best from the moment you get in touch.

Lior Rozner
[email protected]
L R Entertainment is awards winner, full-service music and entertainment company committed to providing high quality music and entertainment productions L R Entertainment helps their clients create the most amazing musical and entertainment experience for their event by providing top DJs, bands, live musicians, entertainers, dancers, special artists, shows and much more under one company. We don’t just provide music and entertainment, we can customize any musical and entertainment performance for any occasion. L R Entertainment provides also their own production to complete any event, big or small: Lighting, sound, lighting effects, stages, dancer floors, dance floor lighting, outdoor lighting and much more We are music and entertainment experts and specialize in: Weddings, Corporate Events, Large scale events, Social Events and Special events


Shane Jordan
Jordan Music Entertainment
[email protected]
Live music entertainment company

Steve Lang
Jordan Music Entertainment
[email protected]
Entertainment company


Colette Bird
Sundance Resort
[email protected]
Sundance Mountain Resort - wedding venue, caterer, lodging, activities

Craig Chambers
[email protected]
[email protected]
Mobile Disc Jockey Company

Jennifer Hill
Salt Cake City
[email protected]
Custom wedding and groom's cakes and cupcakes

Ryan Hinman
Ryan Hinman Films
[email protected]
Wedding Videography

Miquela Holbrook
Sundance Mountain Resort
[email protected]
Sundance Mountain Resort - venue, lodging, caterer, activities

Tonya Hoopes
Hoopes Events
[email protected]
We offer a refreshing approach to wedding and event planning: design, service, and extraordinary creativity without the attitude. It’s a uniquely unpretentious style that begins by listening to, empathizing with, and fully understanding your vision, then bringing your ideas to life. Range of services from simple day-of coordination, to detailed planning and logistics, styling, design, and decor selection and setup that we deliver before, during and even following the occasion. Our unique approach also includes a substantial inventory of our own elegant rental furniture, fabrics and textiles, structures and scenery, along with a wide selection of accessories that lend style, convenience, and value to any desired look or decor. We balance that with an exceptional commitment to service and attention to detail. 

Shelly Huynh
Orchid Dynasty Events
[email protected]

Lesley Lind
Lesley Lind Makeup Atelier
[email protected]
On location hair & makeup services

Keri Lostetter
Magleby's Weddings & Catering
[email protected]
Magleby's has been a Utah Valley favorite for over 40 years! Everything we do we do with love, and you won't find another catering company with as many homemade recipes. If you're looking for a culinary experience tailored to meet the needs of your event, we've at your service.

Angela Menlove
Hoopes Events
[email protected]
Hoopes Marketing and Events

Mary Quinney
Magleby's Weddings & Catering
[email protected]
Magleby's has been a Utah Valley favorite for over 40 years! Everything we do we do with love, and you won't find another catering company with as many homemade recipes. If you're looking for a culinary experience tailored to meet the needs of your event, we've at your service.

Susie Young
Brown Floral
[email protected]


Kia Taylor
Elegant Experiences
[email protected]
Elegant Experiences is a luxury event-planning firm focused on designing memorable events.Our event planners express a unique passion for helping people create and celebrate the moments that truly matter. We are customer-centered, which means we take the time to understand our clients by tailoring each event to offer a premium personable experience that every client wants and deserves.

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Sandy Hammer of AllSeated was published on Catersource with Evolution of VR. She also won Best New Event Product/ Technology at The Special Event Gala Awards.

Wente was featured on 7x7 Weddings with Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Vibes. They were also published on Catersource with Winter Wine Trends.  

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ shared Relationship Building Goals for the New Year on the WeddingWire Pro Blog. He was also published on the Catersource with Lighting Installations to Elevate your Client’s Event.

Christie Osborne Mountainside Media shared New Year, New Marketing Plan with Rising Tide Society. She was also a guest on This Week in Weddings podcast.

Emily Sullivan Events was published on Catersource with Balancing Modern & Traditional. She was also featured on Bride and Groom Middle East in an article titled “Top Destination Wedding Trends.”

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting is thrilled to announce the launch of Wedding Industry Speakers, a resource for program and education chairs seeking speakers for their events. She will also be in Washington DC on March 19 speaking at NACE DC. 

Magnolia is thrilled to be inducted into Modern Luxury's Wedding Hall of Fame as well as featured in their spring edition Take the Cake

Elegant Affairs was featured in Marie Claire Magazine and FoodChannel.com and Bellanyc.com  for  sharing their recipes for Chilly Winter Night Cocktails for 2019.  See links below



BELLA: https://bellanyc.com/hot-cocktails-to-keep-you-warm-this-winter/

Elegant Affairs was featured in an article on AskMen.com featuring you and best super bowl recipes for your instant pot. They featured a Short Rib recipe and a Vegan Stuffed Mushroom Dish.  You can view the full article here: https://au.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archive/best-super-bowl-recipes-for-your-instant-pot.html


Elegant Affairs was featured in an article on DealNews.com  about ways to throw a super bowl  party on a budget. Deal News: https://www.dealnews.com/features/Ways-to-Save-on-a-Super-Bowl-Party/

Denise Karis launched a YouTube channel called Engaged In Arizona! She hopes it will be a place where vendors can showcase their craft while also giving advice to local couples who are planning their wedding. You can do the "Like, Comment, Subscribe" thing at EngagedInAZ.Com or contact Denise if you're interested in being featured! 

New Moon Entertainment offers a new Entertainment Portal for professional planners! New Moon Entertainment, a Las Vegas based special events entertainment company, has recently expanded into the California market with the addition of Seth Handler, their new Los Angeles Director! During the expansion, New Moon has also created an Entertainment Portal that gives professional planners access to “agent friendly” profiles, complete with video links and pricing. Planners are able to browse by category, sub-category, or price range and then copy and paste an entertainer’s promotional assets into their proposal for a quick pitch. Please contact New Moon Entertainment to receive a link and password for their Entertainment Portal.


Kristen Hansen celebrated the 10 year anniversary of KMH Photography in January 2019, and announced that she rebranded to Kristen Marie Weddings + Portraits. See her new website at kristenmarieweddings.com.

PartySlate raised a $3 million round, bringing total fundraising to $6 million. Crain's Chicago Business shared the news here. PartySlate will also launch in Miami on March 5 at the 1 Hotel South Beach. 

Ryan Wagner, of Bespoke Edge, wrote an online article for Destination I Do magazine entitled How to Properly Pack a Suit. It provided helpful tips on how to travel with a wedding suit or tuxedo.

Craig Chambers had the privilege of being the DJ again this year for the SAGindie Brunch at Cafe Terigo on January 27 and 28 in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. wireimage.com photo     Search Craig Chambers

Tuxedo Junction is now Friar Tux - Tuxedo Junction Las Vegas now operates as Friar Tux under one powerful brand in the greater Las Vegas area. The 3540 W. Sahara Avenue store will serve as Friar Tux’s go-to location to accommodate quick turn-around and same day rentals of suits and tuxedos for Las Vegas residents and out-of-town visitors. Friar Tux also offers pick-up and delivery of suit and tuxedo orders to most Las Vegas hotels. Please call 800-832-5717for details. Visit our Store Locator page for store location details and our style galleries to shop rental styles and our for purchase collection of suits and tuxedos.  

Friar Tux also won The Best of The Knot Weddings (Hall of Fame) and WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award again this year!

Revel & Roots Events was featured in Sunset Magazine discussing the Top Trends to see in 2019! They also have recently launched and become the host of Thursday Therapy in Denver, which is a monthly networking happy hour for wedding professionals to meet, mingle & share! Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Rachel Sheerin will be speaking at Catersource 2019! Delivering "Superpowers for Selling" program on Sunday, February 24th at 11am, Rachel was also published on the Catersource blog with her tips for making sure you keep your calm during busy season with your teams. 

In April, Tinsel Experiential Design Partner & COO Liz Castelli, along with Senior Creative Production Manager Alexa Jensen, will be speaking on the main stage at Alt Summit in Palm Springs. They will be sharing insight on how to apply the agency model to scaling creative businesses.

Tinsel Experiential Design proudly designed The Whitney Museum's Art Party. The star-studded evening, an explosive intersection of art and fashion, was featured in VogueWWD, New York Magazine's The Cut, and Architectural Digest

Premiere Party Rents is featured on Ruffled Blog for this Malibu Rocky Oaks wedding. Premiere Party Rents is also featured on Wedding Chicksand Martha Stewart Weddings! 

Good Gracious! Events' Chef Joanne is presenting "You're Going to Want To Eat Your Veggies!" at Catersource 2019. Good Gracious! Events catered the premiere of Fox's The Passage and are featured on BizBash!

Luxe Linen was featured on Wedding Chicks for Luxury Glam Wedding in Silver and White. They were also featured on Inspired by This for Modern & Romantic Jewel Tone Wedding. California Wedding Day also featured Luxe Linen in their Winter 2019 Magazine.  

This January, Rayce PR & Marketing providing all on-site social media support for The Special Event 2019 in San Diego. Founder Rhonda Couchigian moderated the Marketing All-Stars education session at TSE and was joined by Rayce PR General Manager, Kelsey Schwarz, and Director of Social Media, Vanessa Smiley.

Très L.A. Group welcomes Executive Chef, Julio Castorena to their team. The group owns and operates two unique venues, Carondelet House and Ebell Long Beach; and has the exclusive catering partnership with Cielo Farms.

Creative Coverings was selected as the 2019 national linen sponsor for Smart MeetingsMPI WeCon and MPI Cascadia regional conferences. 

Creative Coverings has recently joined both American Rental Association (ARA) and Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors International (ACCED-I), and showcasing at The Rental Show, in Anaheim, CA Feb 19-21, and ACCED-I's annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA March 23-26.

Tricia Beron has been hired as Creative Coverings' Southwest Business Development Manager. Tricia will cover Arizona, Las Vegas & New Mexico. 

We are very excited to announce the rebranding of our company from SocialLight SoCal into Coachella Party. Now Coachella Party is featuring not only 3 different type of photo booths but an Airstream and flower designs, neon and custom backdrops of any sizes. Coachella Party was at the Wedding Salon in Beverly Hills in January to introduce the new products. Visit our new site is https://coachellaparty.com New email is [email protected] and phone remain the same 760-808-5280

Magdalena Studios was featured in Philly Mag for their work with Clover Event Co. on a whimsical, garden wedding.

Phillipvn Photography was featured in the Knot New York online and in print for an intimate rooftop wedding in Manhattan.

He was also featured in Vintage Bride Mag online for a funky NY wedding in the East Village.

He was also featured in Aisle Memories for a fun Long Island wedding featuring the LIRR.

Denise Decker has been promoted to Sales Director at Vibiana, and Nina Smadja has been promoted to Event Director at Vibiana.


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