October Newsletter

October  2018 

Join us as we celebrate the WIPA Awards of Excellence Ceremony
November 16th, 2018 6:00 pm
Our Host Venue 
The Awards of  Excellence Ceremony will be held at Ventanas, a private event facility that features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a breathtaking view of Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. This extraordinary all-encompassing event venue is conveniently perched atop the fourteenth and fifteenth stories of the Park Pavilion building, which includes a 2,500 square foot outdoor patio, overlooking downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Park District. Ventanas offers approximately 10,000 inspiring square feet of premier indoor and outdoor rooftop space which is ideal for any corporate event or special occasion.
Join us in thanking our gala awards sponsors! 
20018 Gala Presentation
The Many Phases of Event Planning: Mastering the Art of Events

Kathy Romero is the Founder and Lead Planner for Kathy Romero Weddings and Events. With 21 years of experience in the event world, Kathy has planned and overseen some of the most elaborate installations, weddings, corporate events and social galas for a client list that includes celebrities, business tycoons, socialites, and royal families. She is the former CEO and Head Planner for Preston Bailey Designs where she worked with Preston on some of his most notable projects since 2012.


Known for her unique ability to provide clients with concierge style luxury planning while maintaining a strong professional approachability, Kathy has developed a worldwide client base resulting in exceptional event execution on a global scale. Her love for design, fashion, art, and style has positioned her as a lifestyle expert and a source of inspiration for many.

Prior to establishing her own brand in 2008, Kathy managed and designed over one thousand events for Blue Chip companies throughout North America and Europe, and served as General Manager for a privately-owned communications company in New Jersey. This experience resulted in a strong skill set that continues to allow her to seamlessly plan and execute events and experiences in a wide range of spheres. Kathy’s creativity, planning background, and strong business acumen have positioned her as a leader in the planning industry. In 2016 she launched a series of workshops called KR: The Planner Collective and travels worldwide to train and empower other planners and business owners teaching them how to master the art of the business of events. Kathy is incredibly grateful when she is able to work one-on-one guiding planners of all levels through their journey into luxury planning.

Notable Clients: DJ Khaled, Own Network -Oprah, Gucci Mane, Keyshia Ka'oir, Latham Thomas, Sean Parker, Ken Leung, Fat Joe, Cynthia Erivo, 

Boutique Venue of Excellence

Heather Jones,  Wente  Vineyards:   Entry Title Bridget & Gary -- SFBA 

Rawan Asad,  Elite Pour La Vie:  Entry Title  Fashion, Food and Fun -- Atlanta 


Clothier of Excellence

Ryan Wagner, Bespoke Edge:  Entry Title Bespoke Edge -- Colorado 

Rawan Asad. Elite Pour La Vie:  Entry Title Elite Fashion House -- Atlanta


Designer of Excellence

Nahid Farhoud , Nahid's Global Events:   Entry Title Reina and Kavi --SOCAL

Ashley Ulloque, Bold Catering & Design:  Entry Title Woodland Winter Wonderland Wedding -- Atlanta 

Gillian Marto,  Events of A Lifetime: Entry Title Something Old, Something New, A Sumptuous Wedding Designed to Celebrate Love -- Atlanta 


Filmmaker of Excellence

Jonathan Snyder, Jonathan and Kaye:  Entry Title I love you more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow… -- Atlanta 

Jonathan Snyder, Jonathan and Kaye:    Entyr Title Love from worlds apart -- Atlanta 

Josh Fair, Fisheye Studio:   Entry Title  A Fairmont Santa Monica Wedding -- SOCAL


Full Service Venue of Excellence

Rebecca Steffen, Four Seasons Resort & Residences:   Entry Title Winter Love Affair -- Colorado 

David Watts,  Enclave: Entry Title Enclave Wedding -- Las Vegas 


Lighting Designer of Excellence

Matt Clauser, Active Productions:  Entry Title Lush Lighting  -- Atlanta 

Lindsay Fogarty, Fantasy Sound:  Entry Title   Galeos/Padron Wedding   -- SFBA 

Lindsay Fogarty, Fantasy Sound:  Entry Title Jensen/Kooperman Wedding -- SFBA 


Linen Provider of Excellence

 Veronica Taylor, Luxe Linens:  Entry Title  Hibiscus of Excellence -- SOCAL

Tamara Gollob, I Do Linens: Entry Title Light and Airy Summer Affair-- Atlanta 


Rental Company of Excellence 

Cassius Wright, Eclectic Hive, Inc.:  Entry Title Cross Cultural Spirituality  -- Colorado

Roy Arriaga, Unique Event Element:   Entry Title Elliot & Susan-September 2017 -- Atlanta

Sandy Radicevic, Premiere Party Rentals:  Entry Title Minimalist Malibu Wedding  -- SOCAL


Wedding Planner of Excellence  Wedding Guests 101 or More 

 Emily Campbell,  Go Bella: Entry Title Elegant Ranch Wedding -- Colorado

Thersese Cole-Hubbs, Electric-Karma International:  Entry Title  3 Times Married -- Member at Large Houston

Gillian Marto, Events of a Life Time:  Entry Title:  Something Old, Something New, A Sumptuous Celebration of Love, Atlanta 


Wedding Planner of Excellence  Wedding Guests 100 or Fewer

Cristina González ,  Simply Weddings Las Vegas:  Entry Title Simply Weddings  -- Las Vegas 

Gillian Marto, Events of a Lifetime: Entry Title Wedding Amongst 19th Century Ruins -- Atlanta

Brynn Swanson, First Look Events:  Entry Title Ally & Aimee's Wedding  -- Colorado 


Photographer of Excellence

Spencer Clark,  Anna & Spencer Photography:  Entry Title A Classically Blue Wedding   -- Atlanta

Kristen Hansen, KMH Photography:  Entry Title Glamorous, Luxe Resort Wedding  -- Las Vegas 

Montoya Turner,  Made You Look Photo & Film:  Entry Title Made You Look Photo & Film  -- Atlanta

Laura Stone,   Blue Print Studios:  Entry Title  Happily Ever Alford -- SFBA 



 The Special Event is coming to San Diego in January 2019!

Register with promo code WIPA to claim a free exhibit hall pass. Plus, take advantage of their early-bird pricing on conference registration as well. www.thespecialeventshow.com/register #TheSpecialEvent

Leadership Nominations are open

Brit Bertino, Immediate Past President and Nominations Chairman, has announced that nominations for leadership for chapters and the International level are now open. 

All members in good standing who are, according to the bylaws, eligible to vote are also eligible to nominate themselves or another person for either a Chapter Board Position or the International Board. All three nominations forms are located on the Members Landing page of WIPA.org. https://wipa.memberclicks.net/member-landing-page (only members can submit these forms.  

And are listed as:

 Interested in nominating yourself to serve on a Chapter Board? Please complete this form

 Interested in nominating yourself to serve on the International Board of Directors? Please complete this form

Interested in nominating someone to serve on a Chapter Board or the International Board of Directors? Please complete this form.

 Each form is submitted by the individual completing it and is held on file on the WIPA website where it can be viewed by the administration. Once nominations close we will send each chapter a list of the submissions for their chapter.

Don’t delay -- Nominations will close on Oct 30, 2018.



WIPA Webinar Series - Education on Demand

 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. 

Join Us the First Wednesday of Every Month       


                                     WEDDING MERCHANTS BUSINESS ACADEMY

                                                 LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER

                                              BEGINS: November 5, 2018, 2:00 PM
                                          Register with WIPA Discount Code WIP8697A

 Wedding Industry Forms 

 AVAILABLE FOR WIPA MEMBERS -- Log into your online WIPA account and download an array of Wedding Industry Forms

 Thanks to the WIPA Advisory Board, Immediate Past President Brit Bertino has completed an effort to provide standard forms for many of the Wedding industry disciplines, AND, here is the best part, as a member of WIPA there is no charge for accessing the forms and using them whenever you need to find one for your business use!  So please take a look at this valuable member benefit by logging in to the Members Only section of www.WIPA.org  with your email and password. There under the Resource tab, you will scroll down to the Member Library and can download any of these forms for your use.

 Here is the list of forms:

 Band/DJ Checklist,   
Wedding Stationery Checklist
Day-Of-Wedding Party Sample Schedule
Floral Checklist
Hotel Room Block
Videographer Checklist
Photography Checklist
Wedding Day Production Schedule
Wedding Day Don't Forget Checklist
Wedding Guest RSVP

Welcome New Members


Jessica Brown
Low Country Catering
[email protected]

Full-service catering and event planning company

Erika Goodman
The Commerce Club Atlanta
[email protected]

Niki Kogut
Your Event Solution
[email protected]

Full-service design, decor, and floral

Leigh Vaughan
Over The Top Rental Linens
[email protected]

Over The Top Rental Linens is a national full service, linen rental company shipping tabletop fashion nationwide.


Alycia Dodson
Sarah O.
[email protected]

Custom design engagement rings and fine jewelry

Ria Erikson
Nature's Grace Design
[email protected]


Wedding and event floral design

Sarah Ortega
Sarah O.
[email protected]

Custom design engagement rings and fine jewelry



Andy Austin
Andy Austin Entertainment
[email protected]

Fun and stylish DJ entertainment

Jacqueline Hill
Jacqueline Events & Design
[email protected]

Jacqueline Events & Design is a luxury boutique planning firm located in Dallas, Texas.

Mary Shah
Diamond Affairs
[email protected]

Wedding and Event Planning

Allison Speese
Diamond Affairs Weddings & Special Events, Inc
[email protected]

Wedding & Event Planning


Las Vegas

Cynthia Mathis (student member)
Hand In Hand Events
[email protected]

Alexis Pascual
Rolling in Dough Bakery
[email protected]
[email protected]

Custom cakes, pastries, dessert tables, guest favors, and giveaways

Sarah Smith
[email protected]

The inventive and daring entertainment that brings you the #1 Las Vegas hit show Absinthe at Caesars Palace and now Opium at The Cosmopolitan

Grace Smithers
RSVP Party Rentals
[email protected]

Party Rentals

Jehrome Thigpen
Craft Cocktail Catering
[email protected]

Craft Cocktail Catering is a luxury liquor catering service.

New Orleans

Lyle Luquette

Generations Hall
[email protected]

Generations Hall is a unique space for New Orleans and Destination Weddings. Our staff is dedicated to celebrating life events and the sharing of food and drink. Conveniently located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, Generations Hall can be configured to the needs and budget of any wedding Event.


Christie Osborne
Mountainside Media
[email protected]

Marketing services to wedding and event pros 


Jessica McQueary
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
[email protected]

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Southern California

Cynthia Alexander
Cynthia Alexander Events/An Enlightened Event
[email protected]

Event planning and design company based in Ventura/Santa Barbara.

Tiana Loyd
Fazeli Cellars
[email protected]

Fazeli Cellars' exquisite architecture featuring elegant towers, a double grand staircase, water fountains, and majestic Old World wooden double doors, all set against rolling hills and vineyard views provides the setting for the romantic wedding of your dreams.

Gloria McCune
McCune Photography
[email protected]

Wedding Photographer

Kari Mendez
City Market Social House
[email protected]

Contemporary Warehouse Event Space in DTLA

Spain (In Formation)

Josep Maria Gillue
[email protected]
0034 933 511 998

Dj services + audio & lighting



Sarah Baltz
Sparkle Photography
[email protected]

Illuminating the moment, elegant wedding photography.

Kale Fitch
Kale Fitch Films
[email protected]

Wedding and Event Videography


                                                  Chapter Events

                                                           Head over to our new WIPA.org/Blog for news and event features.

Member News 
Très L.A. Group welcomes Rob Pausmith - Managing Director, Megan Tupper - Production Manager, and Elise Prizzi - Venue and Production Coordinator to their team. Très L.A. Catering has just announced their exclusive catering partnership with Cielo Farms.
PartySlate CEO and Co-Founder, Julie Roth Novack, was featured in Inc. magazine as a top female founder in Chicago. PartySlate also continues its national expansion with the recent launch of PartySlate San Francisco at The Pearl on August 29 and the upcoming launch of PartySlate Palm Beach at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach on November 28.  
Rhonda Couchigian Founder Rayce PR and Marketing was named by BizBash Media as one of the 500 most influential people in Special Events.

Swissotel Chicago invites you to experience Chicago’s newest penthouse ballroom, Eleve. with breathtaking views of the skyline, Chicago River and Navy Pier. Book by March 31, 2019 to receive a complimentary lighting package, valued up to $2,000.
For more information contact Veronica Navarro at [email protected] or 312-268-8228

Coastal Catering partnered with the Newport Dunes and Chic Celebrations for last months' WIPA member Educational Lunch! We were honored to work alongside some very talented industry professionals in transforming this beautiful bay-side venue into a Wedding Oasis! Our menu featured fresh coastal flavors with some new twists on traditional Pacific Rim favorites by Executive Chef David Man and his talented team! If you did not have the pleasure of attending, please check out the album captured by Mccune Photography HERE. Use the password "newportdunes2018" for access.

Premiere Party Rents is featured on Carats & Cake for this beautiful Malibu Rocky Oaks Wedding. Premiere Party Rents is also highlighted on California Wedding Day for this dreamy Cielo Farms wedding
Good Gracious! Events is featured on California Wedding Day's "Haute List". Good Gracious! Events is also highlighted on The Celebration Society.
Luxe Linen was featured on Grace Ormonde for an Elegant Understated Wedding and their first Tabletop Thursdays feature. Ceremony Magazine featured Luxe Linen for Colors of Love Styled Shoot. Luxe Linen was also featured on The Every Last Detail for A Romantic Soft Blue Temecula Wedding.  
Premiere Wedding Music is proud to introduce our newly appointed managing director, Jennifer Hellewell.
Jennifer holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. As an active freelance musician, string specialist at the Nevada School of the Arts, and mother of two, Jennifer is passionate and ambitious. Specializing in account management, musician coordination, and internal communications, she is excited to help the growth of Premiere, and we are thrilled to have her join our team!

Sandy Hammer with AllSeated was named one of the Top 500 People in Events by BizBash.
Sandy was also recently selected to speak at The Special Event Show and Catersource Conference 2019.

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media was published on Catersource with her article entitled Designing Facebook Ads that Work. You can also find her over at Sage Wedding Pros discussing the importance of Algorithms.

Kevin Dennis with WeddingIQ was included in the Rising Tide Society’s Systems, Automation & Workflows Guide, and discussed balancing work personalities on the WeddingWire Pro Blog.

Wente Vineyards was featured in two Brides.com articles, 9 Best Chilled Red Wines for Your Wedding and 10 Best Wedding-Day Rosés, According to Sommeliers.

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events was featured on Wedding Wire talking about 2019 wedding registry trends.  Emily was also selected to speak at Catersource Conference 2019.

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting has been selected to speak at Catersource Conference 2019. She recently shared how to use headshots to redefine your brand on the WeddingWire Pro Blog and the importance of going above and beyond for your client on Special Events.

Rob Ferre of Life Of The Party will be speaking at the Planner's Xtraordinaire conference in Lake Como Italy on October 29th. 
He will also be speaking at Wedding MBA on November 7th and 8th. 
Sarkis Studios was recently featured in Voyage LA for inspiring stories in Los Angeles.  
Preoccupied Bride was featured in Wedding Planner Magazine for their most important lesson learned at their first planned destination event. 
Alan Katz of www.GreatOfficiants.com Is excited to be the featured speaker at this year’s Wedding MBA in Las Vegas. 
He will be doing two presentations. One for the officiant’s break out and one for general sessions. Both of them have to do with reviews that are more specific for each presentation. Here is the listings of what he will be doing. 
Stella Plantation is hosting the third annual Fall Fest Event, previously known as “Pumpkin Patch”, for three weekends this year: October 14th, 21st, and November 4th. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite and include a free pumpkin per guest. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of activities such as hayrides, bouncy houses, corn cob cannons, face painting, food, and much more. Check out the Stella Plantation website page for more details.

Upcoming Chapter Events              


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Southern Florida 
Louisville, Kentucky
Spokane and Eastern Washington State 


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