Member News – August 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.

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media made several in-print appearances in the Special Events + Catersource Magazine’s Show Issue Summer 2021. Christie also reveals ‘How to Use Analytics to Optimize Your Messaging’ on Timeline Genius and the ‘5 Fixes to Weak Marketing ROI for Photographers’ on Rangefinder.

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting discusses ‘The Power of Automating Your Workflows to Achieve Operational Success’ on Allseated.

Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events sat down and spoke with Marketing with GT Podcast on how to ‘Grow and Market Your Business by Embracing Competitors.’

Michelle Loretta of Be Sage Consulting is showcased inside the Special Events + Catersource Magazine’s Show Issue Summer 2021. Michelle also makes an appearance on Tea with Jainé Podcast to discuss ‘Navigating Pricing During A Difficult Year.’ She also was featured with ‘Tests the Success of a New Revenue Stream’ on Special Events.

Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events gets ‘Candid About the Emotional Cost of Wedding Planning’ on Timeline Genius and also speaks to ‘Understanding the Emotional Side of Weddings’ on Special Events.

Elizabeth Sheils of Rock Paper Coin breaks down for Allseated ‘The Myths Behind Event Tech.’ She also shares ‘4 Crucial Email Management Tips for Florists’ on Team Flower.

Dixie Bagley of The Farm contributes her expertise to Special Events several times over the last month on topics ranging from ‘What No One Tells You About Starting and Maintaining a Venue’ to ‘Diversifying 101: How to Successfully Expand Without Spreading Yourself Too Thin.’ She also gives NACE ‘Internal Housekeeping Tips and Tricks For Busy Event Pros.’

Meghan Ely of  OFD Consulting rounded up experts for her article to share tips on how to ‘Manage an Influx of Events’ on Special Events and ‘Tips for Being Eco-Conscious Now That Large Weddings are Returning’ on Wedding Chicks. Meghan made an appearance on Marketing with GT’s Podcast and shed light on how ‘PR and Marketing are NOT the same’ but should be on the same team. She also addressed ‘How to Submit Your Floral Design Work for Feature: Do’s and Don’ts’ on Team Flower.

Sara Kovel, Owner of Sara Kovel Events, was recently featured by CNN. Your guide to hosting the ultimate Olympics Party

Ideaction welcomed their 5th full-time copywriter to the team in preparation for the busy fall season. Also, Sam Jacobson was interviewed about pricing on Russ Collin’s “Cash Flow for Wedding Pros” podcast.

Rachel Dalton was awarded the “Global Wedding Award” for Best Celebrity Talent Producer of 2021 by LuxLife Magazine.

Rachel Dalton was also featured in “Guest of a Guest” as the “go to” celebrity talent producer for industry pros. The article discusses how after year of Zoom weddings, real-life lavish weddings are officially back!

Tanya Pushkine aka The Vow Whisperer was featured on Talk with Renee Dalo HERE…, as well as in BRIDES discussing vows for LGBTQ+ HERE…She was also written about in ELLE UK HERE….Tanya led the vow renewal ceremony and coached the vows for My Big Fake Wedding New York HERE…

Kirsten Palladino, owner of Equally Wed Pro and creator of the industry-changing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification Course, was recently featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in an article titled, “Courses, certifications keep entrepreneurs sharp and successful.” All WIPA members receive 30% off the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification Course through the end of 2021 by applying code WIPA30EWP at checkout at

Donna and Gary Urban, owners of the 4U Ranch just outside of Park City, Utah,  were honored to host a WIPA Utah event at the Ranch on July 7th. It was wonderful to see Utah industry friends, old and new! After such a long time of not being able to socialize together, the evening was a great reunion and celebration.  Cocktails on the riverside and dinner indoors were created by the fabulous team of Culinary Crafts, along with a list of other WIPA member vendors who pulled out the stops to help make this a successful event. The guests were fortunate to hear the guest speaker, Kaleigh Wiese, give a very informative talk on branding. The evening concluded with a band and much catching up and enthusiasm for the season ahead!

Alan Katz of Great Officiants will be a Featured Speaker at the Virtual NACE Conference on August 11th. He will be talking about his favorite topic How to Get 5 Star Reviews. Alan was also just cast is a Major Network Game Show (can’t say the name yet) to be seen in the fall. Alans So Cal Beach Weddings Division broke their all-time record doing 5 beach wedding set ups on the same beach on the same day.

Bobbi Brinkman, Owner of Bobbi Brinkman Photography, Motivational Speaker, Coach + Educator  recently participated as Speaker/Educator at Elevate a 4 Day workshop held in Columbus GA. She was also honored to be an Ambassador for Catersource/TSE Convention held in Miami.

Orion Entertainment was recently named Seattle’s Best Virtual Event Entertainment for 2021 by ILEA Seattle. We were nominated for our virtual prom experience during the pandemic – we teamed up with Snapbar and Tagboard to create custom immersive virtual event experiences for clients.

Tiffany Rose Goodyear, Founder + CEO of Scentex, will be a featured speaker for Bizbash Live! in Tampa this month. Her talk titled The Missing Element: Elevate guest experience with the power of scentexplores the importance of including olfaction when planning events. Scentex specializes in curating and orchestrating custom fragrance for weddings and events.

Friar Tux is still swooning over the Fall/Winter 2021 edition of California Wedding Day, featuring several of their fashion-forward suits and tuxedos that will take couples and wedding parties from the altar to the dance floor! Did someone say caramel? Friar Tux’s dreamy caramel suit was featured in this stunning boho backdrop in Will and Merced’s special day, brought to you by Golden Hour Events. Planning a wedding in Las Vegas or plan to attend an event as a best dressed guest? Visit Friar Tux Las Vegas to connect with an expert stylist today. Friar Tux has everyone covered through stores in Las Vegas and Southern California or online at and Remember to join the Friar Tux Preferred Vendor Program and the Stitch & Tie Wedding Industry Professionals Program to pass along suit and tuxedo savings to your couples.


With its grand Earl of Thomond fine dining restaurant, its extravagant afternoon tea, its golf clubhouse, and its Irish gastropub, Dromoland Castle offers guests the best of Irish cuisine created with fresh, local ingredients. Now, overseeing the entire food and beverage programme is Xavier Perche, who brings extensive hospitality experience to Clare’s famous five-star castle hotel.  – Welcome To The Team, Xavier | Dromoland Castle


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