New Members – September 2021

WIPA is pleased to welcome our newest members for September 2021. Our mission is to provide industry leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. Our founding board worked with a diverse group of WIPA members to develop the professional conduct and code of ethics to achieve the highest standards of excellence. Please join us in welcoming the following members.

ATLANTA

Karin Holben
The Wimbish House
www.thewimbishhouse.com
404.275.1894
The Wimbish House/Event Venue 

Ciara Johsnon
Swan Coach House
www.swancoachhouse.com/
678.591.7016
Swan Coach House 

CHICAGO

Laura Reitsma
Fierce Productions
www.fierce-productions.com
305.302.5346
Our mission is to create inclusive, unforgettable, out of this world experiences, and events for bold individuals and businesses who are looking for non-traditional celebrations. We give back to LGBTQ+ and theater organizations in our community and we strive to give performers in our community a platform to create.

Qiana Turner
Madison Elyse Events
www.madisonelyseevents.com
Madison Elyse Events is a boutique firm that specializes in planning and execution of luxurious weddings and posh social events. We are experts in creating luxury experiences in the form of excellent client service . Our award-winning planning team prides ourselves on building strong, harmonious relationships with our clients along with memories that last a lifetime!

Zainab Zafar
Maha Studios, Inc.
www.mahastudiosinc.com
630.915.9781
Boutique Wedding Photo and Film Studio speciaizing in multicultural and south Asian weddings

DALLAS

Katelyn Cooper
Wandering Events DFW
www.wanderingeventsdfw.com
Wandering Events is a Dallas based wedding and event planning + design company.

Kelsey Parker
Wandering Events DFW
www.wanderingeventsdfw.com
979.324.2308
Wandering Events is a Dallas based wedding and event planning + design company.

Abby Rodriguez
Warwick Melrose Dallas Hotel
https://www.warwickhotels.com/warwick-melrose-dallas
214.224.3153
Nearly a century of Texas tradition radiates throughout the Warwick Melrose Dallas hotel, a landmark of luxury in the upscale Uptown Oak Lawn neighbourhood and one of the most famous hotels in Dallas. Our historic boutique hotel near Turtle Creek continues to live a rich and fascinating life steeped in local culture and heritage. Built in 1924 and designed by American architect C.D. Hill in the classic Sullivanesque style, the hotel is perfectly located for business and leisure activities including the State Fair of Texas, Highland Park Village, museums and a myriad of dining options within close proximity to Southern Methodist University. From the vintage opulence of The Library piano bar to memories created in the Grand Ballroom, the impeccable Warwick service calls to mind an era when travel truly meant something special.

GRAND CIRCLE (FOUR CORNERS AREA)

Nathan Watchman
Firefly Entertainment LLC
www.fireflyentertainmentgj.com
970.210.8866
Wedding DJ and Photobooth Services

Ireland

Darragh O’Dea
Darragh O’Dea
www.darraghodea.com
353872903398
Darragh O’Dea is Irelands premier wedding DJ with a strong emhpasis on full night wedding entertainment.

LAS VEGAS

Jessica Ruddy
Modern-Vintage Rentals
www.modern-vintagerentals.com
702.480.3406
Modern-Vintage Rentals is a specialty rental company in Las Vegas with a carefully curated collection of vintage and modern furniture, tableware, photo props and decor for weddings & all special occasions. A boutique experience with personalized one-on-one service from inception, to design and styling, to delivery and setup.

NEW ORLEANS & Gulf South

Kristi Brocato
The Basketry
www.thebasketry.com
504.309.7935
The Basketry creates custom gifts in all budgets for the wedding industry as thank you gifts, for brides to give their out of town guests, and New Orleans inspired gifts for all occasions.  After servicing the Nola community for over 26 years, we pride ourselves on same-day hand delivery and excellent customer service.  You can easily order by shopping online, calling or texting from the website or DM through Instagram.

Chad Clements
Dat Band
DatBand.com
504.872.3925
Dat Band is all about providing unforgettable live band experiences with customizable band sizes, playing a huge variety of music to appeal to the widest audience possible, all through an interactive approach! We’re also a one-stop-shop for weddings offering ceremony music, cocktail hour music, second line music & parade planning, and reception music.

NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Jessie Barksdale
Jessie Barksdale Photography
www.jessiebarksdale.com
334.201.1756
Fine art film destination wedding photographer creating beautiful imagery for couples across the globe. Dual based in the Southeast and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ash Darby
Ash Simmons Photography
ashsimmons.com
214.620.8177
Destination Wedding Photographer

Megan Pettus
Megan Pettus Films
www.meganpettus.com
205.807.6653
Wedding, Editorial Filmmaker/Videographer

SEATTLE

Olivia Sposari
Sparkman Cellars
425.445.9846 

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA

Tia Azzara
Constellation Culinary Group
www.constellationculinary.com/
786.774.9421
Constellation Culinary Group

Kerry Beach
The Eleven Band
www.theelevenband.com
917.584.4555
Entertainment Talent and Production

Annie Lee
Daughter of Design
www.daughterofdesign.com
646.595.9009
“Banquet” is a dirty word to these stylish planners who cater to the discerning bride and draw inspiration from fashion, interior design, and the arts. Focused on understated elegance, Daughter of Design is considered the designer boutique hotel of wedding planners recognized for its contemporary and downtown approach to classic wedding traditions.  Listed in Harper Bazaar’s Top Planners of the World, the top 20 industry MVP’s by The Knot, as well as their “Best of Weddings” and “The Knot Wed 100,” Daughter of Design has also been handpicked as one of the top luxury planners in NYC, LA, and South Florida by Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book and as a “Top Planner” by Martha Stewart Weddings. Daughter of Design planned the 1st New Year’s Eve wedding in Times Square, 14 Valentine’s Day weddings atop the Empire State Building, and the 2012 Fall Knot Gala.

Angelica Lenox
Sweet Guilt
www.sweetguilt.com
954.459.0228
A boutique dessert atelier that specializes in customized designer cakes, couture inspired cupcakes, French macarons, Glam Cakes in a Jar, unique tarts and luxe dessert tables.

Matthew MacPherson
Frost Florida
www.frostflorida.com
954.281.3091
A company who offers attention to detail and personalized customer service of a boutique agency while providing access to the unparalleled creative talent and state of the art gear expected from a larger company.

David Ramos
Frost Florida
www.frostflorida.com
954.281.3091
Frost Florida

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Benny Chiu
BYC Photography
www.bycphotography.com
909.274.9171
Award Winning Modern Editorial Wedding Photographer

Kaci VanderHoek
Kaci Lou Photography
https://kacilou.com
801.854.8562
Wedding photographer for glamorous outdoor weddings.

UTAH

Rev. Christopher Scuderi
Universal Heart Ministry
www.UniversalHeartMinistry.com
801.577.0542
Rev. Christopher T. Scuderi of Universal Heart Ministry is a professional full time, full service, non-denominational Minister providing service to ALL, without exception since 2011. When it comes to weddings, he is an extremely versatile, seasoned pro, providing a genuinely custom experience tailored specifically to the couples’ thoughts, ideas and beliefs (religious, non-religious, lightly or uniquely spiritual) for a beautiful and truly memorable wedding ceremony. Not your ‘typical’ officiant, he will actually dress in costume for themed weddings, he is always ready and willing to do extreme weddings and he travels literally anywhere in the world – out of state and out of country too for destination weddings! To date, he has performed over 1,470 wedding ceremonies and is ranked #1 for ALL of Utah’s wedding industry and in Top 5 nationwide by WeddingWire for highest and most consistently highest reviews for nearly a decade.

Alexandra Laux
The Basketry

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