If planning weddings for a living is your dream, you’re right where you’re meant to be.

About the Team

A family of wedding pros
A space to learn & grow
A supportive community

Everyone in the Wedding Academy family has started out where you are right now, at the beginning. We understand the very real fear of failure and not having the confidence to get started. But all that changes when you have the knowledge.

With knowledge comes confidence and with confidence comes self-belief. Put all that together and you have something very powerful. We give you all the tools you need to succeed and banish the overwhelm. We’re here to support you, cheer you on and catch you if you fall.

Best team ever! #dreamteam

Meet
the team

Kylie Carlson

CEO

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Zoe McKeown

Mentor

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Christine Ligthart

Mentor

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Bonita Carr

Mentor

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Lisa Macale

Mentor

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Martha Tobyn

Mentor

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Our Wedding Industry Experts

The Advisory Board

We’ve collaborated with the top industry thought leaders from around the world for the Wedding Academy Advisory Board. Members provide guidance for our students and are instrumental in giving our students a practical look at the industry by providing a variety of work experience opportunities. They also give input into the Wedding Business Magazine and our International Wedding Trend Report.

Course Contributors

Learn from the best in the industry. Each one a renowned expert in their respective field.!

If planning weddings for a living is your dream, you’re right where you’re meant to be.

About the Team

A family of wedding pros
A space to learn & grow
A supportive community

Everyone in the Wedding Academy family has started out where you are right now, at the beginning. We understand the very real fear of failure and not having the confidence to get started. But all that changes when you have the knowledge.

With knowledge comes confidence and with confidence comes self-belief. Put all that together and you have something very powerful. We give you all the tools you need to succeed and banish the overwhelm. We’re here to support you, cheer you on and catch you if you fall.

Best team ever! #dreamteam

Meet the team

I’m Kylie and…
the truth is I was never going to settle for a 9-5 job. I was always going to be in business for myself and it was really just a question of what I would do and when I would do it.

As a little girl my favourite thing to do was to dress up my dolls and play weddings. Their honeymoon was always somewhere different so I could pretend to be in a different country. By lunchtime I’d usually had 3 weddings. Fast forward a few decades and I’ve married twice, lived on three continents and in five different countries.

A born and bred Essex girl I spent the first 15 years of my life playing the violin and piano and I didn’t immediately have the makings of a wedding ceo. However, music gave me more life lessons than school ever did. It taught me discipline, focus, commitment, and an ability to apply myself and work hard. It also brought out my competitive streak and a determination to never give up, ever.

When I left school I followed my heart and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, which was all I had ever dreamed of, but when it came time to graduate and think about what was next in my life for some reason music wasn’t top of the list. There was a hunger inside me to try something new and see what else was out there. Other people took a year off to find themselves so why shouldn’t I?

That year turned into a lifetime and I never went back to a career in music. What I did do though was discover a passion for weddings and business. By the age of 22 I was running my first company, or should I say it was running me. It wasn’t the easiest road as there weren’t any courses, eBooks or YouTube videos to show you the way you had to be prepared to sink or swim. Social media didn’t exist, you didn’t just ‘Google it’ and advertising was only for the corporate giants unless you counted Yellow Pages. But I loved it and it ignited a fire in me.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though, not by any stretch of the imagination. I made a tonne of mistakes, nearly bankrupted myself and learnt very early on to never, ever, ever, ignore my gut instinct because when I did it spelt trouble. Would I change any of it? Of course I wouldn’t.

Today, I live in rural France with my husband Richard and my Border Collie Lottie running the Wedding Academy doing what I love. It’s been quite a journey

I have just celebrated 10 years of my wedding planning business and looking forward to 10 more. It has flown by and I attribute that to the lifestyle it has given me and the fact that it does not feel like work.

A decade ago my life was very different, I was a secondary school teacher working long hours and having no freedom in my job. So rather than doing it till I retired I thought I should follow my heart and started setting up my own wedding planning business, so I have been where you are and remember it well.

I loved planning my own wedding (secret – not everybody does you know) and felt that I had more skills to offer and wanted to explore a new path. Might have been the hormones as I was on maternity leave with my third daughter, but whatever spurred me on I have never regretted it.

A short while into that journey I started working with the academy mentoring students alongside planning weddings and I have done the 2 side by side ever since. I am very lucky to have found a career that combines my 2 strengths and passions – teaching and weddings. Although I am not a great believer in luck, it was not an accident that this happened I take full responsibility for it and love sharing what I have learnt along the way with fellow wedding business enthusiasts.

Hi there. I’m Christine – it’s nice to E-meet you.
Around the Wedding Academy I’m known as the girl who has been here the longest (apart from our CEO Kylie Carlson of course).

I joined forces with Kylie over 10 years ago in Australia, when she was just starting to build her big dream . Over those 10 years, I have absolutely loved being part of the Academy’s growth and success – we’re global now!!

At various times my roles have included Business Development, Marketing and writing copy for our websites, social media and marketing materials.

But, I can honestly say that what is even more cool, is that day by day, in my role as a Mentor & Course Advisor and ‘offerer’ of work and work experience, I have helped 1000’s of wedding lovers like you, take action on their big dreams. When I see the name of someone I helped pop up on Instagram, I do a happy dance (benefit of working at home without anyone watching)!

But don’t just take my word for how excited I am about helping people like you become people like me (Wedding Planners);

“Anyone working with Christine will get someone who is not only passionate but honest and hard working.” Kylie Carlson

If you’ve got big dreams to crush in the wedding industry, you’re the slice of orange in my Gin. As you might expect: I’m completely obsessed with what I do (and with Gin).

Mentor

Mentor

If I were a wedding I would be a multicultural destination wedding. Why? I have had the privilege of living in various places with some amazing friends who have all invited me to their weddings in some far flung places. Destination weddings satisfies my wanderlust and helps me connect with people who I enjoy spending time with and celebrating a special occasion in exotic locations.

I came into the wedding industry via my background in marketing and media sales and honestly I have never looked back. Moving from a bridal media owner selling advertising space on their website to joining the Wedding Academy and helping the next generation of wedding planners join our fantastic industry has been amazing. It’s been great to be a part of the wedding industry in Dubai, the community has grown and I have had the privilege of attending various conferences in and around the GCC and Europe as well as speaking and organising industry events and parties together with industry associations such as ILEA (International Live Events Association)

I love helping to connect people who go on to create amazing things together. It’s not about growing the industry for me but about helping people realize their full potential to live their dreams and become successful wedding business entrepreneurs.

Course Advisor

Course Advisor

I’m Lisa,

I grew up in a small city in New Zealand called Nelson. I moved to Brisbane in 2008 and spent most of my 20’s perusing various careers trying to find just the think that I felt passionate about.

I knew from an early age that I was always going to start my own business one day. That was always my goal, I dreamed of having a career that supported my work life balance and allowed me to work flexible hours from home.

After moving to Australia I spent years studying everything from Business Management, Human Resources and Accounting. I worked in various corporate positions and never really felt satisfied with trying to climb the corporate ladder.

Everything changed for me in 2011 after I got engaged. I absolutely (like a lot of us!) fell in love with everything weddings! I felt like I had found something that I needed to pursue as a career. The whole wedding planning process brought me so much enjoyment. As a naturally organised person I knew my previous experience and skills would align perfectly with the change in career.

I signed up for a course with The Wedding Academy a few months before I got married in 2012. I knew straight away that I was on the right path. The months I spent completing the course and putting together a business plan for my own wedding planning business brought me so much fulfilment.

By the age of 24 I had my own business in Brisbane specialising in Wedding Styling and Planning. My business went on to achieve every goal I set for it, even the ones I felt that were never going to be achievable. I poured my heart and soul (as well as finances!) into growing my little business and I feel so proud of everything I achieved during the 4 years I owned it. Of course I made mistakes along the way and often spent way too much money on unnecessary things but I learnt so many valuable lessons that have allowed me now to go on to start other businesses in the industry.

After selling my business and having my son Lincoln, I moved back to New Zealand in 2018. I have worked for the Wedding Academy for over 4 years now and have really enjoyed sharing my experiences with other students as they work towards starting their own businesses in this exciting industry! I also currently own a Social Media Management business called Socialised, where I look after a variety of clients predominately across the Wedding and Events Industry.

Brand Manager

Brand Manager

Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of a career in the Fashion Industry. When I was 7 I even tried to make my own version of a Disney Princess gown! So it’s no surprise at 19 I left my hometown in rural England for the fashion hub of London.

After 4 years at art school and another 4 working my way up in the world of fashion I realised there was a huge disconnect with my girlhood dreams and the reality of my career. I was succeeding in my industry but I wasn’t happy or fulfilled.

In my late 20’s I was hit by the realisation that I didn’t really want to work for other people anymore. I wanted to be my own boss and reap the rewards of my hard work.

So the big question for me was, what can I apply my skills to that will allow me to be creative and be my own boss?

At the start of my fashion career I’d worked for a couture bridal studio. I knew it was a lucrative industry so it got me thinking…what wedding industry jobs could I do?

As soon as a google search led me to the Wedding Academy website and I discovered that wedding planning and styling was a viable career, I was hooked!

Just over 3 years later and a year into my business I’ve got nearly 15 weddings under my belt and I couldn’t be happier! I love running my own business and working with couples to plan and produce the wedding of their dreams.

I feel incredibly lucky that a few months into my course I landed a much sought after role assisting Kylie as part of the Wedding Academy team.

I’ve learned so much on my journey with the Wedding Academy, both as a student and a team member. I manage a lot of the design and social media for the Academy alongside running my business.

I also love to be able to connect with both current and prospective students, sharing my own experience of the course and launching my own business. Expect to see my on the Wedding Academy Facebook page sharing my wedding business insights and advice as I navigate this wonderful career journey.

Kylie Carlson

CEO

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Zoe McKeown

Mentor

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Christine Ligthart

Mentor

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Bonita Carr

Mentor

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Lisa Macale

Mentor

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Martha Tobyn

Mentor

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Our Wedding Industry Experts

The Advisory Board

We’ve collaborated with the top industry thought leaders from around the world for the Wedding Academy Advisory Board. Members provide guidance for our students and are instrumental in giving our students a practical look at the industry by providing a variety of work experience opportunities. They also give input into the Wedding Business Magazine and our International Wedding Trend Report.

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Michelle Kelly

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Bruce Russell

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Jane Riddell

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Brenda Cadman

Website Expert for Creatives

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Christie Osborne

Wedding Marketing Guru

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Meghan Ely

Wedding PR Consultant

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Rachel Sheerin

International Speaker & Sales Trainer

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Wedding Florist & Trainer

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Bonita
Carr

North America Wedding Academy

Mentor

I came into the wedding industry via my background in marketing and media sales and honestly I have never looked back. Moving from a bridal media owner selling advertising space on their website to joining the Wedding Academy and helping the next generation of wedding planners join our fantastic industry has been amazing. It’s been great to be a part of the wedding industry in Dubai, the community has grown and I have had the privilege of attending various conferences in and around the GCC and Europe as well as speaking and organising industry events and parties together with industry associations such as ILEA (International Live Events Association). I love helping to connect people who go on to create amazing things together. It’s not about growing the industry for me but about helping people realize their full potential to live their dreams and become successful wedding business entrepreneurs.

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Aleisha
McCormack

Bridechilla

Founder

Aleisha McCormack is a comedian, TV producer and author. She is the founder and host of The Bridechilla Podcast and author of The Bridechilla Guides. Bridechilla inspires and supports couples to plan their wedding without losing their sanity. Having now produced over 300 episodes of hit podcast and built a community of free‑thinking Bridechillas from all over the world, Aleisha is delighted and surprised that what she started has become a movement. With the launch of The Bridechilla Guides in 2018, Aleisha is excited to see the brand and movement grow.

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Zainab
Alsalih

Carousel Events FZ LLC

Founder

Gifted with a natural sense of grace, and a passion for creating and celebrating beauty all around her, Zainab is the founder and creative force behind the Dubai based luxury weddings boutique, Carousel. One of the most respected authorities in the Middle East on all things related to weddings, Zainab has been covered and quoted in numerous regional and international programs and publications, in various languages, on radio & television, in print, and online. She is also recognized as one of Dubai’s leading female entrepreneurs. Through Zainab’s vision and her passion, through her love of people and her compassion, and through her attention to detail and personal grace, Carousel has become one of the most highly sought‑after luxury wedding design and planning agencies in the Middle East, and a true inspiration for Middle Eastern women of her generation, and the generations that follow.

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Brittny
Drye

Love Inc.

Founder & Editor‑in‑Chief

As a lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, Brittny decided to marry her two passions and create a content site where all couples—gay, straight and lesbian—can be equally represented, and in 2013 Love Inc. was born. Since launching, Brittny has become a leader in the equality‑minded wedding space and has been featured in the New York Times, OUT Magazine, The Advocate, NY Daily News, Refinery29, The Knot and more for her work and expertise. She has also spoken at high‑profile events such as WedTech, Hawaii Global Tourism Summit and NACE DC.

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Bruce
Russell

Weddings Experiences Destinations

Owner & Managing Director

Bruce Russell designs world‑class weddings and events – from multi‑day destination celebrations to more intimate occasions. His innovative creativity, passion and flair, coupled with a keen eye for detail and bespoke touches, sees him curate unforgettable experiences which are enjoyed by an ever‑expanding global portfolio of prestigious and discerning clients. His experience is hospitality, and includes tenures at The Plaza, New York and at London’s Savoy Hotel. Whether it’s a lavish wedding abroad, or a private party at home, you can rest assured that Bruce’s professionalism, strategic counsel and passion for perfection ensure that he delivers six‑star, unique experiences every time.

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Kylie
Carlson

Wedding Academy Global

CEO

I’m Kylie and…
the truth is I was never going to settle for a 9-5 job. I was always going to be in business for myself and it was really just a question of what I would do and when I would do it.
As a little girl my favourite thing to do was to dress up my dolls and play weddings. Their honeymoon was always somewhere different so I could pretend to be in a different country. By lunchtime I’d usually had 3 weddings. Fast forward a few decades and I’ve married twice, lived on three continents and in five different countries.
A born and bred Essex girl I spent the first 15 years of my life playing the violin and piano and I didn’t immediately have the makings of a wedding ceo. However, music gave me more life lessons than school ever did. It taught me discipline, focus, commitment, and an ability to apply myself and work hard. It also brought out my competitive streak and a determination to never give up, ever.
When I left school I followed my heart and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, which was all I had ever dreamed of, but when it came time to graduate and think about what was next in my life for some reason music wasn’t top of the list. There was a hunger inside me to try something new and see what else was out there. Other people took a year off to find themselves so why shouldn’t I?
That year turned into a lifetime and I never went back to a career in music. What I did do though was discover a passion for weddings and business. By the age of 22 I was running my first company, or should I say it was running me. It wasn’t the easiest road as there weren’t any courses, eBooks or YouTube videos to show you the way you had to be prepared to sink or swim. Social media didn’t exist, you didn’t just ‘Google it’ and advertising was only for the corporate giants unless you counted Yellow Pages. But I loved it and it ignited a fire in me.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though, not by any stretch of the imagination. I made a tonne of mistakes, nearly bankrupted myself and learnt very early on to never, ever, ever, ignore my gut instinct because when I did it spelt trouble. Would I change any of it? Of course I wouldn’t.
Today, I live in rural France with my husband Richard and my Border Collie Lottie running the Wedding Academy doing what I love. It’s been quite a journey

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Zoe
McKeown

Wedding Academy Global

Mentor

I have just celebrated 10 years of my wedding planning business and looking forward to 10 more. It has flown by and I attribute that to the lifestyle it has given me and the fact that it does not feel like work.
A decade ago my life was very different, I was a secondary school teacher working long hours and having no freedom in my job. So rather than doing it till I retired I thought I should follow my heart and started setting up my own wedding planning business, so I have been where you are and remember it well.
I loved planning my own wedding (secret – not everybody does you know) and felt that I had more skills to offer and wanted to explore a new path. Might have been the hormones as I was on maternity leave with my third daughter, but whatever spurred me on I have never regretted it.
A short while into that journey I started working with the academy mentoring students alongside planning weddings and I have done the 2 side by side ever since. I am very lucky to have found a career that combines my 2 strengths and passions – teaching and weddings. Although I am not a great believer in luck, it was not an accident that this happened I take full responsibility for it and love sharing what I have learnt along the way with fellow wedding business enthusiasts.

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Christine
Ligthart

Wedding Academy Global

Mentor

Hi there. I’m Christine – it’s nice to E-meet you.
Around the Wedding Academy I’m known as the girl who has been here the longest (apart from our CEO Kylie Carlson of course).
I joined forces with Kylie over 10 years ago in Australia, when she was just starting to build her big dream . Over those 10 years, I have absolutely loved being part of the Academy’s growth and success – we’re global now!!
At various times my roles have included Business Development, Marketing and writing copy for our websites, social media and marketing materials.
But, I can honestly say that what is even more cool, is that day by day, in my role as a Mentor & Course Advisor and ‘offerer’ of work and work experience, I have helped 1000’s of wedding lovers like you, take action on their big dreams. When I see the name of someone I helped pop up on Instagram, I do a happy dance (benefit of working at home without anyone watching)!
But don’t just take my word for how excited I am about helping people like you become people like me (Wedding Planners);
“Anyone working with Christine will get someone who is not only passionate but honest and hard working.” Kylie Carlson
If you’ve got big dreams to crush in the wedding industry, you’re the slice of orange in my Gin. As you might expect: I’m completely obsessed with what I do (and with Gin).

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Lisa
Macale

Wedding Academy Global

Course Advisor

I’m Lisa,
I grew up in a small city in New Zealand called Nelson. I moved to Brisbane in 2008 and spent most of my 20’s perusing various careers trying to find just the think that I felt passionate about.
I knew from an early age that I was always going to start my own business one day. That was always my goal, I dreamed of having a career that supported my work life balance and allowed me to work flexible hours from home.
After moving to Australia I spent years studying everything from Business Management, Human Resources and Accounting. I worked in various corporate positions and never really felt satisfied with trying to climb the corporate ladder.
Everything changed for me in 2011 after I got engaged. I absolutely (like a lot of us!) fell in love with everything weddings! I felt like I had found something that I needed to pursue as a career. The whole wedding planning process brought me so much enjoyment. As a naturally organised person I knew my previous experience and skills would align perfectly with the change in career.
I signed up for a course with The Wedding Academy a few months before I got married in 2012. I knew straight away that I was on the right path. The months I spent completing the course and putting together a business plan for my own wedding planning business brought me so much fulfilment.
By the age of 24 I had my own business in Brisbane specialising in Wedding Styling and Planning. My business went on to achieve every goal I set for it, even the ones I felt that were never going to be achievable. I poured my heart and soul (as well as finances!) into growing my little business and I feel so proud of everything I achieved during the 4 years I owned it. Of course I made mistakes along the way and often spent way too much money on unnecessary things but I learnt so many valuable lessons that have allowed me now to go on to start other businesses in the industry.
After selling my business and having my son Lincoln, I moved back to New Zealand in 2018. I have worked for the Wedding Academy for over 4 years now and have really enjoyed sharing my experiences with other students as they work towards starting their own businesses in this exciting industry! I also currently own a Social Media Management business called Socialised, where I look after a variety of clients predominately across the Wedding and Events Industry.

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Martha
Tobyn

Wedding Academy Global

Brand Manager

Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of a career in the Fashion Industry. When I was 7 I even tried to make my own version of a Disney Princess gown! So it’s no surprise at 19 I left my hometown in rural England for the fashion hub of London.
After 4 years at art school and another 4 working my way up in the world of fashion I realised there was a huge disconnect with my girlhood dreams and the reality of my career. I was succeeding in my industry but I wasn’t happy or fulfilled.
In my late 20’s I was hit by the realisation that I didn’t really want to work for other people anymore. I wanted to be my own boss and reap the rewards of my hard work.
So the big question for me was, what can I apply my skills to that will allow me to be creative and be my own boss?
At the start of my fashion career I’d worked for a couture bridal studio. I knew it was a lucrative industry so it got me thinking…what wedding industry jobs could I do?
As soon as a google search led me to the Wedding Academy website and I discovered that wedding planning and styling was a viable career, I was hooked!
Just over 3 years later and a year into my business I’ve got nearly 15 weddings under my belt and I couldn’t be happier! I love running my own business and working with couples to plan and produce the wedding of their dreams.
I feel incredibly lucky that a few months into my course I landed a much sought after role assisting Kylie as part of the Wedding Academy team.
I’ve learned so much on my journey with the Wedding Academy, both as a student and a team member. I manage a lot of the design and social media for the Academy alongside running my business.
I also love to be able to connect with both current and prospective students, sharing my own experience of the course and launching my own business. Expect to see my on the Wedding Academy Facebook page sharing my wedding business insights and advice as I navigate this wonderful career journey.

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Cathrin
D’Entremont

Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings

Event producers / stylist

Cathrin was born and raised in Berlin German and has created events throughout the world. Having lived in many different countries she has been fortunate enough to experience the vast differences in cultures, which is now an asset in her creating weddings for her clients from many different backgrounds.
Her exceptional organisational skills allow her clients to relax and trust with confidence that she is fully committed to the execution of a flawless event. Cathrin’s work has been featured around the world.
Established in 2005, Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings is a full service wedding planning and styling company in Perth Australia.

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Ceci
Johnson

Ceci New York

Founder CEO & Creative Director

A force in the design world, Ceci Johnson is an influential and highly regarded entrepreneur, artist, editor, and loving wife and mother. She is renowned for her creative talents, always pushing the envelope in business and design, as well as with her own fashion-forward style and sophisticated brand aesthetic. Dedicated to a lifetime pursuit of living glamorously through design, Ceci has built a powerhouse atelier and transformed the art of inviting and branding. Ceci Johnson is a highly sought-after speaker on branding, design and entrepreneurship for women in business, designers, wedding industry professionals and numerous companies around the world from Goldman Saks to Adobe Software and luxury symposiums from Moscow to Paris. She is passionate about mentoring and consulting with other entrepreneurs as the first step in changing the path they’re on and transforming their strategy, branding and design for the better.

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Chloe
Atlan

Aava Wedding

Founder & Director

Well‑known for her knowledge and expertise, Chloé Atlan brings 18 years of experience to her company, Aava. She specialises in organising luxury events, with most of her clients coming from the UAE, UK & USA.
After graduating with a bachelor’s Degree in communication from the Nice University, Chloé interned for a well‑ renowned events company, based in Monaco, going on to be the company’s youngest Marketing Director. In 2002, she decided to start her own company with her mother Carole Sebban, co‑founding the very first wedding planning company in France.
The founding of the company in 2002 coincided with the date of her own wedding, which while being a challenge, gave her a unique insight in to bridal expectations as well as the anxieties that naturally arise before the big day.
16 years later, and mother of 3 children, Chloé is an expert in creating beautiful celebrations that reflect the individuals’ involved, where no detail is too small, and no task too big. The overarching theme of each event she creates is elegance, sophistication and exclusivity.

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Jessie
Westwood

Studio Sorores

Director

Having achieved a second class honours in Law at City University in London, Jessie spent three years in the West End working in professional publishing before moving on to a PR and creative agency, progressing extremely quickly in both roles to Commissioning Editor and Senior Account Manager respectively. Jessie has been able to combine her skills in managing large teams and big budgets with tough deadlines and time pressures, in order to bring both a calm and professional approach to the organisation and practical elements of event planning; whilst also being renowned in the industry for flawlessly combining this with beautiful event design and styling. 
 
Jessie has planned, designed and styled well over one hundred wedding celebrations across different cultures and destinations, as well as collaborating with numerous entrepreneurs, brands and new businesses – we are perfectly positioned with all the
experience to help you create a truly exceptional event, no matter what your priorities are, ensuring that you have the very best suppliers, all co-ordinated together perfectly with a cohesive and beautiful design plan.

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Kate
Cullen

Kate Cullen

Owner

Kate creates plant dyed silk ribbons and table linens and has been in the wedding industry for several years, variously enjoying running successful companies including vintage hire and wedding styling. She now styles for fine art brands alongside her textiles, as well as running styling and Pinterest courses teaching others how to achieve sales and increase engagement with brides. Kate has also founded Nurture & Bloom ‑ a community for creatives which supports and encourages the cultivating of artistic processes in the industry alongside a monthly book club.

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Kathy
Apostolidis

Events by Nightingales

Owner

Kathy Apostolidis is the creator of leading Australian Wedding Planning and Styling agency –Events by Nightingales and Nightingales Wedding Designers. Established in 1994 with a vision to be able to offer a bespoke Wedding Planning and Styling service that embodied the highest standards of quality and service and cutting edge style. Ahead of the field in the wedding industry Kathy’s secret to success is a collective passion to pursue new ideas that expand the boundaries of both style and service and exceptional relationships with venues and suppliers. Kathy has planned events in Australia, Europe and Asia ‑ her reputation in wedding industry circles is impeccable, with requests for media appearances as well as requests to style high profile and celebrity weddings. With over 24 years of valuable experience to call on, Kathy is now focusing on sharing her experiences in education and training in event and wedding planning and styling.

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Louise
Beukes

BLOVED Hive

Founder

With a background in interior design, Louise has been the Editor of award winning wedding and lifestyle blog
B.LOVED for 7 years.
During this time, her styling work has been published in the very best bridal publications the world over, positioning her as a forward thinking, leading authority in the wedding industry.
Building on this reputation as an industry expert, Louise became a founding blogger of the innovative Aisle Society in
2015. Connecting 40 of the world’s top bridal bloggers, it’s the online hub for no less than the very best wedding
inspiration on the planet.
Bringing extensive wedding industry and design experience together, she is Head Cheerleader, Advisor, Mentor, and
Kick‑ass Boss Lady at the B.LOVED Hive.

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Marley
Majcher

The Party Goddess

CEO

Marley Majcher, CEO of The Party Goddess!, has planned events for A-list celebs such as Pierce Brosnan and Sofia Vergara, and now, with her book, But Are You Making Any Money? She has become a sought-after expert on pricing strategy, issues and trends facing entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her business savvy has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur magazine and more. For more information, please contact us at info@thepartygoddess.com, or follow @ThePartyGoddess on Twitter and Instagram

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Michelle
Anderson

Complete the look

Director

Michelle Anderson is a qualified Event Designer, Stylist and Planner. Her passion for designing and executing personalised celebrations began in 2007. Encouraged by increasing interest in her unique style ‑ Michelle launched Complete the Look, her boutique event management business in 2010. Her market has recently expanded to include international clients.
Michelle’s academic studies, along with her desire to present exciting opportunities to each client, has seen her understanding of styling and planning flourish. Her events combine the purposeful use of each setting, as she fashions exclusive experiences that entice the senses and create cherished memories.

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Meryl
Snow

Snowstorm Solutions

President

Meryl wakes up each morning with a big smile on her face because she knows that her clients are crushing it! They’re using what she teaches to reach their goals and increase sales within a matter of weeks (often even days) with laser‑ focused training techniques.
Meryl has spent 28 years in the special event & catering industry as co‑founder of Feastivities Events, along with its subsidiaries OffShoots Decor and Philadelphia’s Picnic Company. She also is the author of Booked It! , Cha Ching and three how‑to Style & Design videos.
She’s ambitious, focused and confident.
This is more than a job; she’s on a mission to help businesses get on their own path to success. Meryl’s a passionate believer in entrepreneurship and uses her gifts to support businesses build a stronger economy. Her philosophies have proved successful for not only her own business, but also many other companies, trade organizations, and universities have benefited from her training and advice.
Also a Senior Consultant for Certified Catering Consultants, Meryl has worked throughout the US. Her particular areas of focus are sales and marketing, as well as design and branding. She provides consulting, coaching, and training services for a wide range of clients. Her innovative leadership has earned prestigious accolades for her companies locally, nationally and internationally. She has undoubtedly helped many other companies through her keen insight and an effervescent approach to teaching methods of success.
Combining knowledge from her decades of hospitality experience with humor, she creates informative and
interactive presentations. These range from small internal company meetings to large‑scale conferences. She speaks with groups from the heart with warmth and knowledge, and covers the funny side of life and business.
Her recent claim to fame is raising her well‑behaved chickens, Gertrude, Jack & Chicken and her very busy bees.

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Michelle
Kelly

Pocketful of Dreams

Founder

Michelle Kelly is a luxury wedding planner and founded Pocketful of Dreams in 2010. She has since planned and designed many weddings and events from Suffolk to the South of France, Yorkshire to the coasts of Cornwall. Her work has been featured in a wedding book as well as numerous magazines and blogs around the world.
Michelle creates authentic celebrations and considered gatherings that feel just like home. Inspired by the beauty of natural surroundings and wide‑open spaces, her style is organic, elegant and understated.
Her approach is always a collaborative one, to guide and support her clients to create that wonderfully visual, sensory and emotive experience they dream of.

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Michelle
Loretta

Loretta

Owner / Strategist

Michelle Loretta is a business consultant and financial strategist for wedding and event professionals. As founder of Sage Wedding Pros she blends her past as an accountant for Deloitte, a sales and marketing manager for DDLA, a merchandiser for Coach, and a stationery entrepreneur to strengthen wedding businesses worldwide. Sage Wedding Pros produces the next‑level summit Be Sage Conference. Michelle has been asked to speak at a number of industry conferences, including NACE Experience, Biz Bash Live, and The Special Event.

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Nikki
Rutherford

Weddingsonline.ae

General Manager

I moved to Dubai in 2016 to persue my love of marketing and event planning, creating full 360 solutions for clients across the UAE, integrating online services with on ground events.
As the world became more digital, so did I, with my focus shifting towards digital marketing. I joined weddingsonline.ae in 2015, and now oversee the day‑to‑day running of the business from both supplier and couple facing perspectives. I understand the importance of integrating many suppliers to achieve the shared vision of the bride, and the joy for me is in seeing this transpire.

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Zainab
Alsalih

Carousel Events

Founder & Managing Director

Gifted with a natural sense of grace, and a passion for creating and celebrating beauty all around her, Zainab is the founder and creative force behind the Dubai based luxury weddings boutique, Carousel.
One of the most respected authorities in the Middle East on all things related to weddings, Zainab has been covered and quoted in numerous regional and international programs and publications, in various languages, on radio & television, in print, and online. She is also recognized as one of Dubai’s leading female entrepreneurs.
Through Zainab’s vision and her passion, through her love of people and her compassion, and through her attention to detail and personal grace, Carousel has become one of the most highly sought‑after luxury wedding design and planning agencies in the Middle East, and a true inspiration for Middle Eastern women of her generation, and the generations that follow.

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Sarah
Al-Mughamis

Q8 Planner

GM & Co‑Owner

Sarah Al‑Mughamis, a sought‑after wedding and event planner, understands the art of coordinating spectacular aӽairs. Sarah has a passion for event planning services, which she realized it after her wedding in 2004. Shortly thereafter, family and friends asked for her help in the planning of their special events. To her surprise, coordinating events and gatherings came quite natural and with her warm, enthusiastic nature and keen eyes for everything chic and glam; it was obvious that event planning was indeed her destined career path. So after years of working in Ӿnancial services, Sarah decided to pursue her aspirations and founded Q8 Planner, an event planning company that produces high‑quality products and services.
Since opening in 2012, Q8 Planner has aԀrmed an artistic lead and is well‑known for their ӿawless precision and attention to detail. Now, Q8 Planner is a full‑service event planning like social occasions, graduations, and expos with a focus on weddings and destination weddings.

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Jane
Riddell

Planned for Perfection

CEO

Jane Riddell is a multi award winning International wedding and event planner based in the Cotswolds and London. Jane has been running Planned for Perfection for over ten years and plans weddings throughout the U.K, Europe and the world. Providing an experienced, professional, yet truly personal approach to luxury wedding and event planning, Jane’s exceptional eye for detail and clear connection with her clients has earned her a reputation as one of the leading wedding & event planners in the UK.

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Suzannah
Dale

Revelry Events

Company Director

Revelry Events are award‑winning wedding planners who believe in rulebook‑free weddings.
We produce weddings that don’t fit the normal conventions, push creative boundaries, capture your personalities and, most importantly, show everyone a damn good time.
Revelry are based in London but plan epic events all over the country and overseas.

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Harmony
Walton

The Bridal Bar

Founder

Harmony Walton is the founder of the wedding marketing agency, The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio on iHeartRadio. In addition, she also expanded the brand into her passion of destination weddings with Jet Fete by Bridal Bar, a blogsite dedicated to weddings abroad and romance travel. With a vast celebrity clientele and fourteen years experience in the luxury wedding space, her company has been recognized around the world in media outlets including The Associated Press, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many more.

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David
Tutera

David Tutera Experience

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert

David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining.
Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business. Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.
David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.
Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites. Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work. Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes.
David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.

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Christina
Farrow

Aisle Planner Inc.

President

A seasoned wedding planner with a reputation for creative design and innovative concepts, Christina Farrow brings 20 years of wedding planning and expertise to the table as Aisle Planner’s Founder and President. Realizing a need in the industry for better planning and business management tools, Christina turned her attention and years of experience working with couples, vendors and bridal media towards building a platform that would empower wedding professionals to
build sustainable businesses and lead more balanced (and more
organized) lives.

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Brenda
Cadman

Wedding Academy Global

Website Expert for Creatives

Brenda Cadman is a website educator and owns Bon Accord Creative, a website education and development company based in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.
After spending the better part of two decades supporting small businesses with their websites, she now has a keen interest and focus on empowering wedding industry and other creative professionals to build their website confidence and to learn how to better protect their websites.

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Meghan
Ely

Wedding Academy Global

Wedding PR Consultant

OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. She is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and SpecialEvents.com.
Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Brides, Bridal Guide, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Brit & Co and Refinery 29, among others.
Meghan has served on the national board of WIPA and is a long time member of the NACE conference education committee. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations. Most recently, Special Events honored her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry.

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Christie
Osborne

Wedding Academy Global

Wedding Marketing Guru

Christie Osborne specializes in content strategies and optimization for the wedding industry professionals. She also catapulted her blog, Mountainside Bride to the status of a nationally‑ranked influencer on a zero‑dollar budget. She also served as the Director of Interactive Marketing at VisitMammoth, where she oversaw all aspects of digital marketing, including social media marketing, email marketing, PPC and banner advertising, content marketing, and video marketing. She regularly managed hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising dollars and co‑managed the million‑dollar #NoSmallAdventure campaign. She knows what works and what doesn’t for using online marketing to grow your business, no matter how big or small your budget.

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Lisa
Gatenby

Wedding Academy Global

Wedding Florist & Trainer

Lisa fell in love with flowers aged 15 and has spent her working life ever since exploring the flower world. Her love of creating large designs and her eye for detail meant that she naturally gravitated towards wedding work and has enjoyed creating floral designs for Brides both in the UK and France.
In 2011 Lisa and her family packed up and moved to France where she created French Flower Style. The company provides a bespoke wedding floristry service to clients from across the globe who choose France as their wedding destination.
Styling and creating flowers at some of South West Frances most beautiful Chateaux, Lisa has been featured in wedding magazines and blogs such as Magnolia Rouge and Style Me Pretty.

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Rachel
Sheerin

Wedding Academy Global

International Speaker & Sales Trainer

Rachel Sheerin is an international speaker and trainer who is on a personal mission to help people sell more, be happy and define success on their own terms!
Recently awarded “Speaker of the Year” and featured in Inc. Magazine, Rachel’s speeches bring authenticity, humor, energy and education to annual meetings and conferences that want attendees charged up, empowered and driven for new heights of success and happiness. Rachel’s been seen from Seattle to Spain, serving private corporate and association audiences as well as conferences such as Catersource, NACE Experience, Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference and more.
Rachel’s training clients include high performers in the hospitality and service industry, hotel sales teams, catering companies, meeting planners and organizations that want their employees to be the best versions of themselves.
Companies and business owners seek out Rachel to help boost sales and energy in their team and profits, using professional behavioral assessments and real-life hospitality experience to make training fun, engaging and effective. Rachel is proud to have clients ranging from the Ritz Carlton, Gaylord and other Marriott brands to association and non-profits doing impactful work in the hospitality and service industry.
Rachel is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), currently serves as International Director of Education and Programs for WIPA, is a long-time NACE member and takes her margaritas on the rocks.
You can learn more about Rachel, her keynotes for your clients, training for your team, and see her adorable pitbull, Bricks, by visiting www.RachelSheerin.com or emailing her at hi@rachelsheerin.com.

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Tayler
Cusick Hollman

Wedding Academy Global

Styled Shoot Experts

Tayler is the owner of TAYLRD Media + Designs and the Co-Founder of Sourced Co. As wedding industry marketing consultant, she works with wedding professionals to help them develop the skills, strategies, and stuff they need to market their businesses and build their brands. She is the former Marketing Director of Aisle Planner and loves nothing more than supporting female-driven businesses.