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Owner & CEO

With a 15-year events career producing everything from book tours to burlesque shows, Jac Bowie is no stranger to managing demanding schedules, creative problem-solving on the spot, and curating once-in-a-lifetime experiences with meticulous attention-to-detail. Her portfolio includes work for iconic clients like Cirque Du Soleil, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney—but she eventually found her true home in the world of weddings, where she could apply her impressive organisational skills and sharp stylist’s eye in a more intimate way.

As a seasoned event producer with over 500+ events under her belt, experience leading an array of wedding businesses, and passion for coaching others, Jac is pouring the breadth of it all into Wedding Academy as its new CEO. From founding Business in Heels and growing it to 54 franchises around the world and Darling Don’t Panic to a team of 18 planners across Australia to more than a decade of coaching business owners and sitting on the advisory board for wedtech company Thymebase, Jac’s mission is to support each of the driven wedding planners in the Academy community.


Whether she’s diving deep into designing marketing campaigns and educational courses over cheese and wine, jet-setting to New Caledonia (her favourite place on Earth) to produce a dreamy destination wedding, or firing up her outdoor fireplace for a creative culinary delight—she loves creating meaningful experiences and celebrating achievements of those around her.


Founder of The Wedding Academy

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 doing what I love. It’s been quite a journey

The Wedding Academy | Become a Wedding Planner

The Wedding Academy | Become a Wedding Planner