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Certification training for the wedding industry

At the Wedding Academy our passion is weddings but our focus is education. We help you to have the career you’ve been dreaming about through our online certification courses and the support from our international mentor team.

After 12 years training wedding planners, and over 4,000 new careers launched, we’ve taken wedding education to a new level and re-imagined it making it fun, informative, flexible and above all ‘real‘.

This is what makes us the global leaders in the field of wedding industry training.

With the backing of an International Advisory Board including many leading experts, and in some cases stars (David Tutera), who all endorse the Wedding Academy, you’re in safe hands.

Graduate Experiences
“Enrolling as a student with the Wedding Academy was an essential part of starting my career as a wedding planner and stylist.” ~Kelsey Reiersen

Careers launched globally

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AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Launched 2007

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UK & EUROPE

Launched 2011

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NORTH AMERICA

Launched 2014

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GCC

Launched 2016

Meet the Wedding Academy Team

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

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.

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).

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.

Mentor

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

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

Zoe
Mckeown

Mentor

Christine
Ligthart

Mentor

Bonita
Carr

Mentor

Lisa
Macale

Mentor

Martha
Tobyn

Mentor

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Kylie Carlson

- Academy CEO and Creative Business Coach

For nine years Kylie ran a highly successful London based wedding and event business, planning and designing events around the world for an enviable list of high profile clients. After selling her company in 2003 she moved to Australia where she spent a year on the five-star resort of Hayman Island managing their onsite events as Operations Director.

After coming off the island she was looking for a change and it was then that the idea of sharing her knowledge by starting an online Academy for the wedding industry was born. Ten years later as CEO of the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning she manages 6 regional virtual campuses across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, UAE, South East Asia and North America. Through the Academy she has helped launch the careers of over 3,000 wedding professionals and is a business expert for the industry.

Kylie also has her own YouTube Channel and is a sought after speaker around the world. Through her personal brand she offers an intensive online business school for creative entrepreneurs, CEO School, along with a business retreat held in locations globally.

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Zoe McKeown

- Cherish Wedding Planning

Zoe owns a successful wedding planning business, Cherish Weddings, where she works with some high profile clients and shares her experience with students as lead tutor and course consultant.

“I started Cherish wedding planning in 2008 as a complete career change from teaching. I have 3 daughters and was looking for a job that was more flexible and in complete contrast to teaching dance. In 2010 I met Kylie (Company director) for a coffee in London as she was looking to expand the UK branch, and I have been working with her and the team ever since. I still run my own wedding planning business too and I find this helps me to give current advice about the industry and honest answers to student’s queries which I think is important. My philosophy for brides is that they should enjoy the ‘process’ of planning their wedding as much as the day itself.”

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Martha Tobyn

- Anemone

Martha is an Academy Alumni who studied the Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design. She joined the Academy team back at the end of 2016 as the Brand Manager and is the design genius behind our annual International Wedding Trend Report and quarterly Wedding Business Magazine. She also collates the Academy blog, manages our social media, helps to create the concept for many of the Academy styled shoots and works with us on all the studio days creating new course material. To say her role is varied would be an understatement, but as a former student herself she has a unique advantage and can really help students in their day to day study.

Not only is Martha our Brand Manager she is also the woman behind Anemone; the founder, planner and stylist who has a love of elegantly understated and unique city weddings. Martha comes from a fashion and brand management background and therefore takes a very design-led approach, has a fantastic eye for colour and texture and always pays attention to the finer details.

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Sam Lloyd

- The Wedding Owl

Sam is the founder of The Wedding Owl, and is an experienced specialist wedding business consultant. She has extensive, practical knowledge of the Wedding Industry, wedding venues, and wedding suppliers and loves helping wedding business grow. She is the perfect tutor for our Diploma in Wedding Venue Coordination.
She has worked at award winning wedding venues in senior management roles for over 10 years managing the wedding process from the initial enquiry to closing the sale, to up-selling, through to delivering the event on the day. This includes organising food tastings, engagement shoots, wedding shows (both in-house and using external suppliers), invoicing and tactfully chasing couples for payment.

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Sue Parrish

Sue set up Eleganza Weddings & Events in 2004 and has gained a reputation for organising successful and well-planned weddings. Her key aim was to offer a planning service that puts customers wishes for their wedding day at the forefront of everything she does for them. Top of her list has always been ‘listening to clients’ and ‘exceeding expectations’ mixed with all the romance, all the fun and the anticipation of planning their “special day”.

Prior to forming our Company Sue had many years of managerial experience for a large Corporate Company both in the UK and overseas. Her project management experience coupled with planning, communication and organisational skills experience from previous roles has proved invaluable for wedding day management.

Sue has also had experience in customer service roles, managing client relationships, sales and negotiation and holds various Floristry, Design and advanced Cuisine qualifications. She has found that there are many roles and hats you wear when you are planning a wedding and her broad range of knowledge and experience has certainly helped her.

When she started on the wedding planning career path Sue undertook training both practical and theory in the UK and the US for many aspects of wedding planning which was enjoyable and confirmed her belief that this was the path she wanted to follow!

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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David Tutera

- David Tutera

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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Ceci Johnson

- Ceci New York

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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Bruce Russell

- By Bruce Russell

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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Michelle Kelly

- Pocketful Of Dreams

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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Kathy Apostolidis

- Events by Nightingales

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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Zainab Alsalih

- Carousel Events FZ LLC

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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Jane Riddell

- Planned for Perfection

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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Cathrin D’Entremont

- Cathrin D’Entremont Weddings

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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Harmony Walton

- The Bridal Bar

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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Chloe Atlan

- Aava Weddings

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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Suzannah Dale

- Revelry Events

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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Holly Poulter

- Revelry Events

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.

Holly is also a Wedding Academy Alumni.

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Christina Farrow

- Aisle Planner

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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Jessie Westwood

- Studio Sorores

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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Michelle Anderson

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.

Michelle is also a Wedding Academy Alumni

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Kate Cullen

- Kate Cullen

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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Aleisha McCormack

- Bridechilla

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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Brittny Drye

- Love Inc

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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Louise Beukes

- B.loved

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

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.

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Sarah Al-Mughamis

- Q8 Planner

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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Michelle Loretta

- Sage Wedding Pros

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.aee

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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Meryl Snow

- Snowstorm Solutions

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.

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