We’re excited to have assembled the top industry thought leaders from around the world for the 2018 & 2019 Advisory Board. Members of this board play many important roles in our organization and for our industry. They provide guidance for our students, contribute their expertise for our course materials, 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 our two publications, the Wedding Business Magazine and our annual International Wedding Trend Report.
Each week our students are able to ask questions to a different Advisory Board member which gives them invaluable insight into the industry from people who are experts in their field and have all the insider knowledge.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Southern California, the theater and arts weren’t just hobbies for Ceci – they were a way of life. Growing up the daughter of a successful small business owner, Ceci’s entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at an early age. Many of the valuable business lessons Ceci has put into practice in her own company were learned while growing up and listening to her father in his office from her bedroom next door. Ceci attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received her degree in Art & Design. As a senior, she was featured on the cover of Communication Arts Magazine and named one of the top ten young artists in the nation– a rare honor for a student. Post graduation Ceci moved from San Diego to New York City for a role as creative director with a major web consulting business.
It was in NYC with an invitation she created for a coworker’s wedding, that the Ceci New York story began.
One referral lead to another, and another… In 2004 and armed with a fierce desire to disrupt the industry that did not offer true “couture” design Ceci established Ceci New York. Ceci was soon recognized as an innovator and lauded as the founder of “couture” invitation design. Her New York studio has won numerous awards including the prestigious ModernBride “Trendsetter” award, named “Expert Stationer” by New York Magazine and won successive “Best of invitation design” awards leading to her induction into The Knots Wedding Hall of Fame.
Ceci New York’s reach spread to a global clientele and soon expanded beyond the world of weddings into Social & Parties, Corporate, Baby & Kids, Stationary and Home & Gifts.
Ceci Johnson has been named by Tory Burch as a “Woman to Watch”, and called by Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine “a favorite designer” Ceci New York has designed for international celebrities, rock stars, artists, royalty, dignitaries, presidents and titans of industry. Her corporate client list includes “The Emmy’s”, Perrier Jouet, Patek Philippe, Mandarin Oriental, The Four Seasons and Hugo Boss to name just a few.
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.
After years of focusing on her own business and brand, Ceci has been able to use her unique skills and the creative power of Ceci New York to give back to causes close to her heart. At the center of Ceci New York’s philanthropic efforts is their partnership with The Birthday Party Project, a non-profit dedicated to bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.
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 [email protected], or follow @ThePartyGoddess on Twitter and Instagram.
Burnett’s Boards was founded in March of 2012 and has grown into a globally regarded and widely recognized wedding & bridal inspiration website since then. Within just two years Burnett’s Boards was listed among the top 25 wedding blogs, named one of the most influential social media users in the state of Hawaii, quoted in Elle Australia, and gained enough of a following to place it among the top most‑visited wedding publications in the world.
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
Jon’ll Boyd enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing before embarking on her venture, as the CEO of Completely Yours Events. Her educational background and corporate planning experience led her to the fateful decision to pursue her own business after being unexpectedly downsized from her corporate career. Certified through Lovegevity The Wedding Institute, Jon’ll first ensured that she was completely prepared for her new and exciting role. Today, she leads a team of four Lead Event Planners managing a large number of events each year. Boyd’s favorite aspect of the event business is the honor of being tasked with carrying out the vision of her clients and creating an experience for their guests that will last a lifetime. She is fascinated by this industry that she feels chose her, and actively seeks out new ways to give back to the industry by paying it forward and mentoring other starting and transitioning planners as well as serving on the board of organizations such as NACE‑National Association of Catering and Events. Through its rapid growth Jon’ll and Completely Yours Events have had the honor of being featured in well known publications such as Grace Ormonde Weddings, Munaluchi, and Northern Virginia Magazine to name a few. Outside of Completely Yours Events Jon’ll has also become an advocate for helping new, transitioning and upcoming planners understand how to grow a thriving business by understanding “its a business not a hobby”. She has had the humbling opportunity to speak on national stages such as NACE Experience Conference, WeddingWire World, and ILEA LIVE amongst others. Boyd also developed the curriculum for an 8‑week majority online event planning course called “Eventagious: The Business Side to Wedding and Event Planning” and she is the proud founder of The Planners Suite Conference. A unique and one of a kind experience created just for planners to focus on the business acumen of their enterprise.
Spreading her metropolitan style throughout the low country, Terrica Skaggs has been creating exquisite weddings in the Golden Isles area for the past ten years. Specializing in modern Southern weddings, she believes in creating custom experiences inspired by her clients’ love stories while infusing technology and efficiency. Selected as Jekyll Island’s Dream Wedding Planner for its Dream Wedding Giveaway, Terrica’s weddings and expertise have been featured in The Knot, Southern Weddings, BRIDES, HLN tv, and Style Me Pretty. Terrica is an ardent educator of those in the wedding industry, Launching her new education system, “Run the World” in Summer 2018.
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.
Celebrity Fashion Designer, Wearable Tech Innovator, Fashion Futurist, Motivational Speaker, Women’s Champion Fashion Designer Dalia MacPhee has rocketed to the upper echelon of sought‑ after designers in Hollywood. She’s been called the “IT” girl of the red carpet and Entertainment Tonight has referred to her brand as “Couture with a Conscience.” The Consul General of Canada listed her as an emerging phenomenon in Canada with significant designing talent. Dalia’s designs have graced the figures of celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Heidi Klum, Gina Rodriguez, Brooke Burke‑Charvet, Olivia Munn, Amber Riley, Nina Dobrev, Niecy Nash, Alyssa Milano, Serena Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Khloe Kardashian, the stars of The Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, and Glee to name a few.
Marketing Strategist, Speaker, Instructor, Floral Designer, and Graphic Artist. She is an entrepreneur with four companies; CD Weddings, CD Florals, Branding Pod and Identity Candles. Named “The Wedding Boss” by Mix104.1FM Boston’s Best Variety radio where she collaborates every Wednesday on the Karson & Kennedy Show. Cited as “one of the top wedding organizers on the island” by ¡Qué Pasa! Magazine, her collaboration on luxury destination wedding projects alongside the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, has endorsed her as a top planner. She’s spoken at The Special Event, Catersource, Wedding Wire World, Inspire Smart Success, International Tourism Expo (ETI) and The Cancun Wedding Experience.
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.