Speakers & Teachers

Here are some of your speakers and teachers at the Love Union. More are being added daily, so keep checking back!

Rebecca Shepherd, Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design Repurpose Your Bodega Flowers into a Chic Arrangement | Wednesday 3:30pm Follow Rebecca @rebecca_shepherd_floral_design Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design is a Brooklyn based boutique that thrives on the unique opportunity to create art with flowers, props, and vessels. Rebecca expresses her talent in blending individual styles to produce an original, fresh look. She recognizes the special union formed between vintage and modern, country and elegance to create a distinct style for your event. Always the design chameleon, Rebecca enjoys the challenge of developing concepts in a variety of stylistic veins. Rebecca's work has been featured in Brides magazine, The Knot, Ruffled, Style Me Pretty, New York Magazine, and Well Wed.

Rebecca ShepherdRebecca Shepherd Floral Design

Repurpose Your Bodega Flowers into a Chic Arrangement | Wednesday 3:30pm

Follow Rebecca @rebecca_shepherd_floral_design

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design is a Brooklyn based boutique that thrives on the unique opportunity to create art with flowers, props, and vessels. Rebecca expresses her talent in blending individual styles to produce an original, fresh look. She recognizes the special union formed between vintage and modern, country and elegance to create a distinct style for your event. Always the design chameleon, Rebecca enjoys the challenge of developing concepts in a variety of stylistic veins.

Rebecca's work has been featured in Brides magazine, The Knot, Ruffled, Style Me Pretty, New York Magazine, and Well Wed.

Priyanca Rao, photographer "You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am Follow Priyanca @priyancaraophotography Priyanca Rao is an award-winning NY photographer whose work is photojournalistic and inspired by art and fashion. She is a mother to two under two and runs her demanding boutique photography studio. Her children's creativity, curiosity, emotions drive her passion to capture raw emotions of her clients, as they experience exciting life events.

Priyanca Rao, photographer

"You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am

Follow Priyanca @priyancaraophotography

Priyanca Rao is an award-winning NY photographer whose work is photojournalistic and inspired by art and fashion. She is a mother to two under two and runs her demanding boutique photography studio. Her children's creativity, curiosity, emotions drive her passion to capture raw emotions of her clients, as they experience exciting life events.

Amy Shackelford, Modern Rebel & Co Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am Follow Amy @modernrebelandco Amy Shackelford is the Founder & Lead Planner at Modern Rebel & Co., an alternative event planning company that gives back to local NYC non-profits. In 2015, she started Modern Rebel with the belief that it was possible to "keep the pretty in perspective." She currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her partner, John.

Amy Shackelford, Modern Rebel & Co

Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am

Follow Amy @modernrebelandco

Amy Shackelford is the Founder & Lead Planner at Modern Rebel & Co., an alternative event planning company that gives back to local NYC non-profits. In 2015, she started Modern Rebel with the belief that it was possible to "keep the pretty in perspective." She currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her partner, John.

Megan Elizabeth, Art by Megan Moderator of Why I Believe in Community Over Competition | Tuesday 11am & Painting Workshop | Tuesday 1pm Follow Megan @artbymegan and @tuesdaystogethernyc My paintings are each a memory.  So often, I visit a place and immediately look around and think, “I will paint this moment”.  Whether it is a beach scene, beautiful flowers in a tote bag on the subway, or a simple moment walking in nature, I collect memories and turn them into my paintings.   My works reflect an attitude of experimentation and a curiosity regarding the beauty created by the transparency and overlapping of ideas. Inspiration for all of my artwork comes from waterscapes, sunsets, bright colors in nature, and the silhouettes created by extreme light or darkness. I absolutely love working as a painter and am constantly exploring new ideas in my work.  

Megan Elizabeth, Art by Megan

Moderator of Why I Believe in Community Over Competition | Tuesday 11am & Painting Workshop | Tuesday 1pm

Follow Megan @artbymegan and @tuesdaystogethernyc

My paintings are each a memory. 

So often, I visit a place and immediately look around and think, “I will paint this moment”.  Whether it is a beach scene, beautiful flowers in a tote bag on the subway, or a simple moment walking in nature, I collect memories and turn them into my paintings.  

My works reflect an attitude of experimentation and a curiosity regarding the beauty created by the transparency and overlapping of ideas. Inspiration for all of my artwork comes from waterscapes, sunsets, bright colors in nature, and the silhouettes created by extreme light or darkness. I absolutely love working as a painter and am constantly exploring new ideas in my work.  

 
Claire Mahler, Claire Mahler Designs and Private Event Coordinator at 501 Union Beyond Bouquets as Centerpieces Workshop | Monday 3:30pm Follow Claire @clairesawthis Claire Mahler is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and maker. From hand lettering to paper sculpture, Mahler draws from traditional techniques and sustainability practices to create contemporary imagery with great attention to detail and a sense of playfulness

Claire Mahler, Claire Mahler Designs and Private Event Coordinator at 501 Union

Beyond Bouquets as Centerpieces Workshop | Monday 3:30pm

Follow Claire @clairesawthis

Claire Mahler is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and maker. From hand lettering to paper sculpture, Mahler draws from traditional techniques and sustainability practices to create contemporary imagery with great attention to detail and a sense of playfulness

Hope Mirlis, A More Perfect Union Yoga Class | Tuesday 8:30am Follow Hope @perfectunionny Hope is a virtual smorgasbord. A handful of educator, a scoop of performer, a dash of administrator and a whole lot of positive, nurturing energy. Born and raised on Long Island, she spent over a decade in Atlanta and after a brief stint on the West Coast to embrace her "inner chill,” she’s back in New York bringing balance and inspiration into marriage preparation and working with grooms and brides to embrace ritual and create unique wedding ceremonies. Hope is a registered NY Wedding Officiant, a pre-marital counselor and a Certified Yoga Instructor working with couples across the country since 2009.

Hope Mirlis, A More Perfect Union

Yoga Class | Tuesday 8:30am

Follow Hope @perfectunionny

Hope is a virtual smorgasbord. A handful of educator, a scoop of performer, a dash of administrator and a whole lot of positive, nurturing energy. Born and raised on Long Island, she spent over a decade in Atlanta and after a brief stint on the West Coast to embrace her "inner chill,” she’s back in New York bringing balance and inspiration into marriage preparation and working with grooms and brides to embrace ritual and create unique wedding ceremonies. Hope is a registered NY Wedding Officiant, a pre-marital counselor and a Certified Yoga Instructor working with couples across the country since 2009.

Ashley M. Chamblin, Ashley M. Chamblin Events MC, Wedding War Stories | Wednesday 6pm  Follow Ashley @ashleymchamblin Ashley is a Brooklyn based coordinator and designer specializing in weddings and events. She's also a self-proclaimed dance party captain, Brooklyn babe, and a lover of Rose.

Ashley M. Chamblin, Ashley M. Chamblin Events

MC, Wedding War Stories | Wednesday 6pm 

Follow Ashley @ashleymchamblin

Ashley is a Brooklyn based coordinator and designer specializing in weddings and events. She's also a self-proclaimed dance party captain, Brooklyn babe, and a lover of Rose.

Chef Arden Lewis of Purslane Catering Kitchen Roulette | Thursday 2pm Follow Arden @purslanecatering Chef Lewis started his culinary journey participating in an intensive training program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, later graduating from the International Culinary Center in NYC, formerly The French Culinary Institute. Chef Lewis has worked with notable chefs such as Brad Farmerie at Public, Cesar Ramirez at Bar Blanc, and Nick Anderer at Maialino. Appealing to his sense of seasonality and focus on quality of ingredients, he is right at home serving his brand of market-driven cuisine in Gowanus, Brooklyn with Purslane Catering. Chef Lewis is influenced by many cultures, including his West Indian heritage. His food exhibits his passion for discovering new flavors and ingredients while showcasing food cultures from around the world.

Chef Arden Lewis of Purslane Catering

Kitchen Roulette | Thursday 2pm

Follow Arden @purslanecatering

Chef Lewis started his culinary journey participating in an intensive training program at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, later graduating from the International Culinary Center in NYC, formerly The French Culinary Institute.

Chef Lewis has worked with notable chefs such as Brad Farmerie at Public, Cesar Ramirez at Bar Blanc, and Nick Anderer at Maialino. Appealing to his sense of seasonality and focus on quality of ingredients, he is right at home serving his brand of market-driven cuisine in Gowanus, Brooklyn with Purslane Catering. Chef Lewis is influenced by many cultures, including his West Indian heritage. His food exhibits his passion for discovering new flavors and ingredients while showcasing food cultures from around the world.

 
Joshua Brown, Photographer Succeeding and embracing your inner introvert in the rockstar obsessed world of weddings | Small Talk Monday 2pm Follow Joshua @joshuabrownphotography Joshua is a Hudson Valley based photographer and filmmaker with nearly 20 years of experience shooting weddings. His career started out while studying photojournalism at Western Kentucky University, took him to Hawaii and Salt Lake City, then finally New York City where he lived and worked for 9 years. He now lives in Newburgh with his dog Skillet and they spend most of their days looking for new waterfalls.

Joshua Brown, Photographer

Succeeding and embracing your inner introvert in the rockstar obsessed world of weddings | Small Talk Monday 2pm

Follow Joshua @joshuabrownphotography

Joshua is a Hudson Valley based photographer and filmmaker with nearly 20 years of experience shooting weddings. His career started out while studying photojournalism at Western Kentucky University, took him to Hawaii and Salt Lake City, then finally New York City where he lived and worked for 9 years. He now lives in Newburgh with his dog Skillet and they spend most of their days looking for new waterfalls.

 
Alison Semmler of Lifestyle Maven Events Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am Follow Alison @lifestylemavenevents Alison Semmler is the owner and lead planner at Lifestyle Maven Events; a boutique wedding planning company that specializes in working with raw spaces and sweet couples. She is a Brooklyn native, a cocktail enthusiast and a lover of chubby rescue cats. She believes the key to success is a combination of elbow grease, a strong sense of self and the ability to not take yourself too seriously.

Alison Semmler of Lifestyle Maven Events

Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am

Follow Alison @lifestylemavenevents

Alison Semmler is the owner and lead planner at Lifestyle Maven Events; a boutique wedding planning company that specializes in working with raw spaces and sweet couples. She is a Brooklyn native, a cocktail enthusiast and a lover of chubby rescue cats. She believes the key to success is a combination of elbow grease, a strong sense of self and the ability to not take yourself too seriously.

 
Jess Levin Conroy, Founder and CEO, Carats & Cake What I've Learned Along the Way | Tuesday 3pm Follow Jess @jesslevinconroy A native of Laguna Beach, CA Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania following which she began her career at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes C. Wonder and Tory Burch, LLC. After earning her MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business, Jess saw an opportunity in the wedding space to help empower the businesses at the top end of the market.  She founded Carats & Cake in 2013 in New York City.

Jess Levin Conroy, Founder and CEO, Carats & Cake

What I've Learned Along the Way | Tuesday 3pm

Follow Jess @jesslevinconroy

A native of Laguna Beach, CA Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania following which she began her career at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes C. Wonder and Tory Burch, LLC. After earning her MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business, Jess saw an opportunity in the wedding space to help empower the businesses at the top end of the market.  She founded Carats & Cake in 2013 in New York City.

 
 
Liz Susong, Catalyst Wedding Magazine Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am  Follow Liz @catalystwedco Liz Susong is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Catalyst Wed Co., a community for wedding disrupters, creators, and critics alike. She publishes Catalyst Wedding Magazine, the first-ever print wedding magazine with a feminist consciousness and helps to host a traveling workshop,{un}convention, for progressive vendors who are passionate about diversifying wedding media and building collaborative communities that support minority business owners.

Liz Susong, Catalyst Wedding Magazine

Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am 

Follow Liz @catalystwedco

Liz Susong is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Catalyst Wed Co., a community for wedding disrupters, creators, and critics alike. She publishes Catalyst Wedding Magazine, the first-ever print wedding magazine with a feminist consciousness and helps to host a traveling workshop,{un}convention, for progressive vendors who are passionate about diversifying wedding media and building collaborative communities that support minority business owners.

 
Chelo Keys, Photographer Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am Follow Chelo @chelokeysweddings Chelo (pronounced like the instrument) Keys is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, and she was born and raised in NYC. She had the good fortune of an arts education at Laguardia HS for music & arts and the performing arts, and was graced again as a student at NYU with the opportunity to tinker with film photography. Up until that point, she never had access to 35mm cameras or darkrooms, and the experience profoundly changed her life. She has now been photographing weddings since 2008. Her work has been published in The Knot, MSN, NJ Bride, Catalyst Co, and more.

Chelo Keys, Photographer

Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am

Follow Chelo @chelokeysweddings

Chelo (pronounced like the instrument) Keys is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, and she was born and raised in NYC. She had the good fortune of an arts education at Laguardia HS for music & arts and the performing arts, and was graced again as a student at NYU with the opportunity to tinker with film photography. Up until that point, she never had access to 35mm cameras or darkrooms, and the experience profoundly changed her life. She has now been photographing weddings since 2008. Her work has been published in The Knot, MSN, NJ Bride, Catalyst Co, and more.

 
Melanie R. Flannery, MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters How to be a resistor as a small business owner in the wedding world | Small Talk Wednesday 2pm Follow Melanie @mixtapecoverband Melanie R. Flannery is the ladyboss and head music nerd of MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters and Moxie Jazz. She is Vice President of Stronger Together Events and and a human rights activist since the tender age of 15.

Melanie R. Flannery, MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters

How to be a resistor as a small business owner in the wedding world | Small Talk Wednesday 2pm

Follow Melanie @mixtapecoverband

Melanie R. Flannery is the ladyboss and head music nerd of MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters and Moxie Jazz. She is Vice President of Stronger Together Events and and a human rights activist since the tender age of 15.

 
Danit Zamir, Co-Founder, Bloomerent Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm & Small Talk | Wednesday 4:30pm  Follow Danit @bloomerent Danit conceptualized Bloomerent in 2014 while planning her wedding. She felt frustrated by her lack of options to save money while still having fresh flowers designed by a florist and reduce floral waste. After watching her expensive flowers get tossed in the garbage after 5 hours, and many conversations with florists and brides and grooms alike, she launched Bloomerent. Danit's background is in sales and she handles all of Bloomerent's florist acquisition and relationships as well as all customer management and relationships. 

Danit Zamir, Co-Founder, Bloomerent

Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm & Small Talk | Wednesday 4:30pm 

Follow Danit @bloomerent

Danit conceptualized Bloomerent in 2014 while planning her wedding. She felt frustrated by her lack of options to save money while still having fresh flowers designed by a florist and reduce floral waste. After watching her expensive flowers get tossed in the garbage after 5 hours, and many conversations with florists and brides and grooms alike, she launched Bloomerent. Danit's background is in sales and she handles all of Bloomerent's florist acquisition and relationships as well as all customer management and relationships. 

Leslie Wong, Founder, Burgundy Fox Inclusivity in Your Wedding Business Small Talk | Tuesday 3:30pm Follow Burgundy Fox @burgundyfoxco Leslie Wong is the founder of Burgundy Fox, a subscription lingerie brand on a mission to celebrate all bodies and empower women to love themselves. She experienced first-hand how awkward and unenjoyable lingerie shopping could be, and discovered that it was fraught with barriers for regular women: size, price and style. Burgundy Fox was launched to remove those barriers and to celebrate women, mind and body. Leslie has 10 years of marketing and partnership experience, serves as an advisor to HoneyBook and Rising Tide Society's Creative Council and spends her free time practicing yoga, listening to podcasts and enjoying good food. 

Leslie Wong, Founder, Burgundy Fox

Inclusivity in Your Wedding Business Small Talk | Tuesday 3:30pm

Follow Burgundy Fox @burgundyfoxco

Leslie Wong is the founder of Burgundy Fox, a subscription lingerie brand on a mission to celebrate all bodies and empower women to love themselves. She experienced first-hand how awkward and unenjoyable lingerie shopping could be, and discovered that it was fraught with barriers for regular women: size, price and style. Burgundy Fox was launched to remove those barriers and to celebrate women, mind and body. Leslie has 10 years of marketing and partnership experience, serves as an advisor to HoneyBook and Rising Tide Society's Creative Council and spends her free time practicing yoga, listening to podcasts and enjoying good food. 

Ana Gambuto, Photographer Headshot Sessions | Monday 1pm - 4pm Follow Ana @anaphotonyc Ana is a portrait photographer in Brooklyn, NY shooting carefree, uncommon portraits in New York City and around the world.

Ana Gambuto, Photographer

Headshot Sessions | Monday 1pm - 4pm

Follow Ana @anaphotonyc

Ana is a portrait photographer in Brooklyn, NY shooting carefree, uncommon portraits in New York City and around the world.

 
 
 
 
Kate Bancroft of Kate Alison Photography Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am Follow Kate @katealisonphoto Kate is an offbeat wedding and portrait photographer. Originally from New England, she lived in California for a few years before settling in NYC. She loves breakfast burritos, glitter, Disney, and going to rock shows.  

Kate Bancroft of Kate Alison Photography

Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am

Follow Kate @katealisonphoto

Kate is an offbeat wedding and portrait photographer. Originally from New England, she lived in California for a few years before settling in NYC. She loves breakfast burritos, glitter, Disney, and going to rock shows.

 

 
 
Melissa McNeeley, Events by Melissa McNeeley "You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am Follow Melissa @melissamcneeley Melissa was born in Ohio and reared in Houston, Texas. She's called NYC home for 20 years because it's where she belongs. Hosting and hospitality are in her blood, along with a love for flowers, cocktails, good food, all things vintage, setting a pretty table and obsessing over color palettes. When she's not planning events, she enjoys dance parties in her kitchen with her son, Teddy, making labor intensive cocktails with her husband, Ken and the occasional slumber party with her amazing friends.

Melissa McNeeley, Events by Melissa McNeeley

"You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am

Follow Melissa @melissamcneeley

Melissa was born in Ohio and reared in Houston, Texas. She's called NYC home for 20 years because it's where she belongs. Hosting and hospitality are in her blood, along with a love for flowers, cocktails, good food, all things vintage, setting a pretty table and obsessing over color palettes. When she's not planning events, she enjoys dance parties in her kitchen with her son, Teddy, making labor intensive cocktails with her husband, Ken and the occasional slumber party with her amazing friends.

 
Jen Siomacco, Catalyst Wedding Magazine Blogger Panel | Wednesday 11am  Follow Jen @catalystwedco Jen Siomacco is the Creative Director of Catalyst Wedding Co., a print and online wedding publication working to disrupt the wedding industry and to provide equal representation in wedding media for all couples, regardless of their race, religion, gender identity, size, or sexual orientation. Jen and Catalyst are also the recent recipients of the Girlboss Foundation Grant and are working to expand their content and mission in the coming year. Jen works to incorporate her design education, feminist background, and years of professional user experience and marketing expertise into the Catalyst brand.

Jen Siomacco, Catalyst Wedding Magazine

Blogger Panel | Wednesday 11am 

Follow Jen @catalystwedco

Jen Siomacco is the Creative Director of Catalyst Wedding Co., a print and online wedding publication working to disrupt the wedding industry and to provide equal representation in wedding media for all couples, regardless of their race, religion, gender identity, size, or sexual orientation. Jen and Catalyst are also the recent recipients of the Girlboss Foundation Grant and are working to expand their content and mission in the coming year. Jen works to incorporate her design education, feminist background, and years of professional user experience and marketing expertise into the Catalyst brand.

 
Adita Shah, The Yoga Department Mindfulness Hacks | Thursday 2:30pm Follow Aditi @diti22 | Follow TYD @theyogadepartment Aditi Shah is a yoga teacher based in New York City who has been learning and practicing yoga from a young age. Her love of movement led her to deepen her connection to yoga while she spent 5 years abroad in India. Aditi has many hours of teacher training in both India & the US, and an understanding of yoga nurtured by her heritage.  Aditi is the creator and founder of The Yoga Department and is proud to be able to garner her teaching abilities and knowledge of yoga to bring work-life balance to offices all over New York. For further information, follow her on Instagram at @diti22 or visit www.aditishahyoga.com.

Adita Shah, The Yoga Department

Mindfulness Hacks | Thursday 2:30pm

Follow Aditi @diti22 | Follow TYD @theyogadepartment

Aditi Shah is a yoga teacher based in New York City who has been learning and practicing yoga from a young age. Her love of movement led her to deepen her connection to yoga while she spent 5 years abroad in India. Aditi has many hours of teacher training in both India & the US, and an understanding of yoga nurtured by her heritage. 

Aditi is the creator and founder of The Yoga Department and is proud to be able to garner her teaching abilities and knowledge of yoga to bring work-life balance to offices all over New York. For further information, follow her on Instagram at @diti22 or visit www.aditishahyoga.com.

 
Kate Schaefer, H&H Weddings You may be LGBTQ+ friendly, but is your business? | Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm Follow Kate @handhweddings Born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, Kate moved to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts. While developing a discerning eye, Kate realized a few things; there are not many problems that beer can't fix, bar-b-que potato chips can constitute a meal, and running along the East River is the best way to clear your head. During her internship at Gothamist, Kate discovered the lack of wedding resources for LGBT couples. Her desire for equality and her passion for online shopping drove Kate to create an environment where she could work and browse the latest sales, uninterrupted. Kate intends on wearing at least three different pairs of shoes on her wedding day.

Kate Schaefer, H&H Weddings

You may be LGBTQ+ friendly, but is your business? | Wednesday 1pm - 2:30pm

Follow Kate @handhweddings

Born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, Kate moved to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts. While developing a discerning eye, Kate realized a few things; there are not many problems that beer can't fix, bar-b-que potato chips can constitute a meal, and running along the East River is the best way to clear your head.

During her internship at Gothamist, Kate discovered the lack of wedding resources for LGBT couples. Her desire for equality and her passion for online shopping drove Kate to create an environment where she could work and browse the latest sales, uninterrupted.

Kate intends on wearing at least three different pairs of shoes on her wedding day.

Julia Capalino, Co-Founder, Bloomerent Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm & Small Talk | Wednesday 4:30pm Follow Julia @bloomerent Julia joined Danit as co-founder of Bloomerent in 2016. Prior to joining Bloomerent Julia worked with startups on marketing, user acquisition and event planning. Familiar with the wastefulness of event flowers, she immediately connected to the mission of reducing floral waste and saving customers money. Today, Julia handles all customer acquisition, marketing and PR. 

Julia Capalino, Co-Founder, Bloomerent

Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm & Small Talk | Wednesday 4:30pm

Follow Julia @bloomerent

Julia joined Danit as co-founder of Bloomerent in 2016. Prior to joining Bloomerent Julia worked with startups on marketing, user acquisition and event planning. Familiar with the wastefulness of event flowers, she immediately connected to the mission of reducing floral waste and saving customers money. Today, Julia handles all customer acquisition, marketing and PR. 

Marina Warner, The Warner Firm Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am Follow Marina @thewarnerfirm Marina is an attorney for creatives, entertainers, and artists.  She provides legal services in the areas of trademark, copyright, business, employment, and internet law for freelancers, startups, and small- to medium-sized businesses. Her clients come primarily from the fashion, art, entertainment, digital media, and technology industries.

Marina Warner, The Warner Firm

Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am

Follow Marina @thewarnerfirm

Marina is an attorney for creatives, entertainers, and artists.  She provides legal services in the areas of trademark, copyright, business, employment, and internet law for freelancers, startups, and small- to medium-sized businesses. Her clients come primarily from the fashion, art, entertainment, digital media, and technology industries.

 
 
 
Danielle Voisin of Lace and Scone Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am Follow Danielle @laceandscone Danielle is an author, entrepreneur and retired banker. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favorite people. Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, help the local homeless in New York, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. She started Lace & Scone so she could do all of these things while introducing a bit more sunshine and sass to the apparel, accessories and gifts market. Danielle has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She loves to travel, write, run, and read when she is not working.

Danielle Voisin of Lace and Scone

Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am

Follow Danielle @laceandscone

Danielle is an author, entrepreneur and retired banker. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favorite people.

Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, help the local homeless in New York, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. She started Lace & Scone so she could do all of these things while introducing a bit more sunshine and sass to the apparel, accessories and gifts market.

Danielle has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She loves to travel, write, run, and read when she is not working.

Amanda Braddock, Events Director, Purslane Catering "You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am Follow Amanda @purslanecatering With over a decade of events and hospitality experience, Amanda came to Purslane directly from the front lines of event planning for celebrity chef Eric Ripert in and out of the incomparable Le Bernardin.  Originally from Houston, Texas, Amanda moved to New York in 2000 to attend NYU and fell in love with the energy and pace of the city.  She has made a home with her husband and son in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and brings a unique brand of professionalism and four-star service to events all over the New York area. 

Amanda Braddock, Events Director, Purslane Catering

"You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am

Follow Amanda @purslanecatering

With over a decade of events and hospitality experience, Amanda came to Purslane directly from the front lines of event planning for celebrity chef Eric Ripert in and out of the incomparable Le Bernardin.  Originally from Houston, Texas, Amanda moved to New York in 2000 to attend NYU and fell in love with the energy and pace of the city.  She has made a home with her husband and son in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and brings a unique brand of professionalism and four-star service to events all over the New York area. 

Lauren Fremont, Loli Events How to deal with Feast or Famine in your small business | Small Talk Monday 2:30pm Follow Lauren @lolievents Although a Paris-native, Lauren has lived in NYC most of her life. She always knew she was going to own a business where she would create magic & memories. Whether she is working with a charm-laden raw space or a sprawling family estate, the common thread between Loli weddings is that every last detail strikes a balance between approachability and luxury. Lauren loves to weave high-quality design elements into experiences that feel comforting and reflect a shining sense of hospitality, something she picked up while planning events for the likes of restaurateur Daniel Boulud & Thomas Keller. Loli Events was created in 2009 and in 2016, Lauren launched Loli Events XO which is curated planning packages for couples looking for less than full wedding planning. 

Lauren Fremont, Loli Events

How to deal with Feast or Famine in your small business | Small Talk Monday 2:30pm

Follow Lauren @lolievents

Although a Paris-native, Lauren has lived in NYC most of her life. She always knew she was going to own a business where she would create magic & memories. Whether she is working with a charm-laden raw space or a sprawling family estate, the common thread between Loli weddings is that every last detail strikes a balance between approachability and luxury. Lauren loves to weave high-quality design elements into experiences that feel comforting and reflect a shining sense of hospitality, something she picked up while planning events for the likes of restaurateur Daniel Boulud & Thomas Keller.

Loli Events was created in 2009 and in 2016, Lauren launched Loli Events XO which is curated planning packages for couples looking for less than full wedding planning. 

Basia Grocholski,  Creative Director Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm Follow Basia @brooklynski1 A creative director and a mom based in Brooklyn, Basia Grocholski has been helping brands look their best since 1998. She enjoys building experiences with her clients that create lasting impressions - not a passive mark or environment. She now hopes to continue down that path in a more responsible and thoughtful way… and share some of the beauty of this planet with future generations. 

Basia Grocholski,  Creative Director

Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm

Follow Basia @brooklynski1

A creative director and a mom based in Brooklyn, Basia Grocholski has been helping brands look their best since 1998. She enjoys building experiences with her clients that create lasting impressions - not a passive mark or environment. She now hopes to continue down that path in a more responsible and thoughtful way… and share some of the beauty of this planet with future generations. 

 
Colleen Doyle, Co-founder of Matter–Mind Studio Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm Follow Colleen @notrashproject After honing her interests in sustainable design and zero-waste living through her Rhode Island-based No Trash Project, Colleen moved to Brooklyn where she co-founded Matter–Mind Studio, an Emotion-Centered Design consultancy focused on creating products and services to support how people feel. She and her team believe that if we want to incorporated sustainable business and lifestyle solutions, they have to feel good. 

Colleen Doyle, Co-founder of Matter–Mind Studio

Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm

Follow Colleen @notrashproject

After honing her interests in sustainable design and zero-waste living through her Rhode Island-based No Trash Project, Colleen moved to Brooklyn where she co-founded Matter–Mind Studio, an Emotion-Centered Design consultancy focused on creating products and services to support how people feel. She and her team believe that if we want to incorporated sustainable business and lifestyle solutions, they have to feel good. 

 
C.K. Alexander, Love Ink, Black Bride Magazine Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am Follow C.K. @CKLoveInk and @LiveLoveWed C.K. Alexander is a New York-based wedding and lifestyle expert with a passion for writing and romance. C.K. is the the owner and founder of Love Ink, a special occasion writing service that assists couples and individuals with writing their wedding vows, love stories, love letters and custom written wedding ceremonies. Love Ink recently expanded her business to include custom wedding officiating services. C.K. is also the Senior Features Editor of Black Bride Magazine, a digital publication for multicultural brides. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, David Tutera’s “It’s a Bride’s Life” Blog, The Hill Newspaper, Perfect Wedding Guide, Huffington Post Weddings, NJ.com, and 95.9 Magic FM.

C.K. Alexander, Love Ink, Black Bride Magazine

Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am

Follow C.K. @CKLoveInk and @LiveLoveWed

C.K. Alexander is a New York-based wedding and lifestyle expert with a passion for writing and romance. C.K. is the the owner and founder of Love Ink, a special occasion writing service that assists couples and individuals with writing their wedding vows, love stories, love letters and custom written wedding ceremonies. Love Ink recently expanded her business to include custom wedding officiating services. C.K. is also the Senior Features Editor of Black Bride Magazine, a digital publication for multicultural brides. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, David Tutera’s “It’s a Bride’s Life” Blog, The Hill Newspaper, Perfect Wedding Guide, Huffington Post Weddings, NJ.com, and 95.9 Magic FM.

Rebecca Russell, Yoga Teacher, the Yoga Department Yoga Class | Monday 8:30am Follow The Yoga Department @theyogadepartment Rebecca loves life, energy, and freedom.  She incorporates these elements into her personal practice as well as her in-class teaching methods. She has seen yoga act as a powerful agent for healing within herself, and hopes that her teachings inspire that, as well as a sense of gratitude, grounding and playfulness. Rebecca has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Mentorship program through Yoga Vida. Rebecca hopes that you leave her class feeling connected, lighter, brighter, and happier.

Rebecca Russell, Yoga Teacher, the Yoga Department

Yoga Class | Monday 8:30am

Follow The Yoga Department @theyogadepartment

Rebecca loves life, energy, and freedom.  She incorporates these elements into her personal practice as well as her in-class teaching methods. She has seen yoga act as a powerful agent for healing within herself, and hopes that her teachings inspire that, as well as a sense of gratitude, grounding and playfulness. Rebecca has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Mentorship program through Yoga Vida. Rebecca hopes that you leave her class feeling connected, lighter, brighter, and happier.

 
Catherine Schiff of Bayith Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am Follow Catherine @thebayith After years in the fashion industry, founder and designer Catherine Schiff became disenchanted with the production process of mass market retailers. Armed with her textile knowledge, BAYITH was born to promote thoughtful design techniques while fostering the growth of the creative community in Brooklyn. Catherine's textiles are curated for special events with a focus on table linens and custom wedding backdrops.

Catherine Schiff of Bayith

Why I Believe in Community Over Competition Panel | Tuesday 11am

Follow Catherine @thebayith

After years in the fashion industry, founder and designer Catherine Schiff became disenchanted with the production process of mass market retailers. Armed with her textile knowledge, BAYITH was born to promote thoughtful design techniques while fostering the growth of the creative community in Brooklyn. Catherine's textiles are curated for special events with a focus on table linens and custom wedding backdrops.

 
  José Rolón, José Rolón Events "You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am Follow José @joserolonevents José Rolón, a nuptial maestro, specializes in bringing comfort to a process famously filled with tough decisions and mounting stress. In doing so, he leaves his ego out, and gets the job done! As a result, every José Rolón Event is a seamless wonder.  Parents adore him, vendors respect him, and brides and grooms bestow their trust.   Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, José moved to NYC in 1999.  Currently a single dad of three, 3 years and under, he strikes a balance of both worlds as a parent and wedding planner.

 

José Rolón, José Rolón Events

"You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am

Follow José @joserolonevents

José Rolón, a nuptial maestro, specializes in bringing comfort to a process famously filled with tough decisions and mounting stress. In doing so, he leaves his ego out, and gets the job done! As a result, every José Rolón Event is a seamless wonder.  Parents adore him, vendors respect him, and brides and grooms bestow their trust.   Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, José moved to NYC in 1999.  Currently a single dad of three, 3 years and under, he strikes a balance of both worlds as a parent and wedding planner.

 
Erica Beckman, Clean Plate Pictures "You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am Follow Erica @cleanplatepictures Erica Beckman makes the experience of being photographed easygoing and fun, so couples look and feel happy and relaxed. She started Clean Plate Pictures 8 years ago with the goal of capturing the heart and soul of a celebration, recording the big events as well as unexpected candid moments. Today Erica runs her busy wedding photography business from her studio in the Hudson Valley, photographing weddings all over the Tri-State area. She has a rambunctious 3-year-old and a curious 15-month-old and finds balancing family and work life a joyful challenge.

Erica Beckman, Clean Plate Pictures

"You Can Do This!" A Discussion with Moms & Dads in the Industry | Thursday 11am

Follow Erica @cleanplatepictures

Erica Beckman makes the experience of being photographed easygoing and fun, so couples look and feel happy and relaxed. She started Clean Plate Pictures 8 years ago with the goal of capturing the heart and soul of a celebration, recording the big events as well as unexpected candid moments. Today Erica runs her busy wedding photography business from her studio in the Hudson Valley, photographing weddings all over the Tri-State area. She has a rambunctious 3-year-old and a curious 15-month-old and finds balancing family and work life a joyful challenge.

 
Holly Sheppard, Chef & Owner, Fig & Pig Catering Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am Follow Holly @figandpigcatering Holly Sheppard founded Fig & Pig in 2011 to present clients with accessible and delicious food, using the best possible ingredients. Fig & Pig is a creative, quality-driven catering company devoted to showcasing seasonal ingredients and producing exceptional, food-focused events. 

Holly Sheppard, Chef & Owner, Fig & Pig Catering

Can Wedding Planning and Feminism Co-Exist? Panel | Monday 11am

Follow Holly @figandpigcatering

Holly Sheppard founded Fig & Pig in 2011 to present clients with accessible and delicious food, using the best possible ingredients. Fig & Pig is a creative, quality-driven catering company devoted to showcasing seasonal ingredients and producing exceptional, food-focused events. 

 
Eugene Lee, Founder, Rolling Press Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm Follow Eugene @rollingpress Raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, from which he attributes much of his early exposure to progressive views, Eugene attended NYU where he studied Graphic Communications Management and Technology.  Since co-founding Rolling Press in 1998, Eugene Lee has gone on to put Rolling Press on the global map for sustainable practices. For over eight years, Eugene helped organize and co-host the monthly social networking event Brooklyn GreenDrinks. He has spoken at Fortune 500 corporations and academic institutions about sustainable graphic design and printing, and in 2007, he was a judge for Blackbook’s first annual Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Reports competition. Eugene’s lifetime of experience in the printing industry has left him with a deep respect for traditional craftsmanship, while his experience as a designer means he is always looking for innovation and seeking new ways to make printing environmentally sustainable for generations to come. His passion is creating print products that are “transparently green” – beautiful, well-crafted printed materials that are also environmentally friendly.

Eugene Lee, Founder, Rolling Press

Something Old, Something New | Wednesday 2:30pm

Follow Eugene @rollingpress

Raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, from which he attributes much of his early exposure to progressive views, Eugene attended NYU where he studied Graphic Communications Management and Technology. 

Since co-founding Rolling Press in 1998, Eugene Lee has gone on to put Rolling Press on the global map for sustainable practices. For over eight years, Eugene helped organize and co-host the monthly social networking event Brooklyn GreenDrinks. He has spoken at Fortune 500 corporations and academic institutions about sustainable graphic design and printing, and in 2007, he was a judge for Blackbook’s first annual Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Reports competition.

Eugene’s lifetime of experience in the printing industry has left him with a deep respect for traditional craftsmanship, while his experience as a designer means he is always looking for innovation and seeking new ways to make printing environmentally sustainable for generations to come. His passion is creating print products that are “transparently green” – beautiful, well-crafted printed materials that are also environmentally friendly.

Keriann Kohler, A Practical Wedding Blogger Coffee Talk | Wednesday 11am Follow A Practical Wedding @apracticalwedding Keriann Kohler is the Advertising Manager of the groundbreaking feminist wedding publication A Practical Wedding. APW has been helping to change the face of weddings for nearly a decade with its focus on intersectional feminism and resistance (with a side of glitter), and in that time has become the largest independently owned wedding publication. Keriann connects rad wedding vendors with what she has been told are "the coolest, kindest, and most creative clients" around. She has more than a decade of experience managing small businesses in a variety of industries in both NY and LA, and loves to pass on what she's learned in the trenches to the wedding professionals she works with. The rest of the time Keriann can be found working on the multi-disciplinary arts magazine ESOPUS, in acting or ballet class, and dreaming about travel adventures around the globe.  

Keriann Kohler, A Practical Wedding

Blogger Coffee Talk | Wednesday 11am

Follow A Practical Wedding @apracticalwedding

Keriann Kohler is the Advertising Manager of the groundbreaking feminist wedding publication A Practical Wedding. APW has been helping to change the face of weddings for nearly a decade with its focus on intersectional feminism and resistance (with a side of glitter), and in that time has become the largest independently owned wedding publication. Keriann connects rad wedding vendors with what she has been told are "the coolest, kindest, and most creative clients" around. She has more than a decade of experience managing small businesses in a variety of industries in both NY and LA, and loves to pass on what she's learned in the trenches to the wedding professionals she works with. The rest of the time Keriann can be found working on the multi-disciplinary arts magazine ESOPUS, in acting or ballet class, and dreaming about travel adventures around the globe.