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 organisation and for our industry. They provide guidance for our students, contribute their input into 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 and this gives them invaluable insight into the industry from people who are experts in their field and have so much knowledge to share.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a certificate destination wedding specialist based in Tuscany, Italy.
I help busy, professional couples plan an authentic, luxurious, Italian wedding. My expertise is in designing and producing events while combining premier Italian delicacies and wines, the culture and charm of the land with my clients personalities. I had the privilege to meet couples from many backgrounds, and have been enriched by their cultural upbringings, creeds, and traditions.
My editorial and real weddings design work has been featured in magazines and blogs such as Vogue, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Strictly Weddings, Bridal Musings to name a few.
I recently won the “wedding & honeymoon specialist awards 2016” by the Luxury Travel Guide.
Lisa fell in love with flowers aged 15 and has spent her working life ever since exploring the flower world. Her love of creating large designs and her eye for detail meant that she naturally gravitated towards wedding work and has enjoyed creating floral designs for Brides both in the UK and France.
In 2011 Lisa and her family packed up and moved to France where she created French Flower Style. The company provides a bespoke wedding floristry service to clients from across the globe who choose France as their wedding destination.
Styling and creating flowers at some of South West Frances most beautiful Chateaux, Lisa has been featured in wedding magazines and blogs such as Magnolia Rouge and Style Me Pretty.
2018 Heralds the launch of Lisa’s new project French Flower School which will allow her to follow her other passion, teaching and sharing her skills with other Florists and creatives.
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.
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.
HOLLY POULTER AND SUSANNAH DALE
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.
I’m a Marketing Executive and Talent Scout at Scarlett Entertainment. I’m a specialist in European corporate event entertainment with a special emphasis on entertainment for weddings in key markets such as the UK, Spain, France and Italy. I work to make event planners and future brides and grooms aware of the latest wedding entertainment trends by constantly adding the best new artists to our global roster and through creating articles for the Scarlett Entertainment “Ideas Blog”.
PAULINE BROOKES & CLARA EMANUEL
Pauline Brookes & Clara Emanuel are the sister duo behind Moderna Media Ltd. With a wealth of experience organising bespoke events for corporates, small businesses, private individuals and charities, they are passionate about creating memorable experiences for people. From private galas to conferences and multi-day executive programmes, our mission is to delight and inspire.
In addition to their events and project management experience, Pauline & Clara also provide a lifestyle platform for female freelancers and digital nomads to connect, collaborate and mingle.
In just five years, Erica has forged a name in the industry as one of the go‑to experts for all things wedding. With a brand that’s instantly recognisable, she’s won an armful of awards, featured in world leading publications, press and blogs and now holds the best address book in the industry.
Erica has worked with hundreds of the most established companies in the industry; but it still makes her day to help new and upcoming businesses find their feet in the industry. Clients can’t help but fall in love with Erica’s enthusiasm, her passion, creativity and unshakable belief in the companies she works with; which is exactly what makes Mr & Mrs Unique so special!
Erica is the magic ingredient that has meant her clients have remained members since that first day she cheerfully kicked down the door to the world of weddings, wearing her stable ensemble of glitter and sequins, sparkle and smiles.
Whether it’s promotional work, collaborations, marketing, consultancy or styling with her unique edge, Erica has an ever‑evolving portfolio of work that has made her the one the creative couples turn to. As if that wasn’t enough, she also turns her skilful hand to managing a successful PR & Marketing website, a diverse client directory, is a multiaward winning blogger, the Editor of her very own magazine and Fashion Editor for the ever so cool Rock n Roll Bride Magazine.
SUSANA ESTEVES PINTO
Susana Esteves Pinto, a curator of quality and spark, studied communication design and cultural management. During her first professional years, she worked in animated fils, illustration, puppetry, production and graphic design. By 2004, she decided to create her own brand, Wise_Up, and began developing a small illustrators agency (Wise_Up Team) and a wedding invitations and stationary label (WIse_Up Weddings). One thing led to another and in 2010 she created Simplesmente Branco, that grew to become the best-selected wedding directory and inspiration blog about weddings in Portugal. Along with the website came S Magazine, a digital wedding publication that also contributed to brightening up the Portuguese wedding scene. After 6 years editing Simplesmente Branco, and realizing that Portugal had gathered a very impressive collection of venues and vendors for beautiful, warm, thoughtful weddings, Susana founded The Destination, a website about destination weddings in Portugal. In 2015 she co-wrote a book, a practical guide for planning a wedding, called “Queres casar comigo? – guia prático para um dia muito feliz”.
And a year later, hosted the first edition of The Destination – international wedding conference. She has a thing for shoes, books and art postcards, lives in Lisbon and loves the urban rush and the latest buzz.
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.
Sarah Richardson at Leafy Couture is one of the leading floral designers for the North with a wealth of experience and passion. Sarah is considered an expert in her field, regularly featured in the wedding press, showcasing our work from timeless elegance to cutting-edge design.
Sarah is passionate about creating beautiful wedding flowers, looking to fashion, art and nature for inspiration and uses the best quality flowers from locally sourced growers and international suppliers.
Sarah also runs a flower school where she teaches other florists and flower lovers how to make beautiful floral creations.