I am honored to be one of the speakers in my hometown for TOOLS, an incredible wedding business conference in Nashville this August!
Enchanted Brides presents Tools, a luxe wedding business conference. Tools is designed to bring together wedding professionals and their staff interested in expanding their business to the next level with top industry experts. These experts will be there to guide you with their knowledge on technology, law, marketing, branding and so much more. In addition to the knowledge, you will have the opportunity to get to know these professionals, exchange ideas with others in your area of business and be inspired to take your knowledge and implement it into your business.
Tools is designed to be intimate. Attendees are limited to 120 giving everyone the opportunity to visit, be inspired and get to know each other. Held in beautiful locations making the experience enjoyable, relaxing and fun all while gaining the knowledge to expand and grow your business. Plenty of time is available to relax, and enjoy the company of new found friends, colleagues, and mentors. It's 3 days and nights you don't won't to miss.
Enchanted Brides is excited to present Tools, August 11-14, 2013 at the historic Union Station Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, part of the Autograph Collection®
The other wonderful speakers include:
Monte Durham is a true stylist of bridal couture. Prior to his role on Say Yes to the Dress, Monte was the image consultant for international designers' Romona Keveza, Amsale, and Rivini.
You can catch Monte as the Fashion Director on Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. He remarks, “My favorite brides are brides that will listen, and are open to my suggestions because that allows me to be the professional that I am. I am a stylist, and I own a hair salon so I know what looks good. I know how they should wear their hair. I know which veil will look good and where it should be placed. So I love brides that are open to possibilities.”
Mike Colón is a world renowned celebrity wedding & lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. He has been shooting professionally for more than fifteen years and has traveled the world on assignments for his discerning clients. His resume boasts household names like Usher, Timbaland, Jim Carrey, Chad Ochocinco, Mel Gibson, Kenny Wayne-Shepherd, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, John Goodman, Russel Simmons, Ines DiSanto, Grace Ormonde and Louis Vuitton.
Mike's work has been featured in publications worldwide including the cover of People, Us Weekly, Instyle, Essence, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Popular Photography, American Photo, Studio Photography & Design, Shutterbug, Wedding Style, and many of the Amherst Media and fine art photography books found in bookstores today.
Colón is currently a Lexar Elite Photographer, one of only twenty photographers worldwide selected for this exclusive sponsorship program. He is also one of only twelve photographers chosen to sit on Apple's advisory panel for Aperture
Desiring to put his platform in the photography community to good use, Mike has made it a point at every speaking engagement to promote Thirst Relief International, an organization very close to his heart, to help bring clean water to thousands in need over the last decade. In 2009, Colón led a group of photographers to Tanzania with Thirst Relief to document and help raise awareness for the organization. Top fashion designers Angel Sanchez, Ines DiSanto, Amy Michelson and Adele Wechsler jumped on board to donate funds and custom gowns for the benefit shoot which was featured in Wedding Style Magazine
Mike resides in Southern California with his beautiful wife and four children. He is a man of faith who exhibits integrity and generosity in his business and personal relationships. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, exploring the outdoors, charitable projects, and most anything that keeps his body and mind active.
Jay Qualls decorated his first cake for his daughter's first birthday party. Little did he know that experience would blossom into a passion for creating delicious, beautiful and distinctive cakes. Since then, this passion turned into a full time successful business known as Maples Wedding Cakes, which lead to the multi-faceted company, Jay Qualls Holding, LLC and creator of the Jay Qualls Fondant Fabric. In 2010 Jay was a cast and became a top competitor, finishing in 4th place on the hit spin-off reality cake decorating/baking competition with Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss on TLC's Next Great Baker.
With Jay's belief that cakes should not only be beautiful, but equally as delicious, Jay quickly turned Maples Wedding Cakes into a leader in custom designed wedding cakes. Jay is one of the leaders in the cake industry with his unique sense of style in cake design, teaching, product development, and business consulting.
Jay has designed wedding and special occasion cakes for music artists such as Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and more. Jay's cakes have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country Weddings, InStyle Weddings, People Magazine, and several other national publications.
Award winning, Rick Interian is a leading florist and designer in South Florida. Rick designs wedding and events in the US and other countries. Rick has owned and operated one of the top floral companies, Avant-Gardens, in the South Florida region for over 20 years. Top celebrities and sport figures from the NFL and NBA highly seek out Rick for their wedding and other events.
Alan A Fowler, Esq. leverages advanced communication skills and legal acumen to simplify the law for his clients to empower them to pursue their goals and dreams.
Alan is a counselor and advocate, based in Key West, Florida. He has a diverse practice, ranging from federal criminal defense to estate planning to land use law. In particular, he has a niche practice, where he serves as outside general counsel for restaurants, craft distilleries, caterers, wedding planners and, as he puts it, “other culinary and hospitality entrepreneurs.” His services range from representation of culinary entities (such as corporate matters, local government and administrative law, and licensing and compliance,) to representation of culinary entrepreneurs in their personality capacity (such as estate planning, criminal defense, and civil lawsuits).
After graduating from Mercer University School of Law and completing Officer Indoctrination School and Naval Justice School, he reported to Naval Station Everett, Washington. Then, he reported to Key West, Florida to serve as Staff Judge Advocate to Naval Air Station Key West. Proud of his military service but understanding Steve Jobs' message that “Its better to be a pirate than join the navy,” Alan left the Naval Service to start a novel, innovative law practice, emphasizing on serving those who drive culture across America: the culinary entrepreneur.