Donna Brown - Owner and Creative Director of Sadona Salon And Spa

Always having the entrepreneurial spirit, Donna actualized her vision of salon, spa and well-being at Sadona Salon + Spa.  A Licensed Esthetician who graduated from Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, Donna has true passion for all things that radiate beauty from within! As an esthetician, Donna is continually furthering her education and is able to offer herself to guests as a means for change. As a previous successful business owner, it made sense to blend her business background with her love of this industry. When she is not spending time with family, you may find Donna drinking a chai tea and musing over new elements of salon, spa and well-being.

Chris Temple - Owner, C&J Entertainment

Chris Temple is the Owner of C & J Entertainment, a full-service entertainment agency.  He has been involved in his family owned business throughout his entire life.  Chris took over the reigns of C & J in 2010 and since he has been providing the highest quality entertainment for all types of events.  When Chris is not working to curate the best list of professional acts to offer his clients, he can be found getting the party started at weddings in the DC area.  To view his full list of accolades visit his site here.

Dionne Kimble-Walker - Professional Vocalist and Entertainer - Highway Star Band

Dionne Kimble-Walker has had music in her life as a mainstay passion since the age of ten. She was introduced to its pull of rhythm and groove by a childhood friend, and has maintained a healthy love affair with music since. From then, she went on to join different musical groups, such as school chorales, church choirs, community choirs, and gospel groups. She began to write, play, and sing the beautiful tunes of music, leading to her independent successful release of her CD. She has also shared the stage and performed with well-known national recording artists.

Twenty plus years ago, Dionne joined Highway Star band as a vocalist, and now-as owner- focuses her attention on differentiating the group from its competition. Their love for music helps them to beautifully perform vast numbers of genres, such as Big Band, Disco, 80s, Pop, Latin, and current hits.

With eleven plus members as part of the band, they’ve successfully and faithfully performed at weddings, fundraisers, festivals, and corporate events. The band has been featured at venues, such as Oreos Park, the Baltimore Convention Center, and myriad grand ballrooms across the DC Metro area with crowds of three-thousand and more.

Although no stranger to large crowds, Highway Star often plays in small, intimate settings adjusting their band size to accommodate budgets and space constraints. The group has a proven track record of producing an unforgettable experience, leaving an indelible impression on everyone. Their wide range of musicality, unique approach to service-excellence, and avid flexibility keeps clients coming back for more.

DJ Brian "Crow" McDaniel - DJ, MC and Owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC​

As a DJ & Emcee, Brian creates an experience for the people he works for. His style as a Performance DJ ranges from low key to high profile depending on the needs of the client. Musically, he is well versed and always works with each client to tailor their musical selections so that their event is both unique and most of all memorable. Brian thoroughly enjoys being a DJ and performing at many weddings and other events throughout the season. His love for being a DJ is combined with his passion for a job well done. Brian owns Crow Entertainment, serves as an advocate for small businesses in Maryland, is a ministry leader at Chesapeake Church and his business is one of few employee operated DJ services anywhere.

Suzi Molak - Co-Owner of Spacez and Events Director at Long View Gallery and AJAX

Suzi Molak is events director at the new Long View Gallery, where clients capitalize on her dynamic background and long list of successes in the art and events industry. She also is Co-Owner of Spacez, a new collection of event venues in washington, DC learn more at  Suzi brings to Long View a unique perspective gained through years of high-profile activity in New York City. After an education in art history, Suzi spent over three years leading a world-renowned Italian art glass company to establish its presence in US markets. Her efforts brought the company to limelight through a PR and events campaign that included collaborations with Fashion Rocks NYC and the Lincoln Center Lifetime Achievement in Film awards. With that success freshly on her heels, Suzi's next endeavor brought a new gallery to the famed SOHO art district in NYC, where her creativity and leadership took the upstart from pre-construction planning to flourishing success.

Never slowing down, Suzi relocated to DC in 2007, and began helping individual and corporate clients with unique event ideas and planning. Through these pursuits, it quickly became clear that the DC area was missing something so many of her clients and others desired - a modern venue for exciting, inspired events. Suzi's vision now joined with that of the team to proudly bring DC the new Long View Gallery.

Amanda Voelkel

After spending the majority of her younger years in England, Amanda returned to the United States to further her education. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, it was time to pursue her growing passion of event management. Now with 10 years of experience in designing and managing events a clear style has emerged. Amanda is deeply rooted in classic tastes with the ability to innovatively incorporate modern trends, creating memories that are appreciated for a life time.

Throughout Amanda’s career, she has planned and executed hundreds of weddings, corporate and social events. Amanda’s time traveling throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean has heavily influenced her ability to create a unique event each time, every time.  

Amanda and the team at Copper Kitchen believe in creating inspired memories, with fresh ingredients, thoughtful planning and exceptional service.

Angelique Litherland - Director of Catering at The Golf Club At South River

Angelique is an Events Management Professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry. As a former General Restaurant Manager in both Casual & Fine Dining, she has a unique perspective to offer Weddings & Events with her diverse Food & Beverage knowledge and attention to detail, with a focus on delivering Exceptional Experiences to both Clients & Guests. She has never forgotten the challenges of planning her own Wedding 20 Years ago, which is still the driving force behind her passion to create Memorable Events to this day and loves incorporating each couples story into their Event.

“Dare to dream, innovate & create”  - Angelique

Kathie DeVincenzo - Travel Expert - Ama Waterways

I have been in travel since 1978. I spent a many years as the Manager of Tucker’s Travel Shoppe in Wilkes Barre, PA. . As a BDM, I worked for Palace Resorts, SuperClubs Resorts, Travelsavers, Central Holiday and AmaWaterways. I have been named Top Supplier Sales Rep in North America,  5 times by Travel Agent Magazine.  I was named Top Sales Rep by Professional Travel Agents of North America and won AmaWaterways Shining Star award for 2016.

Chris Atwood - Communications and Education Specialist for See Italy Travel

Born and raised in Boston, Chris lived in places far and near, New York, Bologna, San Francisco, Rome, Chicago, and Florence.
What thrills him about travel is the chance to live — however briefly — in someone else’s world, to taste what locals eat, to traipse down well-walked streets and to grasp how others make sense of the people and places around them.
Chris joined See Italy Travel because he wanted to share his Italy with others. He first went to Italy in 2001. More than a decade later, the warmth and the beauty that he glimpsed there still draws me back. This is the Italy he wants to share, an Italy defined not just by monuments and museums but by moments forged together: the slow passeggiata through town or the meal where strangers become co-travelers. An Italy made up of people and not simply sights to see.

Erin Miller - Co-owner of Haute Papier

Erin Miller, co-owner of Haute Papier, has been sharing a passion for letterpress printing and fine paper goods for over a decade.   It took just one lesson in letterpress printing to seal her, and business partner Sarah Meyer Walsh’s, fate as life long printers.   The dear friends adopted their first letterpress, Pearl, just hours after that lesson and haven't stopped acquiring antique presses since.  Armed with an ever growing fleet, Haute Papier is committed to designing fresh and beautiful stationery, executing exceptional printing and providing quality customer care. 

The duo has worked to grow their products' reach to over 1,500 stores around the world including being offered for sale in Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Bloomingdales & Williams-Sonoma's Mark & Graham.  Erin & Sarah are renowned for their creative talents, always pushing the envelope in business and design, and are frequently sought out by couture clients including The White House looking for the next big idea in creative innovation.

Around the Haute Papier studio, you will find a dynamic team of designers, printers and all-around awesome people who take pride and care in all they do. This dedication can be seen in pages of Martha Stewart, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, The Washington Post, Brides and Refinery29 to name a few. In addition, Haute Papier's letterpressed coasters were selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things for the Holidays in 2015. 

William Grace - Featured on Platinum Weddings

William Grace - Featured on Platinum Weddings

William Grace has a passion for creating distinctive events and memories. His attention to detail, style and quality, is always tailored to the client’s vision, with his own professional trademark and eye for excellence.  Spending over 25 years in the Food/Beverage & Hospitality industry organizing weddings, social events, corporate galas and convention meetings, William always makes sure every event is delivered flawlessly.

Raquel Shutt - Featured on Platinum Weddings

Raquel Shutt - Featured on Platinum Weddings

Raquel Shutt is the founder and creator of and the Wedding Savvy Summit, an educational conference that gives wedding consumers a comprehensive understanding of the market.  Raquel has been planning weddings since 2001 and is the principal of Wedding Savvy Wedding & Event Consulting, an award winning national wedding consulting company.

Rev. Laura C. Cannon - Wedding Officiant, Author, and Professional Speaker

Laura C. Cannon is a wedding officiant, author, and professional speaker. She owns several wedding-related companies, including Ceremony Officiants™ (, which received the Wedding Industry Experts award for most popular wedding officiant company in the United States in 2016.  She is also the president of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants ( and has personally performed well over 1,000 wedding ceremonies.

As a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Laura travels the country speaking about consciousness, mindfulness, relationships, and business, and is a regular speaker at the annual WeddingMBA conference in Las Vegas. Her work has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, WeddingWire, The Baltimore Sun, BBC News, WTOP, FOX5 DC, and FOX45 in Baltimore. 

Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, Laura has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. Her latest book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.

Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling.  A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a meditation teacher and a 200hr RYT yoga instructor.

Laura will host our special closing presentation at the Wedding Savvy Summit.

Ashley Riddle - Owner of Up Do's For I Do's

Ashley Riddle - Owner of Up Do's For I Do's

Ashley Riddle was seeking on-site bridal beauty services for her wedding in 2004 and few such services existed.  As a bride-to-be and a young hairstylist, she immediately recognized an unfulfilled demand.  Combining her passion for hair styling and makeup artistry with enthusiasm for weddings, she launched her company, Up Do’s For I Do’s in 2004.

Jeff Johnson - Owner of Blue Vanda Designs

Jeff Johnson spent a lifetime in the Southern California events industry. Jeff’s grandfather owned a flower shop, his Mom owned a chain of shops, and his stepdad and brother managed the famous Mark’s Garden’s in Los Angeles. Jeff began his career within the family businesses but quickly branched out. He spent many years as a highly sought after freelance artist, working on events such as the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, the Grammy Awards, World Music Awards, and Disney Studio presentations. He has also serviced some of the most prestigious private residences in Aspen, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

After many years of paying his dues as a freelancer, Jeff co-founded Square Root Designs, one of the premier event design companies in Southern California. He boasted a client base that included the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas; Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Montage Hotels in Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach and Deer Valley; the St. Regis in Monarch Beach; and several upscale corporate projects in Tokyo. Jeff’s designs have been covered by a wide range of media outlets, including shows on Bravo, HGTV, and the Style channel. His services have been contracted by several fortune 500 companies as well as many of Hollywood’s elite.

Jeff sold this business after a decade of success in order to return his wife to her beloved home and to raise his daughters in a culture rich with history and diversity. He is now thrilled to call our beautiful Nation’s capital and Chesapeake Bay area home.

Jeff launched Blue Vanda Designs in 2012 and quickly became recognized as one of the most innovative and respected designers in the DC and Baltimore areas. Inspired by the natural beauty of the East Coast, Jeff has harnessed newfound energy and a fresh design approach. Blue Vanda Designs has become the most exciting creative outlet of his long career. Jeff’s years of experience have cumulated into this venture that embodies individual client attention; intentional, personalized design; pleasant, immediate communication and thrilling delivery.

MEGHAN HANSEN - Senior Event Producer at Select Event Group

Meghan started in the event industry just outside of Philadelphia in 2004. Since then she has worked on multiple sides of an event – client, planner, fundraiser, designer and producer – and has handled events taking place across the country from the Eastern Seaboard to the Midwest and California. Her passion for designing unique and unforgettable event experiences coupled with her strong strategic thinking has led to the success of events for clients such as Macy’s, Under Armour, Moet/Hennessy, USGA, URBN, David’s Bridal, Dior and UNCF. Meghan is a graduate of Villanova University and served as the president of the Baltimore area chapter of the Alumni Association from 2009 through 2013.