WEDx Speakers 

Our remarkable Wedding Industry speakers have a huge tool box of experience and ideas with bundles of passion; keen to inform, inspire, surprise and delight.  Our itineraries include time to network with the speakers and other attendees. Bring your business cards, you're gonna need them!

WEDx Wyboston - One Day Seminar - Siobhan Craven-Robins of NAWP, Kate Beavis, vintage style expert & Creative Wedding Fair curator, Sharn Khaira of Desi Dream Bride, Terry Lewis of Wedding Marketing Mastery, Lee Smith, motivational speaker, presenter and magician, Karen Cinnamon of Smashing The Glass, John Nassari Photography.

WEDx Bristol -One Day Seminar - Date to be confirmed- Kirsten Butler of The Little Wedding Helper, Naomi Thomas of charity Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, Meghan Keates of Wedding Emporium, Danielle Donnelly of Wedding Hub. Bio's to follow.

WEDx Workshops - Hannah Rose Tafft, Lee Smith

 

WEDx Wyboston - One Day Seminar - 6th November 2017

 
John Nassari John has been a photographer for 27 years, boasting the accolade of being an Olympus Visionary, and has exhibited his work in many galleries including the National Portrait Gallery. Working in the wedding industry since 2007, he’s always been busy with commercial photography and personal work. At WEDx he’ll be exploring why he feels it is important to have a diverse practice, and the difference of working in studios with employees and working solo. John’s wedding photography career has seen him win countless awards with the WPJA, and he works closely with luxury planners, brands and a number of luxury venues and hotels across London. These include The Savoy, The Landmark Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and One Events. His diverse career has cultivated a unique ability of capturing moments and emotions in beautiful ways, and his insight will be invaluable whether or not photography is your business. www.johnnassari.co.uk

John Nassari

John has been a photographer for 27 years, boasting the accolade of being an Olympus Visionary, and has exhibited his work in many galleries including the National Portrait Gallery.

Working in the wedding industry since 2007, he’s always been busy with commercial photography and personal work. At WEDx he’ll be exploring why he feels it is important to have a diverse practice, and the difference of working in studios with employees and working solo.

John’s wedding photography career has seen him win countless awards with the WPJA, and he works closely with luxury planners, brands and a number of luxury venues and hotels across London. These include The Savoy, The Landmark Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and One Events. His diverse career has cultivated a unique ability of capturing moments and emotions in beautiful ways, and his insight will be invaluable whether or not photography is your business.

www.johnnassari.co.uk

 
Kate Beavis Kate Beavis is a vintage lifestyle expert, published author and curator of artisan wedding fairs at Magpie Wedding, formerly The National Vintage Wedding Fair. She is passionate about inspiring women to follow their own styles, whatever their age, in all aspects of their lives from fashion, to weddings, to interiors. She also shares her 18 years retail knowledge with creative clients as part of Indie PR. Do you want to get your business, product and story into the national press, on blogs and on TV? Kate Beavis shares traditional and non traditional methods to make that happen including what it is that journalists want, how to find who to talk to, and how to get them to sit up and notice you. You'll also get the chance to pick her brains at the end of the session in a Q&A. www.katebeavis.com www.magpiewedding.com

Kate Beavis

Kate Beavis is a vintage lifestyle expert, published author and curator of artisan wedding fairs at Magpie Wedding, formerly The National Vintage Wedding Fair. She is passionate about inspiring women to follow their own styles, whatever their age, in all aspects of their lives from fashion, to weddings, to interiors. She also shares her 18 years retail knowledge with creative clients as part of Indie PR.

Do you want to get your business, product and story into the national press, on blogs and on TV? Kate Beavis shares traditional and non traditional methods to make that happen including what it is that journalists want, how to find who to talk to, and how to get them to sit up and notice you. You'll also get the chance to pick her brains at the end of the session in a Q&A.

www.katebeavis.com

www.magpiewedding.com

Lee Smith Lee Smith is a charming illusionist experienced in keeping crowds of people engaged. He’s made television appearances, captivated celebrities and achieved big results for some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies. He’s just got back from the UAE where he turned sand into pearls for the Saudi Royal Family, the family of the President of the US and the President of Dubai.  Lee has motivated thousands at trade shows, blown the minds of celebrities and entertained countless couples and their guests at weddings. Currently co-writing a book to help business grow to epic proportions; he’s the ideal person to teach you how to raise your game. At WEDx he taught us the power of collaboration and being relentless in your efforts. He’ll also shared how to increase your activity at wedding fairs, on the phone, and at meetings as well as the secrets to selling higher prices in more volume.  www.walkaboutmagic.com

Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a charming illusionist experienced in keeping crowds of people engaged. He’s made television appearances, captivated celebrities and achieved big results for some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies. He’s just got back from the UAE where he turned sand into pearls for the Saudi Royal Family, the family of the President of the US and the President of Dubai. 

Lee has motivated thousands at trade shows, blown the minds of celebrities and entertained countless couples and their guests at weddings. Currently co-writing a book to help business grow to epic proportions; he’s the ideal person to teach you how to raise your game.

At WEDx he taught us the power of collaboration and being relentless in your efforts. He’ll also shared how to increase your activity at wedding fairs, on the phone, and at meetings as well as the secrets to selling higher prices in more volume. 

www.walkaboutmagic.com

Sharn Khaira Sharn Khaira is a successful wedding planner and coordinator for Asian and Fusion weddings at Desi Bride Dreams. She helps couples to be stress free and focused and feel confident that their wedding will flow with ease.  Desi Bride Dreams has been flagged as a ‘name to know’ in the UK Asian wedding world.  From its inception in September 2015, Sharn and her team have worked on a huge variety of weddings and have managed weddings with budgets in excess of £100,000.  She is also an advocate for Asian female entrepreneurs and has set up the Asian Female Entrepreneurs Collective (AFEC)  to help other women be successful in business.  www.desibridedreams.co.uk www.desibridedreamsplanning.co.uk

Sharn Khaira

Sharn Khaira is a successful wedding planner and coordinator for Asian and Fusion weddings at Desi Bride Dreams. She helps couples to be stress free and focused and feel confident that their wedding will flow with ease. 

Desi Bride Dreams has been flagged as a ‘name to know’ in the UK Asian wedding world. 

From its inception in September 2015, Sharn and her team have worked on a huge variety of weddings and have managed weddings with budgets in excess of £100,000. 

She is also an advocate for Asian female entrepreneurs and has set up the Asian Female Entrepreneurs Collective (AFEC)  to help other women be successful in business. 

www.desibridedreams.co.uk

www.desibridedreamsplanning.co.uk

Terry Lewis Terry is a 6x Award Winning Wedding DJ (Voted best UK Wedding DJ), Mentor, Speaker, Author and Judge at The Wedding Industry Awards. Having learnt how to increase both his bookings and his valuations he has dedicated his time to turning the techniques he used successfully into a formula that can be applied to any business. His talks cover topics including, getting clarity on what the ‘7 influencers’ are and why they work. Learning how to weave the ‘7 influencers’ into your meeting presentation to trigger motivation and want for your services. Discovering how to prescribe and not sell your signature wedding experience, so you come across as the natural choice not pushy. Understanding how to articulate value and convey worth in a way that resonates with your avatar. Igniting passion for your offer with such power, price is no longer the number 1 buying criteria; your value is. www.weddingmarketingmastery.co.uk www.djterryjlewis.com

Terry Lewis

Terry is a 6x Award Winning Wedding DJ (Voted best UK Wedding DJ), Mentor, Speaker, Author and Judge at The Wedding Industry Awards.

Having learnt how to increase both his bookings and his valuations he has dedicated his time to turning the techniques he used successfully into a formula that can be applied to any business.

His talks cover topics including, getting clarity on what the ‘7 influencers’ are and why they work. Learning how to weave the ‘7 influencers’ into your meeting presentation to trigger motivation and want for your services. Discovering how to prescribe and not sell your signature wedding experience, so you come across as the natural choice not pushy. Understanding how to articulate value and convey worth in a way that resonates with your avatar. Igniting passion for your offer with such power, price is no longer the number 1 buying criteria; your value is.

www.weddingmarketingmastery.co.uk

www.djterryjlewis.com

Siobahn Craven-Robins Back in 1995, Siobhan recognised a gap in the market for designated co-ordinators to help couples through the wedding planning process saving them time, money and disappointment. Siobhan is acknowledged in the industry as the UK’s first Wedding Planner. Siobhan is now established as one of the UK’s leading wedding co-ordinators. Her beautiful weddings have featured in Hello, OK! and many bridal magazines in various countries around the world. Her famous clients include Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Greg Kinnear, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Des O’Connor and Ronni Ancona. Siobhan helped launch the National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) to promote professionalism and integrity within the UK Wedding industry. The aim of NAWP is to promote professional standards and ethics within the UK Wedding industry in order that a consistency of standards is maintained to meet the expectations of our Wedding clientele. www.siobhancraven-robins.com www.nawp-uk.com  

Siobahn Craven-Robins

Back in 1995, Siobhan recognised a gap in the market for designated co-ordinators to help couples through the wedding planning process saving them time, money and disappointment. Siobhan is acknowledged in the industry as the UK’s first Wedding Planner.

Siobhan is now established as one of the UK’s leading wedding co-ordinators. Her beautiful weddings have featured in Hello, OK! and many bridal magazines in various countries around the world. Her famous clients include Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Greg Kinnear, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Des O’Connor and Ronni Ancona.

Siobhan helped launch the National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) to promote professionalism and integrity within the UK Wedding industry. The aim of NAWP is to promote professional standards and ethics within the UK Wedding industry in order that a consistency of standards is maintained to meet the expectations of our Wedding clientele.

www.siobhancraven-robins.com

www.nawp-uk.com

 

Karen Cinnamon Karen is the founder and editor of Smashing The Glass, the world's biggest Jewish (and Jew-ish!) wedding blog, where she brings together two of her favourite things: creativity and love stories.  Featured on the BBC and in The Times, Mail Online, Brides, Elle Decor,  and other global publications, Smashing The Glass is both a passion and a full-time career for Karen.  She lives in a converted piano factory in London with her husband and two daughters. If you're interested in hearing how to make all bloggers want to work with you, how to get your work featured on your ideal blog, and how to market yourself effectively through social media, you're going to want to hear what Karen has to say. (Photo Credit: Blake Ezra Photography) www.smashingtheglass.com www.smashingconsultancy.com

Karen Cinnamon

Karen is the founder and editor of Smashing The Glass, the world's biggest Jewish (and Jew-ish!) wedding blog, where she brings together two of her favourite things: creativity and love stories. 

Featured on the BBC and in The Times, Mail Online, Brides, Elle Decor,  and other global publications, Smashing The Glass is both a passion and a full-time career for Karen. 

She lives in a converted piano factory in London with her husband and two daughters.

If you're interested in hearing how to make all bloggers want to work with you, how to get your work featured on your ideal blog, and how to market yourself effectively through social media, you're going to want to hear what Karen has to say.

(Photo Credit: Blake Ezra Photography)

www.smashingtheglass.com

www.smashingconsultancy.com

 

WEDx Bristol - One Day Seminar -Date TBC

 
Keynote Speaker: Kat Williams The wedding industry doesn’t get more rock and roll than Kat Williams. As founder of Rock n Roll Bride, one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world, she puts the 'Glitter' in Glitterati . Updated daily, her site and its accompanying print magazine attract quirky, alternative and creative readers from all over the planet. Rock n Roll Bride has featured in every major wedding magazine in the UK, as well as on TV and Radio. Winning countless awards and partnering with some of the most amazing brands; Irregular Choice, Choccywoccydoodah, Crown & Glory and Links of London to name just a few. Kat spoke about her rise to success and that critical moment when she realised things had changed. Also sharing how choosing the right collaborations can grow your business. (Photo Credit: Devlin Photos) www.rocknrollbride.com

Keynote Speaker: Kat Williams

The wedding industry doesn’t get more rock and roll than Kat Williams. As founder of Rock n Roll Bride, one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world, she puts the 'Glitter' in Glitterati .

Updated daily, her site and its accompanying print magazine attract quirky, alternative and creative readers from all over the planet. Rock n Roll Bride has featured in every major wedding magazine in the UK, as well as on TV and Radio. Winning countless awards and partnering with some of the most amazing brands; Irregular Choice, Choccywoccydoodah, Crown & Glory and Links of London to name just a few.

Kat spoke about her rise to success and that critical moment when she realised things had changed. Also sharing how choosing the right collaborations can grow your business.

(Photo Credit: Devlin Photos)

www.rocknrollbride.com

 
Lina Orsino-Allen After a varied ten year career in the theatre industry, Lina switched her artistic eye from the stage to behind the camera with her partner Tom.  They are now one of the region’s most sought after photographer teams thanks to their moment-driven approach. Lina has received two international Fearless Photographer awards and one Masters of UK Wedding Photographer award, boasting 10 awards as a couple, including Photographer of the Year at the 2016 Four Counties Wedding Awards. Lina is a seasoned speaker, has written articles for numerous magazines and regularly appears on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Lina provided invaluable insight into why nailing your brand will give you the clients you want, and remembering why weddings truly matter when you have worked loads already. www.linaandtom.com

Lina Orsino-Allen

After a varied ten year career in the theatre industry, Lina switched her artistic eye from the stage to behind the camera with her partner Tom. 

They are now one of the region’s most sought after photographer teams thanks to their moment-driven approach. Lina has received two international Fearless Photographer awards and one Masters of UK Wedding Photographer award, boasting 10 awards as a couple, including Photographer of the Year at the 2016 Four Counties Wedding Awards.

Lina is a seasoned speaker, has written articles for numerous magazines and regularly appears on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Lina provided invaluable insight into why nailing your brand will give you the clients you want, and remembering why weddings truly matter when you have worked loads already.

www.linaandtom.com

Meghan Keates Meghan from The Wedding Emporium has extensive knowledge of the industry, regularly working with wedding business owners 1-2-1 offering guidance and support as well as running award winning wedding shows in the South West. The events with TWE have grown quickly in just 4 years and along with the reputation of their professional and friendly approach, they have always offered suppliers exhibiting and couples attending has only flourished and grown further each year. Meghan has the ultimate passion and love for all things weddings and business and here she will be sharing her expertise on how to really get the most out of attending wedding shows, from how to choose the right event for your business niche right through to the follow up to your potential couples to ensure your investment is worthwhile. www.the-wedding-emporium.com www.wedding-showcase.com

Meghan Keates

Meghan from The Wedding Emporium has extensive knowledge of the industry, regularly working with wedding business owners 1-2-1 offering guidance and support as well as running award winning wedding shows in the South West.

The events with TWE have grown quickly in just 4 years and along with the reputation of their professional and friendly approach, they have always offered suppliers exhibiting and couples attending has only flourished and grown further each year.

Meghan has the ultimate passion and love for all things weddings and business and here she will be sharing her expertise on how to really get the most out of attending wedding shows, from how to choose the right event for your business niche right through to the follow up to your potential couples to ensure your investment is worthwhile.

www.the-wedding-emporium.com

www.wedding-showcase.com

Lisa Johnson and Sam Johnson Lisa Johnson is a freedom and success coach and founder of Just Own This, where she helps ambitious women to design and live their ideal lives. Lisa also owns two successful wedding businesses - Carmela Weddings and Lisa Johnson Ceremonies. Her wedding planning work has been featured in several wedding blogs and magazines and she is the in-house planning expert for Boho Weddings blog. Lisa has recently been featured on the BBC and in the Huffington Post and juggles her businesses with bringing up her 5 year old twin sons. Lisa showed us how to accelerate your business success by staying on brand, and how knowing who your ideal client is can really take things up a notch. www.carmelaweddings.co.uk www.justownthis.com

Lisa Johnson and Sam Johnson

Lisa Johnson is a freedom and success coach and founder of Just Own This, where she helps ambitious women to design and live their ideal lives. Lisa also owns two successful wedding businesses - Carmela Weddings and Lisa Johnson Ceremonies.

Her wedding planning work has been featured in several wedding blogs and magazines and she is the in-house planning expert for Boho Weddings blog. Lisa has recently been featured on the BBC and in the Huffington Post and juggles her businesses with bringing up her 5 year old twin sons.

Lisa showed us how to accelerate your business success by staying on brand, and how knowing who your ideal client is can really take things up a notch.

www.carmelaweddings.co.uk

www.justownthis.com

 
Kirsten Butler Kirsten Butler, also known as The Little Wedding Helper, is an award-winning venue stylist. She works with couples who want their wedding to be as unique as they are. As well as styling she hosts networking events for those in the industry but especially those who work from home. Through her Wedding Sessions she provides help to those just entering the wedding industry and people who need guidance on finding their feet and running their own business.  Starting her business part time in 2007, she won the 2012 Regional Wedding Industry Award for Best Special Touch and in 2013 Kirsten went on to win the national award for this category and took her business full time. A judge on the Wedding Industry Awards panel, she has also won the Venue Styling category Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  At WEDx she’ll be enlightening you on Professionalism, Pyjamas and Procrastination: Working for Yourself and Keeping Sane. www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk

Kirsten Butler

Kirsten Butler, also known as The Little Wedding Helper, is an award-winning venue stylist. She works with couples who want their wedding to be as unique as they are. As well as styling she hosts networking events for those in the industry but especially those who work from home. Through her Wedding Sessions she provides help to those just entering the wedding industry and people who need guidance on finding their feet and running their own business. 

Starting her business part time in 2007, she won the 2012 Regional Wedding Industry Award for Best Special Touch and in 2013 Kirsten went on to win the national award for this category and took her business full time. A judge on the Wedding Industry Awards panel, she has also won the Venue Styling category Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

At WEDx she’ll be enlightening you on Professionalism, Pyjamas and Procrastination: Working for Yourself and Keeping Sane.

www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk

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Previous Speakers

Spencer Wood Since winning Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year in 2007 soon after embarking on his career in magic, Spencer Wood has worked hard to maintain his position as one of the best in the business. He has been personally requested to entertain A-list celebrities, received rave reviews from hundreds of wedding guests, and been sought out by leading businesses to perform at corporate events.  But this isn’t just about magic. Spencer’s magnetic charisma and intuitive entrepreneurial skills have allowed him to take his business to a whole new level. He now delivers motivational talks and training to industry leaders and their employees, teaching them how to improve their own businesses. Two years ago, Lee Smith and Spencer Wood discovered that they were two of a kind. Sharing business insight as well as work, while learning from their differences in approach, they have exceeded even their own ambitious goals. At this WEDx event, Spencer gave us fascinating information about how buddying up has more than doubled his and Lee’s successes. www.spencerwoodmagic.co.uk

Spencer Wood

Since winning Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year in 2007 soon after embarking on his career in magic, Spencer Wood has worked hard to maintain his position as one of the best in the business. He has been personally requested to entertain A-list celebrities, received rave reviews from hundreds of wedding guests, and been sought out by leading businesses to perform at corporate events. 

But this isn’t just about magic. Spencer’s magnetic charisma and intuitive entrepreneurial skills have allowed him to take his business to a whole new level. He now delivers motivational talks and training to industry leaders and their employees, teaching them how to improve their own businesses.

Two years ago, Lee Smith and Spencer Wood discovered that they were two of a kind. Sharing business insight as well as work, while learning from their differences in approach, they have exceeded even their own ambitious goals. At this WEDx event, Spencer gave us fascinating information about how buddying up has more than doubled his and Lee’s successes.

www.spencerwoodmagic.co.uk

Amie Bone From starting out on a market stall in Banbury to opening her shop in Watford, the projects Amie creates now might be on a larger scale; like the Floating Gardens of Westminster Cruise on the River Thames, but her passion for flowers is still as strong. Through hard work and determination she's built a fantastic team who produce breathtaking installations like the Enamour at National Wedding Show. Her achievements include the Global Gift Gala held at the Corinthia Hotel with Eva Longoria-Baston, Gordon Ramsey, David & Victoria Beckham, and her personal favourite, Craig David. Last year Amie held her 10 year anniversary celebrations at The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard. What she doesn't know about flowers is not worth knowing. We heard how to sustain longevity in the wedding business and what it takes to rise to the dizzy heights of working with A-listers and Celebrities.  www.amieboneflowers.com

Amie Bone

From starting out on a market stall in Banbury to opening her shop in Watford, the projects Amie creates now might be on a larger scale; like the Floating Gardens of Westminster Cruise on the River Thames, but her passion for flowers is still as strong.

Through hard work and determination she's built a fantastic team who produce breathtaking installations like the Enamour at National Wedding Show. Her achievements include the Global Gift Gala held at the Corinthia Hotel with Eva Longoria-Baston, Gordon Ramsey, David & Victoria Beckham, and her personal favourite, Craig David.

Last year Amie held her 10 year anniversary celebrations at The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard. What she doesn't know about flowers is not worth knowing.

We heard how to sustain longevity in the wedding business and what it takes to rise to the dizzy heights of working with A-listers and Celebrities. 

www.amieboneflowers.com

Sammi-Jo Gascoyne Founder of Blushing Cook; Sammi-Jo Gascoyne is the cool cake and cookie designer who’s making big waves in the industry. Working up from Commis Chef in a gastropub to Pastry Chef at Le Gavroche and finally Head Chef at Peggy Porschen, she’s now one of the cake industry’s hottest properties. With a fresh new take on the more traditional designs, Sammi-Jo creates beautiful cakes that taste as good as they look, building a reputation for her use of edible flowers.  Sammi-Jo joins WEDx as our ‘Breakthrough Speaker’. She gave us a front row seat in her exciting journey and how just ‘going for it’ and being herself was the best choice she ever made. www.blushingcook.com

Sammi-Jo Gascoyne

Founder of Blushing Cook; Sammi-Jo Gascoyne is the cool cake and cookie designer who’s making big waves in the industry. Working up from Commis Chef in a gastropub to Pastry Chef at Le Gavroche and finally Head Chef at Peggy Porschen, she’s now one of the cake industry’s hottest properties.

With a fresh new take on the more traditional designs, Sammi-Jo creates beautiful cakes that taste as good as they look, building a reputation for her use of edible flowers. 

Sammi-Jo joins WEDx as our ‘Breakthrough Speaker’. She gave us a front row seat in her exciting journey and how just ‘going for it’ and being herself was the best choice she ever made.

www.blushingcook.com

 
 

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