Liene Stevens is an author, speaker, and business consultant helping brands build and keep their reputation as wedding industry leaders. Named by Special Events magazine as one of “12 Young Professionals to Watch,” Liene is a consumer psychology and behavioral economics expert whose research on the millennial generation is currently taught as part of the MBA curriculum at three top-tier US universities. Her second book, Luxe Love: Marketing and Selling Luxury Weddings, hits bookstores December 2016. With a previous life in international development, Liene is fortunate to have been able to call several countries home. Her guiding value is that people have a right to live fully, not just merely. With this in mind, she designed a career that allows her the flexibility and resources to volunteer with orphanages overseas and with foster kids here at home. A few of Liene’s favorite things include big cities, strong coffee, fresh flowers, modern art museums, and any dance floor, anywhere. Her favorite place to spend time is at her dining room table for Friday game nights with her family.
Hey Gorgeous Events
Rhiannon Bosse is the creator of the Trouvaille Workshop, which has quickly become an inspiring, educational, and hands-on experience for intermediate and multifaceted wedding planners that's unlike any other. Additionally, as the owner and lead designer of the Hey Gorgeous Events brand, she and her hard-working team are passionate about serving their discerning clientele and making milestones remarkable. The Hey Gorgeous team is known for planning and designing innovative and high-end experiences with romantic and timeless touches. In addition to speaking at some of the most notable conferences in the industry, Rhiannon's design and floral work has been seen on the cover of Southern Weddings, Brides, Cottage Hill, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Knot. She lives in the Midwest with her husband Andrew (a staple at Trouvaille; he can't wait to meet you, too!), their son Lachlan Rue, and rescue pup Zoe. Rhiannon loves her peony garden, chai tea lattes, spending Fridays taking adventures with her son, and dreaming with her husband about building their forever home in Michigan.
Martha Stewart Weddings
Shira Savada is the Real Weddings Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, and has been working with real couples and talent within the industry for more than eight years. Always on the hunt for great weddings and celebrations to feature in the magazine and online, she pours over all the submissions one-by-one. Shira works closely with all departments of the magazine and digital platforms, often pitching new ideas or writing stories featured in both areas. This seasoned bridesmaid is a sucker for a great first dance song, anything calligraphed, classic photographs, family heirlooms, and a well-made cocktail. Her love of all things bridal began in elementary school when she dressed up as a bride for Halloween in a 'gown' made by her mother. Shira's obsessed with anything purple, her favorite flower is the ranunculus, and her cat has her own hashtag (#mycatviolet).
Shanna Skidmore is a business strategist and financial coach. Nicknamed the “dream-releaser” by her clients, she helps entrepreneurs make money doing what they love by building profitable and sustainable businesses. For the past 10 years she has been immersed in the world of small business development and finance. By studying patterns of success, she now coaches and consults with creative entrepreneurs on business principles she found to be key indicators of success. Her background in finance, psychology and art, have allowed her to marry the world of business and creativity. Her greatest joy is watching others transform their stories and build businesses & lives they love! Shanna resides in the southeast with her husband, Kyle, and Siberian husky pup, Sadie.
Moya Minns is the heart and hands of MM Ink, a highly sought after calligraphy and design studio located in Atlanta, Georgia. Her love for this art form began as a pre-teen doing her homework in calligraphy; it is now adorning stationery pieces for elaborate weddings, stylish celebrity events, and bespoke heirloom products. Moya's exquisite and versatile hand calligraphy is influenced by her study under Chief White House Calligrapher and Master Penman, Pat Blair; and her work has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Inside Weddings,Southern Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, and Style Me Pretty. When Moya is not dipping her pen in ink, she is enjoying the sweet company of her husband and three children.
Ashlyn Carter writes bespoke, meaningful words for creative women as a copywriter and calligrapher. After a decade in marketing writing for clients like Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A, she left her job as a publicist to go full-time with her calligraphy business for brides. Which quickly grew to include marketing copy for wedding industry creatives. Her writing has been published in Southern Living, Lara Casey publications, The Knot, Princess Cruises, The Celebration Society, and more. When not writing about herself in third person, she’s usually trying to scratch the ink off her fingernails or grabbing margs and tacos with her husband in their home in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Little Black Desk Society
Melissa K. Jones is a results oriented, driven entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in leading teams to excel and building strong customer relations. She is founder of The Little Black Desk Society formerly known as Creative Chics. Based in Chicago and serving small business women nationwide, her goal is to lead women in building sustainable businesses through monthly masterminds. The Little Black Desk Society focuses on accountability, internal relationship building, and providing a platform for women to develop their leadership skills. She believes in a society that is more technology dependent than ever, there is a need for in-person support and encouragement. Most recently, she spoke at the Nashville Wedding Planners Retreat and Iowa State Event Management Conference. Melissa is a loyal friend, type A, fiercely protective sister and aunt, football lover, quote hoarder, office supply nerd, avid reader, and passport stamp collector. She is passionate about children's literacy and civil rights. She lives her life by these mantras: Love conquers fear EVERY TIME. Celebrate what You Appreciate.
Former Luxury Business Owner
Jodi Bos is the former owner, creative director, and proprietor of Gwyneth Paige, a couture letterpress and paper boutique which she sold in 2016. She also owned the company, In Any Event where she and her team spearheaded luxury events in the Michigan market. With more than a decade in the luxury events industry as a former design and wedding planner, Jodi brings a wealth of wedding planning and design knowledge to the community. Because of her belief that entertaining is about feeling loved and loving others, it is no surprise that she is returning for a fifth time to Trouvaille as a respected and loved contributor. Her personal story is always a favorite at Trouvaille! Jodi lives with her husband, Nathan, and their two children, Gretchen and Seth, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She loves thrifting, a good cup of strong coffee and picking out the loveliest of paper details.
Christina Scalera is an attorney and business consultant to creative entrepreneurs in the wedding industry, such as planners, calligraphers and photographers. She started her career working in-house after law school as a trademark attorney, and after taking a brief (but meaningful) detour as a private yoga instructor, learned the ropes of online entrepreneurship and blogging. Seeing a gap in the creative industry for solid legal help and business consulting, she’s built a three-company empire focused on making difficult concepts simple, accessible and enjoyable. She’s also a legal consultant for HoneyBook. You can learn from Christina for free at ChristinaScalera.com or on the Creative Empire podcast, each of which have plentiful resources for the creative entrepreneur looking to start, scale or master her business. When she’s not teaching, consulting or litigating, Christina can be found on a horse somewhere near Atlanta, Georgia.
Samantha James Photography
Samantha Vanderson lives in a cozy home with her family in Belmont, Michigan. She is married to her husband, Brad, who is a youth pastor at their home church. They have a sweet little one year old daughter, Emery, who has a fun and sassy personality. She and her husband are also foster parents and while they don't always have a foster placement, they have welcomed six children into their home over the past three years. Samantha is the sole owner and operator of her wedding and lifestyle photography business, Samantha James Photography. Photography is one area of her life where she is especially passionate. She considers it an immense honor to be invited into someone's pivotal moments of life and loves to catch a glimpse into the story they are living. Much of her personal time is spent being a mother, volunteering with the youth at her church and investing in the relationships with her family and friends.
All of the displayed speakers will physically be in attendance at the workshop with the exception of Moya Minns. Moya will be providing all of the stunning stationery items for the experience along with tangible post-workshop information on stationery etiquette for each attendee to utilize.