Atosha K. Barboza Bennett

Atosha K. Barboza Bennett

Atosha K. Barboza Bennett is the lead designer and co-owner of Larger Than Life Events and Design.  "As long as I can remember my life has revolved around a party or a wedding!  I remember hosting parties in High School and inviting local officials to attend.  I am a social butterfly!"  Larger Than Life Events and Design was officially born in 2004 upon relocating to SC from NJ.  What initially started as a social club for Plus size women and men has now evolved into a full-service event planning and design company.

Atosha has planned and designed over 100 social and corporate events in the past 10 years!  Atosha loves to create environments where a guest will have a never before experience.


What started out as a hobby for friends and family has transitioned to a full-time dream job.  Atosha has attended Rutgers University - New Brunswick (international relations) and most recently University of Phoenix and will soon receive her BA in Hospitality Management and Marketing.  Atosha cultivates her god-given talents by attending various industry conferences and workshops.

She is the only event planner/designer in the illustrious Munaluchi Bride Coterie in South Carolina.  Her work has been featured in multiple publications online and in print.

Larger Than Life Events and Design was voted "People Choice award Best Florist - 2014 and 2015, Best Event Planner/Designer/Coordinator - RunnerUp and Rising Star.  She is also a founding board member for the Charleston Multicultural Bridal and Events Association.


Tiffany Chalk

Tiffany Chalk

Respectfully known by her clients as a Master Space Transformationist, Tiffany Chalk is a sought after event planner, event design specialist and national event planning industry expert. Dedicated to her craft, Tiffany stays abreast of what she calls “T3”TM (the latest techniques, technology and talent boosters), by learning from the best in her industry. Breaking budgetary boundaries, especially during space transformations is Tiffany’s expertise.
After over 15 years of leadership in the spa industry, Tiffany made the decision to follow her passion of event planning in 2007. Since then, Tiffany has become one of the Tri-State area’s most sought after event planners and speaker, earning the awards, TV appearances and accolades across the region. Tiffany sets herself apart from her contemporaries with her distinctive ability to go beyond her clients’ expectations without compromising style and sophistication, even with the most modest of budgets. Her savvy business acumen proves to be an asset in vendor contract negotiations and, her charismatic demeanor ensures that her clients have an enjoyable experience throughout each step of the planning process.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Tiffany is a loving wife, mother and fashionista with a penchant for designer handbags. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical Community College where she teaches the wedding and event planning certificate course. In her spare time, Tiffany volunteers for charitable organizations such as March of Dimes, an active board member of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, Duffy’s Hope Organization and an senior leader at Antioch Christian Church.

 


Lauren Sarnoff Atwater

Lauren Sarnoff Atwater

From an early appreciation of art, Lauren has developed a successful career utilizing her God-given gift to share her passion with many. As a young bride, Lauren took on several DIY projects and blogged tutorials along the way. After building a following, she began receiving requests to have items created for other brides. She soon decided to open her first online shop. Although this started as a hobby in the beginning years, she reached a point when she realized her potential and Ten23 Designs was born. Thus began her path to creating her empire.

Once she connected with her brand identity, she knew she wanted to produce unique elements for her custom event décor clients. Allowing her creativity to lead her, Lauren has set a standard in custom event décor.

Lauren’s work has been recognized in print publications such as Munaluchi Bride, The Celebration Society formally known as Occasions, Oh Brides Magazine, Women's Day and other industry magazines as well as online publications including Hostess with the Mostess, Essence, People, Style Me Pretty, Disney blog and countless others having been published well over 300 times.

Lauren believes it is important that her products stand out as a representation of her brand just as she believes that her clients’ events should be a unique representation of their brand. Lauren does not identify herself as a product maker or manufacturer. She is an artist that produces custom pieces that create emotions and memories.

 


Ticora Davis

Ticora Davis

Ticora Davis, Esq. – The Creator’s Lawyer

Attorney, Legal Advisor, Business Strategist, Professor, Speaker, and Consultant Ticora’s career as entrepreneur began two decades ago in her parent’s living room where she peddled chocolate treats and sugary confections to her unsuspecting family members. At the time, the precocious Ticora thought business was good as she made enough money to supply her sweet tooth.

Unfortunately, her shop doors were not open for long as she ate her entire store’s supply one summer afternoon. Since that time, the entrepreneurial seed planted in her heart has been watered and cultivated to a season where she is now in full bloom.

She founded The Creator’s Law Firm, a boutique intellectual property and business law firm, to help creative entrepreneurs and small business owners build, grow, and protect their business by providing luxury legal service in the areas of contracts, business, Internet, consulting, trademark and copyright matters. Ticora is committed to empowering creatives with the knowledge and tools to not only understand their intellectual property, but to leverage their intellectual property for ultimate profitability.

Her clients include TV celebrities, award-winning wedding professionals, artists, creative entrepreneurs,designers and business coaches, and TED/TEDx speakers to name a few. Because of her innovative work, she’s been featured on VH1, Fox46 Charlotte, Mama Hustle & Co., Amped Life 360, and Sweet Blue Bird Design Company. In addition to her love for the Law and Entrepreneurship, Ticora enjoys being a wife and role as a new mother. Recognizing the unique struggles parents have with raising businesses and babies, she decided to bring her passion for motherhood into her firm. She holds innovative seminarsspecifically for mompreneurs - mothers who are current or aspiring business owners. She creates a safe space where mothers can bring their children and receive help with their business in a warm and welcoming environment.

Ticora currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the Charlotte School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina.

In her spare time, Mrs. Davis enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She also donates her legal services pro bono to survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation pursuing financial freedom and entrepreneurship.

 

 


Ashley Miller Robinson

Ashley Miller Robinson

I’m Ashley Miller Robinson, the Owner and Lead Event Director of Blush Event Company. I’ve always loved pulling together the details to make an extraordinary event. I’ve always been very detailed, decisive, and determined. I live for a completed to-do list.

Checklist completion gives me a sense of accomplishment for the day. I was blessed when the world of special events was introduced to me years ago.  I absolutely love taking care of my clients. Holding a degree in Business Administration and working as a Senior Property Manager in the corporate field for years was OK but I wanted to explore my creativity side more. Blush Event Company was born from years of being the “go-to” force for organizing special events, including weddings and surprise proposals, for my friends and family.

After becoming a Certified Event Planner, I knew I had found my calling! I consider myself blessed to have found my passion and my purpose. Playing a special part in the happiest moments in our client’s lives isn't taken lightly. Yes, I still cry at EVERYwedding and marriage proposal! I’m honored to have my clients entrust in BEC and we strive to create an unforgettable client experience.

As a Co-Founder of Wedding Creative Sessions continuous education and community is very important to me. One thing that warms my heart is seeing the ambition in others to grow and thrive as professionals in the wedding industry. I love sharing my knowledge and experiences with othersOpenness and willingness to share with others is one of the ways the wedding industry will have endless growth. I believe it's vital to pour into others when you have been blessed with tools to evolve. I’m an active member of the Atlanta special events community through International Special Events Society (ISES) and the Allie Awards planning committee. I love attending annual conferences & seminars to stay present and knowledgeable of my beloved industry. Living in my life’s purpose has been a true blessing. I believe I was placed here to help others through the unknown. Whether it’s planning a fabulous wedding, helping the fellas pop the BIG question, or sharing my wedding professional journey with novice business owner; I’m in my element.

 


Milton Lawrence, Jr.

Milton Lawrence, Jr.

Brand Image Expert and Creative Director Milton Lawrence Jr lives by the core philosophy evidenced by every image or story that he creates. Known as a specialist and strategist in the bridal, beauty and personal branding arena Milton Lawrence consults some of the biggest brands in the bridal and beauty industry.

Milton has dedicated the last decade of career to capturing and telling authentic stories via still and motion imagery. 

As a creative, working in the digital age, Milton is fascinated by the challenges that emerge when the worlds of beauty and tech collide. In mid 2015, Milton’a own curiosity and commitment to brand integrity took him from behind the lens to develop the Beauty Shield Mobile App. The first mobile integrated image water marking app built for creative professionals by a creative professional.

Milton is an internationally acclaimed beauty, bridal and brand photographer, Image strategist, speaker and tech start up founder. He owns the stage with teaching those both behind and in-front of the camera how to accelerate their businesses, exude confidence through action and gain world wide recognition through proper positioning of a strong visual brand.  US Marine Corps War Veteran and his work has been featured in The Knot, Black Enterprise, Essence, Munaluchi and many digital publications.