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.


Shaun Cox

Shaun Cox

Coined Ms. Personality, Shaun Cox is known for her liveliness and business savvy. She is the dynamic owner and senior wedding coordinator at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events. Launched in 2011 after her own wedding planner walked out on her wedding day, Shaun has built her empire by niching her market on wedding coordination and the behind-the-scenes logistics. A two-time award winner of the 2015 and 2016 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards, A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events is known for its keep-it-real approach and commitment to couples.

An entrepreneur, mentor, and sought-after educator, Shaun helps aspiring and seasoned wedding planners find their way or get their passion back through her mentoring website, theshauncox.com. She hosts her own bridal show, The Blushing Veil Boutique Bridal Show, and is the co-leader of the Chattanooga Rising Tide’s Tuesdays Together, creative entrepreneurs meet-up. Shaun is also the creator of the 90-10 client consultation model, a couple-centered approach to putting wedding planners in the driver’s seat to showcase their expertise and seal the deal without even mentioning price.

 Shaun leverages her Chattanooga-based wedding coordination business by serving area couples and mentoring fellow wedding professionals around the country. She believes in community over competition. "


Terrica Skaggs

Terrica Skaggs

Wedding Planner * Event Designer * Ebook Author * Industry Educator

Spreading her metropolitan style throughout the low country, Terrica Skaggs has been creating exquisite weddings and events in the Golden Isles area for the past ten years. She believes in creating custom experiences inspired by her clients’ love stories while infusing technology and efficiency. Terrica’s weddings and expertise have been featured in The Knot, Southern Weddings, Munaluchi Bride, HLN tv, Style Me Pretty and a host of others. She resides in the Golden aisles with her four “fabutots” and frequently binges on competition reality TV.

 


Tamuel Cowart

Tamuel Cowart

Forensic accounting was oh, so, appealing throughout college. Upon graduation, not so much! In 2004, Tamuel left her corporate job and began the journey of designing and planning weddings.  Her creative nature, forward-thinking, and determination branded her as a savvy entrepreneur.  She is the President + Founder of RW Events, RW Style, Co-Owner of Luxmore Grande Estate, and Strategic Partner of Cypress Grove Estate House. The brands under Tamuel’s leadership have blossomed and become some of the most sought after when planning weddings (from intimate to luxurious) throughout Central Florida.

By day, she’s an entrepreneur, super boss, mentor and wedding designer. She has also perfected being a mommy to two astounding daughters, wife to her high school sweetheart, and a southern belle. In her spare time, Tamuel can be found traveling, cooking, antiquing, spoiling her fur baby, reading, and planning her next venture.

 


Monique Melton

Monique Melton

Monique Melton is a creative and incredibly insightful brand strategist, author, speaker & mentor. She encourages passionate entrepreneurs to embrace authenticity & create real strategies for achieving their definition of success. Her goal as a brand strategist & mentor is to restore hope with strategic guidance & support in the key areas that affect your ability to grow in business & in life. She is a natural big-bold dreamer and a deeply rooted woman of faith, passionately committed wife& mother and a devoted creative entrepreneur with a humble abundance of knowledge and experience.

She has a BA in social science with an emphasis in Sociology & Psychology and two years of graduate school education in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She combines her 10 plus years of experience as being an entrepreneur in the beauty industry & wedding industry (performing makeup artistry, hosting a local talk show (Wedding Wednesday) producing bridal shows, facilitating networking meetings and much more) with her education and real-world experience, to provide comprehensive support & guidance.

Monique is the author of EntrepreFriendships, a book that uncovers the step-by-step process to building business relationships and earning business opportunities. She is the creator of group workshops, training and masterminds on topics pertaining to personal and business growth. And she has more books coming out on personal and professional growth. She travels the country to encourage and support others in their journey of embracing authenticity and achieving their definition of success. She brings out the best in you, your brand & your team! 

 


Christy "CeCe" Todd

Christy "CeCe" Todd

Christy “CeCe” Todd prides herself on not being a “design and drop” floral designer.  Working with CeCe is always a one of a kind experience.  Known for her infectious personality and her insane attention to detail, her command of flawless event design is what makes her such a valued wedding and event vendor, mentor, and speaker.

Winning several design and industry awards including three consecutive years of Wedding Wire Couples Choice, Best of Borrowed and Blue, and features in National blogs lead to her becoming the go to designer for Live Nation.  Her extensive client list includes Journey, Train, Def Leppard, Ariana Grande, and Kevin Hart.  Her diverse design roster also includes non-profit Galas such as the Chris Hammond Foundation and Brides Against Breast Cancer, Grand Openings, and concept design for businesses.

CeCe Designs work has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Southern Bride, B-Metro, & Alabama Weddings along with several features on National blogs like Style Me Pretty and Luxe Pearl.  CeCe’s following on a variety of social media platforms is a result of her uplifting outlook and charismatic ways. 

CeCe comes from a long line of creative individuals.  Her grandmother was a floral designer and her mother was an internationally known jewelry designer.  Her mother is a founding partner in CeCe Designs and Events.  This creative blood line lead CeCe to pursue a career as a professional singer.  After realizing the end of that career dream, CeCe entered into the flower world in 2000 as a creative outlet.  Working for a local florist, she quickly became the wedding director, buyer, and eventually store director for 5 years.  Her love of vibrant colors and willingness to challenge herself with new design techniques, allowed CeCe to continue to grow in confidence and reputation.

CeCe also owns a sister company that specializes in décor and prop rentals that she manages alongside her husband.  She is also a founding partner in Create: A luxury wedding and special event collaborative workspace.  All of these companies and interests give CeCe the flexibility to remain on the cutting edge of design and props.

She is based in Birmingham, Alabama but travels the United States and Internationally.  She is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Isabella, and her three “gift” sons: Daniel, Joshua, and Andrew.  Her signature color is pink and is known for always having a flower in her hair.


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.