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, 2016, Best Event Planner/Designer/Coordinator - RunnerUp and Rising Star and 2016 Founder's award! She is also a founding board member for the Charleston Multicultural Bridal and Events Association.


Monique Melton

Monique Melton

Monique Melton @moemotivate

Monique Melton is a business & relationship coach, published author of the book EntrepreFriendships, a motivational speaker and diversity advocate. She coaches women in building profitable and purposeful businesses while maintaining healthy relationships. She travels the country speaking at conferences and events on topics related to business & relationships. She’s been published in magazines, featured in blogs and podcasts and has touched the lives and businesses of women all over the world. She is a natural big-bold dreamer and a deeply rooted woman of faith. She is a proud Navy wife and loving mother to two little ones. 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 believes it's not all about your comfort, but it's about your growth.

 


Elana Walker

Elana Walker

Elana Walker is the Lead Certified Wedding & Event Planner for Elana Walker Events, LLC and the Founding Editor of Southern Noir Weddings. With over 8 years of experience in the event world, Elana has planned and weddings all over the US & Bahamas with clients ranging from Doctors, Lawyers, Professional Athletes, Federal Agents and the list goes on.

Elana is known for a classic timeless style that she brings to her wedding designs and her ability to provide her clients with a personal luxury planning experience. With over 8 years in the industry, her expertise has landed her several appearances on the NBC, CBS & TWC networks. Her work has graced the pages of Brides Magazine, The Knot Magazine, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine, Weddings Magazine & Munaluchi Bride Magazine. Such blogs as Style Me Pretty, Essence, Ebony, Aisle Perfect, Black Bride & Wedding Wire to name a few have featured her work. As a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) she has won Best Wedding $75k Budget or higher in 2016 & 2017 and Event of the Year in 2016. After being a member since 2012 she now sits on the board as the Vice President of Programs & Education.

This former animal healthcare employee turned wedding planner is an avid animal lover which is why Elana decides not to consume or wear anything made from animals.  Currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, her true inspiration towards success is fueled by her 2 son’s Tre & Clark. The love she has for her son’s makes her strive more and more each day for greatness as she believes she is their blueprint.

 


Darryl Wilson

Darryl Wilson

Darryl Wilson

is more than a wedding planner. He's the executive producer for the biggest events of a couple's life., setting the scene for the ultimate love story. With Weddings among the glitterati costing more than most theatre productions, they are Show in every sense of the word. From staging the the reception hall to overseeing the cast to making sure every flower arrangement, place setting and decoration is done up to perfection, Wilson is focused on excellence.

As founder of D'Concierge Weddings and Events , Wilson and his team share stories of more than 40 couples a year, creating moments they and their guests will never forget. From Hollywood stars to Washington D.C power players, Wilson has become the go to for couples who want the Ultimate in luxury, delivered by a gentleman dedicated to impeccable service.

Not bad for kid from East St. Louis, IL who beat the odds and overcame a tragic backstory to fulfill his dreams, and in turn, fulfill the dreams of hundreds of brides nationwide.


Jacqueline Nwobu

Jacqueline Nwobu

Jacqueline Nwobu, Editor- In Chief Munaluchi Bride Magazine

Jacqueline Nwobu is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Munaluchi Bride Magazine, the leading nationally distributed wedding magazine catering to women of color. With no prior experience within the publishing industry, Jacqueline and her husband managed to launch Munaluchi Bride Magazine in 2010 and obtain national distribution within major retailers including Target and Barnes and Noble. Women of color are major contributors to the billion dollar wedding industry, yet, their presence within major bridal publications and websites/blogs is rare. Jacqueline’s vision and determination to fill this void is what gave her the strength and willpower to break into and positively impact an industry she knew very little about. Prior to launching Munaluchi Bride, Jacqueline obtained her B.S. degree in Medical Technology and worked for major pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, including Johnson and Johnson. The rapid success of her magazine has landed her interviews on NBC, ABC, and WPIX NY. Jacqueline resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Learn more about atwww.munaluchibridal.com


Chip Dizard

Chip Dizard

Chip Dizard bio last name pronounced (Diz HARD)

Chip is an serial entrepreneur  with a passion for all things technology and media.  He is the founder / lead cinematographer of Chip Dizard Weddings a wedding photography/videography firm that captures couple’s love stories internationally.  Chip graduated from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in Media Art/Communication, and discovered the  love for tech in the early 2000’s after he created a web sites for local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

In 2010 a friend asked him to film his wedding, this was no ordinary ceremony because it was a 2 1/2 hour concert wedding and his most viewed wedding to date on YouTube.  After learning the wedding business and hiring the right staff he fell in love with filming them and capturing love stories for couples .

He also has a love for teaching and mentoring since he previously worked as the General Manager of Baltimore City Public Schools Education Channel 77, and he taught media production for the school district for eight years.  He also taught photography and videography at the High school and college level for 5 years.

He specializes in Facebook marketing, Facebook/Instagram Ads for wedding professionals, and now 75% of his business comes from his online marketing efforts. 

When he’s not working, shooting or teaching he loves going to movies, and analyzing the shots. He also enjoys playing golf, and of course, spending time with his three daughters who are learning to be creatives in their own right. 


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Ticora Davis, Esq

Ticora E. Davis, Esq. is an Attorney, Legal Advisor, Business Strategist, Professor, Speaker, and Consultant who 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. She helps her clients successfully navigate their trademark, copyright and licensing 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. Because of her innovative work, she’s been featured on VH1, WBTV Charlotte, Mama Hustle & Co., Amped Life 360, and Sweet Blue Bird Design Company.