Honest discussions from experts on every aspect of planning & design. Speakers will educate and empower you to bring your vision to life with less stress and more confidence. When you know the questions to ask, you'll enjoy the experience so much more.
Aleah & Nick Valley
Valley & Company Events
Valley & Company Events was founded in 2003 by Aleah and Nick Valley, who believe there's always a reason to celebrate. They specialize in telling the stories of their couples and clients through innovative and fun planning, design, and floral creation and they are the authors of the festive new book Storied Weddings. Aleah loves creating the ambiance and experiential stories for our couples and, on top of planning, works tirelessly to create fresh designs and floral creations unique to each couple. She loves entertaining and travel and, naturally, flowers! Nick brings to life the incredible framework for each of our events, ensuring our creative team is logistically sound, and crafting the best parties around. He loves that moment at our events when guests are there and nowhere else. Nick also loves tropical beaches and the rustling of palm trees!
Teissia Treynet & Alia Wilson
Teissia Treynet (the brunette) started Firefly in 2009 out of her studio apartment in Los Angeles, California. In 2011, she opened the New York office and brought on seasoned New Yorker, Alia Wilson (the blonde). Their mutual love of beauty, design, list making, organization, and amazing parties have earned them top planner titles from Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, Martha Stewart, Brides, and The Knot. Teissia and Alia, as they are loving referred to by friends and colleagues, travel between the three Firefly locales, but are happy to call Northern and Southern California home for the time being. Alia resides in NorCal with her wonderful husband and two sons, while Teissia lives a beach life in SoCal with her adventurous fiancé (stay tuned for their wedding plans). Together, Teissia and Alia have created hundreds of innovative weddings and events and are currently working on their most exciting event yet: The Firefly Method. When they aren’t traveling the world producing events or creating content for their online programs, Teissia can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or drinking a spicy margarita with friends, and Alia can be found on a forest hike with her family or sipping a gin and tonic and listening to podcasts.
Molly Hartman is the Founder and Creative Director of Rye Workshop, an experiential design agency specializing in private events and events for established and emerging brands. A fan of all things that get her hands dirty, she loves the entire design process -- from moodboard to lighting the last candle. You can often find her clinking glasses with friends on a Tuesday (every day is a good day to celebrate) or traipsing around Prospect Park in the sunshine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her sweet husband and two naughty cats.
She always knew she was going to own a business where she would create magic and memories. Whether she is working with a charm-laden raw space or a sprawling family estate, the common thread between Loli weddings & events is that every last detail strikes a balance between approachability and luxury. Lauren loves to weave high-quality design elements into experiences that feel comforting and reflect a shining sense of hospitality, something she picked up while planning events for the likes of restaurateur Daniel Boulud & Thomas Keller.
creating emotive, honest and natural photography for discerning couples. She specializes in traditional film photography, and seeks to tell a couple's story from biggest emotion to smallest detail on their wedding day. Elizabeth's work has been featured in BRIDES, Vanity Fair, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake and she was named 'Best Wedding Photographer' by Boston Magazine in 2018. She is based in Massachusetts and welcomes travel for celebrations around the country.
Veronica Armstrong is the Head of Marketing at Mayflower Venues. As an expert in customer acquisition as well as the wedding industry, she’s become a leader in the field of providing couples with a perfect marriage of technology and an authentic wedding experience. Mayflower Venues enables couples to discover and book nontraditional outdoor venues that they can easily customize to reflect their story and values. There are no required vendors at any of our venues, and each unique property is enhanced with specific online planning tools for remote customization and vendor coordination.
42 North is a full-service planning and design firm founded by Francie Dorman and Britt Cole, two seasoned creative event producers with a specialty in distinctive weddings at private estates and non-traditional venues nationwide. As dedicated partners, they customize the wedding planning experience to best suit each client’s demanding lifestyle. Working with just a small number of clients per year, 42 North is able to conceptualize a unique vision from the ground up, interpreting each couple's taste for a thoughtfully designed and flawlessly executed celebration. 42 North has been named top planner in the US by BRIDES Magazine, featured by Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, InStyle Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
Anna Price Olson is the director of real weddings at Brides, where she works closely with planners and photographers to curate inspiring real wedding content and share couples' stories. Anna has worked at Brides for nearly five years, and previously wrote about everything from wedding venues to reception decor. Before joining Brides, she worked at _Atlanta_ Magazine, where she was first introduced to (and fell in love with) the world of weddings. Anna graduated from the University of Alabama Honors College in 2014, with a BA in journalism and English. She is a native of Thomasville, Georgia, and now resides in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Beth Lindsay Chapman is a veteran of the fashion industry and known for her work as a stylist, bridal boutique owner, mentor, author, and wedding fashion consultant. Her love of bridal fashion, and sincere desire to create a memorable shopping experience for brides, compelled her to launch The White Dress by the shore, a luxury bridal boutique in Connecticut, in 2004. Beth is also the founder of Beth Chapman Styling where she assists brides in selecting fashion for their wedding that reflects their personal style and provides day of wedding dressing services. Beth’s fashion artistry has allowed her to style editorial shoots throughout the world. She is the co-author of two books, The White Dress in Color, and The White Dress Destinations her work and voice can be seen in many major bridal publications and blogs.