We have curated a group of creative industry leaders who are also successful, busy mamas (and a few dads too!) to lead creative sessions and mentor our attendees throughout the retreat.
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Steve and Jamie Moore, the husband and wife team behind Sinclair and Moore, are an event coordination and design firm based in Seattle, Washington. With over 10 years in the industry and a discerning design style, they are known for creating timeless and classic events that have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot and Brides Magazine. They are passionate about getting to know their clients and then creating an event that is a perfect reflection of who they are. Steve and Jamie love to host beautiful dinner parties for their family and friends, spending time travelling and seeing the world.
Holly Heider Chapple founded her wedding and event floral design business 24 years ago. The business was home based and offered Holly an opportunity to make a living while raising her family. At the time the studio primarily focused on weddings and events in the Washington DC area, as well as luxury destination weddings. Over the years, the Holly Heider Chapple Flowers brand continued to grow and gain international recognition. This was primarily a result of Holly’s involvement in social media and the popularity of her then active blog, The Full Bouquet. In 2011 Holly's husband Evan joined the company and the studio saw another serious period of growth. Evan's involvement allowed Holly the opportunity to focus on other aspects of the business while Evan started a lighting and drape division.
Just before Evan joined the company in 2010, Holly founded The Chapel Designers, which is an international collective of wedding and event floral designers. The organization educates, supports and mentors creatives while encouraging the authenticity of each designer. Holly and Evan host the Chapel Designers workshops internationally and at their new farm, Hope Flower Farm. Hope farm is a registered bed and breakfast as well as a flower school. Holly is a supporter of the American Grown Slow Flower movement.
Holly and her husband Evan celebrated 29 years of marriage this January and are the proud parents of seven wonderful children ranging in age from 7 to 29.
Jessica Zimmerman is the founder of ZIMMERMAN, and is the name and face of the company. Jessica is driven by the creative process, and is continually pushing boundaries by exploring new techniques and experiencing all that the floral world has to offer. She is passionate about creating events that reflect a unique connection between the beauty within natural elements and the intimate personal ingredients each client brings to the mix. Jessica is known for her organic and unrestrained style, capturing raw elegance in all of her designs. She loves to look at each of her events through the lens of a camera, because that is what allows her clients to chronicle these short-lived moments forever.
Jessica loves what she does in her studio, because it gives her the opportunity to invest in what she loves outside of her studio. Her husband, Brian, is her partner in all things life. Together they have a daughter, Stella, and twin boys, Perry and Zeke – a full home and even fuller hearts! Jessica is also a passionate traveler, a lover of the adventure it brings along with the chance to be exposed to all this beautiful world has to offer.
Rhiannon is the heart behind the Hey Gorgeous Events brand where she and her team focus on making milestones remarkable. She is also the creator of the Trouvaille Workshop, a luxury retreat experience for multifaceted wedding planners. When she's not designing florals in her studio, she's found at home in Michigan pursuing joy with her husband, their sweet new son Lachlan, and adorable pup.
Melody Brandon, Co- Owner and head Pastry Chef, realized her passion for desserts and stopped her pursuit of a career as a teacher and jumped head first into the world of butter, sugar, and flour! She headed to pastry school and graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the California School of Culinary Arts as a Pastry Chef. She started Sweet & Saucy Shop with the desire to create gorgeous, delicious, modern looking desserts. Almost 7 years, two locations, and two kiddos later and Sweet & Saucy Shop is one of the top custom bakeries in Southern California. Melody loves being able to work with her mother and co-owner Eileen and continues to create yummy desserts as well as raise her two adorable children with her husband in Costa Mesa, CA.
Lauren Kinsey has been nominated as one of the top 69 photographers worldwide by Martha Stewart Weddings, and has had work published in over 40 different lifestyle and specialized resources. Based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where she was born, to date she has photographed over 400 weddings and portraits, nationally and internationally. She is strongly influenced to create imagery that reflects her love of light and desire for simplicity. She is also working on a book, as well as curating a lifestyle publication focused on the heart of the home and family. Above all, her life with her husband and raising her daughter by the water is paramount.
With a background in sociology, she’s honed her skills at assessing client values and creating an event that is highly individualized. Through client collaboration, she is widely known as someone who is able to tell a compelling story through creating interesting spaces and coordinating with quality vendors. When working a wedding, the event is approached as an outward expression of the couple’s relationship. Taking into account elements of their journey and weaving in personalized elements with an eye for the natural environment. Jessica lives in Nashville, TN. She is the proud mama of 3-year-old Sullivan and their puggle Elliott.
Erica Beukelman, owner and founder of 1011 Makeup, has had a love for hair and makeup that started as a young child. Wanting to go to cosmetology school right out of high school, she first received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, as well as a Master's degree in Marketing. Knowing she still dreamed of having a career in hair and makeup, she enrolled herself in the RCC cosmetology program. While working on her license she also launched her company, and now has a studio based in Costa Mesa California. She feels grateful to be a part of such an incredible industry, to have the team of artists that she does, and is privileged to be regarded as one of the top professional companies in California for hairstyling and makeup artistry for weddings. More than anything, she loves raising her three beautiful boys with her husband, and is the proud owner of an adorable dog that believes he is a human.
Ginger Williams Cook is an artist and arts educator located in Jackson, MS. She is currently illustrating two books under contract to be published in 2017. In between agency work, Ginger loves to create custom pet portraits because it connects her love for animals and attention to intricate patterns. The playfulness in her artwork is a key component to how she has evolved as an arts educator. Ginger is the former Studio Programs Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at The Mississippi Museum of Art. She left the museum in 2013 to pursue art full time and dedicate more time to her growing family. Becoming a mother has helped Ginger use her studio time more efficiently and increases motivation to nurture her creative self.
Involved with weddings and special events since 2000, Carissa Jones started in the industry by working with one of LA's top wedding and party coordinators. She played an active role at events and also worked part time in the office during the week, which helped her gain crucial experience in the pre-planning aspects of weddings and parties. When she wasn't assisting at weddings, she split her time working for numerous catering companies, including Urban Palate in downtown Los Angeles and New York Food Company in the South Bay. In 2002, Carissa was introduced to the in-house floral designer at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, and soon she became an important part of their wedding and event design team.
It was at Fred Segal where Carissa gained a love and appreciation for not only flowers, but for fabrics, candles, props, lighting - all things fabulous that make an event truly memorable. As she started to take on her own weddings, parties and corporate clientele, Carissa realized this was her niche. One year later, she founded JL DESIGNS, a full-service floral and event design firm specializing in high-end, one of a kind florals for weddings, private social functions, photo shoots and corporate accounts.
Although Carissa recently relocated her studio to Orange County, Callifornia, JL DESIGNS services the entire Southland area - Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego.
Dr. Megan Clapton is a licensed professional counselor and clinical director of Mindful Therapy in Jackson, MS. She believes in building resiliency through the development of positive and mindfulness based coping skills. Dr. Clapton specializes in integrative mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, employing innovative treatment techniques (art, tech, music) to help her clients achieve their wellness goals. Megan sees individuals for therapy, leads meditation groups, and consults with businesses on creating more mindful environments.
She has published her research on the strong influence meditation has on women’s health. Megan is a strong advocate for a good work/life balance; and can often be found with her husband and rescue dogs kayaking in the beautiful turquoise gulf!
Megan will meet with participants to create a self-care routine that includes relaxation for the mind, body, and spirit. Participants will leave with a detailed and individualized plan to help cultivate more peace and balance within themselves and their environment. Megan will also lead the group in a few informal and formal guided meditations throughout the weekend.