Samantha is a noted and highly sought after Celebrity Event Designer-Spokesperson and Television Personality. Best known as the host of Style’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?”, she is regularly featured as an expert analyst and trend setter on various national news programs such as CNN, Good Morning America, Today Show, Better Homes & Gardens, and various magazines. She also represents many brands such as Party City, Hilton, and more. She will debut in a self-titled show later this year.
Melody Wilding, LMSW is a therapist who specializes in personal development and stress management, empowering real women to lead a life they love. She offers personalized online therapy & counseling for female entrepreneurs and has helped women running some of today's top startups, as well as published authors and media personalities. She has worked as clinician in various health settings and has won awards for her work in psychology, research and public service. Find her at: melodywilding.com or @MelodyWilding
Stephanie is currently engaged and planning her wedding herself. She is 2nd grade teacher in Westchester county and have been teaching for the past 15 years. Having successfully completed a DIY wedding once, she is tackling the project a second time around and sharing lessons learned from her experience. She received her BS in Science and MS in Reading from Pace University.
Susan Ruddie Spring, The Wedding Dresser, brings decades of experience as a costume designer and fitter to Bridal where she has worked as a designer, a buyer, in sales, and in the fitting department at the infamous Kleinfeld. Susan now styles and fits Brides in her Brooklyn studio - learn more at TheWeddingDresser.com. She also designs a line of accessories and coverups that have been featured in The Knot, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings and numerous blogs including Style Me Pretty.
Atyia is a stylist whose work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, as well as New York Fashion week. As a young girl who was inspired by her mother, a former streamstress, she was intrigued by pattern making, along with fabrics, trimming, appliques, etc. After moving to New York City from North Carolina, she worked in various capacities with well-known Manhattan clothiers, including independent boutiques and clothing conglomerates. Her clients embody a true cross-section of NYC life: artists, fashionistas, high-profile professionals, and those just looking to shake things up.
Fabrikant is a 50-yr. old family-owned supplier of fine diamonds and jewelry to retailers like Tiffany's, Harry Winston and Cartier. The private showroom houses the priceless Fabrikant Collection so visits to the showroom are by invitation only. Their experts will be on the panel to discuss all the facets of diamonds, fine jewelry and rings.
Piera had enjoyed a remarkable career in the fashion industry. Her editorial work has been featured in top fashion magazines, she has served as head makeup artist for major runway fashion shows, and she has worked with celebrities worldwide such as Katherine Zeta Jones and Katie Courice with Olympus photographer Timothy Greenfield Sanders. She specializes in photo-shoot makeup, bridal makeup, event makeup, destination weddings as well as personalized makeup consultations and lessons. Piera creates both natural and sophisticated styles that fit any occasion.
Tim Co is an esteemed wedding photographer whose work has brought him all over the US, and has graced numerous wedding media such as Style Me Pretty. As part of IHNY, Tim’s photojournalistic style and amazing personality has made the team a must for any couple looking to commission engagement and wedding photos in the Big Apple.
Gabriel is an former professional soccer player who is passionate about both playing and teaching soccer and general fitness. He played with Club Sport EMELEC and Barcelona Sporting Club, both of which are the highest level of professional football in Ecuador. His students describe him as having the right combination of intensity and patience.
Hattie Grace Elliot is a modern day hostess with the mostest, connector-extraordinaire, and founder of The Grace List. Hattie’s success stems from her ability to wear many hats: adventurer, entrepreneur, beekeeper, sailing captain, producer, confidante, and most importantly, connector. Ms. Grace is a regular personality on FOX and ABC chiming in on love, sex, and relationships, and has graced the pages of the New York Times, Cosmo, AM NY, the Daily Obsession, and Examiner. She was dubbed “the blonde with brains” by Black Book Magazine, and the Daily Obsession described her as “one of those girls that all guys love and all the girls want to be friends.
Mario Nicholas is an international travel consultant working with big brands like Liberty Travel, and hosting “On the go with Mario” showcasing his penchant for Caribbean travel and passion for authentic cultural experiences. Mario discovered his love of travel at an early age, and hasn't slowed down since. He has intimate knowledge of numerous Caribbean islands and has traveled extensively throughout the US and UK. Most recently, he has expanded his horizons - and first-hand experiences - with visits to the Middle East and South America. When Mario is not designing travel itineraries for his clients, he can be found jetting off to a new and exciting destination or catching up with friends over a pot of tea. Follow Mario on Twitter: @MarioTravels
Born and raised in Mexico City, Kimberly is the owner and president of Runaway Bride Destination Wedding -a boutique destination wedding company specializing in unique hideaways and chic properties. A daughter of an award-winning travel writer. She earned a B.S. in Travel and Tourism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (which included a year abroad in Oxford, England). Her experience at Hyatt and Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts has taken her around the world, and her stint as Saks Fifth Avenue had her plan events for high profile clients such as the New York Jets; top designers such as Donna Karan and Stella McCartney, and celebrities Ellen Pompeo, Bethany Frankel, Julie Andrews and Patti LaBelle...to name a few. Regarded as a travel expert in the destination wedding and honeymoon world, Kimberly specializes in all things unique, boutique and romantic. Always on the hunt for hidden gems- she travels throughout throughout the world and is continuously expanding her ever growing portfolio of unique destinations and boutique properties.