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Pauline Parry
2010 WIPA President

Entertaining Thoughts

So many of the phrases we use every day have to do with entertainment, specifically with music. We want to work in concert with one another, to get in sync and march to the same beat. And of course, we are always entertaining one thought or another!

Why is music such a large part of our speech? Perhaps because it goes right to the inescapable rhythms by which we live, literally. It’s the beat of our hearts and the rise and fall of our breath. But of course there are the louder drums to which we dance – the pull of the moon and the earth’s orbit. It’s all about seasons, isn’t it? And it’s all natural. We don’t have to do a thing. It just happens!

Weddings, however, are another story as we well know. And while they certainly have a rhythm of their own, it’s something as professionals we make happen. I remember my sister once attending her first event in America. She was intrigued by how we were able to change the mood of a party, or signal an action (such as being seated for dinner) with music. In a way you could say that the wedding planner is a conductor; the team – including the DJ and entertainers -- the orchestra.

But even though we might be playing a well-known song, each wedding is always a little different because, unlike an orchestra, an event team is made up of different players almost every time. And depending on who those people are, we ourselves are different. Not better. Not worse. Just different. I love that when I go into a meeting with new creative partners we are all listening carefully to one another (whether we know it or not!) to catch one another’s beat and start to harmonize.

These are the thoughts I entertain as the WIPA team plan the November meeting. Our speaker talks about, you guessed it …The Art of Entertainment. Andy Kushner, president of Andy Kushner Entertainment. We could learn from no better. Andy was named Modern Bride’s Top 25 Trendsetters and online as one of Colin Cowie’s “Fabulous Friends.” He’s won multiple awards and has launched many entertainment concepts for weddings and events.

Please join us in November to learn more about how entertainment can weave throughout a wedding celebration, bringing it into perfect tune.

Pauline Parry
Good Gracious! Events!
2010-2011 WIPA President



Serving up the WOW for Your Wedding Receptions with Chef Andrew Spurgin of Waters Catering


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
Vanessa Rockafellow
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Schedule of Events:
5:30 Registration
6:00 Speaker
7:30 Dinner
8:30 SIG* Groups
9:00 Event Conclusion
(*SIG-Special Interest Groups... this is YOUR chance to meet with others in the same discipline as yourself and discuss issues pertinent to your discipline within the wedding industry.  Voice your concerns; give input that can be used to inform the industry and the public!)

Driving Directions
Exit the 405 Freeway at Beach Blvd., and proceed south to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. The hotel is up ahead on the right and is 12 stories tall. Cross streets are Huntington St. and Pacific Coast Highway.

Today's high-value wedding couples are more savvy, worldly and experimental than ever before when it comes to their tastes in dining, food and beverage, restaurants and entertaining. They are viewing countless websites, reading cooking and entertaining books, watching cooking and lifestyle programming and taking opportunities to experience a wide variety of local and global cuisine styles.

Couples are also pushing the envelope in demanding from wedding caterers and professionals a personalized, unique, sustainable, interesting, fun, tasty and very memorable dining experience for their wedding reception.

Join WIPA and award-winning chef Andrew Spurgin of Waters Catering in San Diego, California at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort when he dishes up the ins and outs of progressive culinary service and menu design trends.

Learn how to "Serve up the WOW!!" for your clients and get a taste for taking your wedding receptions to the next level and get a leg (or fin) up on your competition!!

The Menu Highlights of Chef Andrew's Presentation will include...

Cutting-edge trends in culinary service styles that you can implement with ease


Simple shifts you can make resulting in your events being "better than theirs"


Tossing out stale menu designs in favor of what's fresh and new


Becoming green: it's more than a word. What is it and how can I leverage? Learn easily adopted methods for sustainable cooking and entertaining

Andrew Ryland Spurgin, Executive Chef/Director

Waters Fine Catering - San Diego

Andrew has designed events and prepared menus and events honoring dignitaries and glitterati for over the last three decades. He has cooked for three US presidents, Martha Stewart and at the renowned James Beard House in New York City.

He grew up in London, working in his relative's restaurant and butcher shop. His aunts introduced him early to the bounty of local purveyors at London's historic Borough Market where he also “worked” at a young age. His family moved to San Diego in 1974.

He was chef and baker of one of California's first handcrafted on-premise bakery/restaurants.  He was director of catering at Southern California's celebrated Piret's, and at several other respected catering firms. Andrew has consulted and cooked with London's Mustard Catering Ltd. and has been tutored by the cheesemongers at Neal's Yard Dairy also in London.

Andrew is a co-founder of Passionfish and Cooks Confab.  He also sits on the Advisory Board of Catering Magazine and Event Solutions Magazine.  He is an Associate Board Member of the Slow Food Convivium San Diego. He is a past member of the Director's Cabinet for Scripps Institution of Oceanography and E.W. Scripps Associate. He helped develop Blue Ocean Institute’s “Green Chefs Blue Ocean" program, a national curriculum for culinary students and continuing education for chefs. 

Andrew regularly lectures to the industry and public (yep, kids too) on sustainability, cooking, event design, culinary responsibility and entertaining.  His events, interviews and photos have been featured in numerous local and national magazines, radio and TV. 

He has received the coveted ACE Award as Best Caterer in the West, Spotlight Award as National Caterer of the Year, and Waters Fine Catering has consistently won accolades from a host of local magazines as Best Caterer in San Diego.


Non-Member Fees are:
$55 By September 28
$70 After September 28
Click here to register

Members Fees are:
$40 By September 28
$55 After September 28
Click here to register


The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
Vanessa Rockafellow
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

BBJ Linens
Erin O'Donnell
2728 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90034

AFR Events
Rhonda Boyer
12340 Seal Beach Boulevard, Suite B304
Seal Beach, CA 90815

Priscilla Rodriquez
PO BOX 1117
Newport Beach, CA 92659

Luminaire Images
Matt Fitzgerald
1401 Huntington Street #B
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Card Lady
Karla Randolph
4250 Verdigris Circle
San Jose, CA 95134

Jan Wilder
3555 Bristol Street, Suite L
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Del Lago Trio
Susan Sellers
26891 Peraza Lane
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

A Wish and a Whisk
Lindsey Sinatra
31486 La Pasita
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Chameleon Chair Rentals
Classic Party Rentals
Tricia Werner
3101 S. Harbor Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 91791

Thank you to our co-chairs for this event: Sarah Kern Possick, Events of Distinction & Michelle Nowak, Brilliant Studios LA




WIPA would like to welcome and thank our newest Members for joining and supporting such a wonderful association, as we continue to expand across the Nation! We would like to highlight what it is that makes them "Wedding Industry Professionals!"

Lynne LaFond Deluca
Beverly Clark Hospitality
23521 Meriden Place
Valencia, CA 91354

Beverly Clark Hospitality training provides live training, webinars, seminars, consultation and an online wedding professional certification course for special event industry professionals looking to optimize their performance, increase their special event revenues and increase their industry knowledge and expertise.


Written by: Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP
Events of Distinction

Joyce Scardina-Becker, CMP
WIPA Founding Sponsor
and First President

The Special Event 2011, Phoenix, AZ
January 25-28, 2011

The Special Event (TSE) is the world's largest tradeshow and conference for professionals who produce events (weddings, parties, corporate events, celebrations). Successful event planners must keep up with the latest trends, techniques and products and use their creativity to produce stunning and unique events throughout the year.  The Special Event has become a complete resource for event professionals...offering event products and services of over 300 vendors on the exhibit hall floor, a comprehensive education program with over 110 event courses in 8 tracks, and 6 showcasing events that allow attendees to see working models of a world class events.

The following WIPA Members have been selected to speak at TSE 2011:

Sharon Dexmier and Leighsa Montrose, AIFD - “Diamond Desires and Rhinestone Reality”

Carol Rosen, CSEP - “Contemporary Jewish Weddings - Oy Vey!”

Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP and Leighsa Montrose, AIFD - “Accessories of Desire, Ethnically Inspired:  Incorporating International into Your Wedding Designs”

Wendy Dahl - “Who Moved My Brides? How the Economy Has Changed the Wedding Industry and How to Change With It”

Mike Hogan - “Broaden Your Horizons - Diversify to Maximize Profitability and Long Term Success” (accepted in the Business and Professional Development Track)

In addition to WIPA’s involvement in the Wedding Track seminars, WIPA will have booth space #1415 on the Trade Show floor to showcase our association.  Any WIPA members attending TSE that would like to help work the WIPA booth, please email me at

WIPA Members will also have two Design Galleries during the Wedding Lunch on Wednesday, January 26th.  If you are a WIPA member attending the Wedding Lunch, please contact me at for special seating.

The Special Event 2011 has teamed up with official housing partner, onPeak, to bring you EXCLUSIVE hotel rates, travel discounts, and tons of other perks for your trip to Phoenix!  For more information or to register for TSE, go to

The lowest rates, the best networking opportunities, and a selection of the newest, most beautiful properties are just some of the reasons to book at TSE’s official hotels:

  • Sheraton Phoenix
  • Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Registration Options Register by 10/06/2010 Register by 12/24/2010 Register after 12/24/2010
Full Conference $595 $695 $825
Exhibit Hall $0 $0 $50

More WIPA Member News…

For Pat Gibbons, Owner of Pat Gibbons Floral Designs, it all started 3 years ago when some honeybees took over a plaster of paris planter and made a small hive inside.  While she could occasionally get a taste of their honey, there wasn’t much Pat could do without disturbing the bees.  Now, after much reading and taking some beekeeping classes, she has 3 hives which are all doing well.  Pat remarks, “It’s been an amazing process to learn about the lives of bees and have them part of the garden and my life.  There’s nothing like sitting in the garden and having a cup of tea and watching the bees.”  Pat’s story will be included in a book on local beekeepers, which will soon be published.

On Sunday August 29th, Ruby Frandsen with BBJ Linen participated in a wedding fair with a special kind of twist – the first “Green Wedding Fair” in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Palo Alto, being a green city, and Crowne Cabana Hotel hosted this environmentally conscious event. 

Joel Eckman-Maus, Owner of Studio EMP was the featured photographer on the Wedding Channel on Monday, September 20th.


Written by: Tracey Kumer-Moore, JWIC
Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge

Tracey Kumer-Moore, JWIC
Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge
WIPA Education Director

Dear WIPA Members,

One of my favorite parts of the wedding planning experience with my clients is the entertainment. As a matter of fact, I would say it’s my greatest passion. 

So I am so delighted and excited for our fabulous November event at the elegant Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Northern California.  It will not only be a very special evening to celebrate and honor a great year for WIPA as our last event of 2010, but we will be welcoming Modern Bride 2009 Trendsetter and award winning Entertainment Producer Andy Kushner who will engage and educate us about “The Art of Entertainment : Exceeding Client Expectations with Captivating Wedding Entertainment”.

Andy and his company Andy Kushner Entertainment have been part of some of the most incredible and memorable wedding entertainment experiences across the country. No wonder celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie counts him as one of his “Fabulous Friends” who takes HIS weddings to the top!

From sharing the newest and most interesting upcoming trends in music and wedding entertainment, to insight on how to use entertainment to bring other wedding creative partners into the experience and shine; this is sure to be one meeting and special evening of entertaining surprises all night long you will not want to miss!!

I look forward to seeing you in November. Let’s get ready to PARTY!!

SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, November 9th at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, California.  The meeting begins at 5:00PM.



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