THE FUTURE OF 
WEDDINGS
October 22, 2020

Love is ESSENTIAL and weddings, significant life events, will survive coronavirus! The joy surrounding wedding nuptials and celebrations will be resilient in 2021 and happily ever after. Trusted wedding industry experts will share advice on what matters most while planning a wedding.

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Meet The Weducators
Erik Kent
How To Plan Your Wedding During The Pandemic

Erik Kent is the Co-Publisher, along with his wife Beth, of NJWedding.com, a wedding planning directory serving all of New Jersey and parts of NY and PA. NJWedding.com celebrated its 23rd year in 2020 and continues to be a leading web site in New Jersey to help engaged couples directly connect with local wedding venues and vendors. Erik & Beth met in 1990 at Rutgers University and graduated in 1992. They were married in 1994 and launched NJWedding.com on Valentine’s Day in 1997. They currently live in Belle Mead, New Jersey and have three children.

Jennifer Stein
The Future for Destination Weddings

Co-founder of Destination Media, LLC, Jennifer Stein helped start Destination I Do in 2004 out of her own desire to have a wedding away from home and discovering there weren't any magazines covering the subject. Her background in publishing and her passion in weddings and travel, created the perfect synergy to report on all things destination wedding, honeymoon, and romance travel-related and to fill a gap in the wedding industry. Jennifer’s love of the beautiful cultures and colors around the world has been central in everything printed and shared through Destination I Do. The publication is the only destination wedding magazine found on U.S. newsstands in all 50 states and 12 countries around the world. It is one of only five national print products in the wedding category. Her goal is to bring readers helpful information to plan their weddings wherever it is in the world with whoever it is with - regardless of race or gender. Jennifer is recognized as one of the “Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35” and is an icon in both the wedding and travel industries.

Karen Bussen
Design Creates Delight

Karen Bussen has been a leader in the celebration sphere for more than a decade. Her breadth of expertise has led to collaborations with celebrity chefs, media moguls, design institutions, and luminaries of business and Hollywood. Since 2011, Karen has been the exclusive designer and consultant for Palladium Hotels and Resorts’ Destination Weddings program. They are a Spanish-based global hospitality brand with properties in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. She is the author of the Simple Stunning series of books: PARTIES AT HOME, WEDDINGS, BRIDE, FLOWERS, SHOWERS, & WEDDING ORGANIZER.

Kate Edmonds
The Art of Event Planning

Kate Edmonds has over 25 years of experience producing timeless, dreamy weddings, and very special corporate and private events. She has been recognized by her peers and in press, TV, and radio appearances for her extensive vision and creativity tempered with a sharp eye for all the details. Kate is passionate about theater, music, dance, and photography. She is a foodie, loves a well-mixed cocktail, and sure knows her wines. Kate has an exceptional talent with color and design and collaborates well with the best in the business. She loves nothing more than selecting the finest team for each client's taste and budget range and then keeping everyone on track.

Michelle & Henry Roth
Say “I Do” with Style & Less Stress

Michelle Roth creates a stunning collection of classic wedding gowns that champion a sensitivity to sophistication like no other. Showcasing the expertise of three generations of bridal gown designers, her signature collection is featured exclusively at the iconic Kleinfeld Manhattan / #sayyestothedress. She collaborates with her mother, Aneta Weinreich, and her brother, Henry. Approaching wedding gowns as distinctive art gallery pieces in their own right, Michelle Roth expertly balances fabrications, aesthetics, form, and glamour as her quintessential style. The designer has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, The View, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and in countless bridal media, as well as designing for high profile/celebrity clientele. Michelle Roth’s passion for creating truly unique experiences for every bride finds its match through her exclusivity with Kleinfeld, a customized portal for brides worldwide.

Henry Roth is a go-to lifestyle and fashion authority, fashion designer, all-around media personality and ‘Makeover King.’ Always inspired by his ongoing conversation with brides and the mood they wish to convey on their wedding day, this informs his diversity of styling and mastery of trendsetting. Roth has been featured over the years on some of the highest rated shows on television, including: Oprah, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The View with Barbara Walters, Fashion Police with Joan Rivers, E Networks 101 Starlicious and Live! On The Red Carpet with E Network. He has appeared on the award winning Project Runway Australia, Beauty and The Geek, Australia’s Biggest Loser, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Red Carpet from Hollywood and the Today Show Fashion Editor. With an ever-growing list of media credits, Roth credits his ambition, drive, determination and spirit to his incredible parents Aneta and Joseph Weinreich, both survivors of the Holocaust who immigrated to Australia to create a better life for their family.

Sacha Harford
Wedding Day Beauty

Sacha Harford has worked for over seventeen years as a makeup and hair stylist and groomer with producers, designers, advertisers, photographers, magazines and celebrities. She started a career as a model in New York City and a freelance makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. She has worked for every major makeup company including: Nars, Stila, Mac, Makeup Forever, Armani, Laura Mercier, and Lorac. Years of experience as a makeup artist led Sacha to learning hair styling while working on sets. She received her license in cosmetology from Carsten Aveda Institute in NYC and completed an apprenticeship at the Yves Durif Salon at the world-renown Carlyle Hotel.

Meet The Engaged Couples Panelists
Danielle Fritche & Andrew Capuano - Montgomery, NY
Engaged: 3/13/20 Wedding Date: 7/30/21

Danielle & Andrew met in high school starting a hobby of cosmic bowling every Friday night, attended concerts, and went to bars as great friends. In 2019, after two years of dating, they decided to buy a house together. The weekend prior to the pandemic, they took a trip to Lake Placid, NY. The proposal happened on an icy hike up Mount Baker. They celebrated a weekend of love together. After almost four years together, they cannot wait to tie the knot and start their happily ever after!

Kaitlin Smit & Paul Vanderstar - Keansburg, NJ
Engaged: 6/28/20 Wedding Date: 5/29/22

Kaitlin and Paul met at their company picnic in the summer of 2019 and went on their first date in January 2020 to see a Star Wars movie. Little did they know this would be the last first date for either of them. They continued to date until the pandemic forced them to spend every day together working and laughing. Paul knew he was falling in love and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. For the proposal, Paul laid love notes all over their bed with a light-up rose he gave Kaitlin on Valentine's Day. Paul had their son stand on their bed holding the most important poem he would ever write. He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. Despite all the hurdles the pandemic caused, it brought them closer together. Kaitlin said yes and they cannot wait to spend the rest of their lives together.

Ron’aldNeoma & Richard Brooks - Enfield, CT
Engaged: 5/17/20 Wedding Date: 4/22/22

Neoma and Richard met at Mississippi State University with a mutual love for Japanese culture and language. They became great friends but never went further until Neoma surprised Richard with a kiss one night. They started officially dating in March of 2017 but fell in love with each other in December of 2016. In August 2019, they moved to Connecticut, beginning a new chapter in their lives living together. Richard proposed on May 17, 2020 during the pandemic.

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