Meet Leisa our Student of the Month

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At the Academy we strive to have a personal connection with all of our Students and Graduates and things like Academy Live, our private Facebook group, really help with this. Sometimes though, we are lucky enough to develop an even deeper relationship with someone from our student body and that has been the case for me, with this month’s Student of the Month, Leisa.

Leisa has been my student for a while now and she is about to finish her course. You can meet Leisa and find out more about her journey by reading my interview with her here on the Australian Academy of Wedding & Event Planning website. But over time Leisa has also become a friend and colleague, through her work with me at the I Do Crew. Leisa’s professionalism, enthusiasm and fun attitude makes her a joy to work with and an inspiration to be around and I am looking forward to doing much more of that into the future. For now I am excited to celebrate her success as not only our Student of the Month, but as a business owner and working Wedding professional and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be part of that journey with her.
If you are an Academy student with a story to share, I would love to hear from you.  Email me to find out more about how you can featured here on our blog.


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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

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Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.