Featured Student: Jennifer McDonald

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For our featured student, meet Jennifer McDonald, the owner of Simply Southern Events. She is a Christian, wife, and mother of twins who discovered her passion for event planning while designing and planning her own wedding. Throughout her journey, Jenn has had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients, from brides and friends to church members and co-workers, creating unforgettable events including baby showers, bridal showers, graduations, birthdays, and weddings. With her love for designing celebrations, Jenn has now made the exciting decision to turn her passion into a fulfilling career.

What course and year did you study at The Wedding Academy?

 Advanced certificate for wedding planning, styling, and business

What were your highlights studying with The Wedding Academy? 

All three of these courses are intense and packed full of knowledge. Every little detail is explained and examples are given. The notes and documents are an excellent resource. The transcripts are spectacular when you are trying to remember how to plan something out. These courses help you identify your strengths and how that make you a fantastic artist in this field.

What is your role now in weddings? 

Wedding planner, stylist, and coordinator

How did you find your course assisted you in your career? 

I am more confident in creating proposals and negotiating contracts. I know how to speak the wedding language with vendors.

Any advice for aspiring wedding planners or stylists? 

This is a must-take course! It covers it all! You will boost your confidence and increase your marketability if you practice what you learn in these courses.

Follow Jennifer McDonald on Facebook HERE or visit her website at www.simplysouthernevents.net


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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.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

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.