Glowchella 2023

The Planner Panel

Stepping into the world of luxury weddings can feel like navigating a maze of unspoken rules and sky-high expectations. Are you struggling to find your place, or make a lasting impression on discerning planners?
Whether you're a budding planner or a seasoned professional, this session is packed with real-world insights, laughter, and learnings from the trenches of high-end event orchestration. 
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel
The Planner Panel

The Planner Panel

Step into the world of luxury events with this dynamic panel discussion, led by the incomparable Wendy Kay, and featuring a lineup of the industry's most celebrated planners.


Delve into the art of balancing high client expectations with creativity, overcoming challenges through collaboration with photographers and videographers, and the pivotal role of trust and professionalism. This candid conversation not only sheds light on the nuances of luxury event planning but also offers invaluable strategies for establishing authentic relationships, adapting to client needs, and making your mark in the upscale event sphere.

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Jove Meyer, Laura Ritchie, Julian Leaver, Courtney Wolf and Michelle Gainey

60 minutes

luxury weddings, wedding planners, luxury events, etiquette
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"The stories, the strategies, the sheer honesty—it was all incredibly refreshing and empowering."
"Attending this panel was like getting a backstage pass to the minds of event planning legends. The stories, the strategies, the sheer honesty—it was all incredibly refreshing and empowering. This was a sometimes brutal masterclass in what it means to excel in luxury events."

Meet the Panelists

Jove Meyer
Laura Ritchie
Julian Leaver
Courtney Wolf
Michelle Gainey
Jove Meyer
Jove Meyer is a true visionary of joy. For the spaces we call home and the ones that house life’s biggest moments, he crafts a vivid, colorful world inspired by his clients who dare to be different. Meyer set out to build a global design firm antithetical to his conservative and rigid upbringing by encouraging authenticity, celebrating diversity, and empowering marginalized communities. As a result, his work has been featured in Domino, Good Morning America, The Magnolia Network, The New York Times, Rachael Ray Magazine, and Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar and Martha Stewart named him one of the top wedding planners in the world.
Laura Ritchie
Laura Ritchie has a background in fashion, catering, hotels and with 15 years at the helm of Grit & Grace Inc, a total understanding for incredibly unexpected, logistically sound events. Leaving no stone unturned, her luxury events go viral more often than not, and her designs are completely unforgettable!
Julian lEAVER
Julian Leaver Events is renowned for breathtaking designs, immersive events, and unforgettable experiences. We have each held roles in catering, design, floral, and operations for nationally acclaimed companies like Todd Events, Food Glorious Food, Rosewood Mansion, and Hotel Crescent Court. And we've each planned and designed unforgettable events in Dallas and sought-after destinations like Cabo, Capri, and Aspen, to name a few.
Courtney Wolf, Invision Event’s principal planner and a founder of Educate | Empower | Encourage is a business and life coach wrapped up in a wedding planner’s body. She's been dubbed a “personal trainer for your small biz” and a “small business therapist." Her background includes a degree in Marketing as well as her MBA and with this lens she views our industry objectively and runs all things operational and client facing for Invision. Twice named by BRIDES as a Best Wedding Planner in America, Courtney serves high end couples from coast to coast.
Michelle Gainey
Michelle Gainey has been making her mark on Atlanta—and beyond—since 2004 as the founder of Atlanta-based LEMIGA EVENTS, StudioWed Atlanta, Society 414, and the Creative Business Circle.

With the mission to inspire others to Dream, Love, and Celebrate life, Michelle started Lemiga Events, a premier event planning boutique specializing in stylish and glamorous affairs. From weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and beyond, Lemiga Events invests time to learn their client’s personalities in order to produce unique events that are a creative reflection of each individual client.
What's Inside

The Lesson Plan

  • Understand the importance of establishing genuine connections in the luxury event planning industry. Learn strategies for effective communication, setting expectations, and creating a collaborative environment that respects the expertise of each vendor, ensuring a cohesive and successful event.
  • Dive into real-life scenarios where event planners faced significant challenges and navigated them with creativity, professionalism, and strategic collaboration with photographers, videographers, and other key partners. 
  • Explore the nuances of operating in the high-end event space, from understanding the psyche of luxury clients to tailoring your services to meet their unique needs. Learn how to refine your brand, ensuring it resonates with the luxury market, and discover tactics for marketing your services to attract high-caliber clients and vendor partnerships.
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