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St Lucia to host third annual LOVE Elevated Wedding Symposium

From September 23-27, 2015, St Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual LOVE Elevated Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences and first-hand advice with attendees.

"Recognised worldwide as the 'most romantic island in the Caribbean', Saint Lucia has a natural ambience for weddings and romance," said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the St Lucia Tourist Board. "By providing truly useful information to attendees about destination weddings, the wedding symposium builds St Lucia's reputation as a premier location for weddings, as well as provide opportunities for our island partners to better understand the market."

Panellists and speakers

Noted speakers will also address the latest trends and topics ranging from What's New and Trending in the Industry, Using Social Media to Enhance Destination Weddings and Increase Sales, to Why St Lucia and Surviving a Destination Wedding; providing insights to planning and hosting the perfect wedding on the island.

Panellists and speakers include:

  • Michelle Myers, chief revenue officer and publisher of BRIDES who launched Brides Live Wedding, a crowd-sourced, live-streamed wedding curated by brides, which garnered nearly one billion impressions and enabled her to successfully monetise social media. Prior to Brides, Myers served as vice-president and publisher of Luckymagazine and was the founding publisher of People StyleWatch.
  • David Beahm, founder and president of David Beahm Design, has drawn from experience with New York's top florists and special event designers, as well as formal training in theatre, television and grand opera to become one of New York's top event designers. A favourite of celebrities, socialites and the fashion world, his work on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's wedding was featured in magazines and news shows internationally and was touted as "the wedding of the century". Town & Country magazine has called him "one of New York's extremely design savvy" talents.
  • Alan Berg has been named North America's leading expert on the business of weddings and events. Berg's experience ranges from publisher of two wedding magazines, to vice-president of sales at The Knot, and now, a contributing education guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. He also speaks and consults for WeddingsOnline in Ireland, Dubai and India, as well as Guides For Brides in the United Kingdom.
  • Andrea McDowell, previously a TV director for the BBC, is the founder and managing director of the wedding videography company Shoot it Yourself. The company launched five years ago and is the United Kingdom's largest wedding videography company, producing over 350 wedding videos a year.

Festivities

The festivities include site visits to unique wedding destinations and hotels around the island, a showcase of island wedding vendors, and the opportunity for attendees to observe a sunset wedding aboard the Pearl Pirate Ship. A picturesque sunset cruise and cocktail reception from the southern side of the island with views of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons round out weekend activities.

Priced at US$250 per person, the five-day symposium includes all seminars, social events, site inspections and transportation from select hotels. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.stlucia.org/weddingsymposium/

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