Luxury Destination Weddings

Beaches, Resorts, and Extravagant Places

Join Us For A Full Day Of Extraordinary Speakers From Around The World.

Kevin Lee
Celebrity Wedding Planner

Veronica Foster
Destination Wedding Planner

Lisa Torres
Celebrity and Professional Athlete Trainer

Omu Obilor
Creative Visionary

Ophellia McKnight
Wedding Designer

Tamara Christie
Business Development Manager

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a grand trendsetter of today’s time. He is known for the most innovative designs and cutting-edge events. From grand awards shows such as the Oscar’s, Grammy’s and Emmy’s, to over the top weddings, private celebrity events, and Hollywood premiers, Kevin Lee finesses each event to create a one of a kind experience.

He’s planned weddings and events of prestigious celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Lisa Vanderpump, and many more. Join this additional special Master Class Workshop and VIP meet & greet with Celebrity Event Planner, Kevin Lee.

Veronica Foster

Veronica Foster combines an ability to thrive in intense situations with her love of people and eye for design to create unique and memorable events for her clients and their guests. Her attention to detail, style and quality, and her ability to tune into her client’s vision are her professional trademarks. She has served the wedding and events industry for eighteen (19) years and is a role model to the many aspiring planners who hope to follow her professional path to success.

A Master Wedding Planner, 1 of only 52 in the world, Veronica began her career in events working in Sales & Marketing for Dunn & Bradstreet. She was lead coordinator for corporate golf outings, employee trips, trainings, and seminars, and has planned events for 15 to 1500 guests. She loves people and is in her element consulting one-on-one as much as she is speaking to a group of peers. Planning personal events allows her to stretch her design talents beyond the confines of the corporate world, and to pursue her passion for all things sophisticated and elegant. Veronica’s creative work has even been featured in many prominent publications and blogs including The Knot, Munaluchi Bride and many more.

Veronica graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and is a Gold Sandals Certified Wedding Specialist and Silver Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist. As an industry veteran, she feels a responsibility to educate and to serve the greater community. Her commentary has appeared in Wedding Planner Magazine, The Knot North Carolina and many more. She currently serves as the Director of Fundraising for Wish Upon A Wedding North Carolina a non-profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples who face terminal illness or life-altering circumstances. She also served as State Manager for the Association of Bridal Consultants in North Carolina, but now serves as Director of Outreach for the Association. Veronica is committed to operating her business with honesty and integrity and contributes her long-term success to her ability to truly listen to couples while manifesting their dreams into beautiful reality.

Lisa Torres

Producer, TV Host, Intuitive Consultant, Quantum Energy Healing and Meditation Guide, Celebrity and Professional Athlete Trainer. She produced, wrote, and hosted her own inspirational talk show on EverTalk TV Network and continues to produce, write and create shows. She is the founder of SoulShift Consulting and Energy Work, Barre Physique®, and Just A Thought Yoga Nidra Meditation Recordings.

She has been a Fitness Personality for LearnItLive.com and Yogastars.com, has had her meditation recordings featured on American Airlines, and has worked with A-list celebrities, super models, professional athletes of the NBA, AVP, MLB and CEOs. She has certified many fitness instructors, has owned and sold her own barre studio business, and has licensed and consulted on many barre studio designs, buildouts, trainings and openings. Her visionary entrepreneurial spirit, business degree and experience along with her extensive training and keen intuitive gifts make her a powerhouse for helping people attain their dream goals.

Omu Obilor

Omu is the creative visionary behind ‘OmuObilor Luxury Event Planners’, acclaimed for their experiential and ecstatic design work. She is an inspired team leader and consummate collaborator who continues to win the trust and respect of a wide spectrum of clients as well as professional colleagues.

Omu is a leading authority in today’s world of luxury event planning, consulting with individuals and corporations on conceptual design, client service and the client experience. Well accomplished in executing ambitious and often unconventional concepts, her work reflects a bold, authentic attitude where bringing a client’s vision to life is not only possible but paramount.

With her extensive international experience, Omu has a deep appreciation and respect for the unique traditions of every culture and this, combined with working with her network of world-class creative partners is guaranteed to bring undeniable value to your special luxury event.

Omu is also a well sought-after keynote speaker and expert panelist on industry related events. She credits a background spanning multiple disciplines as being key to her creativity, production savvy and innate flexibility. After graduating as a computer engineer, she worked in a multinational oil company before venturing into entrepreneurship.

Her enthusiasm for learning and versatility led to her joining the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) in 2009. She has since found herself on several international platforms speaking about luxury, destinations and networking. Envisioning a greater need for her services around the globe, in 2018 Omu designed and launched ‘The Business of Event Planning’, a training program for event planners which focusses on the business practice of event planning, grater sustainability and proper positioning. Omu’s exposure and experience has provided her with a unique insider knowledge into how events can be truly show-stopping, giving her that competitive edge that can help make your dream come true.

Ophellia McKnight

Jamaican born and bred with almost two decades of Toronto living, Ophellia McKnight has 23 years of wedding industry knowledge and experience. She is Jamaica wedding planning royalty, being the first formally registered wedding planner on the island. Her first company has grown into an international destination wedding planning and design firm and rebranded to The Destination Collective six years ago to support and refine her development in the industry.

This firm services clients from all over the world who want to get married in Jamaica and produces world class weddings. The Destination Collective is also a destination management company that provides local, on the ground support to many other international wedding professionals and corporate concerns who choose to work in Jamaica.

Mrs. McKnight also support international wedding planners who want to plan and execute weddings in Jamaica as a coach and mento as well as an industry educator. As a part of her role as the Munaluchi Bridal magazine Ambassador to Jamaica and the Caribbean, she has spoken at many conferences and engaged many professionals on their needs and has provided resources to make it simpler for them to confidently execute weddings in her home country.

The Jamaica Wedding Professionals Association is a heart project for Mrs. McKnight, who is the founder and current president of the Association. She has long believed that the industry would be stronger together. She understands that collaboration and community are the only ways to build a strong wedding industry and was keen on harnessing the wedding professionals in Jamaica and showing them a vision of financial success through training and development of their product and their brand. With a keen eye on the international market, she understands the value of knowing your market, creating your brand, and curating experiences that will attract the ideal client and this is what she wants the entire industry to understand and aspire to.

Tamara Christie

Marketing destination Jamaica has long been a dream job for Tamara Christie-Johnson, Business Development Manager for the Jamaica Tourist Board. With this vision in mind, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management, which served as the first step towards her career spanning 23 years in the travel and tourism industry.

After landing a PR Management position at one of the island’s leading hotel resort chains, Christie-Johnson was in charge of media relations, all community relations projects and also made numerous radio and television appearances with tourism and travel as the focus. She has also written numerous resort feature stories for the local newspapers on the island and her quotes, and many projects were featured in numerous articles.

Christie joined the Jamaica Tourist Board team in 2006. Previously marketing Jamaica to Midwestern USA, she today promotes her island home to various territories in the Southeastern USA market where she currently has direct responsibility. With her ear on the pulse , Christie-Johnson is the lead for increasing visitor arrivals to Jamaica out of these key USA markets and ensuring that the region is kept informed.

In her current role, Christie-Johnson builds relationships and works closely with retail and wholesale partners, specifically travel agents, tour operators/wholesalers and airlines servicing the destination. Christie-Johnson is proactively involved in identifying opportunities to boost Jamaica’s presence in the marketplace and actively participates in radio and television promotions, consumer and trade events, where she offers expert advice to potential visitors on why Jamaica is the Caribbean’s premier destination.

In an effort to keep brand Jamaica top-of-mind, she conducts seminars and focus groups with travel partners and hosts travel agents to Jamaica for familiarization tours, arming them with the necessary information to sell and position the destination to potential travelers.

With an unwavering passion for tourism, Tamara Christie-Johnson is a dedicated ambassador for Jamaica and is always happy to share her knowledge on the destination.

Just Imagine…

Imagine a place where you can meet anyone from all over the world…

A place where travel is the topic of conversation, but no one needs to travel to get there…
A place where friendly welcomes from familiar faces make you feel at home …
A place where you can hangout and connect as you discover the best locations for destination celebrations.

Agenda &
Schedule

Discover how you can be a part of the 300 billion dollar destination wedding and travel industry.

Take in the breathtaking views as you explore the virtual island full of travel and tourism treasures.
Meet up with friends to discover new hot spots for destination celebrations from weddings to anniversaires and family reunions. Join breakout rooms for learning opportunities and professional continuing education credits, as well as the latest updates on COVID-19 Compliance.

Special Guest: Kevin Lee will be hosting an exclusive meet-n-greet during the afterparty with a live Q&A session on Destination Weddings, Design, and Decor.

In partnership with AFWPi and tourism boards from around the world, this summit showcases top wedding destinations, prime locations, hotels, resorts, and industry suppliers.

Wednesday, May 19th 2021

Ballroom will be open 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT.
Rooftop After Party will be help from 4:00pm – 6:00pm PDT

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Omu ObilorThe African Experience
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