Shanna Skidmore is a business strategist and financial coach. Nicknamed the “dream-releaser” by her clients, she helps entrepreneurs make money doing what they love by building profitable & sustainable businesses. For the past 10 years she has been immersed in the world of small business development and finance. By studying patterns of success, she now coaches and consults with creative entrepreneurs on business principles she found to be key indicators of success. Her background in finance, psychology and art, have allowed her to marry the world of business and creativity. Her greatest joy is watching others transform their stories and build businesses & lives they love!
I'm a small town Wisconsin photographer, podcaster and educator with big dreams. Most days, you’ll find me in yoga pants, working on the couch with a smile on my face and rescue pups in my lap -- or making googly eyes at my husband Drew from across the room. I’m a wedding blogger, a podcaster, and an educator -- plus, I’ve always got my bags packed for my next wheels-up adventure. I’m a storyteller, dog-rescuer, mac-and-cheese connoisseur, and championship napper. I've been named the Top Wisconsin wedding photographer for 3 years in a row and I love nothing more than serving up entrepreneurs with tactical takeaways that will help them grow a profitable, authentic business!
Lexia Frank is a highly sought after fine art wedding and portrait film photographer, who regularly shoots throughout the continental United States as well as internationally. As a former ballet dancer with the Madison Ballet, she attributes her love for the human form and the arts from her years in training, and she translates this beautifully into her photography. While obtaining her degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin she fell in love with the traditional practices of film photography, and continues to use these methods of image-making in her business which helps to set her apart from the slew of digital media in this current age. In her work, she aspires to create honest, raw, quietly emotional imagery.
In 2011 Lexia won the prestigious Canon Project Imagin8ion Contest chosen by Ron Howard as the winner from amongst almost 100,000 photographs. The chosen photograph went on to inspire the award winning film “When You Find Me”, directed by Academy Award winning director Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard. Ron Howard says about Lexia’s work: “It’s dramatic, it’s utterly human, powerfully relatable. (Her work) spoke so pointedly, powerfully, to a very relatable set of human emotions.”
She, as well as her work, have graced the cover of many national magazines such as BabyTalk, Rangefinder, and Veil magazine; exhibited in galleries; and authored many articles on photography. She has also been featured numerous times in wedding blogs and printed magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings and Destination I Do. She has been interviewed for magazines and news programs alike, and as an industry leader she also teaches master classes at the world’s largest photography convention- WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). Her work has taken her all over the world- to Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and beyond. In the future she hopes to continue to tell people’s stories photographically here in the US and beyond, and to teach her two young boys the art of slowing down to appreciate the beauty that is this life.
Copywriter | Calligrapher
Ashlyn writes bespoke, meaningful words for creative women as a copywriter & calligrapher. She left her job as a publicist to go full-time with her calligraphy biz for brides -- and realized there were lots of creative women fumbling with their message and sales copy (you can take the girl out of the PR agency ... ).
Trading clients like Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A to work with wedding industry dreamies like Jenna Kutcher, Katelyn James, and Mary Marantz is just the bee's knees. When not writing about herself in third person, she’s usually trying to scratch the ink off her fingernails or grabbing margs and tacos with her husband.
Katie is an editor in chief, creative director, writer and thought leader for artists. As a former ballerina and choreographer, Katie coaches creative professionals in a unique way utilizing her self-developed curriculum Editor's Course to ensure creative authenticity and sustainability. After Katie launched Cottage Hill in November 2014 as the only lifestyle and wedding publication, its inaugural magazine – The Homecoming Issue was immediately welcomed by thousands of readers in 43 US states and 4 countries before landing in all Barnes & Noble newsstands, The Captivated Issue and The Pioneer Issuefollowed in May and October 2015. Focusing more on lifestyle stories, The Grace Issue debuts Fall 2016. Cottage Hill is named after Katie’s hometown and celebrates lives worthy of an elegant and meaningful legacy through original inspiration, real stories and fine art photography by artists around the globe.
I'm Angela, brand stylist, designer, and calligrapher behind Saffron Avenue. I focus on curating authentic brands and websites for small businesses as well as creating custom calligraphy for events. Beyond design I love to teach local workshops (which allows me to get out of the house and socialize), collaborate with various businesses for my blog, and even try to play 'photographer' from time to time. I'm obsessed with white tulips, dirty chai latte's, and of course my mini dachshund Curry. I'm always thinking of what I can try or do next, how to motivate others, and of course, where to find my next business challenge.
Harmony Walton is the founder of The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio on America’s Talk and iHeartRadio. Harmony has also expanded the brand into her passion of destination weddings with Jet Fete by Bridal Bar, a destination weddings and honeymoons blogsite dedicated exclusively to weddings abroad and romance travel. With a vast celebrity clientele and over twelve years of experience in the luxury wedding space, her company has been recognized around the world and featured in 100+ media outlets, including The Associated Press, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Tonight,People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many more.
As a wedding business consultant and wedding expert, Harmony speaks frequently to both consumers and companies. Her true passion lies within connecting couples with brands, and brands with opportunities to increase their market share and scope of influence. She has helped launch dozens of successful wedding companies, re-positioned older businesses with the changing market, and supported wedding industry clients both online and offline across the country.
Amy Johnson is the owner and creative director of One Fine Day Productions, a cinematography company that caters to luxury weddings. Amy has been producing wedding films and films for the wedding industry since 2002. Her company has received numerous awards and their services are sought after worldwide. She is a 6x Emmy winner for her work in the commercial world. Amy is very knowledgable and passionate about the wedding industry and is excited to share this passion with others.
(Pictured on right) One half of a talented team, Sarah Sarbacker co-owns Cherry Blossom Events, a wedding and event planning company based in Madison, WI. Sarah loves producing beautiful and cohesive events that reflect the hostess’ personal style, and has a passion for design and planning, whether it’s a small dinner party at home, a wedding or any other of life’s celebrations.
(Pictured on left) The other half of the Cherry Blossom Events dymanic duo. Andrea VandeBerg loves to personalize details and make each event unique and creative in its own way. Young entrepreneurs - and busy young mothers - she and Sarah love what they do and aim for a planning process that’s almost as much fun as the party.