Due to COVID-19 Elevate! Masterclass 2020 in Ojai, CA is Postponed. Stay tuned for more details!

ojai, california
July 12-15, 2020

meet our mentors & speakers

Shamira Preston

magnolia rose

As a firm believer of collaboration over community, her service in the United States Navy comes as no surprise. Shamira's passion to put others first, led her to creating Elevate! She believes in making wedding industry education accessible and beneficial to dedicated professionals of all levels who want to take their skills to new levels.

With over 12 years in the industry and six years as a business owner, her polished weddings and organic designs have been featured in The Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Aisle Society, Texas Weddings Magazine, Borrowed & Blue, and a host of others. Shamira was also nominated for 2019 Rising Tide Society's 20 on the Rise and Intrigue's 2019 Floral Awards. She and her team continues to execute quality weddings and events, leaving their couples breathless as they experience their love stories unfold into flawless designs.

She received her Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on business and fine arts (specifically Graphic Design) from Norfolk State University. Her favorite color is blush, even before it was popular and she loves to bake. Shamira is a loving mother to five beautiful children and when she's not in the thick of wedding season, you can find her on the football field or the court rooting for one of her little ones or holding a box of tissue watching This Is Us.

Hostess & Speaker


Planner Mentor

cocktails & details

Spreading her metropolitan style throughout the low country, Terrica Skaggs has been creating exquisite weddings and events in the Golden Isles area for the past fourteen years.

Specializing in modern Southern weddings, she believes in creating custom experiences inspired by her clients' love stories while infusing technology and efficiency.  A contributing board member of the North American Academy of Wedding and Event Planning, Terrica's weddings and expertise have been featured in The Knot, Reader's Digest, Martha Stewart Weddings, HLN tv, Style Me Pretty, and a host of others. In addition to leading a rock star team at her planning and design firm, she also owns The White Lounge-- a contemporary wedding planning studio for couples and wedding professionals. 

A wave maker nominated for Honeybook's 2018 Twenty on the Rise and 2019 Knot Educator Pro, she launched her new wedding education system, "Run the World" in Winter 2018. Terrica is an ardent educator of those in the wedding industry, also hosting the "She Don't Even Go Here" podcast. As an avid lover of cake and champagne, you'll find at home in the Golden Isles with her four "fabutots" , and when not entertaining family and friends, she's frequently binging on RuPaul's Drag Race and Game of Thrones.

Vanessa Hicks

Photographer Mentor

vanessa hicks photography

Vanessa Hicks is a wedding and portrait photographer currently documenting love in Hawaii! She is a military spouse and Navy Veteran a well! She truly believes in empowering others, and the importance of documenting her client's legacy! She has been published worldwide, and has been
voted Hawaii's #1 Wedding Photographer back to back in 2018 and 2019! When she’s doesn’t have a camera in her hand,  you can find her with a Starbucks cup in her hand, watching Harry Potter or The Office on reruns, or just lounging on the beach with an umbrella drink in hand!

Branson Maxwell

Photographer Mentor

Branson maxwell photography

I am a destination wedding videographer & photographer based in the beautiful and mountainous state of Utah. I LOVE WHAT I DO SO SO MUCH. I live and breathe photography & videography, whether it is teaching a course to other creatives or shooting an elopement. The thing that sets me apart from the rest is my is my knowledge in running a business and marketing. I have built a consistent 6 figure income from using strategic Facebook ads and easy to learn marketing campaigns. 

Precious Stevens


The Posh academy

Precious Stevens is a certified event designer, draping instructor, business coach, and public speaker that helps event professionals transform their business to attract higher paying clients. Her mission is to inspire creative entrepreneurs to transition from their 9-5 to successful business owners doing what they love. Precious started her company The Posh Academy as a business mentor and draping instructor to assist other event professionals that were looking to enhance their skills and grow their business. After finding much success Precious has created industry specific programs like The Posh Academy’s Client Attraction Mastery Program (The POSH C.A.M.P) & The Posh Academy’s Plan 2 Profit. Precious continues to share her message of integrity, purpose, and faith on her many platforms. 

Renee Dalo

Planner Mentor

Moxie bright events

Wedding planning wasn’t always in the cards for Renée. Instead, what started out as a seemingly one -time favor for a friend evolved into a thriving side -hustle to her acting career. When it was her turn to walk down the aisle, she flipped the script and discovered that the wedding industry was truly where she belonged. Shortly after her “I do’s,” she started Moxie Bright Events, a boutique wedding planning company, and never looked back.

It wasn’t long before fellow industry pros were looking to her for advice . With over 12 years of
experience under her belt, Renée turned her knowledge towards the advancement of the industry as a whole and launched her top -notch educational resources for event pros. In addition to her self-guided Wedding Management e-course, Renée is also the founder and host of the popular B2B podcast, Rock Your Wedding Biz.

Renée is a fan favorite on the speaker circuit, taking the stage at conferences across the country, including Wedding MBA, Creative at Heart, Let’s Plan Conference, and Tide Talk LA. She is recognized across the industry, having earned a coveted spot on Honeybook’s 20 On Th e Rise list,
and she contribut es frequently to industry publications. She currently serves as the Vice President of WIPA Southern California and has also held leadership roles in The Association of Bridal Consultants and The Rising Tide Society.

Bobbi Brinkman

Photographer Mentor

Bobbi brinkman photography

Bobbi Brinkman is a storytelling photographer + wedding industry educator based in St. Simons Island GA. For 37 years she has been honored to capture love stories for fabbo couples in authentic moments from coast to coast.

With her experience she understands that a wedding day should reflect each couple, and so should their wedding photos. Her focus is on her couple’s and their story, and not about capturing an award-winning photo. Bobbi is all about the value she can bring to the wedding day team so that together they can best serve their couples.

She believes that everyone is welcome just as they are. No matter who you love or where you’re from, it all starts with love—and all love matters, every story deserves to be told. At BBP she and her team
celebrate and respect all love stories and partnerships of all genders and know they come in all colors and sizes, as do their weddings.

Simply put, Bobbi believes in the power of photography and the privilege it is to witness these love stories. Building her career with purpose by investing in people first, and by being her true self has allowed her to have a fabbo career serving her couples and fellow wedding pro’s in the most authentic way.

Mable Maposa

Design Mentor

Mable M Florals

Hi there! I am Mabel founder and Creative Content Creator at Mabel M Florals & An Instructor at Luxury Experience with Mabel M (practicing sustainable floristry).

A little bit about me, So I have always taken delight in all things floral since I was about 10 years old. My floral work stems from a deep love of nature in all its glorious stages and seasons. I also find inspiration in luxury art and fine photography. When I’m not in my studio, I spend most of my time foraging interesting textures which I find fascinating when added to floral work.

Over the past 9 years of my professional experience my style has evolved to more unstructured, loose and lush - some call it whimsical. We have since become known for this luxurious garden style designs.

Sustainability is intrinsically linked to everything that I do. I am currently working hard to be 100% organic, I realize it takes so much time, careful study and experience to eventually achieve this. For now we are moving away from using floral foam and we have began to compost green waste as well as choosing sundry materials that have a low environmental impact. I am so happy to be sharing my (foam free) experience with you.

Random facts:
. I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - there I said it!
. I am a huge fan of U2 & The Beatles
. If I could ever pick what time period I could live in, I’d pick 1960s for some reason, I believe I belong in the 60s
. I am the definition of a workaholic, I cant stop working period!
. Im a sucker for understated luxury.

Keneshia Raymond


Blissful creative

Topic: Goal Setting while focusing on starting with your "Why" in your business

Bron Hansboro


the flower guy bron

Topic: Design Styling & Flatlays

Topic: Creating a Month's Worth of Blogging and Pinterest Content!

Topic: Staying Relevant & How to Avoid Wedding Day Hangover aka The Burnout

Keneshia Raymond is the founder of Blissful Creatives: an online education resource and creative strategy agency focusing on helping creatives launch, grow and strategize their business. She is also the Founder of Strive & Thrive Workshops, an in-person hands-on workshop for local women in business focused on growing, launching and building a solid foundation within their business. Keneshia has been active in the wedding community for over 10 years, as a planner, designer and former VP of WedTech Summit. While staying grounded in the pretty of weddings she focuses on growth, trends and the tech side of the business while continuing to fall in love with the industry and helping entrepreneurs grow more and more every day.

Topic: Styling Romantic Drapery

Topic: The Art of Wedding Coordinating

Topic: Facebook Marketing Ads

Topic: Foam Free Design & Romantic Bouquets

Topic: Consultations & Closing the Sale

Topic: Stop Leaving Money on the Table Without Sacrificing Your Craft

Award-winning floral and event designer Bron Hansboro has devoted his career to navigating clients through the creative process and transforming their visions into exquisite events since 2014. Fondly referred to as “The Flower Guy,” he is the lead creative and floral designer at The Flower Guy Bron. He provides bespoke design and styling experiences for weddings and events of all types. Bron deeply values his interactions with clients and peers alike, and understands the power of making connections through design. His motto is, “We don’t sell flowers, we sell experiences.”

Bron has received the WeddingWire’s “Couples Choice” designation for three consecutive years and is a Metropolitan Business League’s “One to Watch” Honoree. He is a sought -after speaker and will be featured at Wedding MBA 2018. Bron is dedicated to providing seamless and stress -free design services and loves seeing the look on his clients’ faces when they see their completed concept come to life. When he’s not dreaming up magical events, he loves to cook, travel, entertain, shop and connect.

At Elevate!, we bring together some of the most sought-after industry experts who love to educate and see others succeed in their business. With our intimate groups, our attendees will have the opportunity to chat with the speakers, get your questions answered, and share experiences and concerns with the best of the best.

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