Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals (TCWEP) celebrates their 13 year anniversary on April 13th 2022 from 6pm-9pm at award-winning Minneapolis venue, The Hennepin. Sponsors include Breaking Bread Catering, decor by Rison Design, day of coordination by CHARISMA weddings + events and entertainment by DJ Greg Ellis. Tickets $15-$40 online www.TCWEP.com
The gala includes an award show, which has 15 peer-nominated event-industry nominees across 5 award categories:
Mountain Mover Award. Nominees: Dana Allison, Keyed Up Events; Amber Klaseus, CHARISMA weddings + events; Ryan Veil, Studio Veil.
Rising Star Award. Nominees: Reena Maheshwari, Kahani Events & Design; Kjerstin McKeehan, Empowered Lotus Photography, Todd Reynolds, COMPLETE Weddings + Events.
Diamond Award. Nominees: Greg Ellis, DJ Greg Ellis; Jeannine Pohl, Jeannine Marie Photography, Amy Rastetter, Amy Rachael – Makeup Artist.
Member of the Year. Tami Johnson, Studio B Floral Designs, Ari Reynolds, Ari Reynolds Photography; Jesse Wilken, Northern Stacks Events.
Wed Strong Award. Nominees: Jenna Culley, Jenna Culley Events; Leslie Johnson, Positively Charmed Custom Ceremonies & Boutique Decor; Sandra Olmsted, Silks & Images Florals LLC.
Elizabeth Sherry, TCWEP Director of Events and Programming, said “Being nominated for a TCWEP award means you are recognized by your peers! Our group is an organic group where our attendees know the importance of getting to know the person next to you before sharing details about yourself.”
Michelle Tverberg, TCWEP Co-Founder said “TCWEP provides a friendly and inviting environment to make connections in your work life, as well as experiencing great venues in the Twin Cities. It is a place to have your business or place of work become known and grow, to connect, collaborate and make event industry friends. Whether it is your first time attending, or been awhile since we have seen you, we strive for a warm and welcoming experience for all.”
Since 2009, TCWEP has been meeting once-a-month at numerous event venues in the Twin Cities; even during the COVID19 lock downs, they provided online events.
TCWEP began in 2009, following the recession, 2 small business owners (Michelle Tverberg of Delight Photography and Matthew Sherry CEO of Complete Wedding & Events) decided to start networking together as a way to share business between their customers, knowing the impact of word of mouth referrals. It’s humble beginnings included folding-chairs, lemonade, and participants bringing in mid western hospitality style crock pots from home to share at their meetings of a dozen entrepreneurs. That number began to grow and within a couple years the number reached about 80 to 150 attendees.