Homegrown MN Entrepreneur Networking Group Celebrates 10 Years with Gilded Awards Gala

Minneapolis April 10, 2019: The Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals (TCWEP) will celebrate their 10 year anniversary at Royal Foundry Craft & Spirits, 241 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Attendees include peer-nominated business owners for 10 awards in categories ranging from “Best Catering” to “Best Event Planner in the Twin Cities.” Winners will be announced during the event awards ceremony, followed by a celebration of food, drink, and mingling.

Awards & Nominees

TCWEP Member of the Year
Jeannine Pohl – Jeannine Marie Photography
Lori Snyder – Rodan + Fields – Rock Your Dermis
Susan Lee Wright – Perfect Day Ceremonies & Affordable I’do’s

Rising Star Award
Lexie Albers – Availed Events
Heather Hanson – Heather Hanson Photography
Heidi Mathson – Day Dream Dressing Rooms

Best Networker in the Twin Cities
Jaime Engebretson – J’aime Events, Jeannine Pohl – Jeannine Marie Photography, Lori Snyder – Rodan + Fields – Rock Your Dermis
The Difference Maker AwardTami Johnson – Studio B Floral Designs, Terri Uy-Lennon – Uy Lennon Floral & Events, Robin Rosenberg – Linen Effects
Lifeline AwardJames Ehlenz – EMI Audio, Tami Johnson – Studio B Floral Designs, Georgene Vesey – Afton House Inn
Volunteer Hero Award
Tami Cabrera – Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Georgene Vesey – Afton House Inn, Leslie Johnson – Positively Charmed
Homegrown AwardPaula & Michael Bushilla – Historic Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard, My Choi – Paper Thick Ink, Tom O’Brien – On Site Companies
Best Planner in the Twin CitiesMaddie Huntwork – Ask for the Moon Events, Angie Larson – Hart & Sole, Jaime Engebretson – J’aime Events, Dana Allison – Keyed Up Events
Top Caterer in the Twin CitiesA’BriTin Catering – Apples 2 Apples, CRAVE Catering, Lancer Catering, Mintahoe Catering
Best TCWEP Event Ever
Delta Hotels by Marriott – Oct’18 {Claire Holder} – Sponsors: Festivities, Imagine Lights, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Heather Hanson Photography-
Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard – Sept’18 {The Bushilla’s} – Sponsors: A’BriTin Catering, Studio B Floral, Sara’s Tipsy Pies, DJ Greg Ellis, Leanne Larson, 139 Hair by Heidi, Mirror Me Perfect, Jeannine Marie Photography, KM Vento, Slingshot Branding & PR-
Hutton House – Mar’18 {Nicole Liwienski} – Sponsors: Positively Charmed, Bartending by Drew, Ultimate Events, Marna’s Cafe, Create Catering, The Food Gallery, EMI Audio, Muddy Paws Cheesecake, Sugar & Spice Bakery, Just Truffles, Jeannine Marie Photography-Jefe Urban Hacienda – Hall of Kings – Jan’19 {Victoria Barlow} – Sponsors: Positively Charmed, Cocoa & Fig, Jeannine Marie Photography


Started in 2009 when 2 small business owners (Michelle Tverberg of Delight Photography and Matthew Sherry of Complete Wedding & Events) were hit hard by the recession and decided to start networking with word of mouth referrals as a way to share business between their customers. Gathering a few other event industry pros together with an idea to provide a win-win solution for the advancement of passionate event professionals, Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals was born. It’s humble beginnings included folding chairs, lemonade, and participants bringing in crock pots of meatballs from home to share at their meetings of a dozen entrepreneurs. That number began to grow and they quickly outgrew Complete Wedding + Events meeting space, and began meeting at local wedding & event venues in the Twin Cities each month. Over the past ten years the group consistently has a monthly attendance of 80-120 guests.

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