Speakers

 
 

Wyatt Hull - The Loft at 600F
Venue

High ceilings and exposed brick in our historic building are accented with modern tech and chic furnishings in the perfect downtown location. The Loft at 600 F is the premier DC boutique space and served by concierge-level event services and staff. Walking distance to Convention Center (0.5 miles) and across the street from the Verizon Center. One, two, or three floors can be set from a chic lounge to a formal conference table or from a engaging lecture or discussion panel to larger corporate happy hours or group parties. 600 F Northwest is perfect for day retreats, corporate meetings, and training seminars by day and ideally suited for evening cocktail hours, weddings, mitzvahs.

 
 

Jasmine Smith - Just For The Day
Day of Coordinator

Our day-of wedding coordination service is perfect for the couple who has planned their entire wedding but needs someone to answer questions during the planning process and most importantly, to oversee the wedding day. On the day-of, we collaborate with the vendors, address any unexpected events, ensure guests are comfortable, and tend to the bridal party - we pull it all together. Want to see some of what we do? Check out our video!

Oliver FRIENDLY
Eat and Smile Catering

We are proud to be the first locally sourced caterer in the Washington DC area, with strong support of local farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, fisherfolk, and other producers. Our meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and bread are purchased directly from farmers within 150 miles of the city. In our 8th year, Eat & Smile Catering continues to grow as a boutique business, working with clients to create unique events that meet their culinary and budgetary needs. Adding to this repertoire, Chef Oliver Friendly is now undertaking an occasional supper club in his commercial kitchen space: The Bespoke Kitchen, where food-loving diners can find the freshest and best seasonal produce finessed into memorable dining experiences.

 
 

Tatiana Calderon
M
akeup Artist

Tatiana Calderon is a DC based makeup artist. She was naturally drawn to the ability of makeup to transform people and her passion organically grew into a business. Tatiana says that creating the perfect look for a each bride is a collaborative effort as she works to realize the bride's vision, and is inspired by the moment when the bride first catches a glimpse of herself. Tatiana always aims to make the bride feel like the most beautiful version of herself on her wedding day. 

In addition to bridal makeup, Tatiana offers services for galas, proms, TV, and much more.

 
 

SUe Volans
Hair Stylist

Sue Volans has over 22 years experience in the industry and is a highly sought after stylist when it comes to bridal hair. With 15 years in Washington, DC, Sue has worked with an eclectic mix of clients and specializes in styles ranging from elegant and conservative, to whimsical and fun to edgy and avant garde. For the past ten years Sue has been a top stylist at Bang Salon in Washington, DC's Chinatown neighborhood.

 
 

Monique Smaby - Sweet Thymes
W
edding Event Decor

Monique Smaby is the owner of Sweet Thymes and creator of the DIY Wedding Conference. She started Sweet Thymes in 2012 on Etsy and has never stopped creating new products. Sweet Thymes offers elegant, rustic special event decor for rent and for sale. Monique has a diverse background in all things design, working in fashion, visual merchandising, floral design and catering. Monique knows what goes in to throwing a stunning event and how to create the perfect decor. Sweet Thymes has been featured on Martha Stewart Wedding, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, and more. Monique is an expert on all things weddings, design, and DIY. 

 
 

MORGAN Walker - Petals and Hedges
F
loral Design

Petals & Hedges offers full-service wedding and event design. Morgan designs lush, colorful, textured pieces to meet your stylistic needs from classic to ultra-chic weddings or special event.  Her creative, garden-style bouquets are sought after by brides throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

Fluffy ThoughtS Cakes
B
akery

Fluffy Thoughts Cakes was conceived in the year 2000, when a friend suggested that owner Lara Halabi Stein combine her two passions, art and baking, into a real business. In April of 2010, the Fluffy Thoughts Cakes storefront opened its doors offering cakes, cupcakes, coffee and many other treats for all McLeaners. Fluffy Thoughts Cakes opened a second location at Washington Nationals Stadium in 2013. This location is open during baseball games and concerts, offering baseball-inspired cupcakes, brownies and treats.

 
 

Amy Thunell- Bluemont Vineyard
Wine Tasting

Bluemont Vineyard was conceived in a love affair between agriculture and wine. Established in 2007, This small country winery is a natural extension of Great Country Farms (CSA) across the street. As a small-run winery, an average of 6000 carefully crafted cases of wine are produced each year. Discover a broad spectrum of wines with an emphasis on quality of product as well as skill, enthusiasm and artistry of the team of people creating each unique vintage. 

 
 

Hannah Lane Giddings - Hannah Lane Photography

Here’s a little about myself. First, I wholeheartedly believe in what I do and give everything I have into each and every session and wedding. I’m passionate about loving and serving people well and it’s upon this foundation that I’ve structured every area of my business. From customizing packages, to being available to help with anything you may need (photography or not), as well as taking care of any stressful moments on the wedding day, I’m there to serve you to the best of my ability and document your most memorable day. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to have photographed over fifty weddings and over a hundred portrait sessions the past few years and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.

More speaker announcements coming soon!

 

Interested in becoming a speaker?
If you are interested in being a future speaker at the DIY Wedding Conference Series please email info@sweetthymes.com for more information on future events in multiple cities.