SF NACE Sponsor Spotlight: Discussion Panel

Our May event is right around the corner and we are so excited to be hosting a discussion panel on the submissions process, how to get published, vendor etiquette, industry culture and so much more! 

Allow us to introduce to you our fabulous panel of speakers:

Christine Thomas of Today's Bride SF


"When people ask what sets Today’s Bride SF apart from all the other wedding publications that have come and gone over the last 22 years, our response is simple: Distribution. Distribution. Distribution. That, above all else, is why we’re the longest publishing wedding magazine in Northern California. While we love compliments about how beautiful the magazine is, our hearts do an extra flip every time someone says ‘we see Today’s Bride everywhere!’"


Shawna Gohel of Maharani Weddings 


"If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I LOVE WEDDINGS! I mean, I love every single part, from the down-on-one-knee prince charming proposal to the hunt for the perfect lengha to the planning of an extravagant event filled with roses and radiance. To me, there's nothing better than spending an afternoon poring over oodles of wedding images—and now it's my day job!

Once I met my soul mate, I fell headfirst into the world of weddings and discovered that my love for South Asian ceremonies and events was sort of unstoppable. So I started blogging about my new obsession and it quickly pushed my career in finance to the back seat.  Now I am constantly on the search for the most unique, imaginative, glamorous, and glorious South Asian weddings around.

Today, Maharani Weddings reaches over 800,000 Indian brides and bridal enthusiasts each month through the MaharaniWeddings.com website and social media channels. Each day, the editorial team at MaharaniWeddings.com publishes 20 to 25 pieces of original content focusing on trends, Indian Wedding ideas, and real weddings."


Hazel Bourget of Blu Bungalow

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"Blu Bungalow is a high-end, complimentary planning experience where brides, grooms, and anyone planning a special day can create their dream event with the knowledge and assistance of experts. Founded in 2010 by Hazel Bourget, Blu Bungalow is comprised of a boutique and website to showcase and access the best vendors in the events industry. San Francisco marks the flagship location for the company, the first of its kind in the region.

Founder of Blu Bungalow, an Event Planning Studio, Hazel Bourget made her way into the wedding industry as a planner in 2005. For the past twelve years, Hazel has continued to foster her love for all things celebrations.

Hazel’s background is in legal and business. Her unbound creative passion coupled with her real world pragmatism and strong business/organizational foundation propelled her to launch her own business where she can continue to work alongside talented vendors with engaged couples. Hazel has leveraged her MBA and work experience in Silicon Valley in assisting creative companies with marketing, finance, and legal to ignite the growth of their business. By consulting hundreds of engaged couples and partnering with all types of wedding vendors, Hazel has developed rare expertise and deep knowledge of the events industry on both the business and clientele side."