Celebrity course contributors

  • The New York Times Style correspondent who wrote 'Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration'
  • The author of 'Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall,' with an introduction by Rosie O'Donnell
  • An Emmy Award-winning CBS News reporter
  • A celebrity cake designer seen on the Food Network and the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'
  • An economist-ethicist-priest who was a winning contestant on 'Jeopardy'
  • Just a few of the celebrated experts who teach New Wedding Planet's lively course video tutorials

Our cake design expert Marina Sousa appeared on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' and created the wedding cake for Keegan Gerhard, the host of 'Food Network Challenge.'

Marina Sousa on the Food Network

Rosie O'Donnell wrote the introduction for same-sex marriage expert Cheryl Dumesnil's book 'Hitched!' and co-starred in 'A League of Their Own,' one of many major motion pictures, including 'The Color Purple' with Oprah Winfrey, accessorized by Alan Brasington, New Wedding Planet's design and merchandising expert.

Rosie O'Donnell introduced Cheryl Dumesnil's book.

Cheryl Dumesnil's book

Cheryl Dumesnil

New York Times Style correspondent and New Wedding Planet green wedding expert Mireya Navarro writes on cultural trends and is the author of 'Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration.'

Mireya Navarro

New York Times Style article by Mireya Navarro

Mireya Navarro's book

Daryl Glenney, New Wedding Planet's women's entrepreneurship expert, managed the voter registration drive that elected President Jimmy Carter; worked with Princess Basma, sister of the late King Hussein, to elect women to the Jordanian Parliament; and facilitates training for major national organizations such as the YWCA and the Anti-Defamation League.

Daryl Glenney

Emmy Award-winning reporter and New Wedding Planet wedding photography expert Kiet Do reports the nightly news on San Francisco Bay Area CBS News affiliate KPIX-TV.

Kiet Do's photography

Kiet Do

Allen Newman, an economist, ethicist, and New Wedding Planet wedding business ethics expert, was a repeat winner on the 'Jeopardy' game show and collaborated with South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu on world peace.

The Rev. Allen Newman, PhD

Allen Newman was a winner on 'Jeopardy.'

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It was 'love at first sight' for author Christopher Hitchens and New Wedding Planet's Editorial Director William Ray, who interviewed Hitchens, Dominick Dunne, Carl Hiaasen, and dozens of other authors for South Florida public radio and TV. Will has also photographed and interviewed political figures, including President Jimmy Carter, for Wake Forest Magazine and other publications.

Will Ray with author Christopher Hitchens

Will Ray with author Dominick Dunne

Will Ray with author Carl Hiaasen

Will Ray's photograph of President Jimmy Carter

Entertaining Experts Share Insider Knowledge in Lively Interviews and Live Demonstrations

Our team has worked with world leaders like Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu. Our editorial expert interviewed Jimmy Carter, Christopher Hitchens, Dominick Dunne, Carl Hiaasen, and other noted authors. Our business strategy and business ethics expert collaborated with South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Our women's entrepreneurship expert worked as a consultant and coach in the initiative of Jordan's Princess Basma to create jobs for women and helped elect Jimmy Carter president. Global thinkers like these have shaped our experts' worldview and inspired our vision and values.

Marriage is a Universal Right and Weddings Have Universal Appeal

That's why major media such as the New York Times, the 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' the Food Network, and CBS News feature wedding subjects so frequently. It's also why universal rights are advocated by global activists including Jimmy Carter, Christopher Hitchens, Rosie O'Donnell, Desmond Tutu, and Princess Basma. And it's why popular quiz shows like 'Jeopardy' still play the wedding-question game.

Expert course contributors featured in entertaining video tutorials on essential wedding subjects:

Rosalyn Barak
Cantor, Congregation Emanu-El
San Francisco, California
Jewish Weddings and Music

Lillian Benson
Retired Wedding Planner
Flint, Michigan
The Wedding Planner Job and Wedding Planner Profession

Jeanette Blacy
Graduate Gemologist
Owner, Blacy's Fine Jewelers
Los Gatos, California
Engagement and Wedding Rings

Alan Brasington, RADA
Designer, Merchandiser, and Actor
Owner, Alan Brasington, Inc.
New York, New York
Bridal Gowns and Wedding Dresses

Mark Bruce
Vocal Coach, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Music Director, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Los Gatos, California
Christian Weddings and Music

Kiet Do
Award-Winning Reporter, CBS-5, KPIX-TV
Owner, Kiet Do Photography
San Jose, California
Contemporary Wedding Photography

Cheryl Dumesnil
Award-Winning Author, Teacher, and Poet
Walnut Creek, California
Gay Marriage and Same-Sex Weddings

Melissa Feher-Peiker
Owner, Castle Marne Historic Inn
Denver, Colorado
Bed & Breakfast Weddings

Wendy Harrop
Award-Winning Wedding Planner
Owner, It's Your Day
Saratoga, California
The Wedding Planning Process I
The Wedding Planning Process II

Yvonne Horn
Travel and Wine Writer
Founder, WineryWeddingGuide.com
Santa Rosa, California
Winery Weddings and Wedding Wine

Rob Jensen
Owner, Testarossa Winery
Los Gatos, California
Winery Weddings and Wedding Wine

Young Kwon
Floral Designer
Owner, De Young Floral Events
Campbell, California
Wedding Flowers and Wedding Decorations

Crystal LeQuang
Professional Wedding Planner
Owner, Amazae Special Events
San Jose, California
The Wedding Planner Job and Wedding Planner Profession

Ann Lyons
Award-Winning Caterer
Owner, Melons Catering & Event Planning
South San Francisco, California
Wedding Catering and Wedding Venues

Bruce Mangual
Director of Catering, The Curtis
Denver, Colorado
Boutique Hotel Weddings

Mireya Navarro
New York Times Style Correspondent
Author, 'Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration'
New York, New York
The New Green Wedding

Joel Nelson
Entertainment Booking Agent
Owner, Joel Nelson Productions
San Jose and San Francisco, California
Wedding Music and Wedding Entertainment

The Rev. Allen Newman, PhD
Economist, Ethicist, and Priest
Rector, Trinity of Morrisania Episcopal Church
New York, New York
The Wedding Business

Maite Ortoll
Wedding Dress Designer
Manager, Novella Bridal
San Francisco, California
Bridal Gowns and Wedding Dresses

Jonathan Pitts
Multimedia Consultant
San Jose, California
High-Tech Wedding Video

William Ray, PhD
Editorial Director, New Wedding Planet
Partner, Global Horizon Enterprises, LLC
Santa Clara, California
Christian Weddings and Music

Timothy Roberts, CEO
Founder, New Wedding Planet
Partner, Global Horizon Enterprises, LLC
Santa Clara, California
Jewish Weddings and Music

Purvi Shah
Indian Wedding Planner
Owner, Avant Planners
San Jose, California
Hindu Weddings and Music

Kevin Smith, MD, BCFP, DFAPA
Clinical Psychiatrist
Kingston, New York
The Principles of Wedding Psychology and Counseling

Marina Sousa
Celebrity Cake Designer
Owner, Just Cakes
Capitola, California
Wedding Cakes and Custom Cake Design

Diana Westphal-Gore
Licensed Aesthetician
Owner, Faces by Diana
Los Gatos, California
Wedding Day Make Up for Her and Him

New Wedding Planet gratefully acknowledges the expertise, dedication, and generosity of each Rapid Video Course™ Celebrity Course Contributor. Special thanks to Kiet Do Photography for the use of wedding photographs and to Quan Do Web Developer for designing our website.

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