What’s Included

The Knot Hawaii Workshop event is a full day of wedding inspiration and business-building tactics designed just for you, including:


Welcome Breakfast: Start your day off right and mix and mingle with your besties in the industry before the opening session.

Deep Dive Sessions and Panels: Hear from real couples planning their wedding, learn about cutting-edge technology, master millennial communication and get the scoop on social media trends.

Headshot Bar: Ready for your close-up? Get a brand-new headshot for your portfolio, bio, press and social media accounts.*

Seated Lunch: Gather around the table with your local industry friends for meaningful conversation...and great food, of course.

Storefront Strategy Sessions: Set up a one-on-one review of your storefront on TheKnot.com. Learn how to choose eye-catching photos, get great reviews and drive more leads.*

Styled Breakouts: Take a break in between sessions with beautiful, insta-worthy wedding ideas. (Better have those phones charged!)

Farewell Cocktail Party: Grab a cocktail and celebrate the day with good music, delicious bites and more!


*We will send all registered attendees an email one week before the workshop including a link to schedule one-on-one appointment (s) for the headshot bar and Storefront Strategy sessions.

The Knot Speaker Lineup

Learn from top industry experts (and prepare to take notes!).


Jove Meyer

Owner & Creative Director,
Jove Meyer Events

Jove Meyer

Owner & Creative Director, Jove Meyer Events

Jove Meyer Events specializes in creating personalized weddings that are a reflection of the couples' style, personality and relationship. He believes in a relaxed approach when guiding couples through the planning and design process, creating a fun and stress-free experience.

Jove's work has been featured in magazines and blogs worldwide from The Knot to Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Refinery29, Marie Claire and many more!

Jove Meyer is the host of the popular podcast Weddings-ish with Jove! He is the creator of the Totes Getting Married tote bag and the founder of the planners dining club. In addition to planning and designing, Jove has spoken at events throughout the country, most recently at America’s Mart Design week in Atlanta.

Jove is a fierce advocate for marriage equality! Not only does he donate a portion of his tote proceeds to support it he also co-taught the first ever LGBT wedding webinar with The Knot.

Carolee Higashino

Owner & Event Designer,
White Orchid Weddings

Carolee Higashino

Owner & Event Designer, White Orchid Weddings

Owner of A White Orchid Wedding, Carolee has been rated #1 in the industry, she has been recognized for initiating "Destination Wedding Industry" in Hawaii. Launching her business in 1990, she was one of the first women to establish wedding planning on the islands. She is one of the founding members of the Maui Wedding Association and was appointed by the State of Hawai’i to represent Weddings and Honeymoons for the Hawaii 2000 Millennium Campaign.

Carolee earned local Hawai'i notoriety from the following: Pacific Business News in Honolulu, "Businesswoman of the Year" for the State of Hawaii in 2003, one of the "Fastest 50" growing companies in the state every year from 2002-2015, and "Women Who Mean Business" award for being one of the 25 women-owned businesses in the State of Hawai'i for thirteen consecutive years.

Carolee believes in 'giving back' and served on the Board of Directors for the Maui Visitors Bureau, A Keiki's Dream Foundation and the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku. Her fundraising efforts include; The Maui Aid's Foundation, Raja's Light of Youth Foundation, A Keiki's Dream Foundation, Maui Athletic Leagues, The American Cancer Institute and The Neighborhood Place Wailuku. She is a present board member for the Wedding Industry Professional Association (WIPA).

Jordan Nagasako

Hi Focused Cinematography

Jordan Nagasako

Owner, Hi Focused Cinematography

Jordan takes a personal pride in his craft, passionately giving his very best to every film he produces. Videography was a natural outcome of his past career as a professional inline skater. He began in his youth by making promotional videos for his skate sponsors. This drew him into other video projects and before long he was producing sports segments for television.

Now, 15 years in the videography and far beyond his beginnings in action sports, Jordan has earned his accolades in all aspects of video production. He has shot everything from simple beach wedding to elegant multi-day weddings, same day edits, commercial projects, corporate events, athlete profiles, memorials, music videos and many other productions.

HI FOCUSED’s prestigious work and stellar reviews are a result of his dedication, professionalism and congeniality. His awards include winner of The Knot Best of Weddings award for the last two years, WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for the last six years, as well as the highest rated cinematographer on WeddingWire, and he’s a preferred vendor for Hawaii’s top planners, hotels and venues.

Anja Winikka

Director of Education &
Industry Innovation, The Knot

Anja Winikka

Director of Education & Industry Innovation, The Knot

As Director of Education & Industry Innovation of The Knot, Anja Winikka combines her audience development and editing skills with her weddings expertise to bring wedding trends and insights to millions of creative wedding professionals.

Anja is also a sought-after TV personality serving as a popular source for wedding trends, planning tips and advice for the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, CNN Headline News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and local news segments.

Anja previously oversaw TheKnot.com content strategy along with the digital editorial and social media teams. Her team launched The Knot News blog and grew it to 7 million monthly unique visitors, doubling The Knot social audience.

Anja holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She lives in Kansas City with her husband Ben, sweet daughter Ada and their dog and cat, Charlie and Bella.

Bernadette Baillie

Director, Local Sales Training & Education, The Knot @bernadettebaillie

Bernadette Baillie

Director, Local Sales Training & Education, The Knot

Bernadette M. Baillie has more than 20 years experience executing consumer and trade marketing for some of the world's top brands including MTV, Nickelodeon and Sony Music Entertainment. Bernadette has been a featured speaker at Wedding MBA, JCK, NACE and The Special Event. Bernadette earned her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Pepperdine University and attended NYU's Gallatin program focusing on International Relations & New Media. She is a mother of 4, lover of Dyson vacuums and foodie that likes to try regional cuisine wherever her travels take her. Bernadette lives in San Diego, California

Alison Rinderknecht

Founder/Creative Director,
Alison Events

Alison Rinderknecht

Founder/Creative Director, Alison Events

Alison has been in the event business for 18 years and has traveled the world producing over 400 events in 12 countries, covering 5 continents. She has authored two books on event planning, been a speaker on many panels around the globe and produced events for every imaginable client: bridezillas, 5 star hotels, Fortune 500 companies, and high-profile and celebrity clients.

Alison lives in Sausalito, California with her husband, Markus, daughter Vivienne and 21 year old cat, Tofu. To recharge, she surfs, cooks, hikes, plays in the snow and explore this amazing planet.

Kaleigh Wiese


Kaleigh Wiese

Founder, Méldeen

Kaleigh attended college at the tender age of sixteen. While in college, she launched The Modern Creative, a branding and creative studio for small businesses. In 2008, Méldeen launched out of The Modern Creative as a luxury wedding paper studio specializing in developing stationery out of unthinkable and unusual materials. Méldeen now focuses on partnerships with planners and other creative people in the luxury wedding world internationally. Last year, she & her husband launched Garment Exchange, the first community driven peer-to-peer clothing rental marketplace for women. They are currently scaling and growing the brand throughout North America. Méldeen has advanced in 2016 with PIXEL by Méldeen. One of the first location-based, custom Snapchat filter providers for social and business. Using Snapchat’s tools, PIXEL creates and deploys custom geo-filters nationwide.

When Kaleigh isn’t leading Garment Exchange or Méldeen, you can find her on the lake, volunteering with various fashion organizations — and thinking about her next entrepreneurial adventure while encouraging young people to live their best life, and follow through with their ideas.

Stay tuned for the announcement of more amazing guest speakers!



Experience a day full of education and inspiring speakers.




8:30 a.m.

Event Registration, Breakfast Networking, Headshot Bar, Storefront Strategy Sessions

9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

9:45 a.m.

Morning Presentations

Millennials on Demand
with Anja Winikka

Real Couples Destination Webinar

Building a Rockstar Client Base
with Alison Rinderknecht

Couples Conversion
with Bernadette Baillie


12:05 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Headshot Bar, Storefront Strategy Sessions



1:20 p.m.

Afternoon Presentations

Pro Panel
with Carolee Higashino, Jordan Nagasako, Kaleigh Wiese

Top 10 Social Media Questions (And Answers You’re Dying To Know!)
with Anja Winikka

Social Media Q&A

3:30 p.m.

BREAK - Dessert/Snacks, Headshot Bar, Storefront Strategy Sessions

4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Presentations Continued

LGBT Wedding Rules To Know
with Jove Meyer

4:45 p.m.

Cocktails & Conversations
Headshot Bar & Storefront Strategy Sessions (Available for onsite sign-up)


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