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Wedding Luncheon with ABC: Sweet Emotion

January 17, 2019
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
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Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204



How do emotions play into producing a wedding?

How do you work through emotional situations?

How do you sell when emotions drive the budget?

Join us for an afternoon discussing and learning about how emotions play a leading role in producing a wedding. 
Also, experience trends in design, culinary concepts, lighting and all things wedding! 


Following the luncheon panel discussion, each speaker will host a bonus educational "intensive"
in which attendees may enjoy further instruction within specific areas of expertise.
For this event, ILEA Core Curriculum topics: Event Planning and Event Decor will be covered. 
For those that register for the additional intensive ($10), luncheon registration is required.


Kevin Ford
Ford-Ellington Wedding Deign, Ltd. 


Kevin has designed hundreds of notable weddings and social events filled with extravagant imagination. His thirty-three years as president and principle of Ford-Ellington Wedding Design, Ltd., has made Kevin and his company the premier event design center in Cincinnati.

His designs has awarded him with national NACE awards: “Outstanding Wedding Design of the Year 2012, Budget over $75,000 and part of “Best Team Event of the Year 2012, Budget over $75,000”.

Professional associations include former Board Member and Chapter President of the ILEA Cincinnati Chapter and former board member of NACE Cincinnati Chapter.

Kevin feels the secret of his success with clients is his ability to listen, understand, and produce the wedding design imagined by his clients at such an emotional time. The most important thing is education. By educating them on why each decision contributes to their wedding dream, each will be more comfortable and less anxious before the wedding and be “in the moment” on their wedding day.


Elisa McKenzie, MWP, CSEP
Elegant Events by Elisa


Elisa loves what she does and is very good at it. (How awesome is it to be able to say that!) She has been in business just over 20 years and she still tears up at every wedding she does. 

Elisa is owner of Elegant Events by Elisa, an event planning company based in Cincinnati OH, specializing in couture weddings and event coordination.

Elisa earned her Master Wedding Planner distinction in 2008 and her Certified Special Event Professional distinction in 2006.  Elisa and her company have been the recipients of numerous industry awards, including the Association of Bridal Consultants Heart Award and an ILEA Wow award, both recognizing excellence in the industry.  


Elisa is big on giving back to the industry she loves and has served as a past Cincinnati ILEA president, ILEA regional vice president and ABC Kentucky state coordinator.  Her love of knowledge and teaching anything weddings has made her a premier leader in the special events industry affording her the privilege to speak to our industry at a local and national level, including the nationally recognized, The Special Event convention.


JScot Reid
JScot Events


As a lifestyle Event Planner, JScot has built, created, curates and planned events and weddings in over 100 cities, 30+ US states and more than a dozen countries. In his nearly 20 years of experience through entrepreneurship, business, and events, his mission: to Live, Create and Inspire, pours into the events he plans for his clients, showing them what’s possible in creating lifelong memories through his company, JScot Events.

His love for culture, food, fashion, and music is often an inspiration to create exciting and unique events. He also works as an emcee and host from local to international level. He has produced and directed pageant competitions and has one of the most successful pageant track records in the country. He is the show producer of Miss Universe Ireland, the official preliminary to the Miss Universe Pageant

He earned a telecommunications degree from Ball State University. This jet-setter considers himself an adrenaline junkie and a spice aficionado.



Last Chance to RSVP for this fantastic event: Friday, January 11th at 5:00PM, EST

Thank You to our Event Sponsors:

Planning and Decor: Detail + Design (ILEA/ABC member)

Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral (ILEA member)

Catering: Kahn's Catering (ILEA member)

Audio/Visual: Evans Audio Visual (ILEA member) 

Photography: Jessica Strickland Photography (ABC member)

Videography: IndyVisual (ILEA/ABC member)

Panel Moderator: Jim Cerone, the Perfect Host (ILEA/ABC member)

Speaker Accomodations: Conrad (ILEA member)

Speaker Transportation: Gold Star (ILEA member)

Rentals: A Classic Party Rental, BBJ Linen, Cloth Connection, Chair Covers & Linens

Paper: Events By Design (ABC memebr)



We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming event!  


Your ILEA Indiana Board of Directors


Login Info:  If you are a current ILEA Member and need StarChapter Login Username and Password Information, please email:

AMEX or Payment Questions:  If you are needing to pay via American Express or have payment questions, please contact Carrie O'Brien, our ILEA Indiana Chapter Administrator, at 317-296-5025or

Walk-in Policy: A $20 surcharge will be added to the meeting fee for all walk-ins. Walk-in guests will NOT be guaranteed a meal until all paid and registered ILEA guests have been seated. We ask that walk-ins be seated at the designated 'walk-in' table for lunch. If seats become available at the other tables, one of the ILEA Board Members will escort the guest to the table.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received no later than 5 pm, four business days before each event by emailing If cancellation is made after 5pm four business days before the program, registration fees will not be refunded. The member may offer another member his/her ticket to the program up until 24 hours before the program.   


$45.00 Member

$50.00 Non-member, from a Member company

$60.00 Guest

$10.00 Add-on: Educational Bonus Speaker Afternoon Intensive