January 23, 2018

Location:  SoHo (Southern Hospitality) • 1815 Adams Mill Rd, NW • Washington, DC 20009

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm    Registration Deadline:  January 18th   Late Fee: extra $10 after January 18th, 5pm.


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Join AWP this month at SOHO DC for networking, dinner

and a panel discussion on multi-cultural & fusion weddings.



Feyisola Ogunfemi is the Owner of Statuesque Events, a luxury wedding planning and design company based in DC.  Fey enjoys working on weddings for couples of all cultures, but has found a unique gift in managing the unique needs for African events including long guests lists, merging cultures and managing long schedules.  Today, she is excited about sharing important details to keep in mind in order to gain the trust of multicultural brides during the booking process, the planning process, as well as the wedding day. For inspiration and business tips from Fey, follow @feyisola on Instagram or visit feyisola.com.

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Award Winning Event Planner, Yodit Gebreyes is the Owner & Event Principal of Favored by Yodit Events & Design a stylish special events firm based in the Washington, DC area serving clients all over the world! Yodit has a passion for making her client’s dreams become a reality. With her Ethiopian family roots, Yodit launched Favored by Yodit Events & Designs in 2012 with the objective of designing stylish, seamless, multicultural weddings and events to fill the void in the market.

Yodit and her one-of-a-kind work have been featured in various premiere wedding, lifestyle & entertainment publications such as VOGUE, Brides, New York Times, Pop Sugar, PEOPLE, The Daily Mail, Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine, Engaged Magazine, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, The Knot, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, ABC News, Essence, VIBE, BET, Black Bride, Aisle Perfect, The Coordinated Bride, United With Love and Habesha Brides. She believes that her success stems from the combination of blessings, passion, determination, and the ability to adapt swiftly to change. Follow @favoredbyyodit on Instagram or visit www.favoredbyyodit.com.

ArshiaKiaArshia Kia was born in 1981 and immigrated to the United States in 2001. He started his mobile DJ business in 2004 and expanded the entertainment business into event planning. Since 2012, Arshia and his professional staff at Dream Wedding by PerGen Events and Productions, started planning multi-thousand participant events in the DC area. Dream Wedding by PerGen Events and Productions manage more than 100 cultural weddings and events every year. Arshia and his team’s core goal is to bring comfort, safety, and fun to every event. Visit www.DreamWedding.us

betsyjones2Currently the Director of Catering at the Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria. Betsy Jones has been working with fusion weddings for the last 20 years. From the Catering and Planning side each wedding is an individual experience, unlike a standard American wedding, often with many family members part of the planning team. The end result – everyone in the family sees their vision in the couples’ events. Being a fusion wedding planner or vendor, requires, patience, diplomacy and research on the specific cultural needs of your client. The end result – a spectacularly colorful, beautiful reward unlike any standard wedding.