Five-Day Event Brings Destination Wedding Experience

to Travel Agents and Wedding Planners


Saint Lucia (September 24, 2014) – From September 24 – 28, 2014, Saint Lucia will host a roster of destination wedding experts during the second annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. Noted speakers will address topics ranging from “Creating Bridal Bliss! What a Bride Expects From a Destination Wedding” to “How to Brand Yourself/How to Close the Sale.” Attendees can also observe a live chef demonstration by Saint Lucia’s Culinary Ambassador, Nina Compton, first runner-up and fan favorite in the most recent “Top Chef New Orleans.”

Guest speakers include Shri Lildharrie, global travel director at XO Group; Jennifer Doncsecz, owner and president of VIP Vacations Inc.; Dawn Butcher, customer experience manager at Kuoni Travel Group; Julie Albaugh, editor of Wedding Market and return speakers Marsha-Ann Brown, director of romance, Sandals Resorts and Charles Oster, director of sales and marketing for

 The weekend also includes site visits to idyllic resorts and hotels around the island, a showcase of island wedding vendors, and the opportunity for attendees to observe a sunset wedding. A picturesque sunset cruise and cocktail reception from the southern side of the island with views of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons round out weekend activities.

Priced at US $150 per person, the five-day symposium includes all seminars, social events, site inspections and transportation from select hotels. For a complete schedule and more information, visit

“After the island’s natural beauty was elegantly displayed on the most recent season of ABC’s The Bachelor, we look to continue this special year of romance during the second annual Wedding Symposium,” said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “We aim to solidify this event as an industry leader and seek to attract innovators and frontrunners of the destination wedding market.”

“LOVE Elevated” will be led by a roster of local and international wedding experts including:









For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, 1-888-4STLUCIA or visit In Canada, call1-800-869-0377 or visit


About Saint Lucia


One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities.