educate | empower | encourage

Think of it as the ideal group-coaching environment and group therapy session, a safe space where you can be real and vulnerable, while being supported, guided and inspired by Julie, Courtney and Wendy; alongside a group of likeminded creatives who just plain “get it.”

What is the format?

Our goal is to educate, empower and encourage creatives of all kinds, but specifically those in the wedding and special event industry. We realize there is a lot of noise on the internet right now and we want to be real. Provide real advice and real answers, with real solutions for real results.

What is the purpose?

Founded by Julie Bunkley and Courtney Wolf of Invision Events and
Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events, Educate | Empower | Encourage
is a members-only community of high achieving creatives who
understand that we are better together. For both the dreamer and
the doer, we are grounded and inspired by Amy Poehler and believe that:

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

What is Educate | Empower | encourage?

Our community is for dreamers and doers who serve or desire to serve high-end, high-touch, luxury clientele. Creatives from all backgrounds - photographers, planners, videographers, stationers, floral designers, graphic designers, venues, cake bakers, musicians and DJs are welcome. Regardless of the number of years you've been in business, if you are looking to challenge yourself and inspire others, this is for you. If you have enjoyed what we've had to say on our Instagram lives, then you'll benefit from and enjoy our future content in the community.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE?

Private Facebook community with members-only access.
 
Weekly live episode within the private Facebook group with access to a database of recorded episodes for those who can’t join live. 

Weekly Facebook group office hours to answer your questions and address immediate needs, so everyone can learn from one another. 

General inspiration, information “sharing” and thought-provoking accountability challenges. 

VIP “first in line” access to any of our future opportunities, such as our mastermind, traveling with us, or working a wedding behind-the-scenes with us, etc.

Live episodes with Julie, Courtney and Wendy (yes, all three of us!) are held in the private Educate | Empower | Encourage Facebook group every Thursday from 2-3PM CDT, excluding holidays.

WHEN ARE THE LIVE VIDEOS IN THE GROUP?

Office hours with Julie, Courtney and Wendy (yes, all three of us!) are held in the private Educate | Empower | Encourage Facebook group every Monday from 10AM-12PM CDT, excluding holidays. This is an opportunity to ask questions and address immediate needs, while the group learns together. Posts and content within the group will be organized into categories and units, much like information in a typical educational setting. This is beneficial for you, because as you and others ask questions and prompts in real time, the information that may be “all over the place” will be streamlined for you so it’s easy to follow, look up and reference.

WHEN ARE THE OFFICE HOURS?

REFER A FRIEND - YOU EACH GET 1 MONTH FREE!

$98/mo sold in a 3, 6 or 12 month bundle

3 month bundle = $294

6 month bundle = $588 

12 month bundle = $1176

WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?

Sales & Value

Growing Your Tribe

Developing a Team

Grow an Internship Program

OTHER TOPICS

Land your real weddings in Martha Stewart, BRIDES, Bridal Guide & Destination I Do

Be quoted as an expert in other mainstream, high-end publications such as Town & Country, Domino, My Domaine, Southern Living and more

PUBLICATIONS

Time blocking

Virtual assistants

Boundaries (and what these look like!) 

Productivity resources

PRODUCTIVITY 

Transparency and authenticity

From initial inquiry touch point to newlywed send off to first Christmas to first Anniversary

Client
Experience

Sales and how having a clear sales process will set you apart from the pack immediately!

Client onboarding

Client facing collateral

Processes

Analyze expenses and fine-tune your profit margins

Learn to manage your revenue and expenses 

Cashflow plan

Understand ROI in your business

Pricing for Profit 

Social media (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, etc.)
 
Website (copy and online voice) 

Blog 

Gallery curation

Marketing

Client gifts

Internal collateral

External collateral 

Colors, textures, typefaces, logos, feelings and mood, messaging, etc. 

Branding

from the lens and guidance of the high-end, high-touch, luxury designer, planner and stylist

what we cover

We have designed our services to stand alone and be available to you as separate options for your wedding. Our Full Service option allows you to enjoy all our team’s unique talent and experience for less than each service priced alone. Our comprehensive full scale design, plan and execution of your wedding day.

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planning

DESIGN

A custom process to take you step by step from concept to reality.

A professional guiding you through contracts, budgets and schedules.

The final step of any planning process is the management and direction of the day itself.

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MANAGEMENT

A full scale wedding design is presented to our clients to give them a complete and cohesive experience. We start with a comprehensive concept session to go through your saved pictures, Pinterest boards and color swatches. Our creative director starts working on your custom mood board to set the foundation for our design direction. After you have approved your mood board design, we begin the work of layout design and creating a detailed proposal. Our priority is to create an aesthetic that is unique to your story and stands for years to come!


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Full Service

planning

Our comprehensive full scale design, plan and execution of your wedding day.

A professional guiding you through contracts, budgets and schedules.

The final step of any planning process is the management and direction of the day itself.

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MANAGEMENT

While every design is different, every planning process will be different. From timeline to budget, from hotel blocks to transportation, we will guide you through the unknown pieces and chart a path to make your planning calm and enjoyable. We will match you with the vendors that are going to give you the experience you are looking for in your wedding day. Our planning process includes: budgets, checklists, payment reminders, logistics planning and vendor matching. We will be your guiding hand every step of the way.

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Full Service

DESIGN

Our comprehensive full scale design, plan and execution of your wedding day.

A custom process to take you step by step from concept to reality.

The final step of any planning process is the management and direction of the day itself.

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MANAGEMENT

The final step of any planning process is the management and direction of the day itself. About a month before your wedding, we will contact, finalize and confirm with your vendors to create a detailed itinerary and timeline for you and your wedding party. We will be on-site at your ceremony and reception to make sure that everything is set up according to your wishes and plans. We will receive any deliveries and direct installations that day. Separately, we will work with you to create the layout and timeline of your rehearsal, ceremony and reception and then direct each step to ensure as smooth a day as possible.

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Full Service

planning

DESIGN

Our comprehensive full scale design, plan and execution of your wedding day.

A custom process to take you step by step from concept to reality.

A professional guiding you through contracts, budgets and schedules.

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If you’ve enjoyed what we’ve had to say and have previously considered working with us in any sort of coaching or mentoring capacity, but haven’t been ready to take the big leap, this is for you! Looking for inspiration and uplifting community? Or what about a space to brainstorm and challenge each other? Educate| Empower | Encourage is a wonderful opportunity to invest in yourself and your business, while dipping your toes into the water to ensure the ROI is there for you.
We know it will be.

Why should i join?

How do I join?

You can join us by completing the application here. 

Your Hosts

Wendy Kay, Owner and Creative Director of Birds of a Feather Events, comes from a television background where she produced and directed live television and called the shots - literally! After 8 years of 60 hour work weeks and feeling a disconnect between the subject matter and her clients, the burnout was real and she decided she needed a change or she was going to drown. She began planning her own wedding around that time and she was thriving! She had found something that combined the love she still had for her current job, but a whole new creative outlet and was in her element. Today, after 10 years of owning her own planning and design business, much of Wendy’s time is focused on educating other vendors on best business practices to transform their own businesses.

Wendy Kay

Owner | Stylist - Birds of a Feather Events

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Invision’s principal planner, Courtney is a business and life coach wrapped up in a wedding planner’s body. Dubbed a “personal trainer for your small biz” and a “small business therapist,” her background includes a degree in Marketing as well as her MBA. With this lens, she views our industry objectively and runs all things operational for Invision. Consider her your personal cheerleader and someone who will transform you into part of the “get it done” crew.

Principal wedding planner

Courtney Wolf

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Julie Bunkley

owner | Creative Director - Invision Events

Julie Bunkley is known as a PR and design maven as well as a longterm, strategic visionary. With a degree in Public Relations and self taught in graphic and web design, Julie’s aesthetic and passion for building a brand is well over a decade in the making. Her eye is always on the long game, reminding us that a sustainable and successful business is a marathon and not a sprint. In working with all types of creatives and a distinct specialty in consulting with venue owners, Julie uses her big picture mentality to steer clients toward their ultimate goals.

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$98/mo sold in a 3, 6 or 12 month bundle

3 month bundle = $294

6 month bundle = $588 

12 month bundle = $1176 

REFER A FRIEND - YOU EACH GET 1 MONTH FREE!

Investment

Both Julie, Courtney and Wendy each offer coaching at $250/hr, with a minimum investment of $750 (3 calls).  

1 hour with Julie, Courtney & Wendy per week on a live episode 
= $250 * 3 = $750 per week * 4 weeks/mo = $3,000

2 hours with Julie, Courtney & Wendy per week during office hours
= $250 * 3 = $750 per office hour * 2 office hours/wk =$1,500 * 4 weeks/mo = $6,000

Total of $9,000/mo worth of “man” hours and access to Julie, Courtney and Wendy, based on their hourly coaching rates.

Value

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Founding Members

some of our esteemed members

"Yes! Julie, Wendy and Courtney are pumping courage and clarity into us! It is spilling over into our businesses and we are thankful!” 
 - Jen Symes, Jen Symes Photo

“Want to see massive change in your business? Learn from these ladies. Their teachings are filled with practical and tangible strategies to take your business to the next level. They also tell it how it is which is my favorite trait in an educator, while still remaining upbeat and positive in their messaging.
 
They are the perfect, well-rounded team. I love how they each have different insights and areas of expertise, making their mentoring one-of-a-kind.
 
Whenever I leave from conversations with them, I feel inspired, energized, and motivated. But I also leave with a concrete plan of action. They have a true gift for sharing their knowledge and it is an absolute treat to learn from them!”
 - Laura Murray, Laura Murray Photography

“I learned more from you in one call than all of the workshops combined I’ve ever been to. Your value is incredible!”
- Trip Owens, Three Fold Films

“Educate | Empower | Encourage is giving me my mojo back. I want to upgrade to a lifetime membership.” 
- Kelli Taylor, Kelli & Daniel Taylor Photography

“Thank you for giving us tangible task takeaways - that’s what is missing from most education.” 
Ashley Baumgartner, Ashley Baumgartner Photography & Dare to Develop Podcast