Each entry that is received will be carefully reviewed and scored by our panel of judges. Each of our judges are carefully chosen to represent different fields within the wedding industry and has been selected for their overall understanding and extensive experience.

Rebecca Chan

Wedding planner, Rebecca Chan, has built a name for herself as one of Toronto’s top luxury wedding planners, known for impeccable taste and effortlessly styled celebrations. Rebecca regularly appears as a wedding expert in the media, including recent appearances on Breakfast Television, Cityline and Huffington Post. Her weddings have been featured in Wedluxe, Style Me Pretty, Elegant Wedding Magazine, 100 Layer Cake and Wedding Chicks.


Dave + Quin Cheung

Dave & Quin Cheung are the visual artists behind DQ Studios and creators of retouching innovation Motibodo. This husband and wife team are internationally awarded image and album makers and educators in business, lighting and client relationship. Their focus on great imagery and uncommon client experience has allowed their business to thrive and grow amidst the ever-growing competition. They make their home with their two boys in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

dqstudios.com | motibodo.com

Erika + Lanny Mann

Two Mann Studios is Erika and Lanny Mann. Together, they bring a unique and highly sought after style of documentary photography to wedding celebrations all over the world. Their adventures in wedding photography began on a mountain summit during their very first date. That’s when they discovered their mutual passion for adventure and each other. That’s where their fascination with light and love was born. That fascination led them through some of the most spectacular places on earth, where they learned and honed their skills documenting light and adventure.


Matt + Ann

Better than cheesecake on a Wednesday, Matt and Ann of Green Tea Photography are internationally acclaimed wedding photographers with a zest for life and a passion for really, really, really HOT sauce! Specializing in both creative fine-art as well as photojournalistic style photography, they do their best to meld these two worlds together to tell stories in the most emotionally impactful way possible.


Julian Bond

British born Julian Bond’s career began in Barnsley, England where he attended culinary school graduating with honours before applying his skills at several notable restaurants across England. Enticed by CP Hotels (now Fairmont Hotels), he relocated to Canada to training apprentice chefs in the art of fine dining cuisine.
Recruited in 2005 by the Cactus Club group of restaurants, Chef Julian Bond joined the Executive Team and was responsible for running the test kitchens, menu development, staff training and new acquisitions and openings. Under his tenor he helped to grow the company to 19 locations by overseeing the openings and design.
His love for teaching brought him back to education and he joined our Institute in 2007 as Executive Chef and Program Director.


Michael Y. Wong (MYW)

Internationally acclaimed & award winning event-cinematographer and educator, MYW is renown for producing sophisticated, heartfelt and commercial-grade wedding films + commercials. Recognized for his non-nonsense teaching approach to filmmaking, his lectures have made appearances world-wide. Recently his new, sold-out MYW education series of classes in Toronto have already attracted students from as far away as Japan, Brazil, and Vancouver. His commercial works include Sheraton Hotels, Airmiles, Tassimo, Costco to name a few.


Sarah Groundwater-Law

Sarah Groundwater-Law is best known for hosting Shaw TV’s Wedding Belles and AMPIA award winning TV series The Proposal. She was a Leo Award winner for Hosting in 2014.
Along with television, she emcees numerous live events, which has included the BC Wedding Awards, My Dream Wedding Show, Wedding Soirees and the Leo Awards Celebration Gala, as well as contribute to Real Weddings Magazine, Wedding Ring VI magazine, MsInTheBiz and Heirloom Magazine.

The Proposal