This is Hunt Country Celebrations

Highly vetted and experienced wedding professionals

Mission Statement: Hunt Country Celebrations (HCC) is an association of wedding and special event professionals doing business in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Hunt Country. Our purpose is to maintain and enhance the quality of services offered to the special event industry. We are an active association working with the community for the benefit of our members and the public. We encourage greater responsibility and integrity among our members. It is our goal to connect, develop resources, and gain inspiration in an environment of mutual support and camaraderie.

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

LAURA MACARIO

President

Artistic Concepts Group, Inc.

As a 40 year veteran of providing technical event services and event design, I am so excited to have been elected as President of Hunt Country Celebrations for 2022. Working with the Hunt Country Celebrations vetted partners removes stress for those planning any event. My focus is on supporting our membership with a showcase of our venue partners and our vendor professionals. I do look forward to working with you in 2022! Past Vice President of HCC and Past Wedding show Committee Chair

DEBBIE ZURSCHMEIDE-SCHOEB

Vice President, Chair Membership Committee

Bluemont Vineyard

Serve as Vice President and recruit & retain professional members involved in the wedding/tourism/hospitality industry. New Member Welcome Ambassador.  Assist new members in becoming acclimated in everything Hunt Country Celebrations. I enjoy connecting people to help them have additional tools to grow their business.

Denise Lade

Treasurer

Owner of Digital Sound Services

Denise started Digital Sound Services, a private event DJ’ing company, 25+ years ago and has been doing the accounting and booking for the company ever since. She has worked for 34 years in the private industry, in accounting roles, including Chief Financial Officer. She is currently a Deal Desk Consultant for RSA a cyber security company and has also volunteered for 16 years on the Alexander’s Grove at Belmont HOA board.

Maureen Ellen Hanley

Secretary

Founder/Managing Director of The Middleburg Barn and Fox Chase Farm

Formerly a producer for National Public Radio, Public Radio International and local WETA-FM, Maureen is currently a member of the Union SAG/AFTRA as a performer. For the last 23 years, Ms. Hanley has been manager and director of The Middleburg Barn at Fox Chase Farm, a historic landmark equestrian facility in the heart of Middleburg, Virginia.

Rosanna Funiciello Smith

Chair, Proofing & Printing Committee

Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals

Before venturing into antiques, Rosanna spent 8 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers creating strategic service proposals for the C-Suite of Fortune 100 companies. Her meticulous attention to detail often obliged her to be the “last set of eyes” on proposals before submission to the client. She excels when under pressure, which is an advantage when publication deadlines arrive, and a fresh set of eyes are useful.

Tina Behnke

Former President, Chair Education Committee

CEO – Client Experience Officer, AirPac Portable Air Conditioners & Heaters

Tina never imagined providing climate control rental services for special events until her engineer husband, Marlin, created a system tent rental companies were asking for. Tina is thrilled to learn from and work with the talented Hunt Country Celebrations (HCC) industry pros.  She works with the creative leadership team to develop and deliver resources that will benefit each member, foster networking, and elevate the event industry.

KEVIN OLIVERA

Former President

Producer, Manager, and Musician, Olivera Music Entertainment

Kevin Olivera has been working in the special events industry for 40 years as an event producer, entertainment manager, and musician.  He is President of Olivera Music Entertainment, a professional, full-service music entertainment agency, located in Ashburn, Virginia.  Kevin is a past President of Hunt Country Celebrations.

JOIN HUNT COUNTRY CELEBRATIONS

Local wedding professionals located in Northern Virginia and the DC area may apply to be part Hunt Country Celebrations. We uphold the highest standards in the wedding industry, therefore all of our members are highly vetted.
To join, new members must be in business for a minimum of three years, or two years with at least five years of experience. Additional requirements include obtaining three current HCC members as sponsors; attend two HCC meetings (one is required but no more than two as a non-member); committee service is required, and all members should volunteer at one wedding show per year. Our membership is also limited to eight members in all categories. Members may be included in secondary categories if they meet the membership criteria. However, if your business is a reception or event site, your primary listing must be under this category, which is limited to 15. All local vendors interested in applying are subject to a non-refundable application fee.

WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

Interested in joining Hunt Country's most exclusive group of wedding vendors? Here are some of the perks.

Education

Learn from other experts on how to grow your wedding business.

Special Promos

Participation in group advertising and promotions.

Get Listed

List your business in our brochure, membership directory, and website.

Social Media

Be featured on our social media pages and blog content.

Community

Be a part of a thriving community of other wedding industry professionals.

Virtual Events

Participate in industry virtual events.

Inquire to Join

If you would like more information about becoming a Hunt Country Celebrations member, please fill out the following form.

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