January 1, 1970


Celebrity Event Designer Preston Bailey Offers Dental Assistant Coveted Wedding Planning Institute Internship

New York, NY (May 25, 2011) – World-renowned event design icon Preston Bailey has selected his first intern from graduates of his Signature Wedding & Event Design course being taught through colleges and universities, as well as online. Tara Martin-Crawford, 28, of Kingston, N.Y., currently a dental assistant, will have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with Bailey and his staff for a three-month paid internship starting this June, allowing her continue her education as an event designer under Preston’s guidance and 30 years of experience.

“I feel as though my natural abilities, eagerness to learn, and passion for design will make this internship an incredible growth opportunity for me,” Martin-Crawford said. As an intern, Martin-Crawford will perform tasks throughout every phase of taking an event concept and bringing it to life through design production.

“After taking my design course, I can't wait for Tara to become intimately involved with every event we create, learning what it takes to turn clients’ dreams into breathtaking realities,” said Bailey. “My goal is to help her gain the necessary knowledge to eventually start her own event design business.”

Cho Phillips, the executive director of The Wedding Planning Institute, added, “We are proud of Tara. She has earned an extraordinary opportunity to work directly with Preston. He is a pioneer of this industry and has proven time and time again, if you can dream it, he will make an unforgettable celebration come true beyond your expectations.”

About Preston Bailey Designs

Preston Bailey has been lauded as one of the world's premier event designers and tastemakers. With 30-plus years of experience under the auspices of his namesake company, Preston Bailey Designs, he is best known for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into opulent, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality. His one-of-a-kind events have attracted such clients as: Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ivanka Trump. He has also written four bestselling books: Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, Inspirations and Celebrations. His fifth book, Flowers, is expected in October 2011. His namesake company, Preston Bailey Designs is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit prestonbailey.com.

About The Wedding Planning Institute

The Wedding Planning Institute, a division of Lovegevity.com Inc., is the industry leader in certification and training for wedding and event professionals. LWPI has established an academic network of nearly 2,000 colleges and universities in the United States, as well as a network of international colleges offering LWPI’s Wedding & Event Planning Certification. Established in 1997 by Cho Phillips, LWPI was founded with the sole purpose of providing an academic career path for aspiring wedding and social event planners. In addition to online courses, students have access to a professional in the field as a mentor and can attend classes at a local college or university and learn from an established wedding/event planner. Students receive hands-on training, assist at real weddings and events, meet with local vendors, and attend venue tours. Upon graduation, LWPI students are positioned to join an existing business, participate in unpaid internships, receive job-placement assistance, or start their own business. Classes are available to students around the world and can be found at theweddingplanninginstitute.com/calendar.

Press Contacts:

Abby Langston for The Wedding Planning Institute
1-888-221-9988 x: 912

Saverio Mancina for Preston Bailey Designs
+1.202.468.7644 mobile
+1.646.684.3955 office