June Vendor Showcase

What an amazingly wonderful assault on the senses we had at the Phoenix NACE Vendor Showcase!

Personally, I can’t wait to tell everyone about all of the great vendors I met. I’ll be able to send my clients to professionals that meet all their needs from favors to sweets to backdrops and event design and rentals. I’m sure everyone there met at least one person that they will be able to refer to a client or use for their own company or personal services.

The three different photobooth pictures we had taken were completely different styles and the sweets stations had everything from popcorn to popsicles and mini cupcakes to hand-dipped Oreos and even a new cold brewed coffee station.  Beautiful tables and unique lounge settings were available to see in person and entertainment greeted us at the door.

This is what NACE is all about, finding the perfect vendors and matching them up to the Catering and Event professionals who are looking for those services as well as educating our members about those services.

At one of our best attended events to date, we also got to taste the mouthwatering menu that McCormick Ranch Golf Club had to offer. Executive Chef, Ryan Harris enticed us with an Arugula and Poached Peach salad preceding the perfectly prepared Filet Mignon with Tiger Shrimp artfully arranged on top and delicious Boursin Mashed Potatoes.  

Member Sponsors and Booths:

McCormick Ranch Golf Club 480-948-0260

Classic Party Rentals 602-232-9900

Y-Knot Party & Rentals 480-967-4495

Applause Productions     480-951-8393

Cappuccino Subito  480-361-3610

Living Energy Events and Productions   480-425-0700

Kool Party Rentals  623-434-8822

Karma Event Lighting 480-969-3766

White Knight Party Rentals  602-277-2789

Fable Photo and Video 480-262-9894

Backdrops Beautiful  760-541-6984

Non Member Booths:

Greenscreen Entertainment

Sweet I Do’s Candy Buffet

Refresh Glass

Flower Bar

Va Va Voom Photography

Custom Craft Ice

Butterfly Petals

Got You Covered DJ’s

Morsel Favors and Cakes

21 Cakes

Flora Bella

Quest Drape

Special Events Linens

Event Rents

AZ Pops

Fumar Cigars

Super farm Supertruck

My Popcorn Kitchen

Elegant Design

Production Pros

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Charity Benefits Unlimited



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Spotlight on: Erica Velasco Photographers

See that lady at all the NACE meetings happily taking your picture? That's Erica Velasco of Erica Velasco Photographers. Currently she is our historian for Phoenix NACE and makes sure to get great shots of all of us while we network and learn more about the industry. 

Here's a little more about Erica:

How long have you owned Erica Velasco Photographers? I’ve owned the business for more than 8 years.

Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Chicago, the south suburbs

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? I’m highly allergic to cats….so it makes sense that I have two.

 Tell us a little about your business: We are Erica Velasco Photographers! We are a high-end, high-service wedding and portrait photography studio. First came Erica, the studio’s creator and principal photographer. And then came Jenny, our spunky studio manager. And then came Briana, our amazing associate photographer. And then came…you! We are nothing without our amazing clients; and we are Erica Velasco Photographers =) A motley crew of creatives, foxy ladies and most importantly, photographers!

Erica and her team are light-hearted, goofy, and fun! What makes us different than other photographers…is mostly being exceptionally cool =)

What makes us distinct is that we customize everything for our brides and families and their unique needs. This includes our collections, albums and everything else we  offer! So we have something for everyone, just give us a ring at 602-633-5359 or email Jenny at

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Meet Treasurer, Chris Smith from A2Z Photobooths

Chris Smith

Meet Board Member Chris Smith from A2Z Photobooths. Chris had big shoes to fill when our treasurer of 18 years, Bob Messinger, finally gave up the position, but when Chris took over the as treasurer he really made it his own and is really keeping us on track.

Here's a little bit more about Chris.

What is your favorite comfort food?  Chocolate 

What are you reading? Nothing currently, most recent book I finished was The Rangers Apprentice.

 What song do you most want to hear when working out? No Doubt or Prodigy are pretty good

Do you have any hobbies? and what are they? Almost anything out doors. Camping, hunting, rappelling/climbing are my top picks.

 What is your favorite day of the week and why? Sunday, I don’t work, I get to be with my family and attend Church. 

Do you have a favorite movie, or one you absolutely hate? Love James Bond, refuse to watch the Twilight series. 

What brings joy to your day? Watching my kids. 

Tell us a little bit about you and your business?

I am born and raised in AZ. I like meat and potatoes. I like to keep things simple.

My wife and I run Jill Lauren Photography, we are worldwide wedding photographers. I love the opportunity to work and travel with my best friend. We are fairly competitive and each of us tries to “get the money shot” at a wedding…you know – that one image that really just summarizes the couple and their love. It’s fun when we both think we’ve got “the shot”. We’ve been established in Arizona for 4 years now – steadily growing. This year we are introducing our Associate Photographer Program – we are really excited about working with a terrific team of photographers.


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