Meet the Team
FOUNDER/ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF — Fri Forjindam’s vision to create an online resource for intercultural brides and multi-ethnic weddings has expanded from a blog to global-infused magazine publication at Wedding Nouveau. Fri’s creativity and vision have been the driving forces behind the ultimate style guide for modern fusion brides, willing to showcase style and heritage in a way that dares to dream in culture.
Since its founding in 2009, Wedding Nouveau has distinguished itself by being the leading bridal resource for intercultural, interfaith and multi-ethnic weddings. By collaborating with photographers, designers and real couples around the world, Wedding Nouveau strives to inspire couples of different ethnic backgrounds with confidence as they plan their big day. Born and raised in Cameroon, Fri moved to New Orleans as a teenager. So began her introduction to a series of travel experiences that would later inform her passion. After graduating from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York, Fri Forjindam began her career as a theatre artist in the Big Apple, but always maintained her passion for creative writing, unique style, design, and learning about new cultures. Fri currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Phillip, and their 2 year old daughter, Nahla Sophie.
MANAGING EDITOR — Brittany Del Soldato is a Cali girl who loves random trivia, cheeky literature, ironic moments, and grounds her faith with life’s miracles. Her career in communications is fueled by her wish to encourage daily self confidence in others through researching and revealing inspirational photography, concepts, and fashion. She graduated from the University of California Irvine as part of the women’s soccer team and with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Her experience in retail, creative design and production has ignited her love for fashion, reaffirmed her love of people, and revealed her love of Google search. A quote she lives by: “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo.
INTERACTIVE MARKETING– Cayce Howe loves to promote companies with heart and soul: companies that are trying to make a positive difference in the world…socially, ethically, or physically. Wedding Nouveau is one such company with their unique concept that celebrates togetherness and love beyond cultural and racial boundaries. After a career that has seen him as a freelancer, agency work horse, and finally Marketing Director, Cayce decided to set up TrafficSwami.com, a full-service Internet Marketing Agency helping non-profits and social “do gooders”.
ART DIRECTOR– Glenn Sturgis is a baker, creative director, crafter, planner, and all around creative guru. Glenn has had the good fortune of letting his creative work shine with such companies as Disney, Paramount, Pac-12, Vegas Uncork’d, and Thinkwell Group. You may also recognize Glenn and his baked goods from Season two of Cupcake Wars or Oxygen’s Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
PHOTOGRAPHER– Suthi Picotte is the lead photographer at Picotte Weddings. “The thing I love most about photography is the challenge of capturing the tiny moments that make up our lives. Capturing them with a blend of art, natural portraiture and delicate coaxing. Photography is a form of storytelling, and I am truly honored that people trust me to tell their story.” Suthi specializes in natural light photography and has over eight years of professional experience. Her style is somewhere between photo journalistic & fine art using both digital and film.
FASHION STYLIST– Lulu Amin is the founder and head bridal stylist at November Lily, a luxury boutique bridal styling-house based in Dallas. Being a small boutique styling-house with BIG ideas, November Lily is all about the details. Whether styling you for your big day or shopping for your dream gown; they want to create the ULTIMATE bridal styling experience. Services are also extended to the groom and bridal party.
WRITER– Atinuke “Tinu” Diver is an attorney, writer, and creator of “Yes, We’re Together,” a blog that challenges the assumptions and assumes the challenges of interracial love in the 21st century with humor and grace. The oldest daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tinu was born in Mattapan, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and lives with her somewhat Irish husband in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writing has been featured in The African Immigrant Journal, Beyond Black & White, BlogHer, The Examiner and has been selected as an Editor’s Pick on Open Salon.
MAKE UP ARTIST– Reem Saenz. Over ten years of experience have defined Reem as one of the best in the industry. Art has always been a way of self expression, communicating and engaging with high profile professionals in the fashion industry. With all this experience in hand, she felt the necessity to connect the dots between daily wearable makeup and fashion runway looks. She believes different cultures, religions and countries have an incredibly rich tradition of art through the centuries and that is exactly where she draws inspiration from. A new concept was created and S2Make up Artistry was born.
FLORAL DESIGNER– Marcella Mouskondis is owner of The Urban Blossom, a floral and event design studio located in the Design District of Dallas, Texas. “To be inspired by one idea, color or object and create a floral art piece gets me so excited, I’m like a kid in a candy store! Or better yet, a girl in a shoe store!” Marcella’s floral design studio has been creating floral works of art for over six years. Her travel experiences and influences of her Greek heritage inspires her to push the edge of design every day.
HENNA ARTIST– Elizabeth Ozair has been practicing the art of henna since 1994 and is the founder of LA Henna. American born with Middle Eastern heritage, she was always fascinated with the art form. Best known for the ability to produce all natural henna from India and Morocco, Elizabeth draws traditional henna tattoos in a free style form. Elizabeth has lectured and led workshops for artists at Disney and has been featured on multiple television shows and film documentaries.
LOVE STYLIST– Tristan Coopersmith is a love stylist who, through internal and external makeovers, guides her clients on all matters surrounding falling in like, falling in love and falling into bed. She is also the author of MENu Dating: Taste Your Way to the Main Course, a contributor to Kicking Butt as a Single Parent and the co-founder of The BreakUP Club. She is working on her second book currently while obtaining a masters in psychology from Pepperdine University. Tristan lives with her happily-ever-after husband Jason, in Hermosa Beach, CA (Tristan Coopersmith)
VIDEOGRAPHER — Kevin Yau is a proud Taiwanese American who has lived in many areas across the US and travelled far and wide. Kevin is a healthcare IT consultant by day and wedding videographer by…the rest of the day. Kevin co-founded Seaglass Cinema just weeks before his own wedding in 2010 and simultaneously became one of its first clients. With his love for a great story, Kevin seeks to capture all of the unique stories of the wedding day in a cinematic light.
WINE ENTHUSIAST– Tuanni Price received her BA from Grambling State University and has 10 years of hospitality and entertainment experience. As a manager at the famous Century Plaza and five star St. Regis Hotels in Los Angeles she first discovered her love for wine. In 2010 she officially launched Zuri Wine Tasting which specializes in private in-home wine classes and making wine simple for both novice and experienced wine connoisseurs. Tuanni serves as a board member for Inspired Girls and is a founding member of MEWE, a domestic violence awareness and support group.
INTERFAITH WEDDING PLANNER– Yehudit Steinberg. Since 2003, Yehudit Steinberg has designed over 300 Jewish and interfaith ceremonies. Yehudit is the founder of Sacred Events and the Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network. She is an expert wedding consultant in the area of Jewish, Interfaith and Intercultural ceremony design and wedding planning. With a Masters of Education degree in adult community program design, Yehudit’s 25+ years of experience in creating original arts and spirituality programming for corporate and non-profit events and weddings, make her a pioneer in the development of the emerging field of interfaith and intercultural ceremony design.
ILLUSTRATOR/ SPECIAL EFFECTS ARTIST– Daniel Hirsch is an award winning artist based out of Hollywood, CA. Working in illustration, story boarding, puppetry, and scenic painting, he also specializes in makeup effects, props and costume design. Hirsch has worked on projects for theatres, movies and T.V. shows including HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Off the Map”. (Hirsch Art)