Course Instructor and Career Mentor: Abeki Carter, MPA, CWEP, FEM

Abeki A. Carter is a Certified Wedding & Event Planner, Event Educator and Mentor with 25+ years of experience planning weddings and creating unique events.

She is also an entrepreneur and the CEO of Chic Occasions Events, a full service wedding and event planning company in New York.

An advocate for professional development and education in the event industry, Abeki has been teaching Wedding and Event Certification courses at the local community colleges over the last ten years.

She takes pride in being able to educate, support and empower the community of wedding and event professionals through courses, hands-on workshops and mentorships.Abeki has a BA in Marketing, MA in Public Administration and holds certifications in Weddingand Event Planning as well as Fundraising Event Management.

She is a member of the International Wedding Planning Association. Abeki’s knowledge and expertise have earned herrecognition as Internship Coordinator of the Year by David Tutera, Outstanding Instructor by Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute, 20 on The Rise, by HoneyBook/Rising Tide Society and Dream Maker Award by Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute.

Abeki provides education, resources, and support to both emerging and experienced wedding creatives who want to grow and sustain a profitable business while living their best lives .

She is supportive, honest, resourceful, and a firm believer in community with a mission to show up, inspire, serve, and make a difference in her community of industry peers.
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For mentoring and coaching my focus is:
  • system & process
  • setting up a productive business back-end
  • time & freedom: working on your business
  • how to determine your fee: profitable pricing 

Hands-On Learning

Hands-on learning is the cornerstone of Lovegevity's programs, ensuring a successful career in wedding and event planning.

Local professionals bring a wealth of experience, offering personalized advice and insights that are crucial for navigating the competitive landscape. They help students make inroads within the local market, establishing important connections and understanding regional trends.

This mentorship not only accelerates the learning curve but also sets up aspiring planners for long-term success by providing the support and resources needed to build a strong foundation in their new career. 

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Kemlyn Crowley, CWEP

“The CWEP program gave me the confidence to pursue my passion for event planning. The hands-on experience and mentorship were crucial in helping me land my dream job at a top event planning firm.”

Program Highlights


Receive personalized one-on-one mentoring and support while working as part of a cohort. Collaborate weekly to efficiently complete program requirements, gaining insights from industry leaders and professional peers.


Gain real-world experience at prestigious, high-profile events. Build a professional portfolio, boost your confidence, and expand your network to kickstart your career.
You can also opt-in to a local internship for hands-on experience within your community.


Start your business or take it to the next level with a professional website and a comprehensive marketing strategy. Includes client nurture and onboarding best practices to fully book your calendar so you can focus on your passion for planning and designing unforgettable events.

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