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Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Planners Hosts National Convention in Austin, October 25-27 Celebrity Event Planner, Colin Cowie, provides special guest presentation

AUSTIN, TX - August 20, 2009 - The Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Planners (NEAWP) welcomes wedding and event planners from across the nation for their annual convention at Austin's historic Driskill Hotel, Oct. 25-27. The conference, themed "Chic in the Heart of Texas" focuses on how to host a high-end wedding or event in Austin and Central Texas. The conference is open to event and wedding professionals, but members of the public who are currently planning a wedding or event may register for the evening social events, including the keynote presentation by renowned event professional, Colin Cowie, who will speak about how to host a world-class event on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Registration is $350 for a single day pass, and guests can register to attend at www.associationofweddingprofessionals.com.

Mr. Cowie has planned and executed events for such notable clients as Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Aniston, Cosmopolitan Magazine and InStyle Magazine. As an interior designer, Mr. Cowie is currently working to open a banquet space and a bar/nightclub in Los Angeles, a restaurant and nightclub in Panama, and a beach club in Cargagena. Mr. Cowie is also the author of eight best-selling books including five wedding books (Colin Cowie Weddings, For the Bride, For the Groom, Extraordinary Weddings and Colin Cowie Wedding Chic), two entertaining books (Effortless Elegance and Dinner After Dark) and a book on living with style (Colin Cowie Chic). He also appears as an in-demand television personality and now hosts the popular show, Get Married, on Lifetime TV. For more information, visit www.colincowie.com.

NEAWP chose Austin as the site for the 2009 annual convention because of the region's up-and-coming reputation as a scenic, affordable and chic wedding destination. The association cites Austin's diverse entertainment districts, historic locations, wide-open Hill Country spaces and Texas charm as additional reasons the city should play host to weddings and special events. The Driskill Hotel serves as the perfect backdrop for the meeting, as attendees will be able to experience the city's opulent history and welcoming hospitality first-hand.

Amy Mader, president of the Austin NEAWP chapter, says, "It is truly an honor for Austin to host this meeting, and we're so excited to welcome Colin Cowie as our guest speaker. This offers Austin's professional event community an opportunity to showcase our skill and artistry among both our peers and potential clients."

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