Katie Martin

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Katie Martin
Born Katie Louise Van Veen
(1972-01-08) January 8, 1972 (age 45)
Nationality American
Occupation Ecofriendly special event planner

Katie Martin (born Katie Louise Van Veen on January 8, 1972) is a US consultant in eco-friendly special events, floral design, and green events and life styles.

In 2008, Martin's work as a wedding planner was featured on the Style Network's show Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? In the episode "Zen Spin," a couple hired Martin to plan two wedding receptions for them: one in Chinese tradition, the other with an Italian flavor." [1]

Washingtonian magazine has interviewed her as an ecofriendly wedding planner in the January 2009 edition of its special Bride & Groom section. And The Washingtonian featured her an expert wedding planner in an online chat.[2]

The Washington Post has interviewed Martin about her experience planning multicultural weddings.[3]

Other media outlets that have featured Martin and her work include

  • Elegant Bride magazine: Martin's company, Elegance & Simplicity, was one of the "top floral designers" in the United States[4]
  • Floral Management magazine: Featured on the cover and proclaimed “The Chosen One”[5]
  • WUSA (Washington, DC, CBS affiliate): Featured for creating a charity wedding for a local DC couple[6]
  • WTOP (Washington, DC, talk-radio station): Interviewed for creating a charity wedding[7]
  • TBD TV (Washington, DC, cable television network): Provided "tips on making your wedding green" [8]

Martin’s work also has been showcased in DC Modern Luxury Magazine, Flower Magazine, Catering Magazine, Florist’ Review, Washington Woman, Grace Ormonde, Upscale Magazine, Bride & Bloom, Modern Bride, My Day Magazine, The Knot, Engaged Magazine, and La Bella Bride.

Founded in 1998 Martin's wedding and event planning company, Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers, Inc. (located in Bethesda, Maryland with a sister office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) has planned about 3,500 weddings worldwide.[9] Martin also founded and runs Green Life DC and, a consulting firm that helps individuals, families, events and businesses be more environmentally friendly.

Currently Martin is writing a book on green weddings.[9]

Martin graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1994 with a BS in accounting. She was born in Washington, DC.

Martin has one son and is married to Neftali Miguel Vasquez Perez.


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