Candice Denise is the former President and Co-Owner of Haute Minded Events (HME), a social/socially corporate event planning firm specializing in cosmopolitan sophistication of wedding and non-wedding related events. The firm was founded in 2007 Washington, DC and produced some of the area’s most jaw-dropping events, both small and large. HME was the newest division of holy matrimony and thrived on the mantra of turning events from hopeless mediocrity to an historic moment. Candice Denise possesses an eclectic skill set of talents that allow her to design, create and direct events with the eye of both a performer and a designer. She is an accomplished thespian with a background in dance and the Arts finding a home in theatrical productions. She has had a diversified education and career path including graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, attending the Art Institute of Charlotte - majoring in Fashion Marketing.
Her couture eye and envelope-pushing style landed her stints that enabled her to design and fine tune the look and feel of an event into the personification of one’s vision. After a stint in the wedding planning division of the holy matrimony, she was able to strengthen her design and logistics management muscles in the world of luxury weddings. While working with holy matrimony, Candice had the opportunity to assist Style Network’s Season 7 planner Vicky Johnson on the nationally-syndicated show, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? She developed the special touch needed to deal with one’s most precious day while maintaining a logistics mastery over the flawless execution of an event. Whether working with groups of 5000, 500 or 50, she is always able to bring a new level of style and professionalism to both the event and the industry as a whole. She has had the esteemed opportunity to work for clients in the NFL, NBA and affiliated sports organizations, planned destination weddings in Mexico and Jamaica, and so many more. She also served as a volunteer screener for the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, and Event/Wedding Instructor for College of Southern Maryland under LWPI (Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute) and served as the Event Management Instructor for the New Psalmist Retreat Meeting Center, Beta program. In her role of Creative Director, she loves to bring her clients visions to life whether via an event, photoshoot, branding and more. Her skills for Content Development led her to write and co-host radio show segments for two years on WEAA 88.9 FM Radio and to be a contributing Events/Wedding Editor for “FAR” Magazine. After having her event planner work featured on Destination I Do wedding Blog, "Say Yes to the Dress," and Essence.com (Destination Wedding). Candice has taken her ability to create events to now producing them as she currently serves as one of the Hosts & the Director of Communications for "Le Diner en Blanc- Baltimore," and recently creating her own workshop series, "Your Inner Event Planner (YIEWP)." The newest title for Candice is Co-Author for the book “Planners Unplugged: Secrets of the World’s Greatest Event Planners.” At the end of the day if it's creative based, it's Candice Denise's forte!