CEO of Travel & Romance
World Traveler, Destination Wedding Pioneer, Wedding Anthropologist, Writer, Author, Coach & Spokesperson
With over 25 years of international event planning experience and a black book full of the most amazing venues and the finest purveyors, Lisa Light has become an authority on destination weddings and events, an “A-List Wedding Planner” according to Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, she has produced events in over 60 destinations on 6 continents, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. Lisa Light is the author of DESTINATION BRIDE: How to Plan A Wedding Anywhere in the World, as well as columns in Homestyle Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons and Fortune Character, a prestigious Chinese Business Magazine. She is the founder of www.destinationbride.com, and has been featured on three episodes of the Style Network's "Married Away" series. She has been a spokesperson for Marriott, Rock Resorts and Princess, and was honored to be a member of the ForbesTraveler.com committee that selected the Forbes 400 Top Hotels in the World. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley Region with her husband of 20+ years, O’Malley her Chinese Irish guard dog, Princess Leila the most beautiful Himalayan cat you have ever seen and her 3 daughters when they are not traveling the world themselves.
COO of exploration & Storytelling
Leslie Craigmyle grew up as a Third Culture Kid living in an American compound in the desert of Saudi Arabia, as well as on a farm in Zimbabwe. Life as a TCK sparked a deep love for travel - whether it be exploring country roads in upstate New York or the souks of Dubai.
She worked in the photo industry for many years, supplying magazines, newspapers, television shows, and books with celebrity images. That eventually segued into marketing in higher education. Along the way, she often put heads together with Lisa - helping research DESTINATION BRIDE: A Complete Guide to Planning Your Wedding Anywhere in the World and writing articles on marvelously unique wedding destinations.
Leslie currently lives in Philadelphia, with Henry, possibly the world's naughtiest cat. She is 1/2 way to her goal of visiting sixty countries before turning sixty.
3 countries on Leslie's bucket list: Malta, Belize, and Mongolia.
3 adventures she will remember always: Cruising on the Hebridean Princess, snorkeling in the Straits of Hormuz, and exploring the ruins of Lipnice nad Sazavou.
Leslie's personal travel manifesto: Things are going to go wrong. Go with the flow with a smile on your face. You'll be happier and the people you encounter will be as well.
Visionary & creative Director
Grace Rugen has been exploring the world, practically since the time she could walk. A graduate of Marist College with a Digital Media Major and Fashion Merchandising Minor, Grace studied abroad at Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute. Following her semester abroad, she toured Asia. She interned for BCBGMAXAZRIA in Los Angeles, and then embarked on an epic cross-country road trip with her twin, Olivia, and their younger sister, Maisie. She also interned for CECI New York. Grace was the Creative Director for the prestigious Silver Needle Runway show at Marist.
After a summer exploring her roots on Rugen Island in Germany, as well as visiting France, London, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Rome, and Greece, Grace resides in Lugano, Switzerland.