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Andy Kushner offers an inside look behind-the-scenes of the wedding and event world for both industry experts and bridal couples by featuring in-depth and transformative conversations with event industry icons. The Wedding Biz is also the only global platform of its kind to serve the business development needs of wedding and events professionals. As the host, Andy interviews the most prolific thought leaders and talent, taking you behind the curtain and revealing their personality, character, passions, and secrets to their success. Andy’s powerful, yet casual and comfortable interview style gives you access to the authentic story each of these incredible industry leaders has to share. The Wedding Biz podcast is your opportunity to really get to know the amazing personalities that endlessly elevate the world of weddings and special events.

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United States

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Andy Kushner offers an inside look behind-the-scenes of the wedding and event world for both industry experts and bridal couples by featuring in-depth and transformative conversations with event industry icons. The Wedding Biz is also the only global platform of its kind to serve the business development needs of wedding and events professionals. As the host, Andy interviews the most prolific thought leaders and talent, taking you behind the curtain and revealing their personality, character, passions, and secrets to their success. Andy’s powerful, yet casual and comfortable interview style gives you access to the authentic story each of these incredible industry leaders has to share. The Wedding Biz podcast is your opportunity to really get to know the amazing personalities that endlessly elevate the world of weddings and special events.

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English

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Episodes
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505 KATHLEEN DEERY: Bridging Creativity from Floral Fantasies to Culinary Theatrics

5/20/2024
Join Andy in welcoming Kathleen Deery, the creative force behind Kathleen Deery Design and the Chief Creative Officer of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events, to The Wedding Biz! With a childhood steeped in floral admiration, Kathleen recounts her journey from a small town in New Jersey to the bustling design studios of San Francisco. She shares insights into her role as a tastemaker within the prestigious catering company, highlighting her knack for infusing events with innovation and creativity. From collaborating with renowned planners to crafting immersive environments, Kathleen's expertise shines through. Listen in as she offers insights into the intricacies of event planning, emphasizing the importance of understanding clients' visions and creating memorable experiences. Drawing on her experience with high-profile events, Kathleen also shares anecdotes, including a whimsical Bridgerton-themed wedding set amidst lush gardens. Kathleen also reflects on the demands of her multifaceted role and the perpetual quest for balance, yet amidst the whirlwind, she finds solace in cultivating her own flower garden and nurturing her team's creativity. Looking ahead, Kathleen expresses optimism for the future of Paula LeDuc, fueled by a commitment to excellence and a collaborative spirit. Andy had a great time sitting down with Kathleen and really hopes that you enjoy the conversation. If you do, then he would appreciate it if you didn’t keep it to yourself! He would love it if you were to share it with a few good friends and industry colleagues who might also enjoy it! He would also appreciate it if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the show because that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:03] - Andy shares how he has found renewed passion in podcasting and revitalized his music business. [1:46] - Today’s guest is Kathleen Deery of Kathleen Deery Design and Paula LeDuc! [2:58] - Kathleen reveals how her lifelong love for flowers, nurtured by her mother, led to her successful design company. [5:09] - Hear how Kathleen's role as a tastemaker and co-owner revitalizes Paula LeDuc. [7:16] - Kathleen emphasizes the importance of relationships in event planning, focusing on personalized, theatrical experiences. [10:11] - Kathleen thrives on building heartfelt connections with clients, adding value to event planning experiences. [12:51] - Hear Kathleen reminisce about a Bridgerton-themed wedding, showcasing meticulous details and personalized touches for 350 guests. [15:56] - Kathleen touches further upon the dramatic touches of the event. [18:25] - Listen as Kathleen shares an anecdote about resourcefulness in event planning, highlighting the importance of a reliable team. [20:22] - Kathleen recounts a fabric mishap at a wedding, saved by the timely intervention of a friend in the tenting business. [22:36] - Despite having initial doubts, Kathleen embraces the opportunity for growth and learning in her new role. [24:50] - Kathleen relishes her decision despite challenges, including balancing responsibilities and missing hands-on floral work. [27:40] - What does success mean to Kathleen? [28:58] - Andy reveals where Kathleen can be found online. LINKS...

Duration:00:29:35

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504 JACIN FITZGERALD: Providing “Unreasonable Hospitality”

5/13/2024
Andy is so pleased to be bringing Jacin Fitzgerald of Jacin Fitzgerald Events onto The Wedding Biz this week! Join Andy as he and Jacin discuss the world of event planning and hospitality, with Jacin sharing her journey from working in corporate events to launching her own business in 2009. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Jacin developed a strong work ethic and a passion for hospitality, and she emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and making clients feel welcomed and valued. The conversation also involves Jacin's approach to event planning, which prioritizes getting to know clients on a personal level. From handling unexpected challenges like sprinkler mishaps at events to orchestrating last-minute Super Bowl parties on yachts, Jacin shares how she navigates the complexities of destination weddings and high-profile events with grace and adaptability. Andy's and Jacin's discussion also touches on pricing philosophy, marketing strategies, the transformative power of meditation in maintaining mental well-being amidst the demands of the industry, and more! Listen in to discover how Jacin's blend of meticulous planning and “unreasonable hospitality” sets her events apart and ensures unforgettable experiences for her clients. If you enjoy this episode, then Andy asks that you not keep it to yourself! He would really appreciate it if you were to share it with a few good friends and industry colleagues who might also enjoy it! He would also appreciate it if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the show because that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:03] - Andy reveals today’s guest to be Jacin Fitzgerald and reflects on having invested in his band's growth by treating them to dinner and a concert. [2:41] - Jacin emphasizes the importance of maintaining calm energy as event planners facing various challenges. [4:27] - Jacin shares a funny anecdote from a chaotic wedding event, reflecting on her entrepreneurial family background. [6:33] - Jacin highlights her strong work ethic, sharing experiences of teamwork and inclusivity from her upbringing. [8:19] - How did Jacin get involved in the wedding business? [9:21] - Jacin explored various jobs, including event planning, through temporary work, ultimately founding her own wedding planning business. [12:07] - Jacin's team focuses on two weddings annually, prioritizing hospitality and accessibility while also setting boundaries. [13:57] - Learn how Jacin prioritizes understanding clients' preferences to create events where they feel at home. [15:36] - Jacin reveals how she adapted to clients' true preferences, shifting to meaningful simplicity. [18:05] - Jacin's team smoothly turns mishaps into memorable experiences, like a spontaneous water party. [19:59] - Hear how Jacin's team swiftly relocated an event to avoid clashes, [22:14] - Engage revolutionized Jacin's networking, fostering a global community for idea-sharing and support. [24:07] - Jacin discusses her pricing philosophy. [26:50] - Social media is not Jacin's forte, as she prefers authentic sharing and traditional networking for reputation building. [29:56] - We learn that Jacin values resilience and meditation, learning to balance work and life for...

Duration:00:37:53

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503 REVISIT HAROLD JAMES: How a Hair & Makeup Artist Prioritizes Inner Beauty and Confidence

5/6/2024
Tune in as Andy interviews Harold James, a unique French hair and makeup artist in that he prioritizes the individual beauty and personality of each and every one of his clients. Harold is a pretty prolific makeup artist, having done work for celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Amber Valetta, Angelina Jolie, Karlie Kloss, Susan Sarandon, and Kendall Jenner. He has also contributed to a number of top publications like Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, Elle Italia, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, as well as many others. When Harold was a young boy, he would often advise family members such as cousins and sisters what they should do with their hair, and it eventually got to the point at which they would approach him for recommendations! Although he didn’t really become interested in beauty magazines until he was well into his teens, he loved watching his mother do her hair and makeup. He also didn’t immediately go into a beauty profession, initially going into finance, but he was inspired to go into beauty because of a friend whom he loved to watch do it as a hobby. He also talks about how he finds a balance between being forward with current fashion and current trends while also being aware of what is age appropriate and what is appropriate for a specific event that a client might be attending. He stresses how important that it is that, no matter what, his clients feel beautiful and confident. He also deals with a very wide range of different personalities amongst his clientele which, as he shares, is the most challenging aspect of his job but is also something that he finds exciting. In closing, Harold is gracious enough to offer advice to anyone who might be up and coming in a similar line of work and wants to take their work to the next level, encouraging people to find their own version of perfection. He also defines success, in so far as what it means to him, saying that he feels that he has been successful when he feels happy and satisfied with his work. Andy is a big admirer of Harold and his work and had a great time chatting with him. Be sure to check Harold out online using one of the resources mentioned, and you are also encouraged to share this episode with friends and/or colleagues who might enjoy it! A review would also be very much appreciated, as would tuning in next time on The Wedding Biz! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [00:29] – Today’s episode is a revisit of Andy’s interview with Harold James. [01:23] - Harold reveals what aspirations that he had as a child that led to his eventual work in hair and makeup. [03:06] - Harold details the funny story around the first time that he served a client in the beauty industry. [06:25] - Harold discusses how he was initially working in fashion but not hair and makeup. [08:05] – Harold explains why doing makeup in France is very different from doing makeup in the United States. [10:01] - Harold's journey from LA to Japan led to global beauty exploration and cultural understanding. [12:07] - Harold's passion spans makeup, hair, vintage movies, fashion exhibits, and empowering women through photography. [14:00] - Harold comments on the composition and texture aspects of his work. [17:24] - Harold explains how he balances being fashion forward but also being age appropriate and event appropriate. [19:01] - We hear how Harold applies nearly the same beauty principles with his celebrity clientele as...

Duration:00:31:03

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502 AKESHI AKINSEYE: The Art of Celebrating

4/29/2024
Andy is so happy to welcome Akeshi Akinseye to The Wedding Biz this week! Akeshi is a luxury wedding planner and designer based in Chicago. Running Kesh Events, Akeshi specializes in creating extraordinary celebrations all around the world. She is not only a luxury wedding planner and event designer but also an international speaker, author, and business coach, and she joins Andy for this episode to discuss how she came into the business, from where she finds inspiration, and how to open oneself up creatively. Listen in to hear Akeshi also discuss current trends in the industry, how she goes about building an event team, how she has managed to garner such a big social media following, how she draws inspiration from her upbringing in the hospitality industry and her transition into event planning. Discover how Akeshi found her calling in event planning, shifting from a career path in psychology to creating unforgettable experiences for her clients. She delves into her creative process, highlighting the importance of nature and open-mindedness in sparking fresh ideas. while also discussing the significance of culturally immersive entertainment. Akeshi also shares her passion for celebrating life's moments beyond weddings through The Art of Celebrating, a platform that inspires people to host stylish and elegant gatherings, from intimate dinners to lavish picnics. Join Andy as he and Akeshi explore the world of event planning and uncover the beauty of celebration in all its forms! If you enjoy the episode, please don’t keep it to yourself! Andy would really appreciate it if you were to share it with a few good friends and industry colleagues who might also enjoy it! He would also appreciate it if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the show because that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:24] - Today’s guest is Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events! [1:37] - Akeshi shares how her upbringing in hospitality led me from psychology to event planning and design. [4:08] - Andy reflects on having mediated a tense conversation between a bride and her mother, offering insightful advice. [5:30] - Akeshi emphasizes the importance of balancing support for clients without taking sides in conflicts. [7:21] - Akeshi stresses the importance of timing when delivering feedback, especially during sensitive moments like dress fittings. [8:21] - From where does Akeshi find inspiration? [10:10] - Akeshi further elaborates, revealing that she finds inspiration in everyday walks, turning photos into collages and drawing from unexpected sources. [13:31] - Slowing down and allowing oneself to reset is crucial for creativity and avoiding forced designs. [15:03] - Akeshi argues that honoring event locations through local culture, music, and personalized elements makes them meaningful and memorable. [18:00] - Creating seamless transitions and immersive experiences in events ensures a memorable journey for guests. [20:13] - Andy highlights his experience in the wedding and event industry, focusing on creating world-class entertainment. [21:31] - Akeshi argues for the importance of forming the right team. [23:16] - Akeshi prioritizes authenticity over aesthetics on social media, focusing on...

Duration:00:33:50

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501 ANNA ROUSSOS/Photographer: Capturing Love: A Journey from Fashion to Romance

4/22/2024
Andy dives into an enriching conversation this week with Anna Roussos, a prominent wedding photographer renowned across Europe. Anna shares her journey from a TV director to a distinguished wedding photographer, unveiling the pivotal moments that shaped her career. Discover how Anna's childhood fascination with romance and artistry steered her towards capturing timeless moments of love and emotion through her lens. From her early days in fashion photography to her transformation into a leading figure in luxury wedding photography, Anna's story is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Anna has a truly unique approach to wedding photography, blending elegant reportage with a touch of fashion, and she shares insights into storytelling, aesthetic coherence, and client satisfaction. She also discusses the intricacies of branding and niche development in the wedding photography industry and unveils the key elements of building a successful luxury brand. She even elaborates upon the impact of technology and social media on wedding photography, from the demand for quick turnaround times to the rise of drone photography and content creation. Gain valuable tips on portfolio curation, client communication, and balancing artistry with business acumen in the dynamic world of wedding photography. You won't want to miss out on this insightful conversation with Anna Roussos, and if you do enjoy it, then Andy would really appreciate it if you were to share it with a few good friends and industry colleagues who might also enjoy it! Andy would also appreciate it if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the show because that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:55] - Andy reveals this episode’s guest to be Anna Roussos! [3:26] - When did Anna realize that she wanted to do photography as a career? [5:44] - After discovering the joy of capturing love, Anna transitioned to full-time wedding photography. [8:47] - Anna reflects on her style, revealing that her style style blends elegance with storytelling, emphasizing aesthetic cohesion and client satisfaction. [11:42] - Anna prioritizes thorough client engagement, crafting detailed timelines and mood boards for personalized wedding photography. [14:47] - Andy points out how collaborating with planners on draft timelines allows for optimal event coordination and enhancements. [15:38] - Having input on draft timelines is crucial to Anna for capturing specific moments and adjusting as needed. [18:44] - How does Anna describe her niche? [19:43] - Anna argues that building a strong brand image through portfolio selection is vital for attracting ideal clients. [22:46] - In today's fast-paced world of social media, quick delivery times are essential for photographers. [25:59] - Anna feels that creating a luxury brand for wedding photography involves rarity, exclusivity, prestige, and authenticity. [28:47] - Andy asserts that establishing immediate connection and excitement enhances the client experience from the first interaction. [30:50] - Learn what equipment Anna is currently using. [32:21] - Andy touches upon where Anna can be found online. LINKS AND RESOURCES Find Anna: Anna’s Website Anna’s instagram Page Anna’s...

Duration:00:33:06

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500 JENNIFER STEIN: Building Destination Dreams: Two Decades of Wedding Industry Resilience

4/15/2024
Returning to the podcast this week is none other than Jennifer Stein, editor-in-chief, publisher, and co-owner of Destination I Do Magazine, a magazine that can be found online and on newsstands. Jennifer joins Andy today to explore the journey of building a renowned brand in the destination wedding industry, sharing how she and her business partner started Destination I Do twenty years ago to fill a gap in the wedding industry by showcasing real couples celebrating their destination weddings worldwide. From humble beginnings with an amateurish first issue to becoming sought-after across various platforms, Jennifer reveals the challenges they faced, including financial struggles and burnout. Despite setbacks, they persevered, eventually turning a profit after three years of hard work and reinvestment. She also discusses their staffing approach, emphasizing flexibility with independent contractors and prioritizing long-term relationships. She shares insights into their decision not to use virtual assistants and how they adapted during the pandemic by listening to clients’ needs and offering tailored solutions. With destination weddings making a strong comeback post-pandemic, Jennifer reflects on the industry's resilience and the evolving trends that she is observing. Throughout the interview, Jennifer's passion for storytelling and commitment to serving her clients shine through, highlighting the invaluable lessons learned over two decades in the business. Andy had such a great time having her back on the show, especially since he feels that their conversations together are always especially animated and electric! If you enjoy this conversation with Jennifer Stein, then please don’t keep it to yourself! Share it with a few good friends and industry colleagues who might also enjoy it! Andy would also appreciate it if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen to the show because that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:00] - This is episode 500, and Andy expresses gratitude for all of his loyal listeners! [0:51] - Today’s guest is returning guest Jennifer Stein of Destination I Do! [2:44] - Launching Destination I Do filled a gap for couples seeking more than tropical destinations. [4:23] - How long was it before Jennifer turned a profit? [5:55] - Jennifer touches upon how initial setbacks led to learning from mistakes, paving the way for eventual success and growth. [8:06] - Jennifer reveals how limited resources led to self-financing without investors or loans, navigating challenges like the mortgage crisis. [10:38] - Flexible staffing, Jennifer explains, includes hiring contractors for roles like sales, creating long-term mutual relationships. [13:08] - Hear why Jennifer prefers not to use virtual assistants. [15:24] - Jennifer nearly sold her business three times, prioritizing buyers who understand the wedding industry intricacies. [16:34] - Despite setbacks and burnout, Jennifer avoided selling her company, realizing buyers misunderstood her situation and intentions. [19:31] - Jennifer's realization in 2020 prompted her to pay herself what she's worth. [20:53] - Andy reflects on a time when he felt burnt out and found relief by getting a business partner, re-energizing...

Duration:00:33:06

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499 FALLON CARTER: Fusing Southern Hospitality with International Luxury

4/8/2024
Andy is happy to welcome Fallon Carter to the show this week! Fallon is a renowned founder and creative director of Fallon Carter Events, and she is acclaimed for her fusion of southern hospitality with international luxury in event planning. Listen in as she shares insights into her childhood inclinations towards hosting and entertaining, tracing her journey from contemplating law school to discovering her passion for event planning after a pivotal experience in Paris. The conversation unfolds into Fallon's distinctive approach as a planner and designer, characterized by a blend of southern tradition with modern aesthetics. She elaborates on her process of understanding clients' personalities and intentions through non-wedding-related photos, crafting unique experiences tailored to their desires. Navigating challenges, Fallon also emphasizes the importance of resilience and continuous improvement, sharing her aspirations for building a solid business foundation and exploring additional revenue streams, such as the We Do Collective aimed at budget-friendly brides. Touching on industry insights and the societal pressure surrounding weddings, Fallon advocates for more accessible and personalized celebrations, highlighting the importance of emotional resonance over extravagant displays. Andy hopes that you enjoy and get wonderful insight from this interview with Fallon Carter! If so, then Andy would really appreciate it if you were to share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:04] - Andy is committing to taking several breaks a day, crucial for productivity and mental recalibration. [1:24] - Today's interview is with Fallon Carter of Fallon Carter Events! [2:37] - Even as a child, Fallon was always drawn to hosting and entertaining, from baking to building projects in school. [3:44] - We learn that, after saving a wedding crisis, Fallon realized her passion for event planning, leading her to New York. [6:16] - Fallon discusses the invaluable lessons that she learned from the challenges around her first wedding. [8:18] - Fallon describes her personal signature. [9:31] - Fallon begins her usual process with clients by requesting five non-wedding-related photos, revealing their personalities and priorities. [11:25] - Learn about Fallon's creative process, in which she compiles a Pinterest board based on client images, focusing on evoking the desired feeling. [14:29] - Andy discusses challenges and how they're inevitable; he has, however, learned to manage them calmly with experience. [17:39] - Navigating between creativity and business is a challenge, and finding harmony is essential for success. [18:21] - Balancing a business's style with structure is important for success in diverse methods. [20:48] - Fallon argues that stress drives us in this industry; she has faced breakdowns but keeps pushing. [22:24] - Hear how Fallon started the We Do Collective, catering to budget-friendly brides, exploring further market opportunities. [23:54] - Fallon feels that a lack of education fuels pricing misconceptions and that weddings can be beautiful at...

Duration:00:28:01

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498 REVISIT CALEB JORDAN LEE - Filmmaker Extraordinaire!

4/1/2024
“I resonate with the client that wants to make you a part of their family throughout the wedding weekend.” Listen as Andy and his guest Caleb Jordan Lee discuss Caleb’s early passion for travel and filmmaking, Caleb starting his LLC at sixteen and why he decided to film weddings, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz. Caleb is a brilliant filmmaker and the owner of East West Production, a full-service event filmmaking company with award-winning coverage. Caleb’s work has been showcased in publications such as People’s Magazine, particularly for shooting Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding. He has also been featured in Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Brides Magazine, and Harpers Bazaar named Caleb as one of the world’s top filmmakers. Caleb speaks about his first year in business and how his sister’s wedding was the catalyst for his business boom. He speaks about how important he feels relationships are with the creative partners and planners and how he works with the planners to create the best product. Listen as Caleb shares a story about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding and how iconic his shot of her walking down the aisle with her 70 foot train was. Caleb also discusses how he and his team edit and how everything plays a part in getting the perfect film for his clients. Caleb shares the work he does commercially and how he brings emotion to each small snippet, and he talks about the challenges he faces when telling a client’s story, his perspective on social media, the equipment he uses, and how he keeps up with the constant technology change. Caleb started as a teenager and has been in the industry for over ten years. His is a success story you don’t want to miss! If you enjoy this revisit with Caleb Jordan Lee, then please don’t keep it to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [01:27] - Today’s episode is a revisit of Andy’s 2020 interview with Caleb Jordan Lee of East West Production! [02:49] - Caleb shares where he grew up and how he ended up back in the area. [03:40] - Caleb speaks about how family values have shaped the man he is today. [05:08] - Caleb began shooting videos in the Himalayas, transitioned to weddings, and found passion and success. [08:31] - Caleb talks about where the idea of filming weddings came from. [09:42] - Hear how Caleb's career blossomed through learning from experienced mentors and prioritizing relationships, particularly with wedding planners. [12:16] - Caleb discusses his process and how it’s all about his relationships with planners. [13:24] - Caleb realized the importance of scaling his business wisely, opting for quality over quantity in client experiences. [14:18] - Caleb speaks about how he works with the planners when getting to know the clients. [16:04] - Caleb shares about some standout events he has done throughout the years. [17:58] - Caleb discusses the experience he had when filming Nick Jonas’ and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding. [21:09] - Caleb speaks about catching Priyanka walking down the aisle with a 70′ train and how iconic it...

Duration:00:40:41

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497 KELLSIE BAIN: Globetrotting Glam: Navigating Makeup Artistry

3/25/2024
Andy is thrilled this week to take listeners on a journey through the inspiring world of makeup artistry with sought-after makeup artist and educator, Kellsie Bain! Join Andy and Kellsie as they dive into Kellsie's upbringing in Sydney, Australia, where she draws inspiration from the strong, hardworking women in her family. From her corporate beginnings to her transition into the world of makeup artistry, Kellsie shares how her experiences have shaped her signature style and approach to her craft. Discover the secrets behind Kellsie's global success as a makeup artist, from leveraging social media platforms like TikTok, to connecting with clients worldwide, to overcoming the challenges of working as a destination makeup artist. Gain insights into her mentoring and coaching programs, designed to empower emerging makeup artists to achieve their goals and build successful businesses. Be sure to also explore Kellsie's online store, where she offers a wealth of resources, including masterclasses and templates, to support makeup artists at every stage of their journey. From email templates to price guides, Kellsie provides the tools necessary to elevate professionalism and streamline business operations. You won’t want to miss this engaging conversation filled with valuable insights and practical tips for aspiring makeup artists and industry professionals alike. If you enjoy this conversation, then Andy would really appreciate it if you were to share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:02] - Andy shares that he finds solace and inspiration in his rejuvenating walks amid hectic schedules. [1:07] - Today’s guest is makeup artist Kellsie Bain! [2:19] - Kellsie explains how her upbringing and corporate experience shaped her journey into makeup artistry and entrepreneurship. [4:24] - Kellsie's business-focused approach and signature style have driven her success in makeup artistry. [5:23] - Establishing a personal connection with clients informs Kellsie's tailored approach to bridal makeup. [7:16] - Hear how Kellsie used TikTok to leverage her passion for makeup and travel to become a sought-after destination artist. [10:16] - To attract destination clients, Kellsie advises, elevate your brand and maintain connections to combat loneliness while traveling. [13:22] - Consistently showcasing her presence on social media fosters trust and connection with Kellsie's audience. [15:54] - Kellsie identifies her biggest challenge as having to balance personal challenges while maintaining professionalism in her work. [18:51] - Kellsie loves working for herself and connecting with fellow makeup artists. [19:39] - Learn about the mentoring that Kellsie offers. [20:56] - Kellsie's online store offers masterclasses and templates, aiding makeup artists in their professional journey. [22:08] - Andy shares where Kellsie can be found online. LINKS AND RESOURCES Find Kellsie: Kellsie’s Website Kellsie’s Instagram Page Kellsie’s TikTok Page Kellsie’s Online Store Kellsie’s Online Masterclass Kellsie’s Workshops Follow The Wedding Biz on Social: The...

Duration:00:22:45

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496 SIMON T. BAILEY: Riding the Waves with Resilience

3/18/2024
Join Andy for this episode of The Wedding Biz as returning guest Simon T. Bailey sits down with him to talk about his latest book, Resilience@Work: How to Coach Yourself into a Thriving Future! Simon shares insights on bouncing back better, the metaphor of surfing as a universal concept for resilience, and the significance of intentional actions and relationships. Their discussion delves into the practical techniques for building resilience, including reflecting at the end of each day, maintaining mental health, and expressing gratitude, with Simon emphasizing the value of therapy, the impact of a positive workplace culture, and the helper's high attained through intentional kindness. Andy and Simon also discuss reframing worry and anxiety, encouraging listeners to spiral up rather than down. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights and actionable strategies for cultivating resilience in both personal and professional spheres. Simon's expertise and positivity make for an engaging and uplifting conversation, leaving listeners inspired to embrace change and foster resilience in their own lives. If you enjoy this insightful interview with Simon, then please share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:04] - After a month in Hawaii, Andy reflects on the challenges of returning, emphasizing manifesting dreams through belief. [1:28] - Andy introduces returning guest Simon T. Bailey! [3:23] - In Solana Beach, Simon draws a life lesson from surfing, urging resilience and bouncing back. [4:38] - Simon embraces failure as a feedback mechanism, emphasizing learning, intentionality, and focusing on successes over setbacks. [6:10] - Hear Simon share a significant business investment, highlighting the value of saying yes and embracing growth through challenges. [8:59] - Simon emphasizes the importance of leaders setting the tone for positive environments. [11:42] - Andy reveals how he has learned to focus on positive aspects before addressing improvement opportunities. [13:42] - Andy gains show inspiration from wedding industry success, discussing key insights like personal responsibility and positive change reframing. [16:40] - Simon explains that he builds resilience by prioritizing mental health and pursuing continuous learning. [18:21] - To cultivate resilience, Simon advocates for daily reflection, prioritizing well-being, and fostering gratitude through showing appreciation to others. [21:19] - To combat anxiety, Simon advises visualizing past successes, creating a positive interruption and taking control of thoughts. [22:32] - Andy praises Simon's concept of "spiraling up" as a visual tool for reframing challenges positively, fostering resilience. [23:51] - Andy reveals where Simon can be found online. LINKS AND RESOURCES Simon’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz Find Simon: Simon’s Website Follow The Wedding Biz on Social: The Wedding Biz The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz The Wedding Biz on Facebook: @theweddingbiz The Wedding Biz Network The Music Makers Support The Wedding Biz by clicking here. Title...

Duration:00:24:16

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495 ALEX LE ROUX: The Soundscapes of Luxury

3/11/2024
Join Andy as he welcomes Alex Le Roux, the CEO and founder of ALR Music based in London, back to the show! ALR Music specializes in providing entertainment for luxury events worldwide, boasting an impressive clientele, including Idris Elba, members of the Royal Family, the Beckham-Peltz’s and events for high-profile brands like Google, Jo Malone, and Chanel. In this engaging conversation, Alex shares insights into the expansion of ALR Music, which has nearly doubled in size since the last interview. The company now employs 400-500 musicians monthly, orchestrating 650 events annually across the globe. Notably, they've also successfully ventured into the competitive American market. The discussion covers Alex's creative approach to designing unique and memorable performances for luxury weddings and events, and he emphasizes the importance of staying open-minded, drawing inspiration from various sources, and tailoring each experience to the client's vision. Alex shares anecdotes about crafting personalized ceremonies, orchestrating grand entrances, and incorporating diverse musical styles to keep all generations engaged on the dancefloor. Throughout the interview, Alex expresses passion for innovation, constantly pushing the boundaries to create new projects and bands like Havana Heat, a Latin-themed ensemble with a visually stunning stage setup. He emphasizes the importance of delivering unique experiences for high-net-worth clients who seek something extraordinary for their special events. Andy hopes that listeners find inspiration in Alex's dedication to reinvention, the pursuit of excellence, and the ongoing evolution of LR Music's global presence. If so, then please share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:53] - This episode’s guest is returning guest Alex Le Roux of ALR Music! [3:50] - Alex is inspired by concerts like Nile Rodgers, Chic, and Bruno Mars. [6:21] - Aspiring to emulate Bruno Mars and Chic, finding skilled musicians with energy is the challenge for Alex. [7:43] - From where does Alex find creative inspiration? [9:56] - Alex argues that planners vary; some control everything while others value collaboration. [12:36] - Andy expresses appreciation for clients and planners who involve musicians. [14:15] - Alex’s team created a unique Lake Como entrance with 62 performers for an extraordinary experience. [17:25] - Dealing with the challenge of short-lived, non-danceable hit songs is tough, especially for events. [18:33] - Alex adds that keeping a dance floor engaged involves blending classics with current hits that appeal to diverse generations. [22:19] - Alex reveals that he has almost doubled his business, employing 400-500 musicians monthly, with 650 events yearly. [25:33] - Andy marvels at how remarkable managing transatlantic success is for Alex. [26:42] - Client decisiveness has increased; they now rely more on online content, speeding up decisions. [28:46] - Alex is thrilled by creating diverse, unique projects like Havana Heat, pushing boundaries and innovation in entertainment. [32:22] - Andy reveals where Alex can...

Duration:00:33:05

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494 REVISIT LEWIS MILLER: The “Banksy of Floral Design

3/4/2024
“Before I know what flowers I’m going to use, I need to know what backdrop I’m going to create to show off those flowers.” Listen as Andy and his guest Lewis Miller discuss how Lewis came to be in New York City, his process with clients, how he gets inspired for his designs, how he has been able to maneuver through the pandemic, and so much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz! Lewis is a floral designer and founder of Lewis Miller Design out of New York City. His client list includes leading industry professionals in fashion, design, photography, art direction, and architecture such as Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Mayor Blumberg, Chanel, Tiffany, Versace, Bergdorf Goodman, the Whitney Museum, and more. Lewis discusses how his pop-up flower flashes started and where he did his first one. He shares why he moved from Seattle, Washington to New York City and how he opened his small flower shop without fear or hesitation because he knew that was what he was supposed to be doing. Listen as Lewis shares his process when speaking with clients, a story about one particular wedding he did in an unappealing ballroom, and the curveball he was thrown. Lewis also shares how he merges his company’s business aspect with his creative side. Lewis is a poster child for how to run a business that can tackle a pandemic and come back bigger and stronger. He believes that if you trim the fat every few years and watch where you spend money, you will still be around when others are not. He is an inspiring creative, and you don’t want to miss this episode. If you enjoy this revisit with Lewis, then Andy asks you to please not keep it to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [01:30] - This episode is a revisit of Andy’s original interview with Lewis Miller of Lewis Miller Design. [02:51] - Lewis shares how he got the moniker, the “Banksy of Floral Design.” [04:10] - Lewis shares how he had an idea to bring artistic flower installations to NYC. [06:53] - Wanting to give back meaningfully, Lewis started Flower Flashes, a creative experiment outside financial expectations, in 2016. [09:50] - Lewis shares a little bit about his background and upbringing. [12:45] - Listen as Lewis discusses his move from Seattle, Washington to New York City. [15:26] - Anticipating a shift to interior design, Lewis, 25 at the time, arrived in New York and had to face practical realities. [17:50] - Lewis didn’t have fear or hesitation when he opened his business and started small. [19:50] - What percentage of Lewis’ business is weddings? [21:22] - Passionate about design, Lewis views weddings as a canvas for unique and personal expressions. [24:27] - Hear a story involving Lewis facing a challenging wedding planning scenario, navigating conflicts between a bride and her parents' wishes. [27:44] - Lewis proposed a bold solution for the challenging wedding venue. [29:43] - Addressing diverse tastes and personalities, Lewis successfully transformed Trump's ballroom with a unique, satisfying design. [31:58] - How does Lewis balance the business aspect with the...

Duration:00:40:21

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493 CHRISTINA MATTEUCCI: Upping Your Speaking Game and Crafting Compelling Narratives

2/26/2024
Andy really hopes that you will embark on a journey through the vibrant world of public speaking with returning guest Christina Matteucci, also known as Teucci Mama. In this lively conversation, Christina, the executive director of David Beahm Experiences, draws on her two decades of global event execution experience. With a theatrical background from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Christina explores the power and artistry of public speaking. Christina delves into the essence of being a successful speaker, likening it to a competitive sport that demands dedication and consistent effort. From choosing a relevant and impactful topic to delivering a compelling performance, Christina shares her insights on crafting a talk that resonates with the audience. She emphasizes the importance of authenticity and vulnerability, drawing from her own experiences, including a TED talk on the "mystique of freak." The conversation spans the preparation process, from writing and rehearsing talks to dealing with unexpected challenges and the nuances and overwhelm of memorization. Christina shares her unique techniques, such as the "Swiss cheese" method for handling audience expressions, providing valuable tips for speakers at every level of expertise. As a sought-after keynote talent and business coach, Christina encourages professionals in the weddings and events industry to engage in speaking. She highlights the transformative power of public speakers advocating for themselves, and her journey from humble beginnings in small venues to becoming a recognized speaker serves as inspiration for those seeking to make an impact through public speaking! Listen in to this dynamic conversation with Andy and Christina to unlock the secrets of effective public speaking and elevate your game in the world of events and conferences! Andy is hopeful that you enjoy this conversation with Christina, and if so, then he encourages you to not keep it to yourself! Be sure to share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:03] - Andy is enjoying a month in Maui, embracing beach life, music, and exciting adventures. [4:06] - Andy reveals that today's guest is returning guest Christina Matteucci! [5:52] - In the special events industry, advocacy and knowledge-sharing fosters teamwork and improvement. ​​[8:40] - Christina argues that public speaking success, akin to a competitive sport, demands consistent skill development. [11:32] - In a recent TED talk, Christina emphasizes embracing uniqueness, illustrating how authenticity elevates speaker effectiveness and captivates audiences. [14:09] - Christina believes in prioritizing substance over visuals and articulating a compelling idea that sparks change. [17:02] - Crafting impactful talks involves challenging audience misconceptions. [19:51] - Christina points out that speakers are at their finest when they're well prepared and rehearsed. [21:04] - How does Christina prepare to give a public speech? [24:30] - Christina memorizes every word of her speeches in advance, which empowers stage freedom. [27:41] - Speakers advocating for themselves...

Duration:00:45:42

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492 RAY THOMPSON & JACKSON FLAGG: Lighting Design & Telling A Story Throughout An Event

2/19/2024
Andy hopes that you will join him for this captivating conversation with two prominent lighting designers, Ray Thompson and Jackson Flagg of Images by Lighting in Los Angeles. Images by Lighting boasts an extensive portfolio, having worked on high-profile events with major film studios, award shows, and renowned musical artists. Ray, who Andy has had on the show before, is the co-owner who founded the company in 1982, and he discusses the philosophy of the "choreography of emotion" in lighting design, emphasizing the transformative power of lighting to guide guests through an event's emotional journey. Jackson Flagg, another talented lighting designer at the company, delves into the storytelling aspect of lighting, especially in weddings, where direction and intensity can be used to draw attention and set the tone. The conversation also covers various aspects of lighting design for different segments of events, from ceremonies and cocktail receptions to dance floors and after-parties. Ray and Jackson provide insights into the importance of timing and ambience during live events, and they also touch on the role of intelligent lighting, the impact of LED technology, and the versatility of fixtures. They also offer us a glimpse into their upcoming project – the grand opening of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Las Vegas! Andy is so glad to have had Ray back on the podcast and to have met Jackson, and you’re sure to enjoy this conversation! If so, then please don’t keep it to yourself! Be sure to share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:37] - Today’s guests are Jackson Flagg and returning guest Ray Thompson of Images by Lighting! [2:23] - Ray regards each event as a choreographed dance, guiding guests through varying moods with lighting. [4:09] - Jackson points out that with events, lighting is not just smoke and mirrors; it weaves enchanting narratives. [6:56] - Jackson says that optimal timing is crucial for events; consider sunset positions for picturesque backdrops, avoiding silhouette scenarios. [8:14] - Ray adds that transitioning from sunset ceremonies to cocktails requires seamless lighting adjustments, maintaining a warm and inviting atmosphere. [10:12] - Having a technician and programmer on-site ensures quick adaptability for last-minute lighting changes during events. [13:30] - Jackson advocates for illuminating the dance floor with textured patterns adds depth, as it creates an inviting and dynamic atmosphere. [15:10] - For a subtle, intimate ambiance during crucial moments like the first dance, Jackson feels that static colors work best. [18:24] - Jackson adds that starting with the venue or floor layout is crucial; lighting needs elements like tables and stages. [19:09] - Ray walks us through their usual process with clients. [21:32] - Jackson points out that Gobos provide versatile patterned projections for weddings or Halloween and that intelligent lighting is cost-efficient with lower power consumption. [23:36] - Ray adds that smaller venues benefit from battery-powered LED lights with excellent color reproduction and 20-hour...

Duration:00:29:45

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491 CECI JOHNSON: The Art of Constant Evolution and Elevating Brands

2/12/2024
Andy is so thrilled to welcome Ceci Johnson back to the podcast! The founder of Ceci New York, a globally renowned luxury invitation design agency, Ceci is recognized by Tory Burch and also Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine, as well as numerous others, and is here to share insights into the constant evolution of her business over the past three years. As a creative force, Ceci discusses the importance of staying ahead of the curve and exploring new possibilities, especially post-pandemic. The conversation delves into Ceci's expansion into more attainable luxury with semi-custom collection invitations, making luxury accessible to a broader audience. Beyond invitations, she has ventured into corporate and branding work, launching brand makeovers during the pandemic. Ceci emphasizes the significance of ensuring that a brand works for the business, not against it. Ceci also explores strategic partnerships and collaborations, highlighting the magic that happens when creatives join forces. She shares insights into Instagram's collaborator post feature, enhancing visibility and engagement. Her foray into lifestyle products, including collaborations with Ladurée and Bandolier, showcases her commitment to innovation, and she even provides tips on successful partnerships, emphasizing the importance of aligning with the right fit and being strategic in choices. The conversation touches upon personalized design trends, the challenges of staying unique in a saturated market, and the evolving landscape of the wedding and events industry. Ceci opens up about balancing creativity with running a successful business, prioritizing self-care, and maintaining a work-life balance. Ceci also shares her dreams, including the desire to find contentment and relaxation amid the constant pursuit of success. Andy is grateful for Ceci’s time and for coming back on the show, and he hopes that you enjoy this conversation with her! If you do, then please don’t keep it to yourself! Be sure to share the episode with a few good friends who might also enjoy it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:27] - Andy announces that today’s guest is returning guest Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York! [1:53] - Constantly evolving, Ceci embraces change and collaborates for accessible luxury and brand makeovers. [4:15] - Ceci argues that the whole brand makeover is pivotal and emphasizes creating a cohesive brand, from logo to symbols and guidelines. [6:01] - What is Ceci’s view on partnerships and collaborations? [8:29] - Ceci is excited about expanding into lifestyle products, including scarves, phone cases, and more. [10:36] - Ceci emphasizes a strategic approach to partnerships, prioritizing alignment with her luxury brand and audience. [12:24] - Acknowledging evolving challenges, Ceci reflects on the enduring demand for personalized couture design over her 20-year journey. [15:17] - Ceci acknowledges the challenges of balancing work and family, emphasizing the importance of prioritization and boundaries. [18:48] - The key is managing priorities, saying no to non-essential tasks, and eliminating toxic influences for balance. [20:10] - Ceci feels that...

Duration:00:31:07

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490 REVISIT LISA VORCE: The Intangible Soul of an Event

2/5/2024
“My proudest moments aren’t only about design. They are about how my clients feel when they see and experience the design.” Listen as Andy and his guest Lisa Vorce discuss Lisa’s love of celebrations, what inspired her to leave corporate America to launch her own business and much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz. Lisa is a world-renowned celebrity event planner, receiving accolades from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, BizBash, and Martha Stewart, to name a few. She planned several events for Kobe Bryant and produced some of the most iconic celebrations, including the weddings of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. Lisa is a speaker and headliner at conferences worldwide, including WPPI, Engage, and DWP. Lisa shares that the first event she worked at was a birthday party for George Clooney’s mom, how the referrals from the first wedding she planned led her down the destination wedding path, and the process she follows for each client. Lisa also shares the roles each of her treasured team members play in the events they produce. Listen as Lisa describes an event she did recently, how she helps her clients choose a venue for their wedding and why each client is set up with a website and email address so they can communicate not only with Lisa’s team but so that the team can communicate with the guests that are attending the wedding. If you enjoy listening to this revisit with Lisa, then Andy asks you to please not keep it to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [00:18] - Today’s episode is a revisit of Andy’s original conversation with Lisa Vorce! [01:45] - Lisa shares what she means by wanting to design something that resonates with someone’s soul. [04:03] - Lisa speaks about her family and the mixed heritage she grew up around. [05:35] - Was there any place outside Lisa's family experience where she was exposed to celebrations like she does today? [07:30] - Lisa speaks about meeting her husband during a blizzard in Colorado. [08:52] - Lisa shares that one of the first events she worked was for Nina Clooney, George Clooney’s mom. [09:54] - When Lisa transitioned from the corporate world to open her own company, was it something she thought about or was it impulsive? [12:00] - Lisa discusses the first wedding she planned and how that was the catalyst for specializing in destination weddings. [15:28] - Lisa speaks about her process from initial contact with a potential client through the event. [17:31] - Lisa explains what she focuses on for each event and what role each member of her team plays. [19:27] - What are some of the most significant stressors Lisa finds that her clients face? [21:49] - Lisa discusses how she helps her clients decide what venue will work best for them for the destination they choose. [24:30] - Lisa gives us an example of a wedding she did recently and how they picked the venue, resorts, excursions, and flights. [28:37] - Why is lighting the first thing that Lisa look at before designing an event? [31:29] - Lisa speaks about being involved in a...

Duration:00:44:23

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489 ALEJANDRA POUPEL: Innovation, Audacity, and the Art of Event Planning

1/22/2024
Join Andy this week for The Wedding Biz as he interviews returning guest Alejandra Poupel, internationally renowned event planner! Renowned for planning upscale events that cater to a diverse clientele from different cultures and backgrounds, Alejandra of Alejandra Poupel Events shares her unique approach to event planning and the crucial role of cultural knowledge in her work. In addition, Alejandra discusses the lessons learned from the pandemic and the ways it altered her business approach emphasizing more on personal connections and service quality. The conversation further delves into her audacious approach to planning, where taking risks is seen as a necessary component. Alejandra also underlines the significance of assembling the right team and the mutual respect and synergy in driving success. Listen in to gain an appreciation for her desire to continuously learn from varied cultural practices to enhance her events. Being at the top of her game, Alejandra insists on enjoying the process, making every event uniquely audacious, and carrying lessons forward to future events. Andy had such a great time chatting with her again for the podcast. If you enjoy listening, then Andy asks that you not keep this to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:29] - Today’s guest is returning guest Alejandra Poupel of Alejandra Poupel Events! [2:29] - In-person connections are vital for business success, and despite the pandemic challenges, Alejandra's team adapted and prioritized well-being. [5:17] - Alejandra clarifies that the office now hosts meditation sessions, enhancing well-being and fostering a sense of balance. [7:15] - 2023 surpassed Alejandra's expectations, as she witnessed a surge in destination events and intimate multi-day celebrations. [9:14] - Alejandra describes the Engage event, which brought stress but allowed creative freedom. [11:44] - Despite theories of a slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alejandra notes increased wedding sizes, with clients wanting grand celebrations. [13:36] - Alejandra explains how innovation and audacity have been the keys to her success. [15:07] - Alejandra clarifies that audacity to her means taking risks, like creating unique elements for clients' events. [18:05] - Constantly pushing boundaries, Alejandra emphasizes the importance of the right team and impeccable service. [21:35] - What does Alejandra really want to do that she hasn't done yet? [24:17] - Alejandra reveals that she doesn't experience burnout, embracing diverse, challenging events. [26:58] - Andy reveals where Alejandra can be found online. LINKS AND RESOURCES Alejandra’s Previous Guest Spot on The Wedding Biz Find Alejandra: Alejandra's Website Alejandra’s Facebook Page Alejandra’s Instagram Page Follow The Wedding Biz on Social: The Wedding Biz The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz The Wedding Biz on Facebook: @theweddingbiz The Wedding Biz Network The Music Makers Support The Wedding Biz by clicking here. Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment.

Duration:00:27:50

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488 SOPHIE FELTS AND ERICA GAMBLE: Floral Design Journey to a Blossoming Business

1/8/2024
In this exciting episode of The Wedding Biz, Andy engages with the power-duo behind Sophie Felts Floral Design, Sophie Felts, Founder, and Erica Gamble, Partner and President. This dynamic duo, based out of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, thrives in the high-end design realm, curating stunning floral designs for wedding and event clientele that leaves their clients breathless! The in-person chat uncovers a fascinating journey of Sophie and Erica, including how they got into the floral design business, formed a partnership, and continually fuel their creative process. You’ll hear about how this mom-turned entrepreneur and her insurance professional-turned-floral designer partner joined forces to make waves in the industry. Sophie and Erica also open up about their approach, pricing philosophy, challenges, and the workshop they offer, and they even share a distinct aspect of their business— collaborating with planners, focusing mainly on floral design. This eye-opening episode will also take you through Sophie and Erica’s adventures – like a last-minute scrap of a dead pine tree for decoration, and their transparent approach towards budget comfort zones. Above all, the episode underlines an important aspect of their business – the importance of forming a great team. With a team of more than 60 people working on weekends, they emphasize how creating a business structure is a creative process that plays an integral part in their success. Andy really hopes that you enjoy this engaging conversation with Sophie and Erica! If so, then Andy asks that you not keep it to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [1:17] - Andy announces that today’s guests are Sophie and Erica of Sophie Felts Floral Design! [2:34] - After becoming a stay-at-home mom, Sophie was inspired by a hair salon to start a flower arrangement business. [3:53] - In 2016, while jobless, Erica admired Sophie's unique flower arrangements on Instagram, prompting her to join the business. [4:46] - Erica reflects on how her first experience of an exciting styled shoot with Sophie solidified her involvement in the business. [6:05] - Sophie describes the company's overall approach to floral design. [8:45] - The team begins client consultations with discussions on event date, budget, and preferences, often using mood boards and images for inspiration. [11:51] - Sophie's team collaboratively uses Pinterest for concept development. [14:27] - Sophie gives an example of how they incorporate last-minute items into their installations, significantly enhancing the final result. [17:49] - Sophie explains that the business grew by embracing Erica's complementary skills, improving customer service, and smart budgeting. [19:46] - Erica highlights their team's goal to provide a sustainable, creative career for women. [21:43] - Sophie acknowledges their business is structured for larger-scale projects and may not competitively cater to clients with smaller budgets. [23:26] - What is the hardest part of what Sophie and Erica do? [24:08] - Erica touches upon an annual spring...

Duration:00:34:56

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487 REVISIT DIANE KHOURY: Australia’s Premier Event Planner & Designer

1/1/2024
Andy invites you to join this week for a revisit of his 2020 interview with Diane Khoury!! Have you ever heard of a bride planning her own wedding with 500 guests and with no experience in planning an event of any size? Listen as Andy and his guest Diane Khoury discuss how she was able to pull it off and why it was the reason she started her own wedding and event business plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz! Diane is a Sydney-based event planner, quickly approaching 400,000 Instagram followers. Diane Khoury Weddings and Events has been credited for revolutionizing the planning, styling, and concept design of luxury weddings and events both in and out of Australia. Diane’s weddings stand out as stunning works of art with a passion for glamorous detail and an appreciation for unique displays. After being sought after by celebrities and socialites, Diane continues to catapult the definition of celebrating love and luxury in Australia. Listen in as the episode delves into Diane's journey, from her upbringing shaped by Lebanese heritage to her unexpected entry into the event planning industry after planning her own wedding. She takes us through pivotal moments of her career, such as her leap from the corporate world, her approach to client engagement, and the challenges she faced, including a high-stakes event with a stuck ceiling installation. Diane also shares insights into her pricing philosophy, the significance of social media in her success, and the delicate balance she maintains between her thriving career and fulfilling family life. She shares a poignant story of a christening event in Lebanon, illustrating her ability to bridge cultures and create magical, personalized celebrations. If you enjoy this revisit with Diane, then Andy asks you to please not keep it to yourself! Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [00:25] - This episode is a revisit of Andy's 2020 interview with Diane Khoury! [01:29] - Diane discusses her childhood in Sydney. [02:37] - Diane shares that she landed a retail job at age 13 and where she went after college. [05:21] - Diane planned her own wedding, which propelled her into the wedding and event industry. [06:16] - How did Diane know how to plan her wedding with 500 people and with no experience? [08:18] - Diane transitioned from a disconnected corporate accountant to a thriving event planner driven by passion and genuine connections. [10:27] - Diane was initially doing this on the side. [12:23] - Diane reflects on how she faced fear and saw it as an opportunity to escape an unfulfilling corporate role, supported by her husband's encouragement. [13:59] - Amidst the COVID pause, Diane reflects on six years of balancing family, business, and self-realization. [15:21] - Diane shares her process from the first contact with the client through the end of the event. [17:11] - Diane describes an event she did for a client in Lebanon and how she came up with the idea for her magical design. [18:40] - Diane crafted a luxurious outdoor event in Australia, inspired by Lebanon's beauty, emphasizing...

Duration:00:39:39

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486 JAMESA ALEXANDER: Elevating Weddings with Storytelling, the Collaborative Process, Work-Life Balance, and More!

12/18/2023
Andy welcomes you back to The Wedding Biz as he interviews Jamésa Alexander, the Founder of Jayne Heir Weddings & Events, a premier boutique planning agency. Listen in as Jamésa shares insights into her journey, discussing her background in kinesiology and how it shaped her perspective. The conversation delves into her approach to event planning, emphasizing the importance of storytelling and creating a personalized experience for each couple. Jamésa also reveals her strategies for handling challenges during events, drawing on her experience in aerospace and defense. Jamésa and Andy also explore the collaborative process with creative partners and the meticulous selection of vendors based on the couple's vision, and Jamésa discusses the balance between the creative and business aspects of running a successful wedding planning agency. The conversation also includes candid discussion about the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance, especially as a successful entrepreneur and mother. Jamésa is also co-author of the book Planners Unplugged, an anthology book that shares planners' stories, challenges, and inspirations, and she provides us with some background insight into that as well, including how you can get a copy! You’re very likely to gain valuable insights into the world of event planning, the importance of collaboration, and the personal challenges faced by professionals in the industry, so Andy invites you to give this episode a listen! If you enjoy this conversation with Jamésa, then Andy urges you not to keep it to yourself. Share the episode with some good friends who might also get something out of it, and be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen to the show, as that really helps the show out! Lastly, don’t forget to follow The Wedding Biz on Instagram and subscribe to the podcast so that you never miss a new episode when it drops! Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don't forget about Sean Low's podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network. SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute! Time Stamps [0:53] - Andy reveals today’s guest as Jamésa Alexander of Jayne Heir Weddings & Events! [2:15] - Learn how Jamésa was an entrepreneur even as a child hosting pizza parties. [3:53] - Envisioning a mechanical career, Jamésa studied kinesiology but pivoted to business, launching Jayne Heir despite hospitality inexperience. [5:18] - How did Jamésa get her business started? [6:58] - Jamésa identifies her signature as her ability to tell stories. [9:40] - Hear Jamésa share a recent story that highlights her signature. [11:53] - Drawing on aerospace experience, Jamésa stresses preparation, teamwork, and strategic resolution when navigating a crisis. [14:39] - Remaining calm under pressure, Jamésa applies a data-driven approach honed in engineering and project management. [16:05] - Hear how on event days, Jamésa is in a "what else" mode, ensuring resolutions and options for clients. [18:49] - Jamésa argues that success hinges on a curated vendor team aligned with the couple's vision and values. [21:34] - Jamésa feels that collaboration with vendors is key; she guides the vision but allows for their creative expression. [23:18] - Leveraging her aerospace skills, Jamésa applies meticulous planning and asks crucial questions for successful events. [25:46] - ​​Jamésa reveals how she ensures seamless events by planning timelines and fostering open vendor communication through check-ins. [27:03] - How does Jamésa balance business and creativity? [28:28] - Jamésa...

Duration:00:34:44