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Lynn Easton: Destination Weddings with a Classic Touch

Lynn Easton is a busy woman. Between managing her destination wedding design business Easton Events and growing her Easton Porter Group luxury properties, she’s got a lot of balls in the air. But for her, that’s all just part of the fun. Lynn...

Preston Bailey: Designer for the Ages

The year is 1980. The place is New York City. And the person is Preston Bailey, who at the time was just looking for a way to pay the bills and not get evicted from his apartment. What started as a small time floral business blossomed into...

Rodney Bailey: Capturing Genuine Moments

Rodney Bailey bought his first camera at 12 years old, saving up all his money from a summer of mowing lawns to pay for it. He got his first gig photographing a friend’s sister’s wedding at age 16, just a few weeks after getting his driver’s...

Tara Guérard: Wedding Designer with a Southern Flair

Southern charm and Tara Guérard are synonymous with each other. Add weddings to the mix, and you’ve got one of the most highly respected wedding designers in the business. Tara’s business, Tara Guérard Soirée, began 20 years ago when she...

Valerie Gernhauser: Empowering Wedding Planners

Valerie Gernhauser is no stranger to unfortunate circumstances. The timing of her professional career landed amidst Hurricane Katrina, the financial banking crisis of 2009, and the economic downturn of the entire country. But instead of...

Shawna Gohel: Indian Brides & Maharani Weddings

Shawna Gohel is a pretty big deal in the Indian wedding community. Her site, Maharani Weddings, boasts 800,000 visitors every month. Shawna and her team has published over 10,000 articles on Indian weddings, and an astounding 40% of readers...

Rita Bloom: Pioneer of Wedding Planning and Design

To say Rita Bloom is the pioneer of the wedding planning business would be an understatement. Rita’s story of discovering an entire industry need and growing her business is one of amazement and empowerment. From the 1960s when there was no...

Ellen Weldon: The Art of Calligraphy, Invitations, & More

Would you ever expect an industry lauded calligrapher to have gotten an F in handwriting? For Ellen Weldon, that black mark ignited a lifelong passion for handwritten designs. Ellen’s portfolio is as impressive as her calligraphy skills,...

David Stark: Creativity in Design, Creativity in Business

“You’re only as good as your last party.” This old adage is something that renowned event producer and designer David Stark holds in high regard. David has produced events for noteworthy celebrities like Glenn Close and Brad Pitt,...

Christie Narvaez: One Bride’s Wedding

Christie Narvaez is an entertainer who's worn many hats—actress, producer, comedian, and more. Today, Andy talks with her about her latest roles: Wife and mother. In a first for The Wedding Biz, we get the bride's side of the story! Andy...

Marc Eliot: Design, Music & Cipriani’s

Marc Eliot is Founder and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) of swoop, a New York-based design studio for upscale luxury celebrations for weddings, social events, and corporate events alike. swoop is also the exclusive in-house event design...

Colin Cowie: Creating Groundbreaking Luxury Experiences

Colin Cowie is a top designer for all things weddings—as well as galas, charitable events, corporate and destination celebrations. He's beloved by the likes of Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston,...

JoAnne Brown: Queen Of Caribbean Destination Weddings

When planning a dream-come-true wedding on an island getaway, only one name immediately comes to mind: JoAnne Brown. In this week's conversation, Andy talks to the go-to planner for weddings in the Cayman Islands and beyond. Even before she...

Andy Marcus: A Life in Wedding Photography

As the second of three generations to uphold the Fred Marcus Studio brand, Andy Marcus has grown into his status as one of the rare few wedding photography legends, with his son, Brian, poised to carry the legacy forward. In Andy’s nearly 50 years of work in the industry, he’s photographed the weddings of Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer, Mick Jones, Mary Tyler Moore, several of the Trumps, Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn, Billy Baldwin, Marvin Davis and more.

Bill Spinner: Director of Sales & Catering at The Pierre New York

An icon of the hospitality industry, Bill Spinner was literally born into it—as a young man, he first learned what it means to make people’s experiences special by doing everything that needed to be done at his family’s restaurant and inn. Today, Bill is in his 20th year at The Pierre New York, where he’s Director of Sales and Catering. In that time he’s worked with celebrities, socialites, heads of state and CEOs, and he applies that same care to weddings hosted at The Pierre.

Rick Davis & Christopher Vazquez: Event Magic

In this episode, Andy talks with with Rick and Chris about what initially inspired them to do event design and production, how they keep their inspirational wellsprings replenished, and the joys and challenges of being partners in business and in life. 

Edwin McCain: His Hit Wedding Songs

This week, Andy talks with the artist behind three enormously-popular wedding songs—Edwin McCain. His songs “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” are both favorite “first dance” songs, and his song “Walk With You” is always a moving choice for the father/daughter dance. Edwin’s songs have formed the soundtrack to some of the most pivotal moments in people’s lives, that couples and their families will always remember.

Bryan Rafanelli: Telling Clients’ Stories Through Event Design

Bryan Rafanelli’s exquisite sense of style, attention to detail and ability to transform clients’ visions into unforgettable celebrations have made him a go-to planner for the nation’s most exclusive and high-profile events. Andy talks with Bryan about how he became a world-class events designer, and they discuss the business of creativity and the creativity of business.

Matthew Robbins: Creative Process and Connecting with Couples

Matthew Robbins generously shares his process for creating events that resonate, and how he connects with clients to make that happen. We also talk about balancing work and personal lives, which gets especially interesting (and rewarding!) when your professional and life partner is the same person.

David Beahm: Risk & Synchronicity

David Beahm, world-class wedding designer and planner, known for his inventive work and trademark lavish flower creations, has designed countless weddings for society, high profile and discerning clients, including Catherine Zeta-Jones and...

Sylvia Weinstock: The Queen of Cakes

Sylvia Weinstock reinvented the tradition of the wedding cake. In this episode I talk with Sylvia about her amazing life and career in the wedding business, her philosophy on both, and about this amazing time in Sylvia’s life as she closes one chapter and opens a new one.

Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Engaging Concepts

Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce are powerhouse team is the force behind the wedding and honeymoon industry consulting firm Engaging Concepts. In this episode, we talk about their road from their Disney Weddings days to their own Engage! Summits events.

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