David Beahm: Risk & Synchronicity

David Beahm: Risk & Synchronicity

The Wedding Biz by Andy Kushner David Beahm: Risk & Synchronicity
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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 Michael Douglas, as well as a host of celebrity and Fortune 500 corporate events.

I had fun and fascinating conversation with David at his beautiful farm, “Thistle Dew Farm” in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, where—when not producing world-class events—he stays grounded by keeping his hands in the dirt growing wildflowers, production flowers, herbs and vegetables.

In this episode, we learn a lot about David and how got there from here—his early days as a teacher, his deep background in music and musical theater, and the leaps of faith that enabled little and big synchronicities alike.

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Sylvia Weinstock: The Queen of Cakes

Sylvia Weinstock: The Queen of Cakes

The Wedding Biz by Andy Kushner Sylvia Weinstock: The Queen of Cakes
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It’s hard to overstate how glad I am to share my conversation with Sylvia Weinstock with you. I am thrilled that you’ll get to spend some time with her, as I’ve been lucky enough to.

If you’re in the wedding business or familiar with it, Sylvia needs no introduction. Sylvia Weinstock reinvented the tradition of the wedding cake, and for 37 years she and her team set a standard for wedding creations—quality, workmanship, pride—that few have matched, and few will match.

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.

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Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Engaging Concepts

Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Engaging Concepts

The Wedding Biz by Andy Kushner Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce, Engaging Concepts
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We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring you a conversation with Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce for our inaugural episode. This powerhouse team is the force behind the wedding and honeymoon industry consulting firm Engaging Concepts. With Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce at its helm, Engaging Concepts is the strategic consulting firm that wedding and event businesses turn to. In 2008, Kathryn and Rebecca created an innovative series of luxury wedding business summits which bring hundreds of key wedding industry influencers and tastemakers from around the world to exchange ideas, network and be inspired to take their businesses to the next level of success 2–3 times per year. All twenty Engage! Summits events have been complete sell-outs, and met with rave reviews from attendees and speakers alike.

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Welcome from Andy Kushner

Welcome from Andy Kushner

The Wedding Biz by Andy Kushner Welcome from Andy Kushner
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A welcome to The Wedding Biz podcast, from creator and host Andy Kushner.

Thank you

Charles Wiltgen, who is my undeniably brilliant show producer, editor, strategist, creative partner and great friend. Andreea Borcea, our amazing Director of Marketing who is helping to bring brand awareness to those who can benefit most from the show! Sean Low, my business consultant since 2011 who has helped me to structure my businesses such that I can truly let my creativity live and breathe, and fully experience my vision and dreams. Sean, thanks to your generous guidance, I not only know what is possible but also to create the impossible and know how to execute it. Your visionary perspective is absolutely awe-inspiring! Rebecca Steele, Executive Vice President of Andy Kushner Entertainment Design, who runs the day-to-day business, is my co-strategist, handles sales, conducts Entertainment Design Consultations for most of our company-owned acts, and is a great musician herself! If it weren’t for you, Rebecca, I would not have the time and focus to dedicate to creating and keeping up this show. Lauren Brettell, Director Of Operations of Andy Kushner Entertainment Design, who is so dedicated and passionate about her work. Thank you, Lauren, for all the work you do which frees up Rebecca and I to focus where we need. We were buried in responsibilities until you arrived! Lauren is also an incredible musician! Dan Clarke, Director of Branding and Marketing for Andy Kushner Entertainment Design, who has helped focus us on how to communicate our mission statements in a variety of ways. Thank you Dan, for your incredible drive and ability to help us expand our audience and message. Dan also designed our absolutely brilliant website! To all the Wedding Planners/Designers, and other Wedding Industry friends: I absolutely love our industry and am grateful for each and every one of you who not only recommend my companies but also who I have the extreme honor and pleasure to work with, week in and week out. Your creativity and commitment to your clients, and to helping provide the environment we work in is awe-inspiring! I dedicate this show to the memory of two very special people: My friend and vocal coach (and everything artistic) mentor, Isaiah “Zeke” Lurry, who I was so fortunate to know for ten wonderfully intense years. Zeke, I would not be the artist I am today without your love and teachings. To Bernard “Bernie” Hairston, Jr — One of the best friends I’ve ever had, and one of the funkiest and baddest-ass bass players I’ve had the pleasure of performing with, hanging with, and learning from. Bernie, I can’t describe how much I miss you and the incredibly infectious positive attitude you shared with everyone you touched. You will always be remembered.

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Theme song composition’s lyrics and music, arrangement, and production by Andy Kushner. “I Gave My Heart To You” Full length version:
Other wedding songs written by Andy:
  • I Wait For You
  • Who Would Know