Episode 327 A Conversation With: NIKKI KHAN

Today, Andy’s guest is Nikki Khan, the Founder of Exquisite Events, specializing in South Asian weddings out of Los Angeles and working worldwide. Listen as Nikki shares how meditation helps her stay grounded, how the pandemic has changed her perspective on time spent with family and the way they enjoy each other’s company, and to never take things for granted, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Nikki shares how she spends her days now versus how they were spent before the pandemic, the walks she takes, and how she spends time noticing the beauty of nature. Nikki also talks about the fun she had planning micro weddings for her two youngest sons, the joy she felt watching her grandkids on the dance floor, and how she took time to appreciate each moment with family. 

Nikki believes that smaller, more intimate weddings will be the focus in 2021, but she hopes that by 2022 the larger events will be back in full force. The weddings may be smaller, but Nikki shared she will not slash her prices. The time and effort she puts into each detail won’t change; smaller is sometimes better.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? 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.

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Show Highlights:

[02:42] Welcome back to the show, Nikki!

[04:23] Nikki shares that meditation keeps her grounded and helps her immensely.

[07:40] Nikki believes that meditating multiple times a day keeps you humble and gives you perspective.

[09:20] Nikki speaks about how the pandemic has affected her business and her personal life.

[11:34] Nikki shares about a canceled wedding one week before the event because of the COVID shutdown.

[14:57] What is a day like for you now versus pre-pandemic?

[18:10] Nikki has a very exciting venture coming up that they will launch in a few months.

[19:09] Nikki discusses planning mico weddings for her two sons in 2020 and the joy of watching her grandkids on the dance floor and savoring each moment.

[20:54] Nikki believes that initially, weddings are going to be smaller and more intimate post-pandemic.

[22:51] How do you think this will affect pricing?

[25:22] From a business perspective, Nikki would love the big weddings to come back, and she believes they will be in 2022.

[27:37] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Nikki:

Exquisite Events

Nikki Khan Episode 40 on The Wedding Biz

@xquisiteevents

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@exquisevents

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Episode 326 A Conversation With: CECI JOHNSON

Ceci Johnson is recognized as the founder of couture invitation design and her design studio, Ceci New York, having worked in over 40 countries, is globally renowned as the leader in luxury invitation design.  Her client list reads like a who’s who of A-list celebrities, royalty, international sports stars, fashion icons, dignitaries and global luxury brands.  As a celebrated artist her paintings hang in private collections worldwide. Ceci’s fashion-forward style and sophisticated aesthetic have lead her to be named by Tory Burch as a “Woman to Watch”, and called by Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine “a favorite designer”. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The New York Times, USA Today, InStyle, W Magazine, Town & Country and many more too numerous to mention.

Listen as Ceci shares what she has been doing to stay creative during the slowdown, how she has kept busy expanding her company to include a Palm Beach presence, how she is creating the lifestyle brand she has always dreamed of and how she is now getting into fashion by collaborating with women’s clothing designers and working on product launches with her art on them.  Ceci believes if you set small achievable goals it will bring back your positive energy.

Ceci speaks with us about expanding her business and her new IGTV series which showcases some of the rebranding work she and Ceci New York are doing for companies around the world.  She shares how she is seizing this unique moment in time to set herself up for when the pandemic is over, and life and events resume, so that her company will reap the benefits of having a forward-looking vision and preparing for what people will desire in the future.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? 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.

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Show Highlights:

[02:53] Welcome back, Ceci!

[05:22] Ceci speaks about how the pandemic has impacted her business.

[08:28] Ceci shares how hard it’s been.

[10:23] “As a creative, I miss the collaborative energy in the room.”

[12:05] Andy discusses a form of journaling that he started in the 90s and has resumed doing since the pandemic.

[15:21] Ceci shares what she is doing to stay creative and grow her business during the slowdown.

[20:13] Ceci discusses being strong for her team and finding ways to expand the path she has always been on.

[21:38] Ceci takes us through the timeline as she created the lifestyle brand she has dreamed about.

[23:56] Ceci talks about her collaboration designing masks with Nuage Designs.

[27:07] Ceci shares she had to pick herself up from the floor, be strong, and get through because failing was not an option.

[29:22] Ceci believes that you get your passion and positive energy back when you set small goals that you feel you can achieve.

[31:19] Ceci speaks about rebranding herself and starting an IGTV series that shows her creative process.

[34:05] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Ceci:

Ceci New York

Ceci Johnson Episode 94 on The Wedding Biz

Ceci Johnson Episode 223 on The Wedding Biz

@cecijohnson

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@cicinewyork

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Check out Ceci’s IGTV @cecinewyork

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment 

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Mentioned:

Preston Bailey Episode 66 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 88 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 265 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 231 on The Wedding Biz

 

Episode 325 THE NEXT LEVEL: VALERIE GERNHAUSER discusses MATTHEW MYHRUM, Event Visualization & Communicating Design

Andy welcomes Valerie Gernhauser back to The Next Level. Valerie is the Owner, Planner, and Designer with Sapphire Events working worldwide out of New Orleans. Listen as they discuss Matthew Myhrum’s definition of what he does and the events Valerie has worked on with Matthew, plus much more.

Matthew is the Founder of Matthew Myhrum Event Visualization, where they provide concept renderings, design drawings, and production design services for event professionals. Matthew shares that they essentially communicate design not only for his clients who are event planners and designers but also to be able to sell their concepts to their clients more effectively and help them with their design process in telling a story.

Listen, as Valerie shares that for her, design isn’t just decor; it involves constant innovation, and hiring Matthew allows her to show her clients exactly what the design will look like. Valerie tells a story of a wedding she worked on with Matthew to create a 360-degree presentation with a virtual reality headset and the reaction she got from her clients.

Valerie discusses the small nuances and details that Matthew puts in his presentation and how these elevate the level of reality for the client. Valerie also speaks about the importance of lighting and how it can be manipulated in Matthew’s presentation to create the look that will be achieved with her design. Valerie believes that in time Matthew will figure out how to add taste and smell to his presentations to elevate the client’s experience.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? 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.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [00:56] Welcome back to the show, Valerie!
  • [02:44] Valerie speaks about how Matthew defines what it is he does.
  • [04:30] Valerie shares that design isn’t just decor for her, and it involves constant innovation.
  • [05:25] What percentage of time do you hire someone like Matthew?
  • [06:32] Valerie discusses how she works and how she does nothing unless she is under contract.
  • [08:54] Valerie shares about working with Matthew using a VR headset so the client can visualize the experience.
  • [11:54] Valerie discusses setting up the presentation for the clients.
  • [14:03] Valerie speaks about the things you can design to set the ambiance and how lighting is an integral part.
  • [15:31] Andy shares the details that can be put in these interactive presentations.
  • [16:33] Valerie talks about how Matthew nails the little nuances that elevate the level of reality in his visual presentations.
  • [17:31] Thank you so much for helping today!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Valerie Gernhauser – Owner, Planner, Designer with Sapphire Events

Sapphire Events

Valerie Gernhauser Episode 19 on The Wedding Biz

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Matthew Myhrum Event Visualization

Unreal Engine

@matthew.myhrum

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@mmyhrum

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Episode 324 MATTHEW MYHRUM/Rendering Artist – Event Visualization & Communicating Design

“Design is about making things either work properly or better and to bring purpose and direction to chaos.” Listen as Andy and his guest Matthew Myhrum discuss his company, what they do, and how he got interested in creative visualization. Matthew also speaks about his background in set and video design for theater and working with Preston Bailey, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Matthew is the Founder of Matthew Myhrum Event Visualization, where they provide concept renderings, design drawings, and production design services for event professionals. Matthew shares that they essentially communicate design not only for his clients who are event planners and designers but also to be able to sell their concepts to their clients more effectively and help them with their design process in telling a story.

Listen, as Matthew, his process from the first meeting with the designer to the actual event, and the benefit designers get from hiring him to do renderings of the events. Matthew believes that everyone should have the ability to take risks creatively, but it’s important to have a way to test that risk properly.

Matthew shares how the technology behind video games allows him to show the same detail, pick and choose backgrounds, add people, and change the lighting on his presentations to understand better what the event will look like. Technology is changing, and Matthew believes that he has to use all the tools available to stay competitive and keep his business growing.

Do you need some tips on handling stress during this crazy year? Andy has put together a list of the top ten tips for dealing with stress, which he has compiled from interviews with icons of the wedding and event industry. If you would like a copy, go to www.theweddingbiz.com/toptips.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. You will also discover more about the man behind the magic as Preston reveals how his focus on personal growth has been the root of his professional success. You will have the opportunity for him to answer your questions along the way, plus Preston will invite to the show many of the star celebrities he has worked with in the past. Check out The Wedding Biz Network for Preston’s new show and Sean Low’s show, The Business of Being Creative. See you there.

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:06] Welcome to the show, Matthew!

[02:20] Matthew describes what he does in the most abstract of terms.

[04:14] Matthew discusses training as a set designer and video designer for theater.

[06:42] Matthew speaks about working with Preston Bailey and what he learned.

[08:25] “Design is the point at which order and chaos sit down and have a cup of coffee.” 

[11:19] Matthew believes that there needs to be as many people as possible with the intent to figure out how something can be different and better.

[12:15] Matthew describes his process from the first meeting with a designer to the final product.

[14:01] When it comes down to logistics, Matthew is there asking for all the puzzle pieces so he can assemble them.

[17:30] Matthew shares the designer’s benefit for him to show them what their idea looks like.

[21:03] Matthew believes that everyone should be able to take creative risks, but you should also have a way to test that creative risk properly.

[22:22] What kind of immersive element can you show with your renderings?

[25:20] Matthew discusses how lighting can create a moment of magic during an event.

[27:58] Matthew shares about the virtual concerts, virtual and extended reality worlds Fortnite has created.

[30:50] Matthew speaks about the Unreal Engine by the creators of Fortnite.

[32:20] Matthew explains how this technology is helping him when he presents to clients.

[35:29] Being able, in a rendering, to switch things around in the space is much more visually intuitive.

[39:48] Matthew talks about how the things that are possible in a video game are now possible to do with presentations.

[42:33] Matthew believes that technology is always changing, and it’s necessary to know how to use these tools to stay competitive.

[44:25] Always think more about the experience you want to create, not about how you go about getting it. 

[45:19] Thank you for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Matthew:

Matthew Myhrum Event Visualization

Unreal Engine

@matthew.myhrum

Facebook

@mmyhrum

Instagram | Twitter 

 

Videos

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment 

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Mentioned:

Preston Bailey Episode 66 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 88 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 265 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 321 on The Wedding Biz

Sean Low Episode 41 on The Wedding Biz

Sean Low Episode 248 on The Wedding Biz

 

Episode 323 THE NEXT LEVEL: SEAN LOW discusses MARIANNE BENNETT, Scoring Music To Tell A Story

Andy welcomes Sean Low back to the show. Sean is the owner of the consulting firm The Business of Being Creative, which focuses on providing practical advice to those in the business of being creative. He also has a podcast on The Wedding Biz Network called The Business of Being Creative. Listen as they discuss Marianne Bennett, the Founder and CEO of Element Music, a highly successful music and entertainment company in the event industry out of New York City.

Sean speaks about Marianne’s understanding of the difference between “custom” and “personal,” her storytelling abilities, and how she takes a client’s story and gives it back after adding her vision. Sean loves the fact that Marianne states that it isn’t just about enjoying the entertainment; it’s about the experience.

Marianne believes that you have to be creative with your company’s business side, and Sean agrees 100% with her view on combining the business and creative aspects to keep the company balanced. Marianne says you can love business and still be a great creative.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s other podcast, The Music Makers. It’s behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for that term in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:16] Welcome back to the show, Sean!
  • [03:05] Sean speaks about Marianne’s understanding of the difference between custom and personal.
  • [05:29] Sean says that Marianne is a storyteller, and her job is to take that story and give it back through her vision.
  • [08:41] Sean loves the fact that it’s not just about enjoying the entertainment; it’s about the experience.
  • [11:28] Sean discusses Marianne’s views on being creative in the business of your company.
  • [14:27] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Sean Low, Founder and President of The Business of Being Creative LLC.

Sean Low Episode 41 on The Wedding Biz

Sean Low Episode 248 on The Wedding Biz

The Business of Being Creative LLC

Email Sean: sean@thebusinessofbeingcreative.com

Sean:@seanlow1

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Find Marianne:

Element Music

@elementmusicnyc

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by PartySlate – the first website designed specifically for event professionals and venues!