Episode 398 HUGH HOWSER: Incorporating a Sense of Humor and a Sixth Sense

Hugh Howser, Director of Creative at H Three Events, joins Andy today to talk about his career as a wedding planner thus far. Hugh is Nashville’s go-to expert for events and weddings for A-list celebrities such as actress Nicole Kidman and country superstars Wynonna, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, George Strait, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, and more. He has been featured across the country on CMT, ABC, People, InStyle, USA Today, and Brides, offering his unique, fun approach as a lifestyle expert with his trademark style and sense of humor.

Hugh reflects a bit on his childhood and some of his earliest memories, such as how his grandmother loved to throw parties and how that affected him. He reveals his initial plans when going to college and how he made the big jump from pharmaceuticals to event planning. He also walks us through the usual process that he has with his clients, sharing that he feels that he has a sixth sense which allows him to envision what someone’s wedding is going to look like after talking with them for only fifteen minutes or so!

He also touches upon challenges that he has had to overcome in the industry, especially with the weather being unpredictable in Tennessee, and how he overcame them, crediting his sense of humor being the key to his success in overcoming them. He also expresses his gratitude toward his business partner Kate Steele for handling the business side of the company, highlighting how their partnership works and how each of their hats aren’t ever exchanged. Hugh even briefly touches upon his side gig as a stand-up comedian!

Andy loves Hugh’s work and had a blast taking some time with Hugh to unpack some of what he does in the industry. He really hopes that you enjoy listening to the conversation as much as he enjoyed conducting it. Be sure to visit Hugh’s website and his social media platforms, and also be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might benefit from and/or enjoy it and to leave a top review of the podcast wherever you listen!

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.

 

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Time Stamps

[0:36] – Andy reveals that this episode’s guest is Hugh Howser.

[1:26] – Hugh discusses how he knows Mark Wright.

[3:18] – Hugh reflects on his grandmother and how she loved to throw parties.

[6:21] – Hugh talks about how his career path switched from pharmaceuticals to event planning.

[8:06] – We learn about Hugh’s general process with his clients.

[9:05] – Hugh highlights what he believes the secret of the business is.

[10:53] – Hugh describes what his favorite kind of wedding is to plan.

[13:44] – Hugh shares with us where he gets his sparks of inspiration.

[16:36] – Andy and Hugh talk about the weddings that Hugh has done for celebrities.

[17:28] – Hugh gives examples of challenges, especially regarding weather, that he has had to overcome.

[20:08] – Hugh expresses gratitude to his business partner Kate Steele for handling the bills.

[20:42] – We learn more about the dynamic that Hugh has with Kate.

[22:11] – Hugh reveals how he started his company.

[25:05] – We discover what the hardest part of Hugh’s job is right now.

[28:07] – Hugh projects toward the future and what’s next on the horizon.

[29:09] – Hugh details his role as a comedian and what his content tends to be.

[31:12] – Andy tells us where we can find Hugh online.

 

RESOURCES

The Music Makers Episode 39 Mark Wright: Hit Producer & Songwriter
Kate Steele’s Instagram Page


Find Hugh:

H Three Events – Website

H Three Events – Instagram Page
Hugh’s Instagram Page

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 397 ANNIE LEE: Overcoming Challenges as the Daughter of Design

Annie Lee, the principal planner of Daughter of Design, joins Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz to reflect on her career and her accomplishments, of which there are many! In addition to being the principal planner of Daughter of Design, Annie is the author of Learn to Speak Wedding: Flashcards for Beginners and the founder of Plannie, a global platform to hire an event planner by the hour. Daughter of Design has been named as a top planner by Harper’s Bazaar, The Knot, Martha Stewart, Brides, and PartySlate, and Annie has come to be known by various names such as “The Wedding Doctor” by Refinery29, “Party Planner” by New York Magazine, “Celebrity Entertaining Expert” by People Magazine, and more! She even has the honor of being named one of only five Women of Style by Modern Luxury Miami!

Annie actually started her career in marketing by interning with San Francisco Opera, and she enthusiastically reveals that that is where her love for events comes from. Her family also does interior design, so she grew up around design which she later married to her love for events. She walks us through her story and how she came to found Daughter of Design, highlighting some of her favorite moments of her career so far and describing her signature style. She also talks about how her major in History plays a role in her event designing career and her attention to detail.

Touching upon her business having plummeted a bit back in 2016, Annie also addresses a lot of the challenges that she has faced over the course of her career so far and the life lessons that resulted from them. She talks about several changes that she has had to put in place over the years and how she thrives on growth and evolution. Andy had such a great time talking with Annie and really appreciates her time, and he hopes that you enjoy listening to the conversation. Be sure to visit Annie’s website and her social media platforms, and also be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might benefit from and/or enjoy it and to leave a top review of the podcast wherever you listen!

Andy would also like to encourage you to check out a special offer from Annie’s company Plannie to industry professionals looking for a day-of producer for their events! Receive the first hour free, and anyone looking to connect with a planner for hourly consultations receives a 25% discount on the first three hours! Plannie is particularly useful with destination event local help! Just be sure to mention 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.

 

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Time Stamps

[0:40] – Andy announces Annie Lee of Daughter of Design as this episode’s guest.

[2:01] – Annie reflects on where her love for events comes from.

[4:25] – Annie reveals why she moved to New York City.

[6:35] – We learn about one of Annie’s favorite moments from her career.

[8:23] – Annie details how she started full-time in 2008 during an economic recession.

[10:38] – Learn how Annie’s background in History benefited her during the 2008 recession.

[13:33] – Annie walks us through her typical process with her clients.

[17:52] – Annie identifies managing clients’ expectations as the most challenging part of her job.

[20:48] – Annie comments on the life lessons that she learns from challenges.

[22:52] – Annie tells us about having lost a lot of business several years ago and makes guesses as to why.

[24:15] – We discover how Annie overcame her business suffering a bit a few years ago.

[27:24] – Annie argues that most wedding planners are not compensated fairly.

[28:52] – Learn why Annie only charges hourly now.

[31:35] – Annie addresses using Maroo.

[34:22] – Andy and Annie discuss planners and clients sharing responsibility when an event needs to be canceled.

[37:14] – Annie asserts that evolving and changing is a necessity for her.

[39:26] – Learn where to find Annie online.

 

RESOURCES

Ischia Wedding on a 270 Foot Yacht Video
Halloween Wedding at Angel Orensanz, NY Video
Lake Como Wedding at Villa del Balbianello Video
Maroo – Website
Maroo – Instagram Page
The Wedding Biz Episode 351 REVISIT: DAVID BEAHM: Risk & Synchronicity


Find Annie:

Daughter of Design – Website
Daughter of Design – Instagram Page
Plannie – Website
Plannie – Instagram Page
Speak Wedding: Flashcards for Beginners
Speak Wedding – Instagram Page

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 396 TOM KEHOE: How a Driving Gig Became a Designing Empire

Andy welcomes you to join him in this episode of The Wedding Biz as he interviews Tom Kehoe, the C.E.O. of Kehoe Designs! Kehoe Designs is a full-service event design and decor company specializing in social and corporate events including but not limited to private parties, luxury weddings, fundraisers, trade shows, product launches, festivals, and retail grand openings. Tom is also the owner of the events venue The Geraghty and BlackOak Technical Productions, and he was awarded top 50 event designers by BizBash in 2019 (along with other recognitions)!

Tom shares his story with Andy, revealing that he was only sixteen years old when he started working in floral, initially as a driver for a flower shop and then eventually in the store itself. He then, a couple of years later, attended Florida International University where he double majored in Business and Hospitality Management, initially believing that he wanted to own a hotel. Soon after graduating, however, life took an unexpected turn when he was offered the shop where he worked as a teenager! That shop ultimately took the form of the empire that he has now, and the rest is history!

Tom walks us through the process that tends to go down between him and his wedding clientele, describing the process as a fun one which he considers key. He also shares some memorable events that he has designed for, including one in which he used projected lighting to make Lake Michigan appear to change color! He shares how he handles stress and anxiety and how he balances the creative side of his job with the business side of his job, and he also enthusiastically reveals that he loves constant change and that that is how he stays relevant in an industry that changes every day.

Tom had actually never been interviewed on any podcast prior to this one, so Andy is so thankful that he took the time to have a guest spot on The Wedding Biz and chat with him. He is also appreciative of Julie Novack, C.E.O. of PartySlate, for referring Andy to Tom. Be sure to visit Tom’s website and his social media platforms, and also be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might benefit from and/or enjoy it and to leave a top review of the podcast wherever you listen!

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

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Time Stamps

[0:42] – Today’s guest is revealed to be Tom Kehoe of Kehoe Designs.

[1:50] – We discover that Tom started his floral career when he was only sixteen years old!

[4:17] – Tom reveals that when he went to college, he thought that he wanted to own a hotel.

[5:02] – We learn how Tom came to buy out the flower shop where he worked as a teenager.

[6:53] – Tom discloses that he has never had any partners but has a great team.

[9:13] – Tom walks us through the usual process with his wedding clientele.

[11:27] – We hear Tom expound upon when his visions for design tend to come to him.

[14:32] – Tom shares a story of a favorite wedding event.

[17:12] – Tom details an event where colored lighting was projected onto Lake Michigan.

[19:36] – We discover whether or not Tom handles galas differently than he does weddings.

[22:35] – Tom discusses fear and anxiety around what he does.

[24:32] – Tom gives a recent example of a challenge that he had to overcome.

[27:53] – We are told how Tom handles the challenge of balancing creativity with business.

[30:04] – Andy and Tom discuss how eye-opening it is to track the time and the money that goes into the job.

[32:01] – Tom reveals that his love for change is how he stays relevant.

[35:03] – Learn where to reach out to Tom!

 

RESOURCES

The Wedding Biz Episode 121 JULIE NOVACK: PartySlate & Building A Venture-Capital Backed Business

The Wedding Biz Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

PartySlate – Website


Find Tom:

Kehoe Designs – Website
Kehoe Designs – Facebook Page
Kehoe Designs – Twitter Page
Kehoe Designs – Instagram Page
Kehoe Designs – Pinterest Profile
Kehoe Designs – YouTube Channel
The Geraghty – Website
BlackOak Technical Productions – Website
Floral Exhibits
The image of Tom is from photographers: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 395 ROBIN AND JEFFREY SELDEN: Continuing a Legacy

Welcome to 2022! Kicking off the new year is a great interview with not one but two guests – siblings Robin Selden and Jeffrey Selden of Marcia Selden Catering, with Robin a managing partner and the executive chef and Jeffrey a managing director and managing partner. With offices in Connecticut and New York City, Marcia Selden Catering holds the esteemed honor of being the first ever catering company to be inducted into the Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame, and they were also named to The Knot Weddings Hall of Fame and best caterer and best of the Gold Coast by Moffly Media. Robin and Jeffrey were also both named two of the 100 most inspiring people in the wedding industry by The Knot and have also been the recipients of various other prestigious recognitions!

Robin and Jeffrey are siblings, the children of the founder of the company, Marcia Selden, and they both reflect on what that was like growing up. They elaborate upon how they each ended up deciding to join the family business and what distinguishes them from other companies in the industry. They also discuss various other aspects of the business such as how they handle stress and anxiety, how they market themselves via social media platforms, how they manage to stay relevant, what their hopes and objectives are for the future, and so much more!

Andy has run into Robin and Jeffrey on various occasions so is very appreciative of this conversation that he was able to have with them to get to know them a little bit better. Be sure to visit Marcia Selden Catering’s website and social media handles, and until the next episode of The Wedding Biz, please be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might also benefit from and/or enjoy it, and leave a review of the podcast wherever you listen!

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.

 

SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ

Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!

 

Time Stamps

[0:47] – Today’s guests are revealed to be Robin Selden and Jeffrey Selden of Marcia Selden Catering.

[2:10] – Jeffrey reflects on their childhood and what it was like having Marcia Selden as their mother.

[3:15] – Robin discusses her mother having been a role model for her.

[5:08] – Robin shares when she knew that she wanted to go into this industry.

[6:49] – We learn that Jeffrey knew that he wanted to go into this industry at a very young age.

[9:07] – Robin outlines the process that they go through with clients.

[12:20] – Robin stresses the importance of their clientele getting to know them.

[15:15] – We learn more about Robin’s and Jeffrey’s social media platforms.

[17:58] – Jeffrey shares a story that is especially memorable for him.

[20:49] – Robin offers her own insight on memorable experiences with Marcia Selden Catering.

[21:36] – Robin comments upon how she and Jeffrey handle stress and anxiety.

[24:22] – We discover how Robin and Jeffrey were able to build on what their mother established.

[26:28] – Jeffrey shares insight regarding how they have stayed relevant in this industry.

[28:52] – Robin shares how she believes their company has stayed relevant.

[30:54] – Jeffrey discusses research and development.

[32:53] – We learn that Robin loves being challenged by their clients.

[33:45] – Jeffrey reveals his goals and hopes for the future.

[36:22] – Andy reveals where we can find Robin and Jeffrey online.

 

Find Robin and Jeffrey:

Marcia Selden Catering – Website
Marcia Selden Catering – Facebook Page
Marcia Selden Catering – Instagram Page
Robin’s Instagram Page
Jeffrey’s Instagram Page

 

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The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 394 REVISIT: Chef Roy Yamaguchi- Cuisine, Culture & Community

On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii.

Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future.

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