Episode 426 DAVID STARK: How Innovation Comes Out of Constraints

Frequent guest David Stark comes back to the podcast today! David is a renowned event producer and designer based out of New York City, and his team creates events worldwide for weddings, entertainment, fashion, publishing, arts, media, and more! Some of his high-profile clients and events include Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, Saturday Night Live’s fortieth anniversary, Louis Vuitton, and fundraising galas for the country’s most elite. David also has several published books including his most recent, titled At the Artisan’s Table, and has been a guest expert on many television shows and has even been featured numerous times in various major publications.

The last time that David was on the show was in April 2020, just a month after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, so he discusses how the pandemic has impacted him over the last two years. He reveals that he has learned a lot about flexibility because of the pandemic, declaring that innovation comes out of constraints. He also likens creating an event to directing a play and points out how both have similar approaches, and he and Andy also talk about David’s new book, problem-solving, conquering burnout, how David did some unwinding on a recent vacation, and so much more!

Andy always really enjoys catching up with David and is appreciative of his time. He would love it if you would share this episode of the podcast with a few people you know who might also enjoy it and would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you never miss a new episode! Be sure to also leave a top review wherever you listen because that really helps out the show and helps people find it!

 

This episode is sponsored by Zola, the fastest-growing wedding platform that connects today’s couples with the right vendors. Zola gives wedding vendors more control, better exposure, and higher quality leads — all with competitive pricing and no annual commitment. Create your free listing at www.zola.com/andy.

 

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

[0:00] – Today’s sponsor is Zola.

[0:47] – Andy is looking forward to going back to New York City.

[1:20] Returning guest David Stark is today’s guest.

[2:27] – David has a new book coming out in October!

[3:04] – David describes At the Artisan’s Table.

[6:10] – David touches upon how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected him.

[8:25] – David argues that warmth and closeness have come out of the pandemic.

[10:39] – We have developed innovations because of the pandemic, David points out.

[14:08] – David reflects on his work with the Robin Hood Foundation.

[17:40] – David reveals an important lesson he learned from his education.

[18:53] – Andy shifts the conversation toward burnout.

[21:43] – Has David recently changed his prices?

[22:44] – Learn about David’s recent vacation.

[25:30] – David loves New York City.

[27:48] – Andy shares David’s contact information with us.

 

RESOURCES

David’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz

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

Episode 425 JACK EZON: Navigating Today’s Travel Market

Jack Ezon, C.E.O. and managing partner of EMBARK Beyond, returns to the podcast to talk with Andy about where he is today in the travel industry. Embark Beyond is a luxury lifestyle partnership that specializes in bespoke travel experiences. They have the ability to access royal palaces, private homes, luxury yachts, global landmarks, and more, and they negotiate hotel, air, and other components related to travel. EMBARK Beyond ultimately acts as a full concierge service to develop the perfect itinerary in the world’s most sought-after destinations.

Jack reflects on the travel industry and its current status right now with COVID-19 still being a problem. He gives some helpful tips and advice such as to be sure to buy travel insurance and to ship luggage rather than travel with it in anticipation of something possibly going wrong. He also talks about the importance of emotional impact when it comes to clients’ trips and how loyal customers are drawn toward heart, not money, gives an example of a recent wedding that involved emotional impact, and so much more!

This conversation is chock full of great advice in such a brief period of time, and Andy, as always, had a great time chatting with Jack! He would really appreciate it if you would share this episode of the podcast with a few people you know who might also enjoy it! Andy would also be grateful if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already and to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!

 

This episode is sponsored by Zola, the fastest-growing wedding platform that connects today’s couples with the right vendors. Zola gives wedding vendors more control, better exposure, and higher quality leads — all with competitive pricing and no annual commitment. Create your free listing at www.zola.com/andy.

 

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

[0:00]Zola is this episode’s sponsor.

[0:48] – Andy just got back from a trip to Park City, Utah and then Colorado.

[1:27] – We learn that today’s guest is Jack Ezon of EMBARK Beyond.

[2:42] – Jack offers his opinion on the overall status of travel right now.

[3:46] – We are advised to buy flight insurance.

[5:33] – Jack encourages travelers to go to unexpected places.

[7:06] – Jack discusses the importance of emotional impact.

[8:28] – Learn about current trends in the travel industry.

[11:22] – Jack argues that there has never been a better time to be in this industry.

[12:54] – Jack reflects on failures and risks over the last year.

[14:49] – Hear a story about a recent wedding that involved emotional impact.

[16:09] – Jack touches upon how planners can best use Embark Beyond’s resources.

[17:47] – Andy shares where we can find EMBARK Beyond online.

 

RESOURCES

The Wedding Biz – Episode 379 JACK EZON: Bespoke Travel & A Risk-Taking Entrepreneur

 

Find Jack:

EMBARK Beyond – Website
EMBARK Beyond – Instagram Page
EMBARK Beyond – Facebook Page

 

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

Episode 424 CARRIE GOLDBERG/CLG Creative: Fashion Styling and Creative Consulting

Regular and longtime listeners of the podcast will likely recognize today’s guest’s voice as she has been on the show before! Carrie Goldberg is the founder and creative director of CLG Creative, a fashion styling and creative consulting firm which caters to personal and corporate clients all over the globe! Carrie channels her multifaceted background in editing, art direction, and creative direction from her experience as the weddings and travel director at Harper’s Bazaar, and before holding that position, she was the senior fashion editor at Martha Stewart Weddings. CLG Creative’s body of work is even further elevated by a top-level team of stylists whose experience spans the realms of fashion, men’s wear, accessories, fine jewelry, interior design, e-commerce, travel, and more!

Carrie talks about the personal difficulties that she endured in 2021 and what she learned from getting through them. She describes her team, reveals her biggest challenge with the company right now, discusses her styling process, makes a point regarding how style affects the guest experience and what makes CLG Creative unique in what they offer, and so much more!

As always, Andy really enjoyed his time talking with Carrie! They cover so much ground in a small amount of time, and he looks forward to talking to her again in the future! In the meantime, be sure to continue tuning in to The Wedding Biz because more great, compelling interviews are on the way! If you enjoyed this interview with Carrie, be sure to spread the word by sharing it with at least three good friends who would also enjoy it! Andy would also really appreciate it if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you are notified right away when new episodes drop and if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!

 

Since you’re listening to this podcast, it’s obvious that you want to find new ways to improve your wedding business. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Book More Weddings Summit!

During this online conference, which is free if you mention my name, you’ll learn how to more easily book more weddings by hearing from over twenty industry experts. The host of this event is previous podcast guest Heidi Thompson, and she always pulls together a great speaker roster!

Attract your dream clients, stand out from the competition, and make more money without working more hours! Find out more about the next Book More Weddings Summit free online conference by typing in bookmoreweddingssummit.com/andy!

 

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 episode is sponsored by Book More Weddings Summit!

[1:09] – We learn that today’s guest is Carrie Goldberg of CLG Creative!

[2:08] – Carrie talks about her recent trip to Paris.

[4:20] – Carrie reflects on the personal challenges that she had to overcome in 2021.

[7:17] – Carrie emphasizes how important it is to be grateful for what we have.

[8:37] – Learn about the transition that Carrie made to running CLG Creative full-time.

[9:27] – Carrie describes her team at CLG Creative.

[10:52] – What is Carrie’s biggest challenge right now?

[12:07] – Carrie explains how she balances creativity with business.

[14:35] – Carrie argues that business is creativity.

[15:52] – Carrie discusses her styling process.

[18:52] – Does Carrie ever meet prospective clients for whom she isn’t a good fit?

[20:20] – Carrie touches upon how style affects the guest experience.

[22:04] – Carrie dives into the dos and don’ts of hair and makeup.

[24:14] – How does Carrie bring in her background as an art director?

[26:29] – We receive advice on how to be of better service to clients.

[28:36] – Carrie elaborates on how to find a stylist.

[30:38] – Andy reveals where we can find Carrie online.

 

RESOURCES

bookmoreweddingsummit.com/andy

Carrie’s Previous Guest Spots on The Wedding Biz


Episodes of The Wedding Biz Mentioned:

Episode 84 Bryan Rafanelli: REVISIT – Telling Clients’ Stories Through Event Design
Episode 111 REVISIT: David Stark: Creativity in Design, Creativity in Business
Episode 184 MARCY BLUM, A Pioneer of the Experiential Approach to Event Planning
Episode 208 MICAELA ERLANGER/Celebrity Stylist: Bringing Styling Into The Spotlight
Episode 383 REVISIT: Mindy Weiss – Setting the Standard

 

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Carrie’s Website
Carrie’s Instagram Page


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Episode 423 JEANNIE YOUNG SAVAGE: From Hotel Management to Details Details

Andy’s guest today is Jeannie Young Savage, president of Details Details Weddings and Events. Details Details is a premier full-service event planning and design company which specializes in distinctive weddings, lavish events, and corporate functions. Prior to launching the company nearly twenty years ago, Jeannie was the general manager of several full-service hotels including managing 200 employees and dealing with over forty vendors! Details Details has also been featured in numerous publications such as People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, the Say Yes to the Dress television show, and more!

Jeannie reflects on her younger years and when she developed a passion for crafting and designing. She also talks about her time as a general manager for hotels and what she learned from that experience especially as an Asian woman, how she became a mother right around the same time that she started her company, what her typical process is with clients, how she develops her creativity, what her pricing philosophy is like, how she approaches social media, what she hopes for in the future, and so much more!

Andy really appreciates Jeannie for her time and really enjoyed talking with her! He hopes that you enjoy listening as much as he enjoyed conducting the interview and would appreciate it if you would share this interview with a few people you know who might also enjoy it! Andy would also really appreciate it if you were to subscribe to the podcast if you aren’t already so that you immediately find out when new episodes drop and if you were to leave a top review wherever you listen! That really helps out the show and helps people find it!

 

Since you’re listening to this podcast, it’s obvious that you want to find new ways to improve your wedding business. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Book More Weddings Summit!

During this online conference, which is free if you mention my name, you’ll learn how to more easily book more weddings by hearing from over twenty industry experts. The host of this event is previous podcast guest Heidi Thompson, and she always pulls together a great speaker roster!

Attract your dream clients, stand out from the competition, and make more money without working more hours! Find out more about the next Book More Weddings Summit free online conference by typing in bookmoreweddingssummit.com/andy!

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 episode is sponsored by Book More Weddings Summit!

[1:12] – Andy reveals today’s guest to be Jeannie Young Savage of Details Details.

[2:12] – Jeannie reflects on when she developed a passion for this field.

[3:48] – Jeannie talks about her time as general manager of hotels.

[4:45] – Learn about Jeannie’s experience as an Asian woman managing hotels.

[7:32] – Jeannie discusses having become a mother when she started her company.

[9:47] – Jeannie talks about why she lost the work/life balance at one point.

[12:43] – Andy brings in his own experience with his music business.

[14:00] – Jeannie walks us through her process with her clients.

[16:16] – Discover how Jeannie gets the information that she needs from her clients.

[16:58] – Jeannie touches upon how her creative process unfolds.

[19:58] – Hear about some of the celebrity weddings that Jeannie has done.

[22:48] – Jeannie reveals if she feels more pressure when she handles celebrity weddings.

[24:25] – Jeannie explains how she handles the business side of things.

[26:50] – Jeannie guesses that most people in her field are solo planners.

[28:17] – What is Jeannie’s pricing philosophy?

[29:30] – Jeannie elaborates upon her social media strategy.

[32:38] – Jeannie enthuses over how far she has come.

[35:05] – How does Jeannie define success?

[36:49] – Hear where to find Jeannie online.

 

RESOURCES

bookmoreweddingsummit.com/andy

 

Find Jeannie:

Details Details – Website
Details Details – Pinterest Page
Details Details – Facebook Page
Jeannie’s Instagram Page
Jeannie’s Twitter Page


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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & Book More Weddings Summit.

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Episode 422 REVISIT: Rishi Patel – CEO of HMR Designs

Since you’re listening to this podcast, it’s obvious that you want to find new ways to improve your wedding business. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Book More Weddings Summit!
During this online conference, which is free if you mention my name, you’ll learn how to more easily book more weddings by hearing from over 20 industry experts. The host of this event is previous podcast guest Heidi Thompson and she always pulls together a great speaker roster!
Attract your dream clients, stand out from the competition, and make more money without working more hours and find out more about the next Book More Weddings Summit free online conference by typing in bookmoreweddingssummit.com/andy

“Luxury does not come without service. Service is luxury.” Today, CEO of HMR Designs, Rishi Patel, talks about how service and luxury work cohesively to create astonishing events and a mutually fulfilling experience for the client and their designers.

In this episode, Andy and Rishi focus on establishing connections, finding your position in life and in your career, and how to showcase your work. Join this week’s lighthearted and educational conversation on The Wedding Biz for tips on how you can catapult your career.

Show Highlights:
  • What makes service a luxury
  • Making the process a fulfilling and luxurious experience
  • What manifested and directed Rishi to find his passion
  • Finding yourself and being revitalized by traveling
  • The eye-opening experiences and inspiration that accompanies traveling
  • How networking can direct and impact the course of your career
  • Using social media to grow and benefit your business
  • Showcasing and marketing your work with social media
  • Creating an environment that evokes gratification
  • The art and benefit of using unconventional material
  • What the general process of creating an event looks like
  • The challenges of narrowing down taste
  • Manifesting clients’ specific ideas to fulfill their vision
  • Telling a story with every event
  • How Rishi fast-tracked his position in the company
  • The importance of having clear responsibilities in a company
  • Understanding the components and logistics that go behind managing a business
  • The importance of only committing to work that brings you fulfillment
  • Setting boundaries between work and personal life
  • Biggest changes within the event industry over recent years
  • How social media has brought more transparency and exposure to the event industry
  • Staying fresh and interesting
  • Experiences that keep Rishi grounded in his work
  • Following your heart and finding a way to make a living doing what you love

HMR DESIGN LINKS
Website: hmrdesigns.com
Instagram: @hmrdesigns
Rishi’s Instagram: @rishithedesigner
Facebook: @hmrdesignschicago
Twitter: @HMR_Designs


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