Episode 270 MICHAEL UNCAPHER discusses LISA VORCE- The Intangible Soul Of An Event

 

Listen as Andy Kushner and Michael Uncapher discuss Lisa’s winding road to the event industry, how she taps into the “intangible soul” for an event, how important she feels lighting is to any event, plus much more on this episode of The Next Level.

Michael is the Co-Owner and Managing Director with Mark’s Garden out of Los Angeles. Mark’s Garden has crafted floral designs for the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball for the past twenty-six years, plus television Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, top-level civic events and a long list of celebrity weddings including Pink, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson to name a few. 

Lisa is a world-renown celebrity event planner, receiving accolades from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, BizBash, Martha Stewart, and many more. She planned events for Kobe Bryant and produced some of the most iconic celebrations, including the weddings of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. 

Listen, as Andy and Michael chat about Lisa’s unique perspective on finding the intangible soul of an event, how important lighting is for an event, and Lisa’s preference for natural light. Michael shares how important Instagram is for showcasing your work and why he sometimes takes the unique approach of taking a picture with his phone at an event to see how his creations will look on Instagram, what a great idea!

Also, Andy has launched a new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, in which he produces podcasts for other people in the event industry, with Sean Low being its first member. Sean’s show, The Business Of Being Creative, comes out every Tuesday and stay tuned for more new show announcements coming soon.

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

  • [01:22] Welcome back to the show, Michael!
  • [03:20] Michael shares his background and how he got into the event industry.
  • [04:39] Michael speaks about how hard it can be for a florist to find the “intangible soul” as Lisa does.
  • [06:50] Michael agrees with Lisa on how important lighting is for an event.
  • [08:03] Natural light, which looks most like candlelight, is the look Lisa likes most.
  • [09:07] Have you ever had an instance when you have shown up to an event, and the lighting wasn’t what you would have wanted for your floral designs?
  • [11:04] Michael speaks about how important it is to use Instagram to showcase your designs.
  • [13:00] Michael discusses the fact that Lisa designs websites for her clients’ destination weddings.
  • [14:09] Lisa and her team feel like they know the guests before they get there because they are interacting with them through the website.
  • [15:41] Michael, thank you so much for being on the show! 

 

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Lisa Vorce

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This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Michael Uncapher, Co-Owner and Managing Director of Mark’s Garden

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Episode 267 A Conversation With: Colin Cowie

I recently started a series, coming out from time to time called “A Conversation With,” which will feature general conversations with a variety of previous and new guests. Today’s conversation is with Colin Cowie, who has been on the show two previous times: Part 1 was episode #128 and Part 2 was #135. I urge you to check them out as they were both absolutely engaging interviews.

Colin was my first entre into the luxe wedding market, with Kushner Entertainment when he hired myself and one of my bands, SoundConnection, to perform for two of his major wedding clients. Those two experiences, with Colin, taught me the true meaning of luxury and I will forever be grateful to him for such invaluable lessons.

In today’s release, Colin talks about what a typical day is like now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what he has learned about himself. He also talks about how his brand is diversified, working in hospitality outside of the event business, having launched a new division of his event planning and design business.

Colin is currently working on his 11th book, which he tells us all about, as well as a television program of which he will give details another time. Colin also talks about how he is staying connected with future clients and how he’s dealing with his team during this difficult time. We also discuss what the event industry will look like, in the future, and his suggestion for couples whose weddings have had to be postponed. Colin addresses how he’ll run his event business, moving forward, and defines what true luxury is all about.

This is not a conversation to be missed!

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Episode 264 THE NEXT LEVEL: JOHN EMMANUEL discusses DIANE KHOURY, Australia’s Premier Event Planner & Designer

“Diane has impeccable taste and style, she is a style queen” Andy and John Emmanuel discuss Diane’s social media following, and why she believes the more genuine you are on your feed, the more prospective clients will understand your style and who you are as a designer. John is Australia’s premier floral designer who appeared on The Wedding Biz in January, find the link to his episode here

Diane Khoury is a Sydney-based event planner, with over 360,000 Instagram followers. Diane Khoury Weddings and Events has been credited for revolutionizing the planning, styling, and concept design of luxury weddings and events in and out of Australia. With her financial background, she can meld the creative and business sides of her company to create a uniquely successful business.

John handles the floral design for most of Diane’s events, and really has to understand what she wants so he can make it happen. Listen as they speak about the imagery she described from a christening she did in Lebanon, and how special she made her son’s virtual birthday party by sending all the kids gift bags with props for the party to their houses.

Diane has been in the industry for a relatively brief time to have achieved all that she has accomplished. She is an example of what you can do with hard work, determination, and the guts to take a chance. 

Also, Andy is announcing the official launch of his new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, in which he will produce podcasts for other people in the event industry, with Sean Low being its first member. Sean’s show now comes out every Tuesday and stay tuned for more new show announcements coming soon.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:55] Welcome back to the show, John!
  • [03:25] John agrees with Diane that with the pandemic, everyone needs to look at the positive.
  • [03:52] They speak about the virtual birthday party that Diane threw for her son.
  • [04:59] John shares that Diane has impeccable taste and style and how personable she is on social media.
  • [06:23] John chats about doing some personal content on Instagram Live and how it has been positively received.
  • [07:51] Andy and John discuss the imagery Diane described for a christening she planned and designed in Lebanon.
  • [08:30] John shares that he does the floral design for about 95% of Diane’s events.
  • [09:04] John speaks about Diane being his client and that he has to really understand what she wants so he can make it happen.
  • [11:48] They discuss how successful Diane is even though she has only been in the industry for a relatively brief time.
  • [12:27] John speaks about Diane’s financial background and how she takes care of her client’s budgets.
  • [13:20] How do you handle the financial side of your business? 
  • [14:27] John handles the creative and his wife handles the business side of their company.
  • [15:25] John, thank you so much for being on the show!

 

Find Diane

Diane Khoury

@dianekhouryweddingsandevents

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This Week’s Guest Co-Host, John Emmanuel:

John Emmanuel

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Episode 262 THE NEXT LEVEL: HEATH ALAN RAY discusses NEILLIE BUTLER, Delivering a Bride’s Vision & More

Listen, as Andy and Heath Alan Ray discuss Neillie’s insights into having different streams of income under one umbrella, how using this pause for the pandemic to reassess your company can be beneficial and much more. Heath is the owner and Creative Director of Jackson Durham, a full-scale event design house. 

Neillie Butler is the Founder of Mariee Ami, a multimillion-dollar wedding and event planning firm in the Southeast. Ami a Vie, their new lifestyle brand, extends their community beyond their clients by engaging blog content, social media, and an online shop of entertaining artisanal essentials.

Listen, as Heath shares how his company is using the downtime to reorganize and downsize inventory. They discuss Neillie’s pricing model and how using a percentage-based model instead of a flat rate model allows for better cash flow and budget distribution.

Do you ever caption your pictures on Instagram? Andy and Heath talk about how this is an enormous part of what Neillie does on social media. Instead of just posting a picture, she adds a caption to enhance the emotional impact so you can feel the meaning behind the image. Heath and Andy have a great conversation about Neillie that you won’t want to miss. 

Look for Andy’s new podcast network called The Wedding Biz Network, where he produces podcasts from creatives in the industry.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:58] Welcome to the show, Heath!
  • [03:02] Heath discusses Neillie’s idea of having graphic design, drapery, and lighting under one umbrella.
  • [04:40] Heath shares what his company has done with the downtime during the pandemic.
  • [06:53] Heath speaks about how charging on a percentage basis allows a standard for the distribution of a budget.
  • [08:59] Heath discusses his and Neillie’s use of social media and its importance for businesses.
  • [12:02] Do you post strategically on social media?
  • [14:02] Heath shares a thought about planners and designers and how they convey emotion.
  • [15:05] Heath, thank you so much for being on the show!

 

Find Nellie

Nellie Butler

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@marieeamiweddingplanningstudio

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This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Heath Alan Ray – Owner and Creative Director of Jackson Durham Events

Heath Alan Ray

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Episode 259 MICAELA ERLANGER/Celebrity Stylist: Wedding Gowns And Fashion Design During The Pandemic

“Bridal is inherently timeless.” Listen as Andy and his guest Micaela Erlanger discuss what she means by this and how the pandemic has affected timelines for the production of bridal gowns. Micaela also shares why she believes that designers will see a rise in demand for wedding dresses for the fall and much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Micaela is a celebrity stylist based out of New York City and Los Angeles. She was named one of the most powerful stylists by the Hollywood Reporter and has sustained the title for five years. Honored with the Style Influencer Award by the Council, Micaela is also a Marie Claire Image Maker Award winner. She has styled Constance Wu, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, to name a few. 

Listen as Micaela shares the disappointment she felt when she had to postpone her own wedding and how she is supporting the brides she styles with her unique insight. Micaela also discusses the trends she sees emerging during the pandemic and how ready-to-wear collections are getting more popular.

Micaela gives some advice for planners around preparing their brides for delays in wedding gowns and to not be afraid of Zoom fittings because, as a stylist to the stars, she was doing them before the pandemic. Micaela also speaks about her Live Instagram series. 

Listen to Micaela’s insights into this whole situation that has affected so many brides. She shares the bright side of postponing her wedding. She knows it will happen and it will be just as beautiful as she originally planned, if not better.

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:04] Welcome back to the show, Micaela!

[02:40] Micaela speaks about having to postpone her own wedding to the spring of 2021.

[05:40] How is the pandemic affecting getting your wedding dress made?

[06:50] Micaela shares that it has affected the production timelines across the board.

[08:13] She speaks about her Instagram Live series called “Engage with Micaela.”

[09:28] What are some principal topics that have been coming up during the Instagram Live series?

[11:28] Micaela discusses the trends she sees emerging during this pandemic.

[13:41] Micaela believes that ready-to-wear collections will get more popular.

[16:24] Micaela says women want to feel they are the best version of themselves.

[17:43] How has the pandemic changed the way you approach styling brides?

[19:45] Micaela speaks about when brides need to get started on their gowns.

[20:22] What do you recommend the planners think about when advising their brides regarding their dresses?

[22:56] Micaela says, don’t be afraid of a Zoom fitting; it is something that she did many times before the pandemic. 

[24:03] Is there anything else you would like to share with the listeners?

[26:05] Micaela shares how long she believes she will do her Instagram Live series.

[27:47] Thank you so much for being on the show again!

 

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Micaela Erlanger

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