Episode 287 ROBERT SHERMAN discusses JOANN GREGOLI, The Godmother of Destination Weddings

Does giving back make you feel better? Listen as Andy and Robert Sherman, the President of Washington Talent, and Andy’s partner at Kushner Entertainment discuss JoAnn being the godmother of destination weddings, wanting to be an advocate for her clients and the Sewing Angles plus much more on this episode of The Next Level.

 

JoAnn is the owner of Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli. She has been included in Modern Bride Magazine as one of their Top Trendsetters of the year, and she was recently recognized as one of the top twenty-five most influential wedding planners in the World. 

 

Listen as Robert and Andy share how JoAnn was a wedding crasher in her twenties because she loved love, how JoAnn took classes in every aspect of an event so she could talk to her creative partners in their language and her insights into getting to know every generation so she could market to them all in a way they would respond to.

 

They also discuss how JoAnn is giving back during the pandemic by sewing masks because her daughter was on the frontline with limited PPE. She got some women’s groups involved and paid for the materials out of her pocket because she says giving back makes you feel better. 

 

If you want to be inspired to help JoAnn with shipping the masks, please go to her go fund me page at www.sewingangels.org and click on the Frontline Sewing Angles link.

 

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about 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 it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:11] Welcome back to the show, Robert!
  • [03:10] They speak about JoAnn taking classes in everything her creative partners do so she can advocate for her clients.
  • [04:43] Robert and Andy discuss JoAnn’s insight on knowing every generation so you can market to them.
  • [05:47] Robert talks about how now the millennials are paying for their weddings.
  • [08:22] Andy speaks about JoAnn and the Sewing Angels sewing masks and shipping them to people in need.
  • [09:50] To help JoAnn and all her helpers to keep making masks, please go www.sewingangels.org and click the go fund me link for frontline sewing angels.
  • [11:34] Robert, thank you for being on the show!

 

Find JoAnn 

Elegant Occasions with JoAnn Gregoli

@joanngregoli

Instagram

@joann_gregoli

Twitter

@elegantoccasionsinc

Facebook

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Robert Sherman, owner of Washington Talent 

Robert Sherman Episode 206 on The Wedding Biz

Washington Talent

Onyx|Washington Talent Agency

Kushner Entertainment

@washingtontalent

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@wta_talent

Twitter

 

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Mentioned

Colin Cowie Episode 128 on The Wedding Biz

Colin Cowie Episode 135 on The Wedding Biz

Colin Cowie Episode 267 on The Wedding Biz

 

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Episode 285 A Conversation With: CARRIE GOLDBERG

Andy is happy to have Carrie Goldberg back on the show to discuss how COVID-19 has affected her personally and professionally, what she is hearing from both brides and planners, and the challenges planners have with managing their clients’ expectations, but also keeping them safe and socially distanced.

Carrie is the Digital Travel & Weddings Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, where she oversees all things weddings and travel for HarpersBazaar.com. She is in charge of content, strategy, and visuals for Bazaar’s digital travel and wedding verticals and editor of their membership subscription program called Bazaar Bride.

Listen, as Carrie discusses the different ways some brides are viewing their weddings and how planners are coping with wedding guests while trying to keep them safe. Carrie believes that this pandemic has made couples ask themselves what’s really important and whether now is the right time to take a chance on a large wedding or wait until it’s safe.

She also believes that some changes, she sees now, will continue in the future because people are realizing what is important and much of it is about getting back to basics. Carrie shares advice for planners and stylists around shopping and talks about where she will be for the next few months. Carrie has great insight into what is going on in the wedding and event business during this pandemic. You don’t want to miss what she has to say.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about 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 it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

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Show Highlights:

  • [01:09] Welcome back to the show, Carrie!
  • [02:08] Carrie discusses how COVID-19 has affected her personally and professionally.
  • [05:00] Carrie speaks about how she feels like the pandemic is robbing her of time with her family and grandparents.
  • [06:07] Listen as Carrie shares what couples and brides have been sharing with her about how this has affected their weddings.
  • [08:25] Andy speaks about a wedding he has coming up in September and the COVID-19 rider his company has put in place.
  • [09:29] Carrie discusses the challenges the planners are having trying to manage expectations and social distancing.
  • [11:17] Carrie speaks about how the pandemic has affected styling for events.
  • [14:17] Carrie believes we will see permanent changes to how brides make decisions around dresses and planning their weddings.
  • [16:20] Listen, as Carrie describes how she believes we will define luxury for the future.
  • [17:54] Carrie shares advice for planners, stylists, and shopping while navigating weddings during this pandemic.
  • [19:43] She tells us where she will travel during the rest of the year.
  • [20:28] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

Find Carrie

Carrie Goldberg

Carrie Goldberg Episode 186 on The Wedding Biz

Email 

@carrielauren

Instagram | Twitter

@harperbazaarus

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Harper’s Bazaar

 

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Mentioned:

Rachel Birthistle Episode 202 on The Wedding Biz

Episode 283 THE NEXT LEVEL: ZAINAB ALSALIH discusses ABI MATESUN, Emmy-Winning Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Photographer & Speaker

“Success is not about the destination, but rather the journey.” Listen as Andy and his guest, Zainab Alsalih, Founder and Managing Director of Carousel Events, a bespoke event design and wedding planning company based in Dubai, discuss the way Abi sees and photographs a wedding, his need to find the love-story with his clients and the importance of good visuals plus much more on this episode of The Next Level. 

Abi is the Founder and CEO of Malekfoto Films and Malekfoto Weddings. Abi is a two-time Emmy-winning cinematographer, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, and two time Telly Award winner. His wedding visuals have attracted over 60 million viewers around the world.

Zainab shares how attuned to his couple’s love story that Abi always is, the way he is involved through the whole process, and why knowing how the planners are designing the decor and lighting, for the event, helps give him the best visuals. They also speak about his use of storyboarding when preparing to shoot an event.

Listen, as Zainab and Andy speak about Abi’s definition of success and how he believes that it’s not just about the wedding day itself but also about the journey to the event that’s important.  Abi is very dedicated to telling each couple’s love story through photographs and film. He thinks of each event like a cinematographer, with the couples as the stars and the guests as the supporting cast. 

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about 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 it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

[01:06] Welcome to the show, Zainab!

[02:04] Zainab discusses how Abi views a wedding when he is filming.

[03:14] Zainab shares that Abi is quite attuned to the love story between his couples.

[04:25] She likes how Abi gets to know his couples, how it will be designed, decorated, and the lighting, so he knows how he will portray the event.

[06:07] Abi likes to storyboard a wedding, which is something neither Andy nor Abi has seen before.

[09:51] Visuals are extremely important in today’s world, when people go to social media to find you.

[10:43] Zainab discusses Abi’s definition of success.

[11:42] “It’s really not about the wedding day itself as much as the journey to that day.”

[12:46] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

Find Abi:

Malekfoto Weddings

Malekfoto Films

@malekfotoweddings

Instagram | Facebook

Inner Conflict Documentary

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Zainab Al Salih, Founder and Managing Director of Carousel Events

Zainab Al Salih

Carousel Wedding Planner and Event Design

@carousel_weddings_events

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Episode 281 THE NEXT LEVEL: CARRIE GOLDBERG discusses ZAMEER KASSAM, Designing Fine Jewelry and Telling Love Stories

“Designing jewelry is all about family and connecting emotionally.” Listen as Andy and his guest Carrie Goldberg, the Travel and Weddings Director at Harpers Bazaar, discuss Zameer’s refugee family upbringing, his ability to create an experience when he designs jewelry, how he comes up with ideas for engagement rings and much more on this episode of The Next Level. 

Zameer is the Founder and CEO of Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry. In 2018, Zameer designed the Times Up ring worn by Ashley Judd at the Oscars and, later that year, the cast of Crazy Rich Asians wore Zameer’s designs at the global premiere in Singapore. Last year, he was commissioned to celebrate the groundbreaking movie, Black Panther, by designing the Wakanda Forever ring worn by its lead actress Lupita Nyong’o throughout the awards season.

Zameer’s passion and enthusiasm for what he does are apparent in the time he puts into his designs. Carrie talks about Zameer’s entrepreneurial spirit, how he can design an engagement ring that is so special between the two people in the relationship, and the jewelry he has designed for celebrities. 

The demand for Zameer’s designs has increased since the beginning of the pandemic. His way of telling a story, with a beautiful piece of jewelry, draws people to him and is what makes his designs the perfect way to capture memories that last a lifetime. Zameer’s approach to design is unique, and the way he tells stories with those designs are one of a kind…you won’t want to miss his story.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about 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 it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

  • [01:10] Welcome back to the show, Carrie!
  • [02:03] Carrie believes that the fact that Zameer tried to sell Mickey Mouse watches to his classmates at age 11 or 12 showed an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • [04:12] Carrie speaks about Zameer’s ability to make jewelry an experience.
  • [06:03] Carrie discusses how Zameer takes the idea of an engagement ring and makes it special between the two people in the relationship.
  • [08:24] They discuss the jewelry Zameer has designed for celebrities.
  • [09:27] Carrie speaks about Zameer’s passion and enthusiasm for what he does.
  • [10:28] Carrie talks about the jewelry she has worn that Zameer designed.
  • [12:52] They talk about how Zameer’s business hasn’t slowed down during the pandemic.
  • [14:17] Carrie, thank you for being on the show!

 

Find Zameer

Zameer Kassam

@ZameerKassam

Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Carrie Goldberg, Travel and Wedding Director at Harper’s Bazaar

Carrie Goldberg

Email 

@carrielauren

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@harperbazaarus

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Episode 279 THE NEXT LEVEL: MICHAEL RANTISSI discusses PHILIP CARR, Event Architect and Stylist

The menu for one of Philips events has to be an experience from the food perspective, the fragrance perspective, and total essence of the event. Andy welcomes Michael Rantissi to The Next Level. Michael is an award-winning chef of Kepos Street Kitchen and Kepos & Co out of Redfern, Australia.

Philip is the owner of Philip Carr and Associates out of Sydney, Australia. Philip calls himself an event architect and stylist, completely transforming ordinary spaces into multi-layer theatrical environments, and turns his clients’ fantasies into breathtaking reality. 

Listen as Michael speaks about some events he has worked with Philip, why he believes that Philip is truly an event architect, what it’s like creating a menu for one of Philips events, and how they both strive to create an experience. Michael also shares his insights on why Philip likes to extend the experience as long as possible by providing something special at the end of an event.

Michael and Andy discuss combining the business and creative aspects of a business, how Michael is handling the pandemic, and what he is doing with his downtime. Michael describes his restaurants, the differences, and how they came up with the names. Positivity is key during this global crisis and listening to Michael; you can hear he has it in spades.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about 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 by going to www.themusicmakers.com

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

  • [00:57] Welcome to the show, Michael!
  • [01:27] Michael speaks to the phrase, Philip sees himself as an “event architect and stylist.”
  • [02:48] Michael shares that when he creates food for an event he, like Philip, is creating an experience.
  • [03:29] Michael describes designing a menu for an event he did with Philip.
  • [05:12] Michael speaks about Philip’s idea of giving the guests something special as they leave the event.
  • [06:48] Listen, as Michael discusses how he combined the creative elements and the business side of his company.
  • [07:58] Michael shares the training he has that allows him to handle the details on both the creative and business sides.
  • [09:50] Michael discusses how he has handled the pandemic and what he is doing while business is slow.
  • [12:35] Michael believes we all must be positive during this pandemic.
  • [14:18] Michael shares the difference between his restaurants.
  • [17:19] Thank you for being on the show!

 

Find Philip

Philip Carr

@philiipcarrevent

Instagram

@philipcarrandassociates

Facebook

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Michael Rantissi Award-Winning Chef

Michael Rantissi

Kepos Street Catering

Kepos & Co

Kepos Street Kitchen

@chefmichaelrantissi

Facebook | Instagram

@keposandco

Facebook 

@keposstreetkitchen

Instagram

 

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