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Episode 417 MICHELLE DEMAREE: “Miss Diamond Ring”

Episode 417 MICHELLE DEMAREE: “Miss Diamond Ring”

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Episode 416 PRESTON BAILEY: Creativity as a Muscle and More!

Episode 416 PRESTON BAILEY: Creativity as a Muscle and More!

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Episode 414 SEAN LOW: The Heart and Soul of the Wedding Industry

Episode 414 SEAN LOW: The Heart and Soul of the Wedding Industry

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Episode 411 REVISIT: Brett Culp – Obstacle Or Opportunity

Episode 411 REVISIT: Brett Culp – Obstacle Or Opportunity

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership has many meanings, and everyone may have their own perspective on it. Today’s guest, Brett Culp,  has a wonderful point of view on leadership and has built an amazing foundation for his life.

Episode 408 PAUL MORSE: From the White House to White Gowns

Episode 408 PAUL MORSE: From the White House to White Gowns

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Episode 407 REVISIT: Cindy Novotny – Mastering Motivation

Episode 407 REVISIT: Cindy Novotny – Mastering Motivation

As anyone knows, sometimes we need a little motivation, a push in the right direction. Maybe we’re not as focused as we need to be and just need someone to motivate us to reach our potential.

Cindy Novotny is with us today, and she’s here to give some of her signature “straight talk” advice. Listen in and find out why you should embrace public speaking, set goals, and stay focused on what you want out of your life.

Episode 404 ANNA PRICE OLSON: Editorial Director, Brides

Episode 404 ANNA PRICE OLSON: Editorial Director, Brides

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Episode 403 REVISIT: Norma Cohen – Building A Thriving Business Within A Community

Episode 403 REVISIT: Norma Cohen – Building A Thriving Business Within A Community

If there’s anyone who knows all the ins and outs of party planning, it’s Norma Cohen. Norma started planning parties on her own for her friends when she was only 12 years old. Later, she became the youngest female, at 16, on an Executive Board of Directors of the community center. And at 18 she opened her own business, Party Expressions. Listen in to find out why, after several attempts to leave the business, she just couldn’t keep away for long.

Episode 402 GINA ESPOSITO AND SHEENA MEEKINS: Partners In Photography

Episode 402 GINA ESPOSITO AND SHEENA MEEKINS: Partners In Photography

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Episode 400 DANIELA BRAGA: A Professional Model’s Dream Wedding

Episode 400 DANIELA BRAGA: A Professional Model’s Dream Wedding

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Episode 399 REVISIT: A Conversation With: CHRISTIAN OTH

Episode 399 REVISIT: A Conversation With: CHRISTIAN OTH

On this episode of The Wedding Biz, Andy is having a conversation with Christian Oth. Listen as he discusses how he is dealing with the pandemic both personally and professionally, why he charges an upcharge for new contracts and a non-refundable percentage if a client postpones. Christian also shares what he is doing now, including his newest workshops 

Christian is an internationally renowned photographer. His experience in fashion, photojournalism, portraiture, advertising, and still life combines into an editorial style that makes Christian truly one of a kind. American Photo named him one of the world’s ten best photographers, and his work has appeared in top fashion and wedding publications. 

Listen as Christian shares what he is doing to stay grounded and in shape, since the pandemic began, and how it has affected him personally. Professionally, the pandemic has led to cancellations and postponements. However, he has been able to stay busy with Commercial and Advertising Photography.

Christian speaks about staying in touch with his clients and working with them to reschedule one-on-one. He talks about adding an upcharge to new contracts to help cover the cost and how he is now running a leaner and meaner company with a strong core team of employees and outsourcing what he can. Christian has also launched a workshop on photography and is looking forward to adding more specialized courses and, eventually, a business course to learn how to run a photography business.

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

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

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

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

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Episode 395 ROBIN AND JEFFREY SELDEN: Continuing a Legacy

Episode 395 ROBIN AND JEFFREY SELDEN: Continuing a Legacy

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

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.

Episode 392 MEG SMITH: Photography As A Life’s Work

Episode 392 MEG SMITH: Photography As A Life’s Work

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Episode 391 REVISIT: Simon T. Bailey- How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Episode 391 REVISIT: Simon T. Bailey- How To Harness Your Brilliance and Turbo Charge Your Business

Simon T. Bailey is no stranger to success, even though he’s quite familiar with failure.

At a young age, Simon was turned down for multiple sports teams-but he didn’t let that stop him.

He left his first college after just one year and moved into a low-income neighborhood. His path took him to a high-level role, which he transitioned away from when it became clear his days as an employee there were numbered.

But in every situation, Simon was constantly searching for a way to use what he was truly passionate about– helping others to discover their inner brilliance.

Simon is unafraid to transform himself, to recognize the need to evolve. He understands this means putting yourself out there and potentially failing.

He spends this episode sharing his experiences and dropping life-changing perspectives on how you can help yourself grow, forgive others, and take responsibility for pursuing your dreams and find success.

Episode 387 REVISIT: Eddie Zaratsian – Experiential Events to Delight the Senses

Episode 387 REVISIT: Eddie Zaratsian – Experiential Events to Delight the Senses

If you’ve never had the joy of working with a designer who absolutely lives to utterly delight their client, then you will find this interview with today’s guest, Eddie Zaratsian a breath a fresh air. Eddie’s abundant energy and passion for creating a feast for the senses, allows him to reflect the very essence of his clients in an unimaginable way.

Eddie Zaratsian is the Owner of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design. Eddie was born in Armenia and came to the US when he was 5 years old. He watched his parents arrive in the US, unable to speak English, without the promise of a career, and yet they were determined to pursue their dreams. The family arrived in Hollywood and built the life they had dreamed of. Eventually, Eddie started his own business that evolved over time and became a luxury lifestyle and design company serving A-list clients and creating events that cultivate a sense of wonder and delight the senses-both for the clients and their guests.

Episode 383 REVISIT: Mindy Weiss – Setting the Standard

Episode 383 REVISIT: Mindy Weiss – Setting the Standard

Mindy Weiss is a force in the high-end wedding and event planning business. Since her early beginnings, she has delighted celebrity and non-celebrity clients alike with her ability to build meaningful relationships every step of the way.

On this episode, Mindy shares her wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to maintain an A-List clientele. But while there certainly are additional factors to consider when planning luxury events for celebrities, Mindy’s insights from years of experience working with families and couples are applicable to anyone in the event planning industry.

From getting to truly know your clients– both financially and personally– to how you might be able to successfully evade the paparazzi, Mindy Weiss dives in with honesty and humor to share her wisdom on this episode.

Episode 382 EVA CLARK: Anticipating Needs and Evoking Senses

Episode 382 EVA CLARK: Anticipating Needs and Evoking Senses

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Episode 381 LAURYN PRATTES: Staying Relevant in a Saturated Market

Episode 381 LAURYN PRATTES: Staying Relevant in a Saturated Market

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Episode 379 JACK EZON: Bespoke Travel & A Risk-Taking Entrepreneur

Episode 379 JACK EZON: Bespoke Travel & A Risk-Taking Entrepreneur

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Episode 378 REVISIT: MINDY RICE of MINDY RICE DESIGN – Creating Feelings Instead of Just Events

Episode 378 REVISIT: MINDY RICE of MINDY RICE DESIGN – Creating Feelings Instead of Just Events

When we think about wedding and event floral designs, our imagination is often limited to bouquets and centerpieces. Today, I am talking to one of the premier event designers in the world.  She sees flowers and foliage as a way to create lasting memories of events your guests will never forget. Mindy Rice, of Mindy Rice Design, is a native Californian with a creative lineage. Growing up, Mindy was taught how to think like a designer. Never feeling confined by the “rules” wedding floral arrangements like to follow, Mindy seemed to fall into the wedding business after designing events for the corporate world.

What makes Mindy unique is how she encourages her clients to step into their most daring self. She turns dreams into reality—no Pinterest board copy-cat ideas here! Today, Mindy is going to walk us through her process, from the exciting ideation stages to actually executing her most memorable pieces. She will share stories of how she has transformed a simple barn into a Redwood wonderland. Mindy will describe her favorite pieces, and how she uses color and perspective to transform any event space. Mindy’s goal is to create unique elements for each event that guests will really remember. She is not afraid to take a risk because she knows the risky pieces will always pay off. Every bloom and bough is placed thoughtfully so that guests will feel something long after the last toast and dance.

“Everybody has two personalities—who they really are, and who they dare themselves to be.” ~Mindy Rice

Today is not just about flowers and spectacle! Mindy and I will chat about what it means to own our own business, and how we can successfully balance our creative endeavors with family life. The event design business sometimes feels as though it could take over everything! Mindy embraces the life she’s been given and chooses jobs that will both fulfill her creatively and best support her family. Mindy is inspiring in so many ways, and I know she is going to transform the way you’ve always thought about flowers. Expect the unexpected when Mindy is around!

Episode 376 REVISIT: THE TRAVEL SIBLINGS – Experiential Destination Travel

Episode 376 REVISIT: THE TRAVEL SIBLINGS – Experiential Destination Travel

When you think of experiencing personalized and experiential destination weddings, you most likely need to be thinking of Harlan and Kara, The Travel Siblings. This duo has been designing private and intimate events and luxury travel experiences around the globe for years through their affiliation with the Elite Division of Travel Leaders  – Tzell Travel Group and were recently recognized by Conde Nast as the “Best Agents for Destination Weddings”.

The pair found their love for travel when Harlan was working as a traveling opera singer as a young teen. He would often bring his younger sister Kara on a few getaways in between tours. There, they both fell in love with the art of luxurious travel, fine dining, and unique global experiences. These moments informed and influenced the pair’s business of offering unforgettable luxury travel experiences uniquely catered to their clients whom wish to wed at a magical destinations.

Today, Andy, Harlan, and Kara share a fun and lively talk about how the sibling’s upbringing shaped their passions and careers, and how they manage to work together creatively and professionally. The three also chat about how they create experiences out of each destination, some of their favorite and most wild honeymoon and wedding stories to date, and what the best part of their job really is to them. This luxurious and decadent episode will have you ready to book your own destination wedding with the one and only Harlan and Kara. Listen to their full episode right here.

Episode 374 REVISIT: MICHELLE RAGO – Weddings Around the Globe

Episode 374 REVISIT: MICHELLE RAGO – Weddings Around the Globe

Michelle Rago has always had wanderlust flowing through her veins. It’s what has inspired her to build her massively successful career as a wedding and event destination producer and expert. She’s now one of the most sought-after destination event planners in the world, in large part because of her vision, relationship building skills, and meticulous attention to every possible detail. Her love for travel and experiencing new cultures came from a study abroad trip in Greece when she was just 15. Ever since, she’s been exploring new ways to bring stunning events and weddings to the most inspiring and beautiful locations around the globe.

Today, Andy and Michelle chat about the steps she took to growing her passions and her business, and some of the major epiphanies and milestones she realized along the way. The pair also dive into how she untangles the vastly intricate puzzles of destination weddings, her process of making an event come to fruition, and some of her favorite and most satisfying events to date. This week’s episode taps into the idea that following what your heart desires can truly lead to a career full of personal and professional achievements. Check out the full episode now. 

Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

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Episode 371 REVISIT: CECI JOHNSON – Designing Stationery, Lifestyle and Business

Episode 371 REVISIT: CECI JOHNSON – Designing Stationery, Lifestyle and Business

This episode features Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York. We have the privilege to listen to how Ceci built her business from the ground up. Ceci of New York is an artist and designer of not only invitations and stationery but art and branding materials as well. Ceci tells stories of her client’s life in her design of invitations and stationery, and about being in the business of happiness.

Episode 369 REVISIT: RON BEN-ISRAEL – Answering the Call of Creativity with Couture Cakes

Episode 369 REVISIT: RON BEN-ISRAEL – Answering the Call of Creativity with Couture Cakes

To Ron Ben-Israel, a cake is far more than a cake. It’s equal to a performance. And if anyone knows about performance, it’s surprisingly the master of couture celebration cakes.

After graduating college with a Fine Arts degree, Ron saw the world through two distinct lenses: the Israeli military, and a ballet company he joined after serving in his early 20’s. He traveled around the world, performing with two companies over nearly 15 years before finding himself in New York City and wanting to make a career transition. This is where he began to discover his talent for baking.

From never having baked a professional cake to founding Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, Ron shares the path and experiences that got him there. His practical and disciplined approach to growth illustrates the level of passion, dedication, and humble learning that successful pastry chefs possess.