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You are cordially invited to Your I Do Crew: a wedding planning podcast. Wedding officiant Atonn Smeltzer and wedding photographer Lindsay Rozelle share their best wedding tips, craziest wedding horror stories, and interview local and national experts on trends, traditions, and more! So here's to love, laughter and happily ever after. Cheers!ūü•ā Support this podcast:
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139 - I'm super excited to share this conversation with you! It's not often that I get to "talk shop" with other wedding officiants, so it's a real treat when I do. Especially one as knowledgeable as today's guest, wedding officiant Amber Olsen. Officiant Amber is located in North Dakota, and has recently self-published a book jam-packed full of information for wedding planning couples, with lots of wedding industry insider knowledge! She wrote it from the perspective of the one person who intimately knows a couple's ceremony inside and out, the officiant. Officiant Amber has teamed up with American Marriage Ministries to share her insight and wedding planning advice with you in Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony! This valuable guide covers everything from wedding day logistics, writing your own vows, how and where to meet ideal wedding vendors, to obtaining and completing your marriage license ‚Äď and more. With years of experience as a professional wedding officiant, Officiant Amber knows exactly what goes into creating exceptional wedding ceremonies. Whether you are a first-time officiant, or planning your own wedding, Navigating Your Wedding Ceremony will help you plan a celebration that‚Äôs one-of-a-kind and memorable. It includes: ‚ÄĘ Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist ‚ÄĘ Wedding Vendor Questions Guide ‚ÄĘ How to Change Your Name And you can purchase it here at these links: And make sure to follow Amber online, at, or by following @OfficiantAmber on Facebook or Instagram! #youridocrew #officiantamber #weddingofficiant #weddingpodcast #amm #americanmarriageministries #navigatingyourweddingceremony --- Support this podcast:
138: As the poet said, "To Postpone or Not to Postpone, that is the question" - or something like that! As we round out a full year of dealing with the global pandemic we've come to know as COVID-19, the wedding and events industry is still struggling to keep up with ever-changing restrictions and guidelines. And the ultimate question that keeps falling to couples is: do we postpone our wedding, or totally change our vision for our special day? It's a huge question, and it can put a tremendous amount of stress on the couple, their relationship, and even their family and friends! Enter today's expert, Regina Burns. Regina is the founder and CEO of Rise Event Production, and she is an incredible wedding and event planner. Actually, her website calls her "the Production Queen", so let's just call her 'Your Highness'! She has come to visit us today, to share her passion and compassion with our listeners. It's clear how much she cares about putting on an amazing event, that will absolutely knock the socks off of any guest - but she is also keenly aware of her clients' state of mind. She knows that couples are getting burnt out from all of the frustrations of the past year, and she is here to preach the gospel of self care! So plug in your headphones, pull up a seat, and grab a glass of delicious lemonade! (don't worry, that will make sense later) Rise Event Production is a full-service event production company specializing in digital, live, and hybrid events worldwide! They produce corporate and non-profit meetings and events, as well as private/social events and are very active in the luxury wedding space! Their mission is to provide curated event and marketing services that are imaginative, impactful, and have the power to rise above and beyond client expectations. They bring innovation, artistry, and endless laughter to their client's journey with us. Regina Burns has carried her genuine passion for events with her from a very young age, where she was introduced into the industry through her late Mother's production company. It was there where Regina would find inspiration, fall in love with the industry, and discover exactly what she was born to do. With a dream of becoming an entrepreneurial Event Coordinator, Regina began freelancing in her home state of Massachusetts while enrolled in design school. Upon completion, she moved to California to work alongside some of the country's most elite event professionals. Regina has produced luxury weddings and high-profile special events in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. It was through her time in California where Regina came to realize that her dream of following in her mother's footsteps was on the horizon. When she traveled back to the East Coast in 2018, Regina brought with her extensive experience, industry knowledge and that fire that has always been inside of her for the official launch of  her business; Rise Event production! Regina holds a trinity of certifications in Wedding Planning, Event and Hospitality Management, and Event Design and Styling. To pair these credentials with her innate ability for human connection is the perfect combination. Regina's primary focus is to form the unbreakable bond that exists between coordinator and client; one full of trust, loyalty and endless laughter. With her vibrant energy and warm personality, a journey with Regina is unlike any other. She will bring innovation, creativity and one hell of a good time to an event of any kind! #deliciouslemonade #funkylemons #reginaburns #postponedwedding #covidwedding #weddingplanningpodcast #riseeventproduction #youridocrew --- Support this podcast:
137 - How do you cope with the stress, anxiety, and indecision that can come with wedding planning? Especially in a post-COVID19, Pinterest-obsessed culture? The first answer is to Love Well. The second is to find the tools that can help you prioritize, systematize, and de-traumatize your wedding decision-making process! That's where our guest, Kate Lemos Brown, comes in. Kate is here to help you figure out how to start planning your wedding the RIGHT way, to make it as stress-free as possible. You should feel excitement on your wedding day, not relief that the planning phase is over!  Kate Lemos Brown is a wedding designer & coach, and the co-owner of LoveWell Weddings, a wedding planning & photography company out of Central New York. She and her husband Ty are a decade in the industry, exclusively working with couples to create unique, timeless and meaningful celebrations of marriage. Kate is the proud mama of Isaiah & Johnna and their loveable pup Charlie Parker. Click here for the special planning worksheet! -> #lovewellweddings #thelovewellmethod #weddingplanner #weddingplanning #weddingpodcast #youridocrewpodcast #youridocrew #podcastlife #weddingtips --- Support this podcast:
136 - Things come up all the time during the wedding planning process that need to be dealt with. And the big question usually ends up being: "Ok, who's going to handle this?"  Some couples like to DIY everything, while others delegate. That's why we brought in Leah Weinberg, the Owner & Creative Director of Color Pop Events in  New York City, to help us talk about why it's so important to figure out what to expect (and what NOT to expect) from your Wedding Planner! Sometimes couples just don't know what their planner's roles are. Leah talks about what couples can expect from their wedding planner, expectations that the wedding planner has of the couple, and what the couple should do if they want a new planner.  Color Pop Events is a wedding planning company that lives in the logistics, providing an unmatched focus on event details for clients. Celebrating seven years of business, Leah continues to leverage the organization skills, calm communication style, and ability to multi-task she initially developed as a commercial real estate lawyer in her previous career.  Leah's colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, the New York Times, People, CNBC, Bravo, Martha Stewart, and The Knot, among others. Recently, Leah has been recognized as a 20 on the Rise winner by Honeybook and the Rising Tide Society, one of the 25 Young Event Pros to Watch by Special Events Magazine, and one of BizBash's Top 500 Event Pros in the US.  A 2020 WeddingPro Educator with The Knot + WeddingWire, Leah travels throughout the country sharing insight with her peers regionally, as well as at national conferences such as ALT Summit, NACE Experience, and The Special Event. #weddingplanner #weddingplanning #weddingpodcast #colorpopevents #youridocrew  --- Support this podcast:
135: Some couples have a special song, and some don't. But how many couples have a song that was literally written ABOUT THEM by an award-winning singer-songwriter? This week's guest is changing the game when it comes to wedding music, by creating uniquely personal, romantic, and quirky love songs for couples. And the couples are using them in so many ways - in the ceremony, at the reception, as their first dance, or even as an anniversary gift! Allie Chipkin is a critically acclaimed folk singer-songwriter from the Hudson Valley who has recently returned to NY after 4 years in Boulder, CO. Her original songs have received recognition in notable competitions like the Telluride Bluegrass Contest, and as a singer, she has had the honor of performing the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Allie is the founder and CEO of Give Love Originals (GLO), a company that writes and records custom love songs for couples on their wedding day. #giveloveoriginals #alliechipkin #weddingsongs #weddingmusic #weddingpodcast #engagedpodcast #weddingplanning --- Support this podcast:
134 - So what is the Wedding Collective? It's an amazing virtual roundtable for engaged couples, hosted monthly by Neela Asaadi (Asaadi Graphics, NYC). Neela started these open forums as a way to provide a different kind of support for newly engaged couples, struggling to plan their wedding. Couples can get advice from, and share experiences with, other couples who are currently fighting the same battles. This monthly series builds a safe space with educational takeaways from a wedding industry professionals and other brides and grooms.  We also dig into Neela's primary business, Wedding Design! As the head Creative Director of a boutique NYC design studio, she uses a holistic approach with clients in a collaborative process that goes beyond just graphic design. She is ready to conceptualize, strategize and execute to ensure that her couples' visions come to life. #weddingcollective #asaadigraphics #weddingdesign #stressfreewedding #weddingpodcast #engagedpodcast #weddingplanning --- Support this podcast:
133 - Welcome back! We are returning from our COVID-induced hiatus by covering a topic we've never touched before! What is probably the most personal, sensual gift that you could give your fianc√© on the morning of your wedding day? A boudoir photobook! This is a unique take on the wedding-day-gift trend, and can be a way for brides to really up the ante, as many couples look to give each other intensely meaningful gifts on the morning of their wedding day. But how do you go about finding a boudoir photographer? What should you look for? What should you watch out for? Luckily, our guest today is Mike Cassidy, a New Jersey-based veteran boudoir photographer; Mike is here to answer our questions (yes, even Atonn's silly ones) and de-mystify the process of deciding whether or not a boudoir photoshoot is right for you. Mike Cassidy is a boudoir photographer from New Jersey who is passionate about both photography and helping his clients to remain invested in themselves. ¬†While his clients receive an incredible experience and beautiful one-of-a-kind photos, the real service he provides is the joy and heart filling experience every time his images are viewed. ¬†Mike learned long ago, there is a lot more to boudoir photography than what immediately meets the eye, and it‚Äôs this ability to make women feel unique and beautiful which is the real reward in operating a boudoir business. ¬†¬†¬† Mike started over ten years ago, and has photographed hundreds of women. Throughout the course of guiding these clients through the boudoir process, Mike discovered there were way too many women who lacked accurate information about boudoir, and even worse, some had less than satisfactory experiences with previous photographers due to this issue. He knew he needed to take action. ¬†Mike has become an advocate and resource of ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ authentic information about boudoir photography to help others make smart choices when choosing a photographer, so everyone can enjoy boudoir and have a positive experience.¬† #boudoir #njboudoir #photographer #boudoirphotography #boudoirinspiration #boudoirstudio #bridalboudoir #bride --- Support this podcast:
132: Happy Pride, Crew! While the wedding industry has come a long way in the past few years, for those in the LGBTQ+ community, it can still be a difficult task to find inclusive, affirming, and like-minded wedding planners and vendors. That's where Brittny Drye comes in. Brittny is the editor of Love Inc. Magazine, the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication, She is here to help and guide us in ways that LGBTQ+ couples can find the right wedding vendors for them, by knowing what to look out for, and where to look - as well as some of the questions that couples should be asking their vendors! Brittny Drye is the founder and editor-in-chief of Love Inc., the leading equality-minded wedding blog and print publication. Her inclusive efforts have been celebrated by the New York Times, Forbes, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Refinery29, NY Daily News, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a founding editor of the Aisle Society and a member of the 2018-19 North American Advisory Board for the International Academy of Wedding & Events and a 2019 Knot Pro Educator. Forbes has touted her as “The Woman Lead the Way to a More Inclusive Wedding Industry". Officially on the rise as a leading disruptor in the event space, she's bringing the next generation of inclusive education to the special events industry. Website: Facebook: Instagram: --- Support this podcast:
131: We're back! We had to take a short break, but Your I Do Crew has been diligently interviewing EVEN MORE experts! Today, we've got Ryan Kluttz, of A Mindful Bride. Ryan helps brides who are freaking out about the wedding to be able to reduce stress and shift focus to planning the EPIC love story that is their marriage. ¬†We talked about how easy it is to lose sight of the important things during stressful times - like when you're planning a wedding! It can be hard to remember that the wedding is just the first step in the journey of a marriage, so it's vital to periodically reset your focus back on the long-term goals of building a healthy relationship and marriage. Ryan shared a number of strategies that can help any couple who is struggling during difficult times, to re-center themselves and remember what really matters. ¬† She even created a free download for our listeners! Go to to download it today! Ryan is a former wedding stationer turned Bridal Empowerment Educator, she saw all of her brides stressed at some level and realized there was not enough focus put on the marriage in a lot of cases. She believes that marriage should be an adventure and not be the start of ‚Äúsettling down.‚ÄĚ She‚Äôs been married for almost 13 years. She and her husband have 2 young daughters and a mini golden doodle puppy. Together, they have hopped around the country living their life how they want to. Website:¬† Instagram: --- Support this podcast:
0130 - Everyone's wedding plans are changing right now, so is this the perfect time to re-imagine your perfect wedding? Since so many celebrations are being rescheduled or moved, due to COVID-19, now is an ideal time to re-evaluate the size and scope of your wedding, and to potentially opt for something a little more intimate.  After all, this is probably the only time where no-one will be angry about getting bumped from the guest list!  To help us out with this discussion, we brought in the charming Keenda Sisouphanh, a wedding planner and designer who specializes in intimate weddings and elopements. She is here to encourage couples to think about how they might want to amend their plans in light of the current pandemic. Keenda is the Creative Director of Events by Keenda, creating design-led intimate weddings for creative couples and wanderlust lovers around the world. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Cultural and Media studies and went on to work at BBC London and Disruptive Films Elements before entering the world of events for the last 13 years. She has a background in education and not for profit organisations, having worked at several Royal colleges as well as overseeing events for private clients across the UK including hosting club nights at Mango Lounge Cocktail bar. You can find Events by Keenda featured in Mrs P&P, BLOVED, Coco Wedding Venues, Magpie wedding, Bridal Musings, Bespoke bride wedding blogs and in Your London Wedding Magazine. Keenda has also shared her expert tips as a guest blogger for Cutting Edge Brides, Wed Inspire and in Blushing Brides box. Her wedding planning business has also had a spotlight feature on Planning Redefined of whom she trained with. As a female entrepreneur, she founded Fempreneurs Offline and was featured in Anne Louise Magazine telling her story about how she started her wedding business and why she wants to build a community for fellow female entrepreneurs to follow their passion and dream job. As a Londoner, Keenda loves nothing more than to explore what the city has to offer. A self-confessed foodie, you will find her eating out a lot! Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, Argentine tango and acroyoga. She loves brunch, a good afternoon tea and gin o’clock and is definitely no stranger to karaoke. --- Support this podcast:
0129: Roberta Noronha is the Co-Owner of The Bridal Finery, a bridal shop just outside of Orlando FL, and she is bringing her incredible knowledge to the table, to share her experiences and knowledge both as a female business owner and an expert on wedding dresses! Roberta discovered her love of bridal fashion by creating custom looks for uniquely beautiful brides. Through her experience in the bridal industry, she understood how attractive it would be for a bride to have every couture designer under one roof. As Co-Owner of The Bridal Finery, she is able to grant her brides access to a one-of-a-kind designer gown, straight from the runway. By connecting with esteemed designers, she is able to select the highest quality gowns in couture bridal fashion for her brides. As a mother of two daughters, she believes that finding a wedding gown should be remarkable and memorable, and she is committed to giving an exceptional experience to every bride as if they were her own family.   Born in Brazil, Roberta keeps pace with international fashion, has a true appreciation for multicultural weddings, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is praised in the industry for her expert advice featured on Fox 35 News, as well as many other international publications. The Bridal Finery celebrates women in every shape, size, and height. Being a curvy woman herself, Roberta understands first hand the importance of carrying sizes 4 to 16. She humorously remembers her own challenges fitting into sample sizes in bridal. #thebridalfinery #offtherack #weddingdress #weddinggown #couturebridal --- Support this podcast:
0128: Even when the world ISN'T in the midst of a global health crisis, there are still SO MANY things that can go wrong at a wedding! So how do you possibly plan for anything and everything that can go sideways? Well, your first step should be listening to our expert guest this week, wedding planner Emily Sullivan! Emily is the owner of Emily Sullivan Events, a boutique wedding and event-planning firm based in New Orleans, LA, that specializes in celebrations throughout the Southeast. With a passion for entertaining, she uses her intuition and attention to details to customize each and every wedding experience for her clients.  When it comes to surviving and thriving through disasters, Emily has the market cornered. In the past 15 years in the wedding industry, she has survived 2 hurricanes directly hitting her community (during wedding season!), and most recently she was even hospitalized for COVID-19! But her smart and savvy planning skills have brought her through every challenge, and she keeps thriving! There is no-one more qualified to show you the ropes of planning your way out of a disaster scenario! In addition to her wedding and planning expertise, Emily is a regular on-air personality in the region, as well as a sought-after national speaker, with recent and upcoming engagements including The Special Event, NACE, WeddingWire World, and Wedding MBA. She is inaugural chapter president for WIPA New Orleans. Emily has been recognized by several industry publications for her achievements and insight, including Brides, Country Living, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty and Catersource. Vendor Webinar - adding microweddings to your offering (May 6): --- Support this podcast:
127: Uncertainty continues to swirl around the 2020 wedding season, as novel coronavirus numbers keep climbing around the world. Some communities have begun to talk about lifting the quarantine measures, which were put in place to stem the spread of infection, but what does that mean for weddings for the rest of the year? What kind of considerations need to be taken now, and for how long? Are these things that a couple is going to be able to do themselves, or is this the perfect time to hire a planner/coordinator? We talk about and answer all of these questions and more! #2020weddings #covid #covid-19 #coronavirus #SARS-CoV-2 #coronawedding  --- Support this podcast:
126: We're in high spirits! We got the chance to talk to Brennan Stanford, owner of Premier Pour Bartending - the premier mobile bartending solution in Northwest Ohio! Brennan and his team are pros at helping couples and groups plan their bar and alcohol needs for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. They are trained and ready to come into almost any situation, and keep glasses filled and spirits high! We talk to Brennan about liquor laws, alcohol planning, and more! #premierpourbartending #mixology #partyplanning #ohioweddings  --- Support this podcast:
125: Atonn and Lindsay have both had weddings in the middle of the 2020 Coronavirus crisis. Listen to how it impacted their couples, and how they coped with and dealt with the restrictions. #covid19 #coronavirus #coronawedding #viralwedding #intimatewedding --- Support this podcast:
124: Life can throw you a curve ball pretty quickly. We have been fielding questions and frantic phone calls from our upcoming wedding couples since last week, so we wanted to put out some tips for dealing with wedding planning during this Coronavirus outbreak. We dig in to who you should call first, and what you should be asking. The best advice is the same in every situation - communication is key! Above all, remember that we are all in this together, so be safe and kind to each other. Make good and healthy choices, and wash your hands!  #coronavirus #covid-19 #coronawedding  --- Support this podcast:
123: So many times, we see couples that walk into vendor meetings under prepared - just because they don't know what to ask! Going into wedding planning without knowing which questions to ask your vendors can create stress and frustration with the whole process, which can bleed back into your relationship, if you're not careful! We put together a list of the most common questions that you can - and SHOULD - ask every wedding vendor that you sit down with. These are applicable, no matter what the business or service type, so you could print them out and laminate them if you wanted to! Getting the answers to these will show the vendors that you know what you're doing, and will help you make sure that the vendor you're hiring is fully on the up & up!  The questions are: Will my deposit/retainer count towards my final bill? What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? When is the final payment due, and can we make payments? Is there a credit card fee? Are we able to customize the packages at all? What makes you my best option? What does your liability coverage look like? How fast is your response time? How many weddings will you take on my day? On my weekend? What didn't we know enough to ask? #weddingplanning #planningseason #weddingquestions #weddingvendors #engagedandconfused --- Support this podcast:
0121: Happy (almost) National Wedding Planning Day! Sunday, March 1 is National Wedding Planning Day, and officially marks the end of proposal season, and the beginning of wedding planning season. And what better way to kick off this season, than with an interview with an expert on the topic of wedding planning! We interviewed Lauren Kay, the Executive Editor of The Knot, on the topic of "What To Do When." We talk about what to do first in the wedding planning process, and which conversations to start with, to make sure that your wedding is everything you want it to be! As Executive Editor of The Knot, Lauren Kay scours the globe for of-the-minute wedding trends and design secrets. She loves to share her wedding expertise with engaged couples and industry pros alike and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and local news segments across the country. Lauren accepted her first wedding role at age six. After a winning performance as flower girl, she went on to star in many more weddings (including her own in 2013). She has a strong affinity for good etiquette and red lipstick and thinks a good pair of heels can transform any day. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband Adam and children George and Eleanor.  #weddingplanning #theknot #nationalweddingplanningday  --- Support this podcast:
120:  CONTENT WARNING: DOMESTIC ABUSE. Atonn shares a story about a couple he DIDN'T marry, and talks about spotting the warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to be an ally, and how to get help. #domesticabuse #abusesurvivor #horrorstory --- Support this podcast:
119 - In over 200 weddings, Atonn has found that a lot of couples don't really have any idea of what readings to use in their ceremony, or they just aren't familiar with the different types of readings that are out there. Above all else, he always stresses that a couple can use LITERALLY anything they want! Obviously, some church weddings will probably include a scriptural reading, but wherever you're getting married, you can have whomever you want read whatever else you choose! So we are starting a new monthly segment where Atonn shares some of his favorite wedding readings - Many of them are off the beaten path, so to speak, so they are great choices for couples who are looking to have a little fun! #offbeatbride #offbeatwedding #weddingreadings  --- Support this podcast:
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