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If you're getting ready to or are already in the process of planning your wedding, you've come to the right place! DJ Josh, owner of Highlight Weddings & Events, interviews other 30A wedding pros to offer insight about how to make your wedding a highlight!
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Destin is a GREAT place to have your wedding. It's also a great place to have your bachelor or bachelorette party. But if you're having your bachelorette or bachelor party during the Emerald Coast's busy season from March to October, Destin is also GREAT for traffic. So, why add that to your hassle? Go with Destin Tiki Bus, instead! Seating 10 people comfortably, it's perfectly suited to accommodate your wedding VIPs and allow everyone to just enjoy themselves for the party (or even the weekend!) without having to worry about logistics.DJ Josh got a chance to chat with Destin Tiki Bus co-owner, Stu Campbell. He shared why he's so proud of what Destin Tiki Bus is and how it can really make your night a highlight everyone will never forget! He also talked about his love for driving, helping make an experience the best it can be for guests, and what he particularly loves about Destin.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! To reach DJ Josh, email him at  josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com.The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
There's a level of refinement that is associated with string instruments. They bring a feel of extra polish and panache when you see them but hearing them live their distinct quality transforms the environment that their sound fills. On this episode, DJ Josh from Highlight Weddings and Events chats with Ayla Green, owner of Bow Tied Music, about what an event with having them providing the soundtrack for your day.She shares, "Why Bow Tied?" What sets them a part from other potential live music companies in the area. She also chats about everything you'd need to know when starting to work with her to come up your ceremony's soundtrack. She also talked about how the down time during COVID-19 was the catalyst and space to create Bow Tied as well as her experience at her first performance post-COVID. She also chatted about how her and her fiance's relationship started, the death of her dream of being an astronaut, and how she truly loves bringing events to life!Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! To reach DJ Josh, email him at  josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com.The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
DJ Josh is all about adding unique touches to your wedding. What would be more unique than having a live painter capture your day invoking the emotions and the vibes from it as it is unfolding. Well, his guest today, Maxine Orange, from Abstract Bridal Portraits, does just that! If you've never been at an event with a live painter, it's something that just elevates the experience. Plus, getting a portrait done on the first day of the rest of your life seems pretty cool right?As they talked, Maxine shared her journey from Alabama to New York City to Huntington Beach to where she currently resides in Destin, how her style is influenced by painting live at your event, and what she loves about this area. In addition to her Instagram, which acts as her portfolio, you can also find her at maxineorange.com. You can also email her directly at maxineorange@gmail.com.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! To reach DJ Josh, email him at  josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com.The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
The cool thing about the Emerald Coast is there is a wide range of locations to choose from. From Panama City to 30A to Destin to Pensacola, can find what fits your style for your wedding perfectly. Today, DJ Josh from Highlight Weddings and Events chats with Michelle Wardlaw from Pier Suite. One of the defining features that Pier Suite has is it is the only wedding venue on Pensacola Beach that has a panoramic view of the Gulf!In addition to giving you a mental image of what to expect, Michelle also shared her path to becoming the co-owner of Pier Suite, her background as a dancer, as well as an unforgettable retelling of how her now-husband,  Michael, proposed to her while they were still dating. It's probably the most unique story I've heard! She also shared Pier Suite's own spin on the Micro Weddings they offer for couples.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
The cool thing about being a wedding professional is oftentimes you've had the experience of having your own wedding. DJ Josh has chatted with several wedding company owners that found their own found their company based on their own wedding experience. He didn't establish Highlight Weddings & Events directly because of his wedding experience but his wedding provided him with some lessons that he's learned as he looks back on it through the lens of his 7 years of wedding DJ experience.He shares lessons from the wedding planning process as well as  helpful tidbits to keep in mind for the day of your wedding. There's also a specific part that is for the fellas, so future brides if you're listening you will definitely want to share this with your soon-to-be groom.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
There are just some venues that are indescribably beautiful. Each moment captured is picture perfect wherever you are at the location. Watercolor Inn & Resorts is one of those venues. This week, DJ Josh from Highlight Weddings & Events got to sit down with Holly Odom, the Wedding Sales and Service Manager there to share more about what makes Watercolor so special. Spoiler alert: it's not JUST the picturesque backdrop they have. The culture there is one that will find a way to make your time there the end all be all. And, the staff isn't just focused on your wedding date or the time you stay. The entire wedding planning experience is an opportunity for them to make sure that everything you can possibly imagine is taken care of.Holly knows this because she has been a part of Watercolor for almost 8 years and she's held different positions on the different teams the resort has there before finally arriving at her dream job. She also gives prospective couples a few things to expect when booking your wedding at Watercolor, what the wedding team has in store for the future, and the fun, personal questions you've come to expect if you've listened to this podcast for any link of time. Thanks for being a guest, Holly! Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
Sometimes there is a fear with couples that are considering hiring a wedding coordinator. As a bride, you may worry that once you hire a coordinator, you won't get to DO #allthethings that are the fun parts of the wedding planning process: picking out all the pretty design elements, putting together the invitations, all the Pinterest-type things. Jillian McCarthy from Jillian Rose Events understands that. She's planning her own wedding right now!DJ Josh sat down with her and she took the opportunity to share why she'd start a wedding planning company in the middle of a pandemic, how she's been able to navigate planning her own wedding during the same pandemic, as well as the differences between New England, Midwest, and Emerald Coast weddings. They also talk about their current guilty pleasures and a time period they'd like to visit.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
For those who know, SunQuest Cruises is synonymous with their beautiful three-deck yacht, Solaris. But, SunQuest is more than just a pretty boat! DJ Josh got to chat with Kristi Summerlin from SunQuest Cruises and she shares how they can literally take care of your entire wedding weekend turning your destination wedding into a full-blown vacation. In this episode, Kristi lays out what your wedding weekend could look like!They also talk about their mutual experience at UWF, the amazing food that SunQuest's executive chef puts together (spoiler alert: cheese is involved), and what an authentic Destin/30A experience looks like.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Today, DJ Josh gets to chat with Chris Hudson from Southern Comfort Services, a true black car transportation company in the Destin and 30A area. What's a true black car service? And what can Chris' team can provide for your wedding? Give this episode a listen.In it, you'll hear about their common background (both veterans), their similar day-off routines, as well as everything you need to know when booking transportation for your next event!Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
It's the beginning of 2021! As most of you probably know, the holidays are also engagement season and that means that this is the time of year when wedding planning begins in full force. One of the first major things to check off a bride's list is saying "Yes" to the dress. DJ Josh thought it would be the perfect time to talk to Maggie Matthews from Margaret Ellen Bridal, because, admittedly, he doesn't have any experience in bridal gown shopping.Maggie shares her passion for creating the experience for brides she works with, the joy she feels while building relationships with those brides, as well as tips for bridal gown shopping so that you can have the best bridal gown experience, too! Like DJ Josh at Highlight Weddings & Events, she is the sole employee of her company and she relishes being a part of each bride's planning process!Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Season 2, Episode 1

Season 2, Episode 1

2021-01-0607:39

Welcome to the first week of 2021! Saying that DJ Josh is excited (and relieved) that we are now in 2021 is an understatement. In this episode, he shares his 2021 resolutions, his word for the year, some cool stats (most downloaded podcast, city with the most listeners, how many hours of content).If you want to follow and be up to date on non-podcast things (like Spotify playlists and recorded mixes), follow Highlight Weddings & Events on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates as well as other fun social media goodies!Next week we will have a guest! To the faithful listeners, thanks for listening! To the newcomers, get ready for some awesome wedding talks! Here's to your 2021. Make it a HIGHLIGHT!The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
The end of the year has always been a time for reflection for DJ Josh, owner of Highlight Weddings and Events. 2020 is no exception (even if it may not have been the best year in recent memory...) Be prepared for ALL THE GRATITUDE. Here's to a happy new year and a much better 2021 than the 2020 we've all had to endure.The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Positioned perfectly on the Destin Harbor, The Emerald Grande captures the daily picturesque sunsets there! It also has to be one of DJ Josh's favorite Emerald Coast wedding venues, so he was excited when he got the chance to chat with Emily Buckley, the banquet manager there.Emily shares how she worked her way up through the organization, all of the different venues (yes, venues plural!) that The Emerald Grande offers couples for their wedding, as well as how she arrived in this area.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
One of DJ Josh's favorite parts of working in the wedding/private event industry is having so much beautiful aesthetic incorporated in each event.  This week's guest, Rebecca Cross from Mingle 30A, helps to wow clients and their guests by decorating using balloons! It's a hot trend on the Emerald Coast that even COVID-19 couldn't cool down. And, it just might be right for YOUR wedding or event.DJ Josh and Rebecca talk about her serial entrepreneurship because even though she has "retired", she not only started Mingle 30A, she and her husband also launched The Grayt Room, 30A's newest private event location.  Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, DJ Josh would appreciate it! He might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. he'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
The way a wedding event team is comprised, you don't always get to meet the other members of it. That's the case with DJ Josh and Brittany Sigler, owner of Destin Mobile Makeup Box and 30A Mobile Makeup Box. He has been a part of numerous weddings with her but they hadn't ever chatted until this episode!Brittany shares how her passion for being a bridal hair and makeup artist means that she wants to make the bride's experience second to none ensuring that the party starts BEFORE the wedding reception. She also talked about lessons she learned from working at Estee Lauder and encouragement for other would-be entrepreneurs since she also has her own makeup line called Consecrated Cosmetics.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. I'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Charcuterie is a new trend as a unique experience in its own right. But have you considered incorporating it as part of your wedding? Whether it's part of your Rehearsal Dinner, preparing for the big day, or even having it as part of the Reception, charcuterie is a great accent for any occasion. Fortunately, the co-owner of The Blue Magnolia, Nathalie Barreto, sat down and shared with me how her and her father, George, started their company during the COVID-19 quarantine period. In addition to talking about The Blue Magnolia, we also discussed our similar experiences in Calculus, where Nathalie feels centered, as well as what Nathalie's plans are for Thanksgiving.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. I'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
On today's episode, you may recognize my guest from Episode 7 when we talked about how to find the right wedding coordination for your big day. (If you haven't checked it out, yet, you should ;) ). However, we aren't talking about wedding coordination today but a unique concept to the Emerald Coast: micro-weddings. Since Avis Glenister is what I like to call a serial wedding entrepreneur, it didn't surprise me that she would create a new wedding concept for the Emerald Coast while we were on quarantine. As she was looking for a way to accommodate couples who wanted to strip down the wedding planning process and focus on what's important while also partnering with her favorite wedding pros and, Intimate Weddings 30A was born. It also allows couples to lower what they will have to budget since the cost for the wedding professionals and the venue is spread throughout the day. (You won't have to rent the venue for the day. Only your time!)Want more info? Head on over to her website. Full disclosure: I am a member of the Intimate Weddings 30A collective of wedding professionals. If you book with Intimate Weddings 30A, I just might get the privilege to be a part of your day!Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. I'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast were both edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
So, I'll be honest. When I was in the wedding planning process, flowers weren't really a big deal to me. What can I say? I was the typical groom. But, ladies, I understand. Especially if photographs are a big priority to you, flowers mean EVERYTHING!Well, fortunately for me, I got to be schooled on all things florals by Kerrie Brogdon from KB Farms Cut Flowers. Not only that but we also talked about how she and her husband came to owning KB Farms, how they've been able to adapt and make it through COVID-19, as well as what life is like in Cottondale, FL.Make sure to click that subscribe button, so you don't miss an episode. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast! Also, if you have a wedding pro that you think other brides might benefit from working with, send their info to josh@highlightweddingsandevents.com. I'd LOVE to chat with them :)The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast was edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
When you think of having a destination wedding on Florida's Emerald Coast, you probably envision your venue on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. If that's the case, you need to check out Vue on 30A. With its floor to ceiling windows and how far it sits above the beach, this is a wedding to definitely consider. This week, I got the chance to chat with Anna Parish, Vue's Private Event Director. I've had the pleasure of working with her several times but it was so nice to just chat with her about why couples LOVE Vue on 30A. From the view to the food to its amazing staff, it makes it a wedding venue to consider for your 30A wedding.Make sure to click that subscribe button. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast!The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast was edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Some of the guests on Make Your Wedding a Highlight, I've had the pleasure of being a part of an event team with. Some I haven't, yet, but hope to soon. This week's guest was Heather Archdeacon-Willams,  the owner of Defining Moments Weddings & Events. She also happened to be the wedding coordinator for the best wedding I've ever been to: my own :). I haven't been able to be a part of an event team with her yet just because our schedules never quite lined up but I was so excited that I got to chat with her (as well as gush about her to her).The conversation included Disney magic, Heather's wanderlust. But, drawing from her 15 years of wedding planning experience in the 30A area, Heather shares insight on where to focus first so that way you avoid heartache or difficult decisions later on in the wedding planning process.Make sure to click that subscribe button. And if you haven't left a review, I'd appreciate it! I might even read it on a future podcast!The intro and outro for this Highlight Weddings & Events Podcast was edited and produced by DropHouse Voiceover Production Studio and Tony Tee Neto, Voiceover Artist & Audio Producer. For more info on branding elements, editing, and post-production services, visit http://drophouse.com.The song used for the intro and outro for this episode is Crush by https://audiohub.com License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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