'How to Tackle Instagram Without Letting It Control Your Life' with Megan DeWaele Bieber of Hitched with a Hashtag

After successfully planning her own wedding in early March 2018, Megan realized there was a gap in the wedding vendor market for the social media savvy bride. With the belief that the most important event in a couple’s life should have a kick ass social media strategy, Megan decided to combine her two loves: social media and wedding planning and create hitched with a hashtag.

Megan has helped dozens of brides extend their weddings on Instagram and vendors who need guidance in leveraging social media to market their services. She holds eight plus years of social media marketing strategy experience for big tech brands in Boston.

In addition to working directly with brides, she services wedding professionals who are looking to master their social media game, in order to grow their followers and discover new clients.

You will hear all about Megan’s journey to starting and running her business, as well as her tried and true tips on how to ‘How To Tackle Instagram Without Letting It Control Your Life.’

Follow our Featured Guest, Megan DeWaele Bieber:

Instagram: @hitchedwithahashtag

Website: www.hitchedwithahashtag.com

'How to Best Serve a Luxury Clientele' with Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse Productions

Renée interviews luxury wedding DJ, Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse Productions.

Brian Lee has been a fixture in the wedding and event industry for over 10 years. He started DJing professionally over 15 years ago as a nightclub DJ, and had the opportunity to venture into the wedding and corporate event market. Brian quickly realized that there was a huge gap between skilled, beat mixing DJs who could also be professional on a microphone in front of a crowd, and deliver excellent customer service to clients. And so, Elevated Pulse Productions was created.

Brian feels grateful to have had the opportunity to work on several high profile weddings with clients ranging from international super models to multiple NFL, MLB, and NHL players, to title holding UFC fighters. Brian also DJed on David Tutera’s wedding reality show, and the wedding of the President of iHeartRadRenée interviews luxury wedding DJ, Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse Productions. Scheduleio.

You will hear all about Brian’s journey and he will be giving tips on ‘How to Best Serve a Luxury Clientele.’ This topic is so incredibly important when it comes to the wedding industry and we are so excited for you to hear from a true expert in the event industry.

Follow our Featured Guest, Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse Productions

Instagram: @elevatedpulse

Website: www.elevatedpulsepro.com

'Being an Introverted Extrovert in the Event Industry' with Jim Tomasso of ROCKSTAR LIMO

This week, Renée sits down with Jim Tomasso of ROCKSTAR LIMO.

Jim is the Greater Boston Area Sales Manager for ROCKSTAR LIMO and as of recent, Jim has taken on the role of Global Sales Manager for the corporate brand of the company called AOT Global. Between the two brands, the company provides chauffeured ground transportation in over 1000 cities worldwide. Jim has over 20 years of sales, management, and customer service expertise and his role representing the ROCKSTAR LIMO brand includes managing relationships with New England wedding & event planners, venues & vendors. His passion is building strong, client focused, long term relationships.

Jim is a current member of several industry associates such as The Boston Wedding group, where he has held a Vice President board position, ILEA Boston Chapter, where he received a chapter appreciation award, and new member of MPI New England.

You will hear all about Jim’s journey and he will be giving tips on ‘Being an Introverted Extrovert in the Event Industry.’ We will finish up our episode hearing what Jim wishes other vendors knew and his Confetti Hour Confessions.

Featured Guest, Jim Tomasso of ROCKSTAR LIMO:

Social Media:
www.facebook.com/limorental // www.instagram.com/rockstar_limo/ Schedule

Website: www.rockstarlimo.net // www.aotglobal.com

BONUS EPISODE: LIVE from ILEA Chapter Leader Summit

Renée records an impromptu episode with fellow ILEA board members during the 2019 ILEA Chapter Leader Summit Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

The Confetti Hour Podcast is coming at you LIVE for a bonus episode this week to provide a truly candid conversation among ILEA Members. Renée is joined by four of her fellow ILEA Boston board members: Blair Allen-Mitchan (incoming President), Ken Barrett-Sweet (incoming VP of Education and Programs), Lynne Reznick (incoming Director of Membership), and Jodi Gold (incoming Director of Programs), and two incredible ILEA Greater Philadelphia Chapter members, Erin Crofchick (Current President) and Christy Brenner (Current VP of Membership). As a group, these ILEA members discuss the power of being in an association and the value of being in ILEA. The group also share an open and honest conversation on working together as wedding professionals.


ILEA Boston // www.ileaboston.com

ILEA Greater Philadelphia Chapter // www.ileaphila.com

Featured Guests:

Blair Allen-Mitchan, BAM Events, www.BAMEvents.net

Ken Barrett-Sweet, The Catered Affair, www.thecateredaffair.com

Lynne Reznick, www.lynnereznickphotography.com

Jodi Gold, Siagel Productions, www.siagelproductions.com

Erin Crofchick, Schulson Catering, www.schulsoncatering.com

Christy Brenner, Let’s Do Linens, www.letsdolinens.com

'Honing Your Creative Voice to Best Serve Your Clients' with Elizabeth LaDuca Photography

On this week's episode, Renée sits down with talented wedding photographer, Elizabeth LaDuca

Elizabeth is a wedding photographer focused on creating emotive and honest photography for discerning couples. She specializes in traditional film photography, and seeks to tell a couple's story from their biggest emotion to the smallest detail on their wedding day. Elizabeth's work has been featured in BRIDES, Vanity Fair, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake and she was named 'Best Wedding Photographer' by Boston Magazine in 2018. She is based in Massachusetts and welcomes travel for celebrations around the country.

You will hear all about Elizabeth's journey and she will be giving tips on 'Honing your Creative Voice to Best Serve Your Clients.' We will finish up our episode with 'What She Wishes Other Vendors Knew' and her Confetti Hour Confession. .

Follow our Featured Guest, Elizabeth LaDuca Photography

Instagram: @elizabethladuca

Website: www.elizabethladuca.com // www.elizabethladucaprintshop.com

'The Importance of Letting Your Team Shine' with Ken Barrett-Sweet of The Catered Affair

This week, Renée has the distinct pleasure and honor of sitting down with Ken Barrett‑Sweet, the Director of Catering, Innovation and Design at The Catered Affair.

With over 20 years of experience working in the hospitality and event industry, Ken brings a level of creativity, passion and professionalism to each event that is truly inspiring. From Executive Chef to Director of Catering, you will hear all about Ken’s interesting journey and all the highs and lows in between.

Sometimes it can be so hard to let go and trust your team to execute a perfect wedding or event. Ken and I also touch upon the importance of effectively leading your team your team so they can shine like stars, which in turn allows you to do bigger and better things for your company or business.

Follow our Featured Guest, Ken Barrett-Sweet:

Instagram: @thecateredaffair // @kenbarrettsweet

Website: http://www.thecateredaffair.com

'Real Talk: Sales & Turnover' with Ashley Kirouac of Fairmont Copley Plaza

This week, Renée interviews Ashley Kirouac who is a Catering Sales Manager and Wedding Specialist at Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Starting as a temp server for catering events all around New England, Ashley truly learned what it takes to plan an event from the ground up. From there she jumped into the event world as a banquet manager and continued to grow over the following 4 1/2 years as an Event Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Cambridge, where she won Manager of the Year and Hyachievers - a coveted spot of the top 100 Event Sales Managers within the Americas. Ashley has now taken the luxury market by storm, as the newest Catering Sales Manager and Wedding Specialist at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza. You will hear all about Ashley’s journey on getting into the event industry and her passion for working within the hospitality and wedding industry.

Follow our Featured Guest, Ashley Kirouac:

Instagram:@fairmontcopley @ashleykirouac

Website: www.fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston

'Basement Betty turned Luxury Floral Designer' with Gregory Costa of Flou(-e)r Specialty Floral Events

Renée sits down with Gregory Costa of Flou(‑e)r Specialty Floral Events. Gregory is the head designer and managing partner of Flou(‑e)r Specialty Floral Events, a luxury floral design studio in Boston that has been creating one of a kind floral design for the past 10 years. You will hear all about Gregory’s imprecise journey on starting his business and how he evolved from ‘Basement Betty’ to a Luxury Floral Designer.

Follow our Featured Guest, Gregory Costa:


Website: www.myflouer.com

'Mastering Longevity in an Evolving Industry' with David Lombardo of Lombardo's

In this week’s episode, Renée interviews David Lombardo, the General Manager of family-owned & operated wedding and event venue, Lombardo’s. I can’t wait for you all to hear about the impressive journey that David and the Lombardo family has had -- from opening their first function hall in East Boston in 1963 to present day: operating one of Greater Boston’s premier wedding and event venue as a successful fourth-generation owned and operated family business. David is a born leader, whose professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm brings pure joy to all clients and vendors planning an event at Lombardo’s. David will also give insight into how his family has successfully built longevity in an evolving industry and maintains their reputation as one of South Shore’s premier wedding venues. 

Follow our Featured Guest, David Lombardo:

Instagram:@lombardosevents @lombardostogo @lombardostailgate

Personal Instagram: @lombardoboss

Website: www.lombardos.com 

'Build a Brand that Sells, So You Don't Have To’ with Mollie Marrocco

In today’s episode, Renée sits down with Mollie Marrocco, a Brand and Messaging Coach for creative entrepreneurs and coaches.

Mollie shares her journey on going from high school teacher to wedding planner to transitioning to brand coaching. You will hear about her passion and joy for helping creatives feel confident about their online presence and helping them achieve effective messaging that attracts their dream clients. We discuss all things branding, including the benefits of having a fabulous brand presence that effectively targets your ideal client and sells itself. With Mollie’s incredibly helpful tips, your prospective clients will be filling out your contact form wondering ‘how soon they can get started!’, rather than going into your initial inquiry confused with a lack of connection to you and in turn causing you to have to sell yourself and your value that much harder.

Follow our Featured Guest, Mollie Marrocco:

Instagram: @MollieMarrocco
Website: www.molliemarrocco.com

'The Artist Behind the Lens’ with Lara Woolfson of Studio Nouveau

In today’s episode, Renée enjoys a candid conversation with Lara Woolfson, the owner and principal photographer of Studio Nouveau.

With a MFA in visual art and a passion for curating stunning imagery that lights up each of her clients, Lara Woolfson has built a successful career within the photography field. As one authentic, fierce, and truly professional boss lady, she has earned a strong reputation within the wedding industry over past 12 years through her carefully composed, expertly encapsulated and artistic approach to photography. Lara and Renee chat about the different stylistic approaches to photography and how art, style and raw emotion plays such a huge role in her work.

Follow our Featured Guest, Lara Woolfson:

Personal Instagram: @nouveau_lara

'Finding Balance within the Event Industry' with Sara Costello of the New England Aquarium

Renée sits down with local event professional, Sara Costello, who is an experienced Event Sales Manager at the New England Aquarium and a Certified Fitness Instructor.

You will hear all about Sara's career journey from working with high profile athletes within the sports event management industry to selling beautiful weddings at the New England Aquarium. We discuss the struggles and importance of finding balance within the event industry and how those values ultimately led Sara to become a Certified Fitness Instructor teaching Barre and Spin classes. For those event pros who are craving a well-balance lifestyle, this inspiring episode will give you the motivation you need to make your health and wellness a priority.

Follow our Featured Guest, Sara Costello:

Personal Instagram: @saracostel
New England Aquarium Website: 

'Taboo Topic: Pricing for YOUR Worth within the Wedding Industry' with Keri Ketterer Walter of Always Yours Events

On this week's episode, Renée has the pleasure of interviewing Keri Ketterer Walter, the Owner, Planner + Designer of Always Yours Events. You will get a glimpse into Keri’s world as a luxury wedding planner & designer, successful business owner, and experienced event professional. Keri & Renée also provide helpful insight on accurately pricing yourself for YOUR worth within the wedding industry and how to best educate couples on the real cost of a wedding. This episode is chock full of useful tips and you won't want to miss their candid, honest and raw conversation! 

Follow our Featured Guest, Keri Ketterer Walter:

Website: www.alwaysyoursevents.com

Instagram: @alwaysyoursevents

Check Out Keri's Blog Post on the Real Cost of a Wedding: www.alwaysyoursevents.com/blog 

'How to Shift Your Career Path the RIGHT Way' with Lynne Reznick Photography

Renée sits down with Boston wedding photographer, Lynne Reznick of Lynne Reznick Photography. Bringing a mixture of professionalism and creativity to each client, Lynne enjoys working closely with couples who are deeply in love to capture their love stories in authentic, joyful, and classic imagery. We hear all about her interesting journey of leaving her long-time career as a successful High School teacher to take the leap into an entirely new industry as a wedding photographer. She shares all the steps she took to make her career transition in the right way! 

Lynne and Renée also chat about Lynne's new coaching and mentorship services, as well about their joint venture: Everyday Creative, where they provide education to help creatives take their businesses to the next level through engaging workshops and helpful resources.

Follow our Featured Guest, Lynne Reznick:

Website: www.lynnereznickphotography.com

Instagram: @lynnereznickphoto

Everyday Creative: www.everydaycreativebos.com // @everydaycreativebos

'Success within a Niche Market' with Kristen Bender Daaboul of Kadeema

On this week’s episode, Renée interviews Kristen Bender Daaboul, the Owner & Creative Director of Kadeema, a boutique design studio and rental company based in Boston. As a Certified Interior Designer, Kristen has years of experience curating luxury living spaces and has found success within a niche market for her small business. Her inventory offers unique pieces from the grandest eras, decades and design periods for all types of celebrations & events. We also dive into her next big venture of opening up the Kadeema showroom as a charming and historic event space, called The Tannery Loft. Fellow creatives, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!

Follow our Featured Guest, Kristen Bender Daaboul:

Website: www.kadeemarentals.com

Instagram: @kadeemarentals // @thetanneryloft

'Smitten for Hospitality & Events' with Bobby Smith of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston

This week, Renée dives into the world of hospitality & events with Senior Catering Sales Manager, Bobby Smith of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. Bobby’s goal as a Senior Catering Sales Manager is to make every catered event unique and memorable for each client and to ensure they feel The Ritz-Carlton experience! You will enjoy hearing all about Bobby’s journey that led him to a joyful career in hospitality & events, what working for a luxury brand and hotel is really like and the reasons why he loves his job and this crazy industry so much.

Follow our Featured Guest, Bobby Smith:

Bobby’s Instagram: @bos_bobby

Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston

Instagram: @theritzcarltonboston

'From 9-5 to Dream Job' with Kelly Golia Events

Renée sits down with Kelly Golia, owner, lead planner and creative director of Kelly Golia Events. Kelly’s background in design, experience in event planning and passion for bringing creative flair to celebrations led her to the launch of her own business nearly three years ago. We chat about her journey going from side hustle to full time boss lady and all the highs and lows in between.

Follow our Featured Guest, Kelly Golia:

Website: www.kellygolia.com

Instagram: @kellysgolia

'New Beginnings' with Jimmy Guzman of JNG Event Consulting

Renée and Jimmy talk about the feelings they both had leaving their past jobs and going out on their own. Jimmy shares on his journey with entrepreneurship and how stepping into the darkness of the unknown was the best thing he could have ever done for himself.

Follow our Featured Guest, Jimmy Guzman:

JNG Event Consulting’s Website: https://www.jngeventconsulting.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jngeventconsulting

Jimmy’s Decorative Moments on the Boston Neighborhood Network: https://bnnmedia.org/vod/jimmy’s-decorative-moments