Michelle is a Certified Wedding Consultant with more than 20 years in the Wedding & Events Industry. Michelle's company is Allure Wedding Consulting & Event Planning serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, Boston & Cape Cod.
What are the first 5 thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Kiss my husband
drink 22 oz of water
What is your favorite movie quote?
"Enough about me, let's talk about you. What do you think of me?"
-Bette Midler's character (C.C. Bloom) in Beaches
What is your favorite joke?
I have a terrible memory. I know I've heard better ones, but the one I remember is. "Where did the General hide his army? In his sleevies"
What is YOUR karaoke song?
Love Shack, by the B52's.
What was your most embarrassing hair style?
My mom decided I should get the "Mary Lou Retton Cut" in the 80's. I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. To top it off, whenever my bangs would grow out, she would cut them herself and they would always be very crooked.
What word do you love the sound of?
Savannah. Referring to the city in Georgia. But I only like it when someone from there says it with that accent.
What food reminds you of your birthday?
Ice Cream. I definitely eat ice cream on my birthday.
What food makes you think of Christmas?
Candied Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows. Also reminds me of Thanksgiving. Reminds me of my mom and grandmother.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Terms of Endearment
What is the best invention during your lifetime?
How old where you when you got your first computer?
I was 22. My husband and I financed the first ever iMac. It was blue.
What was your first car?
1979 Convertible VW Bug. I was 16.
What do you have an irrational fear of?
Bees!! I've never been stung. I'm so freaked out by them.
Who taught you to swim?
Who taught you to ride a bike?
My Dad on a pink Huffy.
What music are you embarrassed that you like listening to?
Light Rock, Easy Listening from the 70's & 80's. Not sure why, but sometimes, I'm in the mood to blast that shit in my car and sing loud.
What do you hate the sound of?
The sound of someone cleaning under their finger nails with a paper napkin. Eeeek!!
What was the last Concert you went to?
Kanye West and it was awesome.
If you could see any deceased musician perform who would you choose?
Michael Jackson. I was/am a HUGE fan and I never got to see him live.
May 24th, 2017 | 41 mins 32 secs
podcast, tipping vendors, universal life church, wedding advice, wedding ceremony, wedding officiants, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Officiating weddings when you’re not really an officiant? How does that work?
May 17th, 2017 | 10 mins 19 secs
bar service, beverage service, last call, wedding coordination, wedding details, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Last Call for Alcohol! The QUICK FOCUS SERIES returns this week and we are schooling you on Beverage Service for your wedding.
May 10th, 2017 | 21 mins 58 secs
california wedding, events of distinction, joyce scardina becker, wedding coordination, wedding details, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Joyce Scardina Becker is a leader in the West Coast wedding industry and was Michelle & Christy's teacher back when they took the Wedding Planner Certificate Program. Michelle interviews her mentor and teacher for the show also get's to chat a bit with Joyce's current Wedding Planner Certification Students.
May 3rd, 2017 | 46 mins 35 secs
wedding coordination, wedding details, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
What items are you bringing to your wedding? Where do they need to be set up? What do you want back at the end of the night? The Final Details list answers these questions and many more!
April 26th, 2017 | 34 mins 27 secs
boudoir, destination weddings, wedding photography, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Boudoir shoots...what are they? Who does them? Why?? In this episode, Michelle goes ‘behind the scenes’ and hangs out with photographer Michelle Walker and bride Chloe as Chloe bares all...
April 19th, 2017 | 10 mins 51 secs
podcast, tipping vendors, wedding advice, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
This episode is our first of the QUICK FOCUS SERIES. Short episodes where Michelle and Christy focus on small but important parts of the wedding and give you just the info you need to know in 10 minutes or less!
April 12th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
amanda lund, bridal showers, cats, matt gourley, podcast, stitcher, wedding planning, wedding podcast, weddings
Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley are getting married! They’ve been planning their wedding and they have a lot of awesome advice! They are getting married in a few short weeks and they’re checking in with us at this point in the process.
April 5th, 2017 | 41 mins 42 secs
photography, wedding, wedding coordination, wedding photographer, wedding photography, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings
Sometimes you have to record your podcast in a bar, and this is one of those times. Michelle interviews Michelle Walker, wedding photographer extraordinaire! This episode is CHALK-FULL of great advice from an experienced, talented and amazing wedding photographer. Seriously, these show notes don’t do the episode justice. Listen and Learn...there is so much to learn from Michelle Walker.
March 29th, 2017 | 42 mins 45 secs
fanmail, itunes, wedding, wedding coordination, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding podcast, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings
In this episode, we love on each other, and we love on you, our dear listeners and fans! Join us for some laughs, some Spanish lessons, and we hope you can hear our smiles as we read some of your emails to us, and some reviews! We’ve been doing a lot of interviews and heavy informative stuff on the podcast lately, so we needed to circle back to the fun we have doing this show together as co-hosts!
March 22nd, 2017 | 39 mins 45 secs
toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding dj, wedding music, wedding planners, wedding planning, weddings
In the San Francisco Bay Area, you won’t find a shortage when looking for a wedding DJ, but one company looms large on the wedding horizon - Denon and Doyle. In this interview, Michelle talks to owner Sue Doyle, manager and DJ Mark Haggerty and DJ and office manager Mark Addison about their experiences ‘in the field’. They have an amazing team of professional DJ’s and include supplementary services like lighting, photo booths, AV and even childcare for events. Also - virtual reality! What?!
March 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
make-up artist, wedding coordination, wedding make-up, wedding planning, wedding stylist, weddings
Becca Ashmon is one of Christy’s go-to makeup artists in Dallas/Fort Worth. In this episode, Christy interviews her and they talk about how Becca got into the industry, why being a makeup artist (MUA) is not for the faint of heart, how personality absolutely matters, and what brides can do to find the perfect MUA for their wedding day. Also, Becca shares her favorite makeup brands, and we talk about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and drag queens because OF COURSE WE DO.
March 8th, 2017 | 49 mins 26 secs
floral designers, nancy liu chin, wedding, wedding coordination, wedding flowers, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings
Michelle nails another awesome interview! This time, she channels Jerry Seinfeld - driving around town with Nancy, interviewing her for the podcast while they wander the East Bay streets. Nancy Liu Chin is a big time florist in the SF Bay Area, she has been in the biz for 15 years. She is sharing her wisdom, experience and passion for flowers and the wedding industry in this interview. Nancy made the conscious decision to find her path in the event design industry and landed on flowers. And thank goodness! Because we think her work is simply amazing. So is her work ethic, and her business sense and her personal style - so listen and enjoy!
March 1st, 2017 | 50 mins 47 secs
wedding, wedding coordination, wedding planner, wedding planning, wedding stories, wedding traditions, weddings
In this episode, we reminisce about some of the funny/awkward/crazy stories from weddings we have done. Between the two of us, we have about 20 years of weddings under our belts. Remember - sometimes it isn’t funny during or right afterward, but in a year, it could be a hilarious story you tell at Thanksgiving! Having a sense of humor about life is imperative.
We hope you enjoy listening to this episode - we sure did enjoy recording it!
February 22nd, 2017 | 56 mins 11 secs
toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planners, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding toasts, weddings
Michelle is sick and Christy has a fat lip - but we will carry on! It’s been awhile since our podcast has gotten back to it’s roots...so to speak. We have been dissecting the WEDDING DAY TIMELINE, in our recent 3 piece mini-series, and Michelle recently interviewed Maria Chang, which was inspirational and insightful. We’ve just been craving a lighter, chatty chat, and we needed to catch up with each other! So here is what we threw around in this episode.
February 15th, 2017 | 41 mins 38 secs
toasts, wedding consulting, wedding coordination, wedding design, wedding planning, wedding speach, wedding timeline, wedding toasts, weddings
Logistics...Contract review...Vendor policies! This part is, admittedly, not the most fun part of wedding planning. Which is why it’s a feat that Christy and Michelle managed to make talking about it FUN. Or at least we tried. This is part 3 of 3 - TIMELINES.
February 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
maria chang, pma, pmastyle, professional make-up, wedding hair, wedding make-up, weddings
THE AMERICAN DREAM! Maria Chang came to the USA back in 1986, as an 11 year old child refugee from Nicaragua. Maria has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years.