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Weddings for Real

187 EpisodesProduced by Megan GillikinWebsite

Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree Wedding Planning, you'll hear guests share their secrets on marketing, the client experience, networking, community, sales, and more - and you mig… read more


19: Celebrity Weddings, Reality TV, and an Amazing Marriage Streak: Filmmakers Chris and Toni Wheaton from Heart Stone Films

Filmmakers Chris and Toni Wheaton from Heart Stone Films and Portico Pictures are on the show today! They talked about how they became business owners (and married) at 22 and 23 years old, their incredible marriage "streak", learning to fight, filming Dale Earnhardt Jr and Emily Maynard's weddings, being starstruck by Danica Patrick (they're available for whatever date you choose Danica!), seeing Backstreet Boy AJ McLean sing at a recent wedding, some of the craziest wedding stories you'll ever hear, trends they wish would go away, their reality TV show "Weddings with the Wheatons" on, mistakes that they've made, and why you need a wedding video.

 (Image above by Nancy Ray)





Heart Stone Films on Social Media: Instagram: @heartstonefilms Facebook: @heartstonefilms twitter: @heartstonefilms   Portico Pictures on Social Media: Facebook: @weareportico twitter: @porticopictures Instagram: @porticopictures   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal   This episode was brought to you by The Crepe Cakerie. Gâteau de Mille Crêpes, or 1000 layer crepe cake, is a decadent and classic French dessert consisting of layers and layers of buttery crepes, each separated with a brush of hand-made filling. At The Crêpe Cakerie, located right here in the Triangle, we take this beautiful tradition to a fresh and elegant level for brides and grooms who appreciate French chocolate ganaches and handmade nutellas.  Decorated with organic fruits, flowers, and herbs, your custom made wedding cake will make memories for you, your family and your friends.  Visit  to check out the beauty of these wedding "super stars" and to sign up for your complimentary cake tasting.  Cakes that will make you say OUI…Visit The Crepe Cakerie at    If you would like to advertise on this podcast, for the month of July, donate to the American Heart Association in Megan's dad's name, and we will do an ad read for you at no additional cost.

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The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She's also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

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