The Enthusiasts Guide from “Yes” to “I Do”

Host Leah Longbrake is pulling back the veil to bring you honest advice and creative ideas from those in the wedding industry. From the Engagement to the Honeymoon, get all the details you need from wedding and event experts on how to make it your best day ever!

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Real Bride Stefanie Paganini: Her Journey Planning a Destination Wedding

Real Bride Stefanie Paganini: Her Journey Planning a Destination Wedding

Real Bride Stefanie Paganini shares her journey from an unexpected proposal to an oceanside destination wedding. An acclaimed chef, she also gives her culinary expertise for couples planning their menus.

Get to know Stefanie:

Stefanie joined the family business after attending the Pastry Arts Diploma Program at ICASI, the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute where she did her externship in the test kitchen of Family Circle Magazine in New York City. She has held many titles at LPSC, Inc. including Marketing Director and Chief Legal Counsel. She is currently the Executive Director of The International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute. Stefanie teaches a number of classes in the recreational program at the school as well.

Stefanie also does free-lance work as a food stylist including for Dr. Agatston creator of the South Beach Diet, Athens Foods, Ohio Magazine, Driscoll Berries, VitaMix Blenders, and the Fabulous Food Show 2007 through 2015, and for the Food Network Stars including Guy Fieri, Martha Stewart, Paula Dean, Duff, Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Giada De Laurentiis, Martie Duncan, Ann Thorton and TLC’s Curtis Stone. She has done stage cooking demonstrations with Top Chef’s Leeann Wong, James Beard Award Winner Andrew Carmelini, and PBS cooking host Giuliano Bugialli.

Stefanie was a contestant on the Food Network’s second season of Sweet Genius. She had a monthly cooking show on Time Warner Cable’s NEON channel entitled Dinner and Drinks. She has appeared on local television programs including, Studio 3, Channel 3 Noon News, and Fox 8 News in the Morning, and Live on Lakeside. Stefanie is a regular guest host on local television programs as well including Good Company, Live on Lakeside, Fox 8 News in the Morning, and WVIZ/PBS Cooks. She has been featured in articles in both the Plain Dealer and the News Herald. She was a weekly guest on WDOK’s Trapper Jack in the Morning, and was often a guest co-host. Most recently, she has hosted a radio program on WCPN Ideastream called “Zest for Life”.

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This has been a production of Evergreen Podcasts. A special thank you to Executive Producers David Moss, Gerardo Orlando, Production Director Brigid Coyne and Audio Engineer Eric Koltnow

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