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The Pulse Podcast

By Sarah Grassel

Pulse is defined as an arterial palpation or a strong regular beating or throbbing. In this podcast, discover wedding professionals in the Black Hills who uncover new techniques and live passionately for their work to bring brides and couples something beautiful for their special day.
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Ep. 033 - Non-Alcoholic Bubbly Alternatives, Finley Craven

The Pulse PodcastFeb 27, 2023

Ep. 033 - Non-Alcoholic Bubbly Alternatives, Finley Craven

Ep. 033 - Non-Alcoholic Bubbly Alternatives, Finley Craven

When it's time for toasts, it's typical to pour yourself a glass of champagne or to grab a shot from the bar. However, not everyone chooses to have alcohol on their big day or opts to have kid-friendly alternatives. Alternatives like Bubbly Belle.

Be sure to follow Bubbly Belle on Instagram!

You can also read more of the show notes at my website


Recorded 10/04/2022

Released 02/13/2023

P.S. to make matters crazier, Finley is high school student! She is proving that entrepreneurship can start at any age, and if you love what you do, it doesn't feel like a job.

Feb 27, 202321:22
Ep. 032 - Partying with the Best, DJ C-Lo Entertainment
Feb 13, 202322:50
Ep. 031 - Kicking Up the Fun with a Mobile Bar, Karrie Perkins
Jan 30, 202325:30
Ep. 030 - Alternative Sweet Treats at Your Wedding, Brita Craven

Ep. 030 - Alternative Sweet Treats at Your Wedding, Brita Craven

Join me in my discussion with Brita as we talk about...

  1. The origin of the Black Hill's cutest little cotton candy company.
  2. Shout-out to the Dream Team experience with Justin Straw Designs + Indigo Blue Photography.
  3. The difference between ordinary cotton candy, and the best organic sweet fluff.
  4. Why you should consider the alternative sweet treats like cotton candy as a treat for your wedding (or bridal shower!).
  5. The experience that you gain, not just the treat you eat!

Be sure to follow Sweet Fluff Cotton Candy on Instagram and Facebook! You can also check out their website to get more information on their flavors, pricing, and more.

You can also read more of the show notes at my website


Recorded 09/28/2022

Released 01/16/2023

Jan 16, 202347:49
Join Me in Discovering THE PULSE in the Black Hills

Join Me in Discovering THE PULSE in the Black Hills

In this podcast, focused on the love of each couple, I speak with wedding professionals that have a passion for their work and uncover new techniques to bring brides and couples something beautiful for their special day. 

Join me today. 

Jan 15, 202301:54
Ep. 029 - Live Wedding Painting, Shalayne Mowry
May 28, 202224:27
Ep. 028 - Sprucing Up Your Wedding Day + Party Décor, The Garland Girls

Ep. 028 - Sprucing Up Your Wedding Day + Party Décor, The Garland Girls

Join me in my discussion with Garland Girls as we discuss

  1. What it is to be a military (Air Force) wife and mother;
  2. How Naomi and Makaila came to the Hills and opened their business and the positive impact COVID-19 had;
  3. Managing a woman-owned business and balancing life with kids;
  4. Staying on top of trends (ever heard of a balloon bouquet?);
  5. How to/when to incorporate balloon garlands in your wedding décor and overall plans;

...and of course the definition of art and advice to others. We definitely got off track from the normal wedding and art discussions, but it was so great to get to know these two a little more.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram:


You can also read the show notes and few some of their work on my website at


Recorded 04/08/2022

Released 05/06/2022

May 06, 202255:10
Ep. 027 - Bridal Beauty, Corey Wright

Ep. 027 - Bridal Beauty, Corey Wright

Before the big day arrives, bridal beauty prep starts weeks ahead of time. Corey Wright is the new proud owner and face behind Sunny Skincare and Beauty located on the south side of Rapid City.

Join Corey and I in this, the latest, episode of The Pulse as we discuss...

  1. Corey's discovery and journey to now;
  2. Trends in makeup wedding, both what's popular and what to avoid;
  3. What to expect on the wedding day from your makeup artist;
  4. The importance of exfoliation and skin preparation before the wedding day

And of course we talked about the theme of the podcast: art and advice for other artists. Corey gave one of the most unique definitions of art and I loved hearing that she considers herself as an artist now. 

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram:


Visit her website 

You can also read the show notes and few some of her work on my website at


Recorded 04/05/2022

Released 04/16/2022

Apr 15, 202224:43
Ep. 026 - Wedding Dream Team, Justin Straw + Sandra Nichols

Ep. 026 - Wedding Dream Team, Justin Straw + Sandra Nichols

The wedding dream team here in the Black Hills, Justin Straw and Sandra Nichols joined me and talked about everything from themselves to what couples should look for in photographers or designers when planning their big day. 

This episode is packed with so much information. Here are some more talking points we go over: 

  1. Hiring the professionals that are going to be a good team, together. 
  2. When it comes to decor and planning, be different. Be You. 
  3. Setting personal boundaries between clients and vendors.
  4. Being in love with love and weddings as a vendor. 
  5. Trusting the vendors and professionals you hire to handle all the little details when something isn't going exactly as planned. 

And of course we talked about the theme of the podcast: art and advice for other artists. #COMMUNITYOVERCOMPETITION. It's a mindset.

Follow Justin and Sandra on Facebook and Instagram:




You can also read the show notes and a transcription of the episode on my website at


Recorded 03/15/2022

Released 04/02/2022

Mar 31, 202201:04:48
Ep. 025 - The Chains That Bind, Jordan + Kassidy Kitzmiller
Feb 12, 202224:38
Ep. 024 - Wedding Entertainment, Caricatures by Alyssa (Tanner)
Jan 29, 202225:48
Ep. 023 - Bohemian Black Hills Wedding Florist, Kayly Pikula
Jan 15, 202223:29
Welcome Back! The Pulse Takes New Direction in 2022

Welcome Back! The Pulse Takes New Direction in 2022

New year, new podcast! Well... not really, but my branding and direction has taken a turn for the better. I am so excited to start this new season and journey with a clear idea and plan for the future of the podcast. 

Catch up on all of the previous episodes and seasons and stay tuned for new releases, beginning next weekend! 

Here's to 2022. 🥂

Episode recorded on 12/29/2021 | Released on 01/01/2022

Jan 01, 202203:20
Ep. 22 - Wandering Wilde (with Marcus Heerdt)

Ep. 22 - Wandering Wilde (with Marcus Heerdt)

Writer and avid hiker from Minnesota originally, Marcus Heerdt has made his home in the Black Hills. Not only is he a very talented writer, Marcus has taken some beautiful nature and landscape images.
In the episode, we talk about his journey and overview of the guide he authored - the third edition of Hiking the Black Hills Country.
Book acknowledgment:
Many individuals from the different public lands agencies and other organizations helped with the third edition of this book. Thank you to everyone who answered my questions and provided great insight.
I would like to thank: Sara Erickson, Samuel Ainsley, Benjamin Schumacher, Matthew Jurak, and Eric Carney from the various Black Hills National Forest ranger districts; Patty Ressler, Matthew White, Joanna Marshaus, and Andrea Fountain of the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association; Nickolos Myers and Joanne Ensley at Devils Tower National Monument; Tom Farrell from Wind Cave National Park; Connie Wolf at Badlands National Park; Bradley Block of Jewel Cave National Monument; Kobee Stalder of Custer State Park; Jim Jandreau, Bear Butte State Park; Tim Cowman, State of South Dakota Geologist; Mark Fahrenbach and Brian Fagnan of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Jona Ohm, Strategic Communications Director for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; Curtis Price, Lecturer at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; LaRayne Woster, teacher at St. Joseph Indian School; William Welk of the Pennington County Highway Department; Jackie Wyatt, Vore Buffalo Jump; Marcus Lingl and LaDonna Droll from Vector; Martin and Lisa Freidel of Custer; the staff of the Hot Springs Public Library; Joe from Canyon Cab Company for picking me up at the end of the Centennial Trail; Danielle Billing of Twin Falls, Idaho; and Todd Tobin and Chris Hawkey for continued inspiration. If I have forgotten anyone, I am truly sorry.
This book would not have been possible without the guidance and support of Katherine O’Dell and David Legere from FalconGuides, who stuck by the project and believed in the importance of this revision even through a time of great difficulty in the world.
Where to buy it: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Books-a-Million, Indie Bound, Black Hills Parks And Forests Association, FalconGuides, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Company, Walmart, and Target. It is also available at retail locations throughout the Black Hills as well such as Forest Service District Offices, Wind Cave Park Store, Jewel Cave Park Store, Devils Tower Park Store, so on...
Stay tuned for more of his books and publications in the coming years or follow Marcus' work online at
or on LinkedIn.
Episode recorded on 07/30/2021 | Released on 08/15/2021
Aug 15, 202132:57
Ep. 21 - MAKING WANTS AND WISHES REALITY (with Cory Tolley, Mtn Man Metal)
Aug 08, 202128:02
Ep. 20 - PROJECT BADASS (with Madison Reeves)
Jul 25, 202123:07
Ep. 19 - BUSINESS MINDED MUSICIAN (with Clayton Ryan, The Singing Mountain)
Jul 19, 202141:06
Ep. 18 - ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY (with Jonathan Williams, The Paint Doctor)
Jul 11, 202129:12
Ep. 17 - DELICIOUS DESIGNS (with Madison Lindsey, The Country Cookie)
Jun 28, 202117:08


One of my best friends, Cora Carroll was born in Rapid City and has established her name and businesses in the Hills. She is a talented wedding portrait and fine art photographer (@coracarrollphotography) and entrepreneur. In this episode we sit down and talk about her business ventures as owner and creator behind her Maiden Mountain Company operation. 

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @mountainmaidencompany and order from her shop online at!

Episode recorded on 04/23/2021 | Released on 06/13/2021


Jun 13, 202140:25


Dick Termes is a local legend born and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota. Education is a large part of what got him to where he is today, and we talk largely about his path to today. A big proponent of education, Dick encourages artists to continue pursuing higher education in art and to be a continued student while practicing their medium. We also talked about his unique discovery and process behind the six-point perspective.

This is a special episode. A little over a year ago, Dick and I had a similar conversation when I wrote an article for the Black Hills Visitor magazine. You can find that article a little here.

I loved getting the chance to speak with him today and see how much has even changed and evolved in his artwork over the period of time. It's incredible how much he is still doing in the art world. I love that he is making his work digital and working on a virtual program for folks around the nation and globe to experience from their living room! After our conversation, you can stick around to hear a reading of the article and a little snippet of my experience in Dick's virtual reality program. 

BHV Article

Links in BHV Article mentioned in the last paragraph:

Interactive Monument 

Video Tour of Gallery

You can follow the Termesphere Gallery on Instagram and Facebook and Dick invites you to follow his personal page on Facebook! Be sure to check out his website, too. 

NOTE: The exhibit at the School of Mines and Technology is no longer up. You can view his work at the Termesphere Gallery in Spearfish or take a quick trip to Casper, Wyo. or Half Moon Bay, Cal.

Episode recorded on 04/22/2021 | Released on 05/09/2021 

COVER PHOTO is a collage from photos that were taken by JESSE BROWN NELSON for BLACK HILLS VISITOR/EVERGREEN MEDIA.

May 09, 202143:55
Ep. 14 - FROM DAY ONE, ALWAYS AN ARTIST (with Lumi, Kady Jo)
May 02, 202119:29
Apr 25, 202123:04
Apr 18, 202122:29
Ep. 11 - FOSTERING ART FROM THE START (with Erin Bender)
Apr 11, 202131:20


Born and raised in Spearfish, Destyn has always had a passion for filmmaking and music. Growing up he went from camera to camera and decided that filmmaking was what he wanted to pursue for a career. 

Co-owner of 605 Media & Entertainment, you may have seen him around doing commercial work or wedding films, but under his own brand and naming he is able to use his creative expression in music videos. 

We talk about past and current projects and the drive behind finding and following opportunities. 

Follow Destyn on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, or check out his personal website and YouTube channel.

Follow 605 Media & Entertainment on Instagram and Facebook or visit their website.

SHOUTOUT TO MUD THE COSMONAUT about halfway through the episode. (10:49ish) We talk about the video Destyn put together for the self acclaimed space punk music group from the Hills. "Powerful Trip" can be viewed online through Mud the Cosmonaut's YouTube account! 

SHOUTOUT TO the MIDSOMMAR movie at 20:42.

Episode recorded on 03/26/2021 | Released on 04/05/2021 


Apr 05, 202128:20
*SPECIAL* Reintroducing Me, Sarah, and Moving to Weekly Episodes
Mar 30, 202105:29
Ep. 9 - Paige Clark
Mar 21, 202122:02
Ep. 8 - Sophia Clarke
Mar 07, 202136:20
Ep. 7 - Brandon Jones

Ep. 7 - Brandon Jones

Music didn't seem like it was always going to be in his future, but Brandon Jones has become a popular with locals and is taking his band to new levels every year. This episode takes us back to his introduction to music as a child to how music became part of his proposal to his wife. 

Follow Brandon and the band on Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify. Stay tuned for more on their website, too!  

Episode recorded on 11/05/2020 | Released on 02/25/2021


The music played by Brandon Jones in this episode is ORIGINAL and COPYRIGHTED to him and the Brandon Jones Band.

Feb 25, 202136:36
Ep. 6 - Tracy Harrison
Feb 07, 202123:01
*SPECIAL* Ep. 5 - Katie Jones
Jan 17, 202132:18
Ep. 4 - Lucas Olson
Jan 03, 202129:37
Ep. 3 - Parker Schlenker
Dec 06, 202025:34
Ep. 2 - Hope Christofferson
Nov 15, 202026:06
Ep. 1 - Therese Wilhelmi

Ep. 1 - Therese Wilhelmi

Therese Wilhelmi is a multidisciplinary artist from Rapid City. Currently a senior at Black Hills State University, listen as she shares about former projects and her artistic process, offers some advice, and gives a sneak peak into what to look for from her senior project.

Follow her on social media, Instagram (since the recording, Therese updated her IG handle to fit her website it's and Facebook or check out her website and send her an email at

Episode recorded on 10/22/2020 | Released on 11/01/2020

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Welcome to The Pulse
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