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Exploring Life & Business with Savannah McGovern of Moonbeam Weddings & Events

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah McGovern.

Hi Savannah, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My path into the event industry started about ten years ago. In college, I worked part-time as a server and brand representative for several high-end companies. I was able to experience grand scale events such as galas, movie premieres, and even the Oscars! I particularly remember working The Hobbit movie premiere and being completely blown away by the amount of detail they went into. Everything from the lighting to the bar to the decor was so in theme and professional. I never knew an event could look like that! In my last year of college, myself and a couple of other team members helped to organize and put on a Spotlight showcase for the Newport Beach Film Festival. That was my first foray into the planning and development of large-scale events and I had a blast seeing it all come together! Following that, I took a bit of a break and spent a gap year abroad, something I had always wanted to experience.

Upon my return, I knew exactly what career field I wanted to pursue. I continued my passion for weddings & events by gaining employment as a wedding planner’s assistant. This eventually leads me to become a planner myself for a well-known venue in Newport Beach. It was here that my passions flourished and I found such a thrill in helping to plan and organize these significant milestone celebrations. Eventually, I moved onto coordination for wedding photography and videography. I was given a vital and necessary insight into the world of weddings through the photographer and videographer’s eye which is crucially important for scheduling and organizing events in a way that allows for maximum coverage. With all my experience gained and continually growing, my husband encouraged me to open my own company. And, after a particularly in-depth phone call with a couple, I began to realize and have the confidence in myself that I was ready to “open the doors” to my own wedding & events planning business. We’ve now been in business for almost a year and have already booked some amazing clients whose ethos closely matches our own fun, vibrant personalities.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is anyone’s path ever a smooth road? As much as everyone hates it, it’s the bumps along the way that help you learn and grow. While I always knew where I was headed and where I wanted to be, I definitely faced major setbacks. I worked for people who constricted instead of nurtured, I was made redundant, I even started to lose confidence in myself. But with the support of my family, my husband, and my drive to succeed I persevered and overcame these obstacles.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Moonbeam Weddings & Events?
Our company plans, designs, and coordinates weddings and events for people across Southern California. We prioritize clear communication and dependability and ask this of all the vendors assembled for the day. While we mostly plan weddings, we are always thrilled to help plan all of life’s other events, including anniversaries, birthdays, and showers! In particular, we love to work with ‘offbeat’ and ‘unconventional’ couples that have an alternative, quirky, and unique sense of style and taste. We believe that weddings should be 100% customized to the couple rather than couples having to tailor their special day to traditional wedding day events and patterns. Each love story is so unique and so too should their wedding day be! We love being presented with unique themes that allow fun and creativity in the design and planning process, especially when we get to incorporate little moments from the couple’s past. When we are hired, you not only get dedication on a professional level but a passion for weddings on a personal one too.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
While I’m yet to find a personal mentor within the industry, I’m happy to say that I have a good-sized network of cherished colleagues, family, friends, and “friendors” (vendor friends) who are all working through life, business, and the event industry together. We continually push, support, and amplify each other and this solidarity of like-minded individuals is so incredibly important. I always recommend people to bond and form friendships with people whose values and goals are similar to their own, not just with people who they think will get them to the top.

Pricing:

  • Coordination – starts at $1,400
  • Coordination & Design – starts at $2,400
  • Planning – starts at $3,000

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Image Credits:

Headshot by Playful Soul Photography All other photos by Sara Keefe Photography

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