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Meet Falynn Love-Thompson and Tracy Bowles of Flawless Weddings & Events

Today we’d like to introduce you to Falynn Love-Thompson and Tracy Bowles.

Falynn and Tracy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Tracy Bowles: I have always had a passion for planning events and running my own company. Rather it was a birthday party, holiday party, bridal shower, a women luncheon, you name it, I wanted to be a part of the planning process. From the decor to the overall concept, and the execution of the concept, that is what made me super excited. But, it wasn’t until my best friend asked me to plan her destination wedding at the Grand Wailea in Maui. After that experience, I knew I wanted to make wedding planning my career.

During that time I was working in the entertainment industry as an Executive Assistant and woke up one morning and decided to quit my good paying job and step out on faith to go into business for myself. From just that one wedding alone landed me some of the most ultimate extravagant upscale events for a list of satisfied clients including a few celebrities, NFL players and their families. I’m not going to lie it was not easy. Like every business, you have your good seasons and your bad seasons, and for the first couple of years, things were happening for the good. And, then one day it came to a STOP and things were bad. I didn’t understand why at the time, but I knew if I wanted to stay in this industry I needed to position myself around my peers.

I needed to focus on educating myself, engage in the latest trends, and network with professionals in the industry. I decided to work at a bridal salon to familiarize myself with all the bridal gown designers from all over the world and learn how to engage with a bride on that level. I volunteered and signed on to be a Bridal Fashion Event Coordinator for a Bridal Show Company. From there I was able to develop my style as a wedding planner, create vendor relationships, and build my brand in the wedding industry.

Falynn Love: I developed a passion for flowers at a very young age. My first job as a teenager was at a neighborhood flower shop in Hacienda Heights, California. My mom said to me one day, “hey there is a cute little flower shop that opened up. you should go get a job there.” My typical teenage response was like WHY? Little did I know that job was laying the foundation for what I do today. It was there I discovered my talent and learned the basics on how to create and design flawless arrangements. Guess the saying Mother is always right works in my case. In 2010 after realizing that floral designing was truly a passion of mine, I thought it might be time to give it a try as a career. With the support of my husband, I decided to listen to my mother by sharing my flawless designs and go into business for myself.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Tracy: I have not always traveled down a smooth road. There has been struggles and obstacles I had to endure. Being a teenage mom at the age of 15, a high school dropout, and a runaway, I never thought I would be where I am today. Of course, I went back to school and ended up going to college, but my self-esteem was so low, it took a long time to develop the “you can do it” attitude and gain confidence within myself. My constant struggle in my early years was meeting abusive people and thinking it was okay to endure such abuse. I had to find a way to dig within and forgive myself for making the wrong decisions in my young life. I was ashamed of my decision to become a mom at a young age and constantly questioned myself, what to do to move forward? What did inspire me was I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and be my own boss. At the age of 19, I opened a small women’s clothing boutique in Inglewood, CA, inside a nail salon, and from there I knew to strive for a better life.

Falynn: Life-My mom made my life pretty struggle free. Her, I went through it all so you don’t have to attitude was understood from an early age. I wasn’t going to complicate it by being an unruly child. It was clear to me that mom was doing everything in her power to create a better set of circumstances for my life. The only obstacle in life I was to face was, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Business- Running a business is never an easy job but when you’re running it with a partner, it can complicate it even more. Especially, when your partner is your “MOM”.

Tracy and I don’t always see eye to eye creatively & logistically, so finding the common ground can be difficult. As two uniquely talented individuals, figuring out who possess more creative control is a challenge. Since she is my mom I always try to give her the respect she deserves and remember her years of experience over mine in this industry.

What I found to be the most difficult part about running a business is branding, especially when first starting out. I quickly learned that the saying “it takes money to make money” was the truest statement ever made. The struggle was so real, the lack of funding for a small business can be detrimental. When you need to advertise your business but there’s no capital to do so, your patience gets tested real fast. Now, with social media being such a huge marketing platform, it’s the struggle to find out how to produce great content to grow your social media and keep your followers engaged.

Tell us about your business/company. What do you do, what do you specialize in?

Tracy is a certified wedding and event planner. Tracy is co-owner of Flawless Weddings and Events with my daughter Falynn Love-Thompson, who is a floral designer. I proudly sit on the Board as the Ambassador Chair for the Association of Bridal Consultants-Orange County Chapter (ABC-OC), which is a national association for wedding professionals.

What are you known for?
We are definitely known in and around our industry as the mother and daughter team. We absolutely love that we share a bond so deep that people instantly recognize that.

What are you most proud of as a company?
I think we can both definitely agree that we are most proud of the reputation we have built. Maintaining, creating a solid brand with our professionalism has been our goal and to know that we are successfully achieving that is rewarding. Our image is everything to us and making sure that our work lives up to our company’s name “Flawless”
Tracy- I am most proud of the fact we are a family business, and that I get to work closely with my daughter who is an extraordinary floral designer.

What sets you apart?
I feel what sets us apart from other’s is Tracy’s attention to detail and her ability to fuse together our client’s dream vision for their event. As well as my (Falynn) flies by the seat of my pants attitude. I am a creative soul and can bring a lot of artistic talent to an event. Together what we bring to the table is impeccable.

What also sets us apart from others is that our journey is one of FAITH, LOVE, PASSION and PERFECTION. We believe that dreams do come true when you believe in yourself and in your purpose. You must be persistent and take a leap of faith determined to succeed. We believe in empowering all people but especially women to follow your dreams and pursue your passion.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We believe in being blessed to do what we love. We both married spouses that believe in our passions and support our right to follow our dreams. Falynn feels extremely lucky to have been the daughter of a woman who knows the value of a mother-daughter relationship. Teaching me how to be a good woman, mother, wife, friend and entrepreneur. God made no mistake in putting us two together and because of the woman, Tracy is, it has opened many doors of opportunity for our business. Her magnetic pull helped us land coordinating bridal fashion shows for some years.

This opportunity really helped us engage with brides, learn wedding trends and network with other wedding professionals. Tracy is a certified wedding and event planner who proudly sits on the Board as the Ambassador Chair for the Association of Bridal Consultants-Orange County Chapter (ABC-OC), which is a national association for wedding professionals.

Earning such titles like this comes from consistent hard work, nurturing business relationships and an amazing genuine spirit. We feel lucky that our peers & fellow “friendors” (Friend Vendors) see the value in this mother-daughter duo and continue to support our business as well. Teamwork truly makes the teamwork and our team is exceptional.

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Frank Salas, Yarsley Santana, Benny Chiu

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