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Meet Ray + Simon Barrett of Radleigh + Sage Event Company, LLC in Costa Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ray + Simon Barrett.

On January 19th, 2017, Ray and Simon Barrett spent hours in deep conversation about what new chapter to write as they approached their 11th year of being in a relationship. One of the topics often discussed was the inevitable moment when the two decide to adopt children. Having been married for only a few months at the time, the two decided to focus on experiencing journeys together as a married couple first before bringing children into the equation. Together, they thought, “Hopefully, we’ll have something to pass on to him, or her, or them. We just want to be able to leave something substantial behind. A legacy.”

Ray and Simon then had an epiphany. For years, they have had a yearning to start a business of sorts but struggled to commit to one absolute idea. That night, however, the idea became very clear. The two decided they wanted to start an Event Company allowing them to coordinate celebrations and events for various occasions such as weddings, corporate functions, community events… the list goes on. Their natural social personalities and love for hosting and coordinating are the perfect pairing for this industry. And through their excitement, something struck a chord and tugged on their heartstrings. The passion driving this idea was not just about an exciting new career venture heading their way. Rather, it was the idea and fascination of being able to build something BIG for the future of their hopeful family.

So… to ensure the passion never fades or dwindles… and to guarantee that they commit selflessly into this project, Ray and Simon decided to coin the company after the names of their future children… giving birth (pun intended) to what they now call the Radleigh + Sage Event Company.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh, boy. Where do we even start? Haha. It has been everything other than a smooth road, that much is certain. Entrepreneurship is definitely not for the faint of heart. It has such an emotional and mental impact on you that you just can’t quite prepare yourself for. You pour your entire heart and soul into your business and spend every available penny (literally) you have and accept that your ROI is not going to be anywhere near where you need it to be just yet. You find yourself working 50-60 hour weeks and can’t stop thinking about the next step. I’m not going to lie… I have wanted to throw in the towel NUMEROUS times and call it quits. But whenever I find myself feeling down in the dumps, I remind myself to never forget why I started. We’re doing this because we want to build a family. And I know that can sound cheesy or corny, but it really means something different to us.

RADLEIGH + SAGE EVENT COMPANY, LLC – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Radleigh + Sage is a multi-service event company that specializes in wedding and event coordination, floristry, and photobooth services. We are a dynamic team of creatives that put the client experience at the very center of our mission. We are artists and storytellers that are determined to help bring your vision, your event, to life.

What we are most proud of with our company is our incredible team who work so hard to be genuine ambassadors of our vision. We also pride ourselves in giving back however we can and have volunteered our services to community events including but not limited to youth dance competitions and proudly participated in the John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s annual fundraiser in 2017. Additionally, we will be donating 10% of our floral sales to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community.

We built this company from a place of love. So we do everything we can to make sure everyone actually FEELS loved. Doesn’t matter if you are a client, a member of our team, or a vendor. I suppose this can be one of the many things that set us apart.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Like many people, I always thought that success was defined by one’s bank account or career title. And it’s not a bad thing to think that way, it just happens to be the most common way to look at it. For us, starting a business has definitely changed that perspective. We are too early in the game to even come close to determining if we have built a successful company. But what we can say is that we dared to do something that many people are too afraid to do. We gave up our usual lifestyle filled with awesomely disastrous weekend shenanigans so that we can coordinate incredibly special moments for others. We have made ourselves vulnerable to opinion and managed to rise above it and find an opportunity to become better. These are all examples of the series of successes that motivate us to keep going. These are the measures of success that we prioritize and value the most. As long as we keep putting in the work and continue to make those tough sacrifices, we have succeeded. Continue to do this now and we will see the financial reward later.

Pricing:

  • Wedding Coordination = Services start at $2000
  • Florals = Minimum Order of $2500 (for weddings)
  • Photobooth = Services start at $700

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Mikee Catacutan, Brian LaBrada, Chris Koeppen, Joel Marasigan

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