A few months ago I moved down to Florida from Ohio. Yes I know I am one of those snow birds everyone talks about, but hey, can you blame me? When I moved to the sunshine state, I had a hard time finding out where I fit in. I left great jobs in Akron, my family home in East Liverpool, and most importantly my actual family that is scattered all over the tri-state area. Looking for a job around the Tampa Bay area, that I could excel in proved to be difficult. I had interview after call back interviews at multiple companies but I just never felt like I belonged. So one day, full of confidence and tired of fortune 500 speals of why I shouldn’t turn down their offers, a void needed to be filled. I have always loved planning parties. Wither it be birthday parties, baby showers, company retreats, or weddings. So I marched into the Special Moments office, resume in hand and high heels on ready to plead my case.
Now for those of you who do not know me as well, I am the biggest klutz in the world, my family nickname is Ms. Graceful, so the entire time I am walking across the parking lot I am tip toeing and thinking to myself, please don’t fall, please don’t fall. Anyways, before I could turn the door knob this women opened the door to greet me. At that moment the speech that I had thought up in my head had disappeared and all I thought to do was hold out my resume and yell, “Hi, I’m Katie!”
She glanced down to realize I handed her a resume and just kind of stared at me, then invited me in. She introduced herself as Tammy Waterman the owner of the company, and also introduced me to who I now know as the first vendor I had ever meet, Ms. Kathy DeMarco, from Made for Each other Weddings ,who was visiting the office.
They were about to leave the office to go to Tampa, FL for a networking event at The Vault Nevertheless, Tammy took her time and let me explain who I was and why I was there. She looked over my resume and asked a few questions about my previous employment. Really she just wanted to know why I thought a Kent State University Graduate (Go Flashes!) from Ohio with a background in hospitality, mixology, and baking wanted to plan events. I explained my love of event planning and how I thought with such a random background I would be the perfect add on to her team. As we said our goodbyes Tammy said she would get a hold of me tomorrow to discuss another interview. By the end of the week Tammy called to ask if I would be interested in having a hands on interview. I obviously agreed and Saturday afternoon I arrived at the Mirror Lake Lyceum for Stephanie and Nathan’s wedding.
I was able to assist the Special Moments team with the setup of cocktail hour and the reception. The bride and groom had A LOT of beautiful ideas. I was fortunate enough to help setup one of my favorite things about the décor. The family tree of marriage. They used this gold tree that Special Moments had and hung pictures of their close family and friend’s wedding photos. I absolutely LOVED this idea and wish I would have thought of it when I got married a year ago.
After the wedding was over, we broke down and cleaned up the venue, we had a group hug in the parking lot for a job well done. The girls told me what a great job I had done and they hoped to see me again soon. Tammy said she would call me in a few days to let me know her final decision on me. For the rest of the weekend and into the next I nervously was waiting for Tammy.
I was so excited to be doing something that I loved and enjoyed. I felt like a child the night before Christmas waiting by the phone. Finally I received the phone call I had been waiting for. Tammy offered me a job as an Assistant Dream Maker and I happily accepted. It has been a little over a month now and I am happy to announce I am fitting in well. I am learning the ropes from the inside out. I have been the Lead Planner on a few weddings and have assisted members of my team on multiple. I work alongside Tammy Waterman almost every day and like a sponge I am absorbing every little trick of the trade and how she handles a variety of different situations.
Until next time…