Saturday July 7th, 2020
My name is Angie Yoo and I am the owner of Beloved Events Co. I know that I've done a couple short posts on our Instagram hash-tagged #gettingtoknowangie but I thought now would be the most appropriate time to officially say hello as I begin this new journey of blogging!
What I intend to blog about are my experiences as I continue to work in this event industry, and some wedding tips + guidelines here and there whether it be related to coordination or florals~ I wanted to feel closer to our clients and followers and I hope by doing this they will also feel a bit closer to me!
I'm not sure how regularly I will be blogging as it depends on the amount of content I am able to curate. Nevertheless I'm very excited to begin this project and I hope when I look back in a couple years I will be able to see how much we've grown and also the different things I've been through.
To introduce myself, I was born in Southern California, but grew up over seas as a missionary kid. I attended an American international school throughout middle school and high school. I moved back to the states to attend college at Biola University in 2014. I majored and graduated with honors in Public Relations. I knew I didn't want to do PR work after I graduated, but I did find the business, marketing and social media classes to be very interesting and now useful! My major required me to intern somewhere to receive class credit which made me think hard about what I wanted to try out. After some consideration I reached out to Julia from Rekindle Creative (an event planning company) on Instagram. The timing was perfect as her current intern's interning period was coming to an end. Julia asked me if I was interested in learning more about Coordination or Florals to which I responded BOTH!
At my first Rekindle Creative wedding I fell in love with coordination. I am a type A person and loved the structure, organization and planning of coordinating events. The job also allows you to be creative when designing and as an extrovert it was the perfect job that opened opportunities for me to meet so many new friends (both clients and vendors). I learned quickly and grew a lot in my skills as a coordinator though the period of a year, and half. Soon Julia trusted me to co-coordinate her events with her. I was so honored and felt very blessed to have met a mentor like her.
During my years at Rekindle Creative I also learned how to work with floral design. It was therapeutic compared to the high stress of coordinating and making something so beautiful for others to enjoy was so rewarding. Julia decided to take on a full-time position at her local church around when I graduated college, and put Rekindle Creative events on hold. After I graduated I worked full-time as a Floral Designer for a corporate event planning company and worked as a freelancer for a couple other florists. This was were I was able to really hone in on my skills as a florist and be creative. After a couple months I decided to leave the job to help my parents move back to the states.
During this period of rest was when I really prayed about what I planned to do with the rest of my life. I had a college degree and didn't plan on working in events part-time and serving tables my whole life. I talked to Julia about the situation that I was in and asked her if she thought I was capable of running my own business. She very encouragingly told me she believed I could and that I would be amazing at it 🙂 With the support of many many friends I took that leap of faith and created my website, got my sellers permit and printed my business cards. I worked part time as a server to make sure I had stable income as I had years of experience in the industry, but was just starting to make a name for myself and knew clients would be trickling in very slowly. My first few wedding for Beloved Events Co. were through friend referrals. Solely by the goodness of God did Beloved Events Co. begin to bring in inquiries from our Instagram and our website!
We are still small and have a lot more growing to do, but I'm so sure that this is where I am meant to be. I love what I do so much that it doesn't feel like work, and I appreciate that it puts me in a position where I am constantly having to rely on God to provide. Now that I'm married I've quit my serving job and am taking this business on FULL-TIME!! Which is very scary to do (especially during COVID-19) but I have faith and can't wait to see how He'll use me in this industry.
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that love is born of God, and knows God." -1 John 4:7