We recently talked shop with Derrick Taylor from Taylor & Co. to discuss his history in the industry, the impacts of COVID-19 and how his new boutique luxury micro-wedding venue is perfect for both clients and our friends in the event industry.
Tell us about your business! What is your background in the event industry?
You can easily say that the special event industry literally runs through my blood. Our family started in the special event industry back in the 1940’s when my Great Grandmother started baking wedding cakes. Since then, generations have gotten involved in the industry doing everything from making gowns to floral arranging. My first memories of my family have always involved setting up a wedding or two every Saturday combined with countless hours of beading and hand stitching lace while watching Dallas or Knotts Landing with my Grandma Schmidt.
I intentionally keep my company small and very hands on. When you book a Taylor & Co. event you will never get handed off to someone who may have a different vision that can dilute the end result. When I started my career in event production, I did the bridal gown alterations, hair and makeup, jewelry, floral, decor and lighting, baked the wedding cake, played piano for the ceremony, even officiated a few weddings. Having the ability and the confidence to know I can do all these things puts me at an advantage when things don’t go as planned.
Every time we do an event at a new space there are always the same concerns of not being 100% sure that floorpans are accurate or the flow of the room configuration we chose was the best choice. Fortunately we had Toula with us and she and her team helped us to remember things that you can’t see on paper and she was a lifesaver!
How have you been impacted by COVID-19? What are you doing to strengthen your business and build a sense of support and community?
Can you tell us more about this boutique micro-wedding set up?
Anything else you would like to add?