We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie Yoo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Hello! Thank you for having me~ To be honest I had always thought I would work a desk job once I graduated from university. You know, climb up the corporate ladder and all that good stuff! After experiencing what an office job entailed and also interning as an events assistant I knew I needed a more stimulating work environment. I got a taste of not having to work a 9-5, being out on the field and having every day be different. Not only were my hours flexible, I got to do the three things I thrive in: Create, Meet new people and Make lists!
I love my job and am so blessed to be able to enjoy what I do AND making a living off of it!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Beloved Events Co. is a small Event planning business! We are able to provide Event Design, Event Coordination and Event Floral services. What makes us different from some other event planning companies is that we provide floral services in-house so that our clients have the option of going through fewer vendors when planning their events! We’ve been told that it’s a huge incentive to go with us as it makes their lives much easier and the overall design of the event more cohesive~
I am most proud of how far we’ve come in the two years that we’ve been in business! Although I had prior experience under other companies I only started Beloved Events Co. in April 2019 and went into it full-time the following year in 2020- yes, during COVID. Since 2019 we have served over 50 events! This many not seem like a lot, but considering that most of 2020 was under lockdown I consider this a HUGE accomplishment!
I believe I got to where I am today with the support of my friends and family and my reliance on God. I am a Christian and am very open about this on my social media platforms! Growing up as a Missionary Kid I saw God’s provision for my family, and I had no doubt that he would continue to provide for me in my solo endeavors. It is impossible to be where I am today without God’s blessing and grace and I believe I am in a way forced to trust in his provision every day in this business. Of course it wasn’t easy, but with the encouragement of people around me I never felt discouraged or questioned if this was the right choice for me.
Some lessons I’ve learned is that it’s important to set boundaries. Especially as a business owner who works from home and chooses her own work hours, it’s easy to get lost in my work and neglect other priorities. I’ve been told that rest is good and time away from working is good! So now I don’t respond to emails or work on Sunday’s (unless I have an event) and try not to work too late into the night. I take time off after busy event weeks to spend with my husband and recharge. I’ve also learned to not overwork myself, yes money is good, but money is not everything. I only take on the jobs that I can and want to as opposed to taking on every inquiry that comes my way.
I want people to know that I am not about getting big or famous. I never advertise, or try to get published and I don’t want to become a mega company. I like how I am now, taking on what I want to and getting to know each client and hearing their unique story. I don’t ever want to become a machine that stamps out the same wedding again and again. These are special once in a lifetime moments that I have the honor of being a part of, and I want to treasure that and make sure my clients know I truly care about them as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Southern California is a hot vacation spot! If a friend were to visit for a week I would take them to eat tacos in LA, cook Korean food and pasta for them at my house and perhaps plan a visit to Disneyland and Six Flags! If time permits, maybe also grab an airbnb in Joshua tree or San Diego for a night! There’s a lot of touristy things to do in LA but knowing my friends they would be more interested in eating good food and spending quality time~
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my husband Simon.
Simon and I got married during COVID, which is also when the restaurant I was working as a part-time server temporarily closed. I had been working many shifts and saving up while trying to start Beloved Events Co. on the side. When the restaurant gave us the notice that they were being forced to close for a while, my husband encouraged me to quit and jump into building Beloved Events Co. full-time. I was so scared, how was he going to support us solely off his own income? We were just about to get married (which wasn’t cheap) and rent an apartment together. But he had so much faith in me and my small business and reassured me that it was going to be okay. A year later I am overwhelmed by how much Beloved Events Co. has grown! My husband often jokes that he can quit his job now and live off of my income! I am so thankful for his love and support and would not have been able to be where I am today without him.
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