We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Vargas & Cassandra Ybarra-Babcock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa & Cassandra, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Some of the most beautiful and quietly important moments of our lives have been shared while sitting around tables with our loved ones. It’s from that feeling of joy through gathering and community in our lives that we are inspired to help build those experiences for others. We take to heart the old adage that people will always remember how you make them feel, and it’s armed with that belief that we aspire to create. Our own creative process is also something of a self-sustaining inspiration supply. The process of materializing a look from something we’ve imagined is exciting and rewarding! Each new project is like a canvas as we transition the look and feel of a space from where it is to where we want to be through different design elements.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Love|Made|Visible is an event planning company specializing in intimate events and in-house floral design. Our focus is crafting beautiful and one-of-a-kind backdrops for your most unforgettable moments. We know life’s big occasions can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, especially for busy Angelinos, and we don’t want that for our clients. That’s why when they book us, our team will aid them through the entire process, from design to planning and execution, so all that’s left for them to do is enjoy! We love to really focus on the details, designing something unique to each client’s specifications, and creating a setting for them and their guests to get lost in the experience and the magic of togetherness. More than a name, Love|Made|Visible is a promise. Our mission is to make love visible through every special moment of our client’s lives by designing unforgettable experiences. In light of this last year, now more than ever, we are so grateful to be able to safely celebrate the people, holidays, and life we love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the greatest and most unique things about LA is the variety of experiences available on any given day. Each neighborhood acts as a unique microcosm, representing its people, while operating as part of the diversity of the city as a whole. When people visit, we really like to dive in! Days may include a trip up Highway 1 for some fresh seafood and front row seats to one of those iconic California sunsets, a small trek up through Griffith park to lay back and do some midday stargazing at one of the observatory’s spectacular planetarium shows, an afternoon at LACMA, or a matinee at The Vista in Los Feliz, or a stroll down the Mexican marketplace on Olvera St. to appreciate the city’s rich history and snack on a delicious filled churro, only to cross right over into Chinatown to appreciate the architecture, grab some fresh dim sum, and pop into one of LA’s most iconic jazz spots. And since no visit would be complete without food and drinks, we want to mention a few of our favs: Obet & Del’s Coffee, Lolo, All Time, Bar Covell, Jones Hollywood, Jitlada, Figaro Bistrot—LA can be accused of being impersonal, but most of our favorite restaurants and bars are the neighborhood spots that leave you feeling like family. What we like to call “upscale intimate,” the experience feels personal. It’s a value we share as a company, and one we’ve especially appreciated over this past difficult year. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As a team, we definitely derive strength and inspiration from one another. We wouldn’t be successful without the support and trust that is the basis of our collaboration. Outside of our partnership, we would like to thank our community of friends who have believed in our creativity and planning abilities from the beginning and allowed us to test our visions long before we were set on pursuing this path professionally. And finally, with grateful hearts, we want to recognize our families who’ve always believed in our business and encouraged us to continue to follow a path of creativity.
Christine Drew Benjamin