Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Harris and Mallory Brown.
Megan and Mallory, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m Megan and I’m one of the co-founders of Marmaros Productions. Mallory and I met at Kennesaw State University where we were both pursuing careers in dance. Having the same initial career path meant we had multiple classes together which lead to late night study sessions, carpooling, and, in the end, becoming great friends. Quickly, we realized we should step out of the spotlight on the stage and try coordinating the ins and outs that take place behind the scenes. After working together backstage multiple times, we saw each other’s strengths and how well they intertwined with the others.
In October 2016, one of our professors approached me, knowing I was interested in wedding planning. She asked me to be her Day of Coordinator. Knowing I would need some help, I asked Mallory to be my right-hand woman for this wedding. We were surprised with how smoothly our first gig went and realized how we thoroughly enjoyed it. The following March we had two other brides approach us, so we took the time to discuss all of the little details that go into creating our own business.
In our first year, we ended up coordinating four weddings and we are excited to see how much our business is growing in our second year. We’ve made many connections with those who are in the industry, have a growing list of clients, and have had the privilege of returning to venues for new brides. We are excited about this growth and familiarity we are settling into in this second year and look forward to the future!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think we would both agree that the road has not been too rough. As expected, no event goes exactly as planned, whether it’s a missing floral arrangement, unforeseen weather, or what have you. The unexpected just keeps us on our feet and makes for the most beautiful moments! The most difficult aspect of owning our business is the fact that we do not live very close by and have somewhat different schedules.
Since face-to-face time is limited, we maintain constant communication through technology! We create documents for each wedding we have on a Google Drive so that we are both always in the loop with any updates we get from a client. Regarding maintaining Marmaros, we are constantly in conversation with each other brainstorming ideas of how we can improve the business.
Please tell us about Marmaros Productions.
Marmaros Productions is an Event Management company but our specialty is in Wedding Day of Coordination.
Unlike other Day of Coordinators in the area, we meet with the bride multiple times before her big day because we want her to feel comfortable passing the torch to us on the wedding day. We believe a wedding is a day with so many details that it is not feasible to meet with a bride only twice before her wedding. We like to be accessible to our brides, give them advice, build trust, and join in the planning process, however, involved a bride may request.
Something that sets us apart is our relationships with our clients. We always start the process by listening to our client’s visions with open ears. We are careful not to push our own ideas on the client, but listen to what they are envisioning. As they explain their dreams, we guide them with questions that will allow them to decide on the direction for their wedding. In the end, we make their day come to life beyond their imaginations.
Beginning a client relationship with this mentality allows us to get to know the bride in a way that quickly builds trust in our company. Above all, we are most proud of our dedication to our brides. From emails to face times, from coffee shops to venue walk-throughs, we make sure the bride feels comfortable leaving her wedding day in our hands.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Although we didn’t meet each other until college, I think it is pretty safe to say that we both had similar upbringings. We both come from stable homes with loving parents who encouraged anything we pursued. Dance was something we both took interest in at a young age, and this molded our hearts and minds similarly as we grew up. In ballet, you learn to think creatively, act boldly, and try new things without fear of failure.
When Megan was young, she and her little sister would put on “shows” for family members to random songs in her parents’ living room. She has always known what she wanted and goes for it wholeheartedly. She believes that ballet prepared her for a world where she must be confident and willing to put herself out there, even if she fails.
Similarly, Mallory’s passion for dance began at a young age. In fact, she cannot remember a year without it. As a child, Mallory would dress up and put on performances for her family and friends. It was never a rare sight to catch Mallory dancing down the aisles at the grocery store – and would still be caught dancing in the aisles today!
Both Megan and Mallory learned that a special type of courage comes when you first step onto the stage in front of your loved ones. Or when you walk into your first audition knowing that things may not go as planned. It is lessons like these that made us love dance even more and also allow our childhood passions translate into our professional careers! Both Megan and Mallory’s early passion for dance and the constant pursuit of their dreams led them to create Marmaros Productions. A company founded on courage, relationships, and a shared love of turning dreams into reality.
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