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Rising Stars: Meet Marlon Senior, Tia Ellis and Sydnei Ellis-Fields

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marlon Senior, Tia Ellis and Sydnei Ellis-Fields.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We are a family business formed by my fiancé, myself, and my future mother-in-law. While planning our wedding, we realized the cost of a wedding could be exponentially high especially the event planner and decorator fees. My fiance and her mother have always had a love for planning events and decorating the homes of family and friends. I have been doing wood projects for as long as I can remember, so we all collectively thought “why pay someone for something we can do ourselves”? We also had a few friends who were getting married as well, they saw the things we were building for our wedding and asked us to build products for theirs. One order lead to another, the word traveled fast and the rest was history.

After doing so many projects, we decided to make it official and started our company. Our business has been a huge blessing for us! We’ve managed to turn our hobbies into something that helps others celebrate big moments in their lives. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of those milestones and for that, we are all so grateful. There’s nothing like doing what you love to do and making others smile while you’re doing it.

Alright, 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?
Just like anything else, there’s never enough time in the day to do everything you need. Finding a balance between our full-time jobs and our business can sometimes pose a challenge. In addition, although we are a rental company, we also customize a lot of our products which requires carving out time to build. I’m sure you can imagine navigating a new business, on top of planning our wedding can make for a pretty busy schedule. Thank God we have each other because three heads are surely better than one. Between the three of us, we always find a solution to whatever the day throws our way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We specialize in party and event rentals for any occasion. Products such as the popular 360 photo booth, open-air photo booth, and so much more. We also customize and create different products per our customer requests. One particular product is marquee letters of different sizes. More importantly, we are known for our excellent customer service and timeliness. Our business provides various party services and upscale custom rentals to our clients at affordable prices. We’re proud of what we have accomplished so far, none of us could have imagined how planning our wedding would have turned into the thriving business we have today.

Who would have known that planning a wedding would lead to the marriage of our hobbies coming together and forming a business prior to our actual “I do’s”.

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