A Message from Anthony Navarro, Founder of Liven It Up Events
Eight years ago, on a cold February day, I was in my apartment, working from home that day, when I had the television on the background. I had The Oprah Winfrey Show on, and those who know me, know that was a regular watch in my home. That day, Suzie Orman was on and talking about how important it was to take control of your destiny and do what you love to do. To make a long story short, that day I began to map out what I was passionate about and how could I take control of my destiny…. 8 years later, here we are!
What is most important to me as we celebrate 8 years of business to to give my thanks and gratitude to those who most deserve it, the clients, the event professionals, and the team at Liven It Up!
To the couples and clients that work with us especially those who gave me a shot, just starting out. For whatever they saw in me, to hire the new guy, stills keeps me in awe that they trusted me to take on their important day. The reason I wanted to continue my work in the wedding industry was, and still is, I truly felt that working with someone to create their wedding was truly a gift. I have always felt that the work that I get to do every weekend is truly magical. To be able to make something out of nothing and create a life time of memories in just one day – that is pretty powerful. Thank you for trusting me to take us on that journey.
To my colleagues and friends in the industry. If I were to list everyone here by name, the list would go on for days. I am so blessed to have met some of the most giving people on the planet. People who work in the wedding industry do for others, at times bend over backwards, to make things happen. I can think of different times when working with people that some how makes what would be the impossible happen for the client. I truly believe that those moments are learning lessons and bond us together for life.
To the team at Liven It Up Events, both past and present. When I began this journey, I never imagined that the team would grow much larger than me. And now, I look and see that between Planners, Event Producers and Interns, over 20 people have come through these past 8 years to help make these magical days come to life. You ARE the hardest working, loving, caring, dedicated and passionate people in the biz. I am so blessed to have you with me. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the work and our clients.
It has been an amazing road through the years in the events industry. When I began my career, I was still in college, and my first job was a catering sales assistant. Back in those days, I did not have an email address, I was faxing clients menus and contracts. Things have sure changed. Like the first time I ever worked with a same sex couple on their commitment ceremony, the first ever at the hotel I worked at. I had to fight just to get it approved to be on premise. And from there, the couples I worked with on their commitment ceremonies, to their civil unions and finally to their weddings! I never imagined that we would come this far. It has been an honor to be a part of the movement and the journey.
It has been a journey. With so many couples, from all walks of life, with celebrity guests at our weddings to family members from all over the world. From all sorts of venues, hotels, photography studios, barns, art galleries, country clubs, mansions, historic sites, and more. As we enter Season 8, I prepare to continue to create memories for all of those out there. I thank those who choose to work with us, I am gracious for the opportunity to keep doing what I do, and appreciate the love and the support from all. Here’s to 8 years of memories and so many more to come!