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Hidden Gems: Meet Taylor Picard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Picard.

Hi Taylor, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I grew up right outside of Burlington, Vermont, where I started my career in hospitality. I worked at the same small tavern in Jerhico, Vermont for about three years, while I finished college at the University of Vermont, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Public Communication.

After graduation, I moved to Maryland for a change of scenery. I started my job at a catering company out of Elkridge called Absolutely Perfect Catering as an Event Designer. While working at APC, I learned the ins and outs of all of the venues around Maryland and got to know other vendors, who helped me feel welcomed being in such a new place. After about a year, I shifted to a new job, managing an event venue in Downtown Baltimore. It was here that I officiated my first ceremony.

Only three months into my new job, Covid-19 hit. Our entire staff was laid off for 45 days. Due to some complications during this time, I never received unemployment, which left me looking at other options. I spent the time off, trapped in our small apartment building my website, creating a business plan, and deciding how to create a solid “side hustle” for myself until Covid ended.

After starting Taylored Vows, I truly only thought it would ever be extra income, not a full-time job. Within six months of starting Taylored Vows, my client base became so large that I was able to leave my full-time job and become a full-time business owner.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Certainly not! I had to learn from scratch how to run a business. I had never used quickbooks or had any idea what the state regulations were, so there were hours and hours of researching, trying to make sure I was doing things right. I had to perfect my client introductions and how I would create the perfect ceremony for them. I changed the way I was doing this probably ten times over until I found the best way that worked for both my clients and me.

One of my biggest challenges came in December. With business slowing down, almost to a halt, I hadn’t properly prepared for a few low-income months. I felt like a complete failure and that taking this full time was a complete mistake.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The process of planning any aspect of a wedding looks different to everyone. For some, it’s filled with all sunshine & rainbows, and for others…. well, they hate every moment of it. Who could hate planning such a magical day of their lives?! you may be asking. A hell of a lot of people, that’s who. But that’s why we’re here! We will jump on board wherever you are in your planning process and either guide you or take the reins, depending on your preference.

At Taylored Vows, we know and celebrate that no two couples are alike. We celebrate uniqueness, always and will meet you exactly where you are. To do this to the best of our ability, we want to know who you are as humans, what makes you tick, things you can’t live without, pet-peeves, and most of all, your story. We want all the fun or not-so-fun details about your story together and how you got from your first encounter with each other, all the way to wedding planning! Because no two couples are alike, we to have an initial phone or video call with our potential clients to figure out how we can best assist them.

When you hire us, whether it be to officiate your ceremony, plan your wedding, or manage “month of” final details, you’re also getting a friendly face, a confidant, a cheerleader, and an advocate. YOU’RE our priority.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory would be Christmas Eve. Each year, “Santa Clause” would come to visit our house on Christmas Eve, giving all of the children one present to open that evening. This happened from the year I was born, even until now, since there are grandchildren in the mix. Christmas Eve was always more important to us than Christmas Day because that is when our whole family gathered to celebrate together.

Pricing:

  • Month Of Coordination: Starting at $1,500
  • Friday-Sunday Ceremonies: Starting at $450
  • Marriage License Signing Only: Starting at $125

Contact Info:

  • Email: hello@tayloredvows.com
  • Website: tayloredvows.com
  • Instagram: tayloredvows
  • Facebook: tayloredvows

Image Credits
Amanda Wose Photography Candace Nicole Hollowell Photography Sarah Aaron Photography

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