Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles! Today, we highlight the very gracious (and downright funny!) Tawnia Ceo of Sequoia. Take it away Tawnia!
Specialty? Creating happy memories for my clients and their guests.When did you establish your business? The Bee House was built in 1853. It became the Bee-Bennett House when Judge Bennett remodeled it into a huge Victorian mansion in 1889. Sequoia was established in 2002, but I have been coordinating weddings for 20 years in the Placerville area and here at Sequoia for the past five years.
What sets you apart from your competition? Apart from my 20 years experience, I know what brides hope for and I do everything I can to help them attain their dreams. Based on the time I spend here, Sequoia is my second home. I know every nook and cranny. I have coordinated over 300 weddings, receptions and events here. The elegantly restored Victorian style mansion has a timeless atmosphere that truly does complement every bride.
Where do you find inspiration? Every couple that walks in the door has a story about how they met and what inspires them. That in itself inspires me to bring their special qualities out in them and to make their dreams come to life on their special day — with the help of my vendors and staff, of course. Sequoia knows how to make everyone feel welcome and I know every couple deserves that. Their wedding day should be the happiest and most memorable day of their lives.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? At Sequoia we care about each couple as if they were our own family. We strive to give that little extra customer service so the bride and groom can rest easy. Our promise is to provide excellent value and the highest level of service. Sequoia couples should have no worries but to simply enjoy each other and their guests. Sequoia is “More than Just a Restaurant.”
Do you have any hidden talents? I used to be a wedding singer. Don’t tell anyone!
What color(s) gives you the most joy? This month Bright Yellow * The most joyful colors are always changing, creating joy by following the seasons and the trends.
What song is the soundtrack to your business day (or at least to how you feel right now)? “As I Am” by Alicia Keys
What is your favorite flower? I love those stunning turquoise blue orchids that pop up now and again in a bouquet. I think orchids are a flower that offers such an amazing array of colors.
What’s your favorite local charity? Boys and Girls Club and supporting our troops!What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Hiking along the rivers, disc golf, shopping and restaurant hopping.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Singing in the shower…I installed speakers.
What are you most grateful for in life? My family, friends and my health.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? I would keep it small and plan for perfection by hiring other vendors to help me. Then whatever happens on that day is part of my adventure — I would plan to enjoy myself and my husband every moment and not worry about the details….not for one second.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Advice that I can give a couple is that the wedding day is about creating a moment in time to share all the love between each other and with the most important people in their life.
Find out more about Tawnia and the folks at Sequoia online or by calling them at 530-622-5222.
Photo of Sequoia courtesy of Sequoia. All other photos by Studio 3 Weddings.
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