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Conversations with the Inspiring Mallorie Davenport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallorie Davenport.

Mallorie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I knew that I wanted to be a wedding and event coordinator when I was in high school. I don’t know what sparked my interested in the industry, I just felt drawn towards it. So, I went to Colorado State University and obtained my Restaurant/Resort Management degree and started working at a hotel in Loveland as a banquet server. I knew I had to (and I wanted to) start my journey in this industry from the bottom & work my way up. And I did. I was promoted to a supervisor and then took my next position at a venue as an Assistant Catering Director. Eight months later, I took over as the Catering Director and stayed there for seven years planning & executing all types of events including weddings, fundraisers, birthday parties, large galas, etc.
I always knew I wanted to start my own business and I finally took the leap this year to leave my position and put all my energy into starting my company!

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road to get to where I am today. When I was working as a server, I had to work extremely hard to get a supervisor position. I was the first female that was promoted into that position and it stayed that way until I left. But I knew what I wanted and I put my head down and got the job done. It was tough at times, but it took me one step closer to where I am now.

While at my last position, I had a lot of challenges that came my way. One amazing thing is I actually met my now husband at work! He was my boss and we are both very professional individuals, so even after dating and getting married, a lot of people had no idea we were together. The downside of being married to your boss is most people introduced me as “his wife”, not “our Catering Director.” That got to me, a lot. I was feeling discredited professionally because of my personal relationship. But I again, put my head down and got my work done. In the last year of my time at my last job, that was the hardest year I’ve had. There were some new individuals hired at the venue that was in a position to directly affect my job. These individuals constantly undermined me, my job and they didn’t put in the time to do their job and I had to pick up the slack to make sure I never looked bad. They didn’t put in the time to do their job and I had to pick up the slack to make sure I never looked bad.

My anxiety was high every day. I would cry in my car every day on my drive home. I had a choice. I could put my head down or I could say enough was enough. I finally had to come to the realization that I was worth more and I deserved better. So, I didn’t put my head down this time. I decided in that situation it was time to finally take the leap and start my own business. Luckily for me, I had started doing virtual health and fitness coaching for the last year, so I was making some money on the side that we felt comfortable with me leaving my last job. So, I left and I haven’t looked back since.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Enchanted Designs Weddings & Events story. Tell us more about the business.
I started Enchanted Designs with the idea of helping my couples and clients create their dream event. Whether a wedding, birthday party or gala dinner, I want to help with all of the big and little details.
While in college, I spent a semester down in Florida completing The Disney College Program. It was there that I fell in love with the magic and attention that Disney puts into every little detail of everything they do! I took that with me and decided that is how I want to run my business. It’s why I named my company Enchanted Designs.

I am proud of my attention to details, my organization with how I run my business and my life. I am proud of my work with all of my past clients. Every single person I have worked with has different visions and styles and to be able to help and accommodate all of those is something that I love to do! To see their dream event come to life is why I do what I do!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Finding a mentor is an absolute must!! I’ve been lucky enough to work in an industry in which I have got to meet so many amazing people. From other coordinators to florists and photographers and even clients, I have met the best of the best. Also, working my online health and fitness business, I work with a team of girls that I know have made me a better person!

My feeling as an entrepreneur is to always be open to helping others build their business. I know for me personally, I have learned so much from others that have taken the time to sit with me over coffee and answer my questions or tell me their story on how they started. It can be a terrifying thing to start your own business. But it also shouldn’t be a secret on how to start. I appreciate the people that want to share, that want to help. That’s how I hope to be. I want to share my wins, my losses and everything in between. Because if my story helps just one person realize their dream and push for it, then it’s all worth it! So, never be afraid of reaching out to those in your industry. You will find those gems that will help you, they are out there and want to help you.

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Image Credit:
Mallorie Davenport, Christina Kiffney Photography

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