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Meet Megan Riviezzo of The Venue at Flying Horse Ranch in Larkspur

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Riviezzo.

Megan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I think everyone has similar parts of their story, and ultimately when someone becomes successful it all comes down to one key factor. One day, they stopped making poor decisions. Some of my hard decisions included dropping out of high school, becoming a single mom, and instead of elaborating on those. I’m going to tell you when I made a shift and decided not to become a statistic.

I started in the world of hospitality when I was 15. I’ve experienced so many avenues of this wonderful industry, and it’s lead me to a unique perspective, which includes big dreams and realistic expectations.

At 22 I made the switch from Bartender to Event Director at the Sunbird and in those moments, I found my passion, I loved weddings and events. I loved being a part of this super important day and making it as perfect as I possibly could. My career moved forward to work with other Colorado Venues until one busy December I decided I was going to open my own venue, because one of the things I found out about myself is, my love for events was equally matched by my love for a good business model. I can talk about business, innovative ideas, and how to change an industry for hours.

I wholeheartedly believe there is this difference between skating by which can absolutely be successful, and taking a leap, believing in yourself, and not accepting failure as an option. In December 2014, I decided to take the biggest leap of my career. I quit my “real” job and went back to serving, I served at Bristol Brewing Company while spending my days looking for property, putting together a business plan, and drawing up marketing strategies. In April 2015 I found the perfect property, it was of course way out of our price point, but now it was a dream, it made sense, and dreams don’t care about the status of your bank account.

We started our search to find investors, and there was interest because the business model was epic, and the passion we had was inspiring. I think it’s so important to follow your dreams, people will support you. Passion is contagious. After months of passion, drive, and progress… My dream started to take a hard crash. Someone (who I didn’t know at the time) came in and bought the property before I had raised the funds. there were so many regrets, like, “if I had only found the money faster”, “the property was on the market for four years, why didn’t I have this idea sooner”. and “I took a step back in my career for this, which affects my family” and when every avenue of self-blame was exhausted, and the dream was lost. I moved on because when you get hit, you get back up.

I found a wedding planning job in Denver. The commute was terrible, I never saw my family and six weeks in, I received an email that changed everything. The email read… “Megan, I told the new owner of the Ranch that you wanted to turn the mansion into an event venue, he wants to have lunch with you. Interested?”

Talk about FALLING OUT OF YOUR CHAIR!!! Here I am, at this new job in Denver, trying to find a new dream, and the dream I had lost was delivered on this silver platter, well, if I didn’t screw it up.

I set the appointment, and felt like this dream that I had.. all came down to a lunch. I changed my outfit four times, had multiple pep talks with myself, and could literally feel my heart in my chest. As I walked down this beautiful stone corridor to find out if this dream would unfold, I was greeted by the most kind and humble couple I’ve ever met. I was prepared, I brought the business plan, marketing strategy, I wanted them to know how much I put into this. We never even looked at it… I don’t know why they gave me a chance, but they did, and there is no other explanation than, God works in mysterious ways. On September 17th, 2015 I was offered my dream job, to open this 14,000 square foot mansion, with an attached natural wood barn and 1400 acres of breathtaking Colorado landscape, seriously?! Who gets to do this?

We are now going into year five at this award-winning Venue. Flying Horse Ranch is my dream full circle. My team has been a part of countless happily ever after’s, the business model works, and sometimes your story isn’t what you planned, its better.

Great, 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?
Does anyone experience a smooth road? I think this is what makes us human, we all have a story and challenges.

But here are some of the not so fun facts, I dropped out of high school, decided to move out of my dad’s house before I was 18. I’ve supported myself and had a full-time job since I was 16. My family tragically lost my brother when I was pregnant with my son. There have of course been obstacles and challenges, I am sure there will be more, but it’s not what defines me.

Please tell us about The Venue at Flying Horse Ranch.
I am the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Flying Horse Ranch. The Venue at Flying Horse Ranch is this breathtaking facility that includes our 14,000 square foot Ranch House, attached Natural Wood Barn, Market Lit Patio, Veranda, Outdoor Ceremony Sites, and 1400 acres of stunning Colorado landscape. The 12-hour exclusive Venue rental with Bridal Party suites provides a boutique and customized experience, that delivers exclusivity and forever memories.

I am most proud of our team, the relationships we build, and the memories our couples take with them. The Venue at Flying Horse Ranch isn’t just a building, its a whole experience, a friendship, and the moments we have been a part of our invaluable. I love that this venue boasts acres and acres of rolling hills, that Pikes Peak is the focal point through our barn doors. The light and bright elegance of the ballroom, and ample outdoor space gives this Venue an edge. It’s not a Colorado lodge, its Southern architecture meets Colorado views, and there is something truly unique about it.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Christmas Eve at my grandmas. Everyone was together, there were warm hugs, the light literally glowed. She would make candied bacon, and serve chocolate-covered potato chips. It’s the only house from my childhood that I can still visit, and I think that’s truly special.

Pricing:

  • 12 Hour Exclusive Venue Rental – Monday – Thursday $5000
  • 12 Hour Exclusive Venue Rental – Friday – Sunday $6500 – $9500

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Image Credit:
Katie Corinne Photography
Jacie Marguerite Photography
Jamie Smith Photography
Flyby Aerial Imagery

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