Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Hardy.
Hi Megan, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I had all intentions of being an Art Therapist, and studying Psychology and Fine Art at UNC, but by the middle of my senior year, the thought of many more years of graduate school seemed exhausting. Right after graduation, I took an internship with a planner, Emily King of Whiskey and White Events, and absolutely fell in love with weddings. It was the perfect mixture of human relations and design. I was able to meet and in my own way, care for, people at such an important moment in their lives all while making things look beautiful. I learned so much from Emily and through other internships while I built up Hosea House in the background launching in August 2018.
In January 2019, my father was diagnosed with AML Leukemia so I ran the business out of hospital rooms. He passed away that December and was still grieving when the world turned upside down due to the pandemic. My couples and the wedding industry as a whole worked so hard to downsize, reschedule and reconfigure highly emotional events in such an uncertain time. Hosea House turned four in August and while we have never been busier, I have never been more thankful for the couples I get to serve and the community I have built.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been smooth, but I think all wedding planners pride themselves on being creative problem solvers. In 2020, besides helping our couples navigate gathering limits and the overwhelming sense of uncertainty, I really wanted to ensure that Hosea House was a safe space for all.
I took a hard look at our website copy, print materials, and marketing items to make sure they reflected our values. We wanted to reiterate our support of our couples no matter their race, ethnicity, religious background, sexual orientation, and gender expression as well as cultivate a community of vendors who feel the same.
As you know, we’re big fans of Hosea House Collective. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
At Hosea House Collective, we put your unique love story at the forefront, with a focus on family (given or chosen), clean aesthetics, and an epic party. We meet you where you are in your wedding planning process, whether it is the home stretch or you’ve just begun—because nothing worth doing is done alone.
We offer three levels of assistance from Wedding Management to Full Service Planning.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
I cry at art museums; always have and will certainly continue. Every time we went to a new city, we’d visit a gallery or museum and I would come face to face with a piece I have seen in countless textbooks–I am a sucker for art and, more importantly, what it can do.
Michelle and Sara Photography, Becka Stone Photography