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Tessa Lyn Brand

The Fiercely Determined Wedding Planner to the Stars

Tessa Lyn Brand started out fetching coffee. Today, she’s the fierce entrepreneur behind the thriving wedding planning business, Tessa Lyn Events. After six years, she’s done 150 weddings and has even planned Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Skylar Astin’s nuptials. But she’s just getting started. We see even more stars in her future (literally and figuratively).

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“From a young age my goal has always been to work in an environment where my tasks are changing daily. I knew I would be bored sitting at a desk from nine to five doing the same thing every day. After graduating from USC film school, I worked as an AD on more than 40 feature films when I realized that I needed to make a change if I wanted more control over my life. Living in hotel rooms for months at a time on location wasn’t conducive to starting a family. Once I was engaged, I jumped into wedding planning and loved every moment. Planning an event involves problem solving, creative design and timeline preparation and I quickly realized it was very similar to my expertise in film production. With that realization, I quit my job and started Tessa Lyn Events with zero experience, but with a rare work ethic and willingness to learn every facet of the business. I immediately fell in love with the wedding industry, as it’s dominated by entrepreneurial women.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“Wedding planning can seem glamorous when you scan an Instagram feed full of pretty photos, but behind the scenes we work very long hours, rarely taking a break to sit down, and are often hauling stuff to and from venues. It’s not a job for the weak!”

What are you most grateful for?

“There is honestly so much to be grateful for. My husband who supports my every move and keeps us on track at home. My team who works tirelessly alongside me because they understand the goals I have for the company. My clients who trust me to plan one of the most important days of their life. My vendors who work hard to bring a vision to life.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“With all that is happening in our country, it is an incredible time to be a woman. I have two young daughters, and it is my job to raise them to understand their self-worth, encourage them to achieve their biggest goals and teach them to be role models to other young women when that time comes.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Work hard without an ego. Work harder than everyone else around you. Arrive early and leave last. Over prepare for every situation and you’ll have the best chance of success. When I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, I started at the very bottom, working 16-hour days for $120 flat. Fetching people coffee was my opportunity to speak with people that were in positions that I wanted, even if it was only for a few minutes. I looked for ways to anticipate, assist and execute, and the right people took notice. I wasn’t fetching coffee for long.”

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