We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becca, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea of Anthem House was a culmination of my over-a-decade in the wedding planning world. I have always LOVED my relationships with my clients and thrived on creating a beautiful day for them that was logistically smooth, intentionally gorgeous, and artfully memorable. In spending so much time fine-tuning my logistics and design planning, I felt like on wedding weeks and weekends, I needed a fuller team to execute and give full attention to my clients. Behind the scenes, I was loving running ideas and designs by my colleagues and team. I was also inspired by other planners in the state who were creating a “team plan” atmosphere where one planner would focus on logistics and relationships and the other planner would fully be immersed in the wedding day design. I knew I wanted to create a true wedding planning experience for my clients that was both full of ease, professionalism & organization, and creativity that really mirrored the client’s unique story and relationship.
So out of many brainstorming sessions with my team and the desire to build this client experience – Anthem House was born!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would hope that our clients would say that our art created through their wedding days is authentic. Through our recently launched brand, we really hope to gain relational trust with our clients soon after their booking in efforts to really understand how to tell their story through their wedding day. Because of this, you won’t see every wedding that we do looking the same. Our intent is to create beautiful details that really set the stage for memories that last a lifetime! We want their guests to walk away feeling like they experienced something truly unique and special.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh I LOVE opportunities to share my favorite places with those I love!
In a dream world, I’d always start my day with coffee on my back porch and then head to Burn Boot Camp (I’m recently obsessed!) We would then start the day with brunch at Tupelo Honey – complete with mimosas and really delicious pancakes. After brunch, we’d visit a fun park like Dorthea Dix or walk the greenway, to get some outside time. If we had the day and wanted to go out of the city, we’d spend the day on Jordan Lake on a boat!
Later, we’d spend time in local downtown Raleigh boutiques (some of my favorites are The Flourish Market and stores in the Village District). I love visiting antique stores when I have time to waste (Chesire Cat is a fave).
For lunch, we’d spend it at Transfer Food Hall (so many delicious choices) and then take a downtown Raleigh scooter over to a concert at Red Hat Amphitheater or Lincoln Theatre.
We’d start an early dinner with apps and drinks at Brewery Bhavana and then move over to the Tavern at Second Empire for the best dinner ever (their chocolate souffle may be my favorite dessert in Raleigh aside from Hayes Barton Cakes!)
And then to top off the day, we’d definitely go dancing at the Architect! As you can tell, I do love local food & drink!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have always been the epitome of hospitality and service. Growing up, we were always immersed in helping out family members, neighbors, and friends. Serving others was a way of life, and I grew up feeling like it was a natural part of my life and identity. Naturally, when my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell her that I just wanted to work with/help people. Looking back, I realize that hospitality was bred in me as a little girl. My parents still inspire me by the way they love and serve others!
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