Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Orcutt.
Hunter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since my husband and I got married in the spring of 2014, I wanted to plan events. The border-line control freak inside of me always saw herself involved in events and wedding planning, but life happens. The week we got married our job moved us to Oklahoma and starting a new business was the last thing on my mind. The thought of having my own event business was always something I wanted to do but the timing never seemed right. I now think that was fear speaking, not time.
In January of 2018, I posted on facebook asking if anyone would be interested in hiring me to coordinate their wedding. Two friends responded with similar answers, “I don’t have it in the budget to pay, but you can use my wedding as a trial run.” That next month I coordinated my first wedding in Red Oak, Texas. The following month was the second wedding in Midlothian, Texas.
After these two weddings, I knew I had found my passion. We each have a calling and at 25 years old I stepped into mine. See, I’ve always wanted to design, plan, and coordinate weddings and events but I was always afraid of the “what if’s,” “Will I be good at this?” and the possibility of failing miserably. I started posting via social media and in August of 2018, I launched my website and had ten clients on the books. By the end of 2019, I will have completed 60+ weddings.
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?
Can I start with…the struggle is REAL. When I started my business my husband and I were going through the most difficult season of our life, I had a one-year-old, and we had just moved from Oklahoma back to Texas. There are always really high highs and really low lows when running a business and managing a personal life. For myself, one of my highs was working at a local venue called Brake and Clutch Warehouse within the first couple of months of starting my business and that wedding being published in The Southern Social magazine. Those were goals I had for myself and I accomplished them. The lows are understanding that running a business isn’t always fun, instagramable moments. It includes budgets, hard work, late hours, and a lot of strength. Also, I didn’t just start a business and start making a lot of money. Up until a couple of months ago, I had a second job, just like a lot of other entrepreneurs. You work hard for your dreams and sometimes your dreams don’t bring you money immediately, they bring you happiness. There comes a moment when your dreams can bring you both, but you have to fight long enough to see that happen.
Hunter Orcutt Events – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is Hunter Orcutt Events. The company specializes in wedding and event planning. Our team is known for the unique design, style, and intimate planning process. I am most proud of my team. I have an assistant and intern that go above and beyond with their customer service. They always seek to keep the bride or client satisfied and excited about the vision we are bringing to life for them. We are set apart from others because we only take a specific amount of clients so we can be intentional about the events we are planning. Client satisfaction and unique wedding design is what we strive to accomplish.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career so far is when I was able to stop working my second job and solely focus on the business. I am able to provide for my family and do what I love as a job.
- Website: https://www.hunterorcutt.co
- Phone: 870-866-5654
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hunterorcutt/
Chelsea Reece, Liesl Claire, Sarah Caldwell