LAURA RITCHIE & MEGAN POLLARD // EVENTS IN THE CITY
Events In The City is a coordination and design firm with a passion for creating unique, memorable, and stress-free events. With a team mentality, their clients experience endless inspiration and consistent attention. They have been featured in Southern Weddings, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Washington Post, Style Me Pretty and more.
I’m getting the scoop on how these ladies GSD (get shit done) working full-time (and lots of weekends), with kids, and full-time working husbands.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Laura: Up at 7am, shower, get dressed, get my 3-year-old son dressed, breakfast for both of us, drop him off at daycare and then head to our offices in Leesburg or Georgetown. I try to get urgent emails or quotes for vendors sent out in the morning. Then I will typically have a meeting or two scheduled throughout the day. This can mean a Skype call with a client in Australia, a tasting at a caterer for an upcoming event, or site visits for clients searching for the perfect space. I’ll also spend a lot of time researching or shopping for clients for linens, chargers, or props specific to their particular event.
I end the day around 5pm and pick up the munchkin from daycare. We get home and play for a while and then I make dinner for our family of three. After dinner, we do bath time for our son and put him to bed with story time. I’ll then hop into bed myself with my computer or phone near by. I’ll track emails and even answer more pressing matters. I religiously watch Bravo shows and read magazines ripping inspiration out. I’ll go to bed around 10pm or 11pm depending on when my shows are over.
Megan: I do my best to get up at 6am but am a constant offender of the snooze button. My brain is very active at night which makes early mornings tough. If I can get a run in before starting the day I am off to a good start. I start by preparing breakfast and getting my two daughters (Maryn is 6, Grey is 4) ready for the day. We will usually use this time in the morning to work on reading or any other skills we are trying to tackle at that time.
When it is time for me to get ready I have developed a habit which I am sort of obsessed with. When I am putting on my makeup I will turn on a TED talk. Having a new inspiring thought first thing in the morning is like drinking a pot of coffee for me! Then depending on the day and schedule I am either off to the local Leesburg or Georgetown studio or hitting the road for a variety of appointments. My work day ends at different points, if I am able to make it a short day and be at the bus stop at 3pm to pick my daughter up from the bus, I will. I do my best to be with my kids as much as I possibly can. I typically do dinner for my kids, baths, and tuck them into bed. My husband doesn’t get home until later so it allows us to enjoy some wine, eat our own dinner, and catch up on the day.
What parts of your work do you love?
Laura: I love designing and finding the perfect item for a client’s event that takes it to another level. I do a lot of research and try to say ahead of trends in our industry. I love finding inspiration on social media, in magazines, art, and floral design. When I have that aha moment and share the idea with the client, and then they too fall in love, it’s like crack to me!
Megan: I am a sucker for the moment or the feeling of a flawlessly, fluid event. I tend to paint with broad strokes and like to create moments for my clients and guests. Music is a huge medium for me. I love taking my guests on a ride of emotion — it’s a total thrill!