Megan Tinio is the founder of Magical Moments by Megan, a wedding and events planning company based in Southern California. Megan creates magical memories for her clients to be treasured for years to come.
Megan reflects on her journey into the industry, her approach to design, and the secret to a magical moment with the help of an old wedding day tradition: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue...
My company was inspired by my paternal grandmother. She was always the person inviting people to her home and bringing people together. When she passed, I took charge of planning her celebration of life. Even though it was a sad and painful time, it was exciting to plan a gathering in celebration of her—knowing that it would be filled with love, laughter, and joy, just like her home. That experience sparked something within me.
Ultimately, I feel that my gift is bringing people together to create memories. Memories are the only things we can keep with us throughout life, especially when loved ones leave us. These are life's “magical moments” and I use my skills of communication, organisation, and planning to put together these occasions for people to celebrate and create memories that they get to keep forever!
There are so many wedding trends that come and go, which are of course influenced by social media. In general, I think couples are leaning toward smaller, more intimate celebrations. The pandemic made everyone realise who and what is really important to them so I find that couples want to spend their money more intentionally—they are spending more per person but for a higher quality, more memorable experience.
My design process is very client driven. It is important to me that my weddings don't all look the same—my clients don't typically come to me because of a certain look that I specialise in. I believe weddings are so unique in that no individual is the same and no couple is the same. Weddings are an opportunity to learn more about the couple, by bringing out a style and design that speaks to who they are.
That being said, I am all about practicality and understated elegance. A little can go a long way and we like to help our clients create beauty without breaking the bank.
To build a colour scheme, I start by asking my clients about their everyday style and preferences—home decor and typical shopping lists all speak to a client’s style. While a wedding is a chance to do things differently, a client is always going to be happier when staying true to themselves.
I had a client do a whole rainbow theme with every bridesmaid in a different coloured dress and each groomsman wearing a different coloured boutonnière. I would call their colour palette vibrant, unique and whimsical!