Megan Sherman, a junior at Westlake High School, dreamed about owning her own business in the wedding industry since she was 15 years old. In April 2012, she contacted the owner (Carol Kingston) of Creative Wedding Events and asked for a job, any job, in her company. Megan was hired as a decorative assistant and began learning about the $53.4 billion wedding industry.
In 2013, when Megan met with her academic advisor, it was suggested that Megan participate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship where she would earn graduation credit for her work at Creative Wedding Events. “The paperwork was quickly put in order and the internship became official. Little did anyone know that I was about to embark on a journey that would shape not only my future, but that of Creative Wedding Events as well,” says Megan.
In October 2013, Megan and Carol decorated a small barn owned by Linden Nursery in Lindon, Utah. The barn was occasionally rented out for weddings and other special events. “While cleaning up at the end of a wedding, Carol, Adam, and I casually discussed the outcome of the event. While working, a passing comment was made about how amazing it would be to turn the barn into an official wedding reception center. A good laugh was had and the moment passed; however, a spark had been lit that would turn into an idea for the ages,” says Megan.
Months later, that spark, that idea turned into a reality when Carol, Adam, and Megan approached the owners (Ed and Valerie Platt) of the barn with a business proposal to turn the barn into a reception center. “The proposal highlighted the desires of the team to embrace and enhance the storied culture of the nursery. Additionally, the proposal detailed the steps the [team] would take to convert the existing barn into a full-fledged wedding reception center. . .As fate would have it [the owners of the barn] saw the value of the proposition and agreed to allow the plan to move forward,” said Megan.
On April 1, 2014, The Barn at Linden Nursery officially opened its doors. The collective efforts of Carol, Megan, and Adam have so far proved successful. In five weeks, more than 30 weddings were booked. “As the primary consultant, Megan has done wonders working with potential clients, providing tours of the building, and working to coordinate event details. Each day brings new opportunities for her to show her skills,” says Carol.
Megan is focused on building a detailed marketing plan for The Barn at Linden Nursery, and has been given the responsibility of planning and preparing the business for the bridal expo in September 2014. As Megan continues to work with Carol at Creative Wedding Events and marketing The Barn at Linden Nursery she will complete her transition from internship to ownership.
Work-Based Learning lets students see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. If you’re interested in participating in a CTE Internship talk to the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.