We had the good fortune of connecting with Marquita Gooch-Voyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marquita, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me, it’s all about the happiness of my clients. I take great pride in my work and have spent many hours researching the wedding industry especially from the non-traditional viewpoint of officiants. Officiants or Ministers of Marriage are non-traditional. We are often called when a couple doesn’t fit the typical ideal of a marrying couple. I’ve married all types of couples and each and every ceremony is unique. My biggest fact when knowing if I was successful is that smile from the happy couple once the ceremony is said and done and they are legally wed.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Named for Marquita (owner and primary Officiant), her husband and daughter who’s names also start with the letter M, MV3 Events is a family owned and operated homegrown event planning company. We primarily offer wedding officiant and ceremony consultations and planning. We also offer preferred vendor recommendations, day of/run of show coordinating, proposal packages and more. I have been planning a variety of events for over ten years. I began with small-scale events for friends and family like birthday parties, bridal, and baby showers which helped me plan events for the Auburn Avenue Research Library. I worked there for almost four years and planned many events, including art exhibits and openings, book signings, and a full-fledged film festival for the Friends of the Library. It was a challenging but rewarding task. I also worked for a party planning company and helped many of the retail customers plan out what they truly needed versus what they wanted because it looked pretty. That led me into consulting on the side and being part of a team that decorated the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta for a special event. By trade, I am an Asst. Director for Technology and Training – a job I adore. However, the creative side of me kept nagging away and, eventually, I started DJ-ing, then coordinating and designing invitations and “Save the Date” cards, and now fully focusing officiating. My ultimate goal is to become a one-stop-shop for couples who do not have a lot of money to spend but still want to look and feel special on their day. I marry all couples, no matter what. I feel that if two people are willing to take the leap and marry each other, who am I to stop them?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been exploring the McDonough Square lately. It gives you small town feels but has lots of eateries, book store, and outdoor seating. I also love Ponce City Market and Willie Oswalt Park and Nature Preserve in Lake City. It’s a nice spot for a simple ceremony with limited guests. For breakfast, it’s a toss up between Thumbs Up Diner, Breakfast at Barney’s and Nana’s Chicken and Waffles. But my all-time favorite place since it was built is the Georgia Aquarium. I have a slight obsession with sharks so I absolutely love sitting in the viewing tank area and watching the whale sharks swim by. It’s such a calming space and I come up with some amazing ideas there. I also hope that a soon-to-be-wed couple chooses me and that their venue is the Aquarium. That’s top five on my ceremony venue bucket list.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to definitely shout out my husband and daughter. They really keep me going when it feels like all odds are stacked against me.