A. After graduating from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay), with a degree in Mass Communications, I went to work in broadcasting, planning concerts and promotional events for major radio and television stations in the San Francisco Bay Area and I was notorious for “ A Build It, They Will Come” philosophy….producing one of the Bay’s first free listener appreciation parties (who knew more than 5,000 people would turn out for Lenny
Williams at Jack London Square?….but I was prepared….more on that and the 300 porta-potties I ordered that I thought would surely get me fired, later).
In 1998, my production career inadvertently opened the door to my wedding career. I was a production assistant for a station managing the San Jose Jazz festival….five stages, multiple locations, a myriad of talent…and one of our artists wanted me to read some info and help him out…..headphones on, walkie talkies blaring at me (five stages….remember?) , I agree to do a wedding for 100 guests. That was it, I was hooked, there was an emotional connection to the couple, the event, the guests and all the details.
It took a lot of time, energy and research, but finally in 2002; I took the leap of faith and launched Tamara J Events, a full service wedding planning and event design company.