SOPHIE WALSH & KATIE BROWN | WHITE TOP VENUES
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THE IDEA OF SITTING BACK ONE DAY AND LOOKING AT WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED IS SOMETHING I OFTEN THINK OF AND CAN IMAGINE IT WOULD BE A PRETTY AMAZING FEELING. I HAVE A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE SET ASIDE FOR THIS DAY. FINGERS CROSSED IT STILL TASTES GOOD BY THAT STAGE.
What inspires you?
Sophie: My husband Josh (also a business partner) and our two kids (Charlie 4yrs old and Isobel 2 yrs. old). They always keep me focused and honest on life’s big picture.
We also have an incredible business group that is full of amazing business professionals. Each member of this group is running well respected and successful enterprises that we bounce ideas around with and keep each other inspired and accountable.
Katie: It would have to be my parents. They have built a business, career, and life that they can now enjoy. The idea of sitting back one day and looking at what you have created is something I often think of and can imagine it would be a pretty amazing feeling. I have a bottle of champagne set aside for this day. Fingers crossed it still tastes good by that stage.
How did your project/business idea come about?
Many wines. At the time of meeting each other, Soph was (still is) running a successful wedding venue in Wagga Wagga, St Edwards of The Riverina. Clientele began approaching St Edwards to build their venue remotely on family farms so brides could marry in a space that was special and unique to them.
In comes Katie, Katie was working as an Event Planner in the area and worked on many private properties building spaces using equipment that could be sourced from local hire companies. We saw a gap, an option that sat between a permanent venue and building a wedding from scratch in regional areas. We knew there had to be another option that had couple’s celebrating with their family and friends weeks out from the wedding and not running around trying to pull it all together. A stress-free, seamless and champagne filled wedding experience. A venue that comes to you.
What stage is your project/business in?
Officially we are only just over one year old under the White Top Venues name. Unofficially we have been doing this for years.
What were you doing before you launched your business/project?
Both working in the wedding/events game; either running a wedding venue or building weddings using what we could source from hire companies.