In today’s Chancey Charm Houston Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Skylar Caitlin is chatting with Livia of Bonjour Brigadeiro! With an extensive background in the hospitality and events industry, Livia decided to turn making her favorite dessert into a business after having her son so she could work from home. Brigadeiros (bree-gah-day-rows) are the most popular treats at every single Brazilian event, and Bonjour Brigadeiro is now recognized as the top maker of brigadeiros in the Houston Brazilian community! Learn more below in this week’s vendor interview. Cheers!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Livia of Bonjour Brigadeiro
Sao Paulo, Brazil
What’s your area of expertise?
Bonjour Brigadeiro specializes in Brazilian Chocolate Truffles, called Brigadeiros.
First job you ever landed
My first job was while I was still attending university back in Brazil. I was an English teacher and taught all ages, starting with 7-year-olds to adults, via private classes. English is required in Brazil, for career purposes and international relations since our main language is Portuguese.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
After attending university for hotel management, I worked for Marriott for almost 10 years in sales and event planning. Weddings were always a favorite! After having my son, I decided to be a stay at home mom and so I started dedicating myself to his education as well as the making of my favorite Brazilian dessert, Brigadeiros, which are the most popular treats at every single Brazilian event.
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
Not so much in the hard way, but more in the time consuming way – being super organized and super detailed when it comes to weddings. It is the couple’s most important day, therefore, my presentation must always be the best along with keeping my quality and sanity.
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Watching movies with my family!
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
Patience, above all.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
A check list is a must, otherwise all of the details will become overwhelming, stressful and discouraging.
Some words you live by
Family first. Quality above all. Excel spreadsheet for organization.
Best tip for balancing work + home life
Always plan ahead, otherwise either work or home life will lack somewhere. As a small business owner, I am it. Organizational skills are a must. We try to enjoy our free time by taking short trips and getting family time.
Best moment of your career
Being recognized for all my efforts while in the hotel industry. I was promoted four times in two years when I worked for Marriott. As far as for Bonjour Brigadeiro, it makes me so proud to be recognized in our small Houston Brazilian community as the top maker of brigadeiros!
Post Photo Credit: Veronica Huang Photography
Dulce de leche! My weakness! And traveling! I have been traveling since I was 15-years-old. I lived in Europe for two years while completing my Master’s Degree in Hotel Management and enjoyed visiting so many beautiful places! We try to travel at every chance we get!
Favorite Instagram account
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
Intimate. I’d say a smaller, intimate wedding is ideal. Having only your favorite people attend, with details they will understand because they deeply know you, and things that will have more meaning to the bride and groom such as the food choice, wine selection and music! We had a wedding with 30 guests and it was perfect. We had time to talk to everyone, we actually sat down and enjoyed the food we paid for and danced to our favorite music, Bossa Nova.
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Look for a wedding specialist, someone who will guide them through the many details a wedding will require.