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Meet Melissa Herring of Milagro Winery in Ramona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Herring.

Melissa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I majored in Sociology at CSUSM so that I could branch out to many different fields. I had always planned on being a special ed teacher due to my brother being severely disabled and my father being a special education teacher most of my life. Unfortunately, my last year of college my brother passed away and being a special education teacher was something I couldn’t handle at the time.

I then started thinking about what I liked to do and what I was best at. I have always been known for planning even the smallest of events (such as dinner with friends). I decided I would look into how to further my education for events. My friend and I found an online source that wouldn’t cost too much or take too much time. We sat down together for a few days and completed the work within the week. We received our International Wedding and Event planning certification. I quickly realized I would need hands on experience to truly make it into the industry.

I researched all the top wedding planners on San Diego A-List and reached out to them asking for an internship. I ended up interning for Tres Chic Affairs and Alison Howard Events. I also worked at Stone Brewery for 5 1/2 years where I would try to work every event possible.

I then got engaged and planned my own wedding. After getting married in August 2014 I began applying to every event/wedding job I could possibly think of. I had many interviews and quite a few second interviews but continued to get stuck. I either was over qualified for assistant or didn’t have manager experience.

Thankfully Milagro Winery hired me because it has been a dream to work there! I was able to create the wedding side of the business practically from scratch. Hire my own team and exceed so many of our career goals. Now my venue is number one on San Diego A-List!

Has it been a smooth road?
It certainly wasn’t a smooth road to get to where I am now. I became very discouraged after so many interviews and being told time and time again they had decided to choose another candidate. I was worried I would have to continue to work for free through internships or end up working in another industry.

I am so thankful I never gave up and applied to every last job that came about. The more I interviewed the more experience I had going into the next one.

Working at Milagro itself has also been quite a journey. I never thought I would be given the opportunity to create something on my own. I can’t even explain how much I have learned not only about the industry, but about business due to this job. It has definitely been a learning experience and we are continuously working on making Milagro the best it can be.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Milagro Winery is a working winery and farm, a tasting room and a wedding/events venue.

I was recently promoted to General Manager of Milagro so not only do I handle the weddings/events, but I now also run the tasting room.

When it comes to Weddings/Events Milagro host 50+ weddings a year! We can hold up to 200 guests and provide quite a bit to our couples. The most helpful and important item that we provide to our couples is coordination. We are the wedding coordinators and pride ourselves on giving our couples the best wedding possible. I myself have done over 150 weddings now at Milagro (another 50 outside of Milagro).

Milagro is known for being a beautiful outdoor venue that meets many different visions (rustic, modern, glamorous, vintage, etc.) Our couples love the endless photo opportunities are venue provides with 110 acres of vines, hills, valleys, water features, etc.

I am incredibly proud to say we are #1 on San Diego A-List, The Best of the Knot 2018, 3 years in a row of Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards and we are on the most recent cover of San Diego Style Weddings.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe San Diego is one of the best if not the best for Wedding Venues!

You can have it all here. Beaches, Mountains, Desserts, etc.

I would highly recommend San Diego to anyone looking to get into the industry. There are endless opportunities here. There is so much to learn and achieve in the San Diego wedding industry. There are also countless people to network with which is very important!

I’d say our biggest downfall in San Diego would be cost. It is extremely expensive not only to live here but getting married here. However, you do get what you pay for and I believe it is worth every penny.

Pricing:

  • Our max capacity is 200 guests.
  • We only offer weddings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • You are given the venue for 10 hours. Earliest arrival being 10am and latest end time being 10pm.
  • We include coordination, tables, chairs and much more!
  • We do not charge any tax or service fee on our venue fee.
  • We do have minimum requirement on purchasing wine.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Headshot of me and Sunset photo- Red Trolley Studio: http://www.redtrolleyphotography.com/
I have also added a team photo which is by Red Trolley as well. Megan Creed and Danielle Haley are my assistants that are in the photo with me.
Lake photo- Tarah Sweeny: http://www.tarahsweeney.com/
Crush House photo- Analisa Joy: http://www.analisa-joy.com/
Oak Tree- Shane and Lauren: http://www.shaneandlauren.com/

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