Kelsey Harrison

CEO / CREATIVE DIRECTOR - OH HAPPY DAY BOOTH

I started Oh Happy Day Booth in 2015 and have grown the business to specialize in weddings and corporate events. I am originally from Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and have a public relations degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. My favorite events are swanky downtown weddings and fun greek events. I live in Austin with my husband Peter and rescue pup Bailey.

What accomplishments would you like to share?

We've won the Knot Best of Weddings for 2018 and were nominated for Best Photo Booth by Austin Wedding Day Magazine. We will be featured on two upcoming podcasts: Wedding Rescue and Voices of Impact. I've been a part of a panel for the local Austin Rising Tide Society chapter meeting about Pricing and Negotiating. OHDB has been featured in weddings on Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Green Wedding Shoes, 7Centerpieces, WeddingWire, The Perfect Palette and Southern Bride.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

You're not too weird, or too 'small' or too much of a nobody to introduce yourself to someone you appreciate and look up to. Just get over it and do the dang thing. (Still telling myself this.) Ask questions of people you respect, and take answers seriously. Stand up for yourself and your team. Time is valuable, and not to be discounted or brushed off as a non-expense. Disappointments will happen. Don't harbor resentment. Life is short, and you're too busy for grudges. Lastly, a large number of Instagram followers does not mean someone is successful. Their Instagram is full of their 'top hits.' Don't compare it to your 'behind the scenes.'

What inspired you to become an event professional?

I began getting interested in photography when I was around 13. I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when I was five, which made it difficult to participate in my church's frequent athletic-focused youth events, but I didn't want to skip it completely or just sit on the sidelines, so I started taking photos of my friends and making scrapbooks. Once I got to college, I started taking photography more seriously as a potential career choice. While I still focused on public relations for my degree, I developed a healthy photography business while still in college, and really shifted into weddings once I graduated. Several years ago, I had to begin thinking critically about the fact that due to my progressive neurological disorder, my wedding photography career had a shelf life on it. I needed to shift gears again and find something that had some longevity to it, and that I could outsource more things for when event execution became too difficult. And here I am, years later, and I love what I do and who I work with!