With a background in human resources and a degree in accounting, Annie Brady’s path to event planning was not one she saw coming.
After years of chairing fundraising events and entertaining friends and family, however, the Tulsan’s talents as a hostess were apparent. When a friend asked Brady to plan her daughter’s wedding five years ago, the business began.
Since launching, Annie Brady Design has planned and executed more than 20 weddings and more than 100 events.
“Celebrating is such a personal experience, and we want to make it personal,” Brady says. “I like things well done. I have lots of different looks I love, which I think helps in creating events look like the client and not like me.”
Unlike her career path, Brady says she has always seen herself opening a shop of some sort, and since planning events she noticed a need for something specific in the retail world. As soon as she found the right building, she knew it was time to open Magpie, a soiree shop named for her two children, Maggie and Pierce. Brady says she loves how the building, located in Tulsa’s Gunboat Park, feels nostalgic yet current. “I loved that it was a mixed spaced with other types of businesses around, feeling more like a community than a retail destination — like life,” she says. The store opened June 8.
The shop also houses the team’s offices as well as florist Megan Ferren of Poppy’s Garden, a Muskogee-based vendor with whom Brady often works. The result is an instant collaborative energy, something Brady knows is key when planning a successful event. She wants others to feel that same energy when entering the space.
Whether you are looking for goods to create your own celebration or wish to hire Brady and her team, Magpie offers a resource for everything to bring your gathering to life — from paper goods and linens to china and cocktail mixers.
Brady’s philosophy in event planning and in the store are similar: to offer creative, thoughtful, unique solutions for celebrations.
“So many people feel the magic a highly detailed event creates, and they love being a part of that,” Brady says. “I want to try and bring that to as many moments in your life as possible. I’m hoping the shop will allow that.”