So… I am kind of in love with pretty things. True story. And where can you find a million pretty things, all in one place? You guessed it, a wedding! Dresses, shoes, flowers, linens, stationery… I dream of these things. It’s sad but true. So after leaving my first love for history and politics (I know, nerd alert), I became a wedding planner. I love weddings and I love working with people, so it was a perfect fit.
Besides my love for weddings it is important to know that I am a “family first” kind of gal. I could wear jeans and a t-shirt for the rest of my life as long as I had a rockin’ pair of shoes and killer earrings for flare. I am a typical first-born, textbook Leo with a type-A personality and go-getter mentality. I do not take “no” for answer and the words “I can’t” do not exist in my vocabulary. I like to have fun. I will talk to pretty much anyone. And I am constantly planning my next travel experience.
Lastly, I will cry during your father-daughter dance. I am just warning you. And maybe at the vows too, it tends to sneak up on me. I will treat your wedding as if it was my own because I don’t know how not to. Weddings and I go hand and hand for so many reasons. Pretty things are just the start.
Every girl dreams about her big wedding day- the day she can feel like a princess and live out her true fairytale. Not only was it my dream to have a magical wedding of my own, since I was a little girl, it has always been my dream job to be able to make someone’s visions come to reality on their wedding day.
Although I’m an Arizona Native, I have had the opportunity to live in many places in the U.S., and spent most of my adolescent years in Ohio. I made my way back to Arizona where I graduated from Arizona State University with two bachelor of science degrees in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. After a few years of working in the corporate world, I decided to follow my lifelong passion for designing and creating.
I thrive on designing the wedding of your dreams, creating timelines, focusing on details, and executing plans. This fits in with my background in logistics and marketing. This has made me appreciate the masterminding behind it all and the importance of attention to detail. What I find rewarding is meeting and learning about people and building relationships. This allows me to truly reflect elements of the couple and capture what’s most meaningful to them on their special day. I love designing down to the smallest details to help people transform their visions into reality.
When I’m not planning weddings, you can find me spending time with my husband Brett and our families—I am such a family person! I enjoy traveling to new places and I can’t live without my passport. Also, I love cooking (you can’t trust a person who doesn’t love good food, right?), dancing, sunshine, and a good happy hour. I believe your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life and you shouldn’t have to worry about anything except celebrating.
If I had it my way, every day would be a celebration. I was raised to bring out the good china on a random Thursday night, pop the champagne, and have a party. I like living each day like it’s a reason to celebrate. I choose wedding planning because I get to be right next to a couple on the most important celebration they will ever throw. I get to be there when you decide on the flavor of your wedding cake. I get to see your eyes light up when you tell me how you got proposed to. I get to see the single tear of pure joy that you will shed when seeing your partner walk down the aisle. How lucky am I to get to celebrate with you.
I was an avid traveler before I came home to Phoenix and married the love of my life. I lived in 4 different countries, and have visited 6 out of the 7 continents (Antarctica I am coming for you one day). I have an extreme passion for experiencing new cultures, trying exotic foods, and sharing stories over a good glass of wine. I believe that every love is unique. Just like the epicenter of a large city, with its distinct people, cuisine, and flair, I want to take the small details of what makes your love unique and showcase that on your wedding day. A sentiment from your first date, a memento of the first time you said I Love You...I want that to shine through on your perfect day.
My favorite part? That I can’t tell you, simply because I love it all. But there is something that gets me every time when I see two families becoming one. Maybe it’s because at the end of the day, when I am home with my husband, our little pug, and our adorable son, I feel the luckiest.
Although it may seem like I spend all day swooning over sequined linens (and I do), there is a lot of timelines and structure that goes on behind the scenes at weddings. As a graduate of Arizona State (Go Devils) with a degree in communications and a minor in special events management, I have combined my love for celebrations with my penchant for perfection. It is my job to make sure every detail is beautiful and the day runs seamlessly. Your job? Pop that champagne…and maybe pour me a glass!
I live for hiking, snowboarding, and camping! You may look at me and think otherwise, but don’t be fooled. As an Arizona native, I just love the versatility this state has to offer an outdoor girl like me. That being said, I also love fashion and design. (Not to mention finding a killer deal!) So when it came to figuring out my dream job I came to wedding planning and it is perfect for me! I get to work in a beautiful state with amazing outdoor views that inspires great style. Decorating nature is a lot like assembling the perfect “outfit”. Accessorizing the natural beauty that surrounds you with flowers, linens, and little splashes of personalities.
And if designing wasn’t enough, you should also be aware that I am my happiest when I am on the go, multitasking, and organizing. Some people may call me a workaholic, but I just say I am motivated. There is no better feeling than going to bed at night knowing you accomplished so much in a day and everything is checked off your to do list. And a checklist with items like “cake” and “flowers” kind of makes me smile. I love my job, and I love getting the opportunity to meet so many special people, ultimately providing them with help and assurance of a great memory. I believe love is sacred and weddings are a celebration of that. Allowing couples to experience their wedding as it was meant to be is something I wouldn’t give up for the world. This job is unique and it is wonderful. I couldn’t ask for more.
A million kisses and well wishes, heartfelt and unashamed dancing and wedding speeches, tears and joy..these are the memories of my wedding. This is what’s etched into my heart and the hearts of my family and friends. Tremendous pressure, meticulous planning and crisis management, these things were there too, but they were invisible to me because of our wedding planner.
As for me, I’ve always been a type of girl that loves to get people together and create fun memories...just ask anyone that’s ever come to my annual Halloween party! What I came to realize was that I love the run up to events as much as the party itself. And honestly, is there a better party in the world than a wedding?
But its not enough just to know the best caterers, florists and bands..you have to be committed to fully understanding the vision and needs of each couple and those that will support them through the process. My years as a Manager in The Head Start Program has really helped me learn to speak to families and not assume I know what’s in their hearts.
While I’m waiting to be a part of the next great wedding you can find me hanging out with my husband, my big crazy Italian family, and my dog Lola. Or maybe hitting up local consignment shops, finding a hole-in-the-wall gem of a restaurant, or traveling to new places looking for inspiration for the next great party.
Being a young woman in the wedding industry is a beautiful torture. Although I have not yet walked down the isle myself, I already can tell I will be the most indecisive bride ever because I have loved every unique, traditional, romantic detail all of my brides have brought to the table. I am over the moon excited about every detail. The cake flavor, the Grooms tie, the beauty of the venue and even the photo booth props! One of my favorite things is seeing the couple’s chemistry and the excitement they share after they tie the knot. This is the day couples showcase their commitment and love for all to see and I get to be a fly on the wall to witness it all! Currently I am pursuing another passion of mine at Arizona State and getting my teaching degree in early childhood education. My two loves are a little different as you can see but both entail an organized leader who is creative, not afraid to take chances and is a people person.
My passion for matrimony and commitment has been demonstrated daily through my two amazing parents who have been married for over 27 years. I believe weddings are a great expression of commitment and love and what better way to celebrate that then with tons of pretty things and friends and family!
Weddings are magical. They make people happy. They’re real-life fairytales. And it’s in the intrinsic details – those moments you can’t quite put into words – that make them so wonderful. It’s watching a father relive every memory of his little girl in the span of a single glance. It’s families becoming family. It’s the sound of pure joy, excitement, anticipation…which usually comes out as a squeal, gasp, and/or a happy dance. It’s candlelight, music, laughter, and dancing until your head is spinning and your feet are aching.
From orchestrating secret proposals to helping you map out your registry or redesign after becoming Mr&Mrs, design development and execution are my passion. I am a Type-A logistical nerd who loves love, and I am so blessed to be able to use my background in theatre production and interior design to make the wedding of your dreams a reality.
I love spending time with the FamBam, showing of all my bad dance moves, and
snuggling my squishy-faced Frenchie named Safron. I love laughing until my sides hurt and my eyes tear up. I love staying up all night with my girlfriends drinking red wine and watching fabulously quotable movies. I love holding my husband’s hand in the car, listening to my son figure out life one day at a time, and knowing that “family” means more than the people to whom I am related.
There is an infamous letter from my kindergarten teacher to my parents which details a classmate of mine falling from the monkey bars and how I was the first one on the scene – bossing other kids to go get the teacher, shooshing the injured telling him “It’s ok. See, there’s no blood!”, and staying with him at the nurses station until he was cleared. And while falling in love can feel a little like falling of the monkey bars, the point is that I love being there for people. I love seeing them happy, love making them smile. There are so many details when it comes to planning a wedding, details that quite frankly can make you crazy if you’re not prepared for them, and you should be enjoying the experience, not fretting over everything. Let me be in your corner! I promise to bring my bad dance moves.