I grew up in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the years, I have lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Chicago and Los Angeles.
I have been in the wedding consultation business in the Vail Valley since 1999 when we moved here from Los Angeles. While in LA, I was with Williams-Sonoma as a store manager and with Whole Foods as Food Service Coordinator. I have an extensive background in food and beverage, and thus, I love to be involved in the menu and wine selections for my weddings. I am also a frustrated florist and take great pleasure in working with my brides on the design/floral aspects of the wedding.
I have four fabulous children, three of whom were married in destination weddings. My clients have teased me that there is some poetic justice in there somewhere.
I am assisted in every wedding by a great team. My Lead Professional is Kay Schneider, a long time local who has extensive experience with all of our mountain venues.
When you grow up in the South, you are surrounded and trained in the art of Southern hospitality. In planning a destination wedding, it is part of my job to assist my brides in structuring the entire event. The wedding weekend has a beginning, a middle and an end and it should all flow seamlessly from one event to the next. It is my belief that the bride and groom are taking charge of their guests' happiness for the entire time that they are in Colorado; therefore, I work diligently to make sure that our guests are comfortable and well informed about all of the details for events, from locations to transportation schedules. It is my goal that the guests get on the plane bound for home saying, "Wasn't that the most incredible wedding you've ever been to?"
Creating a timeline for the wedding week is one of the most important tools that I have. But it's only a timeline. Each wedding takes on a life of its own and occasionally, the schedule has to be adapted. It is my job to help my clients remember that it is a WEDDING, not a German train and we need to approach things with a sense of humor.
But beyond the operational details, to me the wedding is a celebration of community. It is the joining of two people in the presence of their families and dear friends. It is important to remember that you will probably never have this same set of family and friends together again - step back, take a breath and enjoy this moment!