Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Favorite musical artist:
Currently there’s this funky Thai-surf-soul trio called Khruangbin that I just can’t get enough of. The Growlers, Charles Bradley, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, the new Avalanches album, and J. Cole, have also recently been in heavy rotation. I typically listen to soul, blues, bluegrass, 90’s hip hop, 90’s classics, and instrumental hip hop or trip-hop. As cliche as it is to assert, my music taste is extraordinarily eclectic- alternative/indie, folk, americana, singer songwriters, classical, some punk; I also LOVE gypsy jazz. Guilty pleasures include 80’s pop hits and Beyonce.
Favorite song to hear at a wedding:
Being a maker of happenings, and a problem solver (“unofficial life coach,” as my friends like to joke) Other interests include any and all outdoor adventures, river floats, flora/fauna/mineral appreciation, road trips, hidden swimming holes, movies, taking really (really) long walks, spending Friday nights watching marathons of wedding shows with my Mom and being overly engaged/impassioned, and getting way too competitive during trivia night at my local craft beer hangout.
How long have you been with Kramer Events?
I’ve been an official Kramer team member since January 2016, but have been working alongside Kramer Events in hosting and coordinating awesome events since 2012. Kramer was my top preferred vendor for many years as I worked as a winery assistant manager and coordinator; Kramer always delivers the most professional, and consistent, top quality services. I cannot underscore enough how excited and proud I feel to now be working on this team!
What’s your favorite part about working for Kramer Events?
Having a team that I know and trust working with me towards the same vision and goal, and being ready to step up and problem solve/troubleshoot at any given moment, is paramount. The sum of the whole is truly greater than any of its parts. The team comes together as a well oiled, highly efficient event machine.
What do you love most about being an Event Coordinator?
I love getting to mingle with, and, more often than not, to wrangle in, different personality types. All joking aside, seeing faces that are sore from smiling too much, and eyes red from laughing (or from the ‘happy tears’ kind of crying) too much, at the end of a long, successful day, brings me insurmountable joy- and makes all the prep & effort totally worth it. I get to help people feel elated and at ease, and there’s nothing better than that.
What’s your favorite part of a wedding and why?
The “first look”- weather it happens pre ceremony, or at the end of the aisle. As a hopeless romantic, that moment wherein the couple first exchanges affectionate and giddy eye contact always gives me goosebumps.
What general advice would you give a couple preparing for their wedding?
When beginning the planning process, it can be much easier to start listing out the things that you definitely DO NOT want to have at your wedding than it is begin listing the things you do want. This sorting process clarifies your vision while gaining a much greater understanding of your ideal wedding day.
What is your Coordination Style?
I am definitely an “ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure” kind of person. Flexible and calm, yet exacting and assertive. After ten plus years of experience in the event industry, I know that there’s only so much you can control and plan for. It’s really all about the ability to mediate, and to tackle challenges quickly and efficiently while making sure you arrive at the final destination without veering too far off course.
What has been your most memorable wedding moment thus far?
Having a bridesmaid ask me if I knew where the bride ran off to… and then finding her in an unlit corner of the barn behind the dance floor eating cake with one hand, and fist pumping to Motley Crue with the other- enjoying her party, admiring her guests, ear to ear grin; completely, carelessly rocking out & having the time of her life (was 100% sober, to boot!) Also, recently, I saw quite the acrobatic stunt performed during the removal of a garter- you’ll have to ask me all about it during our design session!