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The 2016 A Day to Cherish Weddings Team

Well, 2016 is winding down and I am LONG overdue at posting this but wedding season came and swept us up with client meetings, rehearsals and wedding after wedding. Now that we have a bit of time to catch up, I want to share a special post! Without these ladies, I (Cara) could never survive. They help me keep ADC in motion and are my saving grace on each and every wedding.

The girls here at A Day to Cherish Weddings love to see everything come together on wedding day, from hair and makeup, to the dress, to the decor and to the perfect vows.  We also love getting all dolled up and posing for the camera!  Usually, we are running around behind the scenes, but this summer, we had the chance to relax and unwind at the beautiful Omni Resort at Montelucia and spend some girl time taking new team photos.  HUGE Thanks to the talented Sarah San Marco and Tracee Clemons for some outstanding makeup, and to Annie Randall Photography for capturing our awesome team.  We had so much fun getting dressed up and just being together.  We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do!

 

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Meet Cara!

Not only has it been to long since I blogged, but also since I introduced another of our staff memebers. So here we go....let me introduce Cara, our Planning Manager! Cara handles many of the day to day tasks for A Day to Cherish. Being busy is easier for her than being bored, she is a list maker and nothing feels better to her than crosssing things off the list! In addition to being fully involved in weddings and A Day to Cherish, Cara sets aside a small part of her day to Coach high school track and cross country as well! Enjoy learning a bit more about her from our staff questionnaire!

What is your favorite television show?

Favorite...I wish I could pick one. Or say I was one of those people that never watches TV, but I can't! I love Desperate Housewives and am so sad we only have one season left, I also like to watch the Millionaire Matchmaker, Bethanny Ever After, The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad. Mostly just indulgent reality TV ....:)

Favorite movie?

Again, so hard to choose! It depends on my mood. I have probably seen Dirty Dancing more than any other movie in my life (I hope I didn't just date myself) but I love Meet Joe Black, 500 and Sex and the City (the first one...not so much the second)

Favorite time of year?

Spring!

Favorite restaurant?

Arrowhead Grill in Glendale

How many states have you been to? Countries?

23 states at least, probably more if you count driving through!

Countries: Mexico, Korea, China, Jamaica, St. Lucia

Last concert you went to?

Ray Lamontagne & David Gray

Who would you call first if you won the lottery?

My husband!

If you could speak another language, what would it be?

Spanish, I think it is most useful in AZ

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Well, famous to me, yes. I have met several professional runners: Michael Johnson, Suzy Favor, a few others. But most people probably don't think of them as famous.

What word do you catch yourself saying a lot?

Um, I wish I could just never say that again. I also say "are you serious?!?" probably everyday.

What is the last book you read?

Skipping a Beat - great book.

If you could own 5 houses anywhere in the world, where would they be?

Lincoln, Nebraska (that is where my family is)

Phoenix, AZ (I love it here!)

I'll go with Jessica and say Bora Bora, we could be neighbors

Honestly, thats all I need. One options with family, one with practicality and one with a beach. I am set.

Can you use chopsticks properly?

Yes, see above for travel. I spent 10 days in China and Korea in high school.

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

Sex and the City

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Probably my friend Kelly, she would just shrug it off and we could hang out and catch up. No offense to my husband but I might strangle him, he would freak out!

Meet Jessica!

I think it's about that time, it has been awhile since I introduced you to another of our fabulous staff members! Jessica has been with A Day to Cherish for almost 3 years now. Many of you have probably met her bouncing around an event and making everybody smile. Jessica is a great asset to our team, from her photography background, to hard work ethic and all the way down to her stellar people skills! She even creates our monthly newsletter! Oh, and she loves pink. I mean LOVES. How could she not be a wedding coordinator!

What is your favorite television show?

Do I have to list only one? Favorite show to watch with Ryan: Sons of Anarchy. Favorite girly show: The Bachelor and Gilmore Girls.

Favorite movie?

Varsity Blues

Favorite time of year?

Spring, when everything is blooming, and it’s my birthday

Favorite restaurant?

Giuseppes in North Scottsdale. Nothing better than bringing in your own wine and authentic Italian. MMMM.

How many states have you been to? Countries?

14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Guess I have some traveling to do, I want to see all 50. It’s on my bucket list.

Four Countries: Canada, England, France, Mexico… and SO many more that I want to visit.

Last concert you went to?

Tempe Music Fest with my sister when Fergie performed.

Who would you call first if you won the lottery?

My parents.

If you could speak another language, what would it be?

French, because France is my favorite place in the world, I can’t wait to go back. Attend Paris Fashion week, visit wine country, and see all the art.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

Larry Fitzgerald of the AZ Cardinals got me a drink at Matt Leinart’s birthday party. And a lot of other athletes, especially when the Patriots played in AZ for the Superbowl.

What word do you catch yourself saying a lot?

“Hot Mess”… but never in describing something on Wedding day ;)

What is the last book you read?

Nora Roberts’ Bridal Quartet series… about 4 friends who are a wedding planner, photographer, florist and baker operating a Wedding Company together.

If you could own 5 houses anywhere in the world, where would they be?

Paris (for the shopping, wine, and art),

Bora Bora (the beach property),

huge ranch in Wyoming (where I grew up),

Vienna, Austria (for the history), 

McMansion in California, ocean front property

Can you use chopsticks properly?

Now I can… after a date took me for sushi (on the first date) and I didn’t eat because I didn’t want to appear un-ladylike using my hands, or look silly trying to use chopsticks, my girlfriends ordered me a rice bowl and I wasn’t allowed to leave (or go back to class) until I ate it all with chopsticks only.

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

Saved by the Bell

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Ryan, my boyfriend. We’d laugh, and he’d keep me from panicking.

Vendor Spotlight: Desert House Productions

Not long ago, we were in the midst of helping one of our fabulous couples search for vendors. Laurie and Dave needed a DJ. However, unlike many of our clients, they had one specific requirement for thier wedding DJ. Real Vinyl. Not CD's, not mp3's....VINYL. What a cool request! We were so excited to find a new and talented DJ that offered this and what a treat we came across. Our search brought us to Desert House Productions. The owners Dave and Drea Strickler have a level of music knowledge that is unlike any we have seen. They are far from the cliche' wedding singer type and are hip, confident, fun and can read a crowd and adjust to the mood of the evening with perfection! Check out a few pictures of events we have enjoyed with them and check them out on facebook for more photos and information!

Vendor Spotlight: Phoenix Cake Company

 

One thing that makes wedding coordination fun is all the wonderful vendors we get to meet and work with. Finding someone that is easy to work with and that our clients love is always such an exciting thing! One of our favorites is Phoenix Cake Company. We have had the pleasure of working with Christy several times and just love her product! Of course.....we would never send a bride to a baker who doesn't make fabulous cake! Cake might be the most important part of the wedding! (OK, maybe second to the dress !)

Lets not forget to mention that Phoenix Cake Co. made a cake for pop-star Rihanna's birthday party and were featured on TLC's Ultimate Cake Off! Check out a few favorites that they have made for some of our lucky brides!

If you want to sample some of their wonderful cake, cupcakes or other delightful bakery items, you can check out their new sister store - Caketini -that has opened for retail at San Tan mall.  Or, check out their website for more pictures, products and flavors.  http://www.christyscakesupplies.com/index.htm .

Pictures courtesy of Light Rain Images, Jane Jordan Photography and Pinkerton Photography.