Archive for April, 2011

A Warm Welcome!

Katie Nielsen is the newest addition to Catrina Maria Designs.  Katie comes to us with over fourteen years in the hospitality industry, she will be joining us as she concludes her work on her Bachelors of Science degree in Recreation Administration at Sacramento State.  Katie began working in the restaurant business when she was just fifteen.  She has held all “front of the house” positions including bussing, washing dishes, hosting, serving tables, and is currently bartending.  Although, Katie has had the opportunity to work as a manager, she has opted to broaden her scope and explore different sides of the hospitality industry. By concentrating on the event side of the hospitality industry Katie can really focus on her real passion.

Katie not only brings us years of customer experience but she has also obtained a certification in Wedding and Event Planning from Cal State East Bay extension program put on by the International Special Event Society. There she acquired an in-depth knowledge of researching, designing, planning, coordinating and evaluating weddings. She learned the many extensive dynamics of event and wedding planning.

Katie has also worked in the non-profit sector.  She spent multiple summers living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains working at a summer camp planning and implementing activities serving kids with medical, physical, developmental and behavioral disabilities.

As the assistant wedding planner to Catrina Maria, Katie will focus on working with brides by assisting in the design of their wedding; helping set timelines, as a liaison between the brides and vendors and help organize all of the wedding details up to the wedding day. Expect to see Katie regularly running errands all over town for Catrina! She is eager to learn as much as she can about being an Event Planner and is excited to meet each and every one of you.


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This is our official farewell to Marianna Haynes: our amazing and talented assistant planner from 2007 to 2010. The little sister is flying the coop and has moved to DC.  She is off to bigger and OTHER THINGS (can’t say BETTER THINGS than Catrina Maria Designs!).  Her dedication, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail will be missed by all of us.  Marianna had an ability to understand me like no other person who has worked for me and was often a step ahead of what was needed. Thank goodness our transition has been filled by planning her wedding! I imagine she will realize how much she misses weddings once she is officially a married woman after June 4th, 2011.  I am sure you will all be dying to see photos from her wedding and yes, I have loved every second of planning with her.  If I could do my wedding over (celebrating 10 happy years myself this summer!) it might feel a bit like Marianna’s wedding.

Marianna is now based in Washington, DC, so you never know, maybe she will miss weddings so much she will have to open a DC branch of Catrina Maria Designs!

Don’t worry too much; you will see introductions shortly on two new amazing employees of Catrina Maria Designs.  Mairead Brown (middle sister) is still with us specializing in space planning, green planning and unique tasks.

Stay tuned for more from Catrina Maria.

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