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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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Since winning the 2010 NACE Tabletop Competition we’ve been brainstorming about creative new ways to use the structure we created for that event.  In our first table, we created a table-sized wooden box and filled it with rocks, moss, and flowers, then placed a plexiglass sheet over the box to serve as the table surface.  We loved the way the table turned out, but at a recent Bar Bat Mitzvah Resource Fair at the Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, we decided to transform it into something more lush and romantic.  So, we took out all the rocks and the manzanita branch and filled the box with freshly picked leaves, bunches of hydrangeas, and ivory candles.  
The result?  Love at first sight!  The table was elegant, unique, and literally glowed with the lights turned down.  We have lots more fun ideas for this table, hopefully we’ll get to try them out soon!  Special thanks to Laurie Schmalzel, Mike Regan, Sara Hamm, and Lara Kiniris for all the fun on the day of the fair!

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Are you a middle sister?….or do you know one?  If so, have we found the wine for you!

First, before we can tell you about the wine, we just have to tell you how we found it…it’s too good.  Last night the three of us girls here at Arcularius Events went out with Mom to find a wedding dress for Marianna, the youngest of us three (who got engaged a month ago!).  We chose Diamond Bridal Gallery in Granite Bay because of its wide selection of Spanish designer dresses, which Marianna fell in love with after countless hours searching wedding gown websites.  This place did not disappoint!  The interior was comfortable, the sales associates were totally sweet, and the dresses were to die for.  Marianna tried on just seven dresses before she found “the one” and, after a few tears and a bit of dancing in the dressing room, walked out of the store with a receipt for a wedding gown!! 

What does this have to do with wine?  Well, at the beginning of our evening (before the dress was found and the tears were shed), middle-sister Mairead stepped out to find a bottle of champagne to turn dress shopping into a celebration.  She came back with champagne and a wine that was just too perfect…Middle Sister Rebel Red.

Rebel Red is a red table wine, but the collection of Middle Sister wines includes Drama Queen Pinot Grigio, Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon, Goodie Two-Shoes Pinot Noir, Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc, and Smarty Pants Chardonnay.  How adorable is that?  What’s more, lots of these bottles have won awards up the ying-yang, so not only can you give your favorite middle sister a wine that describes her personality, you can give her wine that she’ll actually like!

Check out Middle Sister’s fun website for info on all their wines, a silly music video, and an enlightening “Which Middle Sister Are You?” quiz. (PS, we took it, and we are apparently Drama Queens, who knew?)

Have fun wine tasting!

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As you may or may not know, Arcularius Events is a Three-Sister Team.  The three of us, Catriona, Mairead, and Marianna, love combining our unique strengths to create events that are truly one of a kind.  We would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves, because you are sure to meet (at least) one of us if you hire or work with Arcularius Events!  This week, we’d like to introduce the youngest of the three sisters, Marianna. 

Marianna has worked with Arcularius Events for the past two seasons as our Associate Wedding Planner.  As a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a double major in Art History and Italian Studies, she is passionate about all things Italian and can assist couples who want this romantic culture to be a part of their celebrations.  
Since graduating, Marianna has been working at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park where she works in customer service and education.  Her specialty is public speaking, so she helps introduce large school groups to the museum and its special exhibitions.
Marianna will soon be joining Arcularius Events full time, where she will assist with day-of coordination and behind-the-scenes organization.  She ensures that design elements are set up according to plan and that every detail is attended to.  Since she loves working with people, Marianna is our go-to girl when guests need direction or assistance.  She is a vital part of our Three-Sister Team, which we will continue to introduce in just a few days!

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