Today’s blog post will introduce you a bit more to the newest member of our team: Michaela! She will be interning with us this summer and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know her more since chances are you’ll see her at our meetings or receive an email or two from her!
What does a weekend day look like in the life of Michaela?
The day usually starts off with me snoozing my alarm ten times and then forcing myself out of bed to go to the gym with a little help from anyone in the vicinity. What can I say – I will never get enough when it comes to sleep. Now you might be thinking “good for you for going to the gym on the weekend”, but I am strictly just working towards earning my taco from La Cumbre afterwards. The rest of the day is up in the air. If it’s football season you can catch me in front of the TV. Otherwise, I am pretty simple. I love just sitting around with my friends and family talking for hours on end.
What is your hands down favorite activity?
Soccer. It takes my mind off of everything, relaxes me and makes me feel complete happiness. Soccer equates to therapy for me. If I am not playing it, I love coaching it.
What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited?
In middle school, I had the privilege of doing a two weeklong trip to Europe through my school with my schoolmates and my dad. Wengen, Switzerland was unlike any city I had ever seen. There were small streets filled with boutiques and delicious cafes, picture perfect mountains in the background, friendly citizens and a complete laid back nature. How could you not fall in love? I remember one night we stayed out until 10 PM (which was a big deal for a middle schooler) just playing pick up soccer. Wengen has a little bit of everything and is absolutely breathtaking!
What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
For me, 2015 is a lot like any other year and every year there is one thing I look forward to the most: the holiday season. I love decorating the house, wrapping gifts for all my friends and family, planning countless Christmas parties and snuggling up on the couch. Don’t forget the baking that comes along with Christmas time – I have never seen a Christmas cookie I don’t like!
What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events?
I have learned that events are more than a one-day “thing”. Although an event takes place for just a few short hours, it holds lasting memories for everyone involved and that is what I love about planning events! I get to take part in making someone’s dream a reality. I can make sure that when they look back on their special day that it is full of wonderful memories.
What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)?
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a cup of tea. Iced or hot, tea is my go to drink! Tea is multipurpose: it soothes me before bed, wakes me up in the morning and makes a rainy day much more enjoyable.
What’s your favorite cuisine to eat?
Sushi. Sushi. Sushi. I never get tired of Japanese cuisine. My family and I live about three blocks from our favorite Japanese restaurant, Tokies, and it is safe to say that we use it to our advantage. Although delicious, I have to be honest – if I had to choose my favorite meal it would be my mom’s rigatoni with homemade bolognese, garlic bread and salad. Two completely different cuisines but both equally satisfying!
What’s your favorite cuisine to cook?
Italian. It is comforting, delicious and I have never heard anyone say no to spaghetti. Also, it is the only thing I have successfully cooked without almost burning the house down.
Give a brief description of your family.
In my family, I have my mom (Denise), my dad (Greg) and my sister (Brittany). My mom works in finance and we all call her the human calculator. My dad runs a winery in Napa Valley and let’s just say the Brady household is never short on wine. My older sister, like me, is still in college and unlike me is majoring in political science. Watch out, she might just be the president one day. We are sarcastic and competitive, but we also encourage, support and love each other to no ends. So that’s us – The Brady Bunch!
What is your favorite event design element?
Flowers. When I walk into an event space, it is the first thing that stands out to me. I think flowers can take an ordinary room and turn it into something extraordinary. The beauty and elegance of floral elements is undeniable. Even more, the options are endless; so many different styles and themes can be communicated through flowers.
Give us your travel bucket list.
- Bora Bora
– St. Kitts
– New York City
What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE?
I love seeing the variety in ideas that people bring to the table. Every couple has their own unique vision. Constantly, the demands of the job are changing with each couple’s new perspective and I love the challenge. Most of all, I love that this job at the end of the day makes people smile. I get to be involved with one of the most important days of their lives, and that is pretty special. Bringing happiness to others is something I try to do every day and this job allows me to do that.