Today’s blog post is the last of three blog posts to introduce you a bit more to our team. The About Us page can be a little sterile, so we wanted to give an opportunity to our readers to get to know us a bit more casually! We went interview-style, so enjoy this week’s interview with our current intern Christa, or check out our previous post on our intern Sarah.
What does a weekend day look like in the life of Christa? A typical weekend day would most definitely involve exploring some new spot in San Francisco that I haven’t visited before with my fiance Matthew, my favorite adventure buddy. After spending 3 years living in a city, you would think you would begin to run out of new things to do, but San Francisco is endlessly full of surprises. I love hiking, so many of our adventures end up at the top of a hill with a sweeping view of the city from a new angle. I almost always bring my camera with me and snap as many shots as I can of the newest beautiful place we have found to capture the moment. My current favorite San Francisco spots to visit are Lands End, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps and Grandview Park, and basically any trail in the Presidio that gives you a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
What is your hands down favorite activity? Exploring, which is why I do it so often in San Francisco! But since I talked about that already, I’ll tell you my second favorite activity – running! I’ve loved running since my mom started bringing me along with her as she ran 5k’s when I was a very young child. Since then, I’ve loved being a part of track and field and cross country in high school, and later in life participating in 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s, and half marathons. Running is such a fun way to get a workout in, while simultaneously taking in the beauty of wherever you choose to run. I’m so lucky to live in San Francisco, where the weather is perfect for running and where my regular runs involve stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and 360 degree views of the city. Pretty awesome!
What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited? One of my favorite cities is Seattle, Washington. I visited this city for the first time over this past summer and I had so much fun there that I could even picture myself living there someday. I absolutely love the quirky and laid back yet somehow sophisticated vibe that the city has to offer. From spending time walking along the coastline and wandering through the hundreds of vendors at Pike Place market, sampling tasty fresh fruits and vegetables, and watching vendors toss fish back and forth (literally), to taking an elevator to the top of the Space Needle for a beautiful view, to exploring fascinating art and culture museums, to venturing outside the proper city limits to hike green, forested mountains and view waterfalls, this city absolutely blew me away. Plus, there’s rain, a weather element I absolutely love and miss in the California drought!
What are you most looking forward to in 2015? 2015 is a huge year for me, brimming with possibility, so there are so many things that I could choose from! First, I am so excited to be graduating from the University of San Francisco in May. This marks the end of my school career and the true beginning of my full-time professional career. While graduating is incredibly exciting, in June I will be marrying the love of my life, Matthew, and beginning a new and ridiculously awesome chapter in our lives together! I am so excited for the wedding itself and even more excited for all of the new adventures we will be beginning together. Pretty hard to beat that!
What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events? The biggest lesson I have learned about events is that as an event planner, it is vital to expect the unexpected. And not only that, but it’s vitally important to plan for the unexpected. You never know what the world might throw at you on the day of an event, regardless of how thorough and well thought through your plans are, because, well, life is just unexpected and surprising sometimes! I have learned that it is always a good idea to have a contingency plan for as many circumstances as possible, which takes forward thinking and brainstorming from the get-go. When you really take the time to think through all of the possibilities and to prepare for those possibilities, it makes dealing with the unexpected much more seamless, allowing whoever I am working for to continue to enjoy their event, and often to be completely unaware of the fact that an issue ever existed!
What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)? A chai latte. I absolutely love the sweet, spicy flavors that give this drink such a unique taste. I would be perfectly content to drink a chai latte hot or iced, depending on the weather outside of course. One of the most interesting chai drinks I have ever tried was at Big Basin Cafe in Saratoga, where I tried a chai mocha, which combines my chocolate obsession with my love for chai. Delicious!
What’s your favorite cuisine to eat? This is always a tough question for me as I love so many different cuisines, but I think my current favorite cuisine is Thai food. You can never go wrong with a delicious Pad Thai, chicken with peanut sauce, or a spicy coconut based curry.
What’s your favorite cuisine to cook? Hands-down Italian food. Italian spices are so fun to use and so versatile that they make cooking easy and enjoyable, and most of all delicious. I love cooking anything from the classic spaghetti and meatballs to eggplant parmesan and lasagna. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with quinoa by substituting this tasty and hearty grain for the traditional pasta in many of the Italian dishes I cook.
Give a brief description of your family. Currently, I feel like I have several families! My current household in San Francisco includes my 3 fabulous housemates, Esther, Kenzie, and Bri who live, move, and breathe the life of a student in San Francisco with me. My immediate family lives in San Jose and includes my parents and my younger sister who is a student at Boston University. In June, my answer will be completely different, as I will be entering into a new family and household with my fiance, Matthew! So, I think it’s safe to say that I really have three different families at the moment, all of whom I love dearly.
What is your favorite event design element? Floral decor. I love how creative and unique this design element allows the designer to be through the many variations it offers as well as how much there is to learn about flowers. You can never stop learning about different varieties of flowers! There are so many different kinds of flowers and so many different ways to arrange them to fit a color scheme, theme, mood, or feeling. I am often drawn to the natural elements of a design, and the floral elements of an event or wedding have a way of bringing out the natural beauty of a space, which I absolutely love.
Give us your travel bucket list. So far, I have not checked very many places off of the enormous list of beautiful travel destinations this world has to offer. Currently at the forefront of my travel bucket list are Italy, Ireland, Japan, and Greece. Italy because of the amazing food, beautiful destinations, and the huge amount of historical landmarks. Ireland because many of my ancestors came from this beautiful country filled with green hills and castles. Japan because it is so vastly different than anywhere I have ever been before. And finally Greece because of the breathtaking beaches, beautiful cityscapes and architecture, and again for its abundance of historical landmarks.
Last but not least…
What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE? My favorite part of my job at CAWE is hearing our clients’ stories and having the opportunity to incorporate the unique elements of a couple’s story into their wedding. I love the fact that a huge part of my job is taking the unique elements that make each couple special and arranging these pieces to make a wedding fun, unique, and one hundred percent personalized to the lovely individuals I’m working with. Every story is new and exciting, which makes being a part of each wedding a completely invigorating and creative experience.