Today’s blog post is the second 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 beloved associate Chelsea, or check out our previous post on our intern Sarah.
What does a weekend day look like in the life of Chelsea? Depending on the time of the year, this can vary drastically. During wedding season I’m usually working for one of my amazing couples or assisting Caitlin with one of hers and I love every moment of it! During football season I’m either rooting for my Oregon Ducks or my beloved San Francisco 49ers. My husband and I have game day rituals that we take very seriously which include putting on our jerseycs (he wears Davis’s #85 while I proudly sport Gore’s #21), popping some champagne that we drink from our Niners glasses, and tuning out the world while we tune into the game. Any other weekend in the year beyond football and wedding season I spend with my husband relaxing and getting our to-do’s done or going on a long hike at some of our favorite local trails, finished off with cooking a delicious meal together and opening up a great bottle of wine.
What is your hands down favorite activity? Watching my Niners! (Are you sensing a common theme yet?) Preferably at the stadium so we can cheer them on with all of our fellow 49er Faithful fans. I am football obsessed and love watching anything football – college, pro, the combine, the draft, and I even play fantasy football which is so much fun!
What’s your favorite city you’ve ever visited? This is a hard one! My husband and I love to travel and did a Europe trip where we covered 12 countries and fell in love with cities such as Paris, France; Fiesole, Italy; Pag Island, Croatia; and Ljubljana, Slovenia to name a few. However, our honeymoon destination to Savusavu, Fiji takes the cake since it was so romantic and memorable – and it was well deserved after the wedding! We stayed at an amazing resort called Namale which I highly recommend to any couple looking for a fabulous honeymoon destination.
What are you most looking forward to in 2015? Besides my amazing 2015 couples? Probably the trip my husband and I have planned to Alaska and then Victoria Island in British Columbia. We’re going to a small lodge near Port Alexander that you have to take a sea plane to get to – I’m nervous about taking a plane that lands on the water! We’re going to do a ton of fishing – which I’ve never done before – and hiking and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. After that, we’re flying into Victoria for a spa retreat and relaxation before we head back to reality.
What is the biggest lesson you ever learned about events? This may seem obvious, but that every client is different. I think that all too often professionals in the industry can see a wedding or an event as just another one they have to pump out. However, I know that the CAWE team looks at our clients differently, which I love! It’s important to see each individual wedding/event as unique and help our clients to make their wedding one that truly reflects who they are as a couple. I think what I love hearing the most is when guests see the chopstick escort cards or the post card guest book or whatever personal touch it may be and they say, “That is so them!” It instantly stops me in my tracks and brings a huge smile to my face. I also love being the one behind the scenes helping my clients brainstorm what those personal touches may be.
What is your favorite beverage (at all times, in all circumstances)? Wine. Always wine. My family is big into wine and we go wine tasting all the time. While in the south of France on a family vacation, we took a wine blending course at one of the wineries and did a blind taste testing with the finished products we made. I’m pretty sure my husband won but they were all delicious!
What’s your favorite cuisine to eat? Japanese. Sushi bars, Izakayas, Yakitoris, etc. It’s all so good! My husband and I like being adventurous when we eat at restaurants and don’t get scared off easily by anything out of the ordinary. Grilled beef tongue and monkfish liver is one of our favorites.
What’s your favorite cuisine to cook? California Fusion. I love to cook with fresh local vegetables and try different recipes with all kinds of influences. We’re so lucky to live where we do and I love taking advantage of the resources we have. My husband also loves to grill so we do that a lot when I’m busy with wedding season. I’m also obsessed with beets and seek them out in recipes and restaurants all the time.
Give a brief description of your family. Currently my little family consists of my husband Alex, our cats Sushi and Nacho (full names Sushi-Cat and Nacho-Gato), and our Roborovski dwarf hamsters Ham and Eggs (full names Rum Ham and Eggs Benedict). We’d love to get a dog soon and are open to food-based name suggestions! My husband and I met at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and got married on 9.10.11 in Malibu. He’s a graphic designer who specializes in web and apps and is just as big of a Niners fan as I am.
What is your favorite event design element? I really love the element of light and how it can set the tone of an event. Whether it’s uplights, candles, chandeliers, luminaries, or so on, I believe that investing in lighting really pulls everything together!
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What’s your favorite part of your job at CAWE? My clients! My clients are all amazing and I love working with them. I enjoy working with them on a professional level but also getting to know them and having a personal relationship as well. I also get really excited when I’m able to start working with them from the very beginning of their planning and help them procure a venue and work with them through the design process. Design is my favorite part of the planning process and I love bringing their ideas to fruition and see it all come together beautifully on the day. Throughout all of this we build a relationship and it makes the day so special. I get sad when the event is over because I never want to say goodbye to a couple and I always love hearing from them afterwards and getting updates – which I do from a lot of my couples! I get really excited when I hear from previous clients