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Kim Bates Venue Manager and Event Designer
What is your favorite part of a wedding? 
With over 20 years in the restaurant industry, my favorite part of the "actual" wedding is it's a happy occasion; everyone comes happy. In a restaurant you need to keep people constantly happy. Maybe the hubby didn’t' want to go out to eat because a football game was on, but his lovely wife complained until they went out. Now,  the hubby is angry, they're not talking and keeping them happy is more challenging. At a wedding, it's a happy time: you don't have to appease people so much. 
Sue Cunnane Event Designer
What's your favorite meal or restaurant?
Per Se, New York.
 

What's your greatest non-work-related accomplishment?
Being a fun mom and the biggest fan of my 5 awesome kids.

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
Seeing "that look" in a couple's eyes when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Angela Dilella Venue Manager and Event Designer
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I love wedding cakes - the designs, the toppers from funny to beautiful, and of course, the tastes!
 
What do you like most about your venue?
I love both Tyler Arboretum and the Anthony Wayne House because I worked in an office with no windows for my entire career in higher ed, retired and now these wonderful outdoor properties are my offices!
Anthia Graham Venue Manager and Event Designer
What was your favorite meal?

When I was about 13 years old I had a girlfriend from Spain who invited me to her home for dinner. Her mother made this incredible paella that I still think about today.

What are some fun facts about you?

I went back to school in my 50’s to study culinary arts and catering management.

I played in dinner and community theater in my 20’s. I love to sing and dance.

Crissi Jolly Event Designer
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is when I have just sent the bride down the aisle.  I know that this is truly the beginning of the rest of her life.  I sometimes even text my husband - "I Love You!" 
Katie Kucz Event Designer
Weddings are magical events. There is so much love that it's contagious! I enjoy meeting new couples, listening to the dreams they have for their big day and helping to make them a reality.

My favorite part of the wedding is when the bride and groom walk down the aisle after saying their vows. There is something about the glow from their faces that makes me smile every time.When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love being outside in warm weather walking, jogging and hiking. I'm slightly obsessed with New Orleans food, art and live music. I typically make one trip a year to the Big Easy. My backyard is New Orleans Art Market themed with string lights and decorated with my favorite memorabilia.

Mandy Lightcap Venue Manager and Event Designer
What was your first job?
My first job was...weddings!  I started as a banquet server when I was 14.  I always appreciated that pretty much all of the guests are having such a good time - they leave their stresses at home for a few hours (and most of them have no bill to pay at the end of the night - what's not to like?).  I loved that I could do my job while listening to music in such a fun atmosphere - didn't matter to me if I was clearing dirty dishes.  I always feel privileged to be a part of such a precious and personal event - and my favorite part for sure is when someone starts crying love-ful tears. 
Marc Liss Chief of Staff/ Event Designer
What was your first job?

Dishwasher at IHOP (12th grade)

What do you like to do when you're not working?

I watch sports & play Scrabble

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

The Bride and Groom's first dance

What's your favorite food?
Shrimp cocktail 
Dana McCullough Event Designer
What was your first job?

My first job was working at Gentiles produce market when I was 15. I loved getting to try new and exotic fruits and vegetables before they were more popular-- hence my love for Asian pears and Star fruit! 

Emily McFadden Event Designer

What was your first job?

My first job was working at a retirement community as a dining room server when I was 15. Over the next few years, I began taking on more responsibilities like setting up the events and also became a supervisor of the dining room. I enjoyed working with the residents and staff so much that it made me realize that I wanted to go to school for Tourism and Hospitality Management.

What do you like most about your venue?

During the ceremony, the bride takes a beautiful long walk through the old Arboretum trees and appears among them as she turns to walk down the aisle. It’s a breathtaking moment for the bride, the guests and of course, the groom.

Shannon Mullane Venue Manager and Event Designer
What do you like most about your venue?
What’s not to like!?  As you turn into the park at Audubon you are greeted with a beautiful long tree lined driveway--no matter what time of year, it is stunning.  The sunsets are amazing!  The park , while peaceful and quiet all week, fills with so much joy and laughter as the guests arrive to celebrate with their loved ones. 
 
What is your greatest non-work-related accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment in my life is, hands down,  being a mom to my son, Dylan, and daughter, Sage.

What was your first job?
I started working when I was probably 8 years old delivering the newspaper my grandmother wrote for.
 
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is that moment just before the couple sees each other for the first time. There is this moment of quiet excitement that is just infectious – It always makes me smile.
Catherine Piechoski Event Designer
What is your favorite meal or restaurant?
I love The Homestead Inn in NJ. It used to be a small, private restaurant that you needed to know someone in order to get a reservation. I am the 4th generation to be going there and my family has made some great memories there. 
Darlene Schneider Event Designer
What is your favorite part of a wedding?

My favorite part of a wedding is witnessing the groom’s facial expression when he sees his bride. It’s priceless!

What do you like to do when you're not working?

I love my flower garden! I put a lot of time and thought into my flowers each year. I find it very relaxing and fulfilling when everything blooms in vivid color.

Laura Shoup Marketing Director
Venue Manager and Event Designer
What is your greatest non-work-related accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishments are my children, Gabe, 14, and Bo, 11, but also -my first hike with my family to the top of a 46er (46 peaks higher than 4,000 ft elevation in the Adirondacks).  Five hours up and seeing my kids' faces full of accomplishment when they made it to the top.  Looking out to the world from up there is a feeling like no other- we now have a family goal to finish all 46.
Maria Weingrad Sales and Event Designer - Waterloo Village

I am an explorer at heart, a spiritual person who loves cats and loves to be out in nature.  I enjoy being creative; my newest undertaking is making fairy garden terrariums!  I have a passion for baking and cooking and was lucky enough to have owned my own bakery/cafe.  I’ve learned that anyone can do anything or be anything they want in life; all you need to do is go after it by following your heart.  I also love to see people happy, and I feel it's an honor to be part of someone’s special day, a day they will remember forever.

Craig Zeserman Venue Manager and Event Designer
What is your greatest non-work-related accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment would be my three children. I've helped raise three great kids that have grown up to be kind and respectful to others. They're pretty good looking young adults if I must say so myself.

What do you like to do when you're not working?

I enjoy going to rock concerts, working out at the gym and spending time outdoors. I've turned my youngest son on to classic rock music and he loves going to concerts with me.