What is your favorite part of an event?
My favorite part is right at the beginning when the guests first walk in, and I get to see their first impression of all the food, displays and decor. You spend a lot of time making sure everything is set up perfectly and there are a lot of moving parts, but its so wonderful when that all comes together and the guests are wowed by the experience.
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.
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.
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!
What do you like most about your venue?
The Tyler Arboretum is unique in a way that gives its guest a variety of ceremony and reception sites to make for an array of set ups for weddings and events. Driving down the beautifully tree lined road to the Arboretum, sets the tone for the that appears as you enter the site. No matter the season, the beauty that is Tyler, evolves and never disappoints. Tyler boasts 600 acres of an array of flowers, trees hundreds of years old, one of the largest Rhododendron collections in the world and lush greenery, making this location perfect for any event. And even better, Mother Nature has already arranged the décor! When you have an event at Tyler it becomes an “adventure” filled with magic and wonderment, a day that you and your guests won’t soon forget!
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.
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.
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.