Here at Calluna we are always looking for new ways to highlight and honor some of the amazing creative partners we get to work with. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with some seriously talented vendors in the industry, and we want to show them off to you in our new Calluna Community Series! We will sit down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado and get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more!
This week for Calluna Community we caught up with Melissa at The Broadmoor!
The Broadmoor is a legendary Forbes Five Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort with impeccable service and distinctive amenities with gorgeous mountain views!
Cheers! Xo, Calluna
Describe what you do!
Simply put, I create memories! I help families plan some of the most important days of their lives; Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Graduation Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirement Parties, and Celebrations of Life. I help coordinate the venue space, food and beverage, set-up, and help manage the day-of flow.
What is your idea of a dream project?
Oh, so many! I love anything out-of-the-box or trying a new idea or venue. We have a great venue, The Broadmoor’s Fly Fishing Camp and I’ve been dying to do a fun high-end camping trip with fishing lessons, personalized rustic details, and ‘stream-to-table’ themed food & beverage program.
What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended?
In 2017, I had a great wedding at our Seven Falls – it was the first wedding hosted at the newly opened venue. A gorgeous Colorado setting complete with a chic New York couple, a great vendor team, late-night dancing at the base of a waterfall, a wedding party tequila shot before the ceremony and an amazing family-style menu. It was a challenging event but SO rewarding.
What does your morning routine look like?
On event day, I love to start the morning with a Pure Barre class – taking those 50 minutes for myself really helps me focus the rest of the day on the event and client’s needs. A quick breakfast and I’m out the door. There’s a 99% chance that I’ll stop to get an Iced Dirty Chai from Dutch Brothers on the way into the office (it’s the little things) for an extra kick. And then it’s off to the races!
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing?
I love to see how interior design influences events – I will never tire of lounge settings in a reception. Masculine and bold details really help to give the space depth – leather details, matte metals and rich colors really elevate a space. Interactive entertainment add a great element to any event, whether it’s an artist live-painting the ceremony, a cigar-roller at cocktail hour or a chef attended ice cream bar at the reception, I love it all, and so do the guests!
What advice would you give to a younger you?
Take note of everything! Great menu items, window displays at stores, travel articles in airline magazines, there is inspiration EVERYWHERE! Also, drink more water!
What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
Figuring out the puzzle. Events at a large resort is like solving a puzzle and I love the challenge. I am also so honored and humbled that amazing couples and families trust me with such important moments. That trust gets me up in the morning, for sure!
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight?
Favorite cocktail is a French 75, hands down; I love gin and champagne so when you combine the two, perfection. But I’ve been drinking sparkling hard seltzer a lot lately – it is so refreshing after a few runs on the slopes or in the stands of a hockey game.