Our beautiful team is growing! We are so excited to go into the wedding season with an amazing group of ladies. We want our readers to get to know each of us, so we will be spotlighting our planners throughout the month of April. Stay tuned!
Francesca DeOrio (Lead Curator & Stylist) is a native New Yorker who has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. She originally joined the Boulder-based The Kitchen restaurant group as a college student and has since worked in a variety of roles in several of their restaurants. Her background in hospitality management, restaurant operations and events coordination has honed her ability to multi-task her way through just about any project. Francesca and Calluna owner, Heather Dwight, first worked together when they collaborated on an event at The Kitchen Next Door. At the time, Francesca was the general manager and events planner. It was immediately evident that events managed by Francesca balanced good humor and positive thinking with innate problem-solving skills and a thorough eye for detail. Her extensive experience at The Kitchen restaurant group combined with her passionate enthusiasm for event and wedding planning makes Francesca a perfect addition to the Calluna Events team
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part of the day begins when the groom sees the bride in her gown for the first time. I love the smile on his face as he awaits her arrival. I also love the hush that sweeps across the room; it signals an overwhelming wave of emotion that connects the guests to the couple. It culminates the moment the bride finishes her walk down the aisle and comes face-to-face with the groom. The romance of those few minutes makes the day for me.
What is a trend you would like to incorporate into a wedding?
I encourage couples to add their personal style into their wedding – little touches that makes the day exclusively theirs. From my perspective, the more their personality shines through, the better the memories.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
What is one piece of clothing everyone should own?
One? Here are three…and that took editing!!! My short list: black skinny jeans, ankle booties, a great jacket or blazer.
Do you have a personal motto?
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”