MEET HALEY | CALLUNA EVENTS LEAD PLANNER

The Calluna team is growing! We are thrilled to welcome our new lead planner, Haley Warson, to the Calluna family.

Haley developed a passion for event planning and design as an intern for Calluna Events nearly a decade ago! She kickstarted her career planning corporate events in Washington, D.C., and over the past several years has planned eco-friendly events across the globe before returning to her home state of Colorado.

Haley looks to nature for design inspiration and appreciates an organic aesthetic. She believes that florals are one of the best parts of event decor and loves fresh, bold colors and hanging installations.

Haley enjoys helping clients identify their personal brand to create truly meaningful experiences. This is perhaps what she is most excited about as she embarks on her new journey with Calluna – getting to know our couples and advising on design and trends that match their unique personalities and style!

Haley’s deep event planning experience, efficiency, and organization drive seamless execution, while her upbeat personality and sense of humor allow her to connect with clients. Welcome to the team!

xo, Calluna


A little more about Haley…

My favorite part of a wedding is…? 

Seeing two extended families and friends come together to support the marriage of their loved ones…some of the most special and unlikely relationships can form!

When not planning weddings you can find me…?

Hiking or camping in the mountains in the summer, or skiing in the winter. I love getting out in the crisp air and enjoying the beauty of the Rockies.

My favorite place I have traveled is…? 

Iceland! I did a road trip around “Ring Road” a few years ago – the landscape is stunning, diverse and unlike anything I had ever seen!

My favorite dessert is…? 

I’m a sucker for anything chocolate… chocolate-covered, chocolate-infused, chocolate-dipped… you get the idea!


 

Happy Thanksgiving :: What is Calluna Thankful For?

This year Calluna Events has so much to be thankful for! Whether an intimate elopement or a grand affair for 500, we are grateful for the couples who want their wedding celebration to be a reflection of their love and relationship.We are thankful to live in a state that supports marriage equality and a nation that has embraced it. It has been a privilege to be a part of some of these amazing same-sex marriages! We are thankful for the incredible and extensive network of vendors we have the distinct pleasure of working with throughout the year. In all honesty we truly believe we are only as good as our vendors and we are fortunate to work with the best in the state. Last but certainly not least, we are grateful for the ladies who work for Calluna Events. Our staff, some who have been with us for nine years, are steadfast, bright, and creative! They work tirelessly often long days, mostly behind the scenes and always with enthusiasm and grace.

Read a little below to see what our team is giving thanks for – what are you grateful for this year?

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Heather (Owner, Principal Curator & Stylist) :: Each year when I sit down to write this blog post it allows me an opportunity to reflect on the past year and all the things in my life that make me truly grateful. As we enter our 13th year in business I am in awe and inspired by the Calluna Community – our clients who choose Calluna, the vendors we work so closely with and who continually entrust their clients with us, and I am thankful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about.

I am forever grateful and humbled by our staff, some who have been with Calluna for nearly ten years. They are the backbone of Calluna, some my right hand women, who allow us to continue to grow and expand, who work tirelessly and who have such positive enthusiasm for this industry. I consider them all friends and love the impact they’ve had on my life and my business.

I am awed by the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband, our daughter Maggie and son Grey. Those close to me know I haven’t had the easiest two years personally and I am so grateful to those close to me for their never-ending love and support. Losing my Mom two years ago makes me especially thankful for my health, the health of loved ones and their love. It’s something to never take for granted.

I’m grateful to live in such an incredible place as Boulder. For fresh air, sunshine, hikes in the mountains, yoga, a good latte, great chocolate, travel to new places, adventure, patience, deep breaths and love.


Gabbie (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: I am so so grateful for my wonderful and inspiring family, friends and colleagues – their love, support, and encouragement means everything to me! I cherish this time of the year when I am able to spend quality time with them relaxing, connecting, and enjoying the holidays. I am also incredibly thankful for good health and healing – for myself and loved ones. Finally, I’m thankful for life’s simple pleasures: early morning runs, quiet nights at home, mountain views, sunshine, good food, fine wine, and succulent sweets. Happy Thanksgiving!


Francesca (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: There is always something to be thankful for and everyday I find myself thankful for new things.  I am thankful for a life that provides me with new and exciting opportunities everyday.  I am thankful for all of my friends that turned into family and for dreams that have turned into realities.  Specifically at Calluna Events I am thankful to work with such an amazing, inspiring and powerful group of ladies, including our fearless leader Heather! Eat, Drink and Be Thankful (thankful for stretchy pants) – Happy Thanksgiving!


Michelle (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: I am Thankful for:

This truly has been one of the best year’s of my life.  I feel so blessed for everything that has happened and everyone who has been apart of it.

Melanie (Associate Planner) :: We are in one of my favorite seasons – a season where we can take a second to look up from our phones, our computers and to do lists and actually reflect back on the last year. To sit in the wonder of the accomplishments we’ve achieved, the obstacles we’ve overcome, remembering the staggering “this is impossible there’s no way I can do this” feeling, and then realizing we came out of it alive; we’re still standing, we’re still thriving.

 I’m so grateful for another year of thriving. In my third season of Calluna, I’ve grateful that I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined. I’m grateful for the incredible support system I’ve built – both professionally and personally – that helps me navigate the glamorous (and not so glamorous) moments. I’m grateful to live in Denver where opportunities pop up just about every corner. And most of all- I’m grateful for the adventure that awaits in 2016!

Kristin (Lead Curator & Stylist) :: I am thankful for many things as this year has truly been one of transition for me and my daughter, Rhona. First, I am thankful and grateful for her every single day. She is the motivating force behind every decision I make. I am also thankful for my health, my extremely loving and supportive family and friends. I have fostered new friendships over the past few months and I am grateful to have such great women in my life. In addition, I am very thankful for all of the Calluna girls because you all bring uplifting, positive, love and support to the table. Not to mention how hard-working and kick ass all of you are!

Sami (Associate Planner) :: When I sit down and really think about my life, it’s hard to put into words all that I am thankful for. Especially when there are so many things in my life to give thanks to! I am so blessed and feel so grateful to have all the elements in my life that make me feel so special! Each of those key aspects of my life, both the good and the not so good, have driven me to where I am today. And I can honestly say I am pretty proud of my accomplishments this year! I will say that I feel so blessed that I am a part of the #CallunaCrew. I have learned so much in this past year with this talented group of women. They are the perfect role models for me and they are who I wake up and strive to be everyday! I am excited to slip into 2016 and to keep discovering new things to be thankful for! Cheers!


Kristen (Intern) :: I am so Thankful to live in this beautiful town of Boulder and experience all of the amazing seasons (I am from SF and we don’t have seasons!)  I am also thankful for all of the delicious food that comes with the holiday season, I always make vanilla bean cheesecake for Thanksgiving & Christmas so I am glad I get to participate in the family meal! And on that note I am thankful for LEFTOVERS (turkey sandwhich and mashed potatoes the next day is even better!)

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As we embark on another year we are truly humbled and grateful for all the experiences from this past year and so excited for what’s in store for 2016 and beyond! xx, Calluna

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Calluna Crew Spotlight: Kristin McGuckin

Kristin McGuckin (Lead Curator + Stylist) is an Illinois native who has called beautiful and sunny Colorado her home for a decade. As a licensed esthetician, she worked in the salon and spa industry for the past 13 years. Her attention to detail and extensive experience has allowed her to create lasting relationships with many of her clients. She exudes passion, creativity, confidence and most of all, brings a pleasurable experience to every person she works with. Kristin has curated many events including weddings, birthday parties, and corporate gatherings. She has an aptitude for detail, organized execution, and exquisite design. Her inherent ability to create a unique style and dedication to providing a wonderful experience for every client is evident through her work.

What is your favorite part of the wedding day? My favorite part of the wedding day is the reception and/or celebration piece. I love to see the families, friends, and loved ones embracing one another, dancing and relishing in the pure joy of the couple. Everyone is there to celebrate the union of the couple and the expressions and interactions of all of the guests is absolutely wonderful to see. The reception is truly a part of the wedding where the stress has been uplifted and I enjoy witnessing the celebration, love and honor for the couple on their special day!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I secretly always aspired to be a Hollywood actress despite my never having acted in a play, or in front of a camera.

What wedding trends are you loving this season? I absolutely love the farm to table trend for this season. I find it minimal, yet stunning. I love that this trend involves supporting and encouraging local, sustainable businesses. There is a certain infusion of farm to table weddings that is a true reflection of the couple. To me, this concept creates an interactive dining experience for guests, while still offering a beautiful, elegant setting. In addition, farm to table weddings offer more than a specific type of dining experience. Locally grown flowers, hand-crafted, unique favors, local wines and rustic breads for guests are all facets of farm to table weddings. When I envision this type of wedding, I think of a rustic, romantic, and refined experience. Really, the sky is the limit!

What is one thing you could not live without? My daughter. Hands down.

 What is your favorite thing to do? I absolutely love to dance. I always have and when I’m at a wedding I’m the first one on the floor and the last to get off. There is something so freeing and liberating when it comes to dancing your heart out!

We are so excited to have Kristin on the team!! xx Calluna

Calluna Events Gives Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Calluna Events. We wanted to share what we are thankful for. What are you thankful for this year?

From Heather::

I am thankful to be able to go to work each day and do something I love and am passionate about. Grateful for our staff, our clients that allow us the honor and privilege to work side by side with them on their event and the vendors that work with us to produce incredible events time and time again. I am awed by the love and support of my family and my friends, especially my husband and our daughter (and little baby on the way!). I am especially thankful this year for my health and the health of loved ones. It’s something to never take for granted. I’m also thankful for fresh air, sunshine, hikes in the mountains, yoga, a good latte, great chocolate, travel to new places, adventure, patience, deep breaths and love.

From Jolene::

Everyday I find myself thankful for new things. I am grateful for every moment, for my family and their unconditional love, for the love I am surrounded by everyday at home, at work, and at other people’s celebrations, for my friends – the companions of my life, for good health – allowing me to do what I want to do, for sunshine, snow, and beautiful surroundings, for community, for kind strangers who allow me to help with their most personal events, for good food and drink, for a husband that cooks, and for the time to savor every moment and every magical thing.

From Gabbie::

I love that this time of year inspires reflection on what we are thankful for! Today and everyday, I’m thankful for my loving and supportive family, the love of my life (Max), my inspiring and lovely friends and colleagues, and my beautiful hometown of Boulder!

From Natalie::

I am thankful for life! A life that provides me with the opportunity to explore everyday and to have the constant support of the best family in the world and the family we choose, my friends.  I am thankful for my health and the health of those around me. The list is endless; however, practicing thanks, not just today but everyday demonstrates how gratitude turns what we have into enough. Gratitude for the big things such as education to the simple things, like a bar of my favorite chocolate bar.  Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and plenty of mashed sweet potatoes!

From Melanie::

This year has had so many blessings, it’s hard to narrow down everything I am thankful for in one short paragraph! Above all, I am thankful for the good health of my family and friends, and the strength and love in our relationships. I am thankful for the opportunity of education, for the privilege to study amongst interesting and intelligent people. I am thankful for the opportunities this internship has provided me, as I continue to learn more each day. I am thankful for generosity and compassion of my neighbors, teachers and friends, and for little acts of kindness that continue to make the earth a better of place.

xx, Calluna Events

 

P.S. If you’re hitting the stores for Black Friday deals tomorrow, remember to shop local and support small businesses. Stay tuned for next week for our Boulder holiday gift guide! Happy Thanksgiving!

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