Friday Introduction: Meet Our Interns

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce everyone to our hard-working interns! Gina & Megan started with us in February, and we can’t thank them enough for the behind-the-scenes work they put in assisting with wedding planning, marketing, and more!

xo, Calluna


Meet Gina:

I’m a Colorado native, but started event planning in New York City working as an intern at a company specializing in South Asian weddings. It was such a unique and fun experience that it only bolstered my love of weddings. I have a background in design, and love creating, drawing a lot of inspiration from the outdoors. When I’m not working, I like to spend time in the mountains – whether it be snowboarding, hiking, or fly fishing! 

Intern Calluna Events

What is your favorite reception song?

90’s – 00’s Hip-Hop or R&B – the nostalgia is real!

Favorite flower?

Give me all the flowers! It’s so hard to choose just one, so if I had to pick my favorites, they would be tulips, ranunculuses, and garden roses.

Favorite dress designer?

I really like Vera Wang, Monique Lhullier, and more recently Samuelle Couture.

Favorite wedding movie?

The Wedding Planner was the first movie that made me fall in love with the planning process, but I’ve seen The Proposal too many times to count so it would probably be that one!


Meet Megan:

I’m graduating from Colorado State University in May with my degree in Hospitality Management. I was born and raised in Colorado with a big country girl heart, but a city girl attitude. My love for weddings probably started when I was a kid, watching any and all movies with a romantic love story, and then only grew when Say Yes To the Dress was the only show I watched!

Intern Calluna Events

 

What is your favorite reception song?

If I’m going to dance to anything at a wedding, you can bet it’s Shania Twain!

Favorite flower?

I love peonies and ranunculuses! But everyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for all things floral.

Favorite dress designer?

Hands down Hayley Paige! I love her unique designs and that she designs the most beautiful gowns.

Favorite wedding movie?

Father of the Bride 1&2! I’ve seen the movie more times than acceptable and still love them both!


Photography | Ashley Sawtelle

Friday Introduction: Meet Francesca

Today we’d love for you to get to know Francesca! Francesca DeOrio is a native New Yorker who has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. 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.

xo, Calluna


Calluna Events Francesca DeOrio Lead Planner

Photography | James and Schulze 

What do you do to relax after a wedding is over? 

Glass of wine and an Epson Salt Bath 😉

What is your favorite part of the planning process?

Floral Mock Up/Consult — its always when the vision truly comes alive!

What is your favorite reception song?

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Favorite flower?

Ouuu … peonies and dahlia

One trend you are over seeing?

Rustic Chic …..


Photography (feature image) | Ashley Sawtelle

Friday Introduction: Meet Jean

This week as a part of our Friday Introduction series, we are hearing from Jean! Jean Ellison began her career in weddings while working for a historic home located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Over the past nine years, Jean has built her career by managing weddings for Five Star resorts, luxury hotels, and country clubs across the South. Jean most recently comes from the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts where she worked as the Social Catering Sales & Events Manager for both the Houston and Denver properties. While clients and colleagues appreciate Jean’s warm personality and quirky one-liners, it is her knowledge of food and wine, passion for service, and ability to effectively guide her clients that brings her to the Calluna Events team.

xo, Calluna


Colorado wedding planner Calluna Events team Jean

What do you do to relax after a wedding is over?  

I take a hot bath then my hubby rubs my feet 🙂

What do you like to do when you’re not planning weddings?

I love long walks and yard work – any excuse to get outside!

What is your favorite reception song?

Anything from the classics! Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc.

Favorite flower?

White French Tulips

Favorite dress designer?

I don’t have one, but I’m currently loving what I’ve seen from Robert Bullock and Haley Paige

Favorite wedding movie?

Father of the Bride, of course!

What is some advice you would give couples planning their own wedding?  

Enjoy the process and don’t get too caught up on the details if they’re stressing you out – sometimes simplicity is key!


Photography | Ashley Sawtelle

Friday Introduction: Meet Spice

This week as a part of our Friday Introduction series, we are hearing from Spice! Spice Jones, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, joined the Calluna Events team in 2006 for the opportunity to combine a background in film producing with her love for creating beautiful celebrations. Spending 14 years collaborating with the country’s top art directors and wardrobe designers gave Spice the “everything is possible!” excitement that Calluna Events brings to each and every event. Through the little details, her passion is finding fresh and exciting ways to match time honored traditions with today’s modern styles. Along with her experience, Spice brings the confident professionalism and fun personality that have become the trademarks of Calluna Events.

xo, Calluna


A little more about Spice…

What do you do to relax after a wedding is over?

If I’m lucky enough to bring home a piece of wedding cake, I’ll put on my pjs while my husband pours a glass of whatever-happens-to-be-in-the-fridge and then we curl up on the couch to savor the confection and catchup on the day.

What is something you have seen at a wedding that you absolutely loved?

A few years ago I watched a groom’s father give his son the same toast his father gave him on his own wedding day. And when he finish the toast the groom’s mother gifted the newlyweds the toasting glasses they received for their wedding 30 years prior. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Favorite flower?

I absolutely love Gardenias. They remind me of old Hollywood and their fragrance take me back to my Southern home. Nothing is more charming than a groom with fragrant Gardenia on his lapel.

Favorite dress designer?

There are so many amazing new designers these days but, Vera Wang remains my all-time favorite. I still get chills when I have a bride walking down the aisle in one of her dresses.

Favorite wedding movie?

High Society? My Best Friend’s Wedding? Wedding Crashers? Mamma Mia? It’s impossible to narrow the list to a single favorite. But, considering I’ve watched The Proposal more times than all the rest combined I guess it should be the winner…for now.

What is some advice you would give couples planning their own wedding?

I think the most beneficial thing a couple can do before starting the planning process is to engage a Wedding Planner for a few hours of logistical advice. Discuss your guest count, share your vision, and be candid about your budget so the Planner can help you avoid any of the financial or emotional surprises hidden behind the excitement of planning the big day. I promise those few hours will be invaluable.


Photography | Ashley Sawtelle

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