Meet our 2017 Spring/Summer Interns! Dream. Plan. Blossom.

We’re excited to welcome 2 new ladies to our team this year! Brita and Sarah are our Spring/Summer interns for CBE. Read on to find out more about these 2 creatives!

Brita Olsen
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Eclectic, Festive, Colorful, Personal, Memorable.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“Amber Tamblyn and David Cross. I’m envious of her yellow dress and music by Questlove.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Unique floral arrangements.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Walking in Tenney Park with my dog Oscar, enjoying Madison’s food scene, and supporting women who run for office.”
Sarah Kaveggia
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“ neutrals, greenery, boho, laid-back + PARTY”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“ Lauren Conrad + William Tell”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“ I will always love a good sparkler send off.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“ Being outside! I love hiking, biking, boating; anything in the sunshine or on the water!”

Meet our 2016 Spring/Summer Interns!

We’re excited to welcome 2 new ladies to our team this year! Kayla and KaiLi are our Spring/Summer interns for CBE. Read on to find out more about these 2 creatives!

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KaiLi Freeman
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Romantic, chic, elegant, fresh, whimsical.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
I watch The Bachelor religiously, so I would have wanted to be a guest at Sean and Catherine Lowe’s wedding. From the endless amount of fresh flowers to the unconventional save the dates to the confetti cannon, it would have been a night to remember! (Not to mention all of the former bachelor/bachelorette contestants scattered among the crowd :)
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“One of my favorite wedding details are the lights! It’s such a fun way to create a more romantic, intimate environment, and the options are endless! Chandeliers, globe string lights, lanterns—I love it all!”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
In my free time, I love traveling, baking, organizing, going to concerts, binge watching How I Met Your Mother, and spending time with friends and family.

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Kayla Kennedy
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Personal, classic, roses, elegant, and (too many) desserts.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson’s—she looked queenly and so, so cool.  And that guest list all in the same room?! The whole thing looked really fun and beautiful.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“I love that couples are asking guests to unplug—to put away their phones for a few hours and be really present with them.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Dreaming about beautiful homes and living spaces, as I’m also really passionate about interior design!  I also love trying new gluten-free baking recipes, learning about minimalism, and talking social justice.”

Meet our CBE Interns! – Fall 2015

We are excited to bring on 2 new ladies to our Cherry Blossom Events team this fall. Find out more about Tara & Rebecca, our 2015 Fall interns. We are ready to watch them grow in the event world and bring some more creativity to the table!

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Tara Marko
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Modern, Romantic, Blush, Flowers, and Lights.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at?
“Lauren Conrad and William Tell, with her amazing design skills I can only imagine how perfect their wedding was.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“I love fresh flowers at weddings, especially peonies!”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Spend time with my friends, family, and puppy, Lucille. I also enjoy traveling, baking, and searching for new music.”
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Rebecca Walsh
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“I hope my future wedding will be whimsical, romantic, timeless, fun and personal. ”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
Lauren Conrad has been my style and beauty icon since the Laguna Beach days and I would have loved to attend her wedding to William Tell.  From her Bagdley Mischka dress to perfectly planned table layouts, I swooned over the classic, romantic details. 
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
I absolutely love floral arrangements and I’m really excited to see how marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, will be incorporated into bouquets.  The rich, wine color is warm and inviting, a great addition to any fall wedding.
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I’m always excited to try a new fitness class but yoga will forever be my tried and true workout routine.  I’m currently training for the Madison half marathon so I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring all of Madison’s great running paths. If I’m not running around Madison, I’m most likely spending time with friends and family, reading or attempting to improve my cooking skills.”

Meet the New CBE Interns – 2015

We are excited to welcome 4 new interns this Spring to the CBE team. Our internship has developed over the years and we are happy to announce many success stories of interns who now have jobs in the event industry world – such as working for a planner on the east coast, another doing Destination Weddings in Puerto Rico, working for DreamBank, and another working for the UW Business school in events. We are always excited to add fresh creative minds to the CBE team and welcome these ladies!

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Alyssa Bruce
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Vintage with plenty of pearls and lace, earthy and natural, lots of sparkle, turquoise colors, outdoors.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“I would love to have Maroon 5 be my band! Or Beyonce, but she might out dress me and that’s not acceptable.”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“I really love outdoor weddings! They’re so open and inviting! Also they’re natural and beautiful!”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I have a huge passion for dance! You can also catch me wondering around the Duck Pond as Millie!”
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Meghan Hollar
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“I want my wedding to be soft, whimsical, intimate, joyful, and vintage.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“I wish I could have attended the wedding of Lauren Conrad and William Tell. I have always been a fan of Lauren Conrad and because she is a designer, I knew her wedding would be nothing short of perfection. The soft neutral colors with accents of blush used throughout her wedding perfectly accented her rustic vineyard venue. Also, William used to be in a band so he sang and played guitar for the guests, which I am sure turned the dance floor into a big party. Dancing is my favorite part of every wedding, so I would have loved to be able to join them in celebrating their big day!”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“My favorite wedding trend right now is the use of a pastel color theme. I love weddings where pastels are incorporated in the bridesmaids dresses, flowers, and linens. These colors create a soft and romantic feel that I have always enjoyed. Adding a hint of sparkle with a gold or silver accent color completes this look for me.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“When I am not stuck in a wedding dreamland, I love to spend time with my family, friends, and golden retriever, Milo. I also love to dance, read, and cook up new dishes in the kitchen.”
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Katie Robertson
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Classic & elegant, with lots of candles!”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“George Clooney and Amal Alamudden. What celebrity would’t be there?”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Definitely the flowers! They really pull it all together.”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“I’m sometimes running, usually reading, and always eating candy.”
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Megan Voakes
Use 5 words to describe what your own wedding would be?
“Romantic, glamorous, energetic, bright, and artistic.”
What celebrity wedding would you have wanted to be an attendee at? 
“Lauren Conrad and William Tell”
What is your favorite wedding detail or trend? 
“Flower arches and Chandeliers”
What do you like to do when you’re not dreaming about beautiful weddings and events? 
“Be with my friends; watch movies; listen to music; dance.”

Meet Cherry Blossom’s New Intern: Hailey

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Hailey Smith 

Hello! My name is Hailey and I am very excited to join the Cherry Blossom team as one of the new interns! I am from Janesville, WI and have lived there my whole life! I recently just graduated from the University of Tampa. I majored in entrepreneurship and marketing. I one day hope of opening my own business, so I am excited to get experience in a lot of different areas to see what I excel in!

What was your favorite celebrity wedding?

The celebrity wedding that I fell in love with was Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting’s New Years Eve fairytale wedding. Not only was the lavish wedding a perfect size with close friends and family; her pink vera wang dress was beautiful. Also, her cake was absolutely stunning. An upside chandelier cake, that actually suspended from the ceiling. It was truly marvelous and matched her elegant theme. I loved the location of California so she was still able to have big white tents to hold the reception outdoors in winter.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I try to stay active as much as possible! I really enjoy running and playing tennis. I try to enter as many local races as i can and keep up on my tennis by coaching kids. I also have a passion for baking! A lot of of my free time is spent finding new recipes and trying out different cake designs! I have been doing a lot more wedding cakes lately, which is a great tie into the internship! I also really enjoy going to concerts, my favorite times have been centered around country concerts. It is always a good time and music that everyone seems to relate to!

What is your favorite wedding trend?

Right now I would say my favorite wedding trend is having the same style bridesmaids dress but each in a slightly different shade of the main color. I think it gives the wedding party a different look and is something that stands out. The look can make each bridesmaid feel unique but still have uniformity. I especially like the color scheme with mint and light blues as well as long bridesmaids dresses.

Meet Cherry Blossom’s New Intern: Hannah

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On our honeymoon in Seattle, WA

Hello! My name is Hannah. I am excited to join the Cherry Blossom team! I am originally from Minneapolis, MN. My husband and I moved to Madison two years ago and we love it here!

We were married summer of 2012 in Minneapolis. The memories of wedding planning still seem fresh. And this might sound crazy, but if I could, I would do it all over again. We had a blast! And that is what I wish for every bride and groom. Your wedding day is incredibly special, and your commitment to one another in marriage should be celebrated!

Me:

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and decorating. I proclaim myself as a “foodie,” but that is solely based on my own definition, and that is, “I love food.” My husband and I like trying new dishes, and you will often find me researching cookbooks, magazines, and recipe sites. I also enjoy decorating and design. My poor husband often comes home to me re-“feng-shui-ing” our apartment. Rain or shine you will frequently find me in the backyard refurbishing some street-side find, or a thrift shop goodie.

Favorite Famous Wedding:

Brides-to-be: do not make the same mistake I did the week of my wedding. And that is, watching Father of the Bride with your parents. Unless you are looking for a cathartic cry from all the stress of planning, this movie will guarantee tears. However, Father of the Bride remains one of my favorite movies, and one of my favorite Hollywood weddings. It is elegant and extravagant, yet intimate and classy. I love the details, the colors, and the traditional beauty of the event. Though this movie is from 1991, there are some classic elements that should not be dismissed twenty-three years later. They include: the simplicity of elegance, lots of candlelight, and comfortable shoes!

Favorite Color Pallet:

I am a simple gal. When I was getting married people would ask, “What are your colors?” I would reply, “I don’t think I have any.” Well, I guess you could say we had a black and white wedding. Truth is, I was afraid to dive into color, fearing that my decisions in 2012 would haunt me in 2032. Yet, that is not the point. Your wedding should reflect who you as a couple in the present. No matter what, I think every bride will go through phases of: “I loved my colors!” “What was I thinking?!” and, “I loved my colors!” My current favorite color pallets are navy with bright and colorful flowers (sunflowers included), or mint with cream and silver (I am thinking hydrangeas or a mixture of field flowers), or blush with cream and gold (with a beautiful arrangement of baby’s breath and soft greens tied with gold twine).

Favorite Wedding Trend:

Unconventional desserts! Though I am a cake-lover, it is fun to go to a wedding and have something sweetly unexpected.

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Taking the first bite before my husband. I cannot resist treats!

Photography credit: keelyjoyphotography.com

Meet our 2014 Summer Intern!

Kelsey Faland

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What does your dream wedding look like?

A wedding day is not only about the bride but about the groom too. It’s a day for both families to celebrate coming together, so it’s important to me that everyone feels like they are included in the celebration. If I had to choose right now, I would love to have a summer outdoor wedding with a mint blue/purple color scheme. However, I am one of the most indecisive people on the planet, so this is surely going to change by the time my wedding day comes around. I do know I want a traditional white wedding dress that is not too puffy so I can dance the night away.

What is one thing you can’t live without?

 This would definitely be my family and friends. Studying abroad this past semester made me realize how lucky I am to have each and every one of them by my side. I don’t know what I would do without such a great support system around me.

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

Up until my senior year I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher. I love spending time with children and putting smiles on their faces. During my senior year I became more interested in marketing and event coordination through a student co-op position I had. I now want to make people smile through helping make their special day even more memorable.

If you could plan a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have always imagined getting married on the beach, so if I could get married anywhere in the world I would choose Hawaii. Traveling to Hawaii has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, so what better way to check this destination off than at my wedding?! The beautiful scenery and sunny weather would ensure a memorable and special day.

 What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?

 I love the custom hashtags that couples are now using to capture even more moments from their special day. Creating a personalized hashtag to encourage guests to share their pictures is a great way to get everyone involved in the celebration and collect candid shots that otherwise might not have been captured. These hashtags allow everyone from the wedding to share the love and easily access photos.