MEET CRISTINA: I’m the owner, and lead wedding guru at HWC. Establishing HWC in 2009 was one of the greatest ventures of my life. I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of couples, and thousands of people over the years, with each one holding a special place in my heart. HWC started as a dream, and has turned into an incredible reality for me. I feel so much love for the couples I meet every year, and feel privileged to be such a personal and intimate part of their wedding. What do I think the most important part of the wedding day is? That it reflects the couple in each and every way possible! So we work closely on every small detail, to make sure your special day is all about you!
HOW HER COUPLES CHARACTERIZE HER: seamless, excellent, personable, kind, warm, understanding, proactive, organized, detail oriented, flexible, friendly, sweet, responsive, hardworking, helpful, knowledgeable, calm, confident, and has a can-do attitude.
HOW SHE SEES HERSELF: upbeat, fun, a tad bit silly, team player, organized, maybe a little too organized (is that possible?), planner, resourceful, and innovative.
WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME: drink wine, eat nothing but spectacular food, attempt to cook spectacular food, hang with my amazing husband and daughter, hang with my incredible family and friends, shop way too often at Target and Home Goods.
MEET MELISSA: I’m an associate planner here at HWC! Since I could remember I have been planning events; adding special touches to Thanksgiving dinner, crafting special birthday dinners. Planning weddings and events combine some of my favorite things; being crafty, staying organized, creating something beautiful for people to enjoy, but most of all I love helping people during such a memorable moment in their life to create their vision.
I studied at San Francisco State and received my bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with an emphasis in conventions, meetings, and event management, and a minor in business administration. During that time I began participated in a number of student-organized events, worked at the 2012 US Open, and began interning here at HWC.
I love getting to know our couples, their history together, what they enjoy doing together, their sense of style, and seeing it all come together on their wedding day. I believe that after enjoying a special day with each other to celebrate your love, making your big day a representation of who you are as a couple, makes for something absolutely magical!
I think that the most important thing about planning your special day, is that you actually get to enjoy it! Wedding days go by surprisingly fast, and after everything you’ve done, you should be able to sit back and enjoy the whole thing without worrying about the details.
WHAT I DO IN MY SPARE TIME: I love spending time with my husband, family, and friends, hiking with my dogter Roxy, visiting new, and old places, and past favorites as-well. I enjoy trying new restaurants, and experimenting in my own kitchen. I have a passion for beautiful papers, and enjoy doing various paper and miscellaneous crafts.