Chelsea White - Maderas Wedding Specialist

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How would you describe what you do as the wedding specialist at Maderas?

My training and job experience has given me an inside-out look at everything that goes into ensuring that all of our couples have a unique, seamless and memorable wedding day. I’ve planned and coordinated weddings all throughout San Diego, I’ve been on the food and beverage side, and facilitated on the venue side. I can not only be a resource for design and etiquette questions, but I also have a thorough understanding what it takes for an event of this magnitude to go off without a hitch. Factor in that I’m a recent bride myself, and I can sympathize and offer advice based upon firsthand experience!

As your catering manager, I am your point of contact for all food, beverage, logistics and setup questions and day of execution of these areas.

Can you describe how you became a wedding specialist?

If you had told my 21 year old self that I would be planning weddings as a career, I would have laughed. My degree is in advertising and I worked at an agency right after college. I was primed and ready to be the female version of Don Draper (minus all the questionable life choices, smoking, etc).

Turns out I wasn’t a big fan of sitting in meetings all day, nor was I going home at night feeling any sort of fulfillment from my job. Fast forward six months after graduation. I moved home to California to figure out the next step. The next part sounds a little silly. One day I was at home thinking about the things in life that I really enjoy- entertaining friends and family, making and enjoying great food, meeting new people, pretty things- flowers, art, love, etc. and I had an epiphany- like a full blown, stop you in your tracks moment. I wanted to be a wedding planner. The realization came out of nowhere, and yet I felt like I had known it forever.

After that, all the pieces just sort of fell into place. Ironically enough, I have always been in the food and beverage/hospitality industry in some capacity. My first job was as a deli clerk at a butcher shop and I served and bartended throughout college. After my mind was set on this new career goal, I responded to a job posting for an intern position for a relatively new wedding planning company. It was with this company that my love for weddings exploded. As I progressed up to a lead coordinator position I learned the intricacies of what goes into a successful timeline, the importance of vendor relationships and the oh-so essential skill of managing the details. From there I applied my skills at the Marine Room, a fine dining restaurant in La Jolla, as their events coordinator.

My desire to focus back on weddings brought me to Maderas.

What makes Maderas special?

When you drive down Old Coach Road it feels like you’re headed to a private villa. After a mile of gorgeous scenery you pull up to the property and it’s like you’ve discovered a hidden gem. Whether the fog is rolling out over the mountains in the morning or the sun is streaming through one of the beautiful willows on the course, every part of Maderas is a backdrop just waiting for a photo op. Our company also prides itself in customer service from start to finish. Whether you’ve just finished 18 holes or you’ve chosen us as the venue for your wedding day, we strive to exceed all your expectations. I truly feel like we’re one of San Diego’s best kept secrets.

What’s your favorite part of a wedding day?

The joy! The bride’s. The groom’s. The parents’. I just love witnessing people experience happiness and excitement in their rawest forms.

And your least favorite?

How much my feet hurt at the end of the day. I have yet to find a pair of shoes that are not only stylish, but comfortable for 12-15 hours.

What advice do you have for your current and future couples?

When their wedding day is over and done, I want our clients to feel like their day was a reflection of everything that makes their story and love for each other unique. Yes, it will be the culmination of months of planning, financial investment and most likely a bit of stress, but remember that your wedding day is a celebration! It will be one of the few times in your life where all of the people that are important to you will be in the same room. Enjoy it!