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wedding catering manager Shelby Crane

Wedding Catering Manager – Shelby Crane

The Mission Inn Wedding Team would like to introduce Shelby Crane, wedding catering manager. Shelby graduated from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. She worked for three years at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort before being introduced to Mission Inn. Shelby was a bridemaid’s in two of her best friends Mission Inn weddings and she fell in love with the resort and weddings. Shelby joined the Mission Inn team as a Group Sales Coordinator almost three years ago. When an opening became available for a Wedding Catering Manager, Shelby was excited for the opportunity to join the wedding team!  Shelby is now a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society.

Four bridesmaids and a bride including wedding catering manager Shelby Crane

We wanted to find out more about Shelby and share it with you!

 

Mission Inn Resort:  

What is your favorite thing/part about weddings?

Shelby:

I love seeing couples on wedding day who are so in love and so hopeful for their future. Seeing the true joy and love in their eyes is so touching. Experiencing this and seeing this first hand inspires me every day to be the best wife that I can be to my husband.

Groomsmen in grey and bridesmaids in coral with bride and groom kissing featuring shelby crane catering manager

Mission Inn Resort:

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Shelby:

I grew up wanting to be a Meteorologist. I’ve always had a fascination with weather and specifically storms. Each time there would be a tornado warning in Oklahoma and my mom would be hunkering down where it’s safe, my dad and I would always be at the front patio with a video camera waiting for the twister! Now that I’m in Florida, I’ll do the same thing with hurricanes! Some people say I’m crazy, but I think storms can be the most beautiful and awe-inspiring things in the world to witness.

 

Mission Inn Resort:

Three things that make you happy?

Shelby:

  1. Anything music related sets my heart on fire. Whether that is listening to music, playing my clarinet, watching my husband’s marching band on competition day, or belting my lungs out to the musical, Wicked. Music has always been a part of me and I wouldn’t be who I am today without it.
  2. Hanging out with my husband – whether we are going out on an adventure, or just staying in and watching movies. We are best friends and he always makes me laugh (even though it’s sometimes at him, not with him haha). He’s always making me smile. It’s not hard to be happy when I’m around him.
  3. Nature – this is a recent love of mine that has developed over the past couple years. Whether that means exploring new state parks and hiking the nature trails, kayaking on the lakes, sailing out on the ocean, or even camping (even with all of the bugs and the sweat). I’ve always been more of a girly girl and never imagined myself being an outdoorsy, but I truly love anything to do with nature. It’s just so calming and makes you really appreciate the little things.

Wedding catering manager Shelby holding Clarinet with her Husband holding a horn

 

Mission Inn Resort:

What is your favorite cake flavor?

Shelby:

Strawberry and Pina Colada are my absolute favorite and were the flavors of my wedding cake! Unfortunately, I was running around too much at my wedding to have any of the cake. If you’re getting married, take the time to enjoy your cake!

 

Mission Inn Resort:

Where are you from?

Shelby:

I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but moved to Florida when I was 8 years old. I consider myself a Floridian but still an Okie at heart. A lot of my family including my brother still lives in Oklahoma so I try to get back there to visit whenever I can.

Shelby Catering Manager Kayaking

Mission Inn Resort:

What is your favorite social media app?

Shelby:

Pinterest! No matter what you’re searching for, whether it’s the perfect cupcake recipe, DIY ideas, or wedding floral, you can always find inspiration on Pinterest. It’s the perfect app for finding fun, new wedding catering ideas!

 

Mission Inn Resort: 

What’s your favorite holiday?

Shelby:

I love everything about Christmas! The lights, the music, the scents, spending time with family. The only thing that would make me love it even more is if I could actually enjoy a “White” Christmas.

Mission Inn Christmas

Mission Inn Resort:

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

Shelby:

Whether I’m in the car, at home cleaning, or just bored, you will always find me singing. It’s such a great escape and something I’ve always loved to do.

 

Mission Inn Resort: 

Do you have a go to pick-me-up or a must have daily “fix”?

Shelby:

My daily smoothies!

 

Mission Inn Resort:

Tell us about your wedding day?

Shelby:

My wedding day was such a whirlwind, but it was absolutely perfect. We had a beautiful beach wedding on St Pete Beach. Both myself and my husband are Disney fans, so the wedding was Disney inspired and featured blues and purples. Each table featured a different Disney couple and our reception space was so gorgeous! It was on the top level of the resort with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. It truly was a fairytail wedding and I wouldn’t have changed anything about it (except I would have eaten the cake).

Shelby on wedding day with her husband Bobby

Thanks so very much for sharing a bit about you with the rest of us, Shelby. Welcome to the Mission Inn Resort Wedding Catering family!

Mission Inn Wedding Catering Manager Kelsey Balmer

Mission Inn Wedding Catering Manager – Kelsey Balmer

 

Mission Inn Wedding Catering Manager Kelsey Balmer

Photo By: KMD Creations Photography & Film

 

The Mission Inn Wedding Team would like to introduce Kelsey Balmer, catering manager. Kelsey joined the wedding team this past March.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Resort & Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University. Kelsey also holds the title of Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society.

 

Kelsey joins the Mission Inn Wedding Team with years of experience as a catering and sales manager in both South and Central Florida.  She has experience working with weddings and social events as well as larger corporate functions.

We wanted to find out more about Kelsey and share it with you!

 

Mission Inn: What is your favorite thing/part about weddings?

Kelsey: As a catering manager, I work closely with couples for months and even years planning their wedding day. I love seeing each couple’s reaction on wedding day when their vision comes to life and they see their dreams and hard work come alive.

Mission Inn: Three things that make you happy?

Kelsey:  Having time to spend with my boyfriend Dj definitely makes me happy. Our adventures consist of binge watching Criminal Minds on Netflix or indulging in our love for either sushi or Mexican food. My little Corgi, Jasper, kills me with his cuteness. We both had wanted a dog for a while now and finally found him! Coming home to Jasper jumping up to give me kisses is the best thing to walk in the door to. Finally, after a long day, I like to treat myself to a glass or two of red wine!

Wedding Catering Manager Kelsey Balmer and Dog

Mission Inn: What is your favorite cake flavor?

Kelsey: I constantly have a craving for anything chocolate – chocolate cake being one of those. So when it comes to cake, the more chocolate the better!

 

Mission Inn: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Kelsey: A singer! Growing up I always enjoyed writing and recording songs on my phone. In 2016 I was lucky enough to record my own single at a recording studio and have it published to major music outlets.

 

Mission Inn: What’s your favorite wedding venue here?

Kelsey: I am absolutely in love with Marina del Rey. The dark tones complimented by the string lighting in the reception space – it’s just so perfect to me. To top it all off you have the beautiful Lake Harris as your ceremony back drop. Everywhere you look it’s breathtaking.

Marina del Rey indoor waterfront reception space with white linen and french country chairs

Photo By: Nate Phur Photo & Cinema

Mission Inn: What is your favorite social media app?

Kelsey: Hand’s down – Instagram, I’m addicted!

 

Mission Inn: What is your favorite holiday?

Kelsey: Christmas! I love going home to spend time with family, hearing Christmas songs on the radio and all of the delicious food. It’s always such a happy time of the year.

Mission Inn Wedding Christmas Wreath and Wedding Dress on Gate near Catering Manager Office

Photo by: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

 

Mission Inn: Where are you from?

Kelsey: I am a true Florida girl. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL

 

Mission Inn: Favorite thing to do on your free time?

Kelsey: I enjoy fitness, good food and also going on adventures to Universal with my boyfriend.

Kelsey and DJ date night at restaurant

Mission Inn:  Do you have a go to pick-me-up?

Kelsey: Brownie Chocolate Peanut Butter Kodiak Cake. This is my favorite “healthy” dessert that I always make sure I have stocked in my kitchen. It fills my chocolate cravings and gives me the protein I need!

 

Mission Inn: Tell us about your dream wedding day

Kelsey: I wake up to mimosas and a platter of cheese and pastries as I get ready with my sister, mom and closest friends. After getting pampered with hair and makeup, I have a first look with my soon to be husband. I picture us getting married under an oak tree in an intimate setting. I would kick off the party with sangrias and then enjoy the rest of the night with a delicious buffet, endless desserts and dancing to a mix of 90s throwbacks and my favorites pop songs all night long.

Kelsey Wedding Catering Manager Fall

 

Thanks so very much for sharing a bit about you with the rest of us, Kelsey. Welcome to the Mission Inn Resort family!

 

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Mission Inn Wedding Sales Manager, Jessica

Meet Wedding Sales Manager – Jessica

We’d like to introduce Jessica Castrejon, a Central Florida Wedding Venue sales veteran. She joined our team this past March. Jessica has degrees in restaurant management and hotel management as well as a bachelors in hospitality management with a concentration in resort management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jessica joins Mission Inn’s Wedding Team with 15 years of experience in special events and weddings.  She has worked in both restaurants and hotels throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and other Central Florida Wedding Venues.READ MORE

Bri, Director of Wedding Sales at Mission Inn Resort

Director of Wedding Sales – Bri

We’ve been introducing our wedding team here at Mission Inn and some of their interests beyond weddings to get to know them just a little better.

Next up, Mission Inn Resort is proud to introduce wedding team member, Bri Marbais, Mission Inn’s Director of Wedding Sales.  Bri has been with the Mission Inn Wedding Team for five years.

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