Aloha everyone. Can you believe it? We are celebrating our one year anniversary. This has been the most amazing year. We have grown as a business and I have grown as a chef. As a chef, I learned Moroccan and Sri Lankan cooking styles this year. I have to thank Carmen Electra and Neha Wickramasekaran for affording me the opportunity to create cuisine that was once foreign to me. No pun intended. ☺ I am looking forward to taking a cooking class soon. I just need to decide where to go. Any suggestions?
There are a LOT of people I want to thank for all of their support.
My staff at Sugar Beach, y’all make my life better. It’s because of you we have so many great reviews and so many people talking about us, just one year out of the box.
Here are names you might recognize:
Carl, my strength, my love, my partner in life and the best darn drink maker around. I bet you never thought your background as a bottle flipping bartender would come in so handy. Words cannot describe the love and respect I have for you and how much I appreciate your support in everything I do. You are the love of my life.
Chef Natalie, you are my right hand and I have enjoyed watching you grow as a chef and pastry chef over the last 6 years. You are a blessing and a woman full of immense talent. You get better every day.
Jessica, it was fate that you happened into my life here. I would probably be in a ball in the corner of a white room had you not rescued me from the emails and paperwork. You keep the wheels in motion and make people feel at ease, knowing you are taking charge.
Yvette, the start of it all. Every time someone walks in this building and it takes their breath away, I tell them to thank you. Your design vision is the backbone of all of it. You just ooze sophistication and class. Our buying trip to Vegas will always make me smile.
Dawn, you are about to blow the lid off this place with your eye for creativity and design. It has been such a pleasure watching you take the reins and help our brides create the wedding of their dreams.
Chris, you and I have been through it all together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You lead the staff in providing such special service to our guests. You make me laugh every day.
Kristin, you have kept me on course and helped me focus as a business owner. You get me and push to make it better. The fact that you lived in Charleston and call it home, that just makes it sweeter.
Don and Joy, you made this happen. You made my dream come true. I cannot be more grateful to both of you for so many reasons. I am blessed.
Mom and Dad, you made me dream big and to believe in myself. I love you.
Renee, my best friend and lifter upper (yep, lifter upper). You always help me put it all in perspective and make me smile. You have added more to my life than you know.
Andra and Kara (my book keeper and accountant), what can I say. Ya’ll have an enormous amount of patience and I am so happy to have you protecting me.
Sylvia and Ben at DzinePOD – Your artistic direction, hard work and overall desire to help establish Sugar Beach Events has put us on the map faster than I ever thought possible.
Thank you to all of our brides and grooms, you allowed us to be a part of your celebration and we take that very seriously and hope to always raise the bar and exceed expectations.
To all of our support staff, our amazing vendors and others. We can’t do it without you.
Thank you everyone for allowing me the chance to reflect on this year and share with you. It has been the most challenging, awe inspiring, creative, sleep deprived and humbling most amazing year of my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.