Principal Wedding Designer
Born into an Air Force Family, Kristen had the opportunity to live in many places and early on in life developed a love of travel. She loved meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Her love of travel is what drove her to pursue a degree in Hospitality Management and graduated from Colorado State University. She still considers Colorado “home” but soon after graduating her thrill of adventure took her to pursue a job offer in San Francisco. Without having any friends or family she picked up and left her home and started her 10 year career with the largest hospitality chain in the World, Marriott International. This ultimately brought her to The Ritz Carlton Kapalua where she planned and designed over 600 mutli-cultural weddings for the course of 4 years before joining us at Sugar Beach Events. Her love of connecting with each individual couple on their special day truly is what sets her apart. She loves the joy of helping create a memory that is going to last a life time and hopefully create friends for life all over the globe!
Director of Catering and Sales
A self-professed perfectionist and organized almost to the point of OCD, event planning runs in Jessica’s genes. As a young girl, she grew up watching her grandma plan and host events at their local heritage club and learned the importance of attention to detail. Jess began honing her coordination skills early, planning homecoming and proms in high school and always inviting friends over to enjoy the thoughtful ambiance she loved to create.
After moving from her native Colorado to Maui in 2011, Jess began planning her own Maui wedding on a budget and remembered how much she thoroughly enjoyed the event planning process. Jess reveled in seeing the reactions of her guests and with the support (and nudges) from her family and friends, realized that her knack for wedding planning was a talent that should be shared with others.
Sugar Beach Events is the perfect venue for Jess to execute everything that she has learned. Her specialty is to include personal touches that make each wedding distinctive from the rest. Just like grandma taught her, she continues to focus on the details, no matter how simple or extravagant they are. As a recent bride, Jess can relate to all the emotions and stress that go into planning the wedding of your dreams and strives to take care of all your wedding needs so you and your new spouse can truly enjoy yourselves on that special day.
Like many who work in the bar industry, Carl began his apprenticeship behind the bar while he was paying his way through college. It seemed like the ultimate way to pay your way through school: make money to make friends while you make drinks.
Although a brief stint on the cruise ships brought Carl to live in Hawaii in the early 90’s, it was back to making cocktails at a whole new level when he returned to the mainland where he started as a bartender for a popular restaurant known for its bottle-flipping bartenders.
Performing in many of the contests, Carl began to develop his own drinks to always be a step above the expected, in eye appeal as well as taste. Taking his new bag of tricks with him, he moved to Orlando, FL to work at the busiest restaurant in the world, Planet Hollywood. Assuming a training role there, he worked in Orlando as well as traveled globally, training bartenders for the company in both new and existing units for standards, recipes, and execution. Later on as corporate life and the travel lost its glitter, Carl became the bar manager at several of the larger nightclubs in Orlando including Mojitos, The Vue, & Club Paris where constant innovation with cocktail trends became a vital skill.
But the same thing that brings you here today brought Carl here 23 years after his bartending career began: love. He dropped his life on the mainland and moved 5000 miles because there was no other choice to be made. He loves her and has to be with her. And she is here. That makes it especially nice to be able to share these cocktails with you as you celebrate your true love today.