We had the good fortune of connecting with MaryGrace Montagna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MaryGrace, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I have always found that acts of service make me happy. Throughout my life and my career journey, I realized that watching others experience joy and create priceless memories makes me happy. It is why I love what I do and if I can play a small role in someone’s memorable moments and share memories with them no matter how small or large the occasion – that is where I find my happiness. I’m a big believer in that (some) tangible things won’t always last. Memories along with precious moments that were created with loved ones and unforgettable times will endure forever
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the tail end of 2020 I was blessed with the role of Senior Wedding Coordinator at Madera Estates. Within my first year there I completed 43 weddings! (Talk about needing a nap after!) I will never stop loving all the new couples and traditions that they bring to the planning table. As Cady said in Mean Girls, “The limit does not exist!”
I’m thankful that I can say I’ve had the opportunity to plan over 125 weddings (to date). I haven’t seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot. I’m proud that I have clients who feel confident in choosing me. That they feel like they can authentically be themselves throughout their wedding planning process and not feel as though there is a set standard from Instagram or Tiktok that they must follow. I am a big believer that a wedding should reflect your client, that their guests should be able to say, “OMG that is totally them.” I am grateful that I continue to grow in my career and learn new aspects of the industry with every event I am a part of.
Building trust and rapport with clients is one of my favorite parts of the job. I feel as though I do my very best to go above and beyond for all my couples and clients and it is in doing the littles things like, making sure that I capture behind the scenes moments on their personal phones so they can wake up the next morning and see the things that they missed, or checking their bags into their hotel room and laying out a snack and water bottle on the nightstand for when they come in from their afterparty with their guests, that make the big things take care of themselves. Sometimes the smallest gesture is the icing on the (wedding) cake.
What excites me the most and keeps me busy is the process of it all. Every couple has their own story- I get so eager to create that vision for them. From the moment they pick their wedding colors, to the quick walk out for their grand exit. I cherish those simple seconds at the end of the night when I hug them goodbye and close their car door.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I know the season just wrapped up, but my first stop would be Rodeo Houston, it’s a classic tradition that everyone in the world should experience! We would have to make a stop at Tiny’s for the cookies!
Moxie’s for their Roasted Tomato Bruschetta, we would have to order two because I can’t share.
I love looking at the graffiti park- it showcases new artists all the time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are two companies (people) who helped me get to where I am today.
Keely Thorne (Owner of Keely Thorne Events)
Keely and her team graciously let me intern with them back in 2019. I fell in love with weddings after working a large-scale event. Keely and her team truly have a grace within them to handle such large productions.
Ian Ramirez (Venue Director of Madera Estates)
When the world was re-opening back up from the pandemic, Ian was the one who brought me back into the wedding game. He hired me one as one of Madera Estates Wedding Coordinator and quickly entrusted me with the role of Senior Wedding Coordinator. His passion, endurance and the kindness that he shows to his team and clients are some of the qualities that make him a great mentor!
AMA by Aisha Photography @Claudia Ivan Garcia Studio RKM Photography