Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week, we highlight the beautiful, talented and extremely organized Catrina Arcularius of  CATRINA MARIA DESIGNS Event Planning and Design. Not only does Catrina own an amazing event planning business, she is also part of the fabulous foursome that runs The Venue Vixens. Take it away, Catrina…

CATRINA MARIA DESIGNS Event Planning and Design

Tell us a little about your company?  Catrina Maria Designs is a wedding planning service that combines innovative design, professional coordination, and personalized planning.
When did you establish your business?  2005
What sets you apart from your competition?  I stay on top of the trends and I have an eye for what will be in style for the upcoming year and beyond. I also have experience in food and beverage — and my thorough understanding of the “behind the scenes” of the catering have given me an edge. My goal is to simplify the planning in an enjoyable way!
Where do you find inspiration?  I find inspiration within each couple — knowing that I was a part of their magical day brings a smile to my face. I love how I am friends with many of my past couples still today. I love Anthropologie’s window displays, nature, dilapidated barns, and pull inspiration from the way things make me feel.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers?  To make the planning process simple with my expertise and ensure that every event reflects and celebrates each couple’s unique love story and style.
Do you have any hidden talents?  I can sew and love fabric and textures!
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year?  Lots of pastels, from flowers to bridesmaids’ dresses.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site?  Yes, catrinamaria.wordpress.com
Do you Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Google+?  Yes for all.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?  Easy one…Mulvaney’s
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally?  To go out and enjoy all of the great restaurants that we have here in Sacramento, all while enjoying some great company.
What are you most grateful for in life?  The beauty in being swept away by love.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you?  Videography, that way you can go back and see all of the things that you missed during the day. The same elements would still be important 10 years later: the support and love of family and the strength that comes from this.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today?  Just relax and enjoy the day, and don’t forget to eat!
Find out more about Catrina Arcularius and CATRINA MARIA DESIGNS Event Planning and Design by visiting her Web site, blog, Facebook page and Twitter page!
Photos courtesy of CATRINA MARIA DESIGNS Event Planning and Design, The Memory Journalists and Carmen Salazar Photography.

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