So you’ve seen plenty of photos of beautiful weddings and events that we have hosted over the years, and we’ve shared behind the scenes over on our Instagram stories but you still haven’t been introduced to the team behind it all. We wanted to give you all a chance to get to know each of us a little better and meet the dream team behind your wedding or event. Let us each tell you a little about ourselves and what our role is on the Historic Seven Sycamores team!
The Owners, General Manager & Fearless Leaders
We were the first couple to host a wedding at Historic Seven Sycamores, that was in 2007.
My Mother and Father’s garden seemed to be a perfect spot so we created our Garden wedding venue. The Hummingbird Cottage, where my sister and I grew up, became a historic haven for brides and their bridal parties. The Bridal Suite was my bedroom growing up, and it is now a restful retreat for our couples. The packing house where my family first packed and shipped our citrus has been transformed into The Glass Barn wedding venue.
Everything here was created by my parents, Vernice and Hugh McKellar, we have simply re-purposed it. Ann and I are thrilled to host couples starting their married life together. God has Blessed us and we ask his Blessings for you.
Hello! My name is Brittany Marshall. I’ve been working alongside the venue for close to 5 years now, although in different positions throughout that time. I’ve worked in every division of the company! I am currently the Property and Office Manager. I handle all of the bookkeeping for the companies, as well as manage staff and various projects within Historic Seven Sycamores. I am also the main contact for anything related to Hummingbird Cottage.
If you take a look around this place, I think you might be able to guess why I love working here! It’s gorgeous, and there are so many different things that we get to be involved with. I love my co-workers, the couples, and families that we get to interact with as well!
I don’t always have the opportunity to meet every client as like I’d like to, but if you happen to drop by our Administrative Offices for an appointment you might see me there. You may also meet me when I help out Elise and Taylor on some wedding days.
If we get the chance to meet in person, you should know that I’m a Disney-loving geek and visit the magic as often as I can! So if that’s also you, we will get along just great! I can speak for us all when I say, we hope that your experience with us is just as magical where your dreams come true!
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
Client Relations & Events Manager
Hi, my name is Taylor Delgado and I am the Client Relations and Event Manager here at Historic Seven Sycamores. My daily tasks include being the first point of contact for clients & vendors to assist with the planning process, conducting planning & coordinating appointments, and performing all venue & coordinating duties during our client’s events. I also plan and execute our Giving & Flower Donation Program.
I LOVE working for Historic Seven Sycamores! I started with the venue as the Administrative Coordinator in Spring 2018 and moved to this new position in January 2019. I have been working in the event industry for the past 8 years ranging from floral design to large scale event planning. When I was working mainly as a florist, HSSR was always my favorite venue to work and design for. There are so many different ways you can use the spaces!
I grew up around weddings and events (my grandfather is an event and commercial display artist). I have always loved designing and creating unique immersive guest experiences that make people say “wow!”
I am an award-winning musical theater actress, performing all throughout California for the past 18 years. I practice yoga every night, usually with my French Bulldog, Topher, snoozing at the top of the mat.
Favorite Quote: “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” – Buddha
Events Administrative Coordinator
My name is Sandra Blain and I am the Sales and Administrative Assistant at Historic Seven Sycamores. Prior to joining the team here, I managed a venue and coordinated events in Southern California for 7 years. I fell in love with the venue when planning my own reception so when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance to work here.
I want to help couples have the same incredible experience I had as a bride. I’m here to help answer your questions during the planning process, guide you on venue tours, and make sure the venue is set up and ready on the day of your event.
This is my first season here but, the lovely people here have been so helpful while I settle in and have already made me feel at home. I look forward to getting to know our clients and see their events come to fruition from the first inquiry to their grand exit.
Favorite Quote: “Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus
Social Media & Marketing Manager
Hello there, my name is Elise Anderson. In my position as the Events Supervisor, I have had the honor and privilege of helping to celebrate over a hundred couples weddings at Historic Seven Sycamores. I manage and attend almost all of the weddings and events hosted at our venue and am the main contact for all vendor relations. I’ve also had the opportunity to exercise my degree in Public Relations, with the launch of our Blog and helping to maintain the conversations across our social media sites.
During my two years here at the venue, my job has allowed for me to meet so many wonderful individuals, working alongside couples, their families, and vendor teams to create their cherished wedding day memories. I absolutely love what I do, caring for others through attention to detail and intentionality – assuring that our couples feel loved and well taken care of by myself and the rest of our team.
When I am not celebrating or planning weddings at the venue, I am out looking for even more ways to immerse myself in this wonderful industry. I freelance as a coordinator, planner, and stylist assistant for vendor friends in need of an extra hand. Outside of our industry, I enjoy hiking, spending time anywhere outdoors, and love to travel!
Favorite Quote: “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn
Prior to becoming a trusted consultant to the venue, Kim worked as the Venue Manager and Director for four years at Historic Seven Sycamores. She contributed to many major changes and updates to the venue that have helped us get where we are today.
Today, Kim resides in Austin Texas where she is growing her personal business, Drops of Honey Designs and is preparing to launch a Venue Consulting Agency through a new business name, which will launch early 2019. As a consultant to the venue, we continue to work with her as a team to continue to develop the venue through goal setting and marketing. She helps us write new packages and pricing, design any project updates to the venues and is also the brains behind our branding and marketing strategies.
We would all love the opportunity to meet you in person if we haven’t already! Get in contact with us or schedule a venue tour using our online calendar. Follow along with our social conversations where we periodically feature staff takeover’s.
staff photos by Megan Welker
author: Elise Anderson