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Rising Stars: Meet Grisell Careaga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grisell Careaga.

Hi Grisell, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I always loved the oddities, the unique, the different, the hard to find treasures, maybe from a romance novella that I watched with my grandmother, in a dream, or something I had imagined from reading a book! I love looking for unusual inspirations that are born from our dreams, the ones that swirl around in our heads long after we’ve awaken. I love planning, making lists, piecing all the separate event elements together like a puzzle coming together seamlessly to create one of a kind, unique event that capture the personalities and vision of my clients. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, FL., with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Travel/Tourism Management with a concentration in Meeting and Event Management. Johnson & Wales University is internationally known for its Culinary Arts, Business, and Hospitality Programs and is considered one of the top three Hospitality Universities, according to the American Universities Admissions Program, which ranks American Universities according to their reputation. While attending JWU, I took classes specific to Special Event Protocol, Etiquette, Menu Planning, Baking and Pastry Arts, etc. I also loved participating in planning and executing events at school through School Organizations such as the Special Functions Team and the Travel Association. Because of my varied yet specialized educational background, I am also able to specialize in your travel needs for Destination Weddings. Event Planning and Design is my passion, my madness. It’s ME! I want to bring my creative personality, out of the box design concepts, and logistical organization to my clients, so they can have the ability to be present and enjoy their once in a lifetime moment!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I definitely had some challenges to get where I am today. Even finishing my Bachelor’s degree was a struggle as I came from a very impoverished neighborhood and lacked many of the opportunities granted to so many of my peers. Even so, I fought to succeed despite the obstacles and, being a single mother, to show my daughter the type of hard work it takes to be successful. I still have a long road, but I believe I am on the correct path.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the Founder, Lead Planner, and Creative Director of Mad Oddities Weddings & Events. We offer Bespoke, Moody, & Whimsical Event Planning & Design for all types of Corporate & Social Events. We believe that your special moments with family and friends in life should reflect and celebrate you as well!

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
Starting my own business was a huge risk, and I’m very grateful and thankful to have an extremely supportive husband, daughter, and mother who have supported me in this incredibly hard but super rewarding journey. But in general, I wouldn’t consider myself a risk-taker. I’m more of a dreamer that has been given some support and a lot of help! I can only dream of what’s next and the helping hands that I find along the way in completing this never-ending journey!

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Jennifer Nicole Photography Blak & Tammy Photography

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