“I keep telling my husband that we have to get remarried, because I have all these great ideas that I want to use as I revision our day.”

As director of events for StarStruck Event planning, Alysia McCabe has played a vital role in helping brides to make their perfect day by taking their vision and bringing together some of the area’s best professionals to make it a reality. Seemingly with ease.

After a 13-year career with Banana Republic as marketing manager, that started while attending ASU before moving on to California and eventually back home to Arizona, Alysia enjoys the opportunity to be a part of memorable events, whether a wedding, social event or a fundraising gala for a local nonprofit.

When working on a large-scale event, such as the recent Yavapai Big Brothers and Big Sisters annual gala which took place this past weekend at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Alysia brings a calm, professional approach that is both welcomed and appreciated.

“I really enjoy every aspect of planning an event. I enjoy getting to know the client. And I enjoy helping a them create their special day no matter what the occasion,” Alysia said. “I like working with the various vendors, working with the décor, the cake and seeing it all come together.”<br />

While she enjoys all current wedding trends, Alysia is partial to timeless classics that never go out of style.

Along with weddings and social events, Starstruck Events — owned by Tahna Weber Falk — the company is known as the premier planners of social events, but also in presenting signature events such as the Prescott Wedding Expo, which takes place annually on the first Sunday in March. Also, in its sixth year, the upcoming Festival of Trees, has become a not-to-be-missed holiday kick-off event. Both take place at the Sam Hill Warehouse.

With a focus on social and community events, StarStruck Events recognizes the importance of in-person networking and is continually working to bring industry professionals together as Prescott continues to grow in popularity as a destination wedding and event location. It was such a networking opportunity that brought Alysia and Tahna together.

“I had taken a brief break after leaving Banana Republic, and I was thinking about entering the event planning field, but didn’t know how to start out. That’s when a friend put Tahna and I in touch. And I couldn’t be happier.

“My husband and I love everything about Prescott. The small-town feel, the changing of seasons and the sense of community that exists,” Alysia said.

In its 19th presentation, the Wedding Expo has grown to include the Sedona Wedding Expo for its second year in January 2024 at the Poco Diablo Resort.

“The importance of the Wedding Expo is, of course, putting photographers, bakers and florists in front of hundreds of prospective brides, but also the opportunity to meet other professionals is the added bonus,” Alysia explains. “Vendors also share ideas, gain advice and create relationships throughout the event as well.”<br />

Despite the evolution of the social media and internet access, there is no greater way to evaluate a prospective service provider, than having them referred by someone else, or meeting them in person.

Along with the various expos and events the company is involved in, their upcoming Festival of Trees has become another of their annual signature events.

This year, the event takes place Nov. 15-18.<br />

“Our non-profit benefactor this year is Yavapai CASA for Kids, and it is such a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Alysia says.

Trees are purchased by local businesses and organizations who then decorate them to be auctioned off over the three days. If you don’t have the time to decorate your own tree, Alysia and her team will arrange for someone to handle that task for you.

Attendees will have the opportunity to not only get some great holiday decorating ideas and vote for their favorite designed tree, but they also have the opportunity to purchase creative festive wreaths and bid on fully decorated trees that are then delivered and reassembled at your home or business.<br />

“We are continually expanding the event to include more activities for kids and families as they enter the holiday season,” Alysia added.

“Of course, Santa will be there, as well as a selfie photo booth, a craft table where kids can create their own ornament, live entertainment, and raffles. It really is a great way to spend a day soaking up the spirit along with new ideas and benefiting Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation.”

For information on The Festival of Trees 2023 and other events, visit StarStruck-Events.com and on Facebook.

Barry Barbe owns the El Gato Azul and Torme restaurants in Prescott, and is the energy and insight behind the Prescott Palette. His radio show, the Prescott Palette, is on KQNA 1130 AM, Saturdays at noon. Email: Prespalette@gmail.com.

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