Working with Brad, Michelle and Special Moments Catering and Events team has been nothing but pleasant and so very professional. They create and cook yummy food, they are always punctual, and work great under pressure even with all the day of time adjustments I ask them. I am proud to say they have been one of my peers.
Tell us about Special Moments Catering and Events…
Special Moments was founded by Al & Michelle Taylor in 1984. Our family owned and operated company has been serving the valley award winning catering with an emphasis s on sustainable production. Our specialty is classic French cuisine with a southwestern spin.
How did you get started in the wedding business?
Special Moments actually began as a cake decorating business and worked its way toward personal catering immediately. Requests from clients brought us into the wedding business and we have flourished there ever since. We love being a part of the personal moments of our client’s lives, and a wedding is as personal as it gets.
What makes your different from other businesses in the field?
Two words…we care. We take great pride in every single service we do, and you won’t find a company for flexible and compassionate than Special Moments. From our sales staff to our banquet Captains we meticulously comb over details to ensure the experience is exactly as our customers request. We even send your sales person to your event to ensure it.
Why do you like working with weddings?
Weddings offer us the chance to be a part of someone’s special day. It’s an experience we never get with our corporate clientele. Weddings are special with unique touches that reflect the couples personalities. Simply put…we love it.
What was the most difficult situation you have faced with a client and how did you resolve it?
We once had an event on a tour boat with a full china set and extremely high end buffet. Unfortunately the captain of the boat miscalculated a turn and ended up running the boat a ground sending guest, the buffet and all china flying down the center isle of the boat. Most of the buffet set was ruined but we were able to modify the dinner items and switch them onto platters that we had on board. This allowed my captain and service staff to pass what would have normally been a buffet served dinner as an appetizer style meal and keep the guests happy.
From a vendor’s perspective, what’s the best piece of advice you can give to engaged couples?
I tell our brides to plan plan plan. Make the event as memorable and personal as you’d like, but when the day comes….LET IT GO. Let the professionals you hired do their jobs and just enjoy the evening. It will be over so fast you won’t even know where it went. Enjoy the ride the day off…don’t try and drive.
What or who motivates you?
My desire to honor my parents with the work that I do. They sacrificed so much building this business that I want it to flourish.
What do you do when you are not working?
I spent a great amount of time with my family either traveling or working on my house.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
You’d be surprised to know that I do a ton of mechanical and fiberglass work on Jetskiis. They are a major passion of mine and I love riding and working on them.