Soon after joining the SBWE team in 2016, Marlena quickly became one of Sandra’s right hand ladies. Having completed her Bachelor of Communications, she has worked extensively in the communications and events management industries in all roles from administration to management. Marlena brings a keen eye for details and can usually be found shooting all the behind the scenes shots for our social media shout outs on event days.
Multitasking. My ability to get the job done while finding lost coffee cups, phones and car keys (uhhh-humm, Sandra!) is second to none. PS: It’s just because she’s so focused on all of our clients’ wedding details that she can’t seem to keep track of her own things come wedding day
Favorite Way to Unwind
With good food and wine surrounded by close friends
Favorite Day of the Week & Why?
I love Fridays!!! I love the feeling of driving home knowing I have the whole weekend ahead with my family or sharing such a special weekend with our clients.
Coffee or Tea?
No question, coffee is life!
My Guilty Pleasure
Sweets. I just can’t say no!
When not Working I can Be Found
With my fam jam, my husand, busy toddler boy and two puppies...or at Chapters!
Favorite Part of the Wedding Day
I love the adrenaline of bringing all the different aspects chosen by the couple together and seeing the end result.
After meeting in a new moms group when their daughters were just a few weeks old (fun fact, they are only 1 week apart and share almost the same name – Ariana & Alianna), Jill shared her earlier dream of being a wedding planner with Sandra. Soon after she excitedly joined the team and has been an important part of the SBWE family since 2017. Jill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and has a lengthy background working in the finance world, a skillset that rounds out our creative team successfully.
a few fun facts
I am ridiculously punctual! Even when I purposefully try not to be the first to arrive, I usually do. Surprisingly, I share this trait with my husband although our recent kryptonite for this superpower has been our toddler.
Movie I could watch over & over
Mrs. Doubtfire, such a hilarious classic
My Favorite Comfort Food
A big warm bowl of Pho – YUM!!!
Outside of Work, I....
Have a passion for scuba diving and have dived in Australia, Thailand, Greece, Hawaii and different locations in the Caribbean.
Watching wedding videos of strangers.... with a box of Kleenex always near, of course
Snakes! Original, I know but ew!
My Own Love Story
I have been married to my husband, Trevor, for 7 years who I started dating in my teens.
Top Bucket List Items
To go to outer space (can’t ever dream big enough!)