About Us

Meet Desert Whim

Desert Whim is a full service event planning company that was born in our own backyard of Tempe, Arizona. The planners at Desert Whim have over 20 years of combined experience in: event design and planning, managing vendor relationships, and making dreams come true. We're in love with managing details and the entire planning process. There is truly something special about watching an idea come to life.

We take pride in planning each event and it’s the most important thing our clients can share with us. In our experience everyone is able to enjoy their event much more when they don’t have to worry about every little detail. It brings us complete joy to take the planning stress away while having some fun bringing a vision to life and building new relationships. Whether it’s the big wedding with family and friends you’ve been waiting to plan your whole life or the intimate escape with you and your soulmate to simply exchange vows - Desert Whim is ready and excited to hear your vision and begin planning your perfect day.

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Bernadette Michele

owner + lead planner

Hi, I'm Bernadette! Thank you so much for considering us for your special day. I'm super excited to meet you and be a part of your happily ever after.

I'm a Phoenician, born and raised. I even graduated from both Arizona State and NAU. While I love to travel to meet new people and get lost in new experiences, Arizona will always be home. I love all things outdoors, hiking, camping, live music and especially weddings!

When I'm not running, lost in a good book or planning with you I'm likely in the company of my awesome husband and two amazing boys. They really are the glue that holds me together. I want to be the glue that holds you together during the journey of planning that special event that brought you my way!


Cyndra Rae

planner + stylist

Hey there, I’m Cyndra! I’m excited to hear your about vision and can’t wait to help you bring it to life!

My love of designing parties and events started back in high school. I’ve always loved a good party and can’t remember a time when I haven’t been enamored with the details of bringing any theme or occasion to life. I’ve always been a natural host and love to help friends, family and clients with uniquely styled weddings, elopements and intimate celebrations.

When I’m not designing and planning for you, you’ll find me at my salon where I style, cut and color my other clients. You can also find me enjoying time with my loving husband and friends, in the kitchen or partaking in music, drinks and good food!

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Maddy Novicky

planner + stylist

Hello, my name is Maddy! I have always been passionate about people. My heart is to help you with all the wedding day details while you focus on having a blissful engagement!

I was born and raised in Arizona and I think it's one of the most beautiful states in the USA. I married the love of my life in April 2016 and we have two amazing pups!  I consider myself to be a cheeseburger connoisseur, which is why I teach spin classes. Haha! I look forward to meeting you and hearing all about your vision for the best day of your life!

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Molly + Doug

I cannot say enough about Bernadette. From the beginning of the process through the details on the day of, Bernadette was there for every question and every concern. Bernadette brought so much expertise to the table. As most weddings go, ours went completely differently than we had planned. Due to 40 mph winds and thunderstorms the morning of the wedding, we ended up having to move everything inside. The week leading up to it, I was concerned with the weather and how it would all turn out, but the entire staff made the day absolutely perfect and despite being nothing like what I’d envisioned, the day was more gorgeous than I ever could have imagined, and I didn’t have to make a single decision or choice that week – Bernadette handled everything. The best decision we made in our entire wedding planning.

Jasmin + Jon
Our wedding was perfect! Bernadette was a pleasure to work with. Very professional, honest and helpful. Her expertise put us at ease. Our expectations were met and then some.

Megan + Tim

Bernadette and her staff were a dream to work with! During my year of planning, she was there every step of the way. Any question I had or last minute adjustment I wanted to make she made sure everything was always handled quickly. She always made me feel like I was her top priority, she never made me feel like I was “bothering her” with questions, and most importantly always made sure the solutions we came up with satisfied me – the last few weeks before the wedding she was on hand for multiple phone calls and walk-throughs of the property to make sure she and her staff understood exactly what my vision was. Bernadette is gracious, attentive to detail and is just plain awesome to work with. Could not have asked for anyone better to work with through this process.

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