Meet Desert Whim

Desert Whim is a full-service wedding planning company that was born in our own backyard of Tempe, Arizona. The wedding 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 wedding planning process. There is truly something special about watching an idea come to life.

We take pride in planning each wedding and it’s the most important thing our clients can share with us. In our experience everyone can enjoy their wedding much more when they don’t have to worry about every little detail. It brings us complete joy to take the wedding planning stress away while having some fun bringing a vision to life and building new relationships. Whether your dream wedding is high end and luxurious, or private and intimate – Desert Whim is ready and excited to hear your goals and begin planning your perfect wedding now.

Meet
Desert Whim

Desert Whim is a full-service wedding planning company that was born in our own backyard of Tempe, Arizona. The wedding 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 wedding planning process. There is truly something special about watching an idea come to life.

We take pride in planning each wedding and it’s the most important thing our clients can share with us. In our experience everyone can enjoy their wedding much more when they don’t have to worry about every little detail. It brings us complete joy to take the wedding planning stress away while having some fun bringing a vision to life and building new relationships. Whether your dream wedding is high end and luxurious, or private and intimate – Desert Whim is ready and excited to hear your goals and begin planning your perfect wedding now.

Bernadette Michele Paley

owner + lead wedding planner

Bernadette’s first event was a carnival she put on for her siblings and neighborhood friends. While the grownups were sleeping the neighborhood kids found themselves bored. Bernadette refused to accept another boring afternoon and leapt into action. She spread the word there would be games and entertainment available in her family’s backyard. She delegated the setup of games, came up with prizes, drew up a quick timeline, and gathered a few performers. By the afternoon all the neighborhood kids were participating and enjoying themselves. Much to her mother’s surprise! It is now clear that Bernadette’s love for planning was born in that moment.

Bernadette took her first professional position with ABC 15 working community events. She later transitioned to the nonprofit sector where she took a position working for her local NPR station organizing: galas, charity fundraisers, and corporate partnership events. After many years working with nonprofits, Bernadette seized the opportunity to manage events for Superstition Mountain Golf and County Club. While at the club, she really came into her own as a wedding planner managing a range of weddings from large luxury ceremonies and receptions to intimate private celebrations.

“When I’m not running, spending time outdoors or lost in a book, I’m lucky to have the love and support 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 in the journey of planning that special event that brought you my way!”

Cyndra Rae

wedding 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!

Maddy Novicky

day of coordinator

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!

Natalie Orozco

day of coordinator

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!” – Maya Angelou

Hi there! I’m Natalie. Having originally gone to school for counseling and raised by a single Mother that had the best heart in the world this quote is what I’ve lived by my whole life.

My love for events started roughly 9 years ago. Having worked for Red Bull, Live Nation, and Nike all in their event departments I’ve seen it all, but what I was missing on those mass scale events was meaningful connection.

My story begins with Bernadette when meeting her while running an event venue in Downtown Phoenix. I loved her energy and passion and decided everything Desert Whim stood for is what I could truly stand behind. There is so much beauty that comes with planning the day most people have been waiting their entire life for. I see that as a true honor and privilege to be apart of. Thank you for taking the time even to read this, it shows you are looking exactly the type of service I promise to show someone you can trust as you would a true friend.

In my free time I enjoy going to a live show with my amazing boyfriend (who yes, is a DJ), guess you could say we really enjoy hospitality and entertainment. Oops! You can also find me spending quality time with my blessings I get to call friends, sitting by the pool with a good book, eating every kind of taco, and attending women in business/leadership workshops.

I look forward to chatting it up over some tacos soon!

Talia Treptow

intern extraordinaire