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A New Perspective: Our Intern Shares Her Thoughts



We are excited to introduce the newest member to our team… Maria Robinson! Maria has just joined our team as our intern, and what a perfect time as this is going to be a busy summer and an exciting fall full of sensational and glamorous events! Follow Maria through her journey as our intern as she shares her experiences on our blog.




Becoming an intern for a company can give you the step up you need for your own future endeavors. Coming from a diverse background of odd jobs, I had an idea of what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the incredible experience I have had so far. Working at Yvonne Design has been a dream come true. After following her breathtaking work and viewing her ever increasing and impressive portfolio, I finally managed to pluck up the courage to apply for an internship. Though I have hardly had any experience in floral design, I have worked in the hospitality and entertainment industry and I have always had a passion for making events unique and special. It paid off. I don’t think I have ever been so nervous. It was like meeting a celebrity and my mentor all rolled into one. Days later, when I started to think she had forgotten about me and chosen someone else, I got an e-mail asking if I’d like the position. I screamed and needless to say was elated. The opportunity to work with such an incredible person? Yes please! So I started small. I worked at the beautiful Aulani Disney Resort on small weddings, setting up arches and beautiful arrangements. Little by little, I learned more and more. Setting centerpieces on tables for just the right look. Building canopies with flowy material for an ethereal and romantic wedding ceremony. Modern reception furniture for added sophistication. Twinkling lights over a checkered and polished dance floor. Stunning amounts of flowers in every shade imaginable. It’s like a dream. Or a fairytale. You might think it’s a movie set, or a magazine ad. I don’t think I could have ever prepared myself for such an incredible experience. Just thinking back to the last month alone, the Disney Resort, beautiful Moli’i Gardens, Lanikuhonua, The Modern Honolulu..and Yvonne and her team take it all in stride. I marvel at her grace and precision. It’s really no wonder she is so incredibly successful. As her employee, Rob, would say, “You’ll learn a lot from her. She has her own style. She’s very precise. She’s really amazing.” I’d have to agree, and although some would view it as dull or mundane, I love to learn new flower names. Or research new pieces for a specific wedding’s decor. Learn about client and vendor etiquette. It’s like every day, I have a new page in my future’s handbook. I dream of achieving the kind of success Yvonne and her husband, Alex, have accomplished with Mood Events and Yvonne Design. I think it’s incredible that they have so many satisfied clients who are blown away by the quality and standards of their work. I know that kind of achievement isn’t accomplished overnight, but having such an amazing example of accomplishment, is plenty of motivation for me. I am so excited for all the new and upcoming opportunities to work with Yvonne and her team, such as the Ritz-Carlton Residences Luxury Party, a fabulously glamorous wedding at Laniakea, and an amazing event on our neighbor island of Lana’i, at the beautiful Four Seasons Lodge at Koele! That’s just in the next few months alone! This has to be one of the most special and incredible opportunities of my life and I am so looking forward for all that is to come!