- About Us
- Our Journeys
Background: Mary Dann traveled extensively growing up, which is when her love affair for hospitality and travel began. Hence, it was a natural move to begin her career as the catering sales manager at The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage, where she learned the hotel and travel industry inside out. Mary soon found herself as the weddings specialist at both The Ritz-Carlton and Wyndham in the Palm Springs desert, which inspired her to open Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators in 1991. With orchestrating destination weddings and planning elaborate honeymoons, Mary realized how significant the travel planning aspect was to her business. Therefore, she became schooled as an agent and orchestrates all of her clients’ travel in affiliation with All Star. As an industry expert, Mary has been featured in “Inside Wedding” and “Ceremony” magazines; “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway;” “Married Away;” “Platinum Wedding;” and “Top Ten Wedding Destinations”.
Areas of Specialty: After several years in business for myself, I pursued my Masters in Psychology to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I see patients separately from my events and travel business, but being an MFT is really important to me because it compliments my ability to serve and counsel my event and travel clientele. I love being able to mentor and guide whenever possible.
Favorite Destination: "Because of my Italian roots, my love for Italy is innate: From the unbeatable scenery to the cuisine and fashion, Italy is such a romantic place that really has it all. I especially love Capri, Sicily, Florence and walking in the waters of the beach in Mondello Beach, Sicily"
Favorite Travel Experience: "My favorite travel experiences are those in which the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas comes to mind not only because the property is breathtaking, but from the moment I arrived and had an in-room check-in, a personal butler and the service surpassed my high expectations"