It goes without saying that I couldn’t do what I do without the help of my amazing dream team. We’ve had a great journey getting to where we are today and as a team we have the ability to work flawlessly together to create once in a lifetime events that you and your guests will always remember. Without further ado, I would like you to meet that people that make up the AMA Dream Team!
CHANDA MONIQUE DANIELS Creative Director and Owner
Chanda is the Founder of A Monique Affair and assumes the role of Executive Designer and Owner. A born natural at planning, styling, and coordinating her 17 years of experience have established her as an expert in the event planning industry. A graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Hospitality Management, she’s been featured on notable websites such as H&H Weddings, Equally Wed, Style Me Pretty, Munaluchi Bridal and Pretty Pear Bride. Chanda has worked with some of the most prestigious venues and creative partners in the industry and is currently booking speaking engagements. When it comes to celebrations, her signature style is timeless and classic.
KRISTY MEINHARDT Wedding Day Director
Kristy feels passionately that wedding details and traditions are the most beautiful when there is meaning behind them, and experiencing Chanda’s deep commitment to her clients, her team and the wedding industry, is what moved her to join the AMA dream team. Kristy began her career as an Event Coordinator at the Elliston Vineyards in Sunol, and then completed the ACPWC Wedding Consultant Course in 2010. She has spent the last few years working as an independent contractor/planner while staying at home to raise her two kids. With each AMA event, she aims to deliver the feeling of confidence that the details of the event are in good hands. According to Kristy, the best satisfaction is watching clients enjoy this special time carefree with friends and family.
SYRONDA CALHOUN Event Manager
Syronda would consider herself the creative-partner-wrangler of the group because developing good relationships is one of her strengths. She is great at communicating with the partners on the day of the event to ensure flawless delivery. Before joining the dream team she worked as a Catering Coordinator at a hotel, where she also helped execute social events. Her true passion is weddings and so when she saw an opening at AMA she jumped at the opportunity to gain more planner experience. Syronda really enjoys working with Chanda whom she says has a great eye for design and is a born natural at events. Beside enjoying the team experience and being a part of creating someone’s dream wedding, she loves seeing clients walk away with a big smile.
QUINN HARRIS Event Manager
Quinn is very familiar with the demands of event planning. Having managed an array of event types over the years she can easily navigate her way through planning a public event, or a private wedding. Prior to joining A Monique Affair, Quinn worked for San Francisco City Hall where she coordinated both community and private events; it’s also where she met Chanda, while working on the YMCA Youth Warrior event. Seeking new event opportunities and a change of pace, she joined the AMA team where she manages every event with the goal of providing a relaxed planning experience. The highlight for her is getting to work with such an amazing team, and ensuring that each client is having the time of their life.
SARAH MONTOYA Bridal Concierge
Sarah likes to keep her cool, especially around the brides, because she knows emotions are flying high on the big day. Besides her commitment to the AMA team, she graduated from San Francisco State University where she is studied Hospitality and Tourism Management. Working alongside Chanda, she feels excited about being a part of something bigger and finds it rewarding to share the unique event experience that comes with each client’s personality. She’s never experienced a team more supportive than the AMA dream team and loves working with them to accomplish an unforgettable experience for each and every client.
YOLANDA THAI Event Technician
Yolanda thrives when it comes to event set-ups, ensuring the vision is exact down to the last detail. Meeting strict event deadlines is her forte and making sure that every aspect of an event falls under the AMA standard is where she takes pride. Prior to joining AMA, Yolanda studied at San Francisco State University where began to work toward a career in event planning. It was through her association with an event planning club at school that she ended up getting connected with A Monique Affair. She sees her role as the bridge between the initial concept and the final production, Yolanda aims to create a real life version of what a client envisions with each and every celebration.
KIMBERLY TAKEDA Event Technician
Kimberly is a problem solver and knows that’s an important job when it comes to planning events, because even when you plan far enough in advance, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. A graduate of San Francisco State University, her first experience with the dream team was as an intern, but she loved it so much, she joined the team permanently shortly after her term ended. Kimberly is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to provide an event that clients will always look back and remember, with her main goal being to keep them coming back for more.
Have we piqued your interest? Get to know our team a little bit better and find out if we are the perfect match for your event. Visit our “Let’s Get Started” page and fill out a little information about yourself and your event and we’ll contact you to set up a meeting.