The Century House is excited to announce Colleen Kestel-Raidmae as a new and exciting addition to our Latham, NY “Wedding Team”!
Colleen began her career in the Hospitality industry within the complex and dynamic world of Food and Beverage Management. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Colleen has had exposure to the top event planning markets and has lived in major cities such as Santa Fe, Portland, and Las Vegas. She is now happy to call the Capital District her home.
After years of managing several high volume restaurants and Food and Beverage Departments, she fell in love with the event planning industry and never looked back.
Colleen has a wealth of experience that she will bring to the Century House. She has held several leadership positions in many of Las Vegas’ most reputable and high-end establishments. She has worked at the Bellagio, Mirage and most recently Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where she was named the Director of Weddings in 2006. During her time at Mandalay Bay, Colleen made a name for herself within the Las Vegas wedding industry by planning high profile events to include, the first ever Mandalay Bay Bridal Show, industry mixers and a highly publicized mass wedding on the Mandalay Bay Beach for 07-07-07.
The wedding chapel at Mandalay Bay was home to Colleen for almost six years and has been awarded several industry awards including the Knot’s “Best of Weddings” for three consecutive years. She has also received national recognition through features in World Bride Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Las Vegas Weekly and El Voce’s Italian newsletter as Business Woman of the Month. She has developed a reputation in the industry for being trustworthy, dependable and a resourceful Wedding Planner and is looked up to by many in the industry for her ability to create flawless events.
“I love being part of the complete planning process, from something seemingly small like helping brides choose linens to the bigger choices such as décor and centerpieces. No detail is too small when it comes to your wedding and I like to help clients feel like they are in good hands when planning their wedding,” Colleen explains.
A consummate professional Colleen obtained a Wedding Coordination and Design Certification through The International School of Hospitality at UNLV- where she also served on the board of advisors and assisted with internships and acted as a mentor for future Wedding Planners.
Managing Partner, Colin DeMers explains, “I am extremely excited to have a world class wedding planner on our team at the Century House. Excited not only for bringing Colleen’s expertise and experience to the Century House team but I am especially excited for the possibilities it brings to our new brides, and our community. The combination of Colleen’s talents and her wonderful personality make her a perfect fit for the Century House Team.”
During her spare time, she enjoys attending industry seminars, baking, reading and spending time with her husband John and their two beautiful children.