Cathie, a visionary entrepreneur with an indomitable spirit, embarked on a journey that would transform a serene lakeside property into the enchanting haven known as Los Willows. In 1979, her parents discovered the natural beauty of the lake and acquired the land, initially envisioning it as a hideaway spa. However, Cathie’s entrepreneurial drive steered the course of destiny.
In 1982, love found its way into Cathie’s life as she became part of a military family, her husband serving as a Marine Colonel for an admirable 30 years. It was her own wedding that exposed her to the magic of a wedding day, sparking a newfound appreciation for the elements that could elevate such celebrations. This revelation prompted her to reevaluate Los Willows, recognizing its untapped potential beyond the tranquil lake and rolling hills.
Driven by a passion for creating personalized, heartwarming experiences, Cathie poured every ounce of her entrepreneurial spirit and limited financial resources into Los Willows throughout the 90s. Her vision was to craft a venue that seamlessly blended organic, natural beauty with meticulous landscaping, creating a timeless and finished aesthetic. Every nook and cranny became an opportunity to tell a unique story and forge unforgettable memories.
The journey was an ongoing labor of love, a 30-year project that continually evolved. Cathie’s commitment to excellence extended beyond the physical space; she assembled a stellar team of wedding planners, coordinators, directors, and support staff. Collaborating with top-tier vendors in DJ services, catering, photography, florals, and more, she ensured that Los Willows not only showcased breathtaking beauty but also offered unwavering support to couples on their special day.
Los Willows stands today as a testament to Cathie’s unwavering dedication and vision. A never-ending love project, it continues to evolve under her watchful eye, offering couples a magical and personalized setting to begin their journey of love.