QC Career School

Mara Garton

event planner , wedding planner

Mara Garton

Vail Valley or any destination, CO

We'll do the work, you take the bows.

We all daydream – about a variety of subjects. I find my mind always creating events; fabulous parties, elegant weddings, holiday extravaganzas…. One of my favorite things to think about is how to accomplish memorable events with budget in mind. Economic times have presented many of us with this challenge and I embrace it.

Now I am making my daydreams come alive with event and wedding planning. I would welcome the opportunity to make your special event become an experience never to forget.

Education and Background

I attended Stephens College for 3 years in the early 1970’s, a private women’s college known for its concentration on the arts and fashion design. “Love” caused me to transfer to Park University where a graduated with a degree in Art with a focus on oil painting.

After 30+ years of working in real estate development, country club management and raising a family I enrolled in QC School of Event and Wedding Planning to follow my dream.


During the 10 years that I was part of the management team for the Cotton Ranch Club, a semi-private country club featuring an 18 hole Pete Dye Championship Golf Course, restaurant, outdoor pool facility, member’s only lounge, and fitness center, I created countless events and parties every year, including:

Charity events featuring golf, dinner, dancing and both silent and verbal auctions

Member Guest Tournament, a 3 day event including welcome party with Calcutta, formal dinner party with dancing, awards ceremony, breakfasts, lunches, prizes, gift bags, etc.

Bachelor parties on the golf course

Children’s poolside parties

Easter Egg Hunts

Breakfast with Santa

Holiday member parties with entertainment from music to sleigh rides to magicians to hypnotists.

Engagement parties



Additionally I have organized several destination weddings:

Manzanillo, Mexico
Austin, Texas
Sacramento, California
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin


We are a full service event and wedding planning group offering everything from your engagement party and announcement to thank you notes and dry cleaning your dress, in the case of a wedding. For the charity event or business outing we offer anything from the idea stage to the final clean-up and assessment. We are also available to you for any portion of your event – it is your call.

Every event has its own distinct personality and goal which we use as the basis of all decisions so to achieve the most successful and unique event possible.

~specialize in creative solutions and execution, specifically venue decoration, floral design and production.
~are organized and attentive to detail.
~have a comprehensive list of professionals and welcome working with your suggested vendors.
~will work on a bid basis or hourly, depending on your budget and needs.