Barette Widell, a California native, moved to Philadelphia at the age of 19 to dance with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She danced with the company for 9 seasons, 5 of which she was a soloist, culminating in her retirement in December 2012.
Throughout her career as a ballerina, Barette assisted in the planning of many events and weddings. It was during this period that she grew a huge amount of love and respect for wedding planning, which ultimately lead her to planning her very own destination wedding in San Jose Del Cabo in November 2011.
While on summer lay off from Pennsylvania Ballet, Barette accepted an internship with the prestigious public relations company, Cashman & Associates. During her tenure at Cashman, Barette assisted in the planning and coordinating of many events. While still at Pennsylvania Ballet, Barette also worked part time as an Event Coordinator for Capezio Dancewear. Upon retiring, she transitioned into a full time position at Capezio as Event Coordinator.
Barette soon realized that her passion was in wedding planning and having already culminated one career that she was very passionate about; Barette decided to follow her dreams and started Widell Designs.
Her professional story begins after graduating from Parsons with a graduate degree in fashion design. Christina and another entrepreneurial classmate opened a small trouser boutique called HEM in the heart of SoHo. With the conviction that womens luxury trousers were an underserved market, they designed trend setting trousers that attracted the attention of the New York scene with the likes of Lindsey Lohan, Stephanie Wilkoff, and Juliette Lewis becoming mavens spreading the word about their unique designs and sexy fit.
Noticing the power of public relations and the impact of special events first hand, Christina began to specialize in PR and event design for the fashion and entertainment industries in New York, and was soon asked to join a boutique firm called Mantica Ventures as their creative director. There she gained professional event experience, and lead the creative and events team through dozens of successful projects.
“There is more to my career than fashion design and event planning. I have an intuition to just see what works well together, and an eye for spotting new trends. This is what I have loved to do since I can remember and I count myself extremely fortunate that I can dream up unique events and bring them to life each and every day.”
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